A new look – Requiem for Poseidon

My short story, A Requiem for Poseidon has just gotten a new cover:

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A Requiem for Poseidon

Heavenly Wars 1.5

As war rumbled through the heavens, the seas also boiled with battle. Poseidon was one of the first to succumb. Now the alliance of evil gods turn their sights on the Inuit pantheon.

Barely surviving the initial strike, the goddess Sedna seeks the sanctuary of the oceans and her old friend Jormungandr. She knows the Norse World Serpent isn’t the evil people believe him to be.

Isolated in his watery home, Jormungandr has escaped the war until now and happily welcomes Sedna into his refuge. But when the alliance of evil releases the Kraken, can even gods find sanctuary in the ocean depths?

A Requiem for Poseidon is a short tale, and an additional part of the Heavenly Wars series. Chronologically it should be read between books 1 and 2 of the series.

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Did you know that there’s also a 4th story in the Heavenly Wars series?

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Valentines Day Canceled is featured in the My Sexy Valentines Day anthology.

So the best reading order for the series as it stands right now is:

  1. Son of Thunder
  2. Valentines Day Canceled
  3. A Requiem for Poseidon
  4. Daughter of Darkness

 

A Requiem for Poseidon

The next phase of the Heavenly Wars is coming. This summer Daughter of Darkness hits as the sequel to Son of Thunder. In preparation for that event, I have released a short story entitled A Requiem for Poseidon that helps set the stage. The story stands alone, but also factors into the overall story arc of the series.

A Requiem For Poseidon - half cover

 

Blurb:
As war rumbled through the heavens, the seas also boiled with battle. Poseidon was one of the first to succumb. Now the alliance of evil gods turn their sights on the Inuit pantheon.

 
Barely surviving the initial strike, the goddess Sedna seeks the sanctuary of the oceans and her old friend Jormungandr. She knows the Norse World Serpent isn’t the evil people believe him to be.

 
Isolated in his watery home, Jormungandr has escaped the war until now and happily welcomes Sedna into his refuge. But when the alliance of evil releases the Kraken, can even gods find sanctuary in the ocean depths?

 
A Requiem for Poseidon is a short tale, and an additional part of the Heavenly Wars series. Chronologically it should be read between books 1 and 2 of the series.

 

 

Just 99¢ and available here: http://www.amazon.com/Requiem-Poseidon-Heavenly-Wars-ebook/dp/B01AONMOKQ/

A Requiem for Poseidon

It’s a small step for the publishing industry, but a giant leap for this author. Yesterday Like a Coming Wave was released from Circlet Press.

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Included in this anthology of romantic undersea tales is my story, A Requiem for Poseidon. This marks my first published piece that is not self-published.

Set in the same world as Son of Thunder, A Requiem for Poseidon is the story of the Inuit sea goddess, Sedna, and the Norse world serpent, Jormungandr, as they struggle to fight off the evil forces that threaten the undersea world.

The book is now available from:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AEH0D3S/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00AEH0D3S&linkCode=as2&tag=callmebliss-20

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/259334?ref=callmebliss

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/like-a-coming-wave-andrea-trask/1113857950?ean=2940015804782

Circlet Press: http://www.circlet.com/?p=4468#more-4468

It’s also available from Kobo, Apple’s iBookstore, and many independent booksellers via Google ebooks, as well as specialty ebookstores like All Romance eBooks, and Weightless Ebooks, to name just a few!

Wow! I feel so legitimate all of a sudden.

Okay, I’m not on the shelf at Barnes & Noble or Walmart (yet), but this sure feels good. It’s a step, and the next big step will be when Son of Thunder is released this coming spring from Soul Mate Publishing.

There’s a long, fun-filled journey ahead of me, but I feel I’m on my way.

Until next time,

Steve

The hardest part of writing is…

When I started writing, over thirty years ago, I remember thinking that if I could just finish the rough draft…I would be almost there. After all, lots of people start writing a book, but most never finish. This has got to be the hardest part of writing.

Fast forward to about twenty years ago: It’s finished. (It’s also wretched. Believe me, you will never see this first novel, at least not in its current form.) I pick the publisher I want to publish it, and send it off. It will sell, right? Most people don’t finish their novels. This one is done. Any problems they will have a professional editor fix, and I’ll be published and rich. But the waiting…this has got to be the hardest part of writing.

The rejection letter arrives. What? They couldn’t see my brilliance among all the typos, bad grammar, and poor description? Rejection sucks. I’m done with writing. Pack it away along with all my dreams. This is most definitely the hardest part of writing.

But I can’t stop writing. Over the next twenty years I make numerous starts on countless stories. Life keeps getting in the way and I keep packing it up/putting it off. Finding the time to write…that is the hardest part of writing.

Then, two years ago…RETIREMENT! Time to write. Stories get finished and polished. I finish Templars Gate (The Forsaken Templar). I even find an agent. This is it. The big time! I write There’s no such thing as Werewolves and Son of Thunder. But nothing sells. Communication breaks down. I feel like I’m beating my head against the wall. I have sequels in my brain, but it’s no use writing them unless I can sell the first. What can I write that will sell? Am I really an author? The questions…the self doubt…this has got to be the hardest part of writing.

I start entering contests, submitting for anthologies, and I get my first big break. September 29, 2011. My short story, A Requiem for Poseidon sells! It’s to a small online publisher. The book will probably only be available digitally. But it’s a sale. Twenty-five whole dollars! I have made money with my writing. I am a professional. “So, when is the book coming out?” I am asked continually. “Soon…” is all I can answer. (It’s been seven months and I still do not have a release date.) Once again, waiting is the hardest part of writing.

I part ways with my agent, and start the search for another. I have stuff now, a body of work. Two completed novels, three completed novellas, and more starts than you can shake a stick at. Though why people would want to shake a stick at anything is beyond me. I go to work every day. I don’t consider myself retired anymore. I’m a writer…an author. It’s what I do…what I am. I have two books published (and a short story in an anthology ‘coming soon’). There’s a ton of stuff I need to do, a mountain of stories I need to write, and it’s all hard work.

This isn’t the blog I started out to write. It evolved as I wrote it, as my writing tends to do. What I realized this morning, sitting here at my computer, is that the hardest part of writing…is believing in yourself.

Believe!

Steve

A time to dig in.

I can’t remember a time I’ve been so enthusiastic about anything. This feels good, it feels right and while at times it feels like I’m not making progress, I do feel the quality and quantity of my writing picking up. Over the past few weeks I’ve added over 30,000 words to my novel Amulet of the Fallen God. I passed the 84,000 word mark today and am starting to see the end in sight. I am so proud of my characters. Sure, I knew where the primary characters were heading, but so many times my minor characters stepped up to play roles I never envisioned at the start of this work. As I get to know them better more story arcs open up and my little world expands.

Yes, my characters speak to me. If that makes me crazy, I don’t want to be sane. I would especially like to thank my villains for a level of evil and wickedness I could never have come up with on my own. Malnik saved his own life at the end because, well, he’s just too much fun to write, to kill off…yet. And then there’s Tallon. Wait until you meet this guy.

Anyway, things go well in my life and my alternate universe. I got word that my contract and check for A Requiem for Poseidon will be in the mail within the next two weeks. Still no time frame for publication though. I have submitted Son of Thunder to the RWA Golden Heart contest, and sent out There’s no such thing as Werewolves to a publisher that advertized it was looking for Novellas.

Happy Holidays to everyone who stops by. I look for good things in the New Year.

Steve

The season of writing

Wow, it’s been a while since I updated this blog. Really sorry about that. The good news is that I’ve done quite a bit of writing in that time. I recently completed and submitted a superhero romance entitled Cheetah and Zoom: A very fast romance. I also packaged up and sent out my novel, Son of Thunder, to the RWA Golden Heart contest.

I have recently joined the RWA, the WisRWA , the WRA and a wonderful writers group out of Eagle River, WI. So I’ve started my networking as well.

Two weeks ago I got my contract from Circlet Press, signed it and sent it off, so I’m looking forward to my first payment as a professional author. (I get giddy just thinking about it)

Recently I’ve gone back to writing my fantasy novel, Amulet of the Fallen God. I’m making great progress hitting the 55,000 word mark in the projected 90,000-110,000 word manuscript. I feel my characters are strong and my storyline compelling…but that’s just me. I’m looking forward to getting it somewhat finished and sending it out to my beta readers for their input.

Snow is falling today here in Tomahawk which means I am entering the Season of Writing. Winter means less distractions and more face time with my computer. My plan is to finish my fantasy novel and to write a completely new romance before the spring thaw. That is unless I get a sale or some other project takes me by surprise.

Okay, enough for now. Back to writing.

Steve

New look

Still playing with the look of the blog. The last theme seemed a bit busy.

I’m very excited with the thought of being published. A Requiem for Poseidon is set in the same universe as Son of Thunder and Daughter of Darkness. I sent a new edit of Son of Thunder to my agent and I’m looking forward to her comments. I was inspired to do some work on Daughter of Darkness yesterday. I think that story is coming together nicely, and meshing well with SoT.

I also have a new story boiling in my brain. I’m planning on holding off starting it until November to use as my NaNoWriMo novel. It’s something completely different. I’m still not sure if I should be working on something different, or the sequels of the things I’ve already written. I’m hoping my agent will give me some direction on that.

Anyway, it’s all got to be written eventually, so I guess it doesn’t matter what I work on right now. After this next weekend I should have a good stretch of uninterrupted writing time to play around in, so I will dive deeply into some project.

I’ll keep you posted,

Steve