It’s Live!

reGenesis: Dark Awakening is now available.

Dark Awakening half Cover


You can get the Kindle eBook version here: for just 99¢.

The print version is also available from CreateSpace: and will soon be available from Amazon.

Both versions include a sneak peek at the first chapter of Son of Thunder.

Something New.

The feedback received after Tuesday’s flash fiction piece got me thinking. I had this similar story I’d written a couple of years ago. Should i do something with it?


So I pulled it out and dug in, updating and editing. I’m happy with the result and plan to release it soon as a stand alone short story.


Here’s the cover and blurb:

Dark Awakening half Cover


After Heather Corbin died, her life took a real turn.

Reviving in a younger version of her body, Heather finds herself in a strange laboratory in the company of robots and a younger, sexier version of her husband Jim.

On top of that, she discovers she’s one hundred years in the future, and one of only a few living people on Earth. Does humanity even stand a chance?

reGenesis: Dark Awakening is a romantic short story set in a dark future world, featuring hot sex and romantic reawakenings. 18+



Will I do anything else with the reGenesis series?

Only time will tell. There’s certainly more to tell.

More good news

I just received word from my agent that along with Templars Gate she will also be representing my short story Dark Awakening. So I will now have two stories ‘in play’ as I finish up There’s no such thing as werewolves, which is turning out to be a very fun prequel to Templars Gate.

My new agent, by the way, is Saritza Hernández. She is the ePub Agent at the L. Perkins Agency ( ). I am so thrilled to have her on board. I plan to do a ‘Meet my agent’ blog soon, so we can all get to know her better.

Right now I have a Letter of Agreement to fill out and send, and some writing to do, so until next time…


The days start to blur…

It was easier to blog about writing my shorter stuff. A couple of weeks as I finished up Templar’s Gate or the time it took to write and edit Dark Awakenings went by pretty fast, and I always had some progress to announce. Now working on my novel it’s a much different pace.

To some extent I am working harder, and producing more than I was back a month ago, but because there is so much more to produce in a 110,000 word novel, time seems to be crawling, and progress seems so much slower.

I’m not discouraged, and I’m not giving up. I’m convinced that Amulet of the Fallen God is a great story, that I really need to write. I get an average of 1000 to 2000 words a day, most days, and the story is unfolding in ways I never imagined. Characters are taking on lives of their own and the story gets richer and richer.

Only this morning I discovered that the elf king is mad (crazy mad, not angry mad), the elf mage, Emrilok, took the rap for his brother Fuesar, and that halflings did indeed survive the Gods War. Yesterday I did not know that. Tomorrow I find out just what made the king go mad. I think I know, but I’m never sure until I get there.

But, while little stuff like that is fun, when I look at the overall progress of the book (only about 1/3 done with the first draft) I see how far I have to go yet. In about a week it looks like my adventurers will have a huge mountain to climb. I know exactly what they feel like.

Still no word on the two pieces I have out, but I keep my fingers crossed.

Stay tuned,


Too long away.

A friend of mine reminded me yesterday that I hadn’t updated my blog in a while, and that a short posting telling him to look at someone else’s blog does not count. He’s right and I apologize, once again, for my lack.

I’m still waiting for word back on my short story and novella submissions. So there is no news on that front.

It’s actually been a very productive couple of weeks. Retirement is starting to settle into a routine. I get to work on my writing around 8:30-9:00 each morning and generally get in 1,000-2,000 words before noon. The plot is expanding as I go and the characters are coming much more clearly into focus. I’m at about 30,000 words so far, and aiming for around 110,000.

The most fun days for me are when the characters take the story in a direction I did not even see coming. I’ll be writing along, thinking I know where I’m headed and one of them will kind of kick me.

Character: “I would never do that, you know.”

Me: “But I planned on you doing that,”

Character: “I really want to do this instead.”

Me: “Oh, yeah, that’s a great idea.”

Character: “…and I want credit for the idea in the acknowledgment’s section when the book is published.”

Me: “Good luck with that…”

Dragon: “Can I eat him?”

Me: “Hmmmm…”

Till next time,


A very good week.

This has been a very good and productive week. Yesterday I sent out the completed manuscript for Templars Gate and this morning I finished the final edit and sent out Dark Awakening. I met my goal of having these stories out by the end of the month. I’m feeling very good about their prospects.

Next week I leave for a convention on Tuesday and even though I am bringing my new netbook with me, I doubt I will have much time to write. Also I will probably not have an update here on the blog until after next week. So I guess I have to consider next week a vacation week.

The plan now is to work on a story I’ve titled There’s no such thing as Werewolves which is a companion story set in the Templars Gate universe. Not really a sequel  the two stories happen at about the same time, and there are a few points where they converge. It’s shaping up to be a really fun story, not quite as dark as Templars Gate. I hope to have it finished by the end of September.

So a busy but fun vacation week ahead, then it’s right back to work, if I survive…


Work continues

Just time for a quick update today. I have started to receive input from my Beta Readers of Templars Gate. I hope to have the editing done in the next two weeks and have it into my agent. Thanks again to my wonderful Betas.

A personal note to my ex-co-workers. There’s a pass around copy of Templars Gate floating around Social Services. You are more than welcome to read it if you can find it, and if you have any comments I’d love to hear them. Just send me an email.

I also posted an additional part of Dark Awakening on the Absolute Write boards. Their comments there caused me to change the entire story from 3rd person to 1st person. To get a look at my writing process, more of the story and comments I got there go to:

WARNING: This was to get some input on the story’s sex scene and may not be ‘work friendly’. Hopefully you’ll find it hot and steamy.

Until next time…


Dark Awakening

I had a great writing session and finished up Dark Awakening. I’m getting ready to send it out to my Beta readers and I thought it would be a good idea to stop by here and give you all just a taste. I’m very happy with the way it turned out.

Here’s just a snippet:


Heather Corbin awoke confused. It was either pitch black out, or she was completely blind. She couldn’t feel her body. Perhaps she wasn’t awake at all, but just drifting in a dream. The last thing she remembered was the crash. God, was she paralyzed and blind?

“Greetings, Mrs. Corbin. How are you feeling?”

The voice was cold and mechanical but at least her ears seemed to be working.

Confused was what she wanted to say. She thought it, willed it, but she couldn’t speak.

“That is understandable,” the voice said.

Can that thing hear my thoughts? she wondered.

“Yes, your body is not yet fully functional. I am communicating with you over a neural network connection. Please be calm. You will have full functionality shortly.”

Heather thought back to the crash. That idiot must have been drunk, swerving in and out of traffic. She remembered slamming on the brakes and skidding as he cut in front of her. Still he managed to clip her front end and nudge her off the road. Her car had hit the ditch and flipped. That was the last thing she remembered.

Was I hurt badly? She asked the voice.

“You were killed,” the voice replied flatly.

Images flashed through her head. A newspaper article, with the picture of her wrecked car and the headline: Three dead in multi car pileup. An obituary, HER obituary! A scene of a casket being lowered into the ground.

“It broke my heart to lose you.” It was another voice, a familiar voice.