Havok and Setbacks and Bears, Oh My

For those of you who don’t know, June is an insane month for my family. We have nine birthdays, Father’s Day, and my wedding anniversary. During a normal June, I can still work through it and be productive. However, we added in a trip to the Oregon Coast at the end of the month to spread my mother’s ashes, which put me in a bit of a funk. The trip went well, but I needed a couple weeks to get my brain back into things.

That would be why there has been essentially no news from me here on the site, and why everything on my social media has been personal in nature. That changes today. I’m back and with some amazing news.

First, another one of my flash fiction stories has been accepted by Havok to be published on a Thursday in August. I don’t have the date yet, but when I do, I will let you know.

Also, this Friday, July 19, Bear’s Lullaby will finally be released. This is a project I have been sitting on since my daughter was born in 2010, when I composed the song. In 2011, I hired Shayne Hood through Elance (now Upwork) to draw pictures to go with the verses so I could put it into a bedtime book for my daughter.

Life happened.

Fast forward to this year. Faith in Concordia was a difficult project. Constructing a new world takes a lot of brainpower and time, and I gave myself some pretty crazy deadlines for publication during 2018. For that reason, I decided to take this year to really think through and write the next Concordia series. Meaning, there won’t be any big novel publications in 2019.

In April, The Talented Turtle was released. Now, Bear’s Lullaby is available for pre-order (for Kindle). It will be out for Kindle and paperback on Friday. At the end of the book, you will find sheet music for the melody. I really hope you guys like it.

Finally, Faith in Concordia Omnibus is being pushed out to October 18. I know, I know. Sad news, but there are two positives to this negative, so cheerio!

Click the image below to pre-order your digital copy of Bear’s Lullaby.

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NCWA May 2019

I might be roasty-toasty sunburned with a fractured middle finger, but I’m still at the monthly NCWA meeting. Less than a month until the Writers Renewal Conference!

Slight Website Changes

Hello all! Some of you may have noticed the subtle change in categories here on the website. Previously, they were labeled under the ambitious desire to add things every single day to my website. While I do stay active here and on my social media, every day is just not happening, so there are new categories. That way, if I want to do a Word of the Day thing on a Tuesday instead of Wednesday, it’s totally kosher. Here are the new categories:

New website categories

One Year

One year ago today my wonderful mother ended her 10 year battle with vascular dementia. Some may say she lost, but I know she is no longer having to deal with the pain and sorrow it brought into her life. That’s a win. Mom. Best friend. Muse. I miss you and love you every day.

Working Hard

Hey everyone! I know I haven’t been very active over the last couple weeks. It’s been a combination of life and trying to get Kept out to you by its new release date of December 21. There will likely be a Facebook release party like I had for Found, so keep your eyes open for it. I am still pretty active on social media. Love you all!

Series or Single Novels

I have a question, dear readers. I have quite a few projects in mind for the world of Concordia. I’m talking seven projects including Faith in Concordia. So, here’s the question.
Shall I keep writing each project as a series or would you rather have single novels? Future books in the series will likely be the same length as FIC.
Single novels would be released either yearly or every six months. I’m not sure yet. Series would be released every four months. The next series will probably come out January 2020, but it might be sooner. Let me know what you think! Send me a message through the Contact page or comment on this post.
Titles for future projects:
Hope in Concordia
Love in Concordia
Joy in Concordia
Peace in Concordia
Unity in Concordia
Justice in Concordia

JBF Mt. Vernon

I’m at Just Between Friends in Mt. Vernon at the Skagit County Fairgrounds! Selling and signing my books! Come check it out!