2020 06 28
Finished another chapter of The Gaslight Bandits today. This one involves Hercule and Caleb sneaking back into the Smith territory around Copper City to help their Uncle move the family Hoard. I used the territory around the Grand Canyon as a basis for describing the area between the two City States. It takes a little bit of imagination to propel my imagination back in time so I can visualize what it would have been like riding through an area when there was no paved roads, fences or power poles. I hope I made it believable.
Next chapter involves them leading a tricorn pack train loaded with treasure through the unmapped territory between Azure and Copper City.
2020 06 21
I finished chapter 4 of the Gaslight Bandits (chapter title is the Indigo Moor). I called it that because Francis and Chloe are riding the train from Junction City to Azure hoping to catch the train robber gang that’s been terrorizing passengers in all the city states. Azure took its name from the blue bushes that abound in the territory.
I also finished the synopsis and blurb for Gaslight as well as the cover.
The Enforcers is being beta read by my favorite beta reader (my son Andrew). So I had a good day. I hope you did as well.
2020 05 13
Worked on some transitional chapters and paragraphs on The Enforcers this week. The introduction of more secondary characters has added a lot of depth to the plot, so I'm happy with that, but it does mean that I have to go back in and include the lead ins to them. I'm confident I'll meet my deadline of November 1 for it to be published.
2020 05 20
I spent some of last night and this morning putting together a timeline of events for the enforcers chapter by chapter. A timeline is sort of like an outline except it’s written after the story instead of using it top replan the novel. Because of the erratic way I write, (I tend to jump around in the books) I need to be careful not to let the story become incoherent. Stuff like not including information in one chapter that the characters won’t find out until later. The timeline helps with this. Any other writers have this problem?
2020 05 25
Rereading book 1 of Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality. The entire series has to be read in order or it’s confusing. Only one and two are in ebooks yet, though so if I want to read the others I will have to wade through piles of books to find them.
I also discovered that Bookfunnel.com (it’s a group promotions site) seems to have really whacked up a sales promotion where I had placed The Designer People. The promotion seemed made to order for that particular book (crime, clones and the future). Supposedly they are fixing the issues. If you are interested Click Here
Well its day 21 of our "stay home" quarantine. How are you holding up? My family is handling it pretty well, but then my husband's pool service is considered "sanitation" so it's one of the essential businesses. I worry about my husband and my son going out every day to make sure our customers swimming pools haven't turned green or become breeding grounds for mosquitos, but I do take comfort that pools can be cleaned and sanitized without actual physical contact with our customers (I'm sure they appreciate it too).
As a writer, I'm something of an introvert, so staying home all day doesn't bother me as much as it does some people. Except today, one of my crowns fell out so I had to make an emergency trip to the dentist. The roads were empty, stores were closed and the entire town looked like a scene from one of those apocolyptic movies—I forget the name, but just pick one!
I did get a scene from The Enforcers written, so I feel I've accomplished something for today. I will be doing a cover reveal on it next time.
I'm still waiting for my proof copy of Quantum Light (book 7 in the Space Colony Jourals) to arrive so I can make any corrections and send it to print. It's due out in August, so you'll be hearing more about it too.
Please stay calm and safe. We can get through this. This country has endured worse things and the American people survived it. It's harder this time because we aren't allowed to gather in groups to support each other, but we can still do it.
2020 03 31
I didn't feel up to working on the next chapter of The Enforcers, so I went through my notes for other books. I ended up working on a new book. This one will take place on St. Antoni as well, but it's going to be a stand-alone. I don't even have a working title for it yet. Basically the heroine flees earth with her younger sister and brother because their cousin (they went to live with after their parents were killed) turns out to be a bad guy. They learned too much about his criminal operation and now he wants them dead.
- 2020 02 07 -- I FINISHED THE ROUGH DRAFT OF BOOK NO 7 (QUANTUM LIGHT) IN THE SPACE COLONY JOURNALS. IT'S NOW GOING THROUGH THE FIRST EDITING.
- It looks as if Cover No 2 is winning the contest.
- BOOK 2 IN THE ST. ANTONI SERIES (THE ENFORCERS) IS IN THE PLANNING STAGE
A family of innocent botanists finds themselves thrust into the middle of a drug war on an alien planet.
Rupert and Aire have come to Trellya to negotiate the purchase of plants Rupert uses in the medicines and cosmetics his company makes. The dactyl Pelcon is with them because he goes everywhere Rupert goes. Sesuna came with them to find out what is happening on her family's estates. Teenage Selick came to see Trellya and meet the birth mother who sold her to the Thieves Guild as an infant.
To her horror Sesuna discovers her family's property has been over-run by rebels who plan to finance their revolution with the sale of Submit, a banned, highly addictive drug employed to make users compliant. They have already planted some fields on her property with plants used to create Submit. If she can't prove her innocence the Magistra will use this as an excuse to seize the estate. But Before Sesuna can destroy the fields she and Selick are kidnapped by the rebels, whose leader intends to force Sesuna into marriage to gain control of the estate. Can Rupert and Sesuna defeat him and save her family's lands?
On the frontier world of St. Antoni, you got tough—or you got dead.
The Portal to the world of St. Antoni was unsanctioned. Immigrants who reached there were desperate to escape earth. They snuck through the Portal with only what they could carry to face an alien world without earths advanced technology. by sheer grit and determination St. Antonoians fought their way back to the steam age. In the first two hundred years they created a civilization as different from that of earth as Mars is from Venus.
City states were controlled by powerful families, and the outlying ranches and mines outside them were held together by guns and guts. But the St. Antonoians new civilization had a flaw: a man or woman could comit crimes in one City state flee to another and be safe from pursuit.
So the Enforcers were created. Only this group of brave men and women, an elite law enforcement agency commissioned by the combinded city states, dare to pursue these criminals across the borders. When they catch up with them, they serve as judge, jury and sometimes executioners...
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