Estimated 2021 Release dates of new books:

Forbidden Colonies:

Book 3: Gaslight Bandits – Jan 1, 2021

Book 4: The Portal Lawman – April 1, 2021

Book 5: Cradle of Fire – June 1, 2021

The Clone Initiative - Sept 1, 2021

Red Planet Knight - Jan 1, 2022

Magi of Rulari

Book 3: The Paladin - Oct 2021


2021 WORK JOURNAL

2021 04/05

I got a little more done on Clone today. I was writing one of those me! Me! Chapters (one where Liam, Tally and the others happen to be in the right spot to aid in an escape from a nearby clone farm, when I realized the clones would undoubtably have a sub-culture under the managements noses, so I had to stop and think what that would entail. 

This time I’m also including several characters from two other Forbidden colonies who snuck back to earth to study some things their colonies don’t offer, so I need to be sure their reactions to earths clone policies agree with what I have in mind for the society on those planets.

2021 03/22

Worked a little bit on Clone today. I decided I’d better get working on it since I set it a September 1st deadline for release. A week ago, I wrote a part of a chapter where a bounty hunter tries to grab Tally off a college campus and Liam stops him.  I thought it was a good way to show how differently a man raised on the frontier would react to a threat vs someone raised in a less wild environment. 

Part of the scene was missing, and I had to rewrite it. 😬

I also did a bit of work on book 7. Tentative title Red Planet Knight. In that one I’m switching to a different Forbidden Colony.  It’s been settled by a group who wants a Renaissance lifestyle but want to keep their fancy tech gadgets. Going to be fun creating the society...

2021/03/13

Worked on creating a map of Brackamore Shire, today. It looks better Than the one I made of St. Antoni, so I’m getting better at it. I’m using a combination of free clip art and Words graphic tools to make the maps. Making a map of an alien world you’ve created has a dual purpose. They’re kind of fun to hand out as freebies to readers. They also help keep the placement of your characters straight, especially if said characters are moving around a lot in the book. In this case, I’m planning to have one of Cadence’s teenage sisters take off on her own across country to find the missing teens. Cadence, Owen, Yukio follow her. In turn they are followed by Nori the Yowari woman Cadence rescued who is chasing after Sybelle, Cadence’s other sister, so you can see how confusing it could become if I don’t get a handle on where everything is located.

2021/03/12

Thursday already. I haven’t accomplished much this week. I decided I’ve been neglecting the romance part of Paladin, so to get myself into the mood, I’ve been re-reading Nora Roberts Mackade series. It’s one of my favorites of hers, the other one being the Calhoun series. 

I wonder if I am the only writer who preps for writing a certain type of scene by reading certain types of books or watching certain kinds of movies? When I need to write an action scene, I read some Louis L’Amour or Luke Short, and when I wrote about the first time Jade saw St. Antoni in Cradle, I rewatched the early episodes of Centennial and How the West Was Won...

I started the publicity for The Portal Lawman this week, as it will be released on April 1st. I know—April Fool’s Day—what was I thinking?

2021 03/09

Had to leave the 3rd pool truck at the shop. They said it was ready, but when I started it up the brake light was still on and it didn’t go off. The shop couldn’t tell me why, so I left it there. 😒

I did get a few more pages done on Paladin, and a promo featuring women Warriors (in honor of Women’s history month) sent out. I also found a great website about the subject showing the 15 greatest women Warriors in history. Ancient history—none of them was after Queen Elizabeth’s time (1600s), but it was fun to read.

I need to do some editing on Cradle of Fire (book 5 in the Forbidden Colony series)

2021 03/05

Didn’t get a lot accomplished on Paladin, but I got the local art events newsletter done. Still waiting to send it out. Probably after my hard-working hero’s crash for the night. Right now, we’re watching Sean Connery in several James Bond movies. (Goldfinger just got sucked out through the cockpit window) 🤣

2021 02/28

I must confess I didn’t get a lot accomplished today. Mostly I messed around in my email lists. It’s amazing how much time it takes. A couple of fellow writers suggested I sign up with MailChimp or one of the other mailing list managers. I did attempt it, but I found the learning curve pretty steep compared to managing my lists in an excel spread sheet. Time consuming but easy enough to learn. 

I did get Portal locked and loaded on D2D. Now I need to wait 7 days to order author copies, and another 3 weeks to get my copies. Since distribution starts April 1st, that’s cutting it pretty fine. 🤯

2021 02 21

Spent sometime today updating my Modern Artist pamphlets, some of which badly needed it, especially in lieu of our current crisis. I have to include information about on-line art shows, more about e-books, some stuff art data bases etc... as long as I was doing that, I updated the covers as well.

I did get some additional material done on Cradle of Fire; a scene I had intended to include but somehow left out. It builds a up a little more of Levi’s character and how he is regarded by others.

2021 02/19

Spent most of today updating the covers for the Modern Artist’s Handbook. I need to update the material in book 3 (Art Show Basics) to cover how to do an on-line art show. That’s going to require some pretty heavy research into how a show like this works; interviews with some folks who’ve actually done one.

If any of you has any experience along those lines, I’d love to hear from you. Only NOT through Facebook messages. I don’t use it. You can reach me through my Artist web site: www.gaildaleysfineart.com

2021 02/18

Waiting on the desktop to copy my working files to the auxiliary backup disc. Next step is to copy the photo files. Then I’ll disconnect the disc. I’ve ordered two more Ram drives. Once they are installed it should give us 16 more GB of memory. It looks fairly simple to install, but I want my files protected in case it has another fit and starts eating stuff.

I really wanted to work on Paladin today instead of doing this. I also need to send a workman’s Comp cert to netvendor, but I can’t do that until I make sure the files are safe.

2021 02/16

Today was VPS invoice day. The first time I’ve printed invoices using the Online QuickBooks. Invoices didn’t look too bad, but the addressee is in a bad place for mailing. I also discovered the online statements are useless—they don’t show the customer their payments, so it ends up looking like the customer owes more than they do. Also, it too a lot of conniving to get them to a place where they could be printed. That was the first time I got to actually see what they look like and realized they didn’t show payments. Unfortunately, I had already sent out a few of them with emails.

On a better note, I uploaded The Portal Lawman to Draft2Digital and sent a copy of Cradle of Fire to the printer (rough draft for editing and rewrites). I even added a couple of paragraphs to Paladin before I shut down the desktop for the night. (Saving power since Texas and the other Midwest states are pulling from our power grid because theirs are down.)

So, we are sitting here watching our Nero Wolfe discs, eating shelled pistachios with a glass of wine.

2021 02 14

Spent most of today futility looking for my files with 2020 paintings I had done 😬. When my computer had its little tantrum last month it ate some files. I had thought they would be safe because I had backups in my auxiliary discs and on iCloud, but it seems to have burrowed into both of them. So now I have to dig through storage and retake photos of the paintings and then re inter them into the logs. After which paper is king! Fortunately, I think I’m only missing about 6 or 7 and they were small (8 x 10) and one 5 x 7.

2021 02 14

Spent most of today futility looking for my files with 2020 paintings I had done 😬. When my computer had its little tantrum last month it ate some files. I had thought they would be safe because I had backups in my auxiliary discs and on iCloud, but it seems to have burrowed into both of them. So now I have to dig through storage and retake photos of the paintings and then re inter them into the logs. After which paper is king! Fortunately, I think I’m only missing about 6 or 7 and they were small (8 x 10) and one 5 x 7.

2021 02 13

Looking for a little feedback on choosing a cover for an upcoming book. The font was used on the other 5 books in the series. The setting is an "after the apocalypse" and concerns cloning. The book is still in the early planning stages. I downloaded the backgrounds from Bookbrush.com where I usually make my covers. (Waiting for an answer from Bookbrush about the licensing status for these three, but that's another matter.)

2021 02/08

Got an idea for book 6 in the Forbidden Colony series. Liam is all grown up and he returns to earth to take some college classes and settle their uncle’s estate. I’m going to use one of the triplets as a love interest. I left some ends dangling in both Cradle and Portal, and I hope to tie them off. For this book I’m planning to use a formula made popular in ERBs Tarzan books and later in the Crocodile Dundee movies: man raised in less civilized surroundings encounters modern society.

But first I need to finish up the Magi Palidan...

2021 02 06

My favorite beta reader finished The Portal Lawman today. I’ve already begun the editing and rewrites on it. 

Still trying to figure out if I want to redo the Magi covers. I did a little research on Amazon, and most of those listed as fantasy best sellers had 3 things in common: a castle or some type of bright light in the background. A sword wielding man or a woman dressed in clothes nobody but a fool would wear to fight in.  I mean come on—you are fighting someone using a sword and you leave your Chest, legs and arms bare so your opponent can stab or slash you? And the books also used very ornate fonts in the titles.

Since a lot of fantasy readers are young men with libido issues (hence the half-naked women) I suppose I need to revise them. Current ones are below.

2021 02 04

I think I’ve found my title for the 3rd Magi of Rulari book: The Magi Paladin. Paladin is derived from any of the twelve peers of Charlemagne's court, of whom the Count Palatine was the chief. The paladins (or Twelve Peers) are twelve fictional knights of legend, the foremost members of Charlemagne's court in the 8th century. They first appear in the mediaeval (12th century) chanson de geste cycle of the Matter of France, where they play a similar role to the Knights of the Round Table in Arthurian romance. 

Paladin has had many meanings over the years, but the most common one was a type of free-lance white knight who championed the cause of those who had no other advocate.

2021 02 03

I'm considering re-doing the covers for the Magi of Rulari Fantasy series, and I'm still not in love with the title on the 3rd book (in progress).

2021 01/23

Worked a little more on Magi Warrior this morning. I did expand chapter 1 some more, but I realized that since each book in the Magi series is supposed to be able to be read as a stand-alone novel as well as a part of the series, I needed to spend more time developing the story setting. This isn’t as simple as it sounds. I went back through both Spell and Storm to see if I had created any new plants and discovered I had only mentioned kaleidoscope trees (I used an oak tree as a base and gave it semitransparent leaves). I took a few liberties with the color of chlorophyll, allowing it to nave more colors than just green for the leaves.  

You wouldn’t think a fantasy would require a lot of setting descriptions, (I know a lot of sword and sorcery writers don’t bother) but I am also an artist and I pride myself on doing a good job world building. I think it’s important for readers to be able to immerse themselves into the story, and for that you need a good setting. 

So today I spent a lot of time on plant databases figuring out how to tweak them to appear alien.

2021 01/20

Working up to writing a really harrowing scene. My heroes come on a group of renegades who have captured a lone Sekhmet woman and decide to have a little fun with a gang rape. They rescue her of course and the two male MCs, Owen and a Yoweri Warrior Sargent Yukio (pronounced OOO-Ko; you think that’s bad try growling it!).  Since this is a serious subject that might trigger some issues for readers, I do have to put a warning about the scene on the book, even though the scene won’t be graphic. And I have to have Nari (the 2nd female MC) deal with PTSD from it throughout the book. It’s an alien culture too so that is another facet of how it’s treated...

2021 1/17

Country codes for emails: I recently sent out a promotional email and I just learned from the promoter that out of over 900 emails, only about 17 went through. Since this resulted in me being booted off the promotion, I’m a litter frustrated. I had just redone the list to include some older lists I hadn’t used very much. When I checked the addresses, I realized that a lot of them which had country codes locating them in central Africa had been returned with the notion they had been blacklisted by email servers.  

I’m going to need to sign up with one of those email list verification programs (it’s not expensive—$10 for each 500 emails run through their system).

SOOO much fun!

2021 1/14

I spent most of today working on individual ads for each of my books.  I’m trying something a little different this time. I noticed that a lot of the ads I’m seeing on Facebook don’t actually show the book cover, so I made at least 3 for each fiction book. Book Brush is a great venue for do-it-yourselfers like me.  But I couldn’t believe how time consuming it was; the site has literally thousands of royalty photos—and I’m not finished! 

I got as far as attaching the individual D2D book link to the Bookbrush ad, but I still have to copy the graphics into photoshop and then save it as a photo, so when the add is clicked, it goes to the D2D link so they can choose a store.  The final step will be to tag the add with the appropriate key words so it will show up on a search.

Sounds like fun doesn’t it?

2021 01/11

I got most of the 2nd chapter of Magi Warrior done today.  Now I need to work up a spell for Faye’s dream walking sequence. She’s going to be planting a specific type of dream aimed at a certain age group on a mass scale. Should be fun. 

Still waiting on my author copies of Gaslight, and I’m waiting for Andrew S. Daley to finish beta reading Portal. I’m letting Cradle percolate on a back burner before I try to edit the rough draft. 

https://books2read.com/ap/n41KK8/Gail-Daley

2021 01 07

I got a couple of pages done in Magi Warrior this afternoon.  I managed to introduce Owen (MC), Yukio a Sekhmet Merc (in command of the Merc troop accompanying them), and Owens’s grandfather Lewys, without (I hope) too much of an info dump. Although this one uses some characters from Spell of the Magi and Magi Storm, it’s meant to be a stand-alone, so I will need to do a lot of re describing of Rulari...

2021 01 06

Accomplished virtually nothing on the book front today as I was stuck working (or should I say Re-working?) Medicare stuff and I fully expect to be doing that tomorrow too.  I did manage to get the phone number of the State medical advocate out of Aetna so at least I have a new place to sit on hold with...

I really wanted to do a little more work on Cradle and on the plot for Magi Warrior but that didn’t happen. Still waiting for Andrew to finish decimating Portal (that’s what a good beta reader does, isn’t it?)

2021 01 05

Started the Outline on the 3 rd Magi book. I’m using Magi Warrior as a working title. 

Synopsis isn’t finished, but here is what I have so far: This is a stand-alone Fantasy, although it takes place in the Rulari universe, and uses characters from Both Spell of the Magi, and Magi Storm. Drake Ignatus Stormssmith is a raider who dreams of controlling a Magi Army and becoming the ruler of Askela. The bastard son of John Lemange's father, he has always felt himself undervalued. He is a prime target for Faye Dupree who convinces him he can achieve his dreams by creating a Magi Army powerful enough to defeat the Shan's Proctors and the other Magi of Rulari. She suggests that he target younger Magi as they will be more easily swayed by her spells, although they also make attempts to recruit older Magi. He comes into direct conflict with Owen who is attempting to recruit unaffiliated Magi to sign on with the Magi Accords. One of His first targets was the shire of Lemange, where he killed the Drake and Dray in an attempt to take their children. The three girls escape and go on the run from him. She suggests that he target younger Magi as they will be more easily swayed by her spells, although they also make attempts to recruit older Magi. He comes into direct conflict with Owen who is attempting to recruit unaffiliated Magi to sign on with the Magi Accords,

I think I’ll also use the photo of the redheaded woman warrior on the cover. I just need to figure out what else I want to add to it.

2021 01 03

I finished my editing on the rough draft of Portal today. Next, I turn it over to my favorite beta reader, my son Andrew to poke holes in. 

The trouble with editing is it has to be done in spurts, otherwise my brain starts filling in stuff that should be there but really isn’t. Spell check doesn’t catch that stuff; it doesn’t seem to recognize if a word is actually missing...

2020 WORK JOURNAL

2020 12 18

Started work on the last half of Cradle today. I knew as soon as l started, the plot line would even out. Going to have a bank robbery as a diversion. Lorenzo, my BG wants the Jones men away from the house so he can break in (read: home invasion) and force the elderly matriarch to open her safe. He plans for only the women to be there (Chloe the retired assassin is 6 months pregnant) and Francis the other woman Enforcer has a 3-month-old baby. None of the others has any fighting experience so he expects it to be easy. 

It won’t be, but that would be too much of a spoiler.

I want there to be a final confrontation between Levi and Lorenzo though, so I need to figure out a way to do that...

2020 12 11

Got a few more pages done on Cradle today. This a transition chapter (changing locations from Gateway City to Junction City) so I have to be careful not to let the pacing sag; you know those middle of the book doldrums 🤪😳. But I think it’s working.  I still need to decide if I want to switch POVs, so I can put more emphasis on Hetty and Tom’s romance. I’m leaning toward not to switch, because I want to explore the cultural shock from earth to St. Antoni Jade experiences a little more...

12/6/2020

Well, I got the kidnapping done, the little girl escaped on her own from a very inept kidnapper. Of course, I had to let him escape. He’s now headed for Junction City, so I can continue the story. Junction City was the scene of Book 2 - The Enforcers (it came out in November) and The Gaslight Bandits (out January 1, 2021–ARC copies are available.  if anyone wants to volunteer contact me on my web site www.GailDaley.com)

12/4/2020

Just got back from grocery shopping. Last time Vons had lots of empty shelves. This time they had boxes stacked in the aisles as high as the tops of the shelves. I’m guessing the trucks finally got there. 

Picked up portal from office max yesterday. I’m still working out the kidnapping details on my next chapter of Cradle so it’s a good time for me to reread Portal...

11/27/2020

They sure don’t make ink pens like they used to—I’ve run 3 of the little stinkers dry this week! I’ve been writing by hand because a) the word app on my iPad is awful and 2) my battery on it keeps running down! 

However, I did get the last chapter of Portal done (it still needs editing), most of the 3rd chapter of Cradle and about half of chapter 1 done. 

😂 I know, why am I writing ahead of the story? It’s just the way I write. That’s why I have a chapter timetable handy; that way I won’t put in stuff that hasn’t happened yet!

BTY Warriors of St. Antoni and the Enforcers are on sale for the rest of the month $.99

https://books2read.com/ap/n41KK8/Gail-Daley

11/22/2020

Everything is beautiful today. No wind to speak of and the camp is quiet. Everyone but Angie and I has left to play in the dirt. I think she is cleaning up her trailer from breakfast. I’m just sitting here enjoying the last of my coffee. Little bit of a scare this morning; Vernon fixed breakfast and he left the dirty pots he filled with water on the stove heating up while went to start the generator. He got distracted and started visiting. I was taking a breathing treatment when I smelled the smoke. The pan we were using to heat milk to make coffee is toast. All the water boiled away and the milk residue in the pan turned into charcoal. He says the pan will be good for dipping water when he runs his gold equipment.

I got the last chapter of Portal finished. I still need to type it into the actual book on the desktop. All I have with me is my mini-iPad and the word processor for it is terrible, so I’m using the old-fashioned method: paper and pen. My paper rough drafts are filled with scratch outs and lines where I decided to move sentences (sometimes whole paragraphs!) around.

I started some work on Cradle, that I’m probably going to insert into the second or third chapter. I still need to write the first chapter of Cradle (the one with the murder Jade and her siblings witness).

11/18/2020

Slowly getting the RV packed. It’s like moving—by the time you get it all packed you are wiped. I did have a semi productive day—I got Vern and I signed up with Medicare and a supplemental through Etna. Now all I have left to do is get Andrew signed up through Covered CA. Lots of fun.

Going to try and get the last chapter of Portal done (then the rewrites start 😀). If I’m lucky, I can get the 5th book Cradle of Fire off to a good start.

Here are the blurbs for them. 

The Portal Lawman

Book 4 – St. Antoni the Forbidden Colony

A fast-paced Sci-Fi novel of adventure, mystery and romance in a dystopian society. Trapped in a web of deceit and danger, Lacey makes a dangerous alliance with the local Militia to keep her family safe in the police state that rules Earth.

The end of the world had come and gone. Those who remained after the apocalypse did whatever it took to keep themselves alive and preserve what civilization survived. They broke laws and flouted the will of draconian government agencies who were supposed to keep anarchy at bay and instead established a police state.

Lacey Delaney, head of Laughing Mountain's Portal committee, defied the government by helping Portal Runners smuggle desperately needed goods, service and people to the Forbidden Colonies.

Malachi Sullivan, sub-commander of the free militia, was one of those who held the line against the tyranny of an overbearing government desperately trying to regain control against spreading anarchy.

Lacey and Malachi had been in love once, but a treacherous woman broke them apart. Now they must put the past behind them and learn to work together to save their town and preserve the secret of the Portal to the Forbidden Colonies.

Cradle of Fire

Book 5 – St. Antoni the Forbidden Colony

"A must read, fast-paced Sci-Fi novel of adventure, suspense and romance."

A desperate woman takes a perilous gamble to save her family from a brutal murderer.

They weren't supposed to see the murders or discover their 'kindly' new guardian had slaughtered three people. But they did see it. Jade knows they can't go to the police—he owns them. The only choice is to run and hide; but where can a woman, a teenage girl and a young boy go to be safe from a crime lord?

Desperate, she takes the risk of bringing her family through an illegal Portal to St. Antoni. They are safe from their former guardian here. But she may have jumped from the frying pan into the fire; the forbidden colony is a dangerous place. It's a planet whose citizens have created a society poles apart from the dystopian earth they fled. With almost no resources, she needs a way to support herself and her siblings in this strange world.

When she is offered a job as an illustrator for a book company owned by the elderly Hortense Jones, Jade jumps at it. Then she meets Hortense's nephew, the fascinating Levi Jones. He is a former Enforcer with a dangerous reputation as a gunman. Loyalty to the kindhearted Hortense causes Jade to be drawn into the deadly feud between the Jones and the Smith families. Can she find happiness on St. Antoni and keep her family safe?

10 27 2020

Awhile back I made an omnibus using volume 1 of each of my series: Options of Survival, Spell of the Magi and Warriors of St. Antoni as a kind of starter set to encourage readers to try each series.  Amazon immediately started screaming about the ISBNs not matching, and I ended up removing the original ISBNs as well as the copyright infringement information warning assigned to the books when I first published them.  I really don’t understand that because the other combined books I have read included that information, so what makes mine different? Sometimes Amazon sucks.

Now the e-book looks fine, but I Immediately ran into print issues. D2D said the combined books were too long for the 6 x 9 format, so ended up enlarging the format all the way to 8.5 x 11 (the size of a coffee table book) and the print inside turned out very tiny.  In short, the inside of the printed book looks hideous; the cover doesn’t look good at that size either. I’m seriously considering not publishing a printed volume at all and just distributing the e-book. 😔🤨

 

2020 10 17

I got my author copies of The Enforcers today. It's a really special feeling when you look at an actual printed book and realize—hey I did that. It's unfortunate that I don't have any place to sell physical copies right now. Of course, they can be found on my website. I do have them at the Water Tower Gallery downtown, but due to Covid they are closing their doors permanently. I hear the Book Barn is open again, but I've yet to be able to convince the owner to stock my books. Oh well. If you're interested, you can buy signed copies at https://gaildaley.com/CATALOG.php

2020 10 16

Plotting my next move in Portal. I need a final resolution that won’t leave a Lot of lot lines dangling. My murderer isn’t a terrible guy; just a person who didn’t want to own up to the situation he found himself in admitting what happened would be embarrassing, plus it might have endangered his family and the community, so he convinced himself the only way to get rid of the blackmailer was to kill him. Unfortunately, he was seen by an even more ruthless person who also tries to blackmail him. This time the threat wouldn’t just be embarrassing, it would mean his arrest for murder, so he kills him too.

The questions I need answers to are:

1. Who figures it out and what do they do about it? Keep in mind that the answer might be more than one person...

a. Nothing 

b. Tell the cops? 

2. What does the murderer do about it? 

a. Try to kill him? Them? 

b. Run?

c.Get caught?

 

2020 10 13

Am I the only one who writes in my sleep? It happens to me all the time, and then I find myself wide awake in the middle of the night. I have to either get up and write it down or hope I’ll remember it in the morning. Last night I Found myself writing a scene for Cradle of Fire (book 5 in the Forbidden Colony series). So, I got up this morning to write it down. I still have at least 3 chapters left in Portal to write so stopping to work on Cradle was a little inconvenient. 

It probably happened because I’m stumped for an ending that won’t leave a lot of dangling plot lines.

I can’t decide if I want to kill off my murderer or let him escape off planet. I’m tempted to let him escape, but he killed two people; granted neither of the men he killed was a nice person: one of them was a blackmailer and the other was a stalker with nefarious plans for one of my heroines, but still...

Maybe I’ll take a break and work on the cover for Cradle...

2020 10 12

Wishing all of you a blessed Sunday.

I don’t have regular ’writers block’, st least the way I’ve heard that infernal malady described by other writers, but every so often I do find myself struggling with putting words into the computer. I’ve been struggling with the next chapter of Portal. Today I finally realized what the problem is; a different piece of the novel was begging to be written. I do try to write my chapters in timeline order, but sometimes scenes just demand to be written out of order. So, I skipped ahead a chapter to one I’ve titled “Next of Kin”.

This one is about Joyce (the secondary female MC). She and her sisters are accused of being clones. (In this world clones aren’t considered people. They are the property of the company who created them; somewhat the way women up until the 1920s, and slaves, were treated in colonial days). The scene wouldn’t let me alone until I wrote it. Maybe now I can back to writing the chapter that leads into this one.

2020 10 10

Happy birthday Gail. I'm 66 today. Time sure flies by. As I get older, I find myself getting impatient with all of life's timewasters; things like opening all the mail we get. Half of them are advertisement, and the other half is demanding we take some action immediately.

Struggling a little with the current chapter of Portal. I need set up for the second murder, but to do that I have to spend time in the murderer and murderee's heads. At the same time, I don't want to give away the solution too early. I've also got to fit in moving the love interests forward, and the Clone people's motives as well as the PAA agents' movements.

Lots of fun.

2020 10 03

Did a little more work on Portal today; mostly revisions after my favorite Beta reader pointed out some holes I needed to plug. A little difference in world views: he sees a situation where the state and federal governments are all powerful, easily able to take out the militias. I, on the other hand see the situation as akin to what Chicago and other big cities were like during prohibition. 

I did agree that I needed to make my vision of my apocalyptic earth a little clearer. In a lot of the post-apocalyptic books I've read, the future is so dark, Rulers are 'all powerful', vicious, and willing to commit mass murder to stay in power. The people inhabiting these universes seem to live in a constant state of desperation. I don't believe that. I believe in hope. I believe that people who are fundamentally good people, will continue to be true to who they are even if circumstances force them to behave differently. In this case, I'm referring to the people of the community in Laughing Mountain, the earth setting where much of "the Portal Lawman" takes place.

So, in my version of an apocalyptic earth, everyone has tried to retain some version of their ordinary lifestyle. and continue to live their lives in as close an approximation of what those lives used to be as they can. Secondly, all Governments wants to stay in power; no government can rule without the consent of the people who live under its rule. If government doesn't want a full-scale revolution on its hands, it will compromise with powerful groups like industrial giants and with the home-grown militia, straddling an uneasy fence between these two opposing forces. To stay in power, it has to give lip service to the 'rights' that the industry giants would prefer to ignore, and the Militia defends so fiercely.

We’ll see if I succeed...

2020 09 20

Vernon went up to Columbia today to check up on Rob and Cheryl (friends of ours who run the Columbia Inn). He came home with 4 jars of homemade tomato sauce and some fresh tomatoes. I’m going to have to look up how to make Italian red sauce from scratch. Spaghetti is a great fall food.

I also posted some book promotions I joined. Still getting back from 5-10 unsubscribes each time I use the latest list I got from AuthorXPromotions. I need to figure out a way to weed these guys out before I send them anything. (Sad but true that Some folks only sign up for the mailing list promotions for the free books 🙄) oh well.

I didn’t do much on either Cradle or Portal today—I discovered the sub plot I had in mind for one of them will work much better with Portal, so I’m going to need to do some revisions. It's a pain writing two books at the same time, especially if they take place in the same universe, which these do (they are both a part of the St. Antoni series). Fortunately, I’m only up to chapters 3 and 4 on either of them...

2020 09 14

Wow! Just finished the cover for Portal (St. Antoni--Book 4). I haven’t had a cover come together so fast in a long time. It was like magic. Usually, I struggle with finding just bits and pieces of each cover and then I spend two or three days melding those bits and pieces, so they look as if they belong together. Sometimes I have to throw the entire thing in the trash and start over! But this time when I went poking around on Shutterstock.com, I found just the right background and pose for the MC’s almost immediately. I know it's hard to judge a cover without context, so I've included the blurb that goes with it as well:

A young shop owner makes a dangerous alliance with the local Militia to preserve her family's secrets.

The end of the world had come and gone. Those who remained after the apocalypse did whatever it took to keep themselves alive and preserve what civilization survived. They broke laws and defied the will of the draconian government agencies who were supposed to keep anarchy at bay and instead established a police state.

Lacey Delaney, head of Laughing Mountain's Portal committee, defied the government by helping Portal Runners smuggle desperately needed goods, service and people to the Forbidden Colonies.

Malachi Sullivan, sub-commander of the free militia, was one of those who held the line against the tyranny of an overbearing government desperately trying to regain control against spreading anarchy.

Lacey and Malachi had been in love once, but a treacherous woman broke them apart. Now they must put the past behind them and learn to work together to save their town and preserve the secret of the Portal to the Forbidden Colonies.

What do you think of the blurb?

2020 09 13

On a positive note, my household hero fixed the leak under my kitchen sink today.💋Waiting for Andrew to finish beta reading Gaslight so I complete editing it for the second draft. I did get two more chapters of Portal done today. Villain is going to be two women this time out (motivation “hell hath no fury” and target fixation). This novel is a radical departure for me, as up to now all my heroes and heroines have been very law abiding. This time I need to reverse the image. The heroine is a shop owner who aids and abets portal runners against the ruling government...

2020 08 22

Wow, has it been that long since I posted anything here? I have been working just haven't updated this blog in a while. I'll try to do better.

2020 08 20

Life sure gets in the way of writing; I got a little more done on Gaslight today after I spent nearly 3 hours on the phone with my doctor referral service trying to get my nebulizer replaced. (The tube attachment on the old one broke off so it won’t blow air anymore.)

It took me 3 phone calls and I still have to check back tomorrow to make sure Ray Fisher pharmacy got the fax 😒.

Then I had to spend another hour on the phone trying to find out what happened to the checks one of our commercial accounts says was processed back on Aug 7th. 🥺. I won’t know about that until tomorrow either. 

It was a relief to actually escape into writing on my books!

2020 08 17

Doing a lot of editing on The Enforcers (book 2—St. Antoni, The Forbidden Colony) to get it up to speed for release in November.

At the same time, I’m trying to finish the first draft of Gaslight (book 3—St. Antoni, The Forbidden Colony). I have about 2 chapters left on that one.

Book number 4, Portal Lawman, is still in the St Antoni universe, but it takes place mostly on earth. I had intended to write an entirely different kind of story, but when I sat down to write, the story seemed to take off in a totally different direction. Inspired by what is currently going on in our culture today, I also added in some other disaster sequences (who knew those doom, despair and agony on me documentaries my husband watches on the Discovery channel would come in so handy?) The story takes place on an apocalyptic earth that is radically different because its social and political structures have been partly destroyed. In the last two hundred years, the earths plates suddenly shifted causing massive earthquakes along the three major fault lines in north and South America, causing most of the west coast to fall into the sea. Rioters have destroyed most of the cities, but armed citizens militia keeps the rural areas safe from insurgents. Illegal portals to other worlds abound. Europe, Asia and Africa have been hit with a new pandemic every two years...

2020 08 06

While in the shower, I got a great idea for book #4 in the St. Antoni series (working title The Portal Lawman), so I took a break from Gaslight to get the idea down on the computer. I recently started using Excel to outline and plot my books. It’s working great; Now I don’t have to waste time paging through a manuscript to find out where I wrote about subjects or if I’m writing about something that has already happened or hasn’t happened yet. Those pesky little details can completely ruin a story if you get them wrong!

I’ve posted a template on the PracticalArtist.com  if you are interested in using it or something similar. Right now, I’m not charging anything for it so it’s free if you want to grab it. I’ve got a subscription to Novel Factory which I tried to use, but I found it too rigid for my purposes. I did use several of the ideas for characterization and site descriptions in the excel program though.

2020 08 04

Worked on two chapters of Gaslight today but didn’t finish either one! 😂One chapter is about Francis and Hercule arriving at the hotel for their wedding night looking like something the cat dragged in. The other is the Solstice celebration where they find Blackmans body.

020 08 03

Took our big blankets to the laundromat today. (They are too big and heavy to go in a top loading washer—they weigh about 10# each). It took about 2 hours. Vernon will need to help me make up the bed in the RV later. 

Yesterday I wrote the chapters where Francis and Hercule get married to prevent the Smith lawyer from taking Hetty and Sydney away from her. It includes the attempt to kidnap the girls. The train sequence was fun.

020 07 26

Got two more chapters done on Gaslight today. I had other chores which I neglected because things suddenly started clicking. I’m rethinking the idea of killing off Blackman (he’s the undercover agent I had decided to have killed when he illegally searched a suspect's house). Mostly because I couldn’t work it into the story. 

The new plot line worked beautifully so I’m a happy camper today.

2020 07 25

Getting ready to kill off one of my characters in Gaslight Bandits. He’s one of the good guys (minor character). He gets caught breaking into a suspect’s house. Still deciding how to do it, and who the killer will be...

2020 07 02

What do you do to get yourself in the mood to write a certain type of scene? For instance, my WIP takes place on a low-tech frontier planet. My heroes are traveling through unexplored territory and being tracked by their enemies. (All the characters are human) It’s an outdoor chase scene in the wild, so it’s got a western flavor, so to get myself in a mood to write it, I immerse myself in reading authors like Louis L’Amour, Luke Short, and a little Edgar Rice Burroughs

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 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 e-books 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 here is a link (a good one) https://books2read.com/u/mBOJRk

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 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 04 17

Here it is Saturday. Spent the morning unloading the dishwasher and watching The Lightening Thief. It’s not a bad movie to while away the time with.  I also went back and added some scenes to The Enforcers. I’m still introducing suspects for the murder. Once I get them set up, I’ll need to decide which of them I should make the real killers. The relationship between my two MCs is going well, but I think I’ll need to work more on the one between my older couple, Giselle and Henry.

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 (the went to live with him after their parents were killed) turns out to be a bad guy.

2020/02/22

Worked a little more on The Enforcers outline today.  Got about 6 chapters outlined. Andrew finished Quantum Light, so I need to set The Enforcers aside and go back to Quantum. At least I have enough of Enforcers started that I’ll be able to continue where I left off. I need to reread Warriors again anyway to get back into that world.



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.

May 2020

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


Checking In

April 2020

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.

Gail

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


Quantum Light

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?


The Enforcers

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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