People (Well, writers) say that the thing that distracts them the most from their writing is the internet. Now don't get me wrong, I love the internet, it's a great tool, but that isn't what stops me from getting work done.
I just finished Two for Tea An (Off-The-Rails) Ice Era Chronicle and when I got done, I thought I would get started right away on my next book. I love to write. It is my outlet. I sat down at my computer and then my life distracted me.
So... now I'm going to share with all of you about why I'm not writing one blooming word!
My eldest daughter, Capi, has this friend who we will call "Amy". Amy is sweet and helpful and kind. I have known her for a while now. She comes over to the house and when she hangs out with Capi and Sam they do what all teens do. They eat my food and kick me off the TV. I don't mind at all. In fact, you can thank Amy for all my writing because when she was watching a show I don't love, I would simply think it was time for me to get to work.
Anyway, so Amy was hanging out and then she gets into a fight with her Grandmother. On a side note, Amy lives with her Granny because her mother isn't around. That might be a story for another blog. This story is about me complaining.
Back to Amy and the Grandma... Amy shows up and tells me that her grandma kicked her out and the two of them are in a fight. I'm like sure. Amy is 14 and things like that happen sometimes. At which point, her grandmother shows up on my doorstep and I find this is true. The two of them are not getting along at the moment. The lady is on my front walk telling me she needs a break and she is over whelmed. I think okay. This little old lady needs some time, so what the heck, I tell Amy she can stay and hang out. Amy curls back up on the couch with her knitting and that's that.
Every one is happy with this for three weeks. I don't see the whites of the grandma's eyes. Amy eats, knits, and watches TV. I swear she is the most low-key 14-year-old I have ever met. I start writing.
And then one day I have the cops at my door.
The grandma has called Amy a runaway, I guess. Which is odd because she knew where Amy was the whole time. She had my number. I simply don't get it. The whole thing gets even more odd when the grandma gets all pissed at me because I offer to let Amy take her knitting project home with her. Are you kidding me???
The whole situation was surreal. I have the cops trying to be scary. (I'm not worried, I did nothing wrong.) And I have the grandma pissed over a knitting project. (WTF???) and I have little Amy crying her eyes out because the cops told her that if she ever leaves home again she will be locked up.
I've watched some screwed up things in the army. I have seen people do some weird crap, but this was some serious petty vindictiveness that made me want to move out of my town.
The grandmother has since taken Amy and turned her in to a shut in. Not that I'm surprised. And my whole family are not allowed to see her again. Also, not surprised. So I guess I am back to binge watching TV since Amy isn't stopping me any more.
If you want to blame the slowness of the next book, come to Paynesville and I will point you in the house of this Grandma and you can go tell her she is the problem. I miss Amy.
I'm back to writing now. I had to take a break while I shared Raiden Out The Storm. I am working on another Off-The-Rails which I think I told all of you about it.
I know the people who are waiting for 3:05 a.m. are getting slightly annoyed with me, but these Off-The-Rails just sometimes bug me. The idea for the story gets under my skin and then I can not stop my self from working on them. So... I will have Tea's book up next and then directly after that I wanted to shoot out a little Christmas book that I've been playing around with. It's call A Christmas Cup Of Joe.
Once all that is settled, it will be time for 3:05 a.m. (I promise.)
In 3:05 a.m. you will get to meet Rourke. If you have read Raiden Out The Storm, you will recall that Morgan-Roth is looking for his child. Well... here he is.
You just have to wait for it!
So if you want a free download of Raiden Out The Storm An (Off-The-Rails) Ice Era Chronicle... you are in the right place. You can now sign up to get a free copy of the book and then win prizes! All you have to do is sign up and follow the directions once you are done reading the book.
I know some of my readers won't love this book... but that's okay. If you are interesting in something a little different, this is for you. This story follows Raiden as he falls in love with a woman named Ash Winsor and her male best friend Stone.
Here is a blurb:
In the kind of rough and tumble life they lead, Raiden knows there is no place for love…
Raiden refuses his connection to Ash Winsor. She’s mean. She insults him. And she carries a big gun. He won’t have her. He should get away from her, but how? As soon as they can find the man who tied their heartstrings together, they’ll go their separate ways. All they have to do is get to H.S.P.C. Headquarters and pay him off. Raiden hopes that once he’s free, he’ll be able to go back to trekking on the surface of the planet and sending money home to his dad. He should be able to forget all about Ash and her handsome shadow.
Love has kept Stone as Ash Winsor’s shadow for two years. He can’t bring himself to leave even though the relationship is painful and going in circles. When he finds out that Ash is now tied to another man, Stone wants nothing more than to see Raiden gone. Together they will both follow King Winsor from train to train. Stone is hoping against hope that the rough and troubled harvester will one day choose him, and Raiden will no longer be at their side.
Lying has become as natural to Ashley Winsor as breathing. Ash had made sure Stone thinks she’s a man. She has also made sure Raiden doesn’t know how much she needs him. If Ash can just make the trek to the headquarters building, she'll be free of the two men who want her more than anything. The only problem is, the closer she gets, the more she wonders if she wants them gone.
When I first started working on this piece, I found myself a little surprised at where the story took me, but that was fun. In the end, I was pleased to see them all figure it out!
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I'm sorry I've not been on here blogging away... I have a good excuse, if you want to hear it.
I've been writing.
So... I've been busy working on my newest book Raiden Out The Storm. This is my next off-the-rails novel. This book is a threesome, MMF, which was a challenge to write. When I first started on the book, I didn't plan to write a threesome. I didn't actually plan to write this book at all. After I finished 2:05 a.m. I wanted to write a book for the other head of The Originals. At the end of 2:05 a.m. Teagan, Mother's right hand, is captured by the H.S.P.C. and sentenced to be given Snow Flu. After I wrote the last line of 2:05, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to tell you Teagan's story. I wanted you to know why she did what she did. I got to work on that book right away. I was about 43,000 words into it, when I was suddenly hit with the need to write about Raiden (pronounced Ride-in)
If you don't remember, Raiden Muttson (Mutt) is a secondary character from 2:05 a.m. He's the harvester who helps Arrow and Nova on their train. I can't explain exactly why the need to write a story for him hit me, but once the idea sunk it's teeth into me, it wouldn't let go. So I left Teagan's book and began working on Raiden Out The Storm.
Now the time has come to share this new book. I have to say, I was nervous about it. I'm a straight man attempting to write a threesome with a bi-sexual character. Not something I thought I'd be doing, but it was my sister Meghan and her daughters who were the most encouraging.
My wife and I had talked about this book, and when I mentioned that I was concerned about the judgments I'd get creating this work, she told me that my sister Meghan and my nieces, thought I was trendy. They said I should just write and not worry about others. I've heard that advice before. People always say that you should write what amuses you and forget about the critiques, but this warmly supportive response coming from my family was the antidote I needed.
I don't have a close relationship with my family, not like my wife and her siblings, and to hear them be so kind and helpful inspired me to write. A big thank you to Meghan, Kaelie, Fiona, and Elica. And even a thank you to Joel for being the devils advocate about this piece.
Raiden Out The Storm is now finished and with my publisher. Once it's polished, the book will be out and I will be back to Teagan's story. Even though I took a break, I do still have the urge to finish that book. I can't wait to tell you about her too!
I have signed my name in my books before, don't get me wrong, but I went to my first official-ish book signing in Buffalo, MN. I had a table and everything! I wanted to share that with all of you.
Okay... so to start with I had four different people walk by me and tell me that they've "read all of that guy already" and "I already read his newest book." Can I just say, that was the funniest thing ever! I had only just gotten my hands on 2:05 a.m. yet somehow they'd already read it. I decided not to correct them. I mean they sorta made me feel famous. I was already "old hat" to them like a seasoned author... then again, I started to feel bad for seasoned authors who get these people giving them the brush off.
Anyway, then I had lunch. I feel like the cake I had was the highlight of the event. Just saying...
After the cake, I met this lady who was a hardcore hockey mom. She and I talked about the Wild and the North-stars for at least twenty minutes. Did she buy a book, you ask?
And then I went home.
Actually, I'd do it again. In fact, I'm planning to be at an event called "Girls Just wanna have fun!" on November 10th. It's a hunter's widow kinda thing. If you don't know what a "hunter's widow" is, I'll tell you. It's when all the man-folk go off after deer opener and all the women are left to their own amusement. I think it normally involves wine.
Anyway, one thing I hope for...
I hope there's cake.
It is alive! 2:05 a.m. An Ice Era Chronicle (Book 2) is out in the world! I am so excited. Last night (for my book-birthday) my wonderful better-half took me out to celebrate!
Now... If you are part of the Read For Review Launch, you can still do a review and sign up for prizes! I put a button down below for you to check it out! If you are just discovering my books, then may I just say you might want to read 1:05 a.m. first!
So far, I have had a chance to check out the bloggers who have put my information up on their pages! One of my favorite bloggers is Digital Dirty Girl! That blog is great, as well as her Facebook page is always full of fun reads and giveaways! I put up a button for her and that will whisk you away to her Facebook page!
Anyway, reviews of any of my books are always welcome and they really help authors! If you liked what you read, please consider giving me a review! For now, I will spend a day or two basking in the glow of happiness that another book was born... then I will start writing once again!
So... HERE IT IS! This is the cover for 2:05 a.m. An Ice Era Chronicle! Ta-Da! I love it! I think the artist did a great job capturing just what I wanted!
Right now we are doing our Read For Review Event! After you sign up, you receive a free copy of 2:05 a.m. in exchange for a review! You also get a chance to win some awesome prizes!
2:05 a.m. is available on pre-order too!
The book will be out September 30th and I can't wait to share it with all of you! At the button below, you can go to our YouTube channel and watch the trailer for 2:05 a.m. An Ice Era Chronicle!
YAY! So I have been busy... 2:05 a.m. is now done and will be out at the end of September. I have just chosen a cover artist, and the editor and I are busy doing some polishing to the book! I can't wait to share this story with you!
Here is a blurb...
After spending all her life trying to be normal, Nova gives up. She isn’t like everyone else. When a recent break-up highlights her limitations, the crushing realization drives her deeper into work. Content in her private world and with no desire to change, she finds herself pulled into a mission that takes her away from her safe and secluded life.
Arrow has been trapped in a cage for, well, he can’t recall, but he is ready to be free. As the water base crumbles around him, he fears his chances of getting out alive. When his “Angel” appears, she’s what he’s been searching for all his life, and his soul knows her. But his angel doesn’t know who he is, nor does she care, and she resists helping him.
This unlikely pair starts an alliance, and a train ride alters them forever. Before long they will uncover the dark past that hunts Arrow, and the even darker future that awaits them both. Life for Arrow is about to become real, and for someone as crazy as Nova, this one man turns out to be the stability in her unpredictable world.
For anyone who read Grinding My Gears...
Yes, this is the baby that Gears and Luna were given at the end of the book.
She's all grown up now!
2:05 a.m. is on Pre-Order on Amazon. Press the button and it will whisk you right to the page!
Thanks for reading! I am soooo EXCITED!
I hope everyone had a nice 4th of July!
I have not slept in days. Part of that reason is that my other half isn't next to me and the other part is because the fireworks kept me up for days. I am supper happy the holiday is over! Sometimes when I can smell the smoke of the fireworks, I wake in a panic. PTSD is a bitch. After days of jumpy insomnia, I finally got some rest last night.
So, last night I thought I was in a deep sleep. I might have been, but I wasn't sure. I was out and then a man wrapped his arms around my shoulders. I work up with a start. His head was close to mine and his lips were next to my ear. I tried to rise and pull away from his grip. When I pushed on his shoulders, he spoke to me in a low deep voice.
"Hi. My name is Glenn," he said.
At first, I tired to process why a man was hugging me. I was in a sleep fog and I went with my natural reaction.
"I don't fucking care. Get off of me, Glenn."
I pried my eyes opened and sat up. I was alone. To the general silence I simply said, "No means no, Glenn."
If that was a ghost, that guy bugs me. If not, I think I need to get some real sleep. I can't wait until I am curled happily around my better half. Two more days...
So here it is! It's up for sale! (Amazon, Goodreads, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble)
I had one Critique Partner who told me my heart wasn't in this book and it wasn't as good as some of my other work. I have thought long and hard about that. I will be honest, I wrote this faster, so maybe that's what is missing, but it still holds a place in my heart. I had passion for this work. Chen-Ning (A secondary character) especially amused me. I hope he gets under your skin. Also, the character Luna that meets Gears is based loosely on someone very special in my life. She is full of mysterious wisdom that sometimes dumbfounds you, but always lifts your spirit.
If you get a chance to read this... please share with me your thoughts and as always, I love the reviews! They mean the world to me. Thanks!
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