Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Cyborgs, winged heros and cover art

Well, I am delighted to announce that my first Cyborg book, Assessing Survival, is in the loving and fanatical hands of my editor. My proofer is drooling and I am relieved. I didn't think I would get it done on time with the distraction of my rage book.

Now, on the rage front. The book is 2 scenes from completion and I already have cover art.
I like it. :)  It was done by the marvelous Angela Waters and she enjoyed the process of matching my description to the cover. Shopping for cover models has never been so weird.
"Yeah, well, I guess he will be okay when you paint him blue."
"Don't forget I am putting wings on him. Does he need pants?"
Sadly... he did need pants. :)
I am hoping to have the book done and up in time for an April 15th release date, but it may have to join Assessing Survival on May 1.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Rage Writing

Well, for the last 2 days I have been rage writing.

What is Rage Writing you say? Let me tell you...
When I started writing for Extasy books, I made it my business to keep up with what was popular. I was learning, absorbing, and numbing my brain to the use of graphic language.

Lately, I decided I needed to start reading again. I turned to an author I had read back in the old days and bought a series I hadn't read before.  It was erotic sc-fi and with every page I got more and more furious.
There was no science, no plot, and the heroine could have been played by an attractive sheep that could gestate children and it would have been the same book. Books. Physics and biology had flown out the window, even given the speculative nature of the kind of stories I like, it was beyond understanding.

I fell into a gnashing stage of rage.

For the first time in 10 years I started writing a story that had no cover art and worse... no title. I just wanted to scrub that story out of my brain and replace it with one that had science, a bit of backstory and a heroine with a backbone.

I don't know if I will ever release this tale, but it will be finished this week and I have to decide whether my irritation should see the light of day.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

I am back.

Well, in the last year I have had a few good things, a few bad things and a few mixed things. All of them have led me to one conclusion. My mind and how I think about the world is changing, so my work is going to change.

First I am going to tackle death. So to speak. I lost my father in July and his mother passed away in January of this year. The shift in the way I feel about the world rotated dramatically.

Second. A problem I had not known I had was solved and now I am down one ovary but I feel a lot better.  My physical reconditioning continues daily and I am happy to be seeing a change in my ability to move around.

Third. I started to self publish. The first book, One Part Human has been zipping around in my brain for a while and now it got to come out.  After that came Two Parts Demon, Three Parts Fey, Ritual Space, Defying Eternity, and by June 2016, Monster Baiter will be out and about.

Fourth. I created a mini series of short stories revolving around Santa's Reindeer and their escape from the workshop. Operation Reindeer Retrieval has gotten a lot of favourable comments and I am the delighted that I was able to bring a laugh to the readers during the holidays.

Now, we get to the point of this whole thing... I do love this next cover.  Mechanical Advantage is my new Cyborg series that will be up for Pre-order in the usual spots in April and released on May 1, 2016.
This gentlemen's name is Nikolai and he is very eager to get some time alone with Stitch, the Assessment Specialist who designed his implants.
Well, that is it until the next time I pop in. There have been a few new ideas roaming around in my head and it is time to exorcise my demons...or aliens. Time will tell.