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Back From Hibernation

So, it’s been months since I posted. I’d like to say I was backpacking or researching or been hammering out novels one after another. No, I’ve just been living life and getting caught up with it at every turn. And who wakes up and stretches their arms out all refreshed?! I’m more like this kid:

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For those of you not familiar with me, I write the Legend of Carter Gabel series. It’s a time-travel YA Sci-Fi novel about a kid who can spontaneously travel back in time but soon finds out that those aren’t his only gifts. I have the first two books out right now <shameless plugs at the bottom>. AND I’m still working on the third. BUT I totally plan on having it cranked out by the fall.

What’s Been Going On?

I have spent the last few months combing back through my books, taking out the unnecessary and shaping up the structure a bit. Overall, I love this story even more now and those I taxed with re-reading it agree it flows so much better.

I have been cranking up the world generator for my next series and even a couple more singular ideas in the wings. I fully plan on starting the writing process as soon as I get Carter out and in the hands of my editor.

On top of that, I’ve helped out a few writer friends with their own work.

What’s Going On Now?

Currently, I help coach a U14 softball team and the season is just wrapping up (Go Adrenaline!). Those twelve young ladies have a lot of my free time and they’re totally worth it. Check out my Instagram at the bottom.

I am looking forward to a YouTube video that will be coming out on Tuesday. I guest appear on the 69th episode of Book Nerd Paradise where I got to read a little bit of my work and there will even be a giveaway for a free copy or two just by commenting! Go check her out and watch for me this next week.

What’s Coming Up?

Soon, I will be diving further into the realm of Carter Gabel and with the end of the series, I will be taxing a few people to help me decide on the ending. #betareaders

I’m on WattPad!! I plan on posting little snipits and stories for the Carter Gabel series and the new one coming out soon. Come join me so I can follow you and your own journey!

Can you say Cross Country Nerds…? Stay tuned!

Oh! And Add My Books!! 

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Cover Reveal by Shannon A Thompson

Fellow author and friend, Shannon A Thompson, is revealing her new series covers today.  Please have a look and a read and help her out if you can. 
Bad Bloods Cover Reveal

Bad Bloods in 35 words or less: 17-year-old Serena is the only bad blood to escape execution. Now symbolized for an election, she must prove her people are human despite hindering abilities before everyone is killed and a city is destroyed.

Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, poet, and blogger. In fact, she runs a website just for readers and writers called http://www.ShannonAThompson.com. This past year she released The Timely Death Trilogy with Clean Teen Publishing, and now, we have a new series to look forward to. Bad Bloods is a two-part YA story, both of which are releasing in July of 2016. Learn more below, and let it snow.

Visit the Facebook, Pinterest, and the Extras page.

November Rain, Part One, releases July 18, 2016  

 Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

November Snow, Part Two, eBook releases July 25, 2016

(paperback releases in November of 2016)

  
When Daniel and Serena unite, their accidental relationship becomes the catalyst for a twelve-year war to continue. Exposing the twisted past of a corrupt city, Daniel, Serena, and everyone they know will come together to fight. But Serena has another battle. After a political rumor threatens their lives, Serena must leave her family and join the political front against her will. To survive apart, Daniel has to separate his love from his hatred and join forces with his worst memory to secure Vendona’s war. But very few of them will survive to see the last day. Bad blood or human, a city will burn, snow will fall, and all will be united by catastrophic secrets and irrevocable tragedy. 

Follow Shannon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Newsletter. 

About Shannon A. Thompson:

  
Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. 

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Thompson is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and The Timely Death Trilogy is now available.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at http://www.ShannonAThompson.com.

Love free books? Shannon has one up for grabs right now!

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Re-Animation

Well, I must say, 2015 was quite a year. Released a book in the first month, coached softball (a lot), participated in my first signing event, went to my first book fair… THEN, I became totally immersed in trying to figure out what I need to do.

I’m sure each and every author taking the Indie path or working on their traditional roots can attest to many of the same notions. Writing isn’t quite that difficult, but putting a story together sure can be.

By putting a story together, I am stating the initial ideas, the writing itself, the editing, the blurbs, the pitches, the fans, the social media, the sales, the promoting and then gearing up to do it all over again.

What I did in 2015 was over reach my arms before I knew what I was grabbing at. I took on a lot without direction and kept my eyes on the horizon more than the ground before me. So, the good thing about a new year is the preconceived notion of a new beginning!

So, in 2016, the site has a new look. I’m combing through my previous books to release the best one yet. I’m setting up a mail subscription through Mail Chimp in order to streamline bonus content and everything else to my fans. Please subscribe to be a fan! I have 0 at this moment.

Beyond that, I plan on keeping you informed on writing ideas through the blog and minimizing promises of what’s to come until I can see them. BUT, there are many things I have on my plate I hope to start letting you all know about soon!!

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New Author ALERT!

Before I get to it, today marks my second WordPress anniversary! Woohoo!! Where’s the confetti and cake?? And… as far as presents, I have one for you instead. I sat down with author of the newly released Steampunk Dystopian novel, The Cogsmith’s Daughter, Kate M. Colby. We had a little talk about her processes, ideas and where it all came from. I hope you have a chance to listen and/or watch.

And if you already trust me in saying this is an awesome book, click on one of the links below! Buy an eBook and register to win a signed paperback version on Goodreads!

Amazon:

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Goodreads Giveaway <— Click HERE

 

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The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1) Cover Reveal

A friend of mine is approaching the birth of her first book baby. This is as close to a gender surprise most authors will experience, BUT cover reveals are sacred and I am glad to be a part of it! Please go have a look and let her know how many copies you plan on purchasing.


Author Kate M. Colby is thrilled to reveal the cover for her debut novel, The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1). Add the novel to your “to-read” list on Goodreads today, and check back on Kate’s website, http://www.KateMColby.com, for more exciting news later this week!

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WHEN THE STEAM-POWERED WORLD DRIES UP…

Two-hundred years ago, the steam-powered world experienced an apocalyptic flood. When the waters dried up, the survivors settled around their steamship in a wasteland they named Desertera. Believing the flood and drought were caused by a scorned goddess, the monarchs demanded execution for anyone who commits the unforgivable sin—adultery.

ONE KING RULES WITH ABSOLUTE POWER AND UNQUENCHABLE LUST…

Today, King Archon entraps his wives in the crime of adultery, executing each boring bride to pursue his next infatuation. Most nobles overlook King Archon’s behavior, but when Lord Varick’s daughter falls victim to the king’s schemes, he vows revenge.

UNTIL THE COGSMITH’S DAUGHTER RISKS EVERYTHING FOR VENGEANCE.

When Aya Cogsmith is thirteen, King Archon has her father executed for treason. Orphaned and forced to turn to prostitution for survival, Aya dreams of avenging her father’s death. When Lord Varick approaches Aya with plans for vengeance, she agrees to play the king’s seductress—even though it puts her at risk for execution.

Packed with high-society intrigue, dappled with seduction, and driven by revenge, The Cogsmith’s Daughter is a steampunk dystopian novel with the perfect mixture of conspiracy and romance.



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What Am I Doing?

Over the summer, I have been attempting to find my way (author-wise) and in the midst of doing so I realized something. I can be better. Falling back on the notion of “why does nobody like my book?” first has me over-analyzing my abilities. And anyone who knows me is fully aware of my pension toward self-deprecation. Well, as a method to improve, I’ve come to the hard conclusion to truly take a look at myself.

For all the good things I’m capable of accomplishing, I get hung up on the little things no one else could possibly see and if affects my everything as a writer. I see people who have lots of fans, lots of books, opportunities opening up for them and, truthfully, I get jealous. Then I have to actually look at why. Long story short, I’ve been lazy. Those people we see and love following the careers of aren’t busy moping and whining and begging. They’re hustling and trying and having fun with the experience. Me, I’ve been rushing to popularity for no real good reason. Because I thought a good story equaled recognition.

After today, I fully plan on enjoying this part of my life. No expectations and no excuses. No more waiting for something good to come to me. I have to work for the goals I want, we all do. And the more and more I approach it with half-hearted effort and expecting it to come to me, well, that’s about the same thought as throwing a ball into the forest and complaining when it doesn’t roll back.

There’s a reason they call it chasing your dreams. Now, if you’re like me, get off your ass and start running.



 

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The 777 Challenge

Kate M. Colby has graciously tagged me in the 777 Challenge. The point of the challenge is to share seven lines from the seventh page of your current work-in-progress then tag seven writers to do the same. I’m sharing a portion of A Time to Die, the final chapter in my very first series. It’s a conversation going between the main character, Carter, and the woman filling in as his mother figure, Eva.


“What can I do to help?” I said it with the conviction of an adult, which quite literally terrified me more.

“She needs to be around kids her age, kids like her. I need people who can help her, but I don’t know where we can turn to anymore. This place makes me question if it’s really her talking to me any longer. I want to stop being afraid of my daughter, Carter.”

My mind races with where I could take them both to feel and stay safe. Every major city is out in my opinion and all that pops up is the Dakota District. They could live with Benny and his family, but then I have no clue if I will ever see them again since it would be a one way ticket.


Writers to Pick On:

Nina Soden

Shannon A. Thompson

C.L. Coffey

S.R. Carillo

Millie Ho

J.B. Salsbury (I already know she won’t do this, lol)

Erin Lyon

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Tempting the Ocean

In June, I was on vacation with my family. There is one scene I recall and thought I’d share. Sitting on the beach outside our resort with my wife, the sun was setting and the sky was ablaze with shades of the blue east to the crimson west. My daughter was on the edge of the shore racing against the waves. Tempting them by running out on the low pull and trying to outrun the salty ocean breaks back to the crest of the sand hill as they push up just far enough to send fits of nervous laughter into the air.

Likewise, I noticed a seagull in the air doing its own version of tempting the ocean. Soaring high into the sea breeze then swooping down to just a foot above the surface and the feathers of its wings scraping the water for less than a second before arching back into the sky. I couldn’t help but notice the similarity.

It wasn’t until yesterday, my mind started connecting the moments to what was happening currently. My daughter had her Freshman orientation and that scene from the Mexican beach came back to me. The joyful laughter of outrunning the ocean mixed with the tempting fate of trying to let the waves engulf her. If life is the ocean, she is indeed starting to tempt breaching the shore and diving in.

My years with her staying under my roof, under my guidance and protection are starting to fade like the light at sunset. The harsh days of adjusting to popularity and groups of new friends. The path of finding more of herself and who she is approaches each day and I feel like in the next four years, the time will breeze by. I hope I have been enough of a father to teach her how to stay true to herself when it matters and protect herself when it doesn’t.

There is a sting when I look at her growing more beautiful each day, more of an adult every day. Her mistakes make me thankful somewhere inside because it means she is still needing help, needing me. I smile beneath the pain, knowing she’ll be just fine. Her mistakes without me will help teach her how to be strong and how to overcome, I just want to make sure she’s ready for those waves when they pull her out. I’m happy with her staying on the beach for as long as I can.

Think back to moments in your childhood, adulthood. How many moments have you been on the beach, preparing to run for the ocean?



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The Person in the Author

I think if you were to go to a majority of my classmates, workmates and people I have met casually along the way, you’d have no real scope as to my personality. I’m not trying to be shy or pious in any way, it’s just who I am. It’s who a lot of us are, just staying in the background, observing the world. Some people are easy to open up to, they just have that ease to them.

Now, the best way people who don’t know me can start getting to know me is through my books. It’s not just a ploy to have you read them, but characters have to come from somewhere and as much imagination as I have, I tend to let my writing flow the best when I can let go and bring forth pieces of myself. Now, it’s not to say I am each and every one of my characters, but elements of them are inside of me. Whether in actuality or in hopes, it’s a tool helping me along the way.

With Carter, anyone who knows me will attest to the snarky attitude and the rather hasty rush into scenarios has me written all over it. Other elements of him are derived from people in my life, characteristics I wish I had and the basic interactions he has along the way with other people.

Upcoming books will have hints to other sides of my persona and give people a well rounded view of me in real life. That said, if I write a villain and they are guano crazy, do try not to take that as a reference to me… well mostly. We all go a little mad sometimes.

Think of the books you have read or written. Do you see a personality trait emerging? Who have you read enough of to say that you might know them to some extent?



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Allergic to E Challenge

So, this wonderful (former) friend of mine, Kate, decided to hit me up with a challenge. While this is perfect, because I had nothing planned for today, it also squeezed at my brain. The Allergic to E challenge pits a writer to construct a paragraph (4 to 6 sentences) without using the letter “E”. Sounds easy? Not for this cat. I gave it my best shot at making sense, you can read it below.

Now, the fun part… passing the torture onward.

Hit List:

THE Shannon

Zach Chop

Jackie S.

Nina

Lizzy from across the pond

My Attempt:

Alas, as I was diving into a thought, I lost my way. All along, my mind had a plan to finish a whimsical parody of words and actions. A wind winds its way up past my body and with it, my thoughts stop. A storm is coming and with it, rain. Rains that will wash away clouds in my imagination and allow my originality to dock again, thankfully, as if it was a long trip’s arrival back in town.


If anyone else feels like giving the challenge a go (or my nominees don’t feel like doing a full blog post), feel free to try posting your comments without using the letter E! Good luck!