Monday, July 27, 2009

Sale on The Bones of Makaidos

I am holding a sale on copies of The Bones of Makaidos that remain from the second print run. For only $8 plus shipping, you can get an autographed, 670-page book that most readers consider to be the best of all my dragons books. It would make a great gift.

Click here for a link to the ordering page.

This sale will last only until these copies run out.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Coming Soon

What's coming up for readers of my books? First, arriving in September, is I Know Why the Angels Dance. This is a contemporary novel for adults. No fantasy this time, though there are supernatural elements involved. When I have a cover image available and I receive some reviews from pre-publication readers, I will tell you more about it.

I wrote this book about 13 years ago. I love the story, so I polished it thoroughly and asked AMG Publishers to publish it. They also loved it, so it's on its way.

This book is so different from what I usually write, and it is so strong in spiritual content, I decided to give it completely to God, meaning that I am donating all royalties to Christian charitable causes. If God wants a lot of money pumped into the ministries I have chosen, maybe He will make it sell millions of copies. We'll see.

I am also writing a dual-threaded series for Zondervan, that is, one series for adults and one for young adults, both taking place in the same story world. The first young adult book is called Starlighter, book one in the Dragons of Starlight series. It's finished and should come out in the spring of 2010.

The adult book has a working title of Masters and Slayers, but that title will likely change. We also don't know what the adult series will be called. That book should come out in the fall of 2010. As of now, we have planned four books in the young adult series and two in the adult series.

Readers of either series will get a full story, and readers of both series will get two unique stories and gain background for both.

Many people have asked me about a continuation of Dragons in our Midst and Oracles of Fire. As readers of The Bones of Makaidos know, I left a tiny door open in that story, giving a hint to the possibility of a continuation. I am making tentative plans to go through that door and write a new series, but I don't know when. I will certainly make an announcement here if/when it happens.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Mississippi Book Signing Events

I will be at the following bookstores next week. If you're in the area, please stop by and see me. If you know someone in these areas, please let them know about these signing events.

Thursday, July 23 From 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
75 BS Hood Drive
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Friday, July 24 From 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
The Mall at Barnes Crossing
1001 Barnes Crossing Road, # 104
Tupelo, MS 38804

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Third Printing for Bones

I learned this week that The Bones of Makaidos is going into its third printing after only three months in publication. The response to this book has been amazing, like a flood. So many people have written to tell me how life-changing the story is, and for that I am very grateful.

I hoped this story would be a good ending, and the reviews have warmed my heart. I have posted reviews here before. Here are a few new ones, but there are some spoilers, so beware:
Last night I finished reading The Bones Of Makaidos. I couldn't bear to put it down, so I stayed up till 12 reading. Many times authors don't finish their stories satisfactorily, you on the other hand ended the books with the best possible conclusion! I was crying through almost the whole thing.

I just finished The Bones of Makaidos and loved it. I finished it in one setting, staying up until 3:30 a.m.!! I see on the people who wrote about the book, the oldest is 27. How about a 74 year old grandmother who has read your books along with a 11 y/o and a 14 y/o grandson :=)! The Lord has blessed you with a wonderful talent and I praise Him that you are using it to glorify the Lord. I look forward to reading more of your books.

I am simply welling up with emotion. I am halfway through The Bones of Makaidos, and as I am reading of the remarkable accounts of faith, I have on more than one occasion found my mouth hanging wide open. I am finding my self singing Amazing Grace with Ashley, weeping for Sapphira and Bonnie, and raging at the thoughts of a Vacant stabbing Listener, the sweet little girl that never did anything. I think of how powerful one's faith in God must be to create such an astonishing, heartwarming legacy. You are one of my greatest role models, and your books cleanse my heart of any doubt and any impurities. They are more than literature.These books are spiritual motivators, my Companions that guide me when I am unsure what to decide.
In this printing, we altered the map of the family tree to make it show up better, corrected a typographical error, and added two sentences to clarify one concept that many readers asked about, but I shouldn't mention what that is. It's too much of a spoiler for those who haven't read it.

I will use this new edition to create hardcover copies of the book for people who want one that will last longer. If this is your favorite of the series, consider getting a hard-bound copy. I should have some with a couple of months.

Thanks to all who have read the eight books. It was fun going on this adventure with you. I might come back to this story world with another series, but I don't know when. If I do, I will make an announcement.