Monday, November 25, 2013

Video Recording of a Song from The Seventh Door

The Seventh Door, book #3 in the Children of the Bard series, features a song by Bonnie, a favorite character from the series. Here is my daughter singing our composition of the song.

In the book, we plan to include a link to this performance as well as the sheet music.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Reapers First Chapter Update

I am posting a new version of the first chapter of Reapers. I stripped out the baggage that slowed it down and combined it with chapter two, so this includes quite a bit more of the story.

Don't forget the fundraising effort to get this published. Pre-order the book for $10, and you'll get a copy when it comes out.

Here is the link to pre-order:

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Texas, Here I Come!

My Texas tour event schedule is below. If you want to come to one of the school events, please contact the school in advance for permission and visiting instructions.

If you have friends or other contacts in Texas who might like to come to an author event, please pass along this information.

November 4, 2013 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Author Talk on Publication and the Fantasy Genre
LeTourneau University
Berry Auditorium in Glaske Hall
2100 Mobberly Ave
Longview, TX 75062

November 5, 2013 - 8 am to 10 am
Fred Elementary School
140 County Road 4650
Fred, TX 77616

November 5, 2013 - 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Presbyterian School of Houston
5300 Main Street
Houston, TX 77004

November 6, 2013 – 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
St. Thomas' Episcopal School
4900 Jackwood St
Houston, TX 77096

November 7, 2013 – 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Writing Workshop ($5 charge get a $5 voucher toward book purchases)
Center for Home Education
5733 Watauga Road
Watauga TX 76148

November 7, 2013 – 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Writing workshop (open to the public)
Keller Public Library
640 Johnson Road
Keller, TX 76248

Saturday, November 02, 2013

October Winner for the Year-long Book Giveaway Contest

The winner of the October drawing for the Year-Long Book Giveaway Contest is Jonathan Peterson. For his prize, he chose Exodus Rising as well as the vintage bookmark for The Candlestone.

For more information about the contest, click here.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Reapers Announcement - A New Book Coming!

Today I am announcing what the mysterious Project R is all about. The "R" stands for Reapers, which is the title of a book I have been working on for a year and a half. I shopped it around to publishers and received a contract offer, but I decided I would like to try to publish it myself through my special projects company, Scrub Jay Journeys. More on that process in a moment.

I asked James Art Ville to create this temporary cover for announcement purposes. I think it's pretty amazing. I will decide on a final cover later. This cover features the three main characters. From left to right - Singapore, Phoenix, and Shanghai. For a high-resolution version click here.

You can read more about the story here -

Regarding self publishing, I plan to go the high-quality route by using offset printing (rather than print-on-demand digital) to create a lot of copies. This allows me to sell them at a lower price, but it will require a high initial investment. I will need to sell 300 copies through pre-order to get enough capital to make it happen, so I hope many of you will help.

More on the fundraising effort here -

You may pre-order Reapers here - and we can start climbing toward the goal right away.

Reapers is a different kind of story for me. I am hoping to reach out to mainstream readers who might never set foot in a Christian bookstore. The story has no overt faith elements, but it still has spiritual benefits. My hope is to attract new readers who will then pick up my other books and receive a more overt spiritual message.

More on that topic here -

Now for the most fun part, the first chapter of Reapers -

Please let me know what you think, and feel free to ask questions.