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A paperback copy of A Shot of Irish makes a great stocking stuffer for Christmas.
A paperback copy of Infinite Loop – A supernatural mystery for Christmas.
A little reminder from our combined past.
Just like normal, I’ve focused on my latest story and forgotten to keep this site up-to-date. But my latest murder mystery, A Shot of Irish, is now in final edits and should be available around August. As the details about the cover and marketing efforts get closer, I’ll be posting additional information here and on my twitter account. I will be putting the first chapter on Wattspad soon as well.
Also, my books are available in paperback and ebook format on Lulu at special discounted rates. Take a look.
Latest Update: I’ve neglected this blog due to time and family commitments. Since I’ve been working on a new paranormal mystery, I’m moving over my thoughts to other parts of writing and publishing as an independent writer. Those who follow my blog will find my ideas moving away from strictly fantasy or adventure story development.
My upcoming work is not a follow up to my latest novel but it has similar elements since I’ve found a renewed passion for the works of Hammett, Chandler, Cornell, and other great pulp writers. I’m seeking to add in elements of the paranormal to create my own brand of hard boiled/supernatural fiction. In the meantime, take a look at the preview of my latest work online.
New adventures of a young Beowulf – 3 copies of the Young Adult Paperback
Welcome to a work in progress as I change over my website and blog. For those with a Goodreads account, I have a book giveaway coming soon.
I would like to extend my best wishes to all for a safe and fun July 4th weekend.
With the hot weather spreading across my part of the world, it reminded me of the seasons of Kamin where I’ve tried to incorporate the changes of weather into the stories. Since the Clovel Sword Chronicles is a world which has no air conditioning, heating and cooking are done with wood, and the weather forecasts require predictions from “sensitive people,” life must react to the extremes in temperature or climate.
As we become more isolated from our natural world, I find it fascinating how we complain at a slight sweat walking across the parking lot. Or, we act like the world if falling apart when a storm ties up traffic on the way home from our cubicle. Thinking back to our ancestors (and by extension, my characters), how long would a modern person last in the heat of summer if you dressed in heavy, wool padded undergarments, covered with steel mesh armor, and a steel helmet while you fought for your life with swords, maces, and spears? Better yet, travel across the Neewar mountains in the same clothing during the coldest of winter while trying to stay warm on an almost domesticated ossane as you fight the blinding snow. I guess a lot of us would have dropped out of either situation in the first few minutes.
Within my stories, I’ve imagined the sounds, smells, and senses that weather brings to a person to understand how one might handle the situation. If done correctly, incorporating the bitterly cold day or torrential rainfall of a storm within the storytelling brings the reader in close. Suddenly, they can remember the shivering and need to blow hot breath across their frozen hands. The reader recalls the massive drops of rain, torrents of water streaming down their face, blinding them as they run across the field. I believe such experience is common across generations. If so, then it can be a useful device to bring your readers into your writing, rather than an interested spectator.
My new novel, Infinite Loop, should be out within the next month. This is my first venture into a different genre. I think of it as a paranormal mystery. There will be more information coming soon. I hope you will take an opportunity to look it over on my website.
My tribute to those most deserving of this holiday. Please remember to honor those who sacrificed the most for what freedoms we still have.
A versatile weapon, the spear was a hunting tool turned into a battle instrument. Cheap, easy to make and deadly, unskilled warriors or experts could use it. It is one of the oldest types of tools, so it is commonplace in my series of stories. One of the main things I enjoy about the weapon is the ability to make it either a thrown device or something to used to stab or slash an opponent. Because the length of the pole and the blade tip were varied and designed for specific functionality, the world of the Kamin warriors might use multiple variations of the same weapon layout.
As a thrown weapon, I based the spears used by most fighters on the Roman pilum. Made of a wooden pole or shaft affixed to an iron shank which ended with a barbed, pyramidal tip, it was a nasty weapon that was designed to promote penetration, such as going through a shield or armor. Once it penetrated, the metal would bend or twist, due to the weight of the pole, causing the weapon to remain attached. So, if such a weapon struck a fighter, the damage could be substantial and remain attached causing more injury while hampering their ability to fight back. In fact, I used this weapon to set up scenes on how the characters would deal with such wounds.
The versatility of the weapon allowed me to use variations in the roles a character would use a particular tool. For example, guards and those with similar roles might have pikes or the voulge which were long handled pole weapons combining the strength of a spear along with an axe-like cleaver blade. While such long poles are unwieldy in close quarter combat, their use would be intimidating to the local populace and very efficient against mounted warriors on ossanes. The weapons had a dual purpose spearhead which could hook onto opponents and drag them off their mounts. The deadly instrument is capped off with a spike that allows for powerful thrusting attacks against charging foes. I equipped several demigods and gods with this weapon since I liked the power of the design.
In order not to overwhelm the reader with so many variations that I could have used, I decided to keep my scenes concentrated on just these two types of weapons. Beyond the description of the instrument, I found that the spear allowed me the flexibility to create scenes where the odds could shift or change based on the number of spearmen, or deployment of fighters. With its versatility and lethality, the spear is an instrument which is practical, useful and symbolic inside the warrior culture of Kamin.
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