Runner Of Steel

I did something today that I once thought was beyond me. In fact, I thought it was so far beyond me that I never considered it in the realm of possible. It was just not on my radar. I am sure most people reading this would say the same about themselves.

As I posted previously ( Read here: I am not a runner ) I have faced some very serious health issues, but even back in High School, when I was young and stupid I never considered attempting what I accomplished today. I did not even list in that posting all the serious health issues I had to over come to accomplish what I did this morning.

I wanted to post this update to that post, because today I took that to a new level. This morning, at 11:17am I cross the finish line of the Pittsburgh 2016 Marathon, earning the title Runner of Steel. I ran the full marathon in four hours and eleven minutes.

Did it hurt? Yes. Was it hard? Yes. Did I almost collapse after crossing the finish line in tears causing one of the volunteers to rush over and try to convince me to head to the medical tent? Yes. Am I still in pain more than 10 hours later as I write this? Yes. But you know what? I ran a flipping marathon, finishing well into the top half of contenders, with only a half of a functioning heart. Yes, you read that right.

Why? Because I refuse to roll over and give up. I refuse to be on piles of pills the rest of my life, and I refuse to be a slave to my glucose meter. I refuse to let my arthritis dictate what I can and can not do.

Yes, my future probably still holds a pacemaker, and I expect at some point I will have to slowly add back in pills. But not today. Today I am a Runner of Steel.

I do not know what you are facing as you read this, but what ever it is, it does not have to master you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Life is about the journey. Life is about living. Take back your life from whatever you are facing and LIVE.

You are important. You have a purpose. Discover it and own it. You got this!

A Map And Other News

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to touch base and update everyone on the state of both The Dragon Masters and The Lost Tales of Power.

First, Volume VIII of the Lost Tales is well under way. I have twelve chapters written, and many of your old favorite characters have already had brief appearances. For now, the working title is Mage Hunter, but I am not fully settled on that.

Mage Hunter will introduce you to a new character, another old associate of Grandmaster Vydor’s from before the great war, but his story will intertwine with the various groups of wizards you already know.

Second, The Dragon Masters: Season Two is with my editor still, but I spoke with her yesterday and she said she is right on schedule. That means our targeted release date of MAY 13, 2016 for Season Two is still looking good!

As a reminder, Season Two will only be released as a full set, a single long novel, and not as individual episodes. I am glad I experimented with that format in Season One, but as of right now I have no plans to repeat that. Future seasons will all be released as complete books.

Print edition of Season One is also under way. I have contracted Therin Knite (http://www.knitedaydesign.com) to format it for print, and have asked Adam Hall (http://www.aroundthepages.com), our cover artist, to adjust the cover so that it will work in print. I suspect that will be ready in the next week or two. Both of them do excellent work.

Finally, I want to share this map with you! A new artist I met here locally in town named Tessa Sentell ([email protected]) created it for us. It is the world of Ferrin as it stands at the end of Season One. I will be including it in the Season Two ebook and print book formats. I have already received one request to make a poster of this, and I am looking into what that would cost. Okay enough chatter, here is the map:

Map of Ferrin

 

Thanks for being such a great community of readers, and please do not forget to spread the word about these books!

Cover Reveal!

Hey everyone! I do not really have much news, but I do want to share the cover for the next season of The Dragon Masters! So here it is:

The Elwyn Chronicles Book Cover

 

Cool, huh? Adam Hall does a killer job on these.

Pre-Reading of the manuscript is complete, and I am doing my final edits before shipping it off to our editor. I have a hard deadline to make, and as usual am behind schedule. So, once again you can expect espresso sales to suddenly spike.

Lost Tales of Power Volume VIII

It is official, I have started writing the eighth volume in the Lost Tales of Power Series! I have not gotten all that far, just about 1,700 words… or about 8 pages. Hey, every story has to start some where, right?

Volume VIII is tentatively called “Mage Hunter” but that will probably change many times  before release. It will feature some old favorites and new characters as the Lost Tales Universe continues to grow. It takes place after Spectra’s Gambit, and at least starts in Vydoria. Beyond that, well you will just have to wait for the book!

In other news, Season Two of The Dragon Masters is with my new first pass proof reader. He has done only one other work for me, much smaller, but he thinks I should have this book back by late next week. If so, that means the pre-readers will be getting it early the following week.

God willing, and the creek don’t rise, that puts us on target for a late March, early April release of Season Two. Keep your eyes on your email, I have been known to run early pre-release sales on my books, and only tell my newsletter subscribers.

So more news as things develop, until then, please spread the word about both my series and keep in touch! I love hearing from readers on Facebook, Twitter, here on this blog, and via email.

Open Call For Pre-Readers!

I am looking for a few brave souls to join my elite ranks of pre-readers…The time has come! I am putting the last touches on the manuscript for The Dragon Masters: Season Two! On Monday it will go out to my proof reader who will take care of the most egregious typos. Once that is done, the book will go out to my pre-readers (aka beta-readers.)

So that means I need to fill up some slots on the pre-reader list. A pre-reader is a volunteer that gets the rough draft of the story months before it comes out and looks for story issues, and provides early feed back. Pre-readers get the book before it has been edited so they will be rough areas, typos, plot hoes, and the like.

As a pre-reader you will have two weeks to get your feed back in, and you will need to be able to read the entire book, and provide feedback with in two weeks. After that is complete I need to another round of edits and get it off to my editor.

Season Two contains major spoilers for Season One, so if you have not read Season One yet, you may want to read that first.

So if you can help out, please drop me an email and let me know! Time and space is limited, so do not delay!

Thanks!

Signed Copies Now Available!

Many of you have asked about signed copies of the print editions of the books, so I have made them available. Click the button below to be taken to my Square Marketplace where you can order them: