Friday, May 19, 2017

Isn't It About Time?

It's about time for another update that is. Considering how long it's been since I've written something here (Almost 4 months! 😲) I figured I'd better take the rest of today and play catch-up again.

Part of the reason I have been so slow to update is I am busy cramming in all the writing I can do. Writing takes time, blogging takes similar time. People don't buy my blog posts, so when I have to make a choice between the two, I choose my fiction. That's what keeps me published and out of mischief. 😼

When I last left a post here, my house was under renovation, I was babysitting the youngest grandkids two days a week, and waiting for an entire slew of medical tests and a couple surgeries. Well the renovation goes on, the tests are over for now, and I've gotten through as much medical hoo-hah as possible. First I had to find out what was going on with my thyroid, and as it turned out, I have a crop of almost symptomless benign growths that can wait a while before we decide what the next step will be. That was a great relief because at the same time all that was going on, I also found out I had to have eye surgery. 😎

I was able to get both eyes operated on over the last few weeks, and I now have no cataracts, almost 20/20 vision, and I can get by with just the help of over-the-counter reading glasses. Wonderful stuff that is! πŸ‘€πŸ‘ We're still waiting to see if the I-stents that were implanted in each eye to help relieve the pressure that causes my glaucoma were successful, and unfortunately so far the results have been somewhat disappointing. I am back on all four medications that I was taking in three drops once or twice daily, and while it's come down a little, that's not enough for any of us to get comfortable with. I just happen to have a stubborn case. 😞

Now because of the period during eye surgery where I can't bend or lift things in fear of messing with the healing, I have not been babysitting for over a month. Thankfully the small fry have other loving family members willing to fill my two days a week. A lot of the healing period I had restrictions on what I could do and how, but none on using the computer, so I was able to write. I've been pounding the keyboard as often as I can, getting projects done that I started last year. 

As of today, I finally finished the second Vagabond Bards tale. This one started out as a short story for another anthology, but like a zucchini in a July garden, it just kept growing until it became a brand new novel. It has no set title yet, I'll probably get that inspiration when I make a very severe second pass, because it rambles and it's waaaaay over-budget on words. But it concerns the Archon or leader of the Vagabond Bards, Siska of Voruta, who is called forth by a dear old friend who is now a monk and has sort of a murder mystery on his hands. I love the fact that both of the main characters are older adults because you don't see too many gray hairs and wrinkles on classic action adventure characters, and I think that's a shame. Also there is a nod in here to the perils of PTSD with another character who has chosen to self-medicate to make the horrors stop. Fun writing, and it makes me feel good to have gotten all that stuff across in one story. I've been working on this one since the end of last July, so it was overdue to be completed, although this is just a first draft. This one will be going to my Pro Se Imprint HANSEN'S WAY when I'm satisfied I've done all I can with it. 


On the back burner while I finished the aforementioned novel is the fourth book in the Jezebel Johnston pirate series, subtitled MOURNING STAR. Yes, the spelling is correct. I started this one back in early February and it really took off in my head, which is why the bard book took a backseat for a good part of this year so far. I had to force myself to set Jez and her fascinating world aside to finish that earlier novel. Now I can go back out to sea with her and her pirate friends for a while. That gives me the time that need to get the bard book out of my head because when I do make the next pass, I will see it with fresh eyes.


I am about half done with this latest tale of seafaring adventures, which will take dear Jez through some big changes in her life, and to places she never imagined being able to see. Of course, there is always a price to be paid for such freedom, often in the people you lose and the dreams you have to give up. I hope to have this one done and turned into Airship 27 sometime this fall.

And now with some freedom to look for a new project to trade off with, I'm giving some consideration to putting together a Waxy Dragon Anthology for the COMPANION DRAGONS TALES which are part of Pro Se's YOUNG PULP imprint. Roger Stegman and I have co-authored a bunch of Waxy stories over the years, and he has some standalone short tales that would work just great in a multi-story setting. 

If CDT has a release this year, the Lazlo Dragon antho that I turned in previously would be it. We had hoped to have Lee Houston Jr.'s Kiri dragon tale, but he's kind of bogged down in other deadline pieces, so I volunteered to come up with something else for a potential 2018 release. I'll have more about all that on my sister blog, COMPANION DRAGONS TALES, as it develops.

Now, as for what you may have missed...


JEZEBEL JOHNSTON: QUEEN OF ANARCHY came out February 8th of this year from Airhship 27. Yes, it exists in both paperback and Kindle copies. This is the second book in the Jezebel Johnston series, and it sports not only more wonderful interior illustrations by the uber-talented Rob Davis, but he did the cover art as well. πŸ’–πŸ‘© Typical of the series, this is a straightforward historical fiction piece without all the supernatural fantasy stuff you usually see in my writing. 

Oh and I have heard through the grapevine that the third book in the series, subtitled SEA WITCH, is moving very rapidly toward potential publication later this year. 😸 Ron Fortier and Rob Davis of Airship 27 have shown a lot of support for the Jezebel Johnston series, which I thank them greatly for, because that's what gets my butt in the chair and my fingers on that keyboard most days.

Speaking of Airship 27, Ron and Rob had a recent ZONE 4 podcast in which they tagged me in a list of things coming up. Some kind words were said both about the Jezebel Johnston series and my recent eye surgeries. What was really exciting to me though was listening to the fellas talking about all the fun they have been having at conventions (I'll get back to doing them when we can afford it, I promise!) and especially when Air Chief Ron Fortier talked about his Brother Bones comic character, which is in the process of being made into a movie. That folks is a writer's dream come true! I hope you will listen to the entire podcast because there's a lot of good things to hear about besides what's going on with my stuff. πŸ˜‰

And there you have it, my quarterly update! πŸ™Œ As always the writing goes on, but these days it's coming from my PC's new location, in my bedroom. Finally, after nearly 6 years in this old farmhouse, I have a quiet place where I can go, shut the door on the background noise, and tune into all those insane ideas running through my head. Hey... it keeps me off the streets and out of the bughouse! 😜

It could be worse you know. I might have married into your family!πŸ‘°

Write on,
~Nancy

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Writing News And Other Stuff I Have Going On...

I don't blog as often as I should; that's a given. I have a pretty busy life these days, so I check email, then make a quick stop on both Google+ and Facebook, and then I'm either off to babysitting, another round of appointments and errands, or I'm offline writing. When I say 'offline' I mean I'm not excessively checking email, playing games, or trolling social media. I might still be online doing background research or scrolling through dictionary and thesaurus sites, but I'm working at my PC. That's how you get stories written.



This past year I've been babysitting the two wee grandkids on Mondays and Fridays. The day starts around noon and ends at 5 to 6 PM. I don't get much done before I leave the house, and I'm tired by the time I get home. I don't regret a day of it though because I get to spend quality time with much of the family, and they honestly need my help. So writing has to wait for those days when I am at home.



We've had some renovation going on here, and while it really hasn't completely interfered with writing, it has turned the household upside down at times. There were things that had to be packed and moved more than once, and now and then I'd get called away to check something out. I wrote all through it on my days home, but was not quite as productive as I usually am. I did take a couple weeks off for the big end-of-the-year holidays, because there was so much to do, and with the bedrooms finished in time to move things around, we actually put up decorations and had the chance to host the family here for a change. I now have a living room and a bedroom of my own, which will eventually also have a desk with my PC—meaning I can shut the door and close the world out to concentrate solely on writing. Still don't have a dedicated internet hookup in there, but it's hopefully coming soon. I have my Macbook on a table so I can at least handle email and surf the web before bed. New possibilities are always exciting!



Not so excited about the recent health issues though...

Over the course of this year, my eyesight has worsened, and we've reached the point where something has to be done about that. I am severely nearsighted, and have been from a very young age. I've worn thick glasses since I was 9 years old. That's 50 years now. As an adult, I developed glaucoma, which is not too unusual in the greatly myopic. Something about the shape of our eyes makes them more susceptible to intraocular fluid build up. That excess fluid puts pressure on the cone-shaped optic nerve, flattening it and killing cells along the rim, stealthily robbing you of vision. I have a few blind spots in spite of 27 years of monitoring and medical intervention. I am currently on 4 different medications dispensed in daily eye drops, and I've had laser surgery in the right eye to burn in drains. None of this has lessened the fluid build up for any significant length of time. I also have cataracts now—not unusual at my age, but the one in the left eye has become very thick and leaves my vision in that eye hazy—like peering through a heavy curtain of milky plastic sheeting. Imaging equipment used to examine my optic nerve for damage from the glaucoma can no longer see through that thickened lens, so it has to go. The only reason I waited this long was that surgeons would not touch the cataract in my right eye, which had never fully developed. If I went ahead and had the cataract removed from my left eye it would have been replaced with an artificial lens that was created to be as severely nearsighted as the right eye. Then I'd wear the thick glasses for the rest of my life. That way my eyes would have a balanced vision my brain could interpret without causing constant headaches or perhaps even seizures. Yeah, my uncorrected vision is that bad.

The glaucoma not responding to treatment changed the playing field. Right now I am facing a two-in-one eye surgery on each eye, treating each one separately within a short period of time. I'm going to have stents placed in each eye to open up those drains and hopefully relieve that fluid pressure—a minimally invasive technique the specialist tells me. At the same time, that eye's cataract will be removed and a 20/20 distance vision artificial lens will be installed. One eye will be done at a time, with the left eye containing that thickened cataract being done first. Because of the need for the stents, my eye surgeon says he can justify removing both lenses, even though the right cataract is not very advanced. That is good news for me, because afterward I may only need reading glasses for close work. The surgeries are scheduled for mid-April and early May. I am cautiously optimistic. This should definitely benefit me as a writer as well. Eyestrain is a big issue for me.

Nothing of course can be simple. One of the ongoing problems this past year has been the struggle my longtime MD's office has had in keeping doctors and nurse practitioners on the payroll. Many of the area's medical practices as well as two local hospitals have been swallowed up by a large health conglomerate, and both personnel and patients are leaving in droves. I have stayed, mainly because my mother is seen by the same office, and she is at a critical stage in dementia where I'm uneasy about going to a new practice where people might not understand her past history and future needs. Plus she has only Medicare and the state medical card, and not everyone accepts the latter.  Mom and I have joint appointments so that I can answer questions and add my feedback to what is being observed, and at that the last one, it was discovered that I have an enlarged thyroid gland. Oh joy...

An ultrasound showed that I have a multinodular goiter, and so I will be seeing a specialist for biopsy and whatever treatment comes after that. Did I know something was wrong? Yes and no. I complained about extreme fatigue, hair loss, and dry skin a couple years ago and got a blood test, but the thyroid #s were normal—which I hear is not unusual. I now have a palpable lump in my neck. Keeping my fingers crossed that it is benign. I don't need to be fighting cancer on top of everything else I'm going through.

I'm still writing through all this medical hoo-ha. I wrote all around the construction and babysitting too. It's what I do and it gets my mind off the 'what if's'. I am nearing the finish of a new Vagabond Bards novel that I started back in late July. Yeah, it's been going slowly, but the book won't be released before 2018 at the earliest, so I'm still on schedule with my publisher obligations. Once the first draft of this novel is completed, I'll set it aside and concentrate on getting going on the 4th Jezebel Johnston pirate book. Along the way, I'll be working on anything that comes up. I get invited to write short pieces for anthologies now and then.


I have had some recent releases, which is what I know you really want to hear about...

Back in mid-November Pro Se Press released WHEN THE SHADOW SEES THE SUN—Creatives Surviving Depression. This is a multi-author charity anthology dedicated to a friend and writing colleague Logan Masterson, who dreamed up this very concept but sadly lost his battle with the disorder before it became a reality. This is a very important work, because it's all non-fiction accounts of how us creative types struggle with our own issues and how what we do aids or affects that. Very soulful reading here, and the proceeds of the book go to charities that support people with similar issues. A worthy read and one I hope you will pass the word on so that others can benefit as well. Available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble online, and Smashwords.


The second Pulptress anthology from Pro Se Press came out in mid-December, and Your's Truly has a short story in it. It's a slender volume and not too pricey, so if you enjoy some good old fashioned derring-do with mystery, intrigue, and high adventure with a gal who can kick butt and take names, this is the series for you! Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.


Here's something fun: JEZEBEL JOHNSTON: DEVIL'S HANDMAID is now available in an audiobook version! Oh yeah, over 6 hours of pirate pulpy goodness read by Brian Held Jr. Just think of the next time you have a long car or plane trip, or would like that boring weekly commute made more tolerable by having this audio recording to keep you company. One awesome way to let the hours fly by. Thanks to Airship 27 for pushing it out this month. Available on Amazon and Audible.com


Brand spanking new from FLINCH BOOKS is RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR. Yes, Your's Truly has actually written a horror story with a mummy in it. Oh you're going to love this book of fright-filled tales from beyond the grave. You might just want to leave the light on after reading any of these at bedtime, in case something comes shambling down the hallway... Run out and get a copy; RESTLESS is only in paperback on Amazon right now, but I understand that there are plans for a Kindle version down the road.


So you see, I kept writing, even if I wasn't blogging as often as I should. When I'm short on time and things are wonky in my life, writing is where I go to escape. Besides the precious moments with family and friends, I always make time for some creative fiction; and so other things like blogging, housework, and hanging out on social media get sort of shoved into the back room until I can spare the time to get back to them.

Hey, we all have to have our priorities!
~Nancy


Saturday, July 9, 2016

CATCH-UP TIME!



You'll all be happy to know I've been keeping myself quite busy writing. And yes, so far it has been a productive year.

First of all, as announced on the COMPANION DRAGONS TALES blog, the third installment of the series, COPPER'S CHOICE, was just released. Isn't this a gorgeous cover?




Info over there will tell you where to get your copy. Just follow the link above to the blog.

Also, backing up a bit, I have a short story in the May 30th release of SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS.




This one is a mashup of steampunk/cyberpunk with superhero elements in a post apocalyptic setting. This is a multi-author anthology that I share with some very talented folks including comics legend Mr. David Michelinie. You can find this one, as you will all of my Pro Se releases, in all the usual places, including Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Smashwords.com too.

It's worth a mention here, that MONSTER ACES VOLUME TWO is now available as an audiobook. Yes, I have a story in that one. 





Now, as far as what's possibly coming next for me in projects that have been completed...

I still have a Keener Eye short story due out from Pro Se as a SINGLE SHOT, which is their direct to E-format line of short pieces. I'll let you know if I hear anything about this one.

Airship 27 still has my Sinbad novella, but that has been such a popular series with both writers and readers, it fills up fast. I doubt we'll see it before next year. They also have the second pirate novel, JEZEBEL JOHNSTON—QUEEN OF ANARCHY, of which I have not heard anything about a release date. I'm busy finishing up the third book right now.

Likely slated for early next year, BY THE WAYSIDE TALES will be a debuting anthology from Pro Se in my Hansen's Way imprint. All the books in that imprint take place in the same overarching fantasy world, so you will see familiar settings and themes, and occasionally crossover characters. The two main characters along with their dependable mounts and a very big dog named Tagalong first appeared in the last story in TALES OF THE VAGABOND BARDS.

THE SONG OF HEROES was a series I started for the Pro Se magazines that has now been turned into an anthology. Two of the stories were published in different versions of the magazines, the third one never saw print, and to fill out the book I wrote a brand new fourth story. That got turned into Pro Se earlier this year and I hope to see that sometime in 2017.

And for the next installment of Companion Dragons Tales, earlier this year I turned in to Pro Se a four story Lazlo Dragon anthology that should be out sometime next year. Look for LAZLO AT HOME under Pro Se's Young Pulp imprint.




So what am I working on these days?

I've been picking away at the third pirate novel for Airship 27. I'm just writing the big climatic scene now. The tentative title of this one is JEZEBEL JOHNSTON—SEA WITCH. It was Air Chief Ron Fortier's idea to subtitle each of the Jezebel Johnston novels with whatever ship she is sailing on during the course of the novel. While it's been challenging because of the amount of research I've had to do for a historically accurate nautical tale set in a defined time and place, I've had a lot of fun with the series and I've learned a ton of things I never would have known.

For Pro Se, I just finished and turned in my next installment of what I'm now calling The Greenwood Cycle, which is the series of novels that began with FORTUNE'S PAWN back in 2011. THE DARK GLASS continues the story of everybody's favorite red haired barmaid Callie and her new baby as well as the rest of the world around them. As the child grows up, there are new dangers to face, and plenty of intrigue. The idea here is to shift the emphasis of the tales to the next generation, and so as the series goes on, you will be meeting all the junior contemporaries. You'll find familiar faces in this one as well. Hoping to see it come out sometime next year too, but I already have several books awaiting a publishing slot at Pro Se, and I'm far from their only author.


I am working on a horror short story for another publisher, but I am not going to say any more about that except that the first draft is done. I'll let them break the news first.

Have a bare start on what looks to be a Western Romance with plenty of action and adventure thrown in. It's an idea based on a song I like, in a genre I've barely scratched the surface of and want to revisit. Hope to get a little farther on that later in the year. Not sure yet where this one is going, but I'm hoping to wring a novel out of it.

Coming up late this year or possibly early next year, I plan to write a second anthology for the TALES OF THE VAGABOND BARDS series. I have a couple ideas for stories I'd like to include, and it's just a matter of clearing out the things I'm already working on before I get to this. I always have some project going.

Lee Houston Jr. and I have a couple projects we want to collaborate on. I can't say much about them right now, because we're still in the 'talking about it' stage. One is an idea we've had for a while that will expand his writing into a new direction, the other is just a thing we'd both like to do and decided to work together on. Lee is working hard to clear up some of his own writing obligations right now, so the earliest I expect to get down to work on one of these mystery projects is sometime next year.




Of course I never know what else is brewing in the back of my mind until something bubbles up to the surface, or someone else offers me an opportunity to write outside the box. 

Until next time,
~NANCY




Friday, March 25, 2016

Getting back in touch with you all...

Wow, 2016 is going by just as the last few years have. Part of that of course is how busy I am. Since I'm only babysitting the two little grandkids on an as-needed basis this year, my focus has gone back to catching up on writing. And that I have been doing with a vengeance!



First of all, I've had my first novel release of the year. FORGED BY FLAME, the first Sudarnian Chronicles book, came out around the beginning of the month. This book is published by Pro Se Press under my HANSEN'S WAY imprint. So happy to see this one out at last! 



This is a book that started being written when my sons were very young, and they are now both in their 30s. There's something to be said for perseverance, as well as hanging onto a dream. It's a grand adventure that opens a series that is accessible to advanced readers 12 and up, and totally appropriate for adults as well. And it has dragons! Everybody loves big, nasty-tempered, fire-breathing dragons. These dragons are no Smaug; willing to exchange banter in a battle of wits with you. These dragons are intelligent predators like wolves, except that some of them fly and all of them want to flambΓ© you and have you for dinner right now, with no prior warning or exchange of unpleasantries. Interestingly enough, it's the actions of 4 young people that make a world of difference in just how successful this new pestilence of the realm of Sudarnia becomes. Yeah, I'm quite proud of how this story turned out.


FORGED BY FLAME is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.



Now what else do I have going on?

Glad you asked! So far this year I have sent out two anthologies, both of them going to Pro Se Press. Both have been previously mentioned, but because they are now in the publisher's hands, I'm going to bring them up again.


LAZLO AT HOME is completed and has been turned in to Pro Se for their YOUNG PULP imprint. It's a novella-sized collection of 4 Lazlo Dragon stories, and boy can that little blue guy get himself involved in some interesting misadventures! You can read a bit more about it on this blog's sister site, COMPANION DRAGONS TALES


I also recently turned in THE SONG OF HEROES anthology. That is a story line I started for the old Pro Se magazines, and in fact two of them ran in different issues a couple years apart. There are four stories all told; the third one never saw print and the fourth is brand new, written this year. 


Hoping to see that TSOH and the aforementioned Lazlo antho next year (2017), but only time will tell. Once I send them off to the publisher, the matter is out of my hands.



Now before I go on about what I am currently working on, I'd like to mention an editing project near and dear to my heart. One of the nicest things about writing these days is being able to network with other writers and keep up with what they are doing. So when dear old online pal and writing/editing buddy Lee Houston Jr. came to me with his second ALPHA superhero tale wanting input and advice, I was more than happy to help out. Hey, I get to read it before anyone else does! And I'll tell you folks this book is a great read. I had the privilege of being able to do the first big content edit on it, and I devoured the story, it's just that good—and me not a big superhero or comics fan. There's so much heart and soul in this tale you can't help cheering for the caped man in sky blue and white as he struggles to find his place in a world that is not his own. Lee is finishing up his final pass before he turns it in to Pro Se, so keep an eye on his blog or his Facebook and G+ accounts for news. You don't want to miss out on this one. 



And if you haven't as yet read the first book in the series PROJECT: ALPHA, make sure you nab a copy of that too. That's also a great read.


So what's on my hard drive right now you ask?



Well I've been toggling back and forth between two novels: the next Greenwood Cycle fantasy novel for HANSEN'S WAY (the series that started with FORTUNE'S PAWN) as well as my third pirate book for AIRSHIP 27. I'm still toying with title ideas for the fantasy, though in very rough draft format it is about 4/5 complete. I'll know by the second pass what to call it. The pirate tale is just past the halfway point and is tentatively titled JEZEBEL JOHNSTON: SEA WITCH


I've been switching back and forth between both novels lately as the spirit moves me.



In the wings I have a bare-bones start on a western adventure romance. I kinda got the western bug when I wrote that Senorita Scorpion short story a couple years ago, and I've been itching to do another. The lyrics to a favorite song kind of inspired me to get some words down on a page. This one looks like it might want to be a novel too. We'll see how that turns out. It's something I pick away at now and then. 


Because the learning curve in writing westerns is about as steep as in nautical adventures under canvas, it's not a project to be taken lightly. I want to do a good job on not only making it a good western adventure, but also a great story with likable and unforgettable characters. A little romance never hurt anyone none either, ya know.


Things I can kind of talk about...


I have been asked to write a short story for an anthology project that I can't elaborate on except to say it is horror and I was graciously invited in. I've submitted three possible ideas for that one, so that the people behind it can cross-check with other authors involved and make sure we're not all writing the same scenario. I'm waiting to hear on that now, but I am keeping so busy with what I already have  on my plate, I'm not the least bit impatient. You want these multi-author things to come together well, and that takes a lot of planning on the part of the folks hosting it.


Which reminds me, we are all still awaiting the arrival of the Steampunk Superhero altiverse anthology SINGULARITY. The fellow behind it, Mr. Jaime Ramos, has set up a readers page on FACEBOOK that you can join and access HERE (you'll need to sign in to FB first). I hope you do go look it over, Jaime has put a ton of work into both getting this anthology together, and promoting it. 


I will update you here on the blog whenever we get news about this interesting world of transhumans, mutated gifted folks, evil monarchs, and nasty poisonous gas that fills the air. If that is enough incentive, I don't know what will be, other than comics writing legend Mr. David Michelinie as well as a passel of other talented folks are involved in this project along with Your's Truly.



And yes, I am still writing the monthly column for my town newsletter. This June it will begin my 4th year of doing that without ever missing a deadline. That is what separates the hobbyists from the passionate pro—that urge to sit down at the desk each day and pound something out on the keyboard.



Other than making sure I update folks on what I am doing on my Facebook and Google+ walls almost daily, that's about the extent of my writing. Of course I still read just about every night on my Kindle, in bed before I go to sleep. A good writer is always a voracious reader, and there's something to be learned from every book. Life around me is a great inspiration in itself, and I hope I never get tired of this. I love what I do, and look forward to it each and every day. I hope you all enjoy reading it at least half as much as I did writing it.



Writing onward,
~Nancy

Monday, February 29, 2016

Writing stuff I should be talking about!

You know, one of the toughest things about being an author is doing the balancing act between establishing writing time, giving enough attention to your regular daily life demands, and getting in some self-promotion. I always tend to come out on the low side of the latter category because I get so wrapped up in creating new stories, the real world comes knocking and it's time to leave the fantasy behind. So I figured since I have a weekend where no one plans on stopping over, I owe it to myself and those of you who loyally follow my late life career choice to set down what's going on in my writing life these days.




First off all, January and February tend to be award months in the small but feisty publishing world that is known as New Pulp. Most of what I write these days gets published under that heading, though for the sake of clarity I often refer to my offerings as action adventure fiction in several genres. So I'm happy to announce that for the 2015 awards, Your's Truly has been nominated for both PULP ARK and PULP FACTORY awards as well. First time I've believe that has happened, and it's pretty much over the same book. In the PULP ARK awards, my first novel in the pirate series, JEZEBEL JOHNSTON—DEVIL'S HANDMAID, is up for Best Novel, and I am on the list for Best Author. In the PULP FACTORY awards, JEZEBEL JOHNSTON—DEVIL'S HANDMAID is also nominated for Best Novel. This is a real honor folks, and the competition are all very talented peers with amazing offerings of their own. Just to make the final ballot is an award in itself. It tells me some readers really enjoyed the book that took 9 months to be birthed. That's what I do this for.




Just in case you're wondering, the second pirate novel, JEZEBEL JOHNSTON—QUEEN OF ANARCHY has been in the hands of publisher Airship 27 since last November. I am hard at work at the third JEZEBEL JOHNSTON novel as I write this; just before the halfway done point. No official title on that one yet.




I'm also currently working on a new Greenwood Cycle novel, which picks up where MASTER'S ENDGAME left off. The story now gradually shifts in emphasis from red-headed Callie and her era of people and beings, to the next generation—including that all important babe that was born at the end of ME. This one had a ton of previously written material so I would say at this point it's about 2/3 complete. That is slated for next year publication as well under the HANSEN'S WAY imprint.





I just finished going over the final galley to FORGED BY FLAME, the first installment in the SUDARNIAN CHRONICLES series for my PRO SE HANSEN'S WAY imprint. I have seen a preliminary sketch on cover artwork as well. I have to tell you, that after not reading this book for months, I was blown away at how good it turned out. I started the seminal story back when my two sons were very young, and the baby of the clan just turned 30 on Thursday last. When they asked me way back when, "What are you writing Mommy?" and I told them it was a book with a dragon in it, my two little video gamer nerds begged me to write them in as heroes. So... I did. 





When you meet the orphan brothers Ethan and Nicholas, you'll be reading my now grown up sons' avatars. Don't ever let anybody tell you that you can't hold onto a long time promise and see it through. You'll also bump into a very well-known wizard of mine in this novel, and there will be some off-camera references to other characters from the imprint books—which all take place in the same overarching world backdrop. Hope to be making the announcement about this one being out soon.




I have an inkling we'll be seeing the next COMPANION DRAGONS TALES novella, COPPER'S CHOICE sometime in the first half of this year as well. Like the first two releases (A FAMILIAR NAME & FINDING WAXY), that will be under the PRO SE imprint YOUNG PULP. I recently completed and turned in another CDT offering for 2017, an anthology of Lazlo Dragon stories titled LAZLO AT HOME. Two of the stories in that one were previously written and never released: Lazlo At Home & Ambassador Lazlo. One came as the prose version of a cartoon script I wrote for Lazlo: Finder's Keepers. The other is a brand new tale written this year: Thunder Boomers and Gully Washers. All are a lot of fun, and they have the base setting of the witch Nancy Bittergreen's magical home environs, with all the cats, fairies, elves, gnomes, and madcap adventures a little blue dragon with big feet and a somewhat muddled view of the world can get into. These are fun stories for all ages.



Back in November I turned in an anthology for my HANSEN'S WAY Pro Se imprint, for a brand new 
series called BY THE WAYSIDE TALES. That novel-length anthology contains three short pieces: The Reluctantly Betrothed, The No-Count Count, and The Winsome Maid Of Trypton Lane. If you read the last story in the anthology TALES OF THE VAGABOND BARDS (The Cavalier In The Cathouse), you meet the duo Alexandre Louis Edouard Lebeau and the lovely half-Elven con artist Danika, AKA The Phantom Rose. They're back as fugitives now, along with their faithful mounts Camille and Ghost, and that lovable but very large canine, Tagalong. Three good stories in this one and lots of rapier wit and adventure. I've heard it's going into editing now, so that's good news. I have no idea if it will be out this year, or in 2017. 



One of my other projects this year was to get my SONG OF HEROES series back in print. Two of the stories, Lori's Lament (which opened the series) and Dark Eyes Of Night have appeared in two different versions of Pro Se magazines, two years apart in 2010 and 2012. While those are still in print, a third tale, Turtle Key, never made it into those magazine pages. I spoke with Pro Se headman Tommy Hancock about putting them together as an anthology and he agreed. Along with those three original pieces, I wrote a fourth story, Goodbye Noreen McPherson. In case you've never read any of my SONG OF HEROES tales, this is a contemporary setting with a supernatural force of scum busters taking on anything from waterfront serial killers to vampires, poachers, and murderous drug smugglers. Every setting is different but the tie-in is access to the ocean waters, for the team leader is a lovely immortal with ties to the sea, and the world's most captivating voice. Challenging writing for me at times.



VERY EXCITING NEWS!!!!  






Airship 27 and Radio Archives have gotten together to release SINBAD—THE NEW VOYAGES Volume 1 as an audiobook! Imagine 7 hours of dramatic storytelling by the uber talented gentlemen Mr. Derrick Ferguson and Mr. I. A Watson as well as one penned by Your's Truly. I'll tell you, it sounds amazing folks. This would keep you alert and entertained on a long car trip, a flight with layover, or any time you just want to check out of the world and slip into another one where there's adventure and excitement on the high seas. I can't begin to describe to you the feeling of hearing your own words come to life under the skillful rendition of a talented voice artist. You really need to check that out.




Also, I have heard recently that the long awaited Superhero Steampunk anthology SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS is close to coming onto the launching pad. This is wonderful news because series creator and all around good guy Mr. Jaime Ramos has worked tirelessly to make this book live. Jaime now has a special Facebook Page for readers to join, and there you can get updates and meet some of the creators, as well as learn about what went into putting this extremely special multi-author anthology together. I hope you do take the time to check it out, we're all very excited about this creation of ours. 







Everything I write can be found on my Amazon.com author page HERE. My books are also on Barnes & Noble and my Pro Se books and stories are in other E-formats on Smashwords. So keep your eye right here on my blog—or you can either friend me on Facebook or put me in your circles on G+. Any way you want to keep in touch, I will do my best to update you when new material is released.






Be well my friends and readers all, and always be assured, I am still very hard at work turning out the best fiction I know how to write.

~NANCY