The Rambling Spy

The Rambling Spy is now available on Amazon. It’s not linked to my author page or the other books yet, but I’ve linked the cover and title to the publication page. Hopefully it’ll be added to the Series list soon.

As with the last couple of books, there’s a character list at the front of the book, as well as maps of Terah, Calandra, and Camden. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Book 5 in The Chronicles of Terah

I’ve received several e-mails lately asking about the next book in The Chronicles of Terah.

When I published The Warrior Elf, I decided to break the next part of the story into several books. That way I’d be able to make them shorter and publish more often. Sounded like a good idea at the time, but then came the task of deciding what went in each section.

First I tried to organize it geographically. One of the advantages to that was each book would have a smaller cast of characters and the story in one area would be continuous instead of told in bits. So I started out on that track, outlining what needed to happen in each of the main locations. After spinning my wheels trying to make that work, I gave up. There was no way to do it without creating spoilers. The story lines were too intertwined.

Next I tried to do it by time frame, to let each book represent about a year. That started out much better and was going well until I realized that breaking it in designated time units would leave things dangling. There wouldn’t be an ending.

Finally, after spending way too much time trying to find some way to break it up, I gave up and started writing the book. The rough draft took a long time to write but it’s done and the book’s in editing right now.

So, for those of you who are wondering when the next book will be out, the answer’s soon, hopefully within the next couple of months. When I can narrow that down a bit, I’ll post the cover and a projected publication date.

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Old Friends and New

When I published The Warrior Elf a little over a year ago, I lived with two old friends, a seventeen-year-old cat and  a twelve-year-old dog. Shortly after publication, my cat was diagnosed with the first stages of kidney failure. With the help of treatments and a careful diet he lived nearly six more months, and was able to enjoy a relatively full life up until the last couple of weeks.

During that time, my dog and I took frequent walks in the woods, something we’d always enjoyed. Unfortunately, age was beginning to take its toll on him, too. Or maybe I should say a combination of size and age. He’s a big dog, ninety pounds big. We used to walk two or three miles several times a week. We were down to between half a mile and a mile, depending on the day and the terrain.

Then, shortly after my cat said goodbye, I realized how much of a struggle it had become for my dog to get in the car.  I had steps for him, but even so it was just too much. So we said goodbye to the trails through the woods and started walking around the neighborhood, but we were still walking close to a mile a day. Then as spring faded into summer, our walks got shorter and shorter. And as the walks got shorter, we had to make adjustments around here. There’s a handicap ramp at the backdoor now so he doesn’t have to struggle with the steps, and I put runners and throw rugs down over the hardwood and linoleum to keep his feet from sliding around as he walks.

Over the past month, our walks have become even shorter. Now they’re limited to the backyard. But life’s not dull for either us. Our new friend sees to that.

A couple of months ago, a young cat came to live with us. He’s a little over a year old, and full of energy and mischief. Unfortunately he tested FIV positive, which means he has to stay inside and away from other cats. I’ve never had a cat who couldn’t go outside before, so for the first time ever, I’m buying cat toys. His favorite ones involve balls or yarns. I have to admit, his antics provide a lot of entertainment, for both my dog and me, but cleaning up after him is keeping me quite busy.

So, for those of you waiting for the next book, sorry it’s taking so long, but most of my time is tied up with my friends right now.  The rough draft is close to being finished, but I’m finding less and less time to sit down and write. It’s coming, but it’ll be next year before I can get it published.

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A New Take on an Old Tale

About a month ago, my sister asked me to read Cinder & Ella  by Kelly Oram. I read the blurb and shook my head. This book was so not anything I would normally read. First of all, it was basically a romance, and I lean towards mysteries and fantasies. Granted, a lot of the books I read have a romance thread, but it’s a subplot, not the main focus of the book. So I basically ignored her.

But my sister is not one to be ignored. She mentioned it again, and when I said it wasn’t for me, she answered that she really wanted me to read it, that there were things in there she wanted to talk to me about but couldn’t if I hadn’t read the book. So I gave in.

I finished the second book, Happily Ever After, last night – at about 2:30 in the morning, and that wasn’t my first late night reading this series. I basically read the first book, Cinder & Ella, in one day, if you count 4:00 the next morning as being the “same day.”

So what was it in those books that my sister wanted to discuss with me? Nothing. She just wanted me to read them and figured that was the best way to get me to do it. Frankly, I’m glad she knows me so well. Otherwise I would have missed quite a treat.

If you haven’t read those two books yet, you should, even if romance isn’t your thing. There’s a lot more to that story than a simple romance.

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March Special – The Dragon’s Flame

The Dragon’s Flame will be on sale for $0.99 starting Sunday, March 12 and lasting through Saturday, March 18. As an added bonus, The Master’s Chair will be on sale Tuesday, March 14, but it will only be on sale for one day. Wednesday it will go back to its regular price.

(All four of the books in the series are in Kindle Unlimited, so if you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can read them all for free at any time.)

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The Fourteenth Key for $0.99

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The third book in The Chronicles of Terah series, The Fourteenth Key, will be on sale for $0.99 from Sunday, Jan 14 – Saturday, Jan 21. It will go back to its regular price of $3.99 Sunday, Jan. 22.

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The Dragon’s Flame for $0.99

The Dragon’s Flame is on sale this week for only $0.99. By next Sunday it’ll be back to its regular price of $3.99. And as an added bonus, tonight I’m going to reduce The Master’s Chair to $0.99 too, but it’ll go back to its regular price of $2.99 sometime Thursday. If you don’t already have your copies,  or if you want to give one to someone for Christmas, this would be a good time to get them.

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