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A Book is So Exciting – A Series is Even Better!

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Every story takes you on a journey. You will know roughly what sort of journey it will be, although you won’t know exactly where you will end up, nor what surprises await you, just that you are guaranteed a journey – The story and characters both might be bumpy or smooth, with twisty curves and great heights, or dead straight and direct – but whoever you meet and however long your journey is, reading a book and delving into worlds, adventures and situations unfamiliar to you is an adventure to be savored.

That, to me, is what makes picking up a book so exciting. You just don’t know what gem you might discover or what lasting impressions it will leave you with.

If you love the action you were thrown into and the people you encountered, then the adventure is even better if it is part of a series. Yes, you enjoyed the ending, the story closed, but there’s more yet and that’s got to be the greatest thing of all – seeing another doorway offering more to discover.

It won’t be the same journey but a new one, and this time you have a clue what the terrain will be like. This time you will be traveling with friends.

That’s my definition of a good book and a good series.

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Writing Your Book, but it’s Taking Forever!

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So, your story’s not written yet. It’s been years now, and that’s bothering you – Guess what – THAT’S NORMAL!

It takes time to master the writing skill. If you write regularly, you will see your improvement over time, but whether you write regularly or not, improvement will never stop. Growth and development is ongoing and unlimited.

It takes time to get to know your characters. You’re dealing with a lot of people, all of them different from each other. You not only have to discover and portray their personalities but their backgrounds and goals as well. That information will not arrive neatly packaged and at once.

It takes time to get to know your story. As different characters develop and interact, your story evolves. Main areas and scenes might be all worked out, but how they connect and combine adds new flavor and complexity. It takes time for a story to mature and become all it can be.

It takes time to write your book. Deciding or discovering how to express your words, your story, your characters and plot, spending hard time at the keyboard doing it, working it, refining and editing – ALL OF THAT TAKES TIME!

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SUCKING IN THE FEAR – from The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.

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“What did Sevi tell you?” He still spoke quietly, but Aleisha could sense him sucking in the fear that rolled off her in great waves, relishing her anguish. He terrified her. She’d been given no time to prepare, no room to evade, no chance to think. Her answer betrayed her panic as she fought to come to terms with this sudden situation.

“Nothing, she just… ambushed me!”

“Kristi, then,” he said. “Someone made you scared of me.”

“No one. I’ve only met her. Sevi. I thought you were some kind of monster in the city. I saw, but I didn’t know you were Khekarian.”

Sturn analyzed her answer. “Saw what?”

“What you did.”

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A Breath of Fresh Air – I Don’t Do Human Hatred!

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In my sci-fi series, I do have wars, I do have contention – I have murder and threats and all the bits that get the heart pumping (a happy-ever-after story that’s happy-ever-after right from the start is nice, but there’s no challenge) Humans thrive on challenge, we want villains to overcome, we want something to strive for that will make us feel like heroes.

What I DON’T have in my science fiction is self-loathing. I don’t have the perverseness of hatred for all things human. I don’t portray the human animal as a blight upon the world (any world), nor human intelligence as some kind of disease.

We are as we are, as God or Nature intended us to be. I don’t do fear-mongering. I don’t do propaganda. I don’t use story-telling to create guilt in my readers. You’ll find my writing racy and fun and exciting. You might even find it a breath of fresh air.

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We Need Them.

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Why are stories so important? Why are fictional characters and their worlds so gripping?

They’re all just ideas and pretty words on paper, right? There’s plenty of important stuff going on in the world – and there are writers and dreamers just wasting their time, pretending that imagination is important.

And yet… we all need them. Most of us read, most of us love to get lost in a tale and step away from the routines and the mundane, from the problems and the woes of our lives. We all escape into stories – movies, books, games – whatever form they come in. We’re driven to.

It must be important. Even in our sleep, there are stories.

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THE THREAT IN THE ROOM – from The Khekarian Threat, now out on Amazon.

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Aleisha saw Sevi teleport away and then, with the woman’s influence gone, quickly looked to the threat still in the room.

Sturn turned his leisurely attention to her, this time taking a full account. Aleisha saw what he saw, heard his thoughts and tried to close herself down.

Small, cute, scared. He liked the combination, but wanted more.

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A Writer’s Passion.

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The story forms out of passion and images, heart and mind and creativity weaving a world so tangible that it must be shared – has to be shared – because it really has become an amazing place.

In my darkest hour, when I truly thought my science fiction series would never see life in print, my biggest, deepest woe was that these worlds, these people would vanish with me when I died and no one would ever know their stories, their secrets, their tantalizing dreams.

It drives us all, all writers. It’s the passion to share the majesty within, something that has built over the years and grown into something whole and unique, something much bigger than we are – something that causes us to say, “I have something. It’s marvelous. Look!”

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BLOOD-LUST – from The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.

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The knife was wet with blood, the handle slippery with it, the huge blade dark and crimson. He was splashed with its color, drenched with its odor. The coppery smell, warm and fresh, filled his nostrils and lungs, exciting him.

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Road Teams Are All He’s Got.

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Charlie’s an old man now, working as the supervisor of Transport and Trade, handling the workload and scheduling of transport teams that carry goods to distant settlements – Some of the teams are like family to him.

That’s why he cares so much and why Aleisha’s situation is so shocking to him. She’s young, she’s a newcomer, she’s a nice kid, and she’s in terrible danger.

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IT WAS POWER, IT WAS SEX – from The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.

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They sparred constantly, Aleisha knew without wanting to. It was sport, it was power, it was sex, relentlessly demanding. Both were driven to win, yet neither would tolerate the other losing.

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