Shhh, We’re Batman Event

Elite ComicsI have a table at Elite Comic’s We’re Batman event!  It is this coming Saturday, 26 Jul 2014, starting at 10am and going to 4pm.

Come out and help us celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary.  There will be food, fun, numerous creators (including myself), and an attempt to set a cosplay world record for the most people in a Batman costume.

The highlights:

  • Huge sidewalk sale!
  • Limited Edition Batman gig poster!
  • Free copies of DC’s Detective #27 souvenir comic!
  • Free Cowls and Capes!
  • DJ keeping the groove movin’!
  • New Batman/Elite T-Shirt!
  • Face Painting!
  • Succotash food truck serving up carnival favorites!

I will be doing autographs and have copies of my novels available.  I also have some give-a-ways myself (bookmarks and copies of my maps).

There will be a tent in the parking lot at: 11842 Quivira Rd, Overland Park, Kansas 66210

If you are in the area, don’t miss the fun!

A New Place to Purchase My Books – Elite Comics

I wanted to let everyone know that Elite Comics (one of the comic book shops that puts on Planet Comicon) is now stocking the Heirs of Cothel Series (Mother’s Curse, Daughter’s Justice, and Daughter’s Revenge).  Stop in some time to check out what they have.  They are at 11842 Quivira in Overland Park, KS.

Everyone there is great and next Saturday (3 My 2014) is free comic book day.  They always have a big event and while I’m not a featured person for the day, I plan to stop by at some point. (I’ll try to tweet/post to Facebook when I am there.)

My Writing Process, part 2

In the first part of this series, I talked about the struggles I had initially faced as a writer.  In this part, I want to talk about how my writing process changed and what I am doing differently today.

Forest PathWhen I put aside the project I had been working on (which reached an astounding 200k words and was not done), I knew I needed a different approach.  I wanted to create something that was marketable, and for fantasy, that meant I needed to have a finished product between 80k and 120k words.  In the supermarket format, that comes out to roughly 320 to 480 pages.  Anything too small is not considered worth the investment to readers and anything too large has production costs that make it more risky to produce.  For me, the goal was right in the middle, 100k words. Continue reading

Learn and Grow – New Covers

Mother's Curse CoverYou may have already noticed a bit of a change on my site and in the Heirs of Cothel Series: New Covers for the books.

I really liked the initial covers, but based on feedback, we realized that the current trends in the industry are to use photo manipulated covers instead of ones that are completely illustrated.  I will show a little bit of age and say that when I was growing up, pretty much every cover was based on a painting or drawing.  It was the heyday of TSR and they had many artists on staff to produce some very remarkable images.

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Photo Contest

For the last part of my blog tour for Mother’s Curse and Daughter’s Justice we are having a photo contest!

Dollar reading Daughter's JusticeAll the blogger and fan support this week has been excellent!  And to say thank you, we are wrapping up things with a chance to win a Kindle Fire or one of two $50 Amazon Gift Cards.

The details can be found on Novel Publicity’s blog.

Just as an example, earlier this year, Dollar was caught reading the back of Daughter’s Justice.  He told me with carrot breath that he really liked it.

Henton’s Family

Henton is the third son, and “a second spare” as he likes to refer to himself.  While he does not hate his family, he has kept only a distant relationship with them stemming from events around his fifteenth birthday.

In Cothel, the oldest male child of a family is required to serve in the army for at least one year.  If a family is willing to provide their son for a two-year commitment, instead of serving in the army, they can serve in the Navy.  To compensate for the extra year, the family will receive a reduction in their taxes.  Any additional sons enlisted in military service result in tax reductions for the family for either one or two years of commitment.

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Daughter’s Justice is Available!

Daughter’s Justice is Available!

Daughter's Justice CoverI am very pleased to announce that you can now get Daughter’s Justice, book 2 in the Heirs of Cothel Series.  It has been a great pleasure to write and I hope everyone will have as much pleasure in reading it.

For a taste of the story, please check out the first three chapters of the book.  Also, if you are not familiar with Stephenie’s story, here is your chance to read Mother’s Curse, the first book in the series.

You can get Daughter’s Justice on Amazon (Paperback or Kindle) as well as at Barnes & Noble.

For even more temptation, watch the book trailer and if you enjoy the story, tell your friends and please leave a review on your favorite site (or all of your favorite sites)!

Cothel’s Royal Family

I know it has been a while since I added any details here. I have been busy working on Book 2, Daughter’s Justice, and have simply not added anything for too long. Therefore, today I will talk a little about Stephenie’s family.

Cothel’s Royal family goes back many generations and as was the custom several hundred years ago, when a significant change in government took place, the calendar was started over. This has led to many of the countries around the Sea of Tet using different years to track things than their neighbors. While it confuses the tracking of events over a longer period of time, most common people outside of government and nobility are fairly indifferent.

The Marn family can trace their roots back to the current start of the calendar in Cothel, which was in year 435 at the beginning of Mother’s Curse. For most of those four hundred years, they have had a significant role in actually ruling the country.

Stephenie’s immediate family tree is below. Her father, Charles II, is a direct descendant from the long line of Cothel’ Kings. Her Mother is descendant from Kynto’s royal family, which has only held the throne for four generations, with Elsia’s brother currently on the throne of Kynto.

Marn Family Tree

 

 

 

Of the children, Stephenie is the youngest.

  • Joshua, her older brother, has always been groomed for the throne. Growing up, he treated Stephenie as an honorary younger brother, allowing her to tag along with him.
  • Kara, who was killed by the Senzar before Mother’s Curse starts, was married to the Crown Prince of Esland.
  • Julia, Kara’s twin sister died less than a month after their birth.
  • Regina is married to the second youngest prince of Durland, who based on order of succession rules, is twentieth from the throne.
  • Islet is married to the King of Ipith.

Currently, none of Stephenie’s siblings have any children of their own.

Thaddeus at Patton Jr. High

Patton Jr HighThaddeus visited with the students at Patton Jr. High on Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. After a personal tour of the school and a question and answer session with the book club, he spoke with the larger student body about writing and some of the things he has learned in his own writing career.

“I have to say it was a honor and privilege to met and speak with so many smart and motivated students and young authors. It was a very rewarding experience. I hope to be able to do again.”

The photo to the left is Thaddeus standing next to an “Author of the Week” board dedicated to him and Mother’s Curse. There was an essay contest for the students who would be chosen to meet Thaddeus.