Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fighting in a fantasy world

I love writing fantasy.  The more I write, the better I feel I'm getting.  I love the fight scenes, the weapons, writing in old monsters and creating new foes for the good guys to fight against.  I'm taking a break right now from the second episode in the Demon Hunter serial.  The first episode, Why He Runs From the Basement, has been up on Amazon for the Kindle for a few weeks, and has sold more than a dozen copies already (Thank you!  Please don't forget to leave a review!!).  It does have a four out of five star rating, but then that was just one review :)

Anyway, back to the fight scenes.  I love fight scenes in fantasy novels.  I think it comes from my Dungeons and Dragons playing days and from the similarly styled video games I've loved to play.  I'm reading a fantasy trilogy right now called the Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks.  I know I'm only a few chapters in, but there haven't been any big, epic fight scenes yet.  There have been some minor ones, though.  Well, they've been more once sided and quick rather than fights.

Click here to see it in Amazon.  Image taken from
I guess that's what makes it an 'epic' novel and a trilogy.  Building that background, getting to know, and in some cases, hate, the different characters.  Learning about what makes them tick, what drives them.  Something that I don't quite yet have the patience for, but eventually will, with time...maybe.

I love writing the action scenes.  Like I said, I'm working on the second episode of the Demon Hunter serial.  My goal is to have it be about 25,000 words.  As of now, I'm at about 5,500.  25,000 seems to be what I'm going to shoot for with each of the serials I'm going to write.  I'm hoping for about 3-5 episodes for the Demon Hunter series.  I do have ideas for another already in the works-okay, I only have a couple thousand words and a long outline, and it's been five months since I looked at it, but it is 'in the works'.   Funny thing, when I started that story line, I titled the file 'Epic' thinking I might be able to write it as a 150,000 to 200,000 word stand alone epic fantasy novel.  Do I still think I can?  Yes.  Do I really want to?  No.  I can't edit/revise/rewrite/edit/etc. something like that on my own.  So, 25,000+ word episodes for a new serial is what it will probably end up being.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly

So, we are one step closer to completing The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly!  Jennifer Frith sent me pictures of the last illustrations for the book as well as the cover!  She is also mailing the high quality scans.  So, while I wait a couple days (impatiently ;) ) for Fed Ex to deliver them, I decided to mess around with the cover, and I think I came up with something I like (Plus, Jennifer likes it!):
What do you think?
Once the illustrations get here, I plan on taking my time to get the text in place just right.  From there, it'll be formatting the book for Kindle and for a soft covered edition through Amazon's Create Space.
  After formatting for the book, I have to wait to get an author copy to make sure everything is perfect, then it's put up on Amazon- which can take a week or more to actually show up from what I've read.

I appreciate the comments we've gotten on facebook.  Stay tuned for more details!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Incidental Hero

My 2nd Kindle novella, The Incidental Hero, is now available on Amazon!

So psyched!!
The story is about a runner who's thrust into an alternate universe after rescuing a woman while he was out running.  A wizard named Cerena, a warrior named Regent and another warrior, the woman who he rescued, named Aleesha, try to help Davis find a way home while also trying to battle forces bent on destroying their lands.

If you like fantasy stories with magic, sword fights and evil monsters, you'll love this book!

You can check out my other story, Why He Runs From the Basement, on my Amazon author page.

Also, let others know about the book by reviewing it.  It'll be really helpful!  


Oh, and?  My children's book, The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly, should be available on Kindle and paperback in a couple weeks!  The book is a wonderful story about a rabbit, Kona, who wished he could be more like his bird friends, Bella and Morgan.  This book will be the first in a series about Kona and his friends.  You can follow the updates on Facebook!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Nearing completion of two more projects

I'm pretty darn excited.  I am nearing the final stages of two more books.  One is a fantasy novella that I restarted my love of writing.  It took several months to finish as I went back and forth with it, and also started a bunch of other projects.  Once I did finish it, I waited a long time to start editing it.  I wanted to edit/revise right away, but was too close to it and needed to put it away before getting back to it.  So, I waited about a month and recently began the edit/ revise/ edit process.  I'm going through slowly and carefully and am done a bit over half of it.  Once I go through it, it'll probably get put away for a few days or a week or two, then rechecked.

The other project is the much anticipated children's book The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly.  This will be the first of many books in the series, The Adventures of Kona and His Friends.  The book will be available on Amazon for the Kindle and in a soft covered print edition.  Jennifer Frith has been diligently working on the illustrations for the book.  She is absolutely amazing and talented.  Definitely check out her page and her work!  She told me today (1/20) that she was done the illustrations and will be working on the cover next.  Here's an example of her work for The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly:

I already have one title on Amazon (see the link on the right) and have one 4 star review.  If you've already purchased it, thanks!  Don't forget to leave a review!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Homemade Kindle case

Hey All!  I had tried to order a Kindle case from a company, but they sent the wrong thing twice.  So, I decided that I would use what I have lying around the house to make my own.  I had an old journal (11 years old) that I loved, but hadn't really ever used.  It was hand made in Tibet.  My wife gave it to me for my birthday in 2003 (as noted on the inside cover).
Closed, before- I love the dowels for securing

Handmade paper- can't really see the naturalness of it

After taking out the paper- some at my desk, some in my writing bag for kids writing supplies

Took a while to get the size right.  I did, then dropped it...craperfic!

Cleaned up- some scraping with a razor to get the perfect fit!  Hot glue to hold it in place.

I can still reach all the right plugs and power button

Done!  It fits just right!!

In total, this project kept me out of trouble for about two hours :)  Now for some mischief!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Still psyched...

Yeah, I'm still psyched about having my first book up.  I did make myself stop looking at how many sold.  It wasn't a lot, but at least it has sold a few.  The last time I looked it was at 7 after a week or so.

The day after I put it on KDP for sale on Amazon for the Kindle (link), I made a change...yes, already.  I changed the cover:

I think it's much better- it looks more professional, interesting and should help with a few sales.

I've been working on the second in the series for the last few days.  I'm about 1/10th of the way into it.  I ended up with about 20,000 words for Why He Runs From the Basement.  I'm hoping for about 25,000 for the second book, which is yet to be named.

The second book begins shortly after the first book ends.  A couple questions will be answered as well.  And, of course, more will be created.

If you buy a copy, please leave a review on Amazon!  1*= hated; 2*=ok, won't buy the 2nd; 3*=ok, may buy the 2nd; 4*=excellent! Loved it, will definitely buy the 2nd; 5*=AWESOME!  I can't wait for the 2nd!!  When will it be out!!  Or at least, that's my 1-5* interpretation for Amazon :)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I'm Published!!

Woohoo!  Why He Runs From the Basement (Demon Hunter) is now available on Amazon for your Kindle!!  The (Demon Hunter) is added to the end since this is Episode 1 :)  Yes, that means there will be more...

Here's a screen shot of my author page with the book attached :)

You can check out my author page here and the book here!  If you buy it, please leave a review!  This is a learning experience for me and I'd love to know what you think!!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

'In Review' on Amazon!

Yay!  I officially published my first story!'s currently listed as 'In Review' on KDP.  Once it gets through there (a formality) it'll be available for purchase on Amazon!!  The process should take about 12 hours or so.

Why He Runs From the Basement (Episode 1)

Series Title:
Demon Hunter

Erik Ammon

A house cat, Kona, turns out to be more than an ordinary cat.  When his family is kidnapped by demons, Kona's owner, Erik, discovers that Kona is a demon hunter.  The unlikely pair enter into Hell to rescue Erik's family.  Side by side, Erik and Kona battle demons that are determined to sacrifice Erik's family to help them escape from Hell.  Will Erik and Kona succeed?

Yay!  I just saw it got listed as 'Publishing' (I went to copy the description).  It can take up to 24 hours to appear in Amazon!!