News Flash


On Saturday June 15th between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, I will launch the 3rd book in the Castle Keepers series, Revelation Stones, at Dartmouth Book Exchange in Cole Harbour, the community in which I spent the first 29 years of my life.

I will also have copies of Book 1: Shadows in the Stone and Book 2: Scattered Stones of the Castle Keepers series as well as Book 1 in the Mystical series, a series within a series, Beyond the Stone.

Paperback Copies

Shadows in the Stone: $20.00

Scattered Stones: $24.00

Revelation Stones: $24.00

Beyond the Myst: $20.00

Some must get lost to find themselves.

After five years in prison, Isla of Maura is rescued when mercenaries break in to the dungeon. Burdened with guilt, she flirts with death while she learns to trust her newfound companions. When she’s caught in a feud between two ancient dwarf families, she must sort truths from lies, friends from enemies. If she fails, she may kill the wrong person.

If you love stories of adventure mixed with magic and romance set in archaic landscapes, you’ll love McGyver’s Revelation Stones. Unlike many fantasy novels, family plays a central part in this story, so be prepared for the hero to have her heart strings plucked by the song of home.

Revelation Stones continues to share the tales of the characters introduced in Shadows in the Stone and takes readers on a journey across Ath-o’Lea as Isla, now a young woman, struggles to find herself and make peace with the past.

The eBook is available at Amazon.

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This Saturday and Sunday (May 11th and 12th), the short story “Destiny Governed their Lives” will be free at Amazon. Download the eBook today; read it whenever.

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Destiny Governed Their Lives: Tale 01

Staring Catriona Wheatcroft, age 17

When a young woman casts a Sight Visitation Spell, it changes her life forever.

Catriona Wheatcroft is an apprentice who aspires to be an impressive sorceress.

When she discovers a scroll for a powerful spell, she hopes to prove to her teacher she is ready to take advanced lessons.

The spell is cast, and the unexpected brings tragedy to her life.

I’m tempted to answer a challenge I’ve never had before: to write 102,000 in 30 days. That’s 52,000 words more than called for in the NaNoWriMo challenge. My personal goal had been 60,000 words in the month of November.

Regardless of the goal I choose, I will post my word count daily in the right margin, and I’ll post a weekly round up every Saturday.

Also in the margin is the total word count for each of the novels I’m actively writing.

Since October 17th, I’ve written a total of 28,223 words. That includes

  • 11,827 for Project M
  • 16,396 for Revelation Stones

That’s an average of 1,882 words a day. I need to up that to 2,000 words a day to reach 60,000 words and 3,400 words to reach 102,000 words in November.

Participating in this challenge means I won’t be able to do any other writing except that which is vital to my writing career. This means my Tuesday Character Introduction series will be on hold until December.

I’ve been doing a lot of writing, editing and formatting lately. So much so, I’ve neglected other areas of my life, but…laundry will always be waiting for me, and dishes will eventually get washed and snow will cover the long grass soon enough.

I have many things in the works, so I thought I’d make record of them here.

2nd Edition of Shadows in the Stone

Many might ask, why a 2nd edition?

The answers are simple and complex. Here are several:

  • I’ve grown immensely as a writer since 2012, when the book was first
    Shadows in the Stone 2nd edition

    2nd Edition Cover

    released. I’d like to show off these new skills by improving the reader’s experience.

  • I didn’t include a character list in the back of the book, and I’ve had several requests for one.
  • The print version of the 1st edition had smaller text, and I wanted to enlarge it slightly to improve the reader’s experience. The 2nd edition also has a prettier layout, which is more appealing to the eye.
  • The cover for the 1st edition was okay, but the 2nd edition cover is amazing.
  • The second book in the series, Scattered Stones, is several thousand words longer, which bumped it up to a more comfortable 6 inches wide by 9 inches tall book. Shadows was 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches. I wanted all books in the series to be 6×9.

Revelation Stones Progress

The long-awaited 3rd book in the Castle Keepers series, Revelation Stones, is scheduled for release in May 2019. It is more than 32,000 words written, but I have a long way to go to see ‘the end’. It will finish off around 140,000 words.

My goal is to write about 50,000 of this in November during NaNoWriMo. I’ll provide updates on my progress here.

Project M – A New Series

Well, not really a new series, but…I’ll explain further when the project nears the end.

Project M stemmed from a writing assignment by my writers’ group. We were challenged to write a complete story between September 2018 and June 2019 following the basic acts (Act I, Act II, Act III) of story telling. We could choose to write a short story or novella, but I chose a full novel.

Brainstorming for ideas brought me to Willow, a character who first appears in Junior Corporal Sawney Cronin’s vignette. Digging further into this woman’s background, I found an interesting story that ties into the ancient dwarf legend told in Glen Tosh. This story begged to be written.

This series will not take flight for a few years as I want three books written before they are released. They will reveal many secrets behind the stories in the Castle Keepers series, so it is best to wait and avoid spoilers. This will have a series name of its own but will be a branch off the Castle Keepers series.

I am supposed to write 400 words a day of this story. In three days, I have 2218 words.

Word Count Updates

I will put updates of my word counts for both novels – Revelation Stones and Project M – in the right margin.

What is Patreon? I wondered about this myself until I came across an introductory video that explained it. A long time ago, nobility and aristocrats gained access to artists’ work by financially becoming part of their community. This meant painters had time to create wonderful works of art, musicians could eat while they mastered an instrument, and writers could write those wonderful novels of old and still pay the bills.

The aristocrats and nobility of history no longer exist, but that doesn’t mean what they started is lost. Anyone can take on their role as art patron and join an artist’s community to gain access to awesome stuff.

That’s where Patreon comes in. It connects the art patron with the artist.

On my author page at Patreon, I share scenes from the third book in the Castle Keepers series Revelation Stones (1 scene each Tuesday), articles on my research for the books, short pieces of writing exercises and never-before-published vignettes. There’s also the opportunity to name a character in the book.

My goals are simple: I want to write more and get my books into the hands of readers.

Join me on my journey by visiting my Patreon author page where I am creating traditional fantasy stories.

 

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