Into the Totality

As the entire United States knows, we recently had a full solar eclipse go across the US. I live close to Portland and we were in the 99.5ish percent of the eclipse. A 40 mile drive would take me into the totality. I had always wanted to see a total eclipse, and this seemed like the perfect chance.

Except I kept hearing horror stories. There are around 5 million people in all of Oregon and an extra 1 million were going to come for the eclipse. Traffic would come to a standstill. Stores would run out of food, and gas stations would run out of fuel. Dogs and cats would start living together. It would be total anarchy! Much better to stay home and avoid all of this and watch the 99.5% of the eclipse visible from my back yard.

But I also heard there was a HUGE difference between 99.5% and being in the totality and experiencing a full solar eclipse. So I woke up at 4:00 am and took three of my kids down to Woodburn, OR just a little bit inside of the totality.

We were on the leading edge of traffic, so we didn’t have too horrible traffic. I heard the drive times get longer and longer on the radio as we drove, but by that time, we were south of Portland and ahead of the wave. We went down to a place called Bauman Farms because I saw they were opening up their fields for any eclipse viewers to come and watch.

There were only a few people there when we got there, and by the time the eclipse started there were several hundred. We got to watch the sun rise as we waited.

When the Eclipse started, we put on our glasses. I was rather surprised by how it looked through the glasses. I didn’t realize it would make the sun a perfect circle that we could watch get smaller and smaller. I’m not sure what I was expecting – just stronger sunglasses essentially. But by the time the eclipse had started, I had taken my sweatshirt back to the car because it was hot. As the eclipse progressed, I wished I had kept it with me.

Gradually the light started to fade to a strange dusk-like dimness I had never really seen before. The temperature dropped. I heard it would drop 10-15 degrees, but it felt like more than that. I was cold by the time the full eclipse happened, and it takes a lot for me to be cold. My kids were freaking out and looking all around and we could hear people in the crowd getting excited too.

Then the totality hit. It got much darker and cooler quite suddenly as the moon’s shadow passed over us. All around in every direction we could see what looked like the orange of a sunset or sunrise. I took off my glasses and looked directly at the eclipse. I saw the sun’s corona and what they call the diamond ring when it looks like a solitaire engagement ring up in the sky.  I somehow missed baily’s beads and I was too overwhelmed to look and see if I could see any stars. It is hard to explain, but the entire experience was amazing and like nothing I had ever seen before. I can understand why people in history freaked out when a full eclipse happened. It would be really unnerving if you didn’t know what it was and that nothing bad would happen from it.

If the eclipse had stopped at the 99% I would have been like, meh, that was cool, but no big deal. When the totality hit, it was a completely different experience. I am so glad I took the chance to see this when I could. It was only 48 seconds long where I was at, but it was an experience I and my children will remember for a lifetime.

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Thirteen Forgotten Worlds Now Available in Paperback

For those of you who prefer to have physical copies of books, Thirteen Forgotten Worlds is now available in Paperback. You can get it for $12.95 on Amazon.

The software that I use to create my ebooks, Vellum, now has the ability to create print books and this makes the process SO much easier. If I wouldn’t have had this software, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get this out in paperback for months, if not longer. So, hurray for new technology!

Thank-you all for reading and sharing with your family and friends. Word of mouth recommendation is the best help you can give an author. I appreciate all my readers and think you are the best!

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Thirteen Forgotten Worlds Now Available!

The day has finally arrived! It is finally here! Thirteen Forgotten Worlds is up on Amazon now and available for purchase. You can purchase the book here.

Here is the description:

Fresh from his High School graduation, Pierce thought he was going to Harvard. His future was chosen, set, and finalized. A done deal.

 All that changes when a morning run brings him face-to-face with truths very few people know: Thirteen worlds intersect with our own at a place called the Seams. Most people cannot remember them because their minds are incapable of comprehending the Seams or anything that comes from there.

 But a few people are different. They remember.

 Now, more than anything, Pierce wants to become a Seam Warden. They guard our world, enforcing laws and protecting those other-world citizens who live here peacefully.
But as Pierce trains to become a Seam Warden, he uncovers a traitor selling advanced technology to those who can’t possibly understand it. When that technology endangers an old friend’s life, Pierce has to violate orders and risk his only chance at becoming a Seam Warden to find the traitor and save his friend before it’s too late.

For the fans of my Havoc Chronicles series, this is a little different since the main character is a guy, but don’t worry, I got you covered:

  • Interesting Characters – Check!
  • Romance – Check!
  • Original Monsters – Check!
  • Unique powers – Check!
  • Amazing weapons – Check!
  • Awesome fight scenes – Check!
  • Enjoyable for both teens and adults – Check!

Still not sure if this is for you? The first three chapters are available for you to preview. Click here to read them. The chapters are password protected with the ultra-secret password: Seamwarden. Take a look and try it before you buy.

P.S. The picture is formatted to look like an actual book, but Thirteen Forgotten Worlds is not yet available in Paperback. I will post here to let you know when it is ready.

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Thirteen Forgotten Worlds Now Available For Preorder

It is finally ready! Thirteen Forgotten Worlds is up on Amazon now and available for preorder. You can order the book here.

The book will release on June 9th and costs $2.99.

Please help me spread the word!

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Thirteen Forgotten Worlds Update

I am still working on getting Thirteen Forgotten Worlds out the door and ready to read. In the meantime I have put the second and third chapters up for you to read. Like chapter 1, the password for all the new chapters is: Seamwarden.

Read Chapter 1

Read Chapter 2

Read Chapter 3

Here is the updated description:

Fresh from his High School graduation, Pierce thought he was going to Harvard. His future was chosen, set, and finalized. A done deal.

All that changes when a morning run brings him face-to-face with truths very few people know: thirteen worlds intersect with our own at a place called the Seams. Most people cannot remember them because their minds are incapable of comprehending the Seams or anything that comes from there.

But a few people are different. They remember.

Now, more than anything, Pierce wants to become a Seam Warden. They guard our world, enforcing laws and protecting those other-world citizens who live here peacefully.

But as Pierce trains to become a Seam Warden, he uncovers a traitor selling advanced technology to those who can’t possibly understand it. When that technology endangers an old friend’s life, Pierce has to violate orders and risk his only chance at becoming a Seam Warden to find the traitor and save his friend before it’s too late. 

(Thanks to those of you who gave me feedback on the prior description. I think this one is much better thanks to your input.)

 

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Chapter 1 Preview – Thirteen Forgotten Worlds

So, we are getting closer to releasing Thirteen Forgotten Worlds (Seam Wardens Book 1). This book has been a long time coming, but is finally almost ready.

Here is a sample of the first chapter so you can see if this book seems like something you would enjoy.

I think you will like it. The page is password protected. The password is Seamwarden. Click here to read. Enjoy!

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Cover Reveal – Thirteen Forgotten Worlds

So it has been a long time since I have posted any updates on here. I sort of ran into life and things got crazy. I’ll talk more about those things in future blog posts.

Right now, I want to talk about the awesome new cover for my awesome new book: Thirteen Forgotten Worlds: Seam Wardens Book 1.

Check it out. I love how it turned out.

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This cover was done by the amazing Karri Klawiter. (http://artbykarri.com/)

Here is the text that I have so far for the description. I’m not sure I love it, but it’s the best I’ve got so far. (I hate writing the description. I can never make them sound as awesome as the book really is.)

DESCRIPTION

Pierce thought he was going to college. He had just graduated from High School and had a scholarship to Harvard. His path was chosen, arranged, and finalized. Done deal.

All that changes when a morning run brings him face-to-face with truths only a few people know. He learns that thirteen other worlds intersect with our own at a place called the Seams. We interact with beings from these worlds all the time, but we are unaware they exist because our minds are incapable of remembering the Seams or anything that comes from there.

But a few people are different. They remember.

Those who remember are recruited to be Seam Wardens. They guard our world, enforcing the laws for those other-worldly beings that live here peacefully, but always ready to defend against anything that threatens humanity.

Now Pierce walks a different path – one that takes him from his family, friends, and everyone he has ever known. As he trains to become a Seam Warden, he uncovers a secret corruption inside the organization. When that corruption threatens to hurt someone he cares about, he will stop at nothing to find and expose the traitor.

I think this is just about ready. I should have a release date for you soon and will also put up the first chapter for a preview. Stay tuned!

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Rough Draft Done – Thirteen Forgotten Worlds (Seam Wardens Book 1)

So, it has been a long time since I updated my website. Like, a really long time. Holy cow! Well, the excuse I have is that I have been hard at work on a new book, the first in a new series. It is tentatively titled The Thirteen Forgotten Worlds (Seam Wardens Book 1).

I haven’t written an official blurb/summary for the book, so I am just going to give a rambling description so you can get an idea about it. This book has less of a fantasy feel and more Science Fiction, but the lines are pretty blurry.

The Seams are those places where the boundaries between our world and the other connected worlds are the thinnest. We interact with beings from these other worlds all the time, but few people know because the majority of humans cannot remember the Seams or interactions with beings from the Seams. Only a small percentage of the population can remember. Those people are recruited to be Seam Wardens. The Seam Wardens guard those boundaries, regulate movement between the worlds, and monitor those creatures from other worlds that have relocated here.

This book follows Pierce, who has just graduated from High School and has a scholarship lined up for college. He has the ability to be a Seam Warden and his past has been intertwined with the Seams more than he ever suspected. This is the story of his recruitment and training as a Seam Warden Cadet.

The rough draft is done, but I still need to send it through some beta readers and get their feedback, do a final edit, and get a cover made. Once the book is closer to being done, I will put some sample chapters up on the website. I hope to have it up on Amazon sometime in the next few months. I hesitate to put out a date yet because these things always go slower than I anticipate.

I have a few beta readers already lined up, but could use a couple more. If you would like to be a beta reader, use the contact form at the top of the page to let me know. I am looking for people who could read it and give me feedback within two weeks of receiving it. I would send a Microsoft Word document and have you use the track changes feature to get your feedback and comments.

I’m excited to finally get this book out and share it with my readers!

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Apple, BN, and Kobo, Oh My!

 

UPDATE: After trying the experiment, I have decided to pull them off of the extended distribution and keep them exclusive to amazon. This allows me to participate in Kindle Unlimited which has changed and is now worth my being in again.

 

 

I finally pulled the trigger and have opted for a wider distribution of the Havoc Chronicles. they are now available on multiple platforms. So all of those who prefer the Nook Store, or iBooks, or Kobo, have the ability to buy the books on the platform of your choice.

One of the great things about this is that I am able to set Threads That Bind to be free for as long as I like. Changing the price from free back to paid may be a challenge, but for the time being, I am going to leave Threads That Bind as free so new readers can get a good sample before deciding to jump into the full series.

Threads That Bind (The Havoc Chronicles Book 1)

Price: FREE

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Unbound (The Havoc Chronicles Book 2)

Price: $3.99

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Bonds That Break (The Havoc Chronicles Book 3)

Price $3.99

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Bonds That Break Print Edition +updates

Bonds That Break CoverIt took a while, but I now have Bonds that Break available in print format. It weighs in at 456 pages – the longest of the three books. You can order it on Amazon for $12.10 right now.

Also, lest you think I have been slacking, I wanted to let you know that I am close to halfway through my next novel. I’ll post more about it in a few days and even put up a preview chapter at some point.

I think you guys are going to like it. 🙂

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