What A Summer

So, I’ve been horrible at updating this page (again). There’s a really good explanation, I promise.

At the end of last year, I determined that I was going to put my head down and just get some writing done. Through May of this year, I wrote two complete novels, finalized the edits for a third, submitted a requested novella to an editor, completed another novella that we’re going to self-publish, and wrote two requested short stories on very short notice. This summer, my goal was to edit those two novels. One was published in August and the other is my super-secret project that’s now with the editor.

I had the intention of completing one more book this summer, but after two weeks of gnashing my teeth and twiddling my thumbs, I realized that the book in question probably needs to sit in the “trunk” for awhile, and possibly forever. It was a hard decision, but a very timely one because not long after I’d set that project aside I was asked to write two more books in the Four Horsemen Universe featuring my Peacemaker, Jessica Francis. I’m getting ready to write Book Two (no title yet) now.

Once that’s over, it’s back to The Protocol War series. I’m not sure how many books this series will go – I think that’s a pretty fair thing to say right now. Maybe it will end in Book Three, maybe a fourth book, or maybe more. While I have an idea about the plot for Book Three, I’m not sure I can wrap up everything in one book. So, we’ll see. That’s my project for December-January if I can wrap up the next Peacemaker book on time.

There are some other exciting changes afoot. We’ll be launching the first official newsletter later this year and we’ll likely have a new website and platform, too. There’s more shows and more writing projects on the calendar for next year and I’m also planning to teach a few of the classes on character development and story structure that I’ve been requested to do many times now. So, thanks for being along for the ride. We’re really getting started now.

Peacemaker: Coming August 25th!

Peacemaker: A Four Horsemen Universe novel

Release Date: August 25th Worldwide

 

Humans were expendable until they met Jessica Francis

Peacemakers. The Galactic Union’s most capable enforcers and resolute negotiators, their name alone elicits fear and awe among the Union’s citizenry.

Having completed a harrowing confirmation mission, Jessica Francis stands ready to become Earth’s first Peacemaker and believes obtaining her commission is a mere formality. However, certain members of the Guild question her ability. Worried that she’ll fall back on her mercenary ways, they want Jessica to prove her mettle at the negotiating table before she puts on the distinctive insignia of a Peacemaker.

Dream Worlds are terraformed planets inhabited by multiple species living and working in harmony. Operated by a governing Consortium, each carefully-controlled world is marketed as a paradise, but Araf is far from. The conditions are deplorable, and its three colonies are moving relentlessly toward all-out war over scarce resources and broken promises.

A three-way showdown for dominance looms – can Jessica prevent war and bring back peace? One thing is certain; she’s never walked away from a fight, and she’s not going to start now.

 

Something Completely Unexpected

And now for something completely unexpected…

Last fall, my friend Chuck Gannon sent me a (currently unpublished) blurb for the upcoming VENDETTA PROTOCOL. At the end of the email, he mentioned that he would put me in touch with Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey who were putting together a military science fiction anthology that sounded like something right up my alley.

Not long after, I had an email from Chris and Mark detailing their plans to launch an anthology in their shared universe – The Four Horsemen Universe. When they sent the anthology information and a “primer” for their universe and its key worldbuilding features, I immediately had an idea. I finished a story relatively quickly and then I did something I never do. I sent them the rough draft. I wanted to see if my portrayal of their universe was accurate enough. My story about Earth’s first Peacemaker and the unfathomable crime she stops hit all the right notes.

Chris and Mark have built an impressive number of fans of their first series, The Revelation Cycle of which there are two books currently available: CARTWRIGHT’S CAVALIERS and ASBARAN SOLUTIONS. They responded with tremendous praise, and a completely unexpected offer. Would I like to write a novel in their universe?

I said yes.

I’m at work right now on PEACEMAKER, a Four Horsemen Universe novel that features Jessica Francis, Earth’s First Peacemaker facing down three rival colonies and their mercenary forces fighting over rights for the most basic need – water. In a future where humans are lauded for their improvisation and dedication, they haven’t seen anything like Jessica and when she discovers one of them knows the fate of her long lost father, nothing holds her back.

So, look for PEACEMAKER sometime late this summer and keep your eyes on this exciting military science fiction series!