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For those who didn’t know, today will be the shortest day of the year, as well as the longest night. It is best known as the Winter Solstice.
It has also been referred to as Yuletide in some places.
A lot of the more well known customs such as the Yule Log, Wassailing, Mistletoe and the Yule (or Christmas) Tree are directly associated with this time of the year. The basic idea being to help preserve life by keeping green things alive inside your house so the sun will return after the longest and darkest night.
*I know this is a very simplified explanation, but I only have so much room in this blog. I hope to go into deeper details next year.*
So to all my Pagan and Wiccan friends I wish you both a…
For the next few days my blog will be dedicated to wishing people, from many different faiths, holiday wishes. I’ll do my best to cover as many as possible, but if I overlook anyone, please let me know.
And now I’d like to kick things off by wishing all my readers who celebrate the miracle of oil and lights…
A Happy and Blessed Hannukkah
to you all.
How about one or even two trade paperbacks signed and personalized by the author?
That’s right, you can get signed and personalized copies of books one and two in my 5-Star “Para-Earth” series for just $10.00 each, plus $5.00 shipping and handling anywhere in the United States. (For overseas shipping will be more of course, and will depend on the destination).
*I accept Paypal, checks, or money orders*
Just tell me which title(s) you want and if they’re to be signed and personalized. (Some people prefer just signed, which is why I ask).
You can contact me by leaving a message below or by e-mailing me at:
Please note: Normal mailing time is 5-9 days, so order soon to get it in time for Christmas. If there’s a rush, let me know and the shipping price will be adjusted accordingly. Also, with the holiday approaching the sooner you order the better, so I can get it to you in time. Or if you like, I can mail the book(s) fully gift-wrapped to the recipient if you wish.
You can take a sneak peak inside both “The Bridge” and “The Ship” at:
Just click on each title and you can read the first 20 pages for free.
Hoping you’re all enjoying the holiday season, take care and keep writing.
“Okay, so where do I go next?”
That’s the question I’ve been asking myself a lot during the week-long break I had from my studies at CSUMB. I managed to finally put the 2nd draft of “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” (the new official title of my 1st vampyre novel) and am currently reading it aloud to my wife Helen. I’m already seeing areas that definitely need more work and rewriting, but her reactions to most of the scenes have been very positive. Plus she’s also providing me with some feedback on one of the characters who she actually created. There will be a third and possibly a fourth draft before I unleash anything on my beta-readers. Luckily I’ve got time since the book isn’t going to be released until next fall at the earliest.
In the meantime I really want to get back to “The Door” which is the third book of mine that will feature Alex, Veronica, Cassie and Julie. This book will wrap up most of the unanswered questions from “The Bridge” and “The Ship”. We’ll see the final showdown with the mysterious white-haired man who tried to defend the creature inside the bridge and then followed Cassie and Julie all the way to Santa Cruz. I will also reveal the ghostly Brandon’s secret and why he has watched over Cassie all her life. The mysterious return of Rachel’s baby will also be explained, considering she was dying when we last saw her. But I will also be sowing seeds for future books as well, so expect some new characters and mysteries to be unveiled.
However, for now I must think mainly about my studies at school. I’ve been taking four classes this semester and three of them do NOT have finals, thank God. However, my Statistics class has a cumulative final which more than makes up for the others not having final exams. I must get a 65 or better on the final to pass the class even though I’ve already got a “A” grade in it for all my other work. I hate classes that have that rule. It puts so much more pressure on a person.
Anyway the exam is scheduled for December 15th, so less than two weeks away. So I’ll be doing a lot of reviewing and studying, as well as wrapping up the other classes which also have assignments due before the next two weeks are done. So as you can see I’ve got quite a lot on my plate already.
I still hope to put out a Christmas short story involving Nathaniel (my vampyre), Jason Cloudfoot (yes this story is being set in the past so he’s still alive), Police Chief Roy Peterson, his new second-in-command Veronica Ross, and a very young Julie. Expect ghosts (perfect for a Christmas story), mystery, and some touching moments.
Until then, I’ll be posting when I can and probably running holiday sale or two. So stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the season and keep writing everyone.
You read correctly. You have only hours left to get one or both of my 5-STAR paranormal/mystery e-books “The Bridge” and “The Ship” for $.99 Cents each. That’s 2/3’s off the regular price folks. Tomorrow, both books will be going back to their regular price of $2.99.
So take advantage of me… I mean… this sale to give yourself or someone you know who’ll be getting a Kindle, Nook, Smartphone, Ipad, laptop or a new desktop, something they can enjoy right away. Ghosts (which is appropriate at Christmas), psychics, mystery, love, and heart-pounding excitement await await you all in these two novels.
And if you’ve already gotten copies for yourself, thanks so much for your support. I only ask you please help spread the word to family, friends and everyone you know so they can take advantage of this sale.
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“The Bridge” Book 1 in the Para-Earth Series
Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen year. But with with scream of tires and twisting metal, all this changes.
When his girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross , is nearly run down by two teens he becomes concerned. But upon learning that both the driver and passenger of the vehicle in question, had been dead for almost twelve hours before the incident, he knows what he must do…
“THE SHIP” Book 2 in the Para-Earth Series
Cassandra Elliott is a billionaire heiress, who has just come out of the closet. She’s also a powerful psychic who has seen incredible and terrifying things.
In fact just two weeks ago she and her girlfriend Julie Cloudfoot survived a terrifying experience. Fighting alongside their friends Alex Hill and Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, they faced creature from a parallel reality, where evolution had taken a decidedly different turn.
As a result of that encounter Cassie and Julie have come to Santa Cruz, California to bury Julie’s uncle who fell to the creature. They’ve also come to see if their new romantic relationship will work out. Unknown to either of them an old adversary has followed them.
A white-haired man in a flowing black cape is lurking inside an old wrecked ship. He has plans for Cassandra and will need her soon, but until then he must keep her safe. However, a new threat appears, a legendary ghost ship arises from the sea and marks the girl as its next target.
Soon the two women find themselves fighting not only for their lives, to be keep from being separated forever…
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For just about all writers, the choice of voice or perspective to use is always a challenge. Although many write in the third person voice, there are two options. Do you do ‘limited’ where we only know what’s going through one characters mind, or do you use the ‘omniscient’ version where the readers get to know what’s going through everyone’s mind at the same time, even if the characters are not sharing all their thoughts with each other.
I did the ‘limited’ third person point of view in my first two novels. However I kept changing who’s head we were inside with each chapter, giving a nice build up and differing points of view. So in the new novel I’m working on “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” I wanted to try 1st person perspective, but still do multiple points of view. So, with my wife’s advice, I chose the same method Bram Stoker used to write “Dracula”. He did 1st person from many different points of view by using letters, journal entries, diaries, etc. and it worked.
In my case, I went for blog and e-journal entries to tell my story, as well as some newspaper clippings to help supply background information for the reader. Now, I know I’ve said all this before, but I wanted to repeat it for the benefit of anyone who had missed those earlier entries. What I did not count on was dealing with Present Tense vs. Past Tense in the First Person.
I realized I might have a problem after I started the 2nd draft of the novel and started noticing that some entries were in the past tense, while others were in the present. Sometimes I kept going back and forth within the same chapter. So then I had to decide between which one to use. After careful consideration, I decided past tense made the most sense, since when one is doing a blog entry about an event they are reflecting back on what happened. It is not happening there and then as they write.
This of course gave me a much larger task of rewriting the 2nd draft.
However, I have prevailed and am just about done with the 2nd draft. But now I am growing concerned about another issue. “Telling” vs. “Showing”. Am I just having my characters ‘tell’ a story or am I managing to bring my readers into my characters memories so they can ‘see’ it as it happened? I’ll be going over the entire novel again and after some corrections, send it out to some beta-readers to get their opinions on the piece.
I never imagined how intricate this particular novel was going to become. It’s been a lot of work, but I’m rather enjoying the challenge. If I do pull it off correctly, I think my readers will be very pleased and clamoring for more of Nathaniel and company. But only time will tell.
Anyway, that’s all I have for now. If anyone has had more experience with these issues I’d love to hear about them. Please leave comments down below so not only me, but others can learn from your experiences.
Until next time, keep writing.
My thoughts on …
Did you know that the phrase “Happy Holidays” was started by Christians? Yes, that’s right folks, it was. In fact it dates back to the 1600’s in England. People were acknowledging the fact that there were more than one holiday. Like the fact that after Christmas, there was the celebration of the New Year. Plus there was the season of Advent, another very Christian custom, that this year begins on November 30th and ends December 24th. So right there we have more than one Christian holiday in December. And do you know what? Nobody has ever wished me a “Happy Advent”. How annoying is that?
Furthermore, let us remember that Christ was born a Jew. How many of us really believe he never celebrated Chanukah with his family? The tradition of Chanukah started over a hundred and fifty years before he was born, so I’m pretty sure he celebrated it more than once.
I’d also like to point out that it was Jesus who taught us to love our neighbors, be tolerant, kind and to not judge others or take offense should someone do something we feel is mean.
So in the spirit of his teachings, I find the phrase “Happy Holidays” just as sweet and respectful of my Catholic upbringing as the words “Merry Christmas”. To me, someone is simply trying to be respectful of whatever religion I happen to follow, without giving me the third degree about my faith and beliefs.
With this in mind I wish to conclude this entry by saying, “Happy Thanksgiving”
“Have a wonderful Eid al-Adha” (for my Muslim friends)
“Happy New Year”
Or to put it simply “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” whatever they are.