“Extra-Sensatory Perspiration”

“Call it… Uh, a fifth sense. Call it a flash of intermission, but I just got this feeling deep down in the heart of my bottom…”

~ Ernest P. Worrell in ‘Ernest Saves Christmas’

Here in the North East, we have not gotten any substantial snowfall this season. I, personally, can take it or leave it, but I know the skiing industry in my area needed it. And also, my daughter, who was actively praying for blizzards, cannot live without it.

Here I will depart from the norm on my blog-stylings and talk about my faith. I believe in God and in His interaction with us on this world. (This is NOT to spark argument or offend anyone but simply an anecdote to explain WHY I believe. ) Sometimes, He reaches out and nudges us. A man we once knew calls them ‘God Winks’. Those seemingly coincidental events that can change lives and alter your course.

On the first good storm, Girl-Child was instructed to build her snow fort out behind our house, but (being 8 now and knowing best) proceeded to build by our front porch.  The moment I saw the picture on my phone I felt the nudge. There was a tiny voice screaming in my head: MOVEMOVEMOVEMOVE!!

Normally, the front of our house is fine. A long uphill driveway means we are secluded and playing out there is ok, but our landlord has a plow guy come through for storms and we never know when that will be. He comes up fast to keep the pile moving.

My innermost self was filled with urgency and I texted my wife to get Kiddo out of there and into the back yard…you know…where we both told her to go originally.

I was very busy at work, but there were periods of lull in my morning and these messages came at exactly the moments that I had a free second to respond. *God wink*. I will often leave my phone alone when I hear it ping from a text ( I am the best at ignoring my phone…fair warning) but I was able to respond and my wife replied quickly.

She re-routed the glowering child (who was put out because of the work she had invested in this mighty fortress.) (It did not seem to matter that she was somewhere she was told to NOT be!) She insisted she would listen for the plow and move when she heard it, but this feeling I had…it would not go away.

The plow came up the hill and around a corner faster than my wife had ever seen it move. I was at my workplace with a sick feeling of dread in my guts even though I knew Small-Fry was now in the back yard. (When it comes to a kid wanting their own way in something there is still that niggling doubt that she’ll stay where she was bidden, right?)

The next text from my wife stated that the plow had roared up the hill, turned at the front of our unit and wiped out the snow pile in which Munchkin had been playing in seconds. She showed the wreckage to the Girl who was frightened by how quickly it had happened while my shaking hands dialed my HR manager to come tend my phones for a few minutes while my jitters subsided.

And oh…were my shakes real. I had never been so scared, but the terror I felt became calmness pretty quickly. She was safe, saw the benefits of obeying us and the potential price of stubbornness. Lesson learned!

And for ME as well. I believe in a God that cares about our lives and can tap us on the shoulder into action to protect those we love. He uses us to benefit the world around us if we listen and act. Our guardian angels lost a few feathers that day, sending these messages of warning, but all is well and I plan to keep my spirit listening.

This is NOT the first time I have had warnings in my soul, but it was the closest call I have ever experienced. I would love to hear from readers who have had similar experiences!



Update on Huntsman Promo and Dagger release…

Due to everyone’s support, Huntsman is #9 in the Kindle Historic Fantasy section under Top 100 Free e-books!

If you go a step more specific into Historic Fantasy/ Myths & Legends/Norse & Viking Huntsman is #6!

Many thanks to everyone who has shared my news to family & friends. Having their books seen by as many people as possible is crucial to self-published authors. That and getting James Earl Jones to call back about reading the Audio Book for me…he’s so darn busy!

HUNTSMAN is still available at no cost all day today. December 9th. All reviews of Huntsman are valued, btw. If you have downloaded and liked what you have read, please let me know what you think!

DAGGER has gone on-line early. Book 2 in The Hunted Mage Trilogy.

DAGGER for Paperback is available from Createspace which is a division of Amazon. If you’d like a Book instead of an e-book, THIS is the link you want!

DAGGER for Amazon Kindle is available here!

DAGGER for Other styles is being distributed to Apple and Kobo via Smashwords also. Those may take some time. I will send word when I know when.


Reflections on Victory


So…if anyone ever asks you: “What do you think it’s like to self-publish your own books?” you can refer them to this article!

It feels just like this:

Sam: [Both are overcome by exhaustion] Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?

Frodo: No, Sam. I can’t recall the taste of food… nor the sound of water… nor the touch of grass. I’m… naked in the dark, with nothing, no veil… between me… and the wheel of fire! I can see him… with my waking eyes!

I was eating lunch today, talking with my Bride and while we talked…like the great Eye, watching…was Book Two. I was eating, but not tasting, talking and hearing, but not really registering her words or my responses.  My brain was 1,000 years away…Finland AD 1019…and the Great Eye of ‘Deadline’ loomed above me.

(Doing this writing stuff be’s hard. I must be a special type of weird to want to do it again for Book 3)

Like a lonely hobbit, my paperback edition roams the wastelands. But because of that drawback I have pushed ahead…

Instead of December 10th…DAGGER is available now! No…really! My Uncle  was the first bootleg copy to download when I was waiting for the official word but stepped out to pick up Kiddo from dance class…Props to de Unx for his Net-Fu skills!

DAGGER for Kindle!! Right Here!

DAGGER for E-Readers…Follow Me!

DAGGER for Nooks…Hold your Horses, Nooklings…I am almost there. And my lone Nook fan gets first shot at it.

It has taken me approximately For-Eh-Ver to accomplish this…but I can now officially say it: The Hunted Mage Trilogy Book 2 is OUT! The DAGGER has been thrown!


Well, this hasn’t gone the way I envisioned…

My plans went as I wanted but there is a glitch…

My files are still ‘in review’. I not sure what that means fully or how they review. Is it people or computer ‘reviewing’ my files?

I sorta feel like this:

I just don’t remember Huntsman taking this long to review. Continue reading Well, this hasn’t gone the way I envisioned…

Dagger for Paperback!

I am almost there! And I MEAN IT this time.

Dagger: Book Two of The Hunted Mage Trilogy is poised for publication. I have a few double-checks to perform this weekend and then…

December 7th…LAUNCHED!

At least in paperback.

The Kindle, Nook and Apple versions will follow in a few days as I perform the tweaking and changes that allow the document to upload onto those sales sites.

My goal for e-book formats is December 11th.

It is always a struggle to birth these ‘Word Babies’ into the world:

  • Lots of bleary eyed revisions,
  • Late nights around work schedules
  • Fussing at my editor about wordings she says must go but I want left IN…(I cannot do this without her!)

Through her + 10 Red Pen of Adroitness, Lea has helped me craft these words into a volume I like more than Book One! She ROCKS!

Links to sites where Dagger can be found for sale shall appear soon and…barring injury, complete mental breakdown or narcoleptic collapse…we shall get you something to hunker down with on a snowy winter’s night.

Please enjoy the teaser trailer below while the last few days pass!

A Zombie Horde, The Sin of Omission and my Stupid Worst Self!

I have to recount my day off yesterday. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

I am totally ripping that off of you Dickens…you’ve used it long enough and rarely has a saying so aptly described a day for me.

In three parts, I will describe my day and I will do so in order of least important first.

PART 1: The Potential Zombie Outbreak:

Continue reading A Zombie Horde, The Sin of Omission and my Stupid Worst Self!

Darn, Darney Darn! or (How I still haven’t gotten my Book 2 published!)

I have had a super crappy winter, Ladies and Gents.

DAGGER, Book 2 of The Hunted Mage Trilogy, has NOT launched yet. I am pretty depressed about my lack of progress with my last set of line-by-line revisions.

There’s a lot of words to corral in Book the Second and they have been around for a long time. (I had to split things up into smaller volumes to make publishing possible way back when I had an agent stringing me along, so much of book 2 was already written.)

Continue reading Darn, Darney Darn! or (How I still haven’t gotten my Book 2 published!)

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