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West bound, hammer down

The screw that delayed my departure from Virginia by 14 hours
Total miles: 551
Distance from Virginia house: 551
Miles to go: approximately 1879

There is a relief you feel when you finally start heading where you are supposed to go, one that pushes all fears and concerns aside as the miles slip by. I haven’t felt that relief in a long, long time, and as it came over me today I welcomed it wholeheartedly.

For ten years (insert Grosse Pointe Blank reference here) I have lived in Virginia, having come here to help a particular church ministry and finding employment with two different companies. I learned to shoot (and hit the target) here, grew my family here, and published my first two books here, but the time has come to go back home to Arizona. My son needs his family close, so we packed up the house into five boxes and a trailer and off we went.

Or at least, that’s what we planned to do, before the car decided to crap out with both battery and tire (the screw above screwed me for 14 hours, but kept me on a sane schedule; I just didn’t realize it at the time). But those were easy fixes, despite it being 5PM on a Sunday.

(On a sidenote, there is nothing quite like moving to inspire one to declutter life and get rid of the crap contained therein.)

So we’re in Nashville, waiting to start off tomorrow for Dallas to visit my wife’s family. Then a dash to Walter White’s house to pick up some research notes (kidding, that’s not the direction the story is going), then into Arizona.

My boss, God bless him, realized as a programmer I really can work anywhere, and decided to keep me around. So that need is filled, and the hours I will be keeping will allow me a lot more time to pour into the story of Scott Philipson and the world that is beginning to fall down around him. Which stories?

  • Scott’s story of the 20 years between the end of The Hand of Justice and the scenes at the beginnings of that volume’s chapters. This will become The Dragonslayers vol. 3: Descent Into Darkness.
  • Detective Royce’s story and the end of the story in Charlottesville, Virginia. This will be a Justice Delayed: A Dragonslayers Novella
  • A storyline in Arizona set during the DS3 timeline about a border militia, title to be decided.

I’m going to publish something this year, most likely Justice Delayed. But we’ll see: The Muse is nobody’s bitch, unless you make her yours.

And soon, I will have the time to make her mine.

Labor Day Sale! New Cover! Book Festival!

First things first: The Dragonslayers Volume 1 has a new cover.
DS1 Cover by FJM
I’ve gotten a lot of feedback that the previous cover was too much like a young adult book, which is definitely not the target audience. Perhaps high school juniors and seniors, but definitely not pre-driving age kids. Fiona Jayde Media did a wonderful job and I like the newer, darker mood.

So, all of you who bought the book before today now have a limited first edition. Congratulations. If you want one, your last chance is to get a copy directly from me, which means finding me at the National Book Festival on Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Copies will be available for a mere $10. Signed, of course. Also, bookmarks will be distributed.

You can get a paperback copy with the new cover here for $11, which is as low as CreateSpace will let me price them. The Kindle version is here, and should be $0.99 by the time you read this. Those prices are good only for this weekend, and will go back up to their regular $14.95 and $2.99 Tuesday morning.

Finally, for all you Nook fans out there, Dragonslayers Volume 1 will be available for your device after September 8th. Merry early Christmas.

Book Fair 2014!

Today is the 2014 Virginia Festival of the Book’s Annual Book Fair! I will be at the Charlottesville Omni Hotel, signing copies of the book for ten dollars – a 25% savings off Amazon!

If you’ve come to the site from the address on the bookmark, the first chapter is available for free. Click the ‘free excerpt’ link to the right. Enjoy!

Upcoming Events – Virginia Festival of the Book 2014

The Virginia Festival of the Book starts today and runs through this Sunday. I will be at the Annual Book Fair this Saturday, March 22nd, from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Omni Hotel on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall. Signed copies of The Dragonslayers, Volume 1 will be available for $10, a 33% discount off of the list price. Come by and get your copy!

I’m also working on putting together a couple discussion groups in Charlottesville that will feature character sketches, readings, and discussions about the War On Drugs and Liberty Fiction in general. Watch this space or join the Mailing List to learn more.