Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Free Preview - The Hand of Tyr

For those who may be contemplating buying either the paperback or e-book versions of The Hand of Tyr, but have yet to decide, here's a free sample of the book to give you an idea. It covers Chapter One and part of Chapter Two.

Happy reading!

https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B071KB9RT5&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_9JEqzbYYX9HTJ

And We're Live!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1521483191

When Balfrith flees home with his father’s cursed sword, he heads north to find the magical domain of the Elves. But what starts out as a childish flight from home, leads to a quest that will take Balfrith to places and peoples he could only dream of. In his quest to find answers to questions even the Elves do not know, he will awaken an ancient and forgotten evil—and the cursed blade alone holds the power to fight it.

But will Balfrith have the courage to take up the sword, and risk his very soul to wield it?

The Hand of Tyr is available in paperback ($12) today on Amazon world-wide. The e-book ($2.99) will follow in the next 1-2 days.

UPDATE: The e-book went live later this morning! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071KB9RT5

Happy reading! And if you enjoyed this book, please consider writing a review on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1521483191, your blog or social media, or any place that book-lovers gather to discuss their latest reads.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Cover Art

We're still working on the final edits and text layout (some minor issues with the way text flows in e-books), but here's a sneak preview of the cover, to whet your appetite!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Coming Soon...

The book shall be published!

Working on cover art and layout now. Planning to self-publish through Amazon (e-book) and CreateSpace (print on demand).

Can't believe I finally made it.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Still not dead, just sick... and busy

Picked up a nasty virus while traveling on business a couple of weeks ago. Thought I was getting better as of last week, then yesterday it all fell apart again. Not sure if I picked up a new bug, or if this is a resurgence of the previous one.

Either way, I feel like garbage.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Starting a New Sport/Hobby/Thing

I'm learning how to sword-fight, European style! I joined a club in my area recently, the Rocky Mountain Swordplay Guild, which is a group that studies and practices the actual training and fighting techniques described in Fiore dei Liberi's book Fior di Battaglia, or "Flower of Battle".

I'm calling this "research" for my books, though in truth I'm having enough fun that I would have signed up without the research excuse anyway.

The class just started 3 weeks ago (we meet on Sundays), so I can't say I've learned a lot yet, but so far it's been quite a bit of fun. I've been interested in sword fighting ever since I was a kid, when my friends and I used to take hockey sticks, break the blades off them, and use the long shaft as a two-handed sword. Then we would fight each other out in the woods near our homes. We even allowed ourselves four "hit points" (D&D style), so we were allowed to take four hits from our opponent before being declared dead.

Later, in high school, I fenced competitively with both foil and epee. I never took it beyond high school, but thoroughly enjoyed it for those few years. And made some good friendships that lasted through the college years (none of us continued our fencing though), though we drifted apart later.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Back to work Monday

Well, I've had a two-week vacation from the office, but now it's time to get back to work. Actually, I did do a few hours of work this past week, but I was technically still on vacation and not going in to the office, even though I was watching email.

But Monday, I go back to the office and start 2016.

Can't say I'm very excited about it. But, I gotta pay the bills somehow.