Updating the site

I will be updating and fixing up the website over the next three weeks.

I was planning on keeping on top of everything, but best laid plans and all. This summer has been a chaotic mess of surgeries, surprise dental issues (wisdom teeth removal for one of my kids), mother-in-law medical issues, a car accident (not my fault!), and the vet telling us we really need to be considering quality of life for our oldest dog.

With all of this chaos, the website has been low on the priority list, as has my newsletter. Both will receive more attention over the next month as the fall routine sets in.

At least, that is my current “best laid plan”. We will see how it goes!

The complete Season 1 is available!

The complete first season is available now on Amazon. Here is the link, depending on your country: US (amazon.com), amazon.ca, amazon.co.uk.
Here is a quick bit on what it is about:

Raxad betrayed the Empire and all that he was to save his brother.
He failed.
Punished for his betrayal, his torment lasts for thousands of years until he is freed by a child mage. Wanting only to be done with duty, he still must make a vow to a strange man to free himself and the boy.
In his escape, he rescues a kidnapped princess, plunging him into a world of politics and intrigue, the strings of Fate snaring him tightly.
Navigating this world is dangerous, especially for the child who did nothing wrong besides save Raxad. Can he save this child and free himself from the tangles of this strange place?
Betrayer Awakened is an epic, sword and sorcery fantasy told in a serial, episodic format. Expect cliffhangers, action, and complex world-building!

What is your preferred way to get new books? Amazon Kindle and/or Kindle Unlimited? Kobo? ibooks? Free sites like ProlificWorks? I am looking at taking my stuff wide, but I have not yet decided.

Now with the new year, I really need to keep up on posting regularly. I let myself get distracted by the holidays, and just didn’t put up much. Eh, it happens. I will do better!

Write to Market

I like to bake. Well, preparing food in general is fun for me. I enjoy seeing people enjoying the food I make, but I also like to eat that which I make. My best dishes are usually the ones I really savor, so I know just exactly what to add to raise it to the next level.

Downside with this is that sometimes my favorite dishes are not the ones my family enjoys. When that happens, I have to eat all of it, if I do not want it to go to waste. Also, cooking and baking just for myself just is not as much fun.

How does this relate to writing?

If I (or you) only write what I love to read, I may make a great story that can only be enjoyed by one consumer. Me. That is not my intention as a writer. Part of the fun is seeing or hearing of the reactions from my readers. If I do not consider what people want to read, or what tropes are necessary for my genre, then I might not have the readers to  share this complex world and get to know the characters I love.

I don’t like to eat fish, so I really can’t cook it well. How can I tell if it needs more or less seasoning, or if it is overcooked? It still tastes like fish! I know many other people love fish, and I do wish I could, too. It looks delicious. It is just not for me. There are a few limited dishes from the sea I can eat, but this is an exception, not the rule.

I cannot write in genres I do not enjoy reading. Romance is one of those. I have no problem with a love story, but the HEA (Happily Ever After) just does not work for me, usually. Real life is messier than that. I know many, many people enjoy these, but I know my limits. If I tried to force myself to write a romance, it just would not be as much fun to create, and I am sure a reader would see through my half-hearted effort.

Still, one must always consider whom is the target audience in order to craft the best story and characters for that group of people. Hopefully I hit the market correctly. If not, I shall forever languish in the bin of obscurity.

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If you want to read my published work, check out the first episode of the serial: Betrayer Awakened, Season 1 Episode 1″Escape”.)

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