The Sons of Thor now available for pre-order!

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I wanted to have this up yesterday, but the link wasn’t available to me right away.

About The Sons of Thor

Twin brothers Daniel and Wolfgang have a problem. For three days, they’ve been stuck in their virtual gaming reality and with no contact from the world they know. The sons of two top-ranking military officials, they know they need to make a decision on what to do next and fast. They can’t stay in Tulupa and hope for a rescue that isn’t coming. Time is running out.

The twins decide to continue their original quest: Hunt down King Lopt’s two-headed fire wyvern. Their hope is to go home upon completion of this task and to be reunited with their family and their best friend. They are unaware that things have changed and that they’re on a path to a greater destiny.

The Sons of Thor is the second installment of the Arc of Fantasy series and follows the traditional questing party epic with strong men, magic, and beautiful women. High adventure awaits! The novel is available for pre-order today on Amazon Kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012XDRNQA

Forging Ahead with The Sons of Thor and Other Little Tidbits of Fun

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Welcome back, my friends! When I said last week was going to be a busy week, I certainly had no idea just how true that was! I barely had much time to get on the internet at the library, let alone get myself to Michigan Works and job and apartment hunt in East Lansing.

Not that I’m complaining! Every hour I work just adds that much more money to helping me find a place to live, and this week is promising to be almost as busy between getting The Sons of Thor ready for pre-order and publication and working another hectic schedule at the restaurant.

Don’t get me wrong on this. I love working at B.K. I’m very grateful for the hours. Like I said, every hour I work puts that much more money into my pocket for moving, and that’s happening the end of August. No doubts, no questions asked, it’s happening. With my uncle getting ready to move back to Texas and transportation options becoming a little more limited, I need to be in a place where it isn’t going to matter (or take much time) if I walk to work. I’m also kind of bored with Burger King. It’s challenging when it comes to time management, but intellectually not stimulating at all. I could be a student for the rest of my life and be happy than doing the same monotonous routine all the time.

That said, I’m pushing the pre-order date back by one day. Rather than make it available for people to order today, I’ll be posting the link tomorrow. When it comes to publishing and writing, I really hate scrambling. I have tomorrow off so I can spend more time making sure everything is ready to go. The actual publication date will be August 18, 2015.

I’ve done a lot of scrambling in the last week in an effort to get The Sons of Thor ready. This is part of why I’m not fond of the scrambling and why I want to use one of my days off to get everything ready. My off-hours on the days I work are spent writing, typing, and editing.

I have taken a day for myself. On Friday, I went to Traverse City and spent most of the day with a woman who is fast becoming a very dear and best friend to me. This day almost didn’t happen (I have family members who like to hedge rather than just flat out tell me “no” on things), but it did. I’m so glad that it did. I got to eat good food, spend time with an awesome person, and just have fun. I didn’t do any writing that day. I can’t afford that type of a burnout. My brain just was not geared for it.

And this is important for all beginning authors to understand. Your brain needs moments of just plain nothing. Play a video game, watch a T.V. show, play a game of Solitaire, but do nothing for an hour or so or even a day. Give your brain a rest from time to time. Your creativity will thank you for it later!

Busy week this week!

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Busy week ahead!

Hello there, my writerly friends and readers! This upcoming week is going to prove quite interesting as I finish up everything I need to do with The Sons of Thor (which is a lot – typing, editing, revising, getting the final cover check, etc . . .) and juggling this with a hectic work schedule. I work straight through to Friday because we are short-staffed, and my boss is trying to hire more people. I love the work. I truly do, but some days do have me questioning my sanity on returning to fast food. Ah well. The hours are coming in handy as I gear up for moving. (The mosquitos are driving me nuts.) I’m not giving myself much downtime on the whole keeping busy front, and I’m starting to feel it. I’m looking forward to Friday and (hopefully) catching up with a friend I haven’t seen in a little over a year.

Rest is coming. The Sons of Thor is coming. The hectic schedule might just push the pre-order date back some – I’m hoping not, but one never knows with fast food. If that does happen, I will make the announcement. I’m researching into a few things to make sure everything runs at least on time for me, if a little bumpy along the way. In the meantime, it’s full steam ahead! I may just cheat a few days and repost some older blog entries. We’ll see, we’ll see.

I will say this about The Sons of Thor. There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep readers guessing. It’s been a bit of a pain to write but a joyous pain. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything!

Hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing weekend!

About Portal to Gaming, Characters Part Five

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About Portal to Gaming’s characters, Part Five

Name: Victorie Amie Willlows

Age: also mid to late 40s; a lady never reveals her true age

Profession: Alien archaeologist

Parents: deceased

Place of Birth: The Old Republic of Norway and Denmark

Month, Day, and Year of Birth: classified (again, a lady never reveals her true age)

Number of Siblings: 0; all are deceased

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 165 lbs

Favorite Color: Blue

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Dark golden blonde

Favorite Pasttimes: studying ancient artifacts, cooking for her family, gardening, reading, and chasing her husband around their Victorian-esque era home

Skills set: Anthropology, paleobotany, paleontology, mythology, history, entymology

Weapon of Choice: N/A

Closest Friends: Farold, Colonel Thor Evans, General Athena Evans

Intelligence: 18

Wisdom: 17

Charisma: 17

Strength: 15

Dexterity: 18

Constitution: 18

Personality: Victorie Amie Willows is as much of an enigma to many of her colleagues as her husband. Quiet, demure in many ways, she’s the only one who can stand to toe with her husband when his temper gets the better of him. Sweet and even tempered, many wonder how Farold Willows ended up marrying a woman like her.

Victorie Amie, despite her professional life, has made the time to be a homemaker and a mother to her only son, Fen. Even when she’s light years away from Earth, she contacts her son to speak with him and ensure he’s okay.

In addition to her academic studies, Victorie Amie spends time in the kitchen and loves to sing.

* – Interstellar Year

About Portal to Gaming, Characters Part Four

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About Portal to Gaming’s characters, Part Four

Name: Farold Willows

Age: mid to late 40s; he’s secretive that way

Profession: Alien archaeologist

Parents: deceased

Place of Birth: The Old Republic of Norway and Denmark

Month, Day, and Year of Birth: classified (he also chooses not to say)

Number of Siblings: 0

Height: 6’11”

Weight: 195 lbs

Favorite Color: Red

Eye Color: Green

Hair Color: Brownish red

Favorite Pasttimes: studying ancient artifacts, cooking for his family, gardening, and pranking his long-time friend, Colonel Thor Evans, reading, and chasing his wife around their Victorian-esque era home

Skills set: Anthropology, paleobotany, paleontology, mythology, history, entymology

Weapon of Choice: his wits

Closest Friends: Victorie Amie, Colonel Thor Evans, General Athena Evans

Intelligence: 18

Wisdom: 17

Charisma: 17

Strength: 15

Dexterity: 18

Constitution: 18

Personality: Farold Willows is an enigma to many of his colleagues. Professionally trained in military and martial arts, he pioneered the field he and his wife work in around the time of his son’s birth. Fiery tempered, impatient at times, he’s unnerved many a new soldier assigned to his dig sites. Farold loves his family and will do whatever he can to spend as much time with them. His son, Fen, is his pride and joy.

Farold Willows has an uncanny knack, from time to time, of somehow knowing too much about a person and has landed into trouble a few times because of it. He has a golden, double ourorboros tattoo on his right hand.

* – Interstellar Year

About Portal to Gaming, Characters Part Three

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Ola! Welcome to Friday, my fellow writers and friends!

About Portal to Gaming’s characters, Part Three

Name: Wolfgang Evans

Age: 19

Profession: College student majoring in military strategy

Parents: Colonel Thor Evans, General Athena Evans

Place of Birth: Athens, Republic of Italia

Month, Day, and Year of Birth: January 10, 906 ISY*

Number of Siblings: 1 – Daniel

Height: 6’11”

Weight: 225 lbs

Favorite Color: Olive green

Eye Color: Dark brown, almost chocolate

Hair Color: Dark auburn

Favorite Pasttimes: video game simulations at Portal to Gaming, football, basketball, rugby, eating, swimming

Skills set: sword-fighting, smithery

Weapon of Choice: broad sword, halberd

Closest Friends: Fen Willows, Daniel

Intelligence: 11

Wisdom: 13

Charisma: 17

Strength: 18

Dexterity: 14

Constitution: 18

Personality: Wolfgang is a mirror of his twin Daniel, a friendly and out-going young man and who also considers himself to be quite attractive to the ladies. He isn’t as intelligent as his twin brother or as his best friend, Fen, but he does try. When it comes to pranks, he’s usually the instigator, dragging Daniel along for the ride. Also, like his twin, he’s very straight-forward and honest. He’s protective of Fen but follows Fen’s guidance and leadership. Wolfgang is not overly fond of magic-users in their video game simulator reality. Stealth is not his forte.

* – Interstellar Year

Story-telling in the roots of Nostalgia

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I hope everyone has been enjoying the little spreadsheet type thing I’ve been doing for the Portal to Gaming cast. I know I’ve been enjoying writing them, and I’ll be finishing them up next week with two more characters.

What do those numbers mean?

As I’m sure everyone has noticed by now, I’ve written up a set of stats for Fen Willows and Daniel Evans, and those stats have some high (or low) numbers. What do those pesky things mean?

I used to be a tabletop role-player in high school. It wasn’t a weekly thing or even a twice a week thing. My ex-boyfriend would come over when he could, bring his Dungeons and Dragons books, and we’d sit at the table (most of the time with my brother and stepbrother; sometimes with my former best friend and one time with one of Craig’s cousins) to play. When we’d start a new game, we’d have to create a character and take 6 six-sided di and roll them. We’d roll for numbers to assign to a set of six key areas for role-playing – constitution (health), dexterity, wisdom, intelligence, charisma, and overall physical strength. Depending on the type of character you wanted to play, you wanted high numbers for specific things – wizards and clerics high intelligence and wisdom (or they couldn’t learn their spells); warriors high strength and constitution and so on. I’ve added these bits as part of the nostalgia of role-playing and, because the story is inspired by the game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, added in skill sets, like writing, cooking, smithery, and the like.

In so many ways, I’m a reinvigorated old soul. I love the nostalgia of tabletop role-playing, and I look forward to establishing a gaming group at some point. I also love the nostalgia that Star Ocean brings me. These are part of my roots as a geek and as a writer. I pay homage to them.

Once I’ve published The Sons of Thor, I will do another round of character sheets like what I’m doing with Portal to Gaming and will continue to do so all the way through Book 5 of Arc of Fantasy, The Intergalactic Chase. After that all, all of the players (characters) will be on the board and the fate of the universe determined.

Now for a total geek-out, I’m looking forward to buying and playing the latest Star Ocean game, titled Integrity and Faithlessness. From what I’ve been reading, they’re turning more to Till the End of Time than The Last Hope (love both, I really do), and that super excites me. Till the End of Time is my favorite game of the series (so far – got to play one and two yet), and I would absolutely love to see another game with Fayt Leingod.

That’s just me, though, and I’m geeking out over the prospect.

Until tomorrow, my friends!