Loose ends- and a Contest!

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Couple of things- First of all, thank you for taking the opportunity to download A Gathering Darkness, Book One of the Valerian Saga.  If you love the idea of modern day adventure mixed with just a touch of magic and mystery, then this book is for you.  BUT did you know, Book Two is out as well- Kaelynn’s Tale.  And to make the adventure complete- Book Three is nearly finished and should be out in January 2017.

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And last but not least- to ALL MY READERS OUT THERE!  If you ever downloaded anything of mine, or made a book purchase from Amazon, B&N or Smashwords- Please, Please, Please go back and leave a review.  Everything is based on reviews, the ability to be seen, book promotions, etc… all depend on whether or not you leave a review.  Good or bad (surely not!) doesn’t matter.  Kind words will be appreciated.  as a Bonus I’m going to check the sites the next couple of weeks.  Everyone who leaves a review, makes a post or shares on Facebook, I am going to enter into a sweepstakes to win a Trade Paperback Copy of A Gathering Darkness… so get out there and post!

As always, love to hear from you.  Drop me a line or visit my website!  Do both!

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Q&A Tag- My Turn too…

A good writing friend of mine posted this on his Blog site The Writing Fisherman: Jason A. Meuschke, thank you for the opportunity to chime in…

One Response to Q&A Tag, My Turn

  1. S.M.Muse says:

    Thanks Jason, for this opportunity…

    1. Cookies or Cake? (your choice of flavors)

    Cake… let them all eat cake! And really there is no other choice- chocolate, of course!

    2. You’re able to visit with any one person in history for the next 2 hours. Who is it, and why?

    I’d like to visit with Phillip- you know, the one that’s in Acts who got ‘volunteered’ to speak to the Eunuch. I’d like to know how it felt to be a part of such a bigger plan, to do that one small part- and never realize your story would be told for generations. Also, I’d like to know what it feels like to be ‘swept’ up by the Spirit and carried off to someplace else… yea, flying… it’s gotta rock. (Read the story yourself: Acts 8:26-40)

    3. If it could be anywhere you wished, name your ideal writing spot, and your least ideal
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    Ideal- outside under a tree, 72 degrees, gentle breeze tickling the tree overhead, the smell of rain in the distance, the horizon darkening just before a Spring storm… the least ideal, where I’m at right now, at work taking a break.

    4. Name your dream job or, in case you’re doing it, name the one job you’d always like to try.

    The best job I ever had was working for a greenhouse in Clinton MO oh so many years ago… outside, no one hanging around, just me with my hands in the dirt and the sounds of nature singing all around.

    5. You just became the last animal you read, or wrote, about. What are you and are you now in danger?

    Something I last wrote, large pre-historic cats in Africa. I’m putting the finishing touches on my last book in the Valerian Cycle- and for some reason my ‘tribe’ is back in history. And yes, I’m in trouble, because I know the tasks that lie before them.

    6. Ebook or physical book?

    I fell in love with physical books, but all I read now are ebooks…

    7. You wake up and find yourself in a remote area of the most recent book you read/are reading. Beside you is the one tool you’re happy is with you. Where are you and what is that tool?

    Right now I’m up to my ‘eyebrows’ in Alex Bledsoe’s Tufa books, the tuatha de danann in modern day America- as the author states, they were here long before the Native Americans, and long before the ‘white man’ came over the Appalachians. Their favorite tool is music, it binds them, lifts them and dances them on the night winds, so I’d have to say some sort of musical instrument. In my case, an old AM/FM radio ‘cause I have no musical talent whatsoever… ‘

    8. Can you change a tire on your vehicle?

    Yes… not a fan though.

    9. Your next story/blog post is guaranteed to be a massive success that will change your life forever. As often happens,success comes with a cost. What will your newfound success cause you to lose?

    The opportunity to write as the muse moves me. With success comes deadlines and responsibilities. As with all professions becoming professional- I think those finding such success can so easily lose what caused them to strive forward to begin with. I write because I like to read…

    10. List three things about yourself that you haven’t told your readers before now.

    I began writing at the crazy young age of 12.

    If I had my way I’d find a beach and a chair and lay out under the sky for like, hours… nothing beats a good surf crashing into sand.

    I’m most proud of my wife and family… God has truly blessed me.

A Gathering Darkness- Valerian Cycle Book One

Two years ago Phillip came to New York to find his father.  Since then he’s been living on the streets, surviving hand to mouth, and constantly looking over his shoulder.  Danger exists everywhere, around every street corner, lurking down every dark alley.  Why?  Because he’s not the only one looking.

This is what happens when you are exiled.  This is what happens when everything you’ve ever loved or known is taken from you, and all that is left is vengeance.

In Phillip’s words- “This is me trying to save everything, find my father, bring him home, reclaim our families throne, and hunt down the person, or persons, responsible- starting with the man with ‘silver-singing spurs’ known as the Black Magister.”

A Gathering Darkness, Book One of the Valerian Cycle, is a Contemporary Urban Fantasy set in today’s world about a kingdom that once was, and still struggles to be.  About a young man coming of age.  And a place where every day magic still exists, and all-too evil stalks the streets.

To start your adventure today, CLICK HERE!  And don’t forget, Book Two- Kaelynn’s Tale is located HERE!

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October Surprise!

It’s free… that’s right, you heard me.  Discovered this morning that ‘A Gathering Darkness‘, the first book in the Valerian Cycle is being offered in eBook edition, for FREE! from the folks at Amazon.

That’s $0.00 folks- it don’t get much better than this.  Better grab what you can before this deal ends!  (Also, I’d like to see just how many downloads the book can get, so please pass this along.  And BTW, you heard it here first, Book 3- the final chapter in the Valerian Cycle is nearly finished… and you won’t believe how it ends!)

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Heir of Nostalgia- Update

A month or so back I posted that something amazing was happening within the Valerian universe- I can now say what that something is:

They say a picture is worth a thousand words- let’s see if that’s true.

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That’s right- seems Phillip and the gang are going international- Heir of Nostalgia, the 1st Book in the Valerian Cycle, is in the process of being translated into Italian.  Pretty cool if you ask me.

Update Aug 9th- Click Here for first 17 pages translated

 

 

Great Turnout- Book signing @ Hastings

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Some pics from this weekends Book signing at Hastings Books, Warrensburg Missouri.  Great turnout.  Loved seeing everyone who attended.  Humbled to be in the presence of so many great authors such as G. A. Edwards, Stephanie Flint, Christine Gilbert, Mary-Lane Kamberg, R.M. Kinder, R.L. Naquin, Debbie Noland, Thaddeus Nowak, W.L. Ripley, Stan. C. Smith, Alfie Thompson (Val Daniels) & last but not least, James Young.

Looking for a good book, stop by and pick up one or all…!

Book Signing- Hastings Bookstore

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Reminder: I, along with other local and area authors will be signing books this Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at Hastings Book Store in Warrensburg Missouri from 4-6 PM.  Can’t wait to see you there.  Make sure to stop by and say Hello!

What: Book Signing.  A chance to meet me and other local & area authors

Where: Hastings Bookstore, Warrensburg Missouri

When: Saturday June 4th, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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Heir of Nostalgia- Chapter Zero

Heir of Nostalgia- A Gathering Darkness

Present Drocktrails21ay…

Can’t stop shaking, no matter how hard I try

The air around me cloying, buzzing, twisting in the night.  Scythes of light slice darkness, illuminating madness and chaos.  Death has been here, rendered much here.

Prospered here..

Someone sobs behind me.  Stones scatter and clack.

They are coming for me.

I don’t care.  Let them find me.  Let them end me.  I am death anyway.  Everything I touch, everyone I ever loved, gone.

Only memories remain.

In the distance, ever closer, the scream and wail of sirens approaching, like the world is coming to an end-

In a way it is.

All because of me, what I’d done and hadn’t done.

Should have done!

On my knees, prostrate before my father, his hand outstretched still, reaching for me, pleading, begging for a mercy in death he couldn’t find in life.  He’d been swimming in rivers of blood since 42nd Street and Leo’s, then Kaelynn’s flight, and now this, Central Park burning in the night, littered with corpses.

Acid, burns the back of my throat.  It is all I can do to turn away, gagging and retching, spilling my insides out.

Convulsions course through me, the world spins.

Seems I can’t even die right…

And I wanted to die, oh god how I wanted to die.

In my hand, Jagiello’ blade, at least what remained of it.  The blood-smeared hilt weighs a ton- the weight of the world.  And for what, vengeance?

“You shouldn’t have pushed me,” I scream, “you didn’t have to die here.”  But I had no choice, he forced me.  The words war within me.

‘We all have a choice.’  My mother’s words.

“Maggie…?  ‘Aaron…”  Their names roll off my tongue, but they are gone like everyone else.  Into the grave.

“Damn you!”  I’m scream, the sound echoing back to me from stone and tree, filling the sky like blood spills from the east.

More rocks scatter behind me.

They are getting closer all the time.  And when they find me…

Grinning, “I’ll be ready…”