We celebrated Easter a bit early! Mom fail here, I don't normally celebrate Easter. I skip quite a few holidays, Easter, Halloween (normally), Valentines Day, etc. Basically it's birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, that's about it. This year, though, we did it! I rented a bounce house, had my mom, niece and great nieces over, and we went all out. We decorated cookies, decorated cupcakes, hunted eggs and wore everyone out by 4 p.m. It was glorious.
I have begun working on Book 9, so fear not! You'll be back with the kids in no time! Or at least by May. I've got a big family vacation in May, so my goal is to have book 9 done and published before we leave. I've got a good outline going, some great plot twists, and a FANTASTIC ending to the book, which should lead into an awesome book 10, and the end of this part of the adventure.
Speaking of endings, my 10 year old is not on board with me ending the series at all. To him, it should be like Lamb Chop and "the song that never ends". I can't do that. I really do want to end it, and not entirely because I'm sick of putting pictures in books. Truly, I'm no artist, that part is the WORST for me!
That said, I can see doing a spin off, there are quite a few people you haven't met yet, heck, I haven't even met them yet, but they are important, and you'll learn more about that in book 10. So, while this part of things will wrap up nicely, there might be more to come, sort of a "World of The World Keepers" kind of way, if that makes sense.
I'll keep you posted! Have a Happy Easter!
Book 8 is here! This was a tough one for me to write, the beginning of the end, if that makes sense. It's the book where the kids have to make a choice, stay here where they are safe (for now), or join the game as players, no special abilities, bound by the constraints of every other person playing the same game. They've got some big things to do, if they have the courage to do them. I hope you enjoy the story! The links are below:
Book 8 is almost completely done! I finished writing and editing on Wednesday, but there's more to be done. I took the kids to the zoo yesterday and didn't get anything done as far as adding pictures, so that's on the agenda today. If the boys cooperate, I REALLY think I can get it finished by this evening and published so that it'll be available for you tomorrow! I'll post again when it's ready on Amazon. Keep your eyes peeled for this cover!
Going on vacation in the middle of a book is kind of tough. I don't know about other authors, but for me, I get into a sort of "groove" with the story. It might be just one chapter that doesn't give me any issue, or it might be me sitting down in front of my computer and writing a half dozen chapters in one fell swoop. When I take a break in the middle of that, I have to come back, read what I've written, and get back into it all over again. That's what I had to do when we got back from Disney. Don't worry, it's happening! I wrote a chapter on Friday and a chapter on Saturday, which puts me at the halfway point. My goal is a chapter per day, minimum, and I've got another 8 to go (I think, it might be more). We're still looking at an end of March, beginning of April release, but I feel pretty confident about that, even with having to format, edit, and add pictures.
In the meantime, here's an excerpt! I hope you love it!
Jed is dying.
I knew it from the moment I looked at his face when I went in his room to wake him up this morning. I knew it even before my dad told me about the phone calls, before he told me about the promises he made all those years ago.
It doesn’t matter, though, because I didn’t know it in time.
If only I’d thought of it last night, maybe things would be different. Maybe our hands wouldn’t be tied. Maybe our decision would actually be a decision instead of a countdown to the moment when we have to what we’re going to have to do, no matter what.
I've never really thought about the saying “hindsight is 20/20”, but I'm definitely thinking about it now.
It doesn’t matter. It’s already too late.
Number one son and I are back home! I've got a fantastic sunburn on my lips, of all places, but we had a fabulous time!! The last time I took him to Disney, he hated it, refused to ride anything more than once, and said: "I'd rather be tased than go back." That's a direct quote. When I found some dirt cheap airfare to Orlando, I gave him another chance, and he decided to give it another shot. He's 2.5 years older now, so I was hopeful he'd be feeling a little more adventurous. Good news, he was! The thrill rides were ridden, again, and again, and again. I think he designed six different cars on Test Track, and I created none, which seems mightily unfair since he didn't put in any money for this little trip.
Anyhow, it was awesome! Now that we're back, I'll get to work on Book 8 of The World Keepers. I'm already done with Part 1, which means I'm a third of the way through. I have high hopes for an end of March, beginning of April release date. I'll keep you posted!
Here's a funny story. We took an Uber to the Magic Kingdom one morning because the line at the bus was crazy long and it was already crazy warm, even for a Florida February. The man driving the car immediately launched into telling us about how he's an author, it's his passion, and he often gets character ideas based on the people he drives around. He has a book that he's trying to promote, so he handed his phone back to me and told me to scroll through the pictures, so I'd know what his book looked like, etc. Then he told me about his first book signing and how it was hosted at a restaurant owned by Puff Daddy (the book signing happened before he became P. Diddy, so the driver told me). Apparently, his mother (the driver's, not Puff Daddy's) wasn't super keen on him being an author, so she was shocked that he was having a book signing. He said when he told her, she said something like "Did you set it up yourself, did you self-publish?" in a manner that suggested self-publishing is a bad thing. It was pretty clear he thought self-publishers were a lower class of author, and that made me laugh.
What a great time and place we live in. If you've got a dream, you can make it happen. If you want to be a YouTuber (like my 10-year-old son aspires to be), all you've got to do is keep at it. If you've got a great idea for a book, you can write it. We live in the BEST TIME EVER! No one else gets to decide whether or not your thoughts are worthy. Put it out there, the viewers/readers/listeners will let you know. What you don't need is a vast industry telling you whether or not your stuff is good enough, and that is completely awesome.
Self-publish, I promise, someone wants to read the twisting path of wonder happening in your brain.