Purgatory Has Ended – Volume 7 Is Released!

Good morning, readers! Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for over the last few months with much anticipation, and I am so very excited to announce that the waiting has ended! The day is come! An Odyssey’s End, the seventh and final chapter in this saga, is released to the world and ready to satisfy that burning desire to know what happens next, how it all ends, or if it ends . . .

So! Without further adieu, I’ll write up a list of links to all the places you can find and purchase a copy of this beauty for your very own.

  — Personally my favorite place

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  —  For all your ebook needs

  —  The one-stop shop for all the info on this title and virtually millions more

You are also extremely welcome (and in my deepest gratitude) to write a review on An Oddyssey’s End here on Amazon. Reviews help boost a book’s visibility as well as let other readers know what you thought, aiding them in the decision of whether or not to give it a shot.

Also, join in the fun and test your luck by enter the Goodreads giveaway, vying for a chance to win a free copy! Giveaways are a blast, both entering one and hosting one (I absolutely LOVE sending out packages), so give it a go! Each copy is signed and accompanied by a super cool series bookmark. Later this month we’ll run an ebook giveaway over on Amazon for the Kindle version, too, so everyone can have a piece of the action.

Thank you so much to all of you who’ve come along with me on this journey — it’s been a ride! I don’t know yet what the future holds after this project, but I can certainly say that it isn’t the end of stories — far from. Far, far from. But until we find out, enjoy this book and this summer (hopefully together!)

The Day Draws Nigh

Hello, dear readers, and happy 3rd day of summer! Wow, I can’t believe it’s summer already – only 15 days left until my brother’s wedding! Only 14 days left until An Odyssey’s End is published! So excited!

Anywho, in preparation/anticipation of that, I’m going to play a little game here. I have with me the proof copy of AOE, and I will flip to seven random spots (not necessarily in order) and write down an excerpt from the page I come to, crafting a kind of flash teaser trailer type of thing. You ready? Lets go.

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Caution to the careless and woe to the souls of many, for the Destroyer of Worlds has come.

 – – –

“Way to hog the glory,” Teryn scowled.

“Don’t worry, there’ll be more,” he [Jonquil] replied, wiping his nose.

“Let’s hurry,” Sergil bade.

“Why?” Fwip asked. “We going somewhere?”

“If at all possible we should see if we can’t find some form of shelter,” the man answered. “The quicker we move the less likely are to get eaten.”

– – –

Her answer, and what she could possibly mean by ‘worse’, silenced them, and no one spoke again until she finished. By then there wasn’t a single mark left on the man’s torso, leaving no evidence of the mincemeat it had resembled just over an hour ago. Iris released her Spells and stepped back, taking a deep breath and fighting off a wave of fatigue.

The woman physician approached the once-injured man and passed a hand across his abdomen, the look of absolute amazement upon her features easy to read. “Truly a miracle! How did you come into such incredible power?”

“It was given to me by a pair of friends,” Iris replied, glancing at her hand a curling it into a fist . . .

– – –

“What is this?”

“That would be an aluminum can.”

“What’s in it?”

“Food. The label should say exactly what.”

“My Helosite’s a little rusty,” the man retorted blandly. “How are you supposed to open it?”

“The newer design is supposed to have a tab you can pull, but for these you’ll need a can opener.”

“And what in the name of briny hopswitch is a ‘can opener’?”

– – –

“I thought he’d be here sooner than this,” Thock said.

“Oh, I’m sure he’ll be here in no time,” Piffry assured. “You know how he is.”

“Then he’s probably snooping around instead of asking for directions,” Thock replied.

“I’m sure!” Piffry laughed.

– – –

Out of an adjoining room came Quincy himself, and in his arms he carried little Tao, asleep. “I was wondering when you’d come to see her,” he said in a rumbling whisper.

Teryn stopped short when he appeared. “Aye, well, I didn’t have any time before now,” she retorted. “And I still don’t have a lot of time.”

“Why is that?” he asked. “Are you needed back for the war council?”

“No, it’s because I’m needed back in Sekon’dome.”

– – –

Jonquil and Sergil ran to meet it, clashing in a duo, rapid fire attack that left no seam between their strikes. Sergil hefted his sword with a stony resolve, blocking and hacking with the gleaming edge, his body falling in time with the motions of a dual handed blade like an old dance he’d never truly forgotten. Jonquil wove in and out of their parries and attacks to deliver his own blows with a pinpoint precision that would have been fatal had their opponent been just about anything but what it was.

– – –

This was Sanctus, the purifying Spell.

Fires ignited all over his body, creeping across his shoulders and torso, piercing the murky depth of his tenuous form, blotting out the cast of his shadowed existence. Within moments Akairo became completely engulfed by the furnace, his triumphal laughter turning into howls of rage and agony as his darkness, his dross, was consumed.

“Curse you!” he screamed, high pitched and wild. “Curse you all to the depths of oblivion! Die! Wither! Fall to the worst and more painful deaths! I despise you pathetic, insolent worms! I hate you!

– – –

Fine. Keep your miserable and rotten children — they aren’t worth raising up.

But that would not stop him from razing them down.

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Well? How was that? I have to say, it was harder than you’d think, because there were so many parts that I thought ‘Oh! That would be cool!’ ‘Oh! I could do that!’ But alas, if I did that, then I’d have spoiled all the fun and written here the whole volume, and that would just not do.

I hope you enjoyed this, and don’t forget to mark your calendars! July 7th is the Promised Day, when dreams come true, bated breaths are released, and new adventures begin.


Don’t miss it! The Goodreads Giveaway for The Clandestine Crusade ends the 27th of this month — 4 days — so enter for a chance to win a free copy + bookmark!

Also, starting today and ending Tuesday, the ebook version of The Clandestine Crusade will be available for FREE on Amazon, so grab a copy for yourself, grab one for a friend, grab one for the neighbor and his friend! The possibilities are virtually endless, and no halfway decent person is less than thrilled at the magnanimous gift of a story.

June Rerelease and Giveaway

Hello everyone, and happy June! Can you believe the year is almost halfway over already? It feels like it’s only just begun! How time flies when there are so many things going on. We have weddings and showers this summer up the yingyang, and for the first one, my brother gets to come home from his station in Japan! We are all very excited to see him again, if only for a few days.

Something else to be excited about is the approaching release of volume 7, which just so happens to be scheduled for release the day before by brother gets married (!!!). That is going to be one busy weekend, but it’ll be fun (we’re praying). It hardly feels like six months since I began this rerelease campaign, but we’re already on the last one before the finale, and I am so thankful for the opportunity and ability to have gotten everything done by their appointed dates, and I am still praying for the work yet ahead — July 7 isn’t getting any further away!

This month we’re featuring volume 6, The Clandestine Crusade, and I have to say that this was the stage I anticipated the most. I really enjoyed working through these chapters and with the characters and events. I was so excited about introducing Raleigh for so long that I had to insert a little piece with him back in volume 4. I loved writing him, but he’s also a challenge, due to his vastly conflicting personality (I think he got that from me, actually. Oops). Even the short story in the appendices is my favorite of all seven (we’re allowed to do that, right?) It’s a sad story, yes, but not every story has an happy ending, and even tragedies can bear uplifting truth and hope.

For this rerelease I updated the cover on the same scale as volumes 1 & 2, with a completely new design. While I liked the stark colors and the scenery in the first edition, it also felt too stark and didn’t altogether jive with the scheme of its fellows. Here’s the new design I came up with:

I really loved the sunset and warm colors, depicting the company’s voyage across the sea to the foreign continent no free Sekon’domite had ever ventured to before.

You can find this upgraded volume on Amzon, or you can purchase it straight from the publisher (which is also an Amazon company, as it happens). The information in the searches has not yet been updated, but it should be by the end of the week, so don’t worry if you can only find the old cover — rest assured that the copy in your mailbox will be the one pictured above.

Here are the links:

Already own a copy? Awesome! Write a review to tell others what you thought and help your fellow readers find a great new adventure!

And for even more great news, the Goodreads giveaway for The Clandestine Crusade is already underway, ready and waiting for you to join in!

Volume 7 Reveal!

Hello! Greetings! Today is a very special day, a day we’ve all been waiting for for some time now. On this day I’m finally going to reveal to you some information concerning long anticipated FINAL VOLUME, number 7. Excited yet? I am.

First I’ll tell you the title, which I believe holds a lot of meaning (depending on how deep you want to think into it). For me, it gives a kind of surreal feeling, because this project is something I’ve been working on for about six years, since the idea for the story first budded. I can’t believe it’s been this long already, honestly — these have been very full years. Anywho, the title of this last volume is:

An Odyssey’s End

Secondly, I’ll show you the cover, the design of which I’ve had in mind for years, and I have to say I’m fairly pleased with it:

Thirdly, I have for you the ‘teaser trailer’ of what’s going on, just so you can be that much more excited about the release day:

Caution to the careless and woe to the souls of many, for the Destroyer of Worlds has come.

Akairo, deprived of his mortal host at the hands of the company, now haunts once more as a baneful spirit. Even so he will not be denied his quest to desolate Jasinda. From the ashes of his retribution he will raise a new world of his own creation and rule it as their Almighty.

However, he will not ascend unopposed, and his adversaries, though beaten down, are not defeated. The company continues to dog his path, pursuing him even across the Monster infested seas to the distant shores of the Forsaken Land. There they’ll rediscover the old world and its hidden treasures, coming face to face with the last surviving Faenari. The ancients equip the Chosen Ones with a weapon to aid them in their struggle against the world’s foe, but the company is cautioned in its use ─ for a power mighty enough to destroy the enemy is also perilous enough to destroy them. However, Sergil and the others deem the stakes are worth the risk. If they don’t try, they will certainly fail, and everything they know and love will be razed to the ground.

But when the time comes and grave sacrifices need to be made, who will pay the price for victory?


Salivating yet? I know I’m itching to get it out to you! The expected release date is July 7th, so mark you calendars!

May Day Release and Giveaway!

Hello, lovely readers – it’s May! and things are really coming to life here. The fruit trees have blossomed, the cattle have been out the pasture, the barnyard’s being cleaned out, the fields are getting plowed, and the lawn’s been mowed three times already! It’ll be time to plant things soon, so the work’s really only just begun – spring and summer is such a busy time of year!

Never fear, though, volume 7 is plugging away, currently in the editor’s hands, but by no means does that mean my own are empty; no, sir! These past months with the re-release of each volume have been very full, and I can’t hardly believe that we’re nearing the end of the run already. How time flies! This month is the month of Aberrations of Heart, the fifth stage in our saga, and I’m excited to share it with you – the updated cover is something I’m pretty pleased with. It’s not a dramatic change, but adds a little more character, and one that, while I was working on it, my mother told me to put away because it was ‘creepy’. I must have been doing something right, then. Here’s the new cover:

The Shaydes featured this time are supposed to be creepy, so I can only take her comment as a sign of success. What’re your thoughts?

So now, without further adieu, here’s a list of links where you can find this volume across the World Wide Web, and don’t forget that you can visit the book’s very own personal-all-to-itself page where you can find all the info anytime wherever.

Already own it? Awesome! Help other readers out by writing a review and sharing your thoughts!

Plus, 

From today, the 1st, until the 27th there is a giveaway on Goodreads running for Aberrations of Heart, so skip on over and enter for a chance to win! There are 7 copies available, and each winner will receive an autographed copy and series bookmark!

 

April Showers Bring . . . Books!

Hello, everybody! It’s April already, and with the turn of a new month we have the purple-ier release of The Memory Quest. Why purple-ier, you ask? Because the cover has become more violet. The basic design has remained the same, as it was one of the more clear images I wanted when thinking of a cover for vol. 4, but the background skyline changed to one with far more purple in it, because I fell in love with it. Head over heels for that magnificent mauve, that lovely lavender, that palatial plum!

In addition to this fine coat, the interior has been updated and reformatted for an improved and more impressive reading experience.

Here are some links to where you can find this jewel:

Also, in celebration, there’s a Goodreads giveaway running for The Memory Quest AS WE SPEAK, so don’t miss out on that (link below) It’s an awesome opportunity to enter for a chance to win a free copy, autographed, and with a series bookmark, so don’t miss it! Giveaway dates are Apr. 1st – Apr. 27th, so join in! Tell your friends! Have them tell their friends!

On Characters: “. . ., I Choose You!”

Good day to you, readers, from the far hidden corners of the realm! Has the undulating weather of this March made you mad, yet? Bonkers? It certainly feels indecisive, doesn’t it? Warm and even balmy to overcast and blustery in a matter of hours, and then back again ─ if spring came as abrupt and resolutely as winter does, how different might things be? Ah, but there’s no sense in complaining, as it doesn’t serve to change a single thing.  All we can do is take it as it comes and trust in the Lord to carry us through!

Anywho, today we’re continuing on the theme of characters. The question I have here is:

Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?

Well I (personally) resent that question ─ we don’t play favorites in this house! So I’m going to ignore that one and move on to the next:

If you could spend time with a character from your book, whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Tough. Question. To narrow down the vast spectrum of characters I have thus far, I’ve decided to limit this inquiry to within the context of the Journey Taken. Although, having made a list (roughly 200+) that doesn’t make it a whole lot easier. That said, I thought about ignoring this one, too, or putting it on the back burner for later, because I couldn’t possibly choose. That’s like picking a favorite, right? And I’ve already said we don’t play favorites in this house. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help but think it an interesting question, so I gave it some consideration ─ just whom would I like to spend a day with? And it happened that, as I was thinking, my thoughts kind of muddled from ‘who I would rather spend a day with?’ or ‘what I would do with this person if I had a day to spend with just them?’ into ‘what would they do, if they had a day to just chill, do whatever they want?’

Intriguing idea, no?

Well, I think Iris might like to go out to the town and spend the day looking at all the wares, maybe do some shopping. She probably wouldn’t mind having Jonquil along, too. Jonquil, on the other hand, if he had a choice, would most likely want to get away from town, probably go on a meandering hike type thing alone in the woods by himself with no one around to disturb his exploration, hunting, and nap in a spot of sunshine. Teryn would probably wander around town, too, until she found an alehouse and/or archery range. Maybe dominate the archery range and then hit the alehouse. Fwip would tag along, though for different reasons. His day of just doing whatever he wanted would leave him a wealthier man and lot of others less so. Keeping him otherwise occupied would protect the more honest side of the economy, I believe. We all know Thock would keep an eye on him, and outside of making sure his younger brother doesn’t get himself into horrible trouble, I don’t think he’s ever given much thought to what he would like to do given a day to do anything he wanted. He’s a very focused man. Sergil might just relax and knock a few back at the alehouse (and preferably not the one Teryn’s patroning), but he’d most like to spend his day with Lyla, whatever it is she might be doing. To not be rushed away and hounded by world-shattering responsibilities would be a dream come true, he might say. And Lollen? Pft. Well, Lollen would only be found at the library, tucked behind a mound of manuscripts. It’s how he grew up, after all, and old habits, old inclinations, die hard. As for Raleigh and Xanthus, Raleigh might not know what to do with himself for a while, actually. For so long his life has been directed by others that the freedom of choosing what to do with his time would baffle his brain. He’d then proceed to scramble for a way to spend his day (every idea likely involving work of some sort. Helosite leisure time, when it rarely shows its face, is usually spent doing something else productive). Although, deep down, buried under all that indoctrination and learned habits, some time with Robin, Ryner, and Xanthus, unbothered, would be his favorite. A day where he could be with them and forget what all he’d been through and bask in the company of his loved ones without the nagging possibility of being pulled away for some task elsewhere. Xanthus wouldn’t mind doing any of that, either. I don’t think he’d know what to do with himself, overwhelmed by the possibilities of what all he could do and all the things he didn’t think he could do. His first reaction would be to find a familiar face and stay with them. But if asked, and after some intense consideration, he’d spend his day with Raleigh, and probably wouldn’t mind having Robin and Ryner along, too. At least for now, until he learns more about himself as a person ─ and a free person at that.

So if you asked me who I would spend a day with (in the context of TJT), I still couldn’t tell you. So let me turn this question around and ask who would you like to spend some time with? And please, let me know in the comments!


Also, don’t miss out on the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a FREE copy of Adventures in Isle! The giveaway ends the 27th, so there’s only a few days left! Each copy comes autographed and with a series bookmark.


And now, starting today and running until the 27th as well, you have the opportunity to own free of charge an ebook copy of Adventures in Isle! Already have one? Why not tell a friend? Books are best shared, so spread the word!