Alva’s a genius sixteen-year-old inventor and a wannabe rockstar. He’s invented a Love Machine, but he’s about to learn the cost of using it might be higher than he ever imagined.
The Love Machine: So simple it could be included in a cringe infomercial. All someone has to do is hold a button on the device near someone’s left ear for sixty seconds. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. In return, the target falls in love with the user for one day.
But when Alva loans the Love Machine to his fellow band-mates, their dates go off the rails. One friend even winds up humiliated and beat up.
Can the boys in the band use their power for good? Or will the Love Machine ruin every relationship they try it on? And what happens if the guys have a falling out? Between being rockstars, unlucky in love, and making messes in their relationships, they might just discover a Love Machine causes more problems than it fixes. But can they fix what they break before ruining lives forever?
My brother sent me Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings a couple years ago with his highest recommendations, but I’ve been put off until now by the sheer length of the book. It’s a bit more than a thousand pages, and I just don’t have time for that! I finally got around to reading it, and I’m glad I did. This is epic fantasy in every sense, and an incredible achievement in world-building.
The book takes place on the world of Roshar, where fierce highstorms–powerful thunderstorms that can destroy structures, and people left out in them–have shaped the landscape. The highstorms fuel magic in Roshar, as well, most notably by “infusing” gems as they pass by–just leave your gems outside when a highstorm approaches. Be careful they don’t get taken, though, as gems are the currency in Roshar, as well as the lamps, for an infused gem produces a magical glow.
This past week, I’ve felt a bit in the doldrums in my work on the third novel in the Atlantis trilogy. This often happens when you get to the middle of the book, once you’re past the initial burst of energy with starting a new project.
It’s happening to me now because I realized I had taken the wrong approach in several related scenes in the section I’m working on. I hadn’t given one set of characters anything to do, so all the action progression depended on another set of overworked characters. I had also put one character in the wrong place, and forgotten about her relationship with another character. So I had to re-write much of three chapters.
Yet my sense of losing momentum is actually a false perception. I added more than 3,000 words to my word count, and I set myself up for more progress. Writing a novel is such a long process that there are inevitably good days and weeks and bad days and weeks (sometimes months). With experience, you learn that your moods come and go, but as long as you keep sitting at your keyboard and plugging away, you’ll get to your destination eventually.
Stats below. Remember, title of the first book in the series is Mother Ink and you can read about it here.Read More
Okay, I’m trying to make status updates on The Last Days of Atlantis trilogy a regular, weekly thing to keep interested readers in the loop. Have I made any progress in the past week? Yes, a bit! Details below. Remember, title of the first book in the series is Mother Ink and you can read about it here.
Robots. Spaceships. Aliens. Intrepid explorers traveling to the farthest reaches of the galaxy in pursuit of knowledge and adventure. If that’s what you want to write, the following five songs are sure to provide the inspiration you need.Read More
I’m proud to announce the upcoming publication of my new epic fantasy trilogy
The Last Days of Atlantis!
I’ve been at work on the trilogy since the beginning of COVID, and am now on the rough draft of the third book. It’s by far the longest, most-involved writing project I’ve ever taken on. We’re fast approaching the time when the first book will come out, hopefully this summer. The title of the first one is Mother Ink and you can read about it here.
Now that the books are so close to appearing, I want to start tracking for readers where I am on each one.
Plus, I get to use the nifty new plug-in I discovered that creates little progress bars to show how far along you are on your projects. Check it out below!Read More
Book Marketing is Dead is a free downloadable book by indie author and guru Derek Murphy (available here). The thesis of his book is that the old way of book marketing–hiring publicists, sending out press releases, going to book signings or on book tours, and, except in very limited circumstances, advertising–is no longer the way to sell independently published books, if it ever was. The new way to sell books is by building relationships with readers, potential readers, and other authors in your genre, and he explains how to do this.Read More
In earlier posts, I suggested Five Songs to Inspire Writers and Five Songs to Inspire Fantasy Writers, but sometimes, you’re trying to scare the pants off your readers. Or, to paraphrase Steven King, if you can’t scare your readers, you can always gross them out. In any case, sometimes you’re looking for songs that’ll pump you up to put the wickedest, scariest, most horrifying imagery on the page you can think of. When that’s what you need, try one of the following songs for inspiration.Read More