Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground Delayed Until March 14, 2016

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground will not be ready by the deadline, which is February 5, 2016 - that's the date I have to hit with this draft so work can be done to prepare it for release on February 28. This book has been held back by timing, and by the need to develop stories worthy of the title.
Broadcast 10: Freeground is exactly like a two part conclusion to a series of television. We know the show is coming back next season, but that two hour season finale has to be big, it has to tie so many things together, and we have to see the best and worst sides of the characters we love and hate.
Broadcast 10 is also the beginning of something new, a fresh journey for Alice as she forges a new future.
The most challenging and complicated novels, the ones that have held up the Spinward Fringe series, have taken the longest to write, and Broadcast 10 is no different. I've said it before: this is a longer book than I expected, with more twists and turns than anyone will expect. This truly is like writing two novels, so I need more time. The idea of cutting the novel in half and releasing it in two parts has come up, and I don't think it suits this work.
I haven't been on social media much in January because I have been taking time to figure out many big questions about Broadcast 10, often taking time to clear my head while reaching for better ideas than I already had. I like where the story is going, but there is a better way to tell the tale, and now I've found it. Now I'm ready to write the second half of this book, but it is going to take time.
On March 14, 2016, Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground will be available everywhere quality Ebooks are sold, and in print through Amazon. I feel defeated as I adjust that date for the third and final time, but this book especially deserves my best attention and effort. Writing a novel that follows after an eleven book epic is not easy, especially when the focus is on telling a better story with each one.

I promise an epic in Broadcast 10, and understand if you're disappointed or even outraged at a further delay. It will be worth the wait.

Until then, look for more preview chapters and other information here. 


Friday, January 8, 2016

The Future Of Dark Arts In 2016

Dark Arts has been downloaded over 5,000 times through Amazon alone since it has become freely available. The reviews have been generous with praise, and I am grateful to everyone who bought it, or downloaded it.

"The first desire of any real author is to see their work read."
That was what a drunken, self proclaimed "failed poet" once told me after a poetry reading one night. He was at least five rum and cokes into the night at the time, but I think there's validity to that statement regardless.

Dark Arts, like every other book I write, was a passion project, and having it downloaded and enjoyed is as much validation as Dark Arts needs. When I wrote it I honestly didn't know if anyone would come away with a positive opinion. After being somewhat isolated in my apartment for about three weeks, playing the part of Maxwell in front of my word processor every day for several hours at a time, I had no idea how the work would be received. Now I have my answer and I'm as surprised as I am overjoyed.

Dark Arts will remain free in EBook form and inexpensive in print through Amazon. Over the next year I'll be working on the sequel for the book for a few days every month. Planning, writing thoughts down as they come, and eventually penning whole chapters. When will it be finished? With science fiction dominating 2016, I can't say exactly, but there are scenes I desperately want to see on the page, so you'll see another Dark Arts novel, that is for certain.

Thank you for your support, patience, and faith.

Download it for free wherever quality Ebooks are sold.

You can find it in print here:


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground Final Release Date

The release date has been pushed again, here's the apology and post.

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground will be available through all major EBook retailers, and in print through Amazon on February 21, 2016.

I realise that this is a disappointment for many people who are waiting for this book, but it can't be helped. I simply need more time to write this novel, which is already almost 80,000 words at the moment.

I had a great holiday season with family and friends, but I wasn't able to keep a writing schedule through the time, so it set things back a bit. I don't regret taking personal time, or taking a week to think about Broadcasts 10, 11 and 12.

The first novella in a new Science Fiction series that will be attached to the Spinward Fringe series loosely has been finished. The mini-series will be set in the same universe, but at a great distance from where the Spinward Fringe series characters are located. I'll go into this more in a future post, but believe me when I tell you that developing these short novellas along side the existing Spinward Fringe series is critical to telling both stories. Building a new part of the Spinward Fringe Universe with new characters will only make things better for the main series.

So, taking more time to write Broadcast 10 is the best choice for the quality of the story, characterisations, settings, and even for research. I'm doing as much scientific learning for the next six books I'll be writing as I am developing fictional aspects of the universe - another thing that takes time, but will make things better.

The only negative part is how long you'll have to wait. I understand your frustration, so I'll end this post with some good news.

As planned, here's the rough release schedule for the next Spinward Fringe novels:

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground - March 14, 2016 (CONFIRMED)
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge - June 28, 2016 (UNCONFIRMED)
Chaos Core Broadcast 1 - August 28, 2016 (CONFIRMED)
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 12: Invasion - November 21, 2016 (UNCONFIRMED)
Chaos Core Broadcast 2 - To Be Announced / sometime in 2016
Chaos Core Broadcast 3 - To Be Announced / sometime in 2016 or early 2017

After speaking with everyone who will be involved in test reading, editing and formatting these books, I know these are dates that I can make. Confirmed dates are for books that are almost finished or already complete.

Thank you again for your support and patience, I'm looking forward to telling you amazing stories this year!