Soooo I am still working on balance at the moment. Which means things aren’t as frequent as I would like. Blog posting being one of these things. Let me tell you about what I’ve been up to while I haven’t been posting here.
I’ve finished up the first read through of Who Would Destroy the Gods? I’ve marked it up for the first round of edits which I will be working on in Late August early September.
I’m about half way my first read through and edit mark up of a story I’m working on in order to practise my own writing. (This will be available later through an undisclosed pen name) I bring it up because people will need to know that I am working on other projects as well as editing my father’s novels. I have another project that I was able to get ahead on in order to make more room for writing and will be starting another novel this month. (Again, this novel will also be a practise novel and will be released through a pen name)
Also, last week I travelled half way across the country and back again in the space of a long weekend by truck.
For those of you who have signed up to my newsletter (bless you!), I will have a very special surprise for you next month!
(Because I totally thought that I posted this, I’ll add on to the post)
P.S. Just a quick add-on! I’ll be in Calgary this weekend for a writer’s conference and to promote Railroad Rising!
Argh! Sorry everyone! It’s been too long since I’ve written in here! I’ve been super busy getting ready for Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo (I like to call it C2E3: the Canuck edition). If anyone wants to catch up with me, I’ll be at K10 in the artist’s alley.
I’ve also been doing some writing. When I get back from Calgary I’ll start giving out some treats for those of you who are subscribed to my newsletter!
I’ll try to do a couple more updates before Calgary. Talk to you all soon!
For those of you who have bought Railroad Rising for your Kobo, please, drop a review for the book:
Railroad Rising on Kobo
If you are a Barnes and Nobel Nook person you can drop a review here:
Barnes and Nobel
And of course, if you are Kindle-enabled:
Railroad Rising on Amazon.ca
Railroad Rising on Amazon.com
I am trying to balance projects right now. I have some unrelated things that I have to get done. In addition to that I will be doing more research for the novel, Ryn’s turn. I sometimes feel like all I’m doing is research, but I want to give a sense of realism to the book. So the next thing that I am researching is dirigibles, airships, and other flying machines, along with military strategy (I’ve also ordered more Lego to do this)
I’ll be splitting duties between personal projects, Ryn’s Turn, and Who Would Destroy the Gods?
In May I’ll be focussing on getting a vague first draft completed of Ryn’s Turn. I’ll be working on other projects as well, but this will be my main focus. There will also be pictures as I depict contraptions and armies.
Next month I’ll be heading out to Calgary for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, I’ll be at table K10 and peddling many wares including Railroad Rising! So if you want to, stop by and say hello!
Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion is now available on all platforms for eBook! Join me from the 21st to the 25th as we celebrate this along with other authours from Edge Publications!
Railroad Rising at the Edge Website
Hey everyone! If you’ve been holding off on purchasing Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion because you didn’t have the kindle reader, Both myself and Edge Publishing are proud to present Railroad Rising, now available for Nook!
(There is a button for Kobo, but it is not operational yet, keep watching this site as I will be announcing the Kobo release as soon as it’s available)
Hey everyone! There is another review for Rail Road Rising!
Carrtog is the third son of a Lord, so there is no chance he will inherit. He decides to hire out as a mercenary. He has some knowledge of magic, a friend that is teaching him common sense and how to fight, and a good horse. Of course, he has to be careful about politics. They can kill him, too.
I wasn’t sure about this book, but it had gunpowder magic, steam power, a touch of romance, and great characters in it. Once I began reading it, all my doubts went away. This is a great adventure with the enemy having magic and a campaign against the king.
Carrtog rescues the King simply because he was there when they tried to kidnap him. He then gets pressed into service. Carrtog is young, though. He manages to anger the King before they get back to the castle. He also finds the Princess’ lady in waiting very attractive. That’s not a good thing, either. Mercenaries don’t have wives.
As his reward for saving the King, he’s appointed as a Lord. He’s also given the lady in waiting in marriage. That’s all well and fine, but then the King starts giving him impossible assignments waiting for him to fail. The King knows he failed on his mission in the past and Carrtog is a reminder. Carrtog is in a catch-22 situation.
It’s a busy story with lots of action and it was a great read. If you like sci-fi, you should read this.
Jo Ann Hakola
The Book Faerie
Thanks Jo Ann for your kind words!
Jo Ann Hakola can be found at The Book Faerie
You can read more reviews on this site on jump over to the Edge Website
Here is another review by Peter Jasion:
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of David Brin’s “The Practice Effect” (which is high praise indeed as it is one of my favorite Brin novels!).
The characters of Carrtog and Yakor were very well developed from the beginning. I did find it interesting how their roles of mentor-student migrated to Lord-‘Master’ Squire by the end of the story. I was a little surprised on how his ‘abilities’ evolved so quickly. Also, the interaction between Carrtog and Lady Adengler from the beginning was quite entertaining and fairly realistic in my opinion as she certainly was no pushover! And finally, King Bornival was an excellent antagonist.
I’ll be publishing more reviews as I get them. Stay tuned to this website for more interesting articles and sign up for the newsletter to be a part of something special (it’s a super secret club!)
I’m kicking off the New Year, not with a bunch of resolutions but with a review of Railroad Rising!
I would like to thank Dayna Leigh Cheser for her gracious and well thought out review!
RBD: Book Review – Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion
One of the key things in any fantastical novel, be it fantasy or science fiction, is the “laws of the land” as it were.
How does the magic work?
How do the machines/gadgets work?
How does physics work?
These are all questions that a writer must ask themselves when creating these stories. These are questions that I was asking myself while working on the novel. Given that this novel is a sequel to Railroad Rising, I am working in my father’s world. A world that, since he didn’t do a lot of outlining, was in his head.
One of the things I really appreciated about Railroad Rising was the detailed description of the machines and gadgets. I want to continue this, but I do not have my father’s background in having been around engines and early modes of transportation. As a result, I’ve been doing research into early steam engines and machines throughout history.
The thing that has interested me the most was not just the machines, but the machines that almost made it, but for one reason or rather, failed. I want to explore this in the novel. What if with some of these machines, the problem was able to be solved with magic? The closer a machine came to working on it’s own, the less magic was needed to propel it? This ideal fascinates me and will be a backdrop to one of the plots in the novel. A marriage of physics and magic and the resulting world.