Saturday, November 13, 2021

A Change in the Wind

 Hey guys,


I thought I'd best give you the update on things. I was going to do an event in Irving, Texas last weekend, but if any of you showed, you know it didn't happen. The store manager canceled on me and it is what it is. Hopefully I will see you in December in Little Elm, TX instead.


Now, on to the bigger news, I am going to turn my focus onto turning the Tarragon Trilogy into a series of screenplays that I hope to find a producer for. I know I'm at a huge disadvantage, as I don't have an agent, and I don't really have any contacts in the industry, but I feel compelled to go this direction right now.

This will likely put my newest children's book, Moving the Zoo, on hold, but I do promise I will be working on it intermittently. It just probably won't be out in time for Christmas.

I do have some experience with screenplays, though nothing produced. I was a semi-finalist in a screenwriting contest last year, and I was an intern with an independent film company back in 2006, so not completely new to me, but I have never pitched to any Hollywood big producers, but that is the goal. If I'm being honest, never actually pitched it to any kind of big wigs, unless you count sending query letters when I tried to get traditionally published.

All that aside, if you have read any of the books in my Tarragon Trilogy, and liked them, please spread the word. Write a review. The more online presence I have, the better. And, maybe, someday in the not too distant future, you will see either those books, or something else I've written, on the big screen. That is my hope.

Thanks, y'all, for being great fans. I hope to improve my craft and make y'all proud.

Monday, October 18, 2021

New book release and cover reveal

 Hey guys, first, thanks to those who came out and saw me at Kroger in Bartonville, TX. I met a lot of new people and hope those who bought copies of my books enjoy them.


Now on the the meat of the post. I am officially announcing that The Tarragon Trilogy will be released November 1!

 I know it's been a long time coming, but I've finally got everything together, complete with two new short stories (Walter's Story and Emi's Story), as well as some illustrations depicting how I see key items in the books. These are all "never before released" additions specific to this all-in-one book.

 

And here is the cover:

 


This book will be available in ebook and paperback formats to start, with hardcover to follow, and I will share the links as they become available.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

A few changes and updates

 Hey guys, I know it's been a while, but I thought I'd first remind you of some upcoming events, and let you know the location of the signing in October has changed so please keep that in mind.


Book Signings:

October 16 (sat) 10-3pm
3400 FM 407 E, Bartonville, TX 75226

November 6 (sat) 10-3pm
7505 N. MacAurthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75063

December 11 (sat) 0 10-3pm
2671 Little Elm Parkway, Little Elm, TX 75068

 



Tarragon, the audio book/drama has completed its run, and you can find all of the links to listen to each episode under the Audio Dramas page.

I am also getting close to releasing the omnibus version of the Trilogy, complete with two new short stories (not previously released), and some illustrations. I am finishing up those illustrations and working on the cover but hope to have a preview of it for you soon.


 

And in the newest news, I am working on creating a new Children's Illustrated book. Moving The Zoo should be available later on this year, hopefully in time for Christmas, but definitely by the end of the year.



Thursday, July 22, 2021

Updates on life

 Hey all, first and foremost, I wanted to remind everyone of the upcoming events this year.


Book Signings:

August 14 (sat)10-3pm
4620 SH 121, Lewisville, TX 75056

September 11 (Sat) 10-3pm
1250 N. Preston Rd., Prosper, TX 75078

October 16 (sat) 10-3pm
9700 Coit Rd., Plano, TX 75025

November 6 (sat) 10-3pm
7505 N. MacAurthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75063

December 11 (sat0 10-3pm
2671 Little Elm Parkway, Little Elm, TX 75068

 

In other news, the audio drama: The Tarragon Trilogy, is nearing it's completion. There are only ten episodes left, counting the one to be released this weekend.

 Also still in the works is the all-in-one version of the trilogy in paperback, hardcover, and ebook, with some added extras. So keep an eye out for more updates on that.



And, for those who do not know, my mom recently passed from cancer, which is why I haven't been as active with anything outside of the audio drama. She passed peacefully, surrounded by family. I will be dedicating one of the upcoming episodes of my audio drama to her memory.


And in other, other news, I am working on adding a new author to the DragonKey Press family. And that's all I'm going to say about the matter.



 

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

New Book Event Dates!

 Hey all, I know I don't post much here anymore, but that's only because I've been working on a lot of cool stuff, like the audio drama version of the Tarragon Trilogy, some new artwork for the same Trilogy in an all-in-one form, as well as some other projects that will remain hush hush for now. But I did want to share with you the latest news on book events for the rest of the year.

In person events at Krogers in the DFW area:

May 22 ( sat) from 10am to 3pm
544, 1212 E. Bethany Dr. Allen, TX 75002

June 18 and 19 (fri and sat) from 10am to 3pm
2671 Little Elm Park, Little Elm, TX 75068

August 14 (sat)10-3pm

4620 SH 121, Lewisville, TX 75056

September 11 (Sat) 10-3pm
1250 N. Preston Rd., Prosper, TX 75078

October 16 (sat) 10-3pm
9700 Coit Rd., Plano, TX 75025

November 6 (sat) 10-3pm
7505 N. MacAurthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75063

December 11 (sat0 10-3pm
2671 Little Elm Parkway, Little Elm, TX 75068


I will add other dates as they are scheduled.


Monday, January 25, 2021

Starting out the year with some Events:

 I would like to announce the following upcoming author events for the DFW area:

Public appearances/book signings at Kroger Grocery stores

February 5 and 6, 2021 (Fri and Sat) from 10am to 3pm
2671 Little Elm Park, Little Elm, TX 75068 on

March 6, 2021 (Sat) 10am to 3pm
4620 SH 121, Lewisville, TX 75056

April 23 and 24, 2021 (Fri and Sat) from 10am to 3pm
9700 Coit Rd, Plano, TX 75025

May 21 and 22, 2021 (Fri and Sat) from 10am to 3pm
1212 E. Bethany Dr. Allen, TX 75002 

June 18 and 19, 2021 (Fri and Sat) from 10am to 3pm
2671 Little Elm Park, Little Elm, TX 75068 

Please come and see me!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Heading into the home stretch

 
 
There are only a few days left in the year 2020, and boy what a year it has been. I don't know anyone who had a clue just how crazy it would be, and I honestly hope that next year doesn't repeat, and that it isn't worse. We've all certainly been hit hard and I hope we all get a bit of smooth sailing for a little while.
 
My year in review:
 
I started doing events at Kroger grocery stores, which was an interesting change for me, especially with the whole mask thing once COVID hit. But, I think I met a lot of great people because of this, and was able to sell a decent amount of books, which was nice. The biggest take away from that is that my stories got out to a new audience, hopefully bringing hope and joy in an otherwise bleak year.
 
I was able to participate in a regional conference as a presenter, something I hadn't thought possible, especially as an invited speaker instead of someone who just suggested a class and got randomly picked. Chalk that one up on my resume, I guess. But it has led me to want to get more serious about creating more online content in the form of classes and presentations on writing and publishing, which I hope to work on in 20201.
 
Despite lock downs, I was able to  write, illustrate, and publish a new children's picture book, The Cookies Are Missing!, dedicating that to my paternal grandmother, who always had a cookie for her grandkids every time we visited, and, who, sadly, passed away last year.

In February, I was able to kick off the release of the Tarragon Trilogy Audio Drama, which is still in the process of being released, and will continue through September of next year. While it may not have as my views/listens as I would like, it has helped give so many a creative outlet, and I just want you all to know how much I appreciate working with my cast and crew on this. They are all amazingly talented.

I have also had several ideas for new books, both novel and children's picture book, pop into my head over this past year, and will be working on them throughout the coming year or so, pending on how things go with all of my projects.

There as been some progress on the all in one version of the Tarragon Trilogy book, with a new short story joining the mix, and a few new illustrations. I plan on trying to get a few more illustrations, and a new cover, before I release it, hopefully by early summer 2021.
 
I have also been able to organize my work space a bit, with a newer computer, which is nice. My desktop has finally bitten the dust and had to be retired, but the laptop that is replacing it has turned out to be incredibly nice.
 
Did I mention that I'm also working on some promotional items for the whole dragon series? I've got some new jewelry going on, and am working on some 3D models of the signature jewelry from the book, mainly the dragon pendant, the mage ring, and hopefully the bone knife. We'll see how far I get on that one.
 
All in all, despite the craziness of a global pandemic, health concerns with extended family, job issues from lock downs and related... it's not been a horrible year. I've certainly had worse, though I hope 2021 doesn't take that as a challenge! I would love to be able to settle into a routine again, get some of the projects currently on my whiteboard finished, and take some time to simply enjoy life again.
 
So, from Dallas, TX, I hope you all have at least a decent rest of the year, and that your 2021 is a heck a lot better than 2020 was.
 
Toodles!