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As of the end of Week 4, I am at 32,189 words. (Target threshold: 32,000.) If you remember, at the end of last week I was about to embark on a Big Action Scene. Turns out 50 bandits was a little on the heavy side, and I settled for 30. How that all turned out, who faced up to the danger, who was shoved to the sidelines, and who got shot, you’ll have to read the book to find out.

The plot is beginning to coalesce, with the cast of characters growing, potential villains set up, potential allies acting mysteriously (could they also be villains?) and making various shocking disclosures. (All I will say is that there are more people sneaking around the palace after lights-out than there were during the day.)

I am now considering a tentative release date of September 15. This presumes, of course that (a) I finish on time; (b) I can commission a proper cover, not only for this book, but a coordinating one for The Choking Rain as well; and (c) editing does not take more time than I anticipate. Plus, of course, I need a title. The Scent of Death is hanging around like, um, a mysterious and sinister perfume, and unless something really cool comes up, that will likely be the winner.

Meanwhile, of course, the Smashwords July sale is still on, and you can get all of my titles at reduced prices (one is actually free). So don’t be shy; I write these things to amuse myself, but you might find you like them too…

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Yep, I’m still at it. Tonight marks the start of Week 4 of the “Write a Novel in Eight Weeks” experiment. At this point, I am at 23,737 words, a sliver short of the 24,000 target. It turns out that there is a little more to outlining than I anticipated; you need to have the basic facts underlying your plot straight, or you may find yourself in trouble. I discovered that I was really wrong on one basic fact and nearly had to scrap the last third of the story, which would have ruined any chance of bringing it in in less than two months, but the beauty of fiction is that the author in totally in charge, and instead of changing the manuscript, I changed the facts. The story works just as well, and I stay on schedule (more or less).

As tonight’s session starts with a big action scene, I have a good chance of making up the lost ground. Action scenes tend to write themselves.

Speaking of action scenes (he said, congratulating himself on his subtle segue), my entire oeuvre is currently on sale at Smashwords, and The Invisible City is available for free. This is a classic adventure story, with noble heroes, dastardly villains, damsels in distress, damsels getting themselves out of distress, loyalty, treachery, betrayal, friendship, and lots of cliffhangers and hairsbreadth-escapes. (The only thing it’s missing is a dog. The hero should have had a dog. I apologize.) It’s a lot of fun, and if there is a kid in your life you’re looking to turn on to reading, you could do worse.

Now, back to planning that big action scene. Do you think fifty bandits is too many?

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It’s July, and the world is your oyster. Thanks to the Smashwords Summer Sale, my entire stock of e-books is discounted! Choose from this colorful selection, starting with a free copy of the first volume of The Stolen Future trilogy:

The Invisible CityFREE: Journey nearly 1,000,000 years into the future to face re-created dinosaurs, subterranean mutants, genetically-engineered human-animal hybrids, and Earth’s alien overlords, as you trek across the planet in search of love, adventure, and a way home.

The Secret City. Following the events of The Invisible City, Keryl Clee returns to the future to find his love–but has he returned to the same place? The same time? Condemned for a crime he did not commit, Clee must fight enemies both human and inhuman as he sets out to find the Lady Maire–and discovers he must defend a world that wants him dead against a long-lost enemy that wants to conquer and to kill!

The Cosmic City. His enemies beaten back, but not beaten, Clee receives a message from the ancient past that sets him on his strangest voyage yet, struggling to stop a menace that can destroy time and space while betrayed by his allies, and his closest friends embark on a dangerous quest to find the astonishing secret that could save the world–or end it.

And if science fiction isn’t your thing…

The Choking Rain. In the days of the Great Depression, a mysterious and terrifying invisible murder weapon is killing men on the streets of Los Angeles in broad daylight, Can an ex-fighter pilot, a copy, and a colorful band of amateur adventurers save the city–and perhaps the nation–from The Choking Rain? (Book two in the series will be published in the fall.)

Once a Knight, A Tale of the Daze of Chivalry. Invisible killers too grim for you? Up for a little fun? How about a trip to the Dark (or perhaps dim) Ages? When Bruce Legume, heir-apparent to the mantle of the legendary White Samurai, is exiled from Japan to Europe on a technicality, he finds himself in the company of his long-lost brother Stephen, a loving soul who promises to help Bruce adjust to his new home (for a small fee). When that “adjustment” turns out to include assassins, pirates, a love-crazy princess, and an army of fashion-obsessed Amazons known as “Valleykyries,” will Stephen run? Will Bruce conquer? Will there be a sequel?

How to Know if Your Stockbroker is Ripping You Off (and What You Can Do about It). If fiction’s not your bag, this is a must for the informed investor–particularly if you are a retiree. Every year, it is estimated that up to 10% of all investors are mistreated by their stockbrokers (mostly seniors), and only one in 10 even realizes he’s being taken. Are you? Would you know if you were? This booklet, written in non-legalese plain English and based on over thirty years of dealing with dirty brokers, could save you tens of thousands of dollars today.

All of these fine books are offered at 25% off of list price (except for The Invisible City) for the month of July. What are you waiting for? Your summer reading list awaits!

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Cirsova #2 is now out, featuring my short story about the little-known supernatural arena of the American Revolution, “Hoskins’ War.” The enemy of your enemy is your friend, but when a colonial guerrilla warrior witnesses an attack by uncanny creatures upon a British column, he realizes that some wars transcend politics and geography and that if this massacre is left unanswered, there soon may be no one left to fight over whether America deserves its freedom.

I can also announce that “Foundering Fathers” is now available as part of the anthology Singular Irregularity. In a complete coincidence, it too examines the underpinnings of a pivotal event in America’s fight for liberty–albeit in a more lighthearted vein. When time-traveling Barclay Webster accidentally leaves Paul Revere senseless just before he is to make his legendary ride, who but Barclay will be there to rescue history? And when plans go awry, who but Soames, the inestimable valet, will be there to rescue Barclay?

And finally, Once a Knight, A Tale of the Daze of Chivalry, has been made available for free on Amazon for a very limited time. Fantasy Faction called Once a Knight, “cleverly written. … [A] pun in every paragraph and a smile in every sentence.” If you love Monty Python and the Holy Grail, or the films of Mel Brooks, this book belongs in your library.

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In honor of my birthday, all of my novels on Smashwords are free today. You can see them by clicking the links on this page. Read one! Read all! And if you think spreading the word would be a good birthday present, I wouldn’t argue with that…

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