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Wrapping Up Through Many Fires

I’m taking a break from writing the last chapter of Through Many Fires.

The first 14 chapters of the novel have been sent to the editor.  I’ve written 14 additional chapters and should be working on the climax of the book now.  Unless I go crazy with some new subplot Through Many Fires will have 29 chapters and be about 69,500 words long.

The front and back covers are done, but because the width of the spine is determined by the page count, the graphic artist can’t do that part until I’m done writing.    

Then there are press releases that the publicist writes, but those can’t be written until the book has a firm release date.

The editor, graphic artist and publicist are all waiting on me.  I guess I should get back to work.

Almost Ready

Through Many Fires, my third and latest novel, just moved one step closer to release. 

I’ve been working with Micah Hansen, the graphic designer who has done all my artwork, since March.  He is still working on the back and spine, but yesterday he sent me the cover that you see here. 

As I mentioned, more artwork needs to be done.  Editing is ongoing and the last couple of chapters are still in draft form, but it was exciting to see what the novel will look like. 

Through Many Fires is my third novel.  The first two, Titan Encounter and Final Duty - The Alien War Anthology, were both in the science fiction genre.  However, Through Many Fires is a post-apocalyptic thriller.  In this book, terrorists smuggle a nuclear bomb into Washington D.C. and detonate it during the State of the Union Address.  Army veteran and congressional staffer Caden Westmore is in nearby Bethesda and watches as a mushroom cloud grows over the capital.  The next day, as he drives away from the still burning city, he learns that another city has been destroyed and then another.  America is under siege.  Panic ensues and society starts to unravel.

The novel will be available first on Amazon and then later at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.

Paperback Writer

Titan Encounter will soon be available in paperback.

I promise you, my readers, that everyone one of my books will be released in digital form for a reasonable price.  However, the sales of my debut science fiction novel, Titan Encounter, are good and growing so, this has prompted me to publish a paperback version of the novel.

Titan Encounter paperback covers

We started working on the project in March.  Interior design and print editing are now done and, as you can see here, I’ve now received the cover art from Micah Hansen, the graphics designer.

The release date for the Titan Encounter paperback has not been set, but should be early August.  The novel will first be available first at Amazon and then at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.

 

We Have a Title!

Often the hardest tasks for me is deciding the title of a new book. 

For nearly a year I’ve been calling my latest writing project TEOTWAWKI for “The End Of The World As We Know It.”  That was never going to be the final title, but I needed to call it something.  I don’t worry about the title of the book until I’m just about done.  Well, I’m just about done.

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A quick synopsis of my current novel (without spoilers) is, terrorists smuggle a nuclear bomb into Washington D.C. and detonate it during the State of the Union Address.  Caden Westmore is in nearby Bethesda and watches as the mushroom cloud grows over the capital.  The next day, as he drives away from the burning city, he learns that another city has been destroyed and then another.  Panic ensues and society starts to unravel.

I currently have over 56,000 words written.  Chapters 1 through 21 are ready for final editing and I’m writing on chapter 25.

After considering several dozen possibilities I have chosen, “Through Many Fires,” as the title.  As with my first two novels, Titan Encounter and Final Duty, the title for this one came from a line in the book.

Now that I have settled on a title I’ve contacted graphic designer Micah Hansen to create the cover.  Through Many Fires is scheduled for release both on Kindle and in paperback on August 1st.

 

Update on TEOTWAWKI

Even in the relative isolation of bush Alaska there never seems to be enough time.

Friends do some Ice fishing and bird hunting along the Eek River.

Here in Eek, Alaska snow still drifts several feet high and covers the ground as far as one can see.  The river is still a frozen trail that zigzags by the village.  You can still ice fish up here, but the days are getting longer.  However, that doesn’t mean I have enough daylight to get everything done.  Each day just seems longer and busier. 

On Sunday’s though, I make sure I write and try, very hard, to catch up on projects.  I am just about done with chapter 23 of my, as yet unnamed, post-apocalyptic novel.  My plan remains to release the novel in July or early August of this year.

The novel starts with a short prologue at the Capitol building on the night of the State of the Union address.  A terrorist nuclear attack that night kills the President, his cabinet, the Vice President, senators, representatives, Supreme Court Justices and the Joint Chiefs of Staff as they gather for the President’s speech. 

Here is the moment of the attack in Chapter one as seen by my protagonist, Caden Westmore.

The night flashed as bright as a desert noon. Light penetrated his suit and warmed his back like a hot summer day. He squinted then closed his eyes tight. Even with eyelids firmly shut, a blood red glow filled his vision. He flung his arm across his face.  It was brighter than the brightest day.  The phone squealed.  He jerked it away. Then there was silence. Tentatively he opened his eyes as all the world seemed to wait—but for what?

            “Becky? Becky?” He glanced down.  The phone seemed to be off.  He pushed the button, but it did not turn on.  He dropped it into his pocket. What happened? 

            The crackling of a rifle shot ricocheted around him. But unlike a rifle shot the sound did not fade, it grew and echoed through the streets. He turned left and right trying to see where it came from when a boom like none he had ever heard reverberated through him. He stumbled. Regained his footing and wiped his eyes only to have wind slap him several steps down the street. Dust hung in the air. Car alarms and people screamed. Caden’s eyes darted left and right. Dozens stood like him, confused statues. Never-ending rolling thunder filled the night.  Wind slapped his face. 

            Several feet away a woman screamed. Caden followed her terrified gaze. His heart pounded. As if the gates of hell had been thrown open and out from the very bowels a satanic belch of fire and light raced towards the heavens. Lightning crackled across the sky in a dozen directions as he watched in disbelief. A boiling mushroom cloud formed in the southern night sky.

After witnessing the destruction of the capital city, Caden embarks on a journey to his boyhood home in Washington State, but over the next few days terrorists attack other cities and society starts to unravel.

The end of the world

A nuclear bomb explodes in downtown Washington D.C. on the night of the State of the Union address. 

          The mushroom cloud consumes the President, his cabinet, the Vice President, senators, representatives, Supreme Court Justices and the Joint Chiefs of Staff as they gather for the President’s speech.  After witnessing the destruction of the capital city, Caden Westmore embarks on a journey to his boyhood home in Washington State, but over the next few days terrorists attack other cities and society unravels.

          The idea of determined terrorists striking a serious blow to the nation has concerned me for some time.  That concern became the premise of what will be my next novel.  I’ve given the novel the working title TEOTWAWKI—The End Of The World As We Know It.  I’m currently writing the first draft.