Astrid Maxxim and the Antarctic Expedition – Available Now

Astrid Maxxim and the Antarctic ExpeditionAstrid Maxxim and the Antarctic Expedition goes live today.  If you have pre-ordered the third Astrid Maxxim, it should be delivered wirelessly to your reading app or device.  If you haven’t yet purchased Astrid Maxxim and the Antarctic Expedition, you can get it now, wherever fine ebooks are sold

Teen inventor Astrid Maxxim is back in her third adventure as she makes a journey to the bottom of the planet to uncover the secrets of a mysterious lost expedition. Meanwhile, troubles plague her friends and family as a hostile takeover threatens Maxxim Industries. Join Astrid and her friends as she faces the frozen dangers of the Antarctic, wild animals, mad bombers, and corporate high finance.

Writing Fundamentals

I’ve been reading a great deal of Indy books lately. Being an Indy author myself, I feel like I should help support others like me. I’ve read some very good work. I’ve also read some work that needs some help. Since I’m a teacher and taught English for some 15 of my 21 teaching years, I thought I would write a series of posts about some fundamentals of writing.

Now I’m not talking about typos. We see those all the time and it sucks when they pop up, but they do. I know the difference between there, they’re, and their, but sometimes in the heat of plotting out a story, I type the wrong one. Sometimes I write the same word twice, especially if I’ve stopped and then started writing later. Sometimes I simply misspell a word. The answer of course is proofreading. By the time I publish a book I’ve proofread it myself at least a dozen times. I also have at least one proofreader besides myself read through it for errors. Even so, some creep in. I try to read through my already published books at least once a year. Sometimes I find a typo that has persisted for a dozen passes. I also have a handful of loyal readers who let me know when they catch an error. I feel embarrassed, but grateful. And don’t even get me started about typos created during the editing process.  Sometimes I want to pull out my hair.  It’s not even that unusual to find a typo in a professionally edited, big publisher edition of a well-known author’s book. I see it all the time. So I’m not writing about those.

What I am going to write about is some general fundamental basics of writing. Upcoming posts will be about tense, point of view, figures of speech, characters, pacing, and whatever else I can think up. These posts will all be titled Writing Fundamentals, so watch for them in the coming days.

His Robot Girlfriend – Free Download at ‘txtr

His Robot Girlfriend is Free on iBooksMike Smith’s life was crap, living all alone, years after his wife had died and his children had grown up and moved away. Then he saw the commercial for the Daffodil. Far more than other robots, the Daffodil could become anything and everything he wanted it to be. Mike’s life is about to change.

Follow this link to download His Robot Wife free in ePub format from ‘txtr.

Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Elven Princess – Free Download at ‘txtr

Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Elven Princess tops 7,000 & 8,000 DownloadsEaglethorpe Buxton, famed adventurer and story-teller, friend to those in need of a friend and guardian to those in need of a guardian. He is a liar and braggart, not to be trusted, especially around pies. Who are we to believe? Buxton himself leads us through his world as he comes to the aid of… a poor orphan? An elven princess? Who can guess with Eaglethorpe himself telling the tale?

Follow this link to purchase you copy of Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Elven Princess free in ePub format at ‘txtr.

The Two Dragons – Now in Paperback

The Two Dragons (New Cover)War has come to Birmisia and the rest of the world as The United Kingdom of Greater Brechalon faces off against totalitarian Kingdom of Freedonia. Freedonia has fielded its army, including the secret cabal of wizards known as the Riene Zauberei, airships of the Flottenluftkorps, steam-powered war machines, tens of thousands of lizardmen allies, and the dragon-god Hissussisthiss. Standing between them and their domination of Birmisia is the sorceress Zurfina, the young steel dragon Bessemer, and seventeen year old sorceress Senta Bly. As the actual battle approaches, Brech society seems ready to split apart, along racial and ethnic lines. Colonial Governor Iolanthe Denchantagne-Staff, Mayor Zeah Korlann, and Police Inspector Saba Colbshallow must hold the colony together as panicked citizens riot and loot, supply ships are torpedoed by Freedonian submarines, and a gang of murderous lizzies threaten the town.

The Two Dragons, book 5 in the story of Senta and the Steel Dragon is now available for the first time in Digest Paperback format for just $5.99.  Pick up your copy and buy one for a friend by following this link.