Read an Ebook Week Sale
March 5-11 marks the Read an Ebook Week Sale at Smashwords.
Literally thousands of ebooks are on sale, with many of them free. The following books are available free during the sale. Use coupon code EW100 at checkout. Find them all at http://www.smashwords.com/amathar.
Princess of Amathar
The Voyage of the Minotaur
The Dark and Forbidding Land
The Drache Girl
The Young Sorceress
The Two Dragons
His Robot Wife
His Robot Wife: Patience is a Virtue
Women of Power
The Jungle Girl
Astrid Maxxim and her Amazing Hoverbike
Astrid Maxxim and her Undersea Dome
Astrid Maxxim and the Antarctic Expedition
Astrid Maxxim and her Hypersonic Spaceplane
The Many Adventures of Eaglethorpe Buxton
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The Sorceress and her Lovers
The Price of Magic
A Plague of Wizards
The Dragon’s Choice
For King and Country
His Robot Wife: A Great Deal of Patience
His Robot Wife: Patience Under Fire
The Destroyer Returns
It’s been a tough two weeks. I had a bit of a health scare, but it turns out I’m fine and plan to be here a good long while. I have a personal goal to live until I’m able to write 84 books. I haven’t quite got to the halfway mark.
My goal for this year is to publish five books. The five I planned for 2023 are Knights of Amathar, The Return of the Sorceress, RO110: Time Traveler at Large, Astrid Maxxim and her Hyperloop Hovertrain, and The Destroyer Book 2. For more details on this, check out my post on YouTube here.
So far this year, I’ve been plunking along on one and then switching to another, not making much progress on any one. I’ve also spent some time researching material for these books, and some that I have in the planning stages for next year. That is, until this week, when I finally sat down and wrote out several chapters in a row.
I don’t have any release dates yet. In fact, I can’t tell you in what order they are going to come out. Based on what I’ve written so far, The Destroyer Returns Book 2 will probably be the last of the five. Next time, I’ll say a little about what to expect in each of the books. Stay tuned and thanks for your support.
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Eaglethorpe Buxton and… Something about Frost Giants (Updated)
Greetings. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Eaglethorpe Buxton, famed adventurer, story-teller, and adventurer. I have traveled the world far and wide having adventures and I have traveled the world far and wide to tell of my adventures, and then I have traveled the world far and wide having still more adventures. Sadly, my most recent adventure “Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Family who Ought Not to be Seperated but Somehow Was,” marketed in book form as “Eaglethorpe Buxton and… Something About Frost Giants,” was riddled with a single mistake. How can it be riddled with a single mistake, you ask? Easily enough. The name of the city of Illustria was repeatedly, which is to say throughout the book, cited as the city of Celestria. Fortunately, I have put the book to right and I have put the book to write, and I have sliced the ear off of the typesetter, which will teach him to turn his head when I walk into the room.
Eaglethorpe Buxton and… Something about Frost Giants is available wherever fine ebooks are found and is free! Wait. Free?
My Writing Story (2022)
The 2021-22 school year was horrible for me. I got switched without my consent to a new classroom, a new grade, and a new subject. I had very little time for writing. By summer 2022, I had only some outlines and a few bits. What I did have though, was a lot of pent-up creative energy. I did most of the writing in this year during those two months.
His Robot Wife: Extreme Patience
I felt a great deal of pressure to complete Extreme Patience. I was getting a letter almost every day from fans of the series. I had my outline written back in 2017, but I had changed a lot of things in the previous book that had originally been planned to exend into this one. Consequently, there was less plot left for this book. I pushed through and finished a smaller book than originally intended. Sometime in the future, I plan to combine the three books together and do a second edition.
The Destroyer Returns
I had been approached a number of times to write serialized fiction for distribution groups in Asia. I had always been wary about it because of their payment system and terms. Then Amazon created Kindle Vella, that worked very much the same way. I came up with two stories, one of which was The Destroyer Returns and started writing and posting them in mini-chapters (about 1000 words). Because of the way payments were structured, I earned about $50, even though nobody had read my stories. Nobody. For a writer, or at least for this one, a reader is more important than a sale, so I decided to put the story into book form instead.
The setting for The Destroyer Returns is very loosely based on the game of Minecraft. My daughter introduced the game to me and it has since replaced all the other games that I played. I toyed with the idea of writing a Minecraft book, but in the end, I decided to try to recreate the feel but with my own creations. In addition, I took some inspiration from Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian, particularly as he was portrayed in the old Marvel black and white magazine.
Astrid Maxxim and the Great Water Project
The Astrid Maxxim series was becoming more popular and it was time to write the next one. I had actually finished this one before both The Destroyer Returns and Extreme Patience, but I set it aside. It was way too dark for an Astrid Maxxim story. After I had finished the other two, I returned to it and rewrote quite a bit, especially the middle. I’m happy with it overall, but plan to return to more of the formula of the first two books in the future.
My Writing Story (2020-2021)
The pressure didn’t let up at work, but I was better at dealing with it. I channeled some of my frustrations into writing and it helped. Then Covid hit. The end of the 2019-2020 school year was rough, but 2020-21 school year was a real mess. Once we got organized though, everything started to smooth out and life got a bit easier.
His Robot Wife: Patience Under Fire
Patience Under Fire followed the outline that I had written for A Great Deal of Patience. I didn’t change much, but I resolved a few plotlines rather than carrying them to book three. This made it a bit more challenging to write the third book. Still, I think this is my favorite book with these characters so far.
For King and Country (The Sorceress and the Dragon Book 10)
The time had come for me to finish the story based on the long outline that was originally written to be the end of The Two Dragons. I had been focusing on four characters in each volume, but I wanted to give all the characters their proper farewells. Consequently, this book became the longest one that I have ever written, but I think I got everything in it that I wanted.
Astrid Maxxim and her High-Rise Air Purifier
I had planned out about fifty Astrid Maxxim books by this time, and I decided to get the next one done. I had a pretty good idea of the plot, but I think I got bogged down this time with the invention, something that I try to keep fairly loose. In the end, I got a few criticisms for not featuring the High-Rise Air Purifier more.
Eaglethorpe Buxton and… Something about Frost Giants
I had been planning to write more Eaglethorpe Buxton for a while. In fact, I had been working on something I was going to call Eaglethorpe Buxton’s Garden of Verse. Then I watched, The Parent Trap, and I thought that this was the type of plot that EB would be involved in. Not only that but having a couple of kids seemed the natural progression in his story line. So, instead of stealing from Shakespeare, as is the usual case, this time Eaglethorpe satirizes Disney.
My Writing Story (2018-2019)
These years were very stressful for me at work as more and more pressure was put on teachers to meet testing goals (which teachers have little control over). Consequently, I had little time to write and when I did write, I had a hard time with it. The result was that in these two years, I produced only one small book each year.
Astrid Maxxim and the Mystery of Dolphin Island
It was time for another Astrid book and an underwater adventure one at that. Much of the plot for the story came from events right out of the news regarding scientists attempting to communicate with dolphins. There were some complaints about how dark the ending turned out, but I felt like I needed a dark ending, considering all that’s happening to our oceans.
I had been working on Nova Dancer off and on for a while, and the setting was one that had been in my head since high school. I finally pushed through and finished the story. I thought it turned out alright, but I have a lot of other stories that can be set in the same universe.
My Writing Story (2017)
His Robot Wife: A Great Deal of Patience
I continued to receive letters from readers who wanted to see more of Patience and Mike from the robot girlfriend/wife series. I wanted to give the readers what they wanted, but I had been less than satisfied with the previous books in the series. I decided to approach the story the way that I had with The Sorceress and the Dragon. I would expand the focus to more characters, and I would jump between them. I just needed a plot, and the backdrop of a world war came to mind. I plotted out a three book series, and started writing. I was very happy with the first book in the series.
The Dragon’s Choice (The Sorceress and the Dragon Book 9)
I was really happy with some of the events from A Plague of Wizards, particularly the relationship between Augustus and Zoey, so I decided to write a book to expand on this. This also gave me the opportunity to tell the story of Terra and Clitus. Books eight, nine, and ten are my favorites of this series.
My Writing Story (2016)
Astrid Maxxim and the Electric Racecar Challenge
I actually had almost a third of Astrid Maxxim and the Electric Racecar Challenge waiting for me to finish. I had recently read an article on amnesia in real life, so I decided to use what I learned to begin the story. It tested my characters, and I liked the challenge. I shot through it really quickly, as I usually do with Astrid books. I think that if I spent all my time writing nothing else, I could do six or seven of them a year. But again, after finishing this book, I fiddled around with a variety of pieces before I came up with my next solid idea.
A Plague of Wizards
Like the previous books, much of this novel followed along with the history that I had laid out in the unused epilog for The Two Dragons. However, the main plot line popped into my head probably because of the amnesia storyline with Astrid in the previous book. I had established this world where Senta, the mighty sorceress was magical overlord of the newly established Birmisia Colony, and her presence kept away many dangerous and evil wizards. So, what would happen if she disappeared, and not for just a little while either, but for years? And what could cause her to be gone? I had established that there were many who wanted to see her out of the way, and that there were some who wanted to rid the world of magic. What if those people got together to get rid of her? Finally, what would her absence do to those closest to her. I think I had the most fun with this book. It was a “what if I put my well-known characters into a completely wild situation and see what happens” kind of thing. I’m happy with the result.
Kanana: The Jungle Girl
After focusing so long on The Sorceress and the Dragon and Astrid Maxxim, I was eager to find something new to inspire me. I returned to my fondness for Edgar Rice Burroughs books as a kid, with a story whose outline I had written back while working on His Robot Girlfriend: Charity. It too featured a plotline with a cheating romantic partner. With Princess of Amathar, I had heavily leaned on John Carter for inspiration, and this time, I did the same with Tarzan, especially the Opar stories. I created my own jungle hero, in this case a heroine. My hero was a former Rough Rider, giving me the opportunity to use one of my personal heroes, Theodore Roosevelt, as a character. The first royalties of the book were donated to a fund to restore his burial place. One unusual aspect of the story was that the Earth became a ringworld. I had recently read a book by Harry Turtledove, who had substituted a new world where Venus was, so that his story would work. I was inspired to do the same with Earth.