Cover Reveal for the Last Gladiator

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It’s time! The next novella in the Steam Empire Chronicles is finished!

The Last Gladiator describes the complex transitions within the eternal city itself during the early years of Emperor Hadrian Appius’ rule. Following the exploits of Lucia Rhodanus Fortem, a female gladiator charged with a daunting task – defeat the first of the mechagladiators, or die trying. With characters and situations foreshadowing events in the Steam Empire Chronicles, you’ll want to pick up this novella! The Last Gladiator will be going on presale April 10th, 2020.

The Last Gladiator will be released on May 1st, 2020.

Author Blog Record Month & A Free Book!

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Here’s a picture of our temporary companion enjoying his belly rubs.

Thanks to you, I’ve hit nearly 900 views this month alone! You guys are the best!

As usual, my slightly humorous, now very useful, 50 Ways to Kill a Character and his partner, 50 Ways to Kill a Character Part II drive a lot of traffic to the blog, but I’m pleasantly surprised and happy to see more people visiting for Dungeon and Dragons and the Steam Empire Chronicles resources that I’ve been creating and writing about.

But really, thanks so much! If you want to thank me more, go and download my first novel – Brass Legionnaire – for FREE from Smashwords during the Give Back Sale! Also remember, if you like it, rate it and leave a review! It means the world to authors when you share what you like!

Best of Editing – March, 2020

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It has been a busy couple of days working on revising and editing The Last Gladiator! Here’s a few of the better edits (or perhaps, needed edits/revisions). The big take aways for me, as usual are…

  1. Passive Voice Vs Active Voice
  2. Show don’t tell
  3. Massive (one of my beta readers noticed this, I did a find/replace search, and ended up with 22 uses of the word in just 39,000 words. Eek!

Read on to find some more not so elegant pieces of writing of mine.

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Year of Accountability – 3/30-4/5

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Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to the formatters The Last Gladiator goes!

This week has been a whirlwind of work trying to get the Last Gladiator finished and ready. I’m excited to get it sent off, but I really want to make sure it is the best it can be. So I would say I have accomplished my goal for this week! I’m still making the last few changes and got some really good feedback from my beta readers. I’m sort of kicking myself for not giving myself a lot of time to put in their feedback, but then I remember that I control the deadlines and can slow things down as I like!

So that’s it! This week I’m going to be busy getting settled in to doing digital distance learning. I want to make sure I’m giving myself time to get familiar and comfortable with the technology, which fortunately I do have some practice with in the last few years.

Goals for the week: None.

See you next week!

 

School is coming, so What’s Next?

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School is coming back for us teachers here in Maryland! My county’s continuity of learning plan is being activated, which means less time to do awesome blog posts and writing, but just in time for me to send the Last Gladiator off to the format people!

So what’s next?

Simple,

  1. Prepare and finish the outline for a Brief History of Rome and New Caesaria. This is my next project.
  2. Make a list for people interested in doing a book tour for The Last Gladiator – I’d love to connect with more authors and am more than willing to do a blog trade or guest post!
  3. Plan for the forthcoming Anthology of my novellas coming sometime next winter or spring – depending on time of course!

That’s it so far! If you’re interested in joining a book tour, let me know! And remember to subscribe and follow me here, and on Facebook and twitter!

Ciao!

3 Ways to Speed Up Online D&D Video Sessions

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Hi all,

Quick post today, as I’m actually getting back to my regular job! Here’s three ways to speed up your online D&D Video sessions from personal experience but also from the best Dungeon Masters online.

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Time to Edit – The Last Gladiator


Time to edit my latest novella you say? That works for me!

This is just a quick post to share how work on the Last Gladiator is going. The actual writing is done, and I’m really pleased by the novella. The current word count is roughly 36,000, which is 1k more than I originally planned, so not too shabby! Otherwise, here’s a picture of me enjoying my birthday cards from earlier this week.

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Story Map of the Steam Empire Chronicles

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I realized that I’ve been missing a useful tool for all the newcomers to the Steam Empire Chronicles! It’s a story map!

Reading Order - Steam Empire Chronicles

Obviously, when I update it with the still in progress novella, it will fit beautifully into this. Where does the Last Gladiator fit? It’s a prequel that I think is best read AFTER you read all the other novels and novellas!

Tallavanor’s Tales: Midnight Meetings

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Greetings, welcome back to the fireplace. Sit down and let Tallavanor fill your mind and keep you distracted from this ‘social distancing’ that is all the rage (Editor: Seriously though, please follow CDC guidelines to keep yourself safe with COVID 19).Last time, Tallavanor and the crew had a rendez-vous with Gregario’s contact. Today, Tallavanor takes part in a clandestine midnight meeting at a Brothel. How clandestine could it be? Let’s see as Tallavanor takes it away.

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Year of Accountability 3/23-3/30 = Birthday Writing!

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It’s March 23rd, and that means its my birthday! Happy Birthday to me! IMG_1596

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Pros & Cons of Using Google Hangouts for Dungeons and Dragons – a Quick Take

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Just a quick post today, wanted to share how my first session of D&D using google hangouts went the other day! In these challenging times, using Google Hangouts to provide distraction and distance D&D can be a fun and relatively simple way to do your Dungeons and Dragons Campaign!

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