Hello friends. It’s been two full weeks since my home state of Georgia began the delicate process of returning people to work. In the relatively small county where I live (~24,000 people), we’ve been blessed to have had only thirty-four documented Covid-19 cases and just one death. I believe those low numbers are due in large part to our predominately rural existence. Most of us live on multi-acre properties and many of us can’t even see our closest neighbors. We also tend to be more self-sufficient than the average city dweller, with our wells, gardens, greenhouses, chickens, cows, goats, etc.
This stands in stark contrast to our large cities, where people are stacked on top of each other like so much firewood and everyone is critically dependent on a wide range of public and private services to survive. As a one-time city dweller myself, I can tell you that I could never go back, and especially not now. I believe that the coronavirus pandemic has changed us forever, and we will never return to the world as we knew it just three short months ago.
In my book, Restoration, I envision a future world plagued by war, famine, and pandemic, and I predict a dire decline in our population. I also predict that the survivors will go to any length to live another day, even at the cost of their ethics, morals, and virtually everything else that makes us human. It is my sincerest hope and prayer that those predictions prove false and, instead, we emerge from this crisis as a better version of ourselves. I hope that we all find ourselves stepping out into our brave new world with more kindness in our hearts, more patience and tolerance for one another, and a deep-seated desire to make the world a better place in whatever ways we can–big or small.
Be safe, stay healthy, and live boldly my friends!
Greetings friends, I hope your time at home has been as healthy, happy, and productive as mine has been.
I consider myself incredibly blessed, and never a day goes by that I don’t give thanks for my health, my family, and my friends. Nothing matters more in life than the people we surround ourselves with, and the love that we show them. Jobs come and go, fortunes rise and fall, but the love you hold for yourself and others should never falter.
If this pandemic has taught me anything, it is time is the greatest gift of all. We each have a finite amount of it, and every day tests our ability to spend it well. I know that the quarantine has been hard on almost everyone, but I try to find the good in all things. For me, this quarantine has been a gift of time unburdened by the hustle and bustle of modern life. As inconvenient and financially devastating as it has been, the quarantine has allowed me to spend more time doing the things I love with the person I love most in all the world–my wife. I hope and pray that the world is never again forced to endure another pandemic, but I am eternally grateful for the many days we’ve spent together that would have normally been spent apart because of work and travel schedules.
That said, I am pleased to announce that my first rewrite of Revival is nearly complete and it will soon be headed to my publishing partner for a developmental edit (the first of several more edits to come). We originally planned to make Revival available for pre-order on the first of May, but we are pushing that back several weeks while we re-evaluate our fall release schedule. I’ll say more about that in an upcoming post but, as you can imagine, nearly everybody’s schedule has been impacted by the coronavirus and subsequent quarantine.
In the meantime, I updated my website with the descriptive text and synopsis for Revival, and I’ve even made the prologue available for you to preview. As I said, this is unedited text, so read at your own discretion, and please be kind when you find mistakes…they’ll all be fixed before publication, I promise!
Hello friends. I hope this finds you happy, healthy, and safely ensconced in your shelter of choice. In order to help ease your boredom, I am making the ebook version of Restoration free today through Easter (Sunday, April 12, 2020). You can also check out my website for links to Apple, Kobo, Google Play, and B&N.
I’m working hard to get Revival ready to go on pre-order in May, so stay tuned for more on that in the coming weeks. I hope you enjoy Restoration in the meantime (or re-enjoy if you read it previously)!
Hello friends. For the next thirty days, I am making Restoration available for free on NetGalley. All I ask is that you read it, enjoy it and, when you’re done, leave me an honest review. As most of you know, book two in The Gaia Origin series is scheduled to come out in September of this year, and I’d really like to boost the review count on Amazon for Restoration before then because let’s face it, reviews mean everything in today’s world!
If you’re interested, please visit NetGalley.com today!
Thank you in advance for your support!!
Hello friends. I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last blog post but I’ve been hard at work wrapping up my next book: Revival, The Gaia Origin Series Book Two! I just had a call with my publisher today and we are making it available for pre-order on Amazon starting May 1 (if not sooner a little sooner than that…we’re still working on finalizing the cover). Stay tuned for more info as we get a little closer.
In other exciting news, the good people over at manybooks.net made me their featured author today and you can read the full interview here. I like doing interviews because it gives me a chance to tell my story and to connect with readers and future readers. Please let me know if you happen to know anyone who wants to review my books and/or interview me. I’m always happy to oblige!
In other news, the days are getting warmer and spring is almost here. I can’t wait!!
Hopefully, the flu and coronavirus season will soon be behind us but, until then, please stay healthy. You’ve probably heard it a thousand times by now but my wife is a nurse so I will say it again: wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, and stay away from crowds.
Until next time, be well,
Happy New Year friends!
2019 was a fantastic year for me, and I am super excited to see what 2020 brings! Restoration received a lot of really positive reviews, with the latest being from the wonderful team over at TopShelf Magazine. I didn’t win the TopShelf 2019 Book Awards Grand Prize, but I was honored to be considered in a field full of incredible authors. The grand prize went to Ramcy Diek for her debut novel Storm at Keizer Manor. I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my reading list for the coming year. As a new writer struggling to build a fan base, I find it incredibly motivating and inspiring to when other new writers achieve recognition for their hard work. If they can do it, so can I! 🙂
Here’s wishing you and yours a year of good health, great happiness, and even greater success! May 2020 be your best year yet!!
It’s hard to believe that 2019 is nearly over.
The year has flown by and I am left wondering where all those days went. Sometimes I reflect on my childhood (when time passed slowly and tomorrow could never get here soon enough and I wonder at how much things have changed. Now, it seems as though today never lasts long enough and tomorrow rushes by like a speeding train. Time, and how we perceive it, remains one of the great unsolved mysteries.
In Restoration, people use cloning and other technologies to extend their lives well beyond a typical human lifespan. Their ability to defy death allows them to perceive time in ways you and I could never imagine. Imagine the choices you might make if you could live life without fear–live life knowing that a new body was available any time you wanted one.
What would you do with unlimited time? Would you take more risks? Would you push yourself to achieve goals you currently think are unattainable? Would you travel more, experience more, and love more? I know I would!
Time is our most valuable asset and, unlike in Restoration, we don’t yet have the ability to buy more. We only have what’s been given to us and every new day is a gift. Regardless of how you plan to celebrate this holiday season, my wish for you is that you will continue to receive the daily gift of more time. My other wish is that you will use it well. Life is too short to not make every day count!
Speaking of counting: There are just nine days left until Christmas. To celebrate, I am offering the ebook version of Restoration for just 99 cents on all platforms (Amazon, Apple, Google, etc) now through Christmas day. Please consider picking up a copy for yourself and the other avid sci-fi readers in your friends and family circle. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Best wishes for a joyful holiday season,