March 2, 2015 and it’s almost 3am

March has arrived at Mach 3, in my opinion, because February is always so blasted short.  I’m getting ready to process another novel, which I’m keeping on the low-down right now, because I’m not certain if I can finish it.

It’s one of those flashes a writer can get.  Like being hit by lightning.  Ka-Zap.

Those insights can either soar from beginning to end, or fizzle halfway through.  My previous lightning strike was a novel called Defenders of Valinthia, which I wrote carefully in the hopes of sharing a universe of fun-filled moments along with some serious stories tossed in.

I will know by the end of March if this is going to fly or not.  If the infusion fizzles and the drama dies, I’ll bury it in the back yard somewhere.  However, if this takes off from beginning to end, then it will be featured, right along with a call for beta readers.  As of right now, I’m not sure.

I still have The Muliebral Order and One Unlucky Knight to work on, as well as an actual screenplay I’ve been having fun with.  Right in the middle of a chapter for Muliebral Order, Ka-Zap!  So I started on that, and produced the first three chapters in the time it took me to write half of a chapter for the other story I am itching to tell and share.

Most writers have writer’s block.  I have a curse that’s just the opposite.  I’ve got all of these universes spinning around in my mental theater, they’re fighting each other to get told.  I must focus, I tell myself, and I go write something up that’s crazy fun and not even related to my current goals.  How’s that for a twist?  ^_^

Mr. Spock

By now everyone knows.  Leonard Nimoy (March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015) was a great influence in the world of Science Fiction.  Playing the part of Mr. Spock, he became the role and filled it with distinction.  As a Thespian, I applaud his performance, and I really can’t process the fact that he’s dead.  I don’t like to think in those terms.  I would like to say that Leonard Nimoy moved on to fight evil in a different dimension, and given time, the rest of us will catch up to help him out.

Spock, you’ll be missed.  I hope you and Scotty (James Doohan,  March 3, 1920 – July 20, 2005) are off somewhere in a space station, sharing memories while grinning at the entrance to see who comes through next.

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My Website Daniel-A-Roberts.com Is Back!

90 days ago, the access to my website has been restricted.  There was a reason for that.  Wix offered a very nice incentive to go with the annual plan.  If I paid for a year in advance, I would get a discount, plus up to $350 in advertising vouchers for major websites, like Bing, Facebook and Twitter.  That far exceeded the annual fee, so this pays for itself.

In order for me to have the plan go to work, I needed the site to take a 90 days rest while I saved the money.  Now that is done, paid for and working again, I now have vouchers to pay three times what I spent for an annual plan.  It will pay for itself in short order, and that is how being frugal minded can help my books become better known across the Internet.

My apologies for not spilling the beans sooner on this, but all of my website links works again, and better yet, not a single advertisement in place.  ^_^

Daniel-A-Roberts.com

See you all next week!

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Darya: Queen of the Galaxy is Released!

Darya Queen of the Galaxy Official CoverAs of the time of this post, Darya: Queen of the Galaxy is available on Smashwords in any ebook format used across the Internet.

This is the final book in the Darya Chronicles, and yes, this woman has come a long ways since she was introduced to the wider galaxy.

I’ve always enjoyed writing about a strong female lead character.  The idea of being dependent on some over-muscled guy to save the day is okay in some cases, but it’s much more fun to have that hero rescued by the woman he’s out to impress.

Let there be no mistake.  My novels aren’t written for kids.  People get hurt.  Some die.  Others are out to cause nothing but trouble, and then there are some quirky characters that can bring the house down with laughter.  If you’ve been reading this series, you’re going to be amused by the fact that Lisa the Fabrini Secretary returns, and her antics get stepped up a notch as she pretends to be human so she can understand them better.

I could talk about this novel all day, but one thing everyone should know, familiar to the story or not, is that I enjoy delivering one hell of an adventure.  With two Editors and a dedicated Beta Reader, this is a highly polished novel.

As time goes by and other retailers in the distribution hub pick up the title, I’ll share those links in a future post.  As for right this very second, Smashwords is the only location, soon to be followed by Amazon within the next 12 to 24 hours.

It was a blast to write!  I hope the citizens of a distant planet called Earth can come to enjoy the adventure!  ^_^

Update on 2/14/2015

As promised, here is the Amazon Link to the novel for Kindle.  It went live sometime this morning.  This finishes the Darya Chronicles, and now it’s time to start another series.  Information on that will be coming as soon as it’s nearly complete this time.  :)

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Big Update – Release Date – Expectations of Adventure

The official release date for Darya: Queen of the Galaxy is for February 14th, 2015.  I didn’t target Valentine’s Day on purpose, but it all works out, because if you love Science Fiction, then you’ll love my Darya series!

In the last few weeks I’ve been refining the story and updating my dropbox PDF copy, like all other novels I’ve written before hand, I’ve gotten a unique chance to step back, review the plot and make some minor tweaks.  When I’m talking about plot, I’m looking at the overall direction as well as the immediate concerns for Darya and her trusted friends.

Adventure

That’s a loaded word.  Adventure has all kinds of problems, some are common, usually related to the personality of an individual.  You may love your brother or sister, but you might dislike going shopping with them at a clothing store, but you’ll look forward to going out to a restaurant with that same person.  So what do you do?  Run out of the house while shopping for new shirts, hoping you’re not intercepted!  But when it comes time for lunch, you linger, waiting for the same individual to catch up.

For Darya, every one of her friends and trusted crew, she adores them all.  She has faith in their skills.  However, there are reasons why she works to run ahead to the hanger bay, and the same reasons compliment why she makes sure they keep up with her.

Not to mention of course, who the bad guys are, and who is the true monster.  Some leaders can actually lose their minds if the pressure of their office seems overwhelming, and I’m not talking about Darya on that one!

Being Evil

When the wolf chases the rabbit for a winter meal, who do you root for?  The hungry wolf, who is looking to survive?  Or the fleeing rabbit, who has had more than enough to eat, but doesn’t want to die as well?  The wolf is in need, but isn’t that cute.  The rabbit is not in need, but is highly cute and cuddly.  So the question for this situation arises; do we feed the hungry or do we save the cute one?  Whichever choice you make, one of those two subjects will die.  One from hunger, the other from being eaten.  Choose.

This is how the galaxy operates in this particular novel.  Something seemingly sinister doesn’t necessarily mean they are evil.  Some people on Earth equate being a stubborn jackass as being evil.  This novel doesn’t subscribe to that notion.  A person can be kind and be highly evil.

In a novel I read, written in 1859 and reprinted in 1932, the aged cover and yellowing papers did not survive beyond 1986.  It literally fell apart.  However, the name of that novel was called Duke Reginald and was pure historical fiction.  The Duke was a kind man, who from time to time, invited his poorest peasants in from the farming fields to feed him or her a grand meal at his expensive marble table.  Once the meal was enjoyed and finished, the Duke’s butler would slit the throat of the peasant.  The body would be disposed of, never to be found again, while the Duke would make the announcement that the person was elevated in station and sent to London as a representative.

The point being, Duke Reginald appeared to be a very good man, but was evil to the core.  For a race in my novel called the Scion, I reversed that unique mental image, and gained tons of fun in playing it out.  This is just a mere taste of what’s waiting for my readers.

Sacrifices

No good deed goes unpunished.  Flip that around.  The punished never knows how to handle a good deed.  This is another element added to my novel, in a salute to a real life friend I used to have in my younger years.  The guy was a previous felon, but no matter how good things went for him, he would be terrified of the outcome, feeling that his contribution, no matter how beneficial, would end up biting him.  The evolution of a good man who went bad, returning to the light side again, struggling with how he is treated because of the lack of trust, finds out that he truly has one friend who really cares.  After you finish reading my novel, you’ll come back here again.  You’ll so understand what I just said and why, but to reveal anything more would be a plot spoiler.  ^_^

In ten days, the novel will be released for everyone to enjoy.  There is still time to beta read, as I’m usually making beneficial changes right up to the hour I upload everything to the distribution channel manager over at Smashwords and Amazon.

Speaking of Amazon

Amazon is a great place for readers to discover novels in both paperback and ebook varieties.  That company has made some changes to their business model that is detrimental to authors such as myself.  Because I published two of the three Darya novels to Amazon before these changes were made, I’ll upload the final book in this trilogy to Amazon, and that is it.  Future novels will be distributed through Smashwords and Draft 2 Digital.  Everything that is on Amazon today in ebooks will stay there, but the paperbacks, which takes a huge investment to design and provide for purchase, will eventually be removed within the next six to eight months.  Don’t blame me for this one.  Blame Amazon.  They’re the ones fooling around with percentages for their bottom line.

A Mail Link

The next blog post I make, I’ll be sharing links to the new novel!  It’s not too late to beta read either, if you send me an email in the next few days, you’ll still have a week or so to provide feedback.  daniel_a_roberts@cox.net  Get it free in PDF format while you can!

^_^

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Beta Reading for Darya: Queen of the Galaxy Starts…Now!

It’s not too late to be a Beta Reader.  Give it a try!  Send me an email to daniel_a_roberts@cox.net and I’ll send you the PDF download link.  Make sure you have ‘Beta’ in the subject line so the software will prioritize the mail for me to see among the long list I get on a daily basis.  You’ll have the link in 24 hours or less, usually on the less side of things.

If you participate, you’ll get a list of free ebooks that’s established for this novel.  If you scroll down on some of my previous posts, you’ll see the book covers and offer.  It’s a focus group.  Free reading!  After Beta, everyone else has to buy it.  Act now, you won’t have to spend a penny.  ^_^

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Darya: Queen of the Galaxy is Finished!

Any writer will tell you that a story ends when it ends.  Sometimes it goes on longer than anticipated, sometimes it ends up being shorter.  I was aiming for 95,000 words, but it fell slightly short.  Now there will be more added in revisions and rewriting, so I can make it the best I can before submitting it to being Beta Read.  So that count will go up again, just not in the big amounts we are used to seeing nearly every weekend.

My next round of writing will be to fix plot holes, make metaphors a touch more unique, and ensure the dialog is natural sounding by reading it back to myself, out loud.  This means that Beta will launch perhaps a touch sooner, rather than the currently revised date.  We’ll see, I still have plenty of work to do before making the Dropbox link live to the PDF that my Beta Reader will get to enjoy.  ^_^

Until next weekend, stay warm out there!

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Almost Ready For Beta Reading

First and foremost, the Beta Reading Page for Darya: Queen of the Galaxy is located Right Here.  It won’t take you off of my blog site, but it will give you a different landing page.  If you visit, you’ll understand quickly.  Also, if you hover your mouse over the ‘Beta Reading Feedback Page’ above, it will turn into a drop down menu automatically, and you can select the same page the link generated.

I’ve bumped up the launch date to January 28, 2015 to recover the three weeks I lost to medical issues.  That way the novel will be at the stage it needs to be, to entertain my Beta Readers, which I welcome their feedback over.  It’s like a focus group, where you get to try the product for free in exchange for your evaluation.

To sweeten the deal a little, as finding fresh Beta Readers is more than a little difficult these days, any who sign up and participates will get more than just a free ebook copy of Darya: Queen of the Galaxy.

Participants will get a free ebook copy of the entire series, including the 2nd Edition of Darya’s origin novel, Paradise Project.  Here are the covers for those novels, in chronological order:

Official Paradise Project Cover  Darya Rising New Official Cover  Darya the Pirate New

As always, if you want to see a larger version of the cover, just click any of the images.

In case you’re new here and haven’t been following my blog, you’re still invited to participate.  Here is the official cover for the novel you’ll be Beta Reading.

Darya Queen of the Galaxy Official Cover

As a heads up, Paradise Project being a 2nd edition remastering, taking the Passion Trilogy into a single huge novel that’s designed for straight up Science Fiction fans without the point of view that’s common for the Romance genre, it’s three novels wrapped up into one.  That’s roughly 230,000+ words for Paradise Project alone.  Add to that the Darya trilogy, and I promise you’ll be in a free reading zone for quite some time.  All as a reward for Beta Reading, which means you do get something more than an interesting novel that’s loaded with action, intrigue, and mild doses of twisted humor.

Also, on the official Beta page for Darya: Queen of the Galaxy, Amy Safeunderdark made a comment about her own experiences in Beta Reading for me.  I’m grateful for her dedication, but that way you get to hear about it from somebody else other than me.  ^_^

One more thing: Don’t worry about the entertainment value if you haven’t started this series from the beginning.  I take pride in that all of my novels, regardless of genre or title, all can stand on their own merits.  Any historical references to the previous novels are fully fleshed out and explained in such a way as to not take away from the current story line via some odd flashback.  No way will I be that evil!

Next weekend, I’ll be posting again, so stay tuned for more information and hopefully, I’ll have convinced some of you lurkers to Beta Read.  :)

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