On life, conflict, commitments and writing

To say life has been “interesting’ is putting it mildly. The last two weeks have not been anything like I planned. I’m still trying to roll with the punches of a couple of unexpected complications in my life. One of them should come into better focus later today — and that should give me a better idea on how to deal with it. That, in turn, will let me deal with the second complication, assuming nothing else happens.

Please, don’t let anything else happen.

In the meantime, it means the writing has been slowed again. Fortunately, I always have a notepad or my iPad with me. That means I have managed to make notes for the next couple of books, including figuring out why I didn’t like the opening to the next Eerie Side of the Tracks book. (Yes, I know. I never like my original openings.) The good news is, I have both the next Origins book and the next Eerie book not only plotted but wordage going.

Then there’s the short story I have to write over the next two days. I kind of sort of have an idea about what I want to write. I have the historical figure I’m using as inspiration — I think. But it is getting the time and quiet time to put the words down that has been the challenge.

In the meantime, Fire from Ashes, the fourth (and next to the last in this story arc) book in the Honor & Duty series is now available for download.. I’m working on the print version and (thanks to the couple of you who spotted a few errors for sending them to me) an updated digital file will be uploaded shortly. No matter how many times you go over a manuscript, no matter how many pairs of eyes you have on it (and I had both beta readers and an editor), some things slip by. The joy of being an indie author is I can fix them without major hoops to jump through.

At war with an old enemy, betrayed by a supposed ally, Fuercon is a system on the brink of disaster. All that stands between it and defeat are its Space Navy and Marines – and the fact the betrayer does not yet know its secret plans have been discovered. But will that be enough to turn the tide of war?

Honor and duty.

Honor and duty have guided Colonel Ashlyn Shaw’s life for as long as she can remember. Honor kept her sane when she was betrayed by those she had fought beside. Duty gave her reason to trust again once the betrayal came to light and her name, as well as the names of her fellow Devil Dogs, was cleared. Now she and the Marines under her command are once again asked to risk their lives to protect Fuercon from its enemies.

Family and the Corps.

They are why she fights. She knows what will happen to them should Fuercon fall to the Callusians. Their lives are worth any sacrifice she must make to help keep their homeworld safe.


The not-so-secret driving force of Ashlyn’s life. Four years ago, someone betrayed her and her command. That person now works to betray Fuercon. Ashlyn is determined to discover who – and why – and bring them to justice.

The storm clouds of war gather and time is running out. Will Ashlyn and the Devil Dogs be able to turn back the enemy and unmask the betrayer before all is lost?

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