Is it Monday or Tuesday?

When the “work week” starts on Tuesday, it always feels as if the week is off. Of course, my work week never ends. That was especially true this past week. Between working on copy edits for a friend — and I can’t wait until I finish and a publication date is chosen so I can announce the project — and my own work, it was a busy weekend and first of the week. What really made it so was the fact the muse decided to hijack a project and make a change in the plot I hadn’t seen coming.

Fortunately, the muse — who might be evil — knows better than I did because this twist makes the story better.

Without giving away too much, the muse decided someone needed to die. It had to be someone close to the main character. More than that, it had to be in such a way the MC not only felt more than a touch of guilt over the death but also enough anger they might do something foolish to avenge what happened.

The problem with such twists is I hate killing off characters I like and I really liked this particular character. Also problematical, this character was supposed to play a role in the next book in the series, a major role. Now I have to figure out how to work around this sudden change. I’ll do it. I have no other choice. But it is a bit daunting right now.

What else?

As you can see, this is basically a filler post. My brain is already in writer mode and out of blogging mode. At least it let me get my Mad Genius Club post written first. I’ll admit, I was a bit worked up when I wrote the post. I take pride in my writing and do my best to treat it as a business — it is, after all. So, when I see folks thinking they have found ways around the rules or when I see them ignoring the rules (Terms of Service) and then pitching a fit because they got caught, I get a bit testy. In this particular case, someone was pissing and moaning about Amazon trying to enforce its ToS and saying that, because of all that, he was going to publish “wide”, he basically was searching for folks willing to violate the terms of service for not only Amazon but other outlets as well. He might not have realized he was but that was what he was doing. So, I sort of went off on a mini-tirade. It’s not that I think Amazon is perfect of that I feel they’ve done no wrong in how they’ve gone about trying to enforce their rules about reviews, etc. Far from it. But we, as authors and as readers, have to live up to the rules and not look for ways to subvert them. In other words, we have to act like professionals.


Since I’m supposed to do the adult thing and be professional, that means I should do some promo as well.

Fire from Ashes, (Honor & Duty Book 4) is now available for pre-order.

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?

Tomorrow, I’ll be back with another post and a snippet from Fire. Until then, have a great day!

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