New Years News

So new year and new goals or maybe similar goals different year. Of course continuing and improving my writing, my health and my spiritual life are the big goals that remain the same, but it is in the details that things differ.

TheTwelvePillarsbundleAs I think I mentioned in a previous post (if I haven’t I offer my apologies) the Palace of the Twelve Pillars trilogy books are slowly coming to print. The first one Palace of the Twelve Pillars is already available. I have approved the final galley for Palace of the Three Crosses and expect it to come to print very soon. I am sure Sanctuary of Nine Dragons will follow shortly. In the process of proofing the galleys the characters that I came to love started making noise about wanting their story continued. I realized how much I loved the characters and that the teens of Nine Dragons wanted to be revisited and have their story told. So in November I started writing a sequel to the trilogy. No spoilers, but Enit, Airyn, Gorou, Tomas and Ciara are facing the biggest challenge of their lives when a long peaceful, pagan, female dominated race begins to stir up trouble and kidnap adepts for their plans to take over the countries of Crato and Mahorg.

New races, new dragons and new lands are expanding the world that you came to know in Palace of the Twelve Pillars trilogy. Be sure to keep checking back to see my progress on this exciting new project. While you are waiting to see what trouble the teens can get into be sure and check out Brandan and Joachim and their adventures.

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And while we’re on the subject of projects, we are still on track  with the Galactic Ambassadors. With the first book released I am looking forward to the print release in the next few months. I’m also gearing up to do the final edits and release the second book Sir E. Robert Smythe and the Lost Detective. Here is a short excerpt:

The girls walked several yards in front of the boys and Bridget yelled to her fifteen year old brother. “Sam, Hunter, hurry up.”

“I guess we better get a move on before Bridget has a cow.” Sam said. “I don’t know why Mom is making me go to this kid thing; we’re too old for it.”

“Don’t be such a spoil sport. We always have fun and get to read exciting books. Besides you like to do detective stuff. That’s what this year is all about,” Hunter said.

“Yeah I hope it isn’t lame kid things.”

“Hey Sam, it’s not lame and I’m not a kid.” Bridget said.

Sam tousled his sister’s curly brown hair. “Maybe not for you squirt, but Hunter and I think so.”

Hunter playfully pushed his buddy. “Hey, don’t count me in on this. I still think its okay.” Hunter said.

Bridget reached up and tugged on one of her brother’s tight red curls before she ran to catch up with Anna. “And I’m not a squirt.”

Bridget couldn’t wait to get started and ran all the way to the library after the carnival to get the first book on the list. She slowed down when they passed Gullies Swamp.

“What are you slowing down for?” Anna asked. “Don’t you want to get the book before Meredith does?” Meredith was in their class at school and always seemed to get everything first.

“But it’s Gullies Swamp. We made a wrong turn. Why didn’t you stop me?” Bridget said.

“Don’t be such a baby Bridget. It’s just a stinky, old swamp,” Sam said.

“Sam, don’t tease her.” Hunter said. “She’s just a kid and our parents did say to stay away from the swamp.”

“Come on Hunter, you don’t believe all those stories about swamp monsters and witches.” Sam said.

“Well no, but the girls do and there has to be some reason why mom and dad said to stay out.”

A low growl rolled out of the swamp and the four children ran quickly down the road.

“Hey don’t run away. Please help me.” A small voice called from the swamp.

Bridget stopped and looked back. “Did you hear that? Someone is in trouble.”

“No way. There’s no one in there. You’re just hearing things.” Sam said.

“Help.” Again, they heard the voice coming from the swamp.

Morton the Morph stood on the edge of the swamp, whispering in Sam’s ear. “Go in. Someone needs help.”

“I’ll go in,” Sam said. “You three wait here.”

“No way. I’ll go with you,” Hunter said. “You girls wait here.”

The girls stood by an ancient weeping willow tree and watched the two boys disappear into the swamp. Panggoes scurried about their feet bouncing around and squealing. Bridget squealed, “Oh how cute,” as she tried to pick one up. It scampered out of her reach into the swamp, and she chased after it.

“No! Bridget! We’re not supposed to go in there,” Anna yelled.

“Go on catch the little guy,” Morton said. “They are always running away.” Morton said.

Bridget ran giggling toward the edge of the swamp when she ran into Sam coming back out. “Hey where are you going, squirt?” Sam said. He put his hands on her shoulders to stop her. “I told you to wait out here for me.” He gently pushed her out of the swamp.

She pushed him back. “Stop it. You’re not the boss of me and you can’t tell me what to do.”

“I may not be, but when Mom and Dad aren’t around I am. You shouldn’t have gone in there.”  Sam said.

“No, you’re not either,” Bridget said. “Come on Anna. Let’s go to the library. I’ve had enough of these guys thinking they can boss us around.”

“Girls!” Hunter said in an exasperated voice. “So what was that voice we heard, anyway?”

Sam shrugged his shoulders. “I don’t know. I couldn’t find anything.”

Bridget turned back to her brother. “You should have let Anna and I go in. We would have found it.”

“Yeah, and got yourself hurt or at the very least dirty. You two would have been the ones screaming.”

“No we wouldn’t!” Anna stomped her foot, and strode down the street, with Bridget close behind.

As Anna turned the corner, she thought she saw a small person hiding in the leaves of the weeping willow and felt as if someone or something was following them. She stopped, rubbed her eyes and when she looked again all that stood beneath the tree was one of the panngoes. She figured she had better not investigate since Hunter and Sam were right behind. She would come back later without them and explore further.

Again I will keep you updated on the progress of this book, in the meantime be sure to check out Sir E. Robert Smythe and the School Bully.

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Mary: A Lesson for the Ages







In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David.  The virgin’s name was Mary.  Upon arriving, the angel said to her: “Rejoice, O highly favored daughter!  The Lord is with you.  Blessed are you among women.”  She was deeply troubled by his words, and wondered what his greeting meant.  The angel went on to say, to her: “Do not fear, Mary.  You have found favor with God.  You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the name Jesus.  Great will be his dignity and he will be called Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father.  He will rule over the house of Jacob forever and his reign will be without end.”

Mary said to the angel, “How can this be since I do not know man?”

The angel answered her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence, the holy offspring to be born will be called Son of God.  Know that Elizabeth your kinswoman has conceived a son in her old age; she who was thought to be sterile is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible with God.”

Mary said: “I am the servant of the Lord.  Let it be done to me as you say.” (Luke 1:26-38, NAB)

Mary was a teenager betrothed to an older man, Joseph.  Her life was all planned out, and then the Angel Gabriel visited her.  Mary didn’t believe she was anything special, so why would God chose her for this special job.  Besides, this news would destroy her well planned life.  Joseph wouldn’t want to marry her now.  But, Mary didn’t consider any of this.  Instead she responded in faith, and God guarded Mary’s reputation by sending an angel to Joseph.  Mary and Joseph quickly wed and did not have sexual relations until after the child was born.


After Jesus was born, for the next 30 years he lived with his family.  Jesus had a normal childhood, because Mary’s vision of his identity was clouded by God.  So Jesus grew up with a home and siblings provided by Mary and Joseph.  When he was old enough he even carried on his foster father’s carpentry trade.  When Jesus did finally begin God’s work, Mary and his siblings were puzzled and uncertain about His ministry, but Mary continued to live in her faith.


Everyone should have faith like Mary.  Through her faith she glorified God.  Mary’s simple faith and readiness to do God’s will was a testimony to her faith.  Each of us is given our own unique gifts that we are to use to glorify God.


Two necessary things are needed for doing great things for God.  The first is God’s responsibility.  It is a work he undertakes on your behalf.  “I repeat, it is owing to His favor that salvation is yours through faith.  This is not your own doing, it is God’s gift; neither is it a reward for anything you have accomplished, so let no one pride himself on it.  We are truly his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to lead the life of good deeds which God prepared for us in advance.” (Ephesians 2:8-10, NAB)  In Ephesians we are told our salvation is through the work of Christ and a gift from God.


The second requirement is a willingness to serve God in whatever way He chooses to call you.  Mary stepped out in faith in response to God, and experienced great joy and suffering because of it.  Her joy came in the birth and life of Jesus Christ.  Her greatest suffering came with the crucifixion of Jesus, but the joy returned with His resurrection.  She lived her life in the presence of Jesus.  Mary like many of us was an ordinary woman who had a commitment to her call, and because of her commitment God blessed her.


Questions to Ponder:


  1. What is my commitment to God like?
  2. Would I be willing to sacrifice my life to do God’s work?

Excerpted from Women of the Bible: A Study by Christina Weigand


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Sir E. Robert Smythe has arrived



Today is the release day for Sir E. Robert Smythe and the School Bully. It is the first book in the Galactic Safety Ambassadors series for middle graders. I am really excited to have Sir E. Robert and his band of safety ambassadors visiting from the planet Gwill to help children navigate through the perils of tweendom.

Their first mission is to help Paul and Nathan solve a bully problem without getting hurt.


sir-e-robert-smythe-and-the-school-bully-3Nathan and Paul have a bully problem. Billy, the school bully, has chosen them to be the target of his aggression. Paul, along with Sir E. Robert Smythe of the Galactic Safety Council, discovers the root of Billy’s issues and strives to convince the bully to change his ways.

When Billy runs away from home, Paul goes after him. Billy’s dad, the cause of Billy’s anger, finds the boys and threatens them. They are rescued but not before each are injured and Billy’s dad escapes.

During their recovery they learn more about each other and face Billy’s dad once again. Can they overcome their differences and confront the bullying going on in their school before someone gets seriously hurt?

Stay tuned for more about upcoming books in the series.

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