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July 30, 2014:

-- First draft finished --

The first draft of my next project is now complete. I'm doubly pleased because a) it came in under the deadline (July) and b) it worked out exactly as I had hoped. Plus, I managed to keep it below the 90k word count which, for me, is an achievement.

Over the next two weeks I'll be putting it away to breathe while I get on with other theings. Then it's a round of heavy editing and rewriting followed by another rest.

All being well, I plan to start approaching secular agents this September. The blurb is ready, the elevator pitch done, and I think the cover looks pretty cool.

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July 16, 2014:

-- First draft almost almost finished --

This lunchtime my first draft passed the 76k mark.

That may not sound like much but it is 4k short of my target, which means I have to start wrapping up, which may be a problem.

As happened with Alpha Revelation, endings tend to get away from me. It's not intentional, but it is becoming habitual.

The protagonists are close to their final destination, after which I need to cover four dramatic scenes with the last one being super dramatic (slow-motion, widescreen, high-definition dramatic). I reckon three more chapters at 5k each should do it.

So 80k becomes 90k. Hopefully, editing will bring this down. Although I did say the same thing about Alpha Revelation and that one gained weight during editing.

Still, the cover looks pretty nifty. I can't wait to show it to you.

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June 3, 2014:

-- First draft almost finished --

This weekend my new project hit 58k out of an 80k target, so the first draft is almost finished.

The story is now at the point where things start to get interesting. I love closing a story so this should be fun. My only weakness is letting the word count get out of hand.

I also have the concept cover, so things are definitely taking shape.

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 May 7, 2014:

-- New project progressing nicely --

The word count for the first draft of my new project is now at 32,000. At this rate I should be finished by the end of June.

My normal approach to writing is to edit as I go, but this time I'm doing a true first draft, which means lots of edits later on.

Wish me luck.

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April 24, 2014:

-- New project well under way --

Now that Alpha Revelation is done and dusted, I finally have the time and energy to get stuck into my next project.

It's a dystopian set in England in 2025. I've got the title, the ending, and even the tagline. This is my first book not aimed specifically at the Christian market, so I'll be interested to see how that goes.

Last week I wrote 15,000 words of the first draft and the story just keeps on coming. It is rare for me to have a story that flows onto the page so effortlessly (the last time was with Alpha Redemption) so I'm really excited.

Good things are on the way, so watch this space....

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April 2, 2014:

-- Alpha Revelation is flying off the shelves --

All right, perhaps that's an exaggeration. It might be more accurate to say it's jumping off the shelves. Or plummeting. Actually, to be honest, what it's doing is standing at the edge of the shelf and peering into the abyss, aware that it's wings are tiny and the floor is a long way down.

So, help Alpha Revelation fly. Buy a copy today. Or tell a friend to buy a copy. Better still; buy a copy and give it to a friend. Or a stranger....

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March 27, 2014:

-- Interview at Exordium --

In the lead up to the release of my upcoming humorous space opera Hanzet, I have been interviewed over at Exordium (the official blog for the publisher, Written World Coummunications).

If you're in the neighborhood, pop in and say hello.

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March 26, 2014:

-- Alpha Revelation out now! --

Alpha Revelation, the sequel to Alpha Redemption, is now available at Amazon. Click here or on the pic below.


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March 18, 2014:

-- Alpha Revelation due out any day now --

After a long delay and numerous edits, Alpha Revelation (the sequel to Alpha Redemption) is almost ready for publication. I spoke with Grace yesterday and she said it should be out this week.

So after three-and-a-half years, the story is finally ready to move on. Revelation picks up where Redemption left off. Brett is now a young adult living on the Martian colony. He has a new name (Shor) and no memory of his previous life. What he does have, however, is a sense that he does not belong--that he is an alien amongst his own people. And then there are the dreams....

I will make an official announcement when the time comes. That should be any day now, so watch this space.

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November 29, 2013:

-- Hanzet is on the move --

I am pleased to be able to announce that my upcoming humorous Space Opera, Hanzet, is on its way to publication. The book's layout is being organized, so it won't be too long now.

Hanzet is my own personal favorite and it has received a lot of positive feedback from my beta readers. I hope you enjoy it too.

For more information about Hanzet, visit the book's page on this site, or drop by the publisher.

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November 26, 2013:

-- Price drop for Alpha Redemption --

As part of an end-of-year promotion over at Awesome Indies, Alpha Redemption is now available at Amazon.com for 99c.

So if you've been waiting for the price to come down, now is the time to take the plunge. And if you know someone who might enjoy it, please spread the word..

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October 14, 2013:

"No news is good news".

Whoever came up with that corker obviously has never worked as a writer. It may be true if you're expecting the arrival of a large comet aimed straight at your house, or if you suspect the Zombie Apocalypse may be imminent. However, it certainly is not true if you are waiting to discover the publication date of your book (or, in my case, books).

I have the patience of the saints, but a quick check of this website reveals a sad lack of activity, particularly in the news department. I feel the need to tell all/both of you exactly what is or is not happening with regard to my writing.

Sadly, I have nothing to report other than that I am doing a terrific impression of Job, sans the afflictions.

Please rest assured, however, that you will be the first to know a soon as I have something to report. I promise.

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July 19, 2013:

Alpha Redemption has just been given a 5-star review over at the Reader's Favorite website. I'm thrilled the book was well-received. It's just what I needed to motivate me to continue on with my current projects. The review is here (or click on the pic).

""

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July 17, 2013:

Hanzet is ready and waiting for a publication date. Meanwhile, Alpha Revelation is in the final tweaking stage and should be ready very soon. To avid going insane with the waiting, I'm keeping busy. This year I hope to complete at least three major projects: a magic realism short story anthology (now being edited), a partial rewrite of an old humorous supernatural story, and a brand new sci-fi novel along the lines of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Lots going on, just very, very slowly.

""

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June 12, 2013:

The cover for Alpha Revelation is ready and I think it looks pretty cool! My daughter Zoe put in a lot of work to get it just right. Everything in the image has a meaning but great care was taken not to give too much of the story away.

""

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May 23, 2013:

Alpha Revelation has reached the final editing stage and should be out in the next couple of weeks. It is currently being proofread by Robynn Tolbert and Rob McClain (thanks guys), and Zoe is making some final adjustments to the cover. Barring a major disaster, Alpha Revelation should be available very soon.

""

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March 12, 2013:

Good news! Hanzet is almost ready! It has come back from the editor (thanks Amy) and I am now working through the manuscript one comment at a time. I've given myself till Friday to get it finished, after which it's back to Amy for a final check and then, hopefully, off to the (virtual) printers. This is the one story I've written that I actually enjoy reading myself. I'm not sure if that's a good sign, but it certainly makes editing a lot easier.

""

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March 6, 2013:

Alas, patient reader, March has arrived with deceptive zombie speed, but I'm afraid both Hanzet and Alpha Revelation are still stuck in editing. Things do move at a certain rate in the publishing industry and it does no good to rush. Bitter experience has taught me that a hurried manuscript is very often a typo-ridden manuscript headed straight for the bottom of the slush pile. I'm hoping for both books to be released soon, but I would rather take longer and get it right than rush and get it....er, wrong. Also, my daughter is busy with the cover for Alpha Revelation, and I think it looks "vet cool" as they say here in Holland. Watch this space. Or this one. Good things coming soon. . . .
"" ""
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January 14, 2013:

Things are moving along nicely for my two upcoming releases. Alpha Revelation has shipped off to Grace for a final read and edit. We're looking at an April publication date there. Meanwhile, Hanzet is being edited by Amy over at Other Sheep (an imprint of Written World Communications). All going well, Hanzet will hit the shelves sometime in March.

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January 1, 2013:

Get your reading goggles on and head over to Readers' Realm where they are hosting an interview with yours truly and a chance to win a FREE copy of Alpha Redemption. Just leave a comment.

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December 14, 2012:

It's "The Next Big Thing" blog hop time. If you don't know what a blog hop is, it's what happens when you drop a blog tour onto a trampoline. Or if you kick a blog tour in the shin. Or stand on its toes. . . . A blog hop is a meme in which a writer "tags" 5 other writers, who then post the answers to a bunch of questions on their own site, before tagging 5 other writers. The idea is to let the world know what we're doing, in a networky, fun kind of way. I was tagged by CathiLyn Dyck and Kristen Stieffel. If you need an editor, CathiLyn offers a top-class editorial service. I can vouch for her. Cat is good. She edited Alpha Redemption and the forthcoming Alpha Revelation. For anyone needing a Writing Coach, Kristen can help you. She has many years of experience in business journalism, so she knows her stuff.

Without further ado, here are my answers to "The Next Big Thing" blog hop questions. I'll post links to my 5 victims volunteers when I find them.

1) What is the title of your next book/work? I've got two books due for release early 2013, plus another in the pipeline. I'll mention all three, but I'll focus on just one. * Alpha Revelation (due out early 2013) * Hanzet (due out March 2013) * Odd Jobs (work-in-progress)

. . .more

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November 29, 2012:

Hanzet is now with Written World Communications for editing. This means that I now have two books in editing and another that I'm busy writing. Hoo boy, talk about multitasking -- and this from someone who struggles to walk and chew at the same time. All going well, both Hanzet and Alpha Revelation will be out early next year. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

November 9, 2012:

Alpha Redemption is now listed at Awesome Indies. This is a site dedicated to publicising high-quality books published by small presses. I'm thrilled that Alpha Redemption has been accepted. Find out more here, or click on the pic.

""

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November 6, 2012:

Available right now! The Fall edition of SciendaQ is out. Full of readable goodness to get the old gray cells going while giving your funny bone the odd nudge. Click on the picture to go to the Amazon Kindle store.

""

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October 19, 2012:

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Alpha Revelation, the sequel to Alpha Redemption, will now be published early 2013. At 150,000 words, this instalment in the Alpha series is almost twice as long as its predecessor, and is therefore going to need a lot more work before it's ready.

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October 11, 2012:

""

NEW RELEASE from SPLASHDOWN BOOKS

Devil's Hit List by Frank Creed

Part of The Underground series

Excerpt:

I clipped myself onto my hang glider's frame. "Okay, self, ya gotta do what ya gotta do." Running with closed eyes and a Grrrr through clenched teeth, I followed e-girl and Lethe over the rooftop's edge. . . .more

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September 13, 2012:

"Book "Book

NEW RELEASE from SPLASHDOWN BOOKS

Seeking Unseen by Kat Heckenbach Part 2 of The Toch Island Chronicles What is the story behind your cover art? I wanted something that shows elements from the story, rather than a scene or a character. It's the same way I approached the cover for Finding Angel. One of the major elements in Seeking Unseen is a leather notebook. I thought it'd be really cool to make the book cover itself look like that notebook. During a conversation. . . .more

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September 10, 2012:

Read my review of The Muse by Fred Warren here.

""

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August 27, 2012:

The Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers Summer Blog Tour is here today! "" Looking for a "cool" hot summer read? Alpha Redemption may be just what you need. Join Brett Denton as he travels across space and time in an attempt to leave his past--and God--behind. On the way to Alpha Centauri, Brett's only companion is a learning-capable computer on the brink of self-awareness, called "Jay". While Jay sets about discovering his own place in the universe, Brett begins the slow process of healing from a past filled with pain and sorrow. Medal winner in two categories in the 2011Next Generation Indie Book Awards

""

What People Are Saying about Alpha Redemption

Wow! Can I say it again? Wow! Alpha Redemption is easily one of the best books I've ever read.
~ Rev. Steve Wilson, author of "The Gifted"

A book that is not simply bold and adventurous but also well-written. Bravo!
~ Chris Walley, author of the "Lamb among the Stars" trilogy

I challenge you to read this book and feel the power released in the words that could change your life for the better. Thank you P.A. Baines for reminding me this power is available to all of us, if only we would believe.
Brett's journey to Alpha Centauri with Jay will touch you in a place you didn't know existed. Even now as I write this blog, there is a stirring in my chest I want to feel for a long time.
~ Laura O'Connell, author of "African Hearts"

An all nighter, can't-put-it-down read, with a unique twist I didn't see coming and the perfect book for fans of Asimov or Clarke!
~ Dana Bell, author of "Winter Awakening"

Alpha Redemption is available from all major online retailers:

Amazon

B&N

Smashwords

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August 23, 2012:

""

I am excited to announce that Alpha Revelation, the sequel to my debut novel Alpha Redemption, will be published on December 1st 2012 through Splashdown Books. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

August 2, 2012:

""

Marcher Lord Press have released The Cross and the Cosmos Anthology: Year 1. This is a collection of short Christian spec-fic stories from the fist year of the Cross and the Cosmos e-zine. Includes my own short story, Mars Deep-Crust Mine ZB203-South, which describes an unusual discovery by a mining team deep under the Martian surface. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

July 11, 2012:

"" NEW RELEASE from SPLASHDOWN BOOKS Rift Jump by Greg Mitchell The day Michael Morrison died was the day his life began. A sinister threat is growing in the void between realities, and Michael has been recruited to stop it. Ripped from his own violent life, he is sent rift jumping to other worlds seeking out the agents of the Dark and putting them to an end by any means necessary. The love of his life, Sara, joins him as he battles Civil War space ships, sea serpents, superpowered humans, and even his own duplicate from a parallel timeline.

 

But the darkness he fights is growing within him too, calling him to the same destiny as every other Michael from every other world. If he is to change his fate, he must learn to love, to forgive, to trust, and to let the man in the Stetson guide him to become the warrior of the Light he was always meant to be.

read more . . .

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July 8, 2012:

The publication date for Hanzet has been set at March 2013. You can find out more about Hanzet at Written World Communication.

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June 9, 2012:

My "Seven Questions for the Horse" are up at Rambles of the Literary Equine. If you want to know more about Alpha Redemption and why I wrote it, please pay a visit. Seven questions is just the right amount to be interesting without inducing boredom.

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June 7, 2012:

It's official. Hanzet has found a home. The contract has been signed, which means Hanzet will be published by Written World Communication sometime over the coming months. I'll post more details as I get them....

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May 21, 2012:

Aquasynthesis was a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Congratulations to all involved.

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May 10, 2012:

Aquasynthesis, an anthology of short stories written by the authors at Splashdown Books, has reached the finals of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.Watch this space for more details....

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April 23, 2012:

Available from May 1st. Grab your parrots, don your eyepatches, swash your buckles, and prepare to say "Aaaaar" as you join us in the high-seas adventure that is the Summer 2012 issue of SciendaQ. Available at all good ports-of-call (Barnes and Noble, and Amazon). Details of the treasure be here.

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April 13, 2012

Adam Collings over at The Collings Zone has given Alpha Redemption five stars. Read his review here.

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March 26, 2012:

Alpha Revelation, the sequel to Alpha Redemption, has now entered the final week of editing before it gets some serious attention from my publisher and editor. Beta readers have responded favourably but the typo fairy appears to have been working overtime. The manuscript looks as though it has been set upon by a herd of angry red pens.

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March 13, 2012:

Alpha Revelation, the sequel to Alpha Redemption, is almost ready to be shipped off to the editor (Cathi-Lyn Dyck). Here is a preview of the cover.

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February 6, 2012:

The Cheesecake Thickens, the NAF alumni sister site dedicated to everything but writing, launched this week. In case you're wondering what this is all about and what on Earth cheesecake has to do with anything, have a look here. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

January 16, 2012:

The inaugural edition of Scienda Quarterly: The Armchair Adventurer's Magazine (also called SciendaQ) is available from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords.
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January 2, 2012:

Have a look at the new trailer for Alpha Redemption. It was created using Windows Movie Maker and was inspired by the excellent music of Michael Rogers. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

December 5, 2011:

My short essay Show Me How to Show'is featured in the Winter 2011 edition of Starsongs Magazine, available here. Aimed at young authors, the piece explains the difference between telling your reader that there is a dinosaur in your vegetable patch, and showing it.
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May 10, 2011:

Alpha Redemption made it to the finals in two categories in the 2011Next Generation Indie Book Awards, in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category as well as the Religious Fiction category. I am particularly excited about being a finalist in Science Fiction/Fantasy because it includes books in the secular market...

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March 2, 2014:

-- Interview at Exordium --

In the lead up to the release of upcoming humorous space opera Hanzet, I have been interviewed over at Exordium (the official blog for the publisher, Written World Coummunications).

If you're in the neighborhood, pop in and say hello.

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March 26, 2014:

-- Alpha Revelation out now! --

Alpha Revelation, the sequel to Alpha Redemption, is now available at Amazon. Click here or on the pic below.

"" 

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March 18, 2014:

-- Alpha Revelation due out any day now --

After a long delay and numerous edits, Alpha Revelation (the sequel to Alpha Redemption) is almost ready for publication. I spoke with Grace yesterday and she said it should be out this week.

So after three-and-a-half years, the story is finally ready to move on. Revelation picks up where Redemption left off. Brett is now a young adult living on the Martian colony. He has a new name (Shor) and no memory of his previous life. What he does have, however, is a sense that he does not belong--that he is an alien amongst his own people. And then there are the dreams....

I will make an official announcement when the time comes. That should be any day now, so watch this space.

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November 29, 2013:

-- Hanzet is on the move --

I am pleased to be able to announce that my upcoming humorous Space Opera, Hanzet, is on its way to publication. The book's layout is being organized, so it won't be too long now.

Hanzet is my own personal favorite and it has received a lot of positive feedback from my beta readers. I hope you enjoy it too.

For more information about Hanzet, visit the book's page on this site, or drop by the publisher.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

November 26, 2013:

-- Price drop for Alpha Redemption --

As part of an end-of-year promotion over at Awesome Indies, Alpha Redemption is now available at Amazon.com for 99c.

So if you've been waiting for the price to come down, now is the time to take the plunge. And if you know someone who might enjoy it, please spread the word..

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

October 14, 2013:

"No news is good news".

Whoever came up with that corker obviously has never worked as a writer. It may be true if you're expecting the arrival of a large comet aimed straight at your house, or if you suspect the Zombie Apocalypse may be imminent. However, it certainly is not true if you are waiting to discover the publication date of your book (or, in my case, books).

I have the patience of the saints, but a quick check of this website reveals a sad lack of activity, particularly in the news department. I feel the need to tell all/both of you exactly what is or is not happening with regard to my writing.

Sadly, I have nothing to report other than that I am doing a terrific impression of Job, sans the afflictions.

Please rest assured, however, that you will be the first to know a soon as I have something to report. I promise.

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July 19, 2013:

Alpha Redemption has just been given a 5-star review over at the Reader's Favorite website. I'm thrilled the book was well-received. It's just what I needed to motivate me to continue on with my current projects. The review is here (or click on the pic).

""

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July 17, 2013:

Hanzet is ready and waiting for a publication date. Meanwhile, Alpha Revelation is in the final tweaking stage and should be ready very soon. To avid going insane with the waiting, I'm keeping busy. This year I hope to complete at least three major projects: a magic realism short story anthology (now being edited), a partial rewrite of an old humorous supernatural story, and a brand new sci-fi novel along the lines of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Lots going on, just very, very slowly.

""

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June 12, 2013:

The cover for Alpha Revelation is ready and I think it looks pretty cool! My daughter Zoe put in a lot of work to get it just right. Everything in the image has a meaning but great care was taken not to give too much of the story away.

""

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May 23, 2013:

Alpha Revelation has reached the final editing stage and should be out in the next couple of weeks. It is currently being proofread by Robynn Tolbert and Rob McClain (thanks guys), and Zoe is making some final adjustments to the cover. Barring a major disaster, Alpha Revelation should be available very soon.

""

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March 12, 2013:

Good news! Hanzet is almost ready! It has come back from the editor (thanks Amy) and I am now working through the manuscript one comment at a time. I've given myself till Friday to get it finished, after which it's back to Amy for a final check and then, hopefully, off to the (virtual) printers. This is the one story I've written that I actually enjoy reading myself. I'm not sure if that's a good sign, but it certainly makes editing a lot easier.

""

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March 6, 2013:

Alas, patient reader, March has arrived with deceptive zombie speed, but I'm afraid both Hanzet and Alpha Revelation are still stuck in editing. Things do move at a certain rate in the publishing industry and it does no good to rush. Bitter experience has taught me that a hurried manuscript is very often a typo-ridden manuscript headed straight for the bottom of the slush pile. I'm hoping for both books to be released soon, but I would rather take longer and get it right than rush and get it....er, wrong. Also, my daughter is busy with the cover for Alpha Revelation, and I think it looks "vet cool" as they say here in Holland. Watch this space. Or this one. Good things coming soon. . . .
"" ""
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January 14, 2013:

Things are moving along nicely for my two upcoming releases. Alpha Revelation has shipped off to Grace for a final read and edit. We're looking at an April publication date there. Meanwhile, Hanzet is being edited by Amy over at Other Sheep (an imprint of Written World Communications). All going well, Hanzet will hit the shelves sometime in March.

""

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January 1, 2013:

Get your reading goggles on and head over to Readers' Realm where they are hosting an interview with yours truly and a chance to win a FREE copy of Alpha Redemption. Just leave a comment.

""

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December 14, 2012:

It's "The Next Big Thing" blog hop time. If you don't know what a blog hop is, it's what happens when you drop a blog tour onto a trampoline. Or if you kick a blog tour in the shin. Or stand on its toes. . . . A blog hop is a meme in which a writer "tags" 5 other writers, who then post the answers to a bunch of questions on their own site, before tagging 5 other writers. The idea is to let the world know what we're doing, in a networky, fun kind of way. I was tagged by CathiLyn Dyck and Kristen Stieffel. If you need an editor, CathiLyn offers a top-class editorial service. I can vouch for her. Cat is good. She edited Alpha Redemption and the forthcoming Alpha Revelation. For anyone needing a Writing Coach, Kristen can help you. She has many years of experience in business journalism, so she knows her stuff.

Without further ado, here are my answers to "The Next Big Thing" blog hop questions. I'll post links to my 5 victims volunteers when I find them.

1) What is the title of your next book/work? I've got two books due for release early 2013, plus another in the pipeline. I'll mention all three, but I'll focus on just one. * Alpha Revelation (due out early 2013) * Hanzet (due out March 2013) * Odd Jobs (work-in-progress)

. . .more

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November 29, 2012:

Hanzet is now with Written World Communications for editing. This means that I now have two books in editing and another that I'm busy writing. Hoo boy, talk about multitasking -- and this from someone who struggles to walk and chew at the same time. All going well, both Hanzet and Alpha Revelation will be out early next year. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

November 9, 2012:

Alpha Redemption is now listed at Awesome Indies. This is a site dedicated to publicising high-quality books published by small presses. I'm thrilled that Alpha Redemption has been accepted. Find out more here, or click on the pic.

""

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November 6, 2012:

Available right now! The Fall edition of SciendaQ is out. Full of readable goodness to get the old gray cells going while giving your funny bone the odd nudge. Click on the picture to go to the Amazon Kindle store.

""

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October 19, 2012:

""

Alpha Revelation, the sequel to Alpha Redemption, will now be published early 2013. At 150,000 words, this instalment in the Alpha series is almost twice as long as its predecessor, and is therefore going to need a lot more work before it's ready.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

October 11, 2012:

""

NEW RELEASE from SPLASHDOWN BOOKS

Devil's Hit List by Frank Creed

Part of The Underground series

Excerpt:

I clipped myself onto my hang glider's frame. "Okay, self, ya gotta do what ya gotta do." Running with closed eyes and a Grrrr through clenched teeth, I followed e-girl and Lethe over the rooftop's edge. . . .more

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

September 13, 2012:

"Book "Book

NEW RELEASE from SPLASHDOWN BOOKS

Seeking Unseen by Kat Heckenbach Part 2 of The Toch Island Chronicles What is the story behind your cover art? I wanted something that shows elements from the story, rather than a scene or a character. It's the same way I approached the cover for Finding Angel. One of the major elements in Seeking Unseen is a leather notebook. I thought it'd be really cool to make the book cover itself look like that notebook. During a conversation. . . .more

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

September 10, 2012:

Read my review of The Muse by Fred Warren here.

""

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August 27, 2012:

The Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers Summer Blog Tour is here today! "" Looking for a "cool" hot summer read? Alpha Redemption may be just what you need. Join Brett Denton as he travels across space and time in an attempt to leave his past--and God--behind. On the way to Alpha Centauri, Brett's only companion is a learning-capable computer on the brink of self-awareness, called "Jay". While Jay sets about discovering his own place in the universe, Brett begins the slow process of healing from a past filled with pain and sorrow. Medal winner in two categories in the 2011Next Generation Indie Book Awards

""

What People Are Saying about Alpha Redemption

Wow! Can I say it again? Wow! Alpha Redemption is easily one of the best books I've ever read.
~ Rev. Steve Wilson, author of "The Gifted"

A book that is not simply bold and adventurous but also well-written. Bravo!
~ Chris Walley, author of the "Lamb among the Stars" trilogy

I challenge you to read this book and feel the power released in the words that could change your life for the better. Thank you P.A. Baines for reminding me this power is available to all of us, if only we would believe.
Brett's journey to Alpha Centauri with Jay will touch you in a place you didn't know existed. Even now as I write this blog, there is a stirring in my chest I want to feel for a long time.
~ Laura O'Connell, author of "African Hearts"

An all nighter, can't-put-it-down read, with a unique twist I didn't see coming and the perfect book for fans of Asimov or Clarke!
~ Dana Bell, author of "Winter Awakening"

Alpha Redemption is available from all major online retailers:

Amazon

B&N

Smashwords

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

August 23, 2012:

""

I am excited to announce that Alpha Revelation, the sequel to my debut novel Alpha Redemption, will be published on December 1st 2012 through Splashdown Books. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

August 2, 2012:

""

Marcher Lord Press have released The Cross and the Cosmos Anthology: Year 1. This is a collection of short Christian spec-fic stories from the fist year of the Cross and the Cosmos e-zine. Includes my own short story, Mars Deep-Crust Mine ZB203-South, which describes an unusual discovery by a mining team deep under the Martian surface. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

July 11, 2012:

"" NEW RELEASE from SPLASHDOWN BOOKS Rift Jump by Greg Mitchell The day Michael Morrison died was the day his life began. A sinister threat is growing in the void between realities, and Michael has been recruited to stop it. Ripped from his own violent life, he is sent rift jumping to other worlds seeking out the agents of the Dark and putting them to an end by any means necessary. The love of his life, Sara, joins him as he battles Civil War space ships, sea serpents, superpowered humans, and even his own duplicate from a parallel timeline.

 

But the darkness he fights is growing within him too, calling him to the same destiny as every other Michael from every other world. If he is to change his fate, he must learn to love, to forgive, to trust, and to let the man in the Stetson guide him to become the warrior of the Light he was always meant to be.

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July 8, 2012:

The publication date for Hanzet has been set at March 2013. You can find out more about Hanzet at Written World Communication.

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June 9, 2012:

My "Seven Questions for the Horse" are up at Rambles of the Literary Equine. If you want to know more about Alpha Redemption and why I wrote it, please pay a visit. Seven questions is just the right amount to be interesting without inducing boredom.

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June 7, 2012:

It's official. Hanzet has found a home. The contract has been signed, which means Hanzet will be published by Written World Communication sometime over the coming months. I'll post more details as I get them....

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May 21, 2012:

Aquasynthesis was a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Congratulations to all involved.

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May 10, 2012:

Aquasynthesis, an anthology of short stories written by the authors at Splashdown Books, has reached the finals of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.Watch this space for more details....

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April 23, 2012:

Available from May 1st. Grab your parrots, don your eyepatches, swash your buckles, and prepare to say "Aaaaar" as you join us in the high-seas adventure that is the Summer 2012 issue of SciendaQ. Available at all good ports-of-call (Barnes and Noble, and Amazon). Details of the treasure be here.

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April 13, 2012

Adam Collings over at The Collings Zone has given Alpha Redemption five stars. Read his review here.

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March 26, 2012:

Alpha Revelation, the sequel to Alpha Redemption, has now entered the final week of editing before it gets some serious attention from my publisher and editor. Beta readers have responded favourably but the typo fairy appears to have been working overtime. The manuscript looks as though it has been set upon by a herd of angry red pens.

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March 13, 2012:

Alpha Revelation, the sequel to Alpha Redemption, is almost ready to be shipped off to the editor (Cathi-Lyn Dyck). Here is a preview of the cover.

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February 6, 2012:

The Cheesecake Thickens, the NAF alumni sister site dedicated to everything but writing, launched this week. In case you're wondering what this is all about and what on Earth cheesecake has to do with anything, have a look here. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

January 16, 2012:

The inaugural edition of Scienda Quarterly: The Armchair Adventurer's Magazine (also called SciendaQ) is available from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords.
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January 2, 2012:

Have a look at the new trailer for Alpha Redemption. It was created using Windows Movie Maker and was inspired by the excellent music of Michael Rogers. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

December 5, 2011:

My short essay Show Me How to Show'is featured in the Winter 2011 edition of Starsongs Magazine, available here. Aimed at young authors, the piece explains the difference between telling your reader that there is a dinosaur in your vegetable patch, and showing it.
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May 10, 2011:

Alpha Redemption made it to the finals in two categories in the 2011Next Generation Indie Book Awards, in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category as well as the Religious Fiction category. I am particularly excited about being a finalist in Science Fiction/Fantasy because it includes books in the secular market...

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">Exordium (the official blog for the publisher, Written World Coummunications).

 

If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hello.

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March 26, 2014:

-- Alpha Revelation out now! --

Alpha Revelation, the sequel to Alpha Redemption, is now available at Amazon. Click here or on the pic below.

 

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March 18, 2014:

-- Alpha Revelation due out any day now --

After a long delay and numerous edits, Alpha Revelation (the sequel to Alpha Redemption) is almost ready for publication. I spoke with Grace yesterday and she said it should be out this week.

So after three-and-a-half years, the story is finally ready to move on. Revelation picks up where Redemption left off. Brett is now a young adult living on the Martian colony. He has a new name (Shor) and no memory of his previous life. What he does have, however, is a sense that he does not belong--that he is an alien amongst his own people. And then there are the dreams....

I will make an official announcement when the time comes. That should be any day now, so watch this space.

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November 29, 2013:

-- Hanzet is on the move --

I am pleased to be able to announce that my upcoming humorous Space Opera, Hanzet, is on its way to publication. The book's layout is being organized, so it won't be too long now.

Hanzet is my own personal favorite and it has received a lot of positive feedback from my beta readers. I hope you enjoy it too.

For more information about Hanzet, visit the book's page on this site, or drop by the publisher.

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November 26, 2013:

-- Price drop for Alpha Redemption --

As part of an end-of-year promotion over at Awesome Indies, Alpha Redemption is now available at Amazon.com for 99c.

So if you've been waiting for the price to come down, now is the time to take the plunge. And if you know someone who might enjoy it, please spread the word..

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October 14, 2013:

"No news is good news".

Whoever came up with that corker obviously has never worked as a writer. It may be true if you're expecting the arrival of a large comet aimed straight at your house, or if you suspect the Zombie Apocalypse may be imminent. However, it certainly is not true if you are waiting to discover the publication date of your book (or, in my case, books).

I have the patience of the saints, but a quick check of this website reveals a sad lack of activity, particularly in the news department. I feel the need to tell all/both of you exactly what is or is not happening with regard to my writing.

Sadly, I have nothing to report other than that I am doing a terrific impression of Job, sans the afflictions.

Please rest assured, however, that you will be the first to know a soon as I have something to report. I promise.

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July 19, 2013:

Alpha Redemption has just been given a 5-star review over at the Reader's Favorite website. I'm thrilled the book was well-received. It's just what I needed to motivate me to continue on with my current projects. The review is here (or click on the pic).

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July 17, 2013:

Hanzet is ready and waiting for a publication date. Meanwhile, Alpha Revelation is in the final tweaking stage and should be ready very soon. To avid going insane with the waiting, I'm keeping busy. This year I hope to complete at least three major projects: a magic realism short story anthology (now being edited), a partial rewrite of an old humorous supernatural story, and a brand new sci-fi novel along the lines of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Lots going on, just very, very slowly.

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June 12, 2013:

The cover for Alpha Revelation is ready and I think it looks pretty cool! My daughter Zoe put in a lot of work to get it just right. Everything in the image has a meaning but great care was taken not to give too much of the story away.

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May 23, 2013:

Alpha Revelation has reached the final editing stage and should be out in the next couple of weeks. It is currently being proofread by Robynn Tolbert and Rob McClain (thanks guys), and Zoe is making some final adjustments to the cover. Barring a major disaster, Alpha Revelation should be available very soon.

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March 12, 2013:

Good news! Hanzet is almost ready! It has come back from the editor (thanks Amy) and I am now working through the manuscript one comment at a time. I've given myself till Friday to get it finished, after which it's back to Amy for a final check and then, hopefully, off to the (virtual) printers. This is the one story I've written that I actually enjoy reading myself. I'm not sure if that's a good sign, but it certainly makes editing a lot easier.

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March 6, 2013:

Alas, patient reader, March has arrived with deceptive zombie speed, but I'm afraid both Hanzet and Alpha Revelation are still stuck in editing. Things do move at a certain rate in the publishing industry and it does no good to rush. Bitter experience has taught me that a hurried manuscript is very often a typo-ridden manuscript headed straight for the bottom of the slush pile. I'm hoping for both books to be released soon, but I would rather take longer and get it right than rush and get it....er, wrong. Also, my daughter is busy with the cover for Alpha Revelation, and I think it looks "vet cool" as they say here in Holland. Watch this space. Or this one. Good things coming soon. . . .

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January 14, 2013:

Things are moving along nicely for my two upcoming releases. Alpha Revelation has shipped off to Grace for a final read and edit. We're looking at an April publication date there. Meanwhile, Hanzet is being edited by Amy over at Other Sheep (an imprint of Written World Communications). All going well, Hanzet will hit the shelves sometime in March.

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January 1, 2013:

Get your reading goggles on and head over to Readers' Realm where they are hosting an interview with yours truly and a chance to win a FREE copy of Alpha Redemption. Just leave a comment.

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December 14, 2012:

It's "The Next Big Thing" blog hop time. If you don't know what a blog hop is, it's what happens when you drop a blog tour onto a trampoline. Or if you kick a blog tour in the shin. Or stand on its toes. . . . A blog hop is a meme in which a writer "tags" 5 other writers, who then post the answers to a bunch of questions on their own site, before tagging 5 other writers. The idea is to let the world know what we're doing, in a networky, fun kind of way. I was tagged by CathiLyn Dyck and Kristen Stieffel. If you need an editor, CathiLyn offers a top-class editorial service. I can vouch for her. Cat is good. She edited Alpha Redemption and the forthcoming Alpha Revelation. For anyone needing a Writing Coach, Kristen can help you. She has many years of experience in business journalism, so she knows her stuff.

Without further ado, here are my answers to "The Next Big Thing" blog hop questions. I'll post links to my 5 victims volunteers when I find them.

1) What is the title of your next book/work? I've got two books due for release early 2013, plus another in the pipeline. I'll mention all three, but I'll focus on just one. * Alpha Revelation (due out early 2013) * Hanzet (due out March 2013) * Odd Jobs (work-in-progress)

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November 29, 2012:

Hanzet is now with Written World Communications for editing. This means that I now have two books in editing and another that I'm busy writing. Hoo boy, talk about multitasking -- and this from someone who struggles to walk and chew at the same time. All going well, both Hanzet and Alpha Revelation will be out early next year. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

November 9, 2012:

Alpha Redemption is now listed at Awesome Indies. This is a site dedicated to publicising high-quality books published by small presses. I'm thrilled that Alpha Redemption has been accepted. Find out more here, or click on the pic.

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November 6, 2012:

Available right now! The Fall edition of SciendaQ is out. Full of readable goodness to get the old gray cells going while giving your funny bone the odd nudge. Click on the picture to go to the Amazon Kindle store.

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October 19, 2012:

Alpha Revelation, the sequel to Alpha Redemption, will now be published early 2013. At 150,000 words, this instalment in the Alpha series is almost twice as long as its predecessor, and is therefore going to need a lot more work before it's ready.

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October 11, 2012:

NEW RELEASE from SPLASHDOWN BOOKS

Devil's Hit List by Frank Creed

Part of The Underground series

Excerpt:

I clipped myself onto my hang glider's frame. "Okay, self, ya gotta do what ya gotta do." Running with closed eyes and a Grrrr through clenched teeth, I followed e-girl and Lethe over the rooftop's edge. . . .more

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September 13, 2012:

Book 1: Finding Angel (Sept. 2011) ISBN: 978-1927154137 Book 2: Seeking Unseen (Sept. 2012) ISBN: 978-1927154298

NEW RELEASE from SPLASHDOWN BOOKS

Seeking Unseen by Kat Heckenbach Part 2 of The Toch Island Chronicles What is the story behind your cover art? I wanted something that shows elements from the story, rather than a scene or a character. It's the same way I approached the cover for Finding Angel. One of the major elements in Seeking Unseen is a leather notebook. I thought it'd be really cool to make the book cover itself look like that notebook. During a conversation. . . .more

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September 10, 2012:

Read my review of The Muse by Fred Warren here.

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August 27, 2012:

The Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers Summer Blog Tour is here today! Looking for a "cool" hot summer read? Alpha Redemption may be just what you need. Join Brett Denton as he travels across space and time in an attempt to leave his past--and God--behind. On the way to Alpha Centauri, Brett's only companion is a learning-capable computer on the brink of self-awareness, called "Jay". While Jay sets about discovering his own place in the universe, Brett begins the slow process of healing from a past filled with pain and sorrow. Medal winner in two categories in the 2011Next Generation Indie Book Awards

What People Are Saying about Alpha Redemption

Wow! Can I say it again? Wow! Alpha Redemption is easily one of the best books I've ever read.
~ Rev. Steve Wilson, author of "The Gifted"

A book that is not simply bold and adventurous but also well-written. Bravo!
~ Chris Walley, author of the "Lamb among the Stars" trilogy

I challenge you to read this book and feel the power released in the words that could change your life for the better. Thank you P.A. Baines for reminding me this power is available to all of us, if only we would believe.
Brett's journey to Alpha Centauri with Jay will touch you in a place you didn't know existed. Even now as I write this blog, there is a stirring in my chest I want to feel for a long time.
~ Laura O'Connell, author of "African Hearts"

An all nighter, can't-put-it-down read, with a unique twist I didn't see coming and the perfect book for fans of Asimov or Clarke!
~ Dana Bell, author of "Winter Awakening"

Alpha Redemption is available from all major online retailers:

Amazon

B&N

Smashwords

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August 23, 2012:

I am excited to announce that Alpha Revelation, the sequel to my debut novel Alpha Redemption, will be published on December 1st 2012 through Splashdown Books. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

August 2, 2012:

Marcher Lord Press have released The Cross and the Cosmos Anthology: Year 1. This is a collection of short Christian spec-fic stories from the fist year of the Cross and the Cosmos e-zine. Includes my own short story, Mars Deep-Crust Mine ZB203-South, which describes an unusual discovery by a mining team deep under the Martian surface. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

July 11, 2012:

NEW RELEASE from SPLASHDOWN BOOKS Rift Jump by Greg Mitchell The day Michael Morrison died was the day his life began. A sinister threat is growing in the void between realities, and Michael has been recruited to stop it. Ripped from his own violent life, he is sent rift jumping to other worlds seeking out the agents of the Dark and putting them to an end by any means necessary. The love of his life, Sara, joins him as he battles Civil War space ships, sea serpents, superpowered humans, and even his own duplicate from a parallel timeline.

 

But the darkness he fights is growing within him too, calling him to the same destiny as every other Michael from every other world. If he is to change his fate, he must learn to love, to forgive, to trust, and to let the man in the Stetson guide him to become the warrior of the Light he was always meant to be.

read more . . .

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July 8, 2012:

The publication date for Hanzet has been set at March 2013. You can find out more about Hanzet at Written World Communication.

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June 9, 2012:

My "Seven Questions for the Horse" are up at Rambles of the Literary Equine. If you want to know more about Alpha Redemption and why I wrote it, please pay a visit. Seven questions is just the right amount to be interesting without inducing boredom.

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June 7, 2012:

It's official. Hanzet has found a home. The contract has been signed, which means Hanzet will be published by Written World Communication sometime over the coming months. I'll post more details as I get them....

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May 21, 2012:

Aquasynthesis was a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Congratulations to all involved.

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May 10, 2012:

Aquasynthesis, an anthology of short stories written by the authors at Splashdown Books, has reached the finals of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.Watch this space for more details....


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April 23, 2012:

Available from May 1st. Grab your parrots, don your eyepatches, swash your buckles, and prepare to say "Aaaaar" as you join us in the high-seas adventure that is the Summer 2012 issue of SciendaQ. Available at all good ports-of-call (Barnes and Noble, and Amazon). Details of the treasure be here.

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April 13, 2012

Adam Collings over at The Collings Zone has given Alpha Redemption five stars. Read his review here.

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March 26, 2012:

Alpha Revelation, the sequel to Alpha Redemption, has now entered the final week of editing before it gets some serious attention from my publisher and editor. Beta readers have responded favourably but the typo fairy appears to have been working overtime. The manuscript looks as though it has been set upon by a herd of angry red pens.

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March 13, 2012:

Alpha Revelation, the sequel to Alpha Redemption, is almost ready to be shipped off to the editor (Cathi-Lyn Dyck). Here is a preview of the cover.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 6, 2012:

The Cheesecake Thickens, the NAF alumni sister site dedicated to everything but writing, launched this week. In case you're wondering what this is all about and what on Earth cheesecake has to do with anything, have a look here. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

January 16, 2012:

The inaugural edition of Scienda Quarterly: The Armchair Adventurer's Magazine (also called SciendaQ) is available from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

January 2, 2012:

Have a look at the new trailer for Alpha Redemption. It was created using Windows Movie Maker and was inspired by the excellent music of Michael Rogers. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

December 5, 2011:

My short essay Show Me How to Show'is featured in the Winter 2011 edition of Starsongs Magazine, available here. Aimed at young authors, the piece explains the difference between telling your reader that there is a dinosaur in your vegetable patch, and showing it.
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May 10, 2011:

Alpha Redemption made it to the finals in two categories in the 2011Next Generation Indie Book Awards, in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category as well as the Religious Fiction category. I am particularly excited about being a finalist in Science Fiction/Fantasy because it includes books in the secular market...