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Chosen – The Pod Crash

Recently, I came across a chapter of my first book, Chosen, that, just like in the movies, ended up on the cutting room floor. So, I’m just going to call this the director’s cut, only it’s in book form, specifically, a PDF file that with any kind of luck, you’ll be able to access here on this webpage and maybe even download to your device. I’m not a tech person, so I don’t know for sure.

Anyway, it’s a bit of story I mention in the book on more than one occasion as something that happens, that gets Dynan and Dain into trouble with their father – the infamous pod crash. There’s also a little bit with Carryn in regard to her unique abilities to see the future. The recent release of Seer made me think of this scene, and so I thought I’d share it with you.

Chosen Extra – The Pod Crash

Hope you enjoy.

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Book Titles and Artistic Integrity

Why I’m changing my next book title…

The short answer is, I can’t say, because doing so would lead to massive spoilers, not just in the next book, which is now titled Seer, but the one after that, Adept. Yes, I’m swapping these titles one for the other. Book 6 is now Seer and Book 7 is now Adept.

Let me sum up –

Years and years and years ago when I first wrote this series I gave the books titles to go along with what I felt accurately encapsulated each story. Picking titles is an art form in itself, but these two titles fit the way I wanted them to fit…right up until they didn’t.

In the editing process, revisions happen. The story gets jiggled around, a scene taken out here, another put in over there, rinse, repeat. In that process for Book 6, I began to see that the title, Adept, wasn’t working the way it used to. It wasn’t perfect for the story. It changed to being just OK.

Just OK doesn’t suit me.

On top of that, I realized that the title was better suited for the storyline of Book 7.

The downside is that readers have been looking for Adept as Book 6 in the Guardians of the Word series, since that’s what I said it would be titled pretty much from the very beginning. The last thing a writer wants to do is confuse their readers. Then there’s all the graphics that have to be changed, including those posted on this website. You might think that all the trouble might not be worth it, but again, ‘just ok doesn’t suit me.’ Weighing those issues, with the help of some excellent beta readers and a number of other writers I know, all led to this thought.

-Do what is right for the story, for the book, for the series and you can’t go wrong-

So, with that in mind, I’ve swapped the titles. Once you’ve read both books Seer and Adept, I think you’ll see why I changed them around…

…and that’s all I can say about that.

Seer will be released for your reading enjoyment…soon.


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What I’m doing this weekend…My Life as a Writer

I have several full time jobs, some of which don’t have set hours of operation and don’t pay me a penny. Being a parent is one of those. It’s 24/7 and there’s no paycheck at the end of the day! If you have kids, you already knows this. If you don’t have kids and you see a parent looking like they’re about to go right off the edge – cut them some slack. Sleep deprivation sucks and a perpetually empty bank account ain’t no picnic either!

I have a full time, part time job as a substitute teacher. I work every day,  5 days of the week from about 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. depending on the school I’m at. There are no benefits, other than the kind money can’t buy. I get a 30 minute lunch and not much of a break the rest of the day. Your kids are an inquisitive lot, and they ask a lot of questions that I try to know the answers to. They know when you are insincere, so it keeps me on my toes, literally, all day.

I’m also a full time writer. This takes up a huge amount of brain energy and time that I don’t actually have, but I squeeze it in there anyway because I HAVE to write, just like I have to do the other above jobs. No choice there.

I’m a marketing specialist. I’m an editor. I’m a graphic artist. I mop floors and wash windows too.

This weekend, I’m all of the above. I’m writing new chapters for my 4th book, Legend. I’m editing that same book where it needs editing. I’m already thinking about the cover for this book, doing the preliminary research into stock photos vs. paying a model to do the next 4 books. Not sure I can afford the latter but I’m looking into it. I’m changing the covers on two print books as well. I’m researching some marketing techniques, and checking up on the ones I already have in place to see how effective they are or aren’t. I’m cleaning my house, doing laundry and working with my son on his various homework projects that walk in the door with him every day. 

I’m preparing for a long-term position as an English teacher that’s coming up, since I like to know what I’m doing when I get up in front of 30+ kids who may or may not be interested, have to be there anyway, and have to pass to graduate.








This is life at its fullest, being so busy it’s hard to keep it all straight from one day to the next. I love the added hustle and bustle. It keeps the mind sharp and always searching for ways to make the schedule work, life work, and I think makes me a better writer.

The pace does make me crazy sometimes. Maybe I’ll write about how I relax and find ways to counter the stress…I’ll let you know when I figure that out!


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