Also, I let certain things going on in our nation get me down, batter my spirit and make me feel like WHY I AM EVEN DOING THIS WRITING STUFF?
I have to tell you, being down and letting it get the best of you, killing your passion for life, when it is something you really can't control...that is bad and you shouldn't let the stuff you can't directly control or influence kill your creative spirit or drive for life. Keep moving forward. KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
As it's been a while since I have spoken to you, dear friend and reader, I have a few offers from my written work that have since been released for public consumption.
BULL is the second novella involving JOE CROSS: URBAN SALVAGE ENGINEER. The last time we'd seen him (Running with the Devil), he and his stuffed brown bear companion Albert had been goat-roped into working for Reganshire, a very nasty little place to the west of Grand Rapids.
In BULL, you get to find out what became of the massive mutated bull that crashed and trashed the VSU campus out in Allendale in TRANSPORT. You thought it was gone. Nope. Still here.
On a salvaging mission to get some "treasure maps" of northern Michigan, Joe barely gets out of town when he runs across two Reganite troopers who want to head to the lakeshore for a new life. They want Joe to take them and are very persuasive as they do it at gun point.
Fate or luck (the bad kind) step in and decide different.
The second offering of my writing insanity is THE SAGA OF BRACCUS STRAUN. This is a epic fantasy yarn that I have been working on, and re-working, for quite some time. I finally got it all spit and polished, and it came out around Halloween of this year.
Braccus was and is a labor of love and a huge nod to the purple prose and fantasy pulp fiction I read as a kid and young adult...and still read from time to time now. It is definitely a nod towards Michael Moorcock's ELRIC character and his "living sword" STORMBRINGER. I liked the idea of a character venturing across the land with a sentient weapon at his side. Braccus Straun and his sentient whip were the result.
In this first book, we meet Braccus Straun: husband, father and town executioner. He is simply trying to provide for his family, and took the only job a lumbering gent like he could acquire. Unfortunately, he picks the wrong day to go into work as a very very powerful sorcerer, Falkair Kem, decides he's had enough of the local king butchering his people. He ensnares Brac's wife and young daughter, puts a 48-hour poison in Brac's system and sends the big man on a series of missions to acquire magical artifacts to take down the king.
Should Brac succeed in acquiring all the items Kem wants, Straun's wife and daughter will go free though Brac will still die from the poison. If Brac fails, the sorcerer promises the man will see his family butchered before his dying eyes the same way Brac butchered Falkair's associates.
If you are looking for truly EPIC fantasy adventure, you need go no further than reading about the adventures of Braccus Straun.
Going forward, I will try and not be so bad as to let this blog stagnate.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the books mentioned (other than Michael Moorcock's LOL), I have a link here in which you can purchase directly from me and I will send you a signed copy.
KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
BULL (Peninsulam Publishing)
$7.99 + $2.63 shipping and handling within continental US
THE SAGA OF BRACCUS STRAUN (APW Productions)
$11.99 + $2.63 shipping and handling within continental US
TRANSPORT (Book One) (Seventh Star Press)
$10.00 + $2.63 shipping and handling within continental US