The Phoenix Embryo – Updated Cover

 The Phoenix Embryo book 1

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Here it is. The long awaited cover revision of The Phoenix Embryo. Book one tells the story of 13-year-old-goddess-devotees seeking redemption during a seven year exile, and the overall series begins with Acanthus Breese searching for his missing goddess. But that quest is far easier compared to the many lifetimes that await him, and what his phoenix heritage requires of him in the future.

The cover and book files should be updated across platforms by Monday or Tuesday, which is around the first of May. Print copies will take a little longer as I need to order proof copies, then approve them for publication.

I also want to give a special thank you and shout out to my new cover artist for this series, Nazanin Nemati, and to Deranged Doctor Design.

Introducing Infinity 8: an urban fantasy soap opera series

CalicoPortraitI’m implementing changes and other edits on Infinity 8. It’s a fun urban fantasy soap opera with lgbtq characters. And tons of family drama.

Last night I polished 239 pages. (Whew!!) and have 109 pages left. Beta reads are just around the corner! Now to pick a date for professional editing as well.

The story of Infinity 8 is about Calico Winghorse and the inter-dimensional portal he constructed as a small child. Calico is a mongrel demon wizard triplet from another realm. He is also the God of Space and Time.

This particular series is really titled The New Infinity 8, as there are plans to take Calico back to his younger days. That series will have a prefix of The Original Infinity 8. To learn more, stay tuned!

Over 100 FREE ebooks! Dec 3rd and 4th only

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Choose from over 100 free science fiction and fantasy ebook novels from your favorite retailer. Don’t be left out and not have anything to read over the holidays. Especially if you have a long flight or a mind numbing car/bus ride.

Make those miles disappear and dive into an awesome story. But hurry! This weekend only, December 3rd and 4th 2016. The clock is ticking. Click on the banner (or this link if the banner is not showing up, or the blog post title) and enjoy.

Free Dark Fantasy Kindle Ebook

Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs is a gritty dark fantasy. The ebook is free on Amazon through November 22nd.

TrammCover2ndEd2nd edition release. This novel pushes boundaries. It explores society’s perception of people, taboos, and personal relationships. For mature readers.

Pony is a bipedal half-centaur with no desire to waste tears on a history she cannot remember. She’s busy enough with her mail routes and package deliveries and floundering through an unrequited love for the beautiful and aloof elven courtesan, Mardyth.

Then, the mundane drudgery of her life shatters when Konstantine Bywater takes over as the new boss. He starts asking questions she can’t possibly answer, and stirs up a past better left dead and buried.

Running away is no longer an option. Not when Kon and his minions accuse Mardyth of an unspeakable crime. Pony will stop at nothing to uncover the truth—not only to prove her lover’s innocence, but to save herself as well.

Natural Reader Software, a writer’s BFF. Or Ongoing Date Night For The Serious Novelist

Tired of reading your novel-length manuscripts aloud in the futile attempt to find tiny errors? Frustrated that after publication you notice that you have a sentence missing an ‘a’? Or that ‘of’ should have been an ‘if.’  

Reading aloud can help catch mistakes, but not always. And often, reading aloud just doesn’t work well.

Available for Windows and Mac, Natural Reader Software is a program that reads content to you. The voices are natural and clear. There are many voices to choose from, and in different languages. (See the graphic below.)

However, I do want to stress this great program is not a substitute for ditching your editor. It doesn’t work like that.

 

A short list of features:

 

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A list of voices to purchase/choose from with Natural Reader 13

* Change the speed of the reading voice. (So you hear the clarity and pacing of your story. And catch those tiny missing words!)

* Save files

* Text to Mp3

* What I noticed: It seems to ‘learn’ to read better and smoother as time goes on. That could just be me though.

And this is my favorite. You can add character names or words the voices won’t say. (More on that below.)

 

There is a free version and a paid version.

 

While it can be pricey, currently going for $65.50 it is well worth it in the long run. You can download the free version here, and compare the features and pricing.

Note: If I remember correctly, the free version does not provide any NR voices, and the program falls back on the available voices of your computer’s operating system. So in Windows 7, you have Microsoft Anna. In Windows 8 and 10 you’ve got David.

You can download directly from the NR site, or order disks.

I strongly recommend ordering the disks, and playing on the free application while you wait. That way if your hard drive crashes, or if/when you switch computers, you will always have the program at your beck and call.  (Which I will also push to mention that you should back up your writing in more than one place, and often!)

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Strangely, some ‘naughty’ words are restricted in some of the Natural Reader voice-packets. What those words are, I will leave up to your imagination. They are replaced by a beep. And that can be a problem for writers who pen gritty stories, romance, or even erotica.

But that is super easy to get around.  You just go to the Pronunciation Editor in the toolbar, and phonetically spell it. You can also try another voice to see if it has a larger vocabulary. (Another note: Some of the Microsoft voices I have don’t have issues with naughty words.)

Try Natural Reader out for yourself. It’s not just for writers. It’s for readers as well. There are a lot more great features available that I didn’t mention here.

Disclaimer: I am not getting compensation of any sort. I just love this program.