I haven’t posted much lately for a few reasons. I took a break from writing after publishing Boy of Dreams to reset a little. While doing that I spent my time contacting book reviewers and seeking out contests to enter the book in while also experimenting with how best to promote it. Then I started a new position at work that I enjoy but has taken some extra time during the transition. I’m just now starting to get back to “Book 2” in a serious way.
However, I feel it would only be fair to be transparent and set expectations properly for when “Book 2” might be available to be read. The contests I’ve entered Boy of Dreams in will take awhile to finish up. If the book does well, they have the potential to raise its profile and desirability for publishers. I have a core trilogy of three books planned, though I wouldn’t be opposed to continuing to write stories in the world of Kingdoms of Broken Stone beyond the three books I have planned. I’ve been advised that, If I want to have a shot (however small it might be) at a publisher picking up Kingdoms of Broken Stone (or KOBS as a friend has called it for short), I need to keep books two and three on the docket so that the potential publisher gets to be the one to release them for the first time.
Admittedly, it isn’t all that likely that Boy of Dreams will win the contests I’ve entered it in. It also isn’t likely that it will be picked up by a publisher, but I’d like to give it time just to see. If after the contests have finished up I haven’t had any traction in that regard, I’ll go ahead and self-publish the rest of the trilogy. But I wanted to set expectations for my small group of readers who are looking forward to continuing the journey, it might be a little while waiting for these things to shake out. I’ll keep writing with the idea that it will be self-published so that it is ready once I have an idea which way it is going to go, but even self-published it would be sometime in 2019.
All that being said, here’s another one of those reviews I was working on getting from Vay Elaine at the Rebel Christian.
Hiu Gregg over at Fantasy Inn read Boy of Dreams and wrote a short review. Check it out here.
My college newspaper did an article about my book 🙂
Kingdoms of Broken Stone: Boy of Dreams is now free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!
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There is a poem titled, “Footprints in the Sand” that you have probably seen at some point in your life. In the poem, a person has a dream in which they look back over their life and see two sets of footprints in the sand, symbolizing walking through life with the Lord. When they look back at some of the hardest times in their life, they are surprised to see only one set of footprints. They thought that once they decided to follow Christ, He would never leave them on their own. Confused, the person questions the Lord about this:
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has been only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”
The Sand on My Journey of Life
I think if you were to stand with me, and we were to look back over my own life together in a similar manner, there would not simply be a few places with only one set of footprints and others with two sets sitting neatly side-by-side. Nor would there be a nice long continuous line showing no variation or detours.
Boy of Dreams, the first book in the Kingdoms of Broken Stone series, is out now!
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Kingdoms of Broken Stone: Boy of Dreams tells the story of an impatient wizard and her new apprentice that must keep their country from being torn apart while they search for the rightful heir to the throne.
The story is set primarily on the Isle of Esten. In terms of placement within the world, Esten is loosely based on the British Isles. However, its people groups, history, and interior geography are notably different. The greater world around it is influenced by common themes throughout fantasy stories, popular legends and myths, as well as non-fiction ancient and medieval history.
The major characters differ in age and racial backgrounds while their shared experience develops over the course of time. Though the conflict and enemies they face are the product of imagination, the emotions and decisions are ones that everyone wrestles with in various ways. Good and Evil are pitted against one another to form a classical foundation to a fresh story with new faces.
Those who enjoy The Adventures of Robin Hood, Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Tales of King Arthur, and other like stories are sure to recognize similar themes while experiencing a new world through unique characters.
I finished the first draft of my novel and have personally edited it once. I’m going through a second time and have a few others helping with the process. Meanwhile, I’ve begun querying agents to test the waters and gauge interest.
If you know of any literary agencies or publishing houses you think I should be aware of or reach out to, feel free to leave them in the comments.
I want to share the title and synopsis with you because I am excited about the story, but I know those things could change if it does eventually get picked up by someone, so I will refrain for now. I think it is safe to tell you that the world in which it is set has been influenced by Arthurian tales, the Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Adventures of Robin Hood, as well as Ancient and Medieval non-fiction history. It does not draw anything directly from these, but there are similar elements.
That’s all for now!