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There is one thing I have learned over the course of the year, and that has been who I dare speak to about my publications. Each city, each person gives off a different vibe.

And I have talked to people about Portal to Gaming. Granted, it has not been a lot of people. Each situation is different naturally, but sometimes it's a gamble either way.

So far, the dice have rolled in my favor. The handful of people have actually been very impressed to hear my first publication has a gay main character. I do reiterate that it isn't a gay love story (because it's not). I've even been told good for me on this so . . . I'm rather pleased by these results.

Now, mind you, I understand not everyone is going to be thrilled that my first novel has a gay main character. In fact, I do expect more than a few to be displeased and to turn away from the series. But this is also my vision. This is a world I can get behind, not just because of the wonder of what the future could hold and the different worlds we could see, but because it won't be unusual to have gay people walking down the street without fear, to have people of color not be looked down up as though they're nothing more than criminals, and for women to be totally kick-ass, the same way as men, and for men to be more . . . expressive with their feelings beyond displays of anger. I have loved the science-fiction and fantasy genre for as long as I can remember. I love it when the main characters are expressive, not just with things like joy and anger but with sadness and uncertainty. Do I get annoyed when a female character tends to carry things too far? Of course, I do. There comes a point where anger, sadness, frustration, and all of those other negative emotions need to just melt away, be the character male, female, or idenitfying as something else completely. If the character doesn't do that, despite his or her status in the story, said character is ultimately weak, in my estimation.

But then it's more than just the characters that draw me into the realm of science-fiction and fantasy. It's the worlds created within that are just so magnificent. I love the visuals for games like Star Ocean and Final Fantasy. Sure, there are some things that will look similar to this mundane world we live in, but even those mundane things aren't so mundane. They possess their own energies and spirits. It's about traveling to worlds we can still only imagine. Even urban fantasy possess a type of magic and wonder that is just so . . . beautiful to me.

And that's why I like to write science-fiction and fantasy. I can create these worlds and hope what I envision in my head translates well into the written word without it sounding so clunky and lumpy and lame.

I am an inspired soul.

Now, for a little bit about The Twilight of the Gods
From The King and Queen of Wands

"About Snow in Olympus:
Readers have lamented about the missing scenes from The King and Queen of Wands. I have read their words, and I’m pleased to announce I will be publishing The Twilight of the Gods along with Arc of Fantasy. The Twilight of the Gods will feature the missing scenes from the time Loki and Freya join the Olympians with Ares and Athena in Asgård and the chaotic consequences that follow.
Snow in Olympus is the first book slated for the series and follows Freya and Loki as they try to navigate the very different playing field of Olympus. In addition to facing the many enemies of the Olympians, the two must contend with the Olympians themselves. Freya has two warring brothers competing for her affections and the jealousy of Hera and Aphrodite
Not to mention what will happen when one puts Loki, Dionysus, and Hermes in the same room.
But the story is more than just fun and games. There’s unfinished Ragnarök business, something that will haunt Asård and Olympus as they seek to set up their treaties and learn how to deal with each other as deities.
Olympus and Asgård will never be the same again."

There's a bit of a snafu with this particular series right this moment, one that I need to resolve, but it should be fun all the same. The snafu itself has prompted a search into Greek Goddesses and brought about an interesting and potential conflict for Thor, our favorite dorky but lovable God of Thunder. I look forward to how this particular twist will play out, hopefully leaving a few things intact, or things I've already done will be meaningless and pointless.

One final note: I'm now more than just a little halfway to my goal for ISBN purchase. However, I have discovered the price went up by $45 since the last time I checked. Not to worry, though. It's hardly a major deterrent. I still have over $100 to go, but, if things go the way I'm being told they will go for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, everything will be set, and my three published stories will be available as audio and paperbacks.

The future holds so many possibilities!
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As promised, The Sons of Thor was released to Amazon Kindle on Monday, August 31, 2015. The story was published to NOOK on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, due to me not having a reliable WiFi connection on the bus to Chicago. But the story is live on both now and available for purchase at $3.99!

About The Sons of Thor:
They were supposed to be having the time of their lives on the biggest gaming adventure ever. After all, nineteen-year-olds Daniel and Wolfgang have just received the best news imaginable. They've been chosen to be among the only five players to participate in Portal to Gaming's Arc of Fantasy pre-game launch, something they've wanted since the epic gaming adventure was announced.

Only something's gone wrong. The twins are now stuck in their virtual reality where the situation has gone from fun and make-believe to very real, very quick, and dangerously so. The only way they can go home is to embark on the very real quest of facing King Lopt's twin-headed fire wyvern, a creature no one has ever slain. The Salmorians, the alien race at war with Earth and her allies, chase after them, intent on killing them, and they're not the only enemies hot on the twins' trail.

Little do the twins know they're undertaking a journey of great and dangerous significance, one that will change their lives forever or kill them in the process. The race to the fire wyvern is on!



Arc of Fantasy tagline: Turning Dreams Into Reality
The Sons of Thor is Book 2 in the Arc of Fantasy series

Coming soon:
Ravensrealm, Book 3 of Arc of Fantasy
Snow in Olympus, Book 1 of The Twilight of the Gods
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 I'm very pleased to announce that Portal to Gaming is now for sale on Amazon. Currently, it's an e-book only, and the cost is $4.99.

About Portal to Gaming

Portal to Gaming is the first story in a series called Arch of Fantasy, and focuses on nineteen-year-old Fen Willows. He's the son of two universally-renowned archaeologists, Farold and Victorie Amie Willows. He attends college, following in his parents' footsteps. Though set in the distant future, post World War IV, jobs are mostly inherited. What your parents do for a living, chances are, you will do as well. Fen doesn't mind becoming an alien archaeologist. He's a curious young man, interested in learning.

School is winding down for the summer for Fen and his best friends, Wolfgang and Daniel Evans. His friends are looking forward to participating in an upcoming questing adventure called Arch of Fantasy by Portal to Gaming. Fen just wants to forget about his break up with his boyfriend. The Greco-Roman-Norse epic quest options don't thrill him as much as they do his friends, but he's willing to log in the hours with them. Fighting against Orcs and Kobolds relieves the tension. After all, it's only a game.

Or so Fen thinks. 

A stranger approaches him, starting a fight. It is this event that will be the beginning of his life turning upside down. 

Greater powers are at play, and Fen is one of many caught in the middle. His life will be turned upside down with no guarantee for the future.

About Arch of Fantasy
Arch of Fantasy is a multi-story arch with a blend of science-fiction, fantasy, and mythology. 

The second story in the series, The Sons of Thor, will follow Wolfgang and Daniel Evans as they try to make sense of everything that's happened. The sons of two top-ranking military commanders, Wolfgang and Daniel are proud, confident, and strong, but they are not prepared for what's coming. They, too, will be in for twists and turns and revelations as they seek out King Lopt's two-headed fire wyvern. Secrets will be revealed to them that will either break their spirit or make them strong.

Tentative release date for The Sons of Thor is September 28, 2014.

More about the series will be posted in later updates.


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