Mourning Nichelle Nichols, but Pressing On

I am beyond saddened by Nichelle Nichols’ passing. I met her back in the day when I went to Star Trek Conventions (dressed as a green Orion slave girl), and she was the most amazing and gracious woman I think I ever met! She had an air about her that was regal. Her kindness I will never forget, or the way she gently chided David Gerrold when he snubbed me during a Q&A session.
She impacted me so much, I named a daughter after her. 
I can’t say much else except she has left a supernova-sized hole in the universe.

sigh 😢

I guess I should try to bring up the tone, eh?

I hope whatever is going on in your life is positive and not negative. Good news is always welcome, so feel free to share if you wish. Hey, we can all use some uplifting, right?

And I do have good news of my own: the release date is getting closer!
Yes, 15 August is not that far off. Have you pre-ordered Deuces Wild: Raising the Stakes yet?

Here is the Amazon preorder page:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B6KWK2QW?ref_=pe_3052080_276849420

If you wish more preorder options (such as Apple, Google, or Kobo), or if you wish to get the first two books in the series to catch up beforehand, here you go:
https://www.loriendil.com/DW.php

What is the book about, you ask? Glad you did!

Who are these beings that protect certain planets?
Non-corporeal aliens or something more?
Are they…gods?

The Confederation is bent on expansion—
The rest of the galaxy calls it conquest.

And the planetary gods are fighting back.

Slap and Tristan are not only caught in the middle of this war, but old enemies still dog Tristan’s trail, plotting his demise along with crooked cops, space pirates, and local thugs.

As if that’s not enough trouble, a gorgeous, gun-toting old friend arrives, and she causes distraction at the worst possible time.

Can Slap and Tristan navigate all the danger and succeed in their mission to stop the Confeds?

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AND!
I have found a few sales and freebies for you!

The ebook Molting of a Queen, a sci-fi novella by Peter J. Foote is on sale for $0.99.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09D59JWTL

Jeannette Bedard’s Fractured Orbits ebook is also on sale for $0.99.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09MJNT9LC/

A prequel to the Patriot Files series, Dwayne Trapper’s Holstein Hijack is FREE!
https://readerbarn.com/shop/holstein-hijack/

The ebook Through Stranger Eyes, a cyberpunk thriller by Chris Sarantopoulos is on sale for $0.99.
https://mybook.to/stranger_eyes

That’s all for now. Until next time – be seeing you!

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Deuces Wild Cover Real—AND!!!

Yes! There it is! The cover for book three of the Deuces Wild series: Raising the Stakes.

And guess what else?

Deuces Wild: Raising the Stakes is now available for preorder!

Slap and Tristan are back! And they get caught in the middle of a war between a galactic government and planetary gods, not to mention Tristan’s past catches up with him in more ways than one.

More info available here.

Yeehaw!

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Author almost ready to reveal the cover of Deuces Wild: Raising the Stakes!

Are you ready for the cover reveal for the third book of the Deuces Wild series?

Yes, you heard right! Slap and Tristan are back with more adventures in Deuces Wild: Raising the Stakes!

No I am not revealing the cover right now, but here is the back cover blurb:

Who are these beings that protect certain planets?
Non-corporeal aliens or something more?
Are they…gods?

The Confederation is bent on expansion—
The rest of the galaxy calls it conquest.

And the planetary gods are fighting back.

Slap and Tristan are not only caught in the middle of this war, but old enemies still dog Tristan’s trail, plotting his demise along with crooked cops, space pirates, and local thugs.

As if that’s not enough trouble, a gorgeous, gun-toting old friend arrives, and she causes distraction at the worst possible time.

Can Slap and Tristan navigate all the danger and succeed in their mission to stop the Confeds?

Drum roll starting—I will be revealing the cover “soon” (such a strange word ‘soon,’ it could mean anything).

Hang on, my good and dear readers!

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Author Faces Daunting Conundrum! Can She Overcome Overwhelming Odds?

The third book of the Deuces Wild series is formatted for print, but I am still pondering chapter titles for the last five chapters.

I don’t want to do the ebook formatting until I get the chapters named. So here I am, staring at my computer screen, mind blank.

Such is the life of a writer.

*sigh*

Feeling good as an author today! I have FANS! LOL

I haven’t been able to build a huge fan base online (I guess I don’t have the skills to know how to accomplish that although I’ve tried to figure it out for years), but I was reminded with hammer impact of the fact I have a HEEUUUUGE local fan base at the Dover Comic Con yesterday.

I lost track of how many people came up to tell me they loved my novels and asked when the next one was out (some for one series, some for the other, and some—bless!—for both).

Many came up to say they bought one of my books at a previous event and wanted to buy the rest of the series.

When I had to say that regretfully the third book of the Deuces Wild series was delayed and won’t be ready for about a month (from my lips to your ears, L-rd!), quite a few said they’d be at Ocean City Comic Con to get a signed copy, and I even had some join my email list so they could get notification of the release!

I tell ya, nothing spurs an author like that sort of feedback!

I have space opera and epic science fantasy series, and here is my website for links where my books can be bought both in print and ebook:

Loriendil’s Dreamland

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Looking for a fantastic read this long weekend?

If you’re looking for books to read on this long weekend, how about The Sword’s Edge Chronicles? It’s epic fantasy with a science fiction twist!

The first three books of the series (Sword’s Edge, Children of the Enaisi, and Laws and Prophecies) are in this omnibus ebook edition!

The portal has long closed—
Severing ties to the aliens who had brought them to this planet.

Complacency through many generations brought stagnation to the Teldheri people.

Alcandhor advocates learning, evaluating traditions, and encouraging new ideas to invigorate his people, despite opposition from provincial lords who wish to maintain control.

But almost miraculously, ancient places are rediscovered—
Long-lost artifacts are found and prophecies revealed—

And now their world teeters on a sword’s edge. Will the people embrace these amazing events and the inevitable changes or fight against Alcandhor and all he and his kin represent?

Available on Amazon, and other retailers!

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Favorite Word – 26 February 2022

Ages ago, I read a book by Philip K. Dick entitled Ubik. Great story; it will twist your mind into knots! Highly recommended!

It also taught me this fantastic word:

ubiquitous

(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. 😉)


I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. 🙂


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

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Sword’s Edge – half price!

The first book of the Sword’s Edge Chronicles is on sale right now—half price. Only $2.99 for the ebook.

Ripped from her home…
…recruited as a spy.

Can Tam successfully pose as a servant and discover which of the lords is a traitor? If she fails, not only will her family die, but their world will be thrown into chaos.

Tragedy strikes—
Tam’s world crumbles.

Amidst grief, she must undertake a dangerous rescue mission, aided by a mysterious alien relic.
Can this young lass succeed or will the assassins at her heels cost her all?

You’ll love this epic fantasy—it’s science fiction with a twist!

It’s available in various ebook formats.

Get it now!

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