A Gem of a Novel

An Amazon reader said my book Sword’s Edge was “a gem of a novel.”

If you haven’t read it yet, you can pick it up for a mere $0.99 this month! How often can you buy a “gem” for less than a dollar?

Check it out!

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Reminder: Sword’s Edge on Sale for $0.99 in July

In case you missed it, or forgot: for the month of July, the first book of the Sword’s Edge Chronicles is on sale for a mere $0.99!

Treason brings a young lass’s desperate thane to her mountain home, where she is recruited as a spy. A siege, traitorous lords, and a scheme to kill her thane test her strength, her love of her kin, and her alien blood. With the help of a mysterious alien relic, she undertakes a dangerous mission. Can she succeed or will the assassins tracking her cost her all?

A powerful tale seemingly set in a world of medieval fantasy, but with roots in science fiction.

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Check out Sword’s Edge while on sale, and if you like it, you just might like to catch up on the series before the next book is released this autumn!

Available in a variety of ebook formats!

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Rough draft done of Laws and Prophecies – book three of the Sword’s Edge Chronicles

Now for the hard work – polishing that baby until it shines and checking for continuity errors, typos, and awaiting the verdict from My Physicistβ„’.

Within a few months (tentative deadline is autumn equinox) I hope the book will be out.

If you’ve not yet read The Sword’s Edge Chronicles, now is a great time to start, not only because you’ll have books one and two plus the prequel to plow through before book three is out, but right now, the first book of the series,Β Sword’s Edge, is on for $0.99!
(How’s that for a run-on sentence? πŸ˜€ )

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July Sale on the first book of the Sword’s Edge Chronicles!

Want to get away but have to settle for a stay-cation? Why not escape to another planet? Want a bit of fun and adventure for your summer reading? Try this – science fiction in a fantasy setting of swords, capes, and castles. Add to the mix treachery, murder, kidnapping, and a lass in over her head trying to save the day. Can she?

Sword’s Edge is on sale for only $0.99 in ebook for the month of July. Normally retailing at $5.99, that’s not too bad of a savings. Might buy you a cup of bitter coffee or even a gallon or two of gas, depending on where you live.

Check out the July Sword’s Edge Sale, and then, why not leave a review at your favorite online retailer!

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A rant from a frustrated gymnastics coach

In 2004, it was Carly Patterson. In 2008, it was Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson. In 2012, it was Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman. In 2016, it was Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez.

I’ve heard it again and again in the fourteen years I’ve worked as a gymnastics coach.
“My baby is going to be the next __________!” Choose a name from above, depending on the year.

Usually (but not always) the child has natural talent. Also usually, the child has no discipline, expects to the center of attention, doesn’t like correction, and likes to announce that she is better than the others in her class (one was less obnoxious about it though, whispering to me instead of saying it aloud because, “they can’t help it if they’re not as good, and I don’t want to hurt their feelings”).

The end result in almost every case: the parent complains the child isn’t getting enough instruction, and why hasn’t the child been moved up to team yet?

Occasionally it is possible to explain to parents that just because a child can sling her feet over her head, or just because a boy is seemingly supernaturally strong, doesn’t mean they’re ready for a more advanced class (much less team). They need to learn to listen, develop the discipline to follow through without being babysat and to work independently, and also come to the realization that their skills aren’t fantastic, but need to be honed and built upon for years.

More often than not though, that message never get processed by a parent’s brain. The parents make excuses for their precious future Olympian and cast snide remarks or openly sling accusations that the coach isn’t doing enough for their child, and before long they’ve ragequit (to use a gaming expression). They hop from gym to gym, never getting it, always complaining, and the loser in all this is the child, which saddens and frustrates me.

Some of the kids do go on to become decent gymnasts, but generally they develop an arrogant, superior attitude which isn’t borne out by their actual skill level. Others – who knows? Do they ever go on to excel at anything, or do their parents refusal to see that hard work and accountability are necessary for success hinder the child from succeeding?

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I know most of my posts have something to do with writing or my stories. Even the gardening ones, because one of my characters (Tam) is an avid gardener. But what connection does this have? Um. Well, none I guess. I just wanted to vent because sometimes it gets to me. But – let me give it a go: The same work ethic needed in gymnastics is needed throughout life. Even with writers. We need to work hard at our craft, despite any natural talent we might have. We need discipline, and we need to be able to take criticism, and we need to never, ever give up.

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