August Weather Report

Published August 6, 2015 by jnaomiay
That thing in the sky

That thing in the sky

Well, here we are in the waning days of summer, and if you are anywhere near the Great Northwest, you know it is an unusual color this year.  Brown.  Believe it or not, our throats are parched and our gardens even more so, as we stand outside and gaze at the normally mysterious object in the sky, and wonder when it will go away.  Soon, I hope.  Soon, the glorious dark clouds and ever present fog will return, along with the persistent state of dampness known as drizzle.  I dearly hope.

The mountains are bare which means our reservoirs are empty, thus my roses are thin, scraggly, thorny sticks with only an occasional blossom.  My peas and beans gave up the ghost early, and our grass is virtually non-existent.  That’s a benefit, I suppose, as I haven’t had to mow.

At any rate, I’m sure you don’t care to hear my weather report as undoubtedly you are dealing with weather of your own.  That’s one of the big things you can always count on: Weather, Death and Taxes.

So, on to my book report.  Book 3, tentatively called Three Kings and a Prince is well on its way to joining its brethren in the Firesetter series, probably before the holidays set in.  I’m having fun with this book, as I did with both A Thread of Time and Amyr’s Command.  One of the lessons I retained from Two Moons, was not to hurry the clock, so here in the third book, you’ll find Amyr still young, barely past his teens.  Amyr’s Command is available for preorder, releasing on or before Sept 7.  Initially, all of the books will be exclusive to Amazon and available in Kindle Unlimited.  As to the series, Firesetter will continue well into 2016, the number of episodes still undetermined.

I still plan to resume the Journey to Rehnor serials, hopefully after finishing Three Kings.  The whole Journey series is already mapped out in my head.  I just need the time and desire to put it down on virtual paper.

Speaking of what’s floating in my head, there are a lot of random thoughts, many of them not so good.  Is it just me, or does it seem like the world is spinning at an odd angle?  Atlas is still holding us upon his shoulder, but he must be suffering from a rotator cuff injury, for it we are on the verge of tumbling off.

Which is why we indulge in fantasy, is it not?  Whether as a reader or a writer, it is much easier to worry about Senya and Katie bickering than what goes on in real life.  Which is why I prefer to spend my days chastising Amyr for not owning up to his responsibilities.  Who does he think he is flitting nonchalantly around the galaxy when peoples’ lives are at stake?

There is a metaphor in there, but I won’t spoon feed it.  Instead, I’ll leave it to you to figure out.  Pardon me while I plug my earbuds back in, connect the Bluetooth keyboard to my iPad and go back to Rehnor where I control the weather.

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Published July 22, 2015 by jnaomiay

Amyr’s Command, Book 2 in the Firesetter series.  Release date will be on or before Sept 7, 2015.

Lance thought his life was going well.  He had his own ship, the Flying Mule, an awesome crew including his best friends, Wen and Nood, a lovely and intelligent, teenage daughter, Sandy, and lucrative contracts hauling coconuts between two warring planets.

When a twist of fate sends the Flying Mule to an unscheduled stop at a nearby spacebase, Lance’s almost-perfect world goes spiraling out of control.  His daughter disappears, a leak in the hydraulic system temporarily grounds the ship, and a SpaceForce safety auditor, who just-so happens to be sleeping with Lance’s ex, is demanding a full audit of his cargo.

Lance is forced to take evasive action.  To find his daughter, he’s got to leave the spacebase fast, but the only way he can is by kidnapping the SpaceForce officer, and allowing a strange, alien guy, with a propensity to light fires, to join his crew.

Now, Lance is at the mercy of the alien guy, who not only knows where Sandy has gone, but is taking the cargo to somewhere else, to a planet in turmoil on the other side of the galaxy.


I was hot…thirty years ago maybe.

Published June 16, 2015 by jnaomiay

I was hot.  Yeah, right, like maybe thirty years ago.  No, seriously, I was, albeit briefly.  My newest novel “A Thread of Time,” in my newest series, “Firesetter,” was hot coming up to the end of its tenure in the Kindle Scout system.

But, it flamed out, which means Amazon isn’t going to do the heavy lifting by publishing and promoting it for me.

So, I’m on my own again, which being the highly opinionated and control-freak type person that I am, might actually be a good thing.

At any rate, it’s now live and local to you, exclusive on and enrolled in Kindle Unlimited so you can borrow it for free.

Firesetter Book 2, tentatively named “Amyr’s Command,” will also be arriving sometime late this summer.

As far as the the Firesetter series goes, I’ve learned a few things while writing the Two Moons of Rehnor.  If you liked the Two Moons, you’ll like Firesetter.  If you didn’t like the graphic language in Two Moons, you’ll be glad to know that most profanities are the classic Karupta exclamation, “Kari-fa!”  I’ve also toned down the violence to more of a mental abuse rather than physical while hopefully retaining some of the edginess.  It’s also suitable for a YA audience.

Lastly, right now, I’m envisioning the Firesetter series to extend at most to five novels, which gives me a decent sized project for the next year.  No way, no how will it turn into a sixteen tome behemoth.  Of course, I said that multiple times throughout the Two Moons series.  No, seriously.  Five and that’s all.

Happy summer!

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Kindle Scout Campaign – Vote for me!

Published May 15, 2015 by jnaomiay

My newest novel, A Thread of Time, Book 1 in the newest series, Firesetter, has been accepted for a campaign in Kindle Scout.  What does this mean?  Well, it means you can read the first 3 chapters for free and if you like them, vote for Amazon to publish the entire book. Kindle Scout is a reader based way of discovering new literature and also a way for Indie authors like me to work with Amazon in the role of a publisher.  But, I need your help.  I need your votes to put A Thread of Time front and center on Amazon’s radar.

You can find the book in the Kindle Scout program at this link:

Go there.  Read.  Vote and check out the works of the other authors too because we all can be winners with your help.

And, if you’re wondering if you’ll like A Thread of Time, here’s a little information about it.  If you liked The Boy who Lit up the Sky, you will like this.  If you liked The Boy but didn’t like it’s decidedly NR-17 rating, you will like this because it’s definitely no worse than PG-13.


A Thread of Time, Firesetter, Book 1

It was clear to Lance that his father hated him. Why else would he leave everything to Hank, except for that coin? You know, the one with some dude’s head on it, the ancient Euro or whatever it was. Except it wasn’t a Euro according to the pawnbroker. Turns out, it’s an old Imperial Coin from the days of the Great Emperor, and it might be worth a whole lot of dough on the other side of the galaxy, if Lance could somehow manage to take it there.

But, how does a guy, who owes the hospital a lifetime’s worth of earnings, manage to travel across the stars? Turns out, he can do it for free. Not only that, but he can get three squares a day, an apartment complete with roommates, and two sets of clothes, albeit in spandex. It’s like prison, but with benefits. It’s SpaceForce.

In the meantime, on the other side of the galaxy, Ailana is stuck next to her hated cousin, Embo in their grandmother’s sewing shop, forever listening to the old woman wax on about her glory days as a Royal Seamstress.

No matter how she tries, Ailana can’t break free of Grandmother and her needling, even after the old woman is dead. However, it will be through her needle and thread, that Ailana gains admittance into the privileged world of the nobility, where fate will introduce her to a man that bears a striking resemblance to the face on Lance’s coin.


May Book Release Update

Published May 1, 2015 by jnaomiay

Wow!  It’s the first of May and I’m actually on time to produce a May book release update.  I love May.  It’s always been one of my most favorite months of the year and not because my darling daughter was born in it, although that’s a good reason.  No, May is synonymous with the birds singing me awake in the morning, the sun still hanging limply in the sky at eight in the evening and flowers everywhere in bloom.  It’s also the time to plant tomatoes, although, invariably the slugs will eat them before the first of June, at which point I’ll plant them again, because no matter how many years I do this, I never learn.

May also reminds me of Vanessa Redgrave in medieval dress dancing around a maypole singing “It’s May.  It’s May, the lusty month of May,” something I’ve always wanted to do, but was never brave enough to follow through with.  ** Note- Bucket list item.

May also harkens the opening of boating season here in the boating capital of the world and since I am once again no longer boatless in Seattle, I look forward to a summer of adventures out on the water.

At any rate, book news from the writing desk is full of announcements.

First off, the Two Moons of Rehnor series is now once again widely distributed across the planet.  All novels excepting Fairy Tales and Gone for a Spin are at all major ebook retailers and no longer exclusively in the Amazon Kindle Unlimited universe.  ON May 3, Fairy Tales will follow the others transitioning over to iBooks, Kobo, B&N and the rest and on or about June 15, Gone for a Spin will do so as well.

I’m sorry to those of you in the KU program, but I’ve had too many asking for EPUB format and availability on devices other than Kindles.  Please note, the novels are available through the other subscription services like Oyster and Scribd as well as available for sale to your local libraries through Overdrive and Ingram for paperback copies.  Libraries are a great resource and most of them have the ability to take book requests from their patrons by filling out forms on line.  There’s no cost to you for doing this as it’s already taken from you through your local property taxes.

Other release news is that the audiobook for Of Blood & Angels has gone live.  It’s another fantastic rendition by the very talented Rebecca A. Reynolds and it is still available through Kindle Unlimited Program.  I invite you to have a listen, but you will want to listen to The Boy and My Enemy’s Son first which are also available through all ebook retailers and part of KU subscription.

I haven’t made any progress on the Journey to Rehnor series as I’ve been busily wrapped in a new book/new series which was a higher priority.  I’ll get back to the Journeys, hopefully during this summer and get two more segments out before fall in addition to the second book in the new series.

As to the new book/series, it is officially called “Return to Rehnor,” and the first book is entitled “Firesetter.”  The setting is roughly two hundred years in the future after Senya went off for a spin and once again, Rehnor is the armpit of the galaxy.  Other than that, I’m not going to reveal anything.  Well, actually, I will reveal this:  There is no one named Senya in it and neither is there anyone named Katie.

I’ve finished the first draft and am now diligently doing the hard part, snipping, adding, cutting, sewing, hopefully creating a new tapestry that will be as interesting as the last.

So, that’s the news from here.  Happy spring to all.


April Book Release Update

Published April 3, 2015 by jnaomiay

A somewhat truncated and brief book release update for the month of April as everyone is off doing whatever it is that everyone does when there is blood moon in the fourth tetrad.  I, personally, am roasting the shank of a Paschal lamb, which I will offer to the Prophet Elijah along with a glass of wine and slice of unleavened cake when he drops in at my home tonight.  If he doesn’t want the shank, Smokey will gladly take it off his hands.  In fact, Smokey is having a bit of an issue with this as the poor pup can’t wrap his mind around the concept of giving such a wondrous piece of meat to an invisible apparition that is supposed to wander in our open door.  Come to think of it, Mr. Ay is having the same issues with unleavened cake which is made with frozen blackberries I picked last summer.

At any rate, as I have been coerced into preparing dinner for twelve people, all of whom are related to me, I have once again fallen behind in my ambitious writing schedule.  You’ll be happy to know the stack of tax returns upon my desk is now down to three, though.  I know this was something that greatly concerned you these last few months.  It concerned me as well.  So, that being said, once the feast has been concluded, the tablecloth taken to the dry cleaners and the good silver put away, I will return to my writing desk and resume my adventures on Rehnor.

The Journey to Rehnor series is just as stuck as it was last month, the Kirkut family still suffering from radiation exposure as I haven’t yet managed to blast them off into space.

However, the new book, the one that still remains unfocused and unnamed is about sixty percent done.  My goal is to finish it in April.  I like it.  That doesn’t mean that you will of course.  But I do and since all my writing is primarily for me, you all merely come along for the ride if you want and nothing else matters.

Speaking of, I’ve been listening to Rebecca A. Reynolds vocal rendition of Of Blood & Angels, The Two Moons of Rehnor, book 3.  She’s done another bang up fantastic job voicing everybody in it; men, women, children, blue people, green people, brainless people, ghosts, angels and whatever else managed to crawl its way into that book.  And, after not looking at the book myself for about 3 years now, I’m sort of…well…surprised as I listen to it.  Did I really write that?  Good heavens!  Was I so twisted back then?  I blushed.  I cringed.  I put a paper bag on my head as I walked through the neighborhood listening to it on my iphone.  Anyway, it’s off cranking in Audible’s system doing whatever it needs to do to get out there available for you to download on Amazon and iTunes.

So, there you have it, my short and sweet update that actually turned into another essay.  Yes, I know I have a tendency to produce a tremendous amount of verbiage, after all The Two Moons of Rehnor series is more than a million words long.  But, it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble and sure beats polishing silverware for the eleven relatives joining me tonight.

Happy Easter to those who do that.  Happy Passover to the others welcoming Elijah, and Happy Spring to those who don’t do either and do not judge those of us who do.


March Book Release Update

Published February 23, 2015 by jnaomiay

March Book Release Update

Yes, I know it’s not quite March yet, but as it has taken me until the last week of February to pound out a February Book Release Update, I figured I might as well kill two proverbial birds with a single stone and get March out of the way too.

I’m sorry I’ve been so tardy in updating you, for those of you out there who care, but I’m still snowed under by a pile of tax returns neck deep upon my desk.  Granted, this is better than being snowed under by eight feet of snow.  Anything is better than being snowed under by eight feet of snow.  By the way, off topic, my tulips are coming up and my camellias are in full bloom..  Ha ha.  On the other hand, next summer, when we are suffering from a water shortage due to the lack of snow in our mountains, you can all laugh at me.

Anyway, back on topic, at the beginning of this year, I promised a new release to the Journey to Rehnor serials every month.  Who I promised this to, I don’t know.  Probably only me, as I’m probably the only one who cares.  At any rate, I have failed in this task as book 3 of the Departure series won’t be coming out this month.  Like I said, I’ve been waylaid by a mountain of tax returns, busily researching whether or not a Charter Yacht counts as a listed property and is eligible for MACRS depreciation.  It does, in some circumstances.  However, if you own a charter yacht and are taking tax advice from a woman off the internet, who writes realistic stories about two headed, triple breasted people, then, probably someone should take the charter yacht away from you.  I can volunteer to do that.

But, I digress.  Back to the status of book releases.  So, as you may or may not know, I released books 1 & 2 of the Journey serials at the beginning of the year, each featuring a prominent family as they departed the imminently exploding planet Rozari.  Book 1 was about the infamous de Kudishas, including Karukan, who would become the Infidel and Great Father in the Two Moons series, and the de Shrotrus.  Book 3 is about the de Kirkuts, but unfortunately, they are still on the ground, undoubtedly suffering from radiation exposure, while the bombs are exploding around them.

Last week, I was entirely alone except for Smokey, as all other Ay’s were off doing what they do with people more interesting than me, which is fine, don’t get me wrong.  At any rate, my goal was to send the de Kirkuts on their way.  They aren’t.  I was interrupted by another voice, who in no uncertain terms, demanded I write about him.

Oh no!  I hear a chorus in my head, which sounds oddly like a quartet of Amy Jambors, shouting “No, not another Senya book.”  At the same time, there is another group, who in perfect harmony, are also singing, “Yay, another Senya book.”

Well, I won’t say whether or not this is another Senya book.  As you know, those of you who know, Senya went off for a spin.  But, how long does one spin?  Is it a forty-minute wash cycle and five minute rinse?  Or, does one spin on speed cycle when one is in outer space?  Perhaps, he is on an economy setting and has spun but is still waiting to air dry?

But, I digress again.

I can reveal this.  This new book, whatever it is, will take place on Rehnor but several hundred years into the future, after we left off.  Poor Rehnor is in sad shape again, which is the way of things, is it not?  I mean, when can we say with certainty that poor Earth is in good shape?  The pendulum swings back and forth, does it not?  Anyway, that’s what I’m working on now, and I’m taking my time with it since it’s a whole new adventure with new people.

I still want to meet my goal of releasing the revised and revamped Journey series this year, and so I’m setting a target for Departure 3 at the end of March.

As to the others, well, I do love Bitsy and Mona.  They just don’t speak as loudly as … as that other guy.  Right now, in Time Tripping Adventures #2, Bitsy has found a new job working as a travel agent in the Apple Valley Mall, which has attracted a great deal of unwanted attention from Mona’s sometime-boyfriend, Frank.  The girls will have a fight during a ride in Bitsy’s Prius which will send them to somewhere in time with a mystery to solve.

Anne and Lizzy are still out there, too, in Book 2 of the Angel Complex series.  After leaping off the balcony at the end of Karma Can Kill You, both Anne and Lizzy have landed in a swath of fresh cement.  What they overhear while trying to extract themselves will send them on a whole new adventure of doing good deeds in order to earn back another feather.  As to when they’ll be doing this?  Uh…again, once these tax returns are cleared and the other guy shuts up, I’ll get back to them.

In the meantime, another note on the Journey series.  Both Departure books are now exclusively at and part of the Kindle Unlimited program.  Check them out.

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January Book Release Update

Published January 8, 2015 by jnaomiay

Here we are firmly entrenched into 2015 with no going back to 2014, not that we would want to.  I’m sure you’ve noticed, or maybe you haven’t, that I’ve been quiet lately.  If you’re following my blog for news or entertainment, I’m sorry to say you need to tune in to someone else.  At the rate I post updates, the entire world could blow up, and you wouldn’t find out for at least a month or two.  Actually, that might be a good thing.

January is unquestionably the worst month of the year.  It’s not the weather, although that certainly is depressing, or the post-holiday blues.  Rather, it’s the start of the tax season, the bane to all tax professionals, and non-professionals alike.  Yes, only 3 ½ months until taxes are due.  Granted, I’m not doing taxes anymore, well, I’m doing some but not as much as I used to.  However, after several decades of despising January, it’s hard to turn that emotion off.  I suppose the only way to seriously make that mental switch would be to spend the entire month, and February too just for kicks, in someplace in the lower hemisphere where summer is just beginning and everyone is much happier.

Unfortunately, that’s not in the cards for me.  Yet.  So, I must look at the bright side, which is that I am not in the regions that are waking up to minus temperatures this morning.  Been there, done that.  Never again.

In Seattle, we will be fogged in until at least 3pm today, when the sun will briefly burn through to shine blissfully upon us, and warm us to an almost balmy 50 degrees.  Hopefully.  Around 5pm, the fog will return, along with the dark.  Unfortunately, this temperate weather, although better than freezing one’s buns off, leaves our mountains woefully short on snowfall.

So, that’s the weather report.  Once I clear away all these tax returns that are starting to pile up on my desk, I’ll be back to the book business full time.  In the meantime, I’ve got a few new releases to tell you about.

I had thought that ending the Two Moons series would be traumatic.  Ridiculous, I know.  They’re just fictional people doing fictional things but they have been a part of my life for so long, I assumed, saying goodbye to them would send me tailspinning into a mourning phase.

It didn’t.  Real mourning for real people was much worse.

Instead, I’ve been quite excited to take up the pen again and restart/redo the Journey to Rehnor series which I did haphazardly nearly 3 years ago.  I’m retooling, redoing it, improving, and serializing it to release as shorts (15,000 – 20,000 words/60-80 pages) for 99 c each on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited.  I’ll probably have #1 – Kudisha and #2- Shrotru released next week.  The plan is to release at least one a month for 2015.

In between, I still hope to continue the adventures of both Bitsy and Mona, and Anne & Lizzy in their own series.  Hopefully, but no promises, one novel of each to come out this year.

So, that’s the plan.  Stay tuned with half an ear as I don’t want to waste your time knowing that it may be another month until I post again.  In the meantime, I’m off to my Karate lesson.

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December Book Release Update

Published December 5, 2014 by jnaomiay

Well, Gone for a Spin, the last and final chapter in the Two Moons of Rehnor saga is in the bag and percolating out there in cyberland, or rather the AWS server, waiting for its release date of Dec 18.  The paperback will probably show up a few days prior.  Amazon is taking preorders on the ebook though, so you don’t have to queue up for long hours on the sidewalk, bring your tent, and camp stove or anything like that to get your copy of this book.

It’s a good book, if I do say so myself.  It’s a fitting end to the series, and all loose ends, questions, concerns, et al are addressed and resolved.  For those of you looking for closure, I think you’ve got it.  For those of you who didn’t want an end, all I can say is, time has to happen in the way it has to happen, and this had to happen.

So, where do we go from here?  Maui.  Well, actually that’s just me.

As for the books, my big project for 2015 is to rewrite and rerelease the Journey to Rehnor series.  This is the prequel series to Two Moons and follows the lives of several characters including Karukan de Kudisha, the infidel king who pushed the button and nuked Rozari a thousand years prior.  I’m going to publish all this as a novella serial, basically 60 – 80 pages stories that will retail for 99 cents and be part of the Kindle Unlimited program.  Initially, I’m forecasting about 10-12 serial episodes, one releasing each month, although that may grow, as I am discovering that all these folks have actually got a lot to say, and they’re doing it a lot better than last time.

Other than that, we’re still working on the audio book version of Of Blood & Angels.  The Boy and My Enemy’s Son are out there in audiobook land and are well worth a listen, if you like that sort of thing.

I’ve decided not to continue the comic book series as that’s a whole different market which I really don’t understand.  I may or may not continue the Angel Complex or Time Tripping Adventures.  I’ll just have to see how I feel.

In the meantime, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy New Year, and joyful and prosperous 2015.