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.


Now available for pre-order on

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.