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.

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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 Amazon.com 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.

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Gone for a Spin – Now available for preorder on Amazon.com

Published November 21, 2014 by jnaomiay

The last and final installment in the Two Moons of Rehnor series finds Katie sharing a delicate moment with the mysterious Gabe, just as a spaceplane crashes into the lake, steps from them.  To Katie’s surprise Shika, Rent, and Arsan are aboard, but for what purpose?  Surely, it’s not a mere coincidence that has brought them all together.

In the meantime, Sara is stuck waiting at school for someone to pick her up for winter break.  It seems she has been abandoned yet again, for Sara’s step-mother Joanne and step-siblings, Carolie and Rory have already departed the planet en route to Earth.  They are traveling with Jim and Shelly Mattson, who are likewise escaping the Empire, and Evil Emperor, not that he would notice, or care, in any case.

Senya isn’t paying attention to much of anything these days, for he is spending all of his time in a drunken stupor.  It is only when a warning arrives regarding his imminent termination that he sits up, and attempts to mend his ways.  It may be too late, though, as an evil and incredibly lethal virus is annihilating the galaxy’s population at breakneck speed.

Gone for a Spin (The Two Moons of Rehnor, Book 16)

Gone for a Spin (The Two Moons of Rehnor, Book 16)

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