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Oh no, Meri! Is that who I think it is?

Published September 30, 2013 by jnaomiay

It sure is and he’ll be coming in graphic novel format this November!

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October Book Release Update

Published September 29, 2013 by jnaomiay

Alright, I know it’s not quite October but in the event the government shuts down and all life as we know it comes to an end, I’m going to get my upcoming schedule out early.

YES, there will be another book and YES, it will be a Two Moons of Rehnor Book 11.  Thanks to everyone who voted in my poll.    I’m going to leave the poll up on my websites for a while longer just for fun.

Now, about Book 11.  I’m not saying who is in it and who is not.  That’s not entirely clear yet.  As you all know, Senya is in Bora Bora having a well deserved vacation and his people and my people are still ironing out the details of his new contract.  Whether or not that will get resolved by the time I’ve finished book 11, I truly can’t say.  This whole healthcare issue has turned into quite a sticky wicket.   Our negotiations may go on for several months which means, we could be at book 15 or so before we have some resolution.  I’m not saying that’s going to be the case, but it could be.  I’m just warning you.

At any rate, the working title of book 11 is “Renaissance”  and you can interpret that how ever you want.  I’m shooting, well, not actually shooting anything as I still don’t know how to use the shotgun that’s at the top of the closet, but I digress.   Rather, I am aiming for a release date prior to Thanksgiving which is mid to late November for those of you outside the US.

I’m also hoping for a  pre-Thanksgiving release of The Two Moons of Rehnor #1 Graphic Novel.  I should have more pics to share with you this week on this one.  It is looking fantastic and so much fun to see the characters almost come to life which actually brings to mind another point which I must tell my legal experts to reinforce.   They must remind Senya and his attorneys that he does not, in fact, exist without me.

The only other item on the horizon right now is Caissa’s Favor coming to audiobook, also aiming for mid November.

So that’s where we are, although for a short while I will be in Portland, OR attending the Pacific Northwest Booksellers fair with my friend and illustrious bookcover illustrator Robert W. Cabell.   If you happen to be there, do come by and say hello.

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Author Interview: Terry Maggert

Published September 26, 2013 by jnaomiay

terry maggertThe other night, I was accosted by terrible news.  An email arrived announcing that Senya was dead.  While I tried to restart my heart and catch my breath, the email further informed me that she had died in the first chapter of The Forest Bull. 

Immediately, I realized that my Senya, THE REAL SENYA, being a HE and not a SHE was not, in fact, dead, but rather someone of a similar name had perished in another book.  As all of you, my loyal fans know, Senya is currently in Bora Bora while his attorneys attempt to screw me out of every dime I have ever earned.

That aside, as soon as my irritation at the author of the offensive email waned, I continued reading his missive which was really only an odd request to be featured here on this highly regarded blog.  After a further discussion about a big head, of which I am still quite confused, I consented to host him, if only so he’ll leave me alone.

Therefore, I would like to introduce you to Terry Maggert, a man who has a self-proclaimed large head, a herd of cats and dogs, and has written a newly published and highly regarded book entitled, The Forest Bull.

Naomi:Let’s start with just a brief synopsis of your book.  In 20 words or less, tell me what it is about.

Terry: Three lovers who stalk and kill immortals are asked by a reclusive Baron to find stolen jewelry– and the thief…

Naomi:  Terry, I must say, you have started off the interview rather poorly.  The instructions specifically said 20 words and being a teacher, I would expect you to follow the instructions as written.  I’ve had to cut you off and I’m afraid I’m going to have mark you down.

Terry.  Oh!  That’s not fair!

Naomi:  No one ever said this life was going to be fair.

Terry:  But…

Naomi: (sighing heavily)  Alright, I’ll cut you some slack since I’ve only recently started doing interviews again.  Give me the rest of your synopsis.

Terry:  Thanks.  I was going to say, the thief…is not only the Baron’s daughter, but she may be Satan, as well.

Naomi:  Well, that sounds like a nasty bit of business, although come to think of it, on occasion I’ve suspect the same thing about my kids.  Who is your favorite character and why? You can use more than 20 words from here on out.

Terry: Delphine completely took me by surprise. She’s a 2400 year old succubus currently working as a high end escort in New Orleans, and the more I wrote in her voice, the more I became enamored of her humor. She’s really funny, in addition to being a rather moral person. I like the contrast. Writing her also made for some interesting conversations with my wife, who good naturedly told me on more than one occasion “If you don’t know any hookers, you’re going to have to email a few to get some background material.” It made for some unusual emails, and some terribly earnest communications between me and escorts across the world.

Naomi:  Being 2400 years old, I suspect business for her is not quite as brisk as it was when she was much younger, say, only 2300 years.  What’s the hardest part about writing your book?

Terry:  We have a herd of cats and dogs. Our five year old son is a dream compared to them. If it weren’t for animal maintenance, I’d be on my tenth book by now, and I only started seriously writing a little over a year ago.

Naomi:  Of course, because he can feed and toilet himself.  What were you thinking?  But, I digress.  Back to your book.  What’s the easiest part?

Terry: The story. I don’t– dream isn’t the right word, I just envision the whole story, it comes to me, in full, and then, when I have a quiet hour, I write, quickly, with certainty, and I’m generally very happy with the results.

Naomi:  Well, that’s lovely for you.  I have no clue what I’m going to write about until the words have magically appeared on the page and then, I react with profound surprise that they all make some sort of sense.  Did you ever wonder if you were a little crazy for writing fantasy/fiction?

Terry:  Absolutely! I speak in front of people every week ( I teach college history), but the concept of someone critiquing or enjoying something I’ve created is a bit frightening, and I mean that in the best way of all. I love the notion that someone might enjoy my book as much as I enjoy other books, and that alone makes the hours of writing well worth it.

Naomi:  Frankly, teaching college history might be a little crazy too.  Tell me, how do you get your students to remove their earbuds and quit facebooking, tumbling or texting while they are supposedly listening to your lecture?

Terry:  Well, I…

Naomi:  Oh!  Sorry, we’re out of time.  You’ve used up your 5 minutes of fame that this blog has allocated to you.  But, I will inform our vast reading audience that they can find out more about Terry and his book, The Forest Bull at the following links:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Forest-Bull-ebook/dp/B00EWCWZEG

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SdK Corporation Board Meeting Minutes Sept 2013

Published September 10, 2013 by jnaomiay

SdK Board Meeting – Sept 2013

Members in attendance:  Naomi, Jimmy, Joanne, Steve, Rent, Trudy, Sara, Taner, Zem, Janet.

Jim:  (Pounding gavel)  Okay, everybody.  Let’s get started here.

Taner:  Well, this certainly is a different group from years past.

Zem:  Yep.  I’m here.  Hi Naomi.

Naomi:  Hello Zem.  How are you feeling today?

Zem:  I am full of water.

Naomi:  Yes, of course.  Do you know where the restrooms are?

Taner:  Right outside to the left, old man.

Jim:  Can we get started please?

Joanne: (whispering to Sara)  You look lovely, very grown up.

Steve:  Uh…where’s…uh…(nods head toward the end of the table where sit two empty chairs.)  Shouldn’t we wait for them?

Jim:  They’re not coming.

Everybody:  What?!?

Jim:  Naomi, would you like to explain?

Naomi:  Yes, thank you, Jim.  As all of you are aware, or should be, all of your employment contracts extended to only ten books.  We’ve now reached that number and so everyone is up for renegotiation including…uhem…them.

Trudy:  I don’t understand.  I’m in only one book.  Shouldn’t I be guaranteed nine more?

Jim:  No.  Actually, the fine print says ten total series books excluding novelettes, novellas, audiobooks, or graphic novels.  So, regardless how many you personally were in, your contract has now expired.

Janet:  That’s not fair!

Joanne:  Why are you complaining?  You’ve been in everything since #2.

Janet:  I wasn’t in #1, 6 or 7.  I should have three more books.  I was hoping one of them was going to be all about me.

Trudy:  Rent, aren’t you upset?  You were only in two.

Rent: (shrugs)  Whatever.  I’m happy to have the experience on my resumé.

Steve:  Which was completely blank before this.

Joanne:  As was yours.  As were all of ours.

Taner:  So, Jim, Naomi, what are you saying?  Are we all finished?

Jim looks to Naomi.

Naomi:  (leans on the table and makes a prism with her hands)  Some of you are, I’m sorry to say.

Sara: Me?

Janet:  Of course not.  You’re the next generation.  Probably me and Taner.  We’re all that’s left of the old folks.

Zem:  I’m old.

Janet: Yeah, but you’re funny and a guy.  Everyone knows that women past 40 never get any parts.

Steve:  Will you please be quiet and let Naomi finish talking.  What about THEM? (He indicates the empty chairs again with his head).

Naomi:  We are in negotiation.  I’m not going to lie to you.  They have got me over the proverbial barrel with their demands.  My people are speaking to their people and hopefully, we’ll get this resolved.

Janet:  I guess I don’t want to be in it anyway if Ron’s not coming back.  If Katie returns and not Ron, for sure I don’t want to be in it!

Taner:  (sighing)  He always comes back, never fear.  Naomi will concede to whatever he demands and he will be here.  Count on it.  He always wins.

Zem:  Yep.  Sometimes you can’t see him, sometimes you can’t hear him, sometimes you can’t feel him, but you can always smell his cigarette smoke.

Rent:  Well, I hope he does.  I was just getting to know the guy.

Steve:  If he doesn’t, there’s more opportunity for you and me, bro.

Naomi:  Not necessarily, Steven.  Jim, will you let the new folks in, please?

Jim pushes a button to unlock the conference room door.  In comes Hannah and a large child with a shock of orange hair, pale skin and bright emerald eyes.

Steve:  Aw shit!  They aren’t new, Naomi!  They’re a bunch of retreads.

Hannah: Good to see you again too, Steve.

Sara: (whispering to Joanne)  Who are they?

Joanne:  That’s Steve’s ex-wife and the boy…I don’t know.

Steve:  (Pushing back his chair and lighting a cig)  That’s Marik Korelesk.  I thought we were done with him!  I thought we were done with all those fucking Korelesks.

Taner: That’s not Marik, Steven.  Marik is older than you.

Jim:  Actually, it is Marik.  Marik junior.  Have a seat, guys.

Hannah and Marik sit in the empty seats at the end of the table.

Steve: (jumping up)  Oh no!  I’m not going to play with these two here.

Joanne:  Sit down, Steve, or you’ll be written out!

Steve: Naomi?!?

Naomi:  I’m afraid, Joanne is right, dear.  If you want to remain, you’ll have to deal with them.  Alternatively, you can go find your father and convince him to come back and deal with them.

Steve (tossing his cig on the floor and grinding it with his foot) – That’s what I’ll do.  Come on, Rent.  You and me will do this together.

Rent:  What?

Steve:  Just come on, dude.  Any idea where they are, Naomi?

Naomi:  Bora Bora.  But, their attorneys are downtown.  I suggest you make an appointment to meet with them first.  Bring your checkbook.

Jim:  That’s it then?  Meeting adjourned?

Naomi nods.

Jim:  Good.  Next meeting in 3 months.

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Release update for September 2013

Published September 9, 2013 by jnaomiay

Well, Space Chase is out and available just about everywhere.  HOWEVER, in an effort to get it into the virtual stores faster, I pre-released it on Smashwords for delivery to B&N, Kobo.  The version I put up to Smashwords for this purpose was not the final version I decided to go with and because of the Labor Day weekend, Smash didn’t approve and send out my final version yet.  So…if you have purchased Space Chase from any of these folks prior to Sept 15, please have them swap it out for the final version which I like better.  Amazon has the final version so no worries there.

A word about Space Chase…is it the end?  I don’t know.  The last time I said I was ending the series was after Book 5.  I have an idea for a continuation but who will appear in it is still somewhat uncertain.  Depending on who does end up in it, I may call it Two Moons, Book 11  or I may name it something entirely different.  We shall all have to wait and see.

The graphic novel, The Two Moons of Rehnor #1 is progressing albeit a little slower than our original projection.  Right now, I’m anticipating a pre-Thanksgiving release.  I’ll continue to feed you teasers as I get them.

Audiobooks are moving along though.  Sometime this week, Thad’s Mistakes should go live everywhere with Kirk Hanley’s narration of this very funny short story.

Black Gold (Time Tripping Adventures #1) should be available within the next two weeks as an audiobook.

Caissa’s Favor narrated by both Kirk and myself should be available sometime in late October or early November.

That’s the news from headquarters.  Thoughts on the ending of Space Chase?  Feel free to share.

 

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Space Chase is live!

Published September 4, 2013 by jnaomiay

On Amazon.com and soon to be everywhere else.

A massive dust storm encircling the sector has stranded passengers on Spacebase 41-B. With the lights flickering, the HVAC system over stressed, and the Space Sailor’s Bar running out of beer, could it get any worse? Actually, it can, and does when a waylaid Imperial spaceplane arrives carrying none other than the Imperial Family and Someone wants to play a little game. There will be winners and there will be losers. The question is, Is dying a win or a loss?

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