Ages Have Passed…

And many, many apologies given for the lack of posts.  I did not intend to take a leave of absence this long.

They Say That Life Can Throw You A Curve Ball…

It threw me about four.  The first curve ball can be called Family, and it was made up of a wedding, out-of-state visits, increased demands on my time, a disruption of electric service (don’t ask), a couple of non-functional vehicles, and a few other things that escape me at the moment.  Now don’t get me wrong; I love my family.  i appreciate them in every way.  Still, all of that had a greater, and more prolonged, impact on my schedule than anticipated.

The second curve ball was the horror anthology I worked on for Trinity Gateways LLC.  It was an enjoyable, educational experience.  It is, unfortunately, an experience that’s still ongoing.  We’re working with a different print and distribution service and it’s the little things that proven to be the trickiest obstacle to work around.  That will hopefully come to an end very soon, though.

The third curve ball was Descent Into Darkness: His Command.  The novella took much longer to conclude because of curve balls 1 and 2 — and because the bloody thing kept changing the scene sequences on me.  I have never had a story that’s bucked the outlines the way this one has.  It was very like a rodeo bronco, trying to throw me off at every turn.  Now that it’s finished, I’m trying to get His Revenge, the next in the line-up, off the ground.  It’s making me build a launch pad first, though, so it’s been a slow starter.

The fourth curve ball was software education.  I upgraded some of the software I use, and switched over to a new software suite that will help with e-book conversions.  I’m constantly learning new things — techniques, features, ways around limitati0ns — and it’s slowed me down me some.

These are not excuses for neglecting to post.  They are reasons, but even reasons can’t don’t make my absence “okay”.  So, once again, many apologies to those of you who have come back looking for updates and found none.

Descent Into Darkness: His Command

The cover of Descent Into Darkness: His Command by Doris Ross, the fourth installment of the six part Descent Into Darkness novella series.

Goal Accomplished

Descent Into Darkness: His Command was published on 11/3/12.  It is available for all e-book readers via Smashwords and Kindle, and is currently being distributed to other e-book channels, such as Barnes & Nobles and the iBookstore.

Descent Into Darkness: His Command Teaser

The Mancers are falling, hunted and slain by the blood mage they call the Monster of Menie: Ba’tvian Delthanurk.  With the aid of his companions, the elven lady Nerisse se li Astorae and the barbarian Ibestor, he has begun a quiet war, leaving nothing but death in his wake.  As he blazes a bloody trail across the breadth of Orthanor, he will make new allies, meet his enemies head-on, and carve his name deep into the history of Einlienn.

Yet the decision to fight comes with heavy consequences.  The Mancers will not die easily under his blade, nor will they stand by to watch their brethren perish.  With a single message, they have set in motion events that will force the Monster’s most devoted follower, a once-intended priestess, to make a terrible choice in order to survive – and when Ba’tvian gives his command, that choice will be no choice at all…

Check out the Descent Into Darkness: His Command page for sample chapters.

A Reminder

November, December, and January comprise what is considered the “off season” for the authors of Trinity Gateways LLC, myself included.  There may be sporadic updates/posts during this time but nothing scheduled.  I’ll still be plugging away, though, so look forward to fresh material in February 2013.

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