Category - Steampunk Sci-fi

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The Long Journey
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Summer Reading Sale
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Cover Art Draft
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Situational Archetypes in the Deveran Conflict Series
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Building the World of Devera
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Lord Lynden and Lady Alexina: Parents with Purpose
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Bronwyn Traugott — Sweetheart of the Temple Elsbireth
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Kira and Algernon: Twins of Trouble
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Kira’s Nightmare
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Garrick Ravenwood — Warrior’s Soul

The Long Journey

My second novel is the longest and best-selling in the Deveran Conflict Series. This epic story begins with Garrick and Brenna, as they head to Marvic, Tamaria’s capital city, where he is scheduled to begin officer’s training. The demands are tough and he struggles to keep up. Brenna, separated from her boyfriend and still unfamiliar with the local language, wrestles with listless loneliness and feels spiritually adrift. She needs to find purpose, but also learns that her family, who have…

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Summer Reading Sale

The World of Devera celebrates the season during the annual Smashwords Summer Reading Sale. Start reading for free with The Edge of Justice, the premier novel in the Deveran Conflict Series. The rest of the books are deeply discounted for the entire month of July. Multiple e-book formats are available. Get yours now! http://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/2081

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Cover Art Draft

I’m not done with this, yet. However, it’s the first draft of a cover for my latest writing project. Let me know what you think in the comments. 🙂 In this version I’ve adjusted the poses for both characters and added a different color of light for the sun. I’ve changed the position of Brenna’s left thumb and moved her hairline. The latter effort makes little difference . . . A lot of little adjustments later, and I’m fairly happy…

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Situational Archetypes in the Deveran Conflict Series

While the title of this post may sound a bit pretentious, nothing about the way I write novels approaches the way I compose for a post-graduate class. I don’t start with the archetype and draft a plan. Writing stories is much more organic and subconsciously processed than is the case when I pen a thesis. However, since I actually teach creative writing, the idea for this post arose while preparing lessons for an English class. In my presentation, I encouraged…

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Building the World of Devera

Mapping a World It all began with a drawing. I’d been working graveyard shift as a telephone operator after graduating from high school and I had a lot of time on my hands. As I drew the outline of the Deveran continent, filled in mountain ranges, rivers and cities, my imagination conjured ideas for the people who would occupy these lands I’d created. World building is a formidable task. It’s taken me many years to flesh out the nations I…

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Lord Lynden and Lady Alexina: Parents with Purpose

Introduction While they are secondary characters in the Deveran Conflict Series, the roles that Lord Lynden and Lady Alexina play are essential in grounding the story’s background, and providing a context into the way that Brenna – in particular – and, to a lesser degree, the Ravenwood siblings view functional family relationships. Their story as a couple begins long before the series starts, as Alexina is 70 in The Long Journey and Lynden is 68. Since longevity is characteristic of…

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Bronwyn Traugott — Sweetheart of the Temple Elsbireth

Early History As the only daughter of her parents, Bronwyn enjoyed a privileged position as a child. The wealth of her family wrought a degree of comfort that not many Tamarians enjoyed, enabling her to experience a carefree childhood. Since her three brothers were all much older, she spent most of her time as a young girl in adult company. Bronwyn developed neighborhood friends to replace sibling relationships, often choosing those who felt isolated and left out as companions. She…

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Kira and Algernon: Twins of Trouble

Kira and Algernon are exceptionally close, even for siblings. Overview Kira has a foul mouth and Algernon angers easily. Like her mother, Kira has a well-earned reputation for promiscuity that complicates her adult life. Like his father, Algernon is prone to violence. Their character flaws not only define them, but also render them with humility well-suited for spiritual service. At the time that Sylvia Ravenwood became pregnant with the twins, her relationship with Cyrus had soured. She blamed her husband…

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Garrick Ravenwood — Warrior’s Soul

Overview Being a first-born male carries a burden that younger siblings seldom appreciate. At the core of his personality, Garrick is responsible. He understands what needs to be done in order to sustain the ones he loves, and he devotes himself to making sure their needs are met. Garrick will deprive himself to make sure that his younger siblings, Kira and Algernon, have resources to thrive. Their confidence in him is rooted in many years of his consistently looking after…

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