We lost our 15 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Gabe, 18 months ago. After it happened, my wife, Debbie, and I felt we didn’t want another dog as we couldn’t go through that heartbreak again.
But as time went on, we missed have a furry friend around the house. I’d never had a larger dog, and so we agreed we’d get one. I first looked at Great Danes. Big, gentle dogs. But, after researching and speaking to breeders and owners, we decided to get a Labrador Retriever.
As we researched breeders in the area, and their upcoming litters, I mulled over a name. The breed is big, strong, and loyal, so I wanted a name that stayed true to its character.
The day we picked our new pup up
I chose the name TBone, after Jon Streg’s big, strong, and loyal ranger.
Soon after, we found a litter with available pups, and chose the most rambunctious male, a chocolate lab puppy, with adorable blue eyes. We brought him home on Valentine’s Day 2016, and he’s been a great companion and tireless puppy…even at over 90 pounds.
I’m in the final rewrite of No Mercy: TBone’s Test. Once it’s gone through my critique partners, I’ll send it out to beta beaders to get their feedback. And then it’s on to the copy editor. If you’d like to receive a beta copy, send an email with a request to participate in the beta to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When it’s time for the beta read, each approved beta reader will receive an email with a link to download an ebook copy of No Mercy: TBone’s Test. You’ll be asked to provide your feedback within 14 days. I’m not looking for grammar or spelling experts. As readers of fast-paced, post-apocalyptic action fiction, you can really help out by sending me what you liked about the story, what you didn’t like, and any plot holes you might have found.
I’ve got to admit I’m happy to see 2016 fade into the rear view mirror. Between a major surgery that knocked me out for a few months, to a jarring death in the family in August, my publishing schedule was understandably pushed into the back seat.
But it’s front and center for 2017. Let me tell you about it.
No Mercy: TBone’s Test will be the first release. This is a novella-sized ebook (about 1/4 the size of The Tilt). It will be free and will only be available to members of my mailing list.
The initial mailing of the download link will be made to all current members. Others will get the link as they join the mailing list. No Mercy: TBone’s Test is planned for the first half of 2017. More information, including a full book description, will come in future emails.
The Confederacy: Book Two in The Tilt Series
The second book in The Tilt series, The Confederacy is planned for the second half of 2017. Currently 1/4 of the first draft is completed.
More information, including a cover reveal and full book description, will come in future emails.
I’ll be at the Great Alaska Book Fair at the Sears Mall this Saturday. Stop on by and say, “Hi.” I’ll have copies of The Tilt available at more than a 20% discount off the regular price. Only $10.00 during this event. And I’ll be glad to autograph one for you.