THE MARCH INTO PRINT…AND OTHER MATTERS

It is said that there is a certain measure of validity to be found in tangibility. Despite the inexorable march of electronic technology and cyber-media…there are still a great many people who want to hold a physical copy of a novel in their hands. For these people, an aspect of the enjoyment of reading is derived from the tactile sensation of holding an paper and ink product. To that end, I have taken a brief break from working on my next novel…The Final Converging: An Immortal Heart Asunder…to undertake the process of making my seven existing novels available in print. After four months of intense and painstaking labor, that process is now complete. I would have been unable to complete this project in these last four months, without the help of Steve Efondo, who designed the covers for the paper products, and Leonard Clark, who helped with the editorial work of the manuscripts.

I have to admit that it is certainly gratifying to see the seven novels…two million plus words and thirty years of effort in the making…arrayed across my bookshelf. Here is a link to where the novels can be purchased in both paper and e-form:

 

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=george+straatman

 

With this rather daunting project complete, I will turn my attention back to the process of preparing the Final Converging: An Immortal Heart Asunder for release…tentatively scheduled for December of 2015. I have decided that this very probably be my final novel and so I want to savor every aspect and nuance of the creative process. I am presently immersed in the second draft, which has always been my favorite part of the progression of seeing a formative idea germinate to be an actual novel. Elizabeth and Cynara have long been my favorite creations and the culmination of their intense and poignant epic tale will serve as a fitting conclusion to my writing-for-public-consumption efforts.

After thirty years of indulging my creative whims, it’s not easy to imagine the shape my life my take after this, but I can go back to being a ravenous reading…hungrily consuming the works of my favorite writers like Steven Erikson and Brandon Sanderson. The joy of reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures and I intend to indulge that pleasure fully. Someday…when I a good deal older…I can pull my novels from the shelf and for nostalgia’s sake, give them one last read. What more can a writer ever look forward to…

Guest Author – Sonya Craig – Sci-Fi offering – Outbound

Sonya Craig – Author of ‘The Outbound’ Series

 

The life of an indie author is fraught with its own set of challenges…the foremost of which is attempting to be heard above the clammor of the five hundred thousand or so aspiring authors who have thrown their hats into the writing-for-pay ring since the advent and proliferation of the e-book. Each of these authors has their own individual reason for eschewing the traditional adgent-publishing house route. The Indie author oftern lives…and sadly dies…on the strength of word of mouth promotion.

The indie author is often viewed with a jaundiced and cynical eye…but ever so slowly, independent authors are making miniscule inroads in changes perspectives…one reader at a time.

My friend, Sonya Craig is an American indie author…whose genre of choice is Sci-fi…she is a prolific and determined writer and my hat goes off to her and her efforts. This blog is dedicated to her…

Retail Teaser for Outbound Book 1:

The following teaser provides the reader with an insight into the quirky, sometimes irreverent writing style that Sonya favors:

Sonya Craig is the author of the Science Fiction series, Outbound, featuring the precarious life and times of underdog-extraordinaire Taiga Chavez and her beloved misfit crew.  Space has never been more unpredictable than when Taiga squares off against the totalitarian jerkwads of the universe.

Outbound is the first novel in the series.

Taiga is an imperfect person in an OCD type of world.  A loyal soldier, she longs to earn her stripes and leave Earth behind.   However, on her first Outbound mission, she soon learns that being the ‘good soldier’ can have an ugly meaning.  On a planet filled with aliens that give new meaning to the term ‘wild life’, she must choose sides.  And the only thing at stake?  Simply the fate of two worlds.  No pressure.

 

Sonya Craig and the Creative process:

The universe that I write about is always in my head.  I have two lives: the one where I take care of my husband and teen daughters, cat, dog, yard, house, cars, errands etc. – and the one in which a young captain and her odd mix of crewmen strive against evil regimes in a futuristic realm.

It’s a realm where seat-restraints that are supposed to ‘automatically engage with any jarring action’ rarely work.  A realm where your adopted brother says things like, “I not laugh in danger’s face but I may pee on him’s leg.”

Any other words, a universe much like our own, just a little more fantastical.

I write continuously, even when it isn’t on paper.  Paper is great though, because without it, you end up jotting notes on the back of your hand, store receipts and anything else available when an idea must be noted somewhere, somehow.  As a warning though, never ask the mean, old lady in the check-out line in front of you if you can have her now unneeded grocery list for a really important purpose.  Just a safety tip there.

 

Where to find Sonya online:

     Sonya maintains a quirky, humorous and insightful blog and I would recommend that everyone take the opportunity to stop by and peruse her content…cool stuff!!

http://sonyacraigsf.blogspot.ca/

Where to purchase Sonya’s Outbound Series…

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/sonyacr

Sonya Craig is typical of the many talented and determined indie authors who are laboring to make their mark in the genres of their choice and I hope that visitors will take the time to explore her catalogue of excellent Science Fiction offerings…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chains of Capitulation – Journey Bk 3 – long and short retail teasers

With the imminent release of Chains of Capitulation…the third book in the Journey through the Land of Shades fantasy epic…I thought is might be a good time to roll out the long and short retail teaser that readers will see on the various e-book retailer sites:

 

 

SHORT TEASER

‘I will forewarn you, when the last of these shadows has been swept away to reveal the brutal reality of your existence, all that awaits you is the embrace of bitter despair.’ Myrhia to Islena Doraux. After surviving the harrowing trek through the Land of Shades and locating the legendary king, Islena’s burgeoning hope is crushed by the truth of her own insurmountable inner darkness.

LONG TEASER

‘I will forewarn you, when the last of these shadows has been swept away to reveal the brutal reality of your existence, all that awaits you is the embrace of bitter despair. Do you have the courage to confront your true identity without the protective mantle of delusion or bias, Daughter?’ Myrhia to Islena Doraux. After surviving the harrowing trek through the Land of Shades and locating the legendary king, Islena’s burgeoning hope is crushed by the truth of her own insurmountable inner darkness.

Against immense odds, Islena survives personal abjection and the horrors of the Upper Lands and miraculously defeats the Morticant Hybrid that has usurped control of her traveling companion’s body. After tenaciously overcoming every obstacle while crossing theLandofShadesand reaching theGreatWesternOcean, she finally locates the legendary king Artumas. Islena is suffused by the hope that he will help her locate the two remaining Proclamations…the tangible manifestations of power necessary to vanquish the Myrhia, the Mother of Iniquity.

During the course of her grueling journey, Islena experiences the nascent stirrings of memories from a thousand past lives…the resonating echoes that have forged the shape and direction of history in a thousand different worlds. No longer nebulous fragments, these past incarnations speak to her of the pivotal roles they have played in the epic struggles and grand dramas…the critical and often tragic junctures that defined their worlds. Through these revelations, Islena Doraux comes to grasp that she is the culmination of this recurring persona…a mortal vessel that plays host to an immortal spirit, whose death will inevitably lead to her rebirth…just as nightfall inexorably yields to dawn. To her horror, she learns that each rebirth heralds the onset of a new chapter of bloody conflict, suffering human misery.

While trying to solve the puzzle of this seemingly pointless unending cycle of tragedy, Islena is plunges through the seemingly innumerable layers of past existence in an effort to discover her genesis…and the perplexing purpose she was intended to serve.

Above the cloth of the world, the eternal triangle of conflict spins…a recurring cycle of misery and incessant struggle of which she is the pivotal element…tearing asunder the illusions that have characterized her life. As she embarks on the next leg of her epic journey, the final layer of Islena’s sequestered identity is stripped away by an epiphany that will reveal the irreducible core of blackness that resides in the fabric of her nature. In the moment of terrible insight…Islena Doraux comes to divine that it is she who poses the greatest threat to everything she strives to protect. To avert this calamity, she is left with no recourse but to willingly accept the chains of capitulation that her avowed enemy has held out to her.

 

This novel really reveals the complex scope of the underlying plot upon which this series is founded and should be available by the end of June 2014. Islena’s Journey will conclude with the final volume…A Fallible Goddess and the Enduring Sorrow.

 

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