The Long Winter, the lost novella

A few years ago I received the opportunity to write a book for a publishing company that I respected and still do. I turned in a novella that I thought was sound in its story and characters. The immediate response was that it was too short and they wanted something longer that would justify printing and a higher price. so, like the idiot that I can be, I went through and added characters, another plot line, killed characters that didn’t really serve a purpose, and ruined a series that had pulled me out of a cycle of debt. Granted, the communication was limited on both ends of the arrangement and while working on the novel the editor and I butted heads on certain things and the novel went into a totally different direction than I ever thought it could. At the time Cannibalism was a hot topic, with movies like Bone Tomahawk this was added as a new selling point. The idea was flirted with in the original Novella and now it was a running theme of the book.

The original disaster that is The Long Winter would be short lived. Turned down by the publishers after spending hundreds of dollars on editing services and disappointed in the book, I could not blame them for this. By this point I hadn’t published anything in over a year and my overall sales were dwindling. I had spent a year working for a production company for a TV show that was never made, that story can be found in my book Golden on Amazon, for the low price of $300 a month. needless to say my writing career was not going as I had hoped and now I was sitting on a book that was professionally edited but nobody wanted to print. Away on amazon it went and two poor reviews later had me removing it not wanting to soil the trilogy I had created.

Digging through files I found the original novella I had written and it was still the enjoyable story I remembered, before all the mess. For anyone who bought the original story I apologize and hope that this version, if you are inclined to read it, is more enjoyable and more fitting with the characters and stories that we loved.


Grey Nation, Surviving Yellowstone

This is the second new book I have been able to put out in the same number of weeks. I guess that is the benefit of having a bit of time off and winter keeping me inside. This was a project I started over two years ago and it had been taken off the shelf and put back on more times than I would like to admit. Originally written on a Royal KMM typewriter I was able to scan those pages, edit, rewrite, and finally finish this project and cross it off my list of things to do.

Grey Nation, here is the story…

Mike and Sarah already had a rough year with the birth of their micro preemie daughter and dealing with the estate that belonged to Sarah’s late father. While they were an hour out of town they learned that the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted and was sending a scalding hot wave of ash their way. The clock is ticking and not only do they have to reach home, but also find supplies to wait out the disaster. When the ash settles they find a new country and a new way of life that they have to adapt to or die trying.

If you like what I’m doing here and want to help out the website you could try to give Grey Nation a shot. The Royalties help me out and make sure that I have more time to spend writing for this website. Plus you get an action packed story that I hope you will enjoy.


Homefront: a story of the future collapse

I recently received an email from a company called Webnovel who was interested in my book Homefront: a story of the future collapse. I had never heard of this company before and decided to do some research as to what they were selling. Webnovel is a Chinese based company that specializes is serialized books, expecting authors to write 1500 words a day to be paid $200 a month. they buy the rights to these works and the author is unable to publish on other platforms. doesn’t exactly sound like a good deal.

the funny part about this story is that the novel they enquired about has the Chinese military as the villains, invading the west coast of the country a year after an EMP took out the power grid and left the population helpless in fighting off an invading army. Or so they thought. I don’t know what the intent of this email was or if they even knew anything about the book. worse case scenario is that they were trying to buy the rights so that the book could be shelved and never seen again. after all the last version of Red Dawn that was created had the Chinese replaced with North Koreans after the film had already been shot. Nothing would surprise me these days. you can still find copies of Homefront on Amazon, until the Chinese tell Bezos otherwise. click on the link for a free sample.