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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Praising God in the Storm

The following was from 40 Days of Praise, a simple series of summer praises I began to remind myself (and others) how many blessings God gives us. This posting, Day 4, became a little larger than expected, so I thought it might warrant posting here as well.



Almighty God, I praise you for the storm. Yesterday, a breaking news item showed the headline: "One Killed, Eight Injured at River Valley Ranch In Carroll County Maryland." A mantle of ice formed on my neck and shoulders. My son Bryce Batson is currently at a summer camp, a camp with our church. And I thought it -might- be the one in the article. My voice thinned with panic, I asked my wife…and she told me the camp was at Frostburg State. Not the same one. My son is safe.

But it might have been otherwise. And for some family nearby, it -was- otherwise. A family now has a massive, pulsing, aching gouge in their lives. And there are questions that will never go away…at least until heaven. So why do I praise God for the storm? Isn't that cruel and insensitive? I hope not. I am grieved by the loss of this 13 year old kid. I'm grieved by the injuries sustained by the other children. I'm grieved that the storm came up so blindingly quick that the campers couldn't get to shelter.

But I praise God for the storm. In the fury of a storm, we are reminded that we are not in control of this place. We do not run the show. And we are vulnerable to any one of a great host of dangers. But for the grace of God, the storm might take any one of us. In the storm, we are reminded that our lives are fleeting. This life is short, a vapor…gone in an instant. And this life is NOT all there is. Knowing this, we ought to examine ourselves. Have we really thought about the important things? Have we considered God? What do we believe about His son Jesus? Storms can make you think. C.S. Lewis wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

As much as it agonizes us to think in this way, we must. Especially here in the United States where we enjoy a level of wealth and comfort beyond the kings of old. We grow fat and content with things never meant to be so important to us. And it is only in the wake of tragedy that we are roused from our pleasure coma. September 11th did that. Remember? Churches were bursting at the seams for weeks after that tragedy. The horrific events of Columbine High School did that. Remember?

I praise God for the storm. And I don't want to dance around the issues here or leave the objectionable questions unaddressed. Am I suggesting that God inflicts horrible tragedies upon mankind to wake us up, to draw our attention to His son Jesus, to take refuge in Him? Are the Hitlers and Pol Pots of history somehow agents of God, murdering millions so that other millions might be saved? God forbid. God takes no pleasure in the pain of his children. But what is clear is that God allows these things. Storms, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, famines, plagues, abortions, murders, rapes, child abuse—an unending list—all allowed to happen by God. For these are the consequences of sin.

People today just don't get sin. Sin is rationalized away. Sin is scoffed at as an antiquated notion. Sin is marginalized and minimized and often…forgotten. We need to WAKE UP to the destructive, deadly nature of sin. We need to see it in all its blackest, malignant properties…and we need to understand that sin is not to be played with. Let's boil it down. Sin is arrogant disobedience. It is saying we know better than God. It is saying that we are the ultimate authority. It is taking the gift of free will and throwing it back in the face of God. When earth was as God intended, there may have been storms, but they were simply beautiful to behold, not ever a danger. But. One. Sin. One sin broke everything. The scriptures tells us that all of creation was cursed in that one, original sin. Maybe an easier word to understand than "cursed" would be "poisoned." That original sin sent a shockwave through the created world. I don't know the mechanics of it, but it's easy to see the results. That was one sin.

How many sins has mankind committed since?

How many sins have I personally committed in my lifetime?

Sobering. Chilling. Because why would we believe that any one of our sins would be ANY LESS destructive and tainting than Adam's?

If Adam's original sin got him and Eve kicked out of paradise, why wouldn't each of humanity's sins also take the world farther away from paradise? If Adam's original sin pushed Adam and Eve into a world full of hardships and dangers, why wouldn't each of humanity's sins also make our world harder and more perilous? Remember, Adam's very next generation had the first murder when Cain slaughtered his brother Abel. Human nature had been changed, tainted, and perverted from its original intent. And each sin after that has done the same thing, slowly, incrementally changing people and creation more and more. The storms, the scandals, the murders—even the Hitlers and Pol Pots of the world are a direct result of mankind's sin. Our sin. Each and every sin we commit pours another drop of the blackest poison into the festering reservoir of sin-evil that corrupts people and the world we live in.

Honestly, it's a wonder that there's anything beautiful and safe left in the world. And that fact is a testimony to God's love for mankind. He wants to remind us of beauty and love and goodness. In fact, He wants us to know that this cursed, poisoned world is not the end. Tragedy, no matter how horrid, is not final. The white hot strand of hope for us all can be found in Jesus. Was there ever a greater tragedy than the perfect, sinless Son of God being tortured, ridiculed, spat upon, and murdered as a criminal? And yet, through that horrific event, Jesus beat down sin and death with a holy hammer. He rose again, and said, "World, look to me! Believe in me. I will save you!"

In the wake of tragedy, God can and does create hope. And only through God can any good ever come of the calamities of this world.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Gay Marriage Perspective...

So, Sir Elton John said recently in an interview that "If Jesus Christ were around today, he would support gay marriage." All due respect to Elton, a once-in-a-generation songwriter and singer, but his claim is based on a fictitious Jesus. Scriptures make it clear that Jesus never sinned and never knew sin. He wouldn't support sinful behavior. 








But IMHO, I'll tell you what Jesus would do. He'd walk right into a gay bar, sit down, and strike up a life-changing conversation or three. He'd walk in on a gay marriage and put his arm around each person, to tell them how much he loves them, how much he knows their rejection and pain, and the good news for their futures. And he'd walk up to protestors holding up hateful, slurring signs and tell them to get behind him. He might even storm into an LBGT rally and turn over the politicians tables for using people as political pawns. Lastly, he'd spin around at the soft pressure on the hem of his cloak, lift the chin of the broken gay man who touched him, and say, "Go and sin no more, your faith has healed you."

Sunday, May 25, 2014

life IS worth living!

I am deeply concerned for the tweens and teens of this generation. Social media and electronic affirmation has become WAY too powerful in your lives. Technology itself allows you access to information and imagery that no one needs to experience. I'm stunned by how many young people think about or perform self harm like cutting or even worse, suicide attempts. My generation had its problems but things like self harm and suicide NEVER crossed our minds, or rarely did (since I can't speak for all).

If any young person reads this, please take this and plunge it deep into your heart and mind: your life IS precious. No matter how bad it feels today, IT WILL NOT ALWAYS FEEL THIS WAY. It WILL get better!. Even if the whole world dumps on you and seems to despise you, God, maker of heaven and earth, loves you desperately. He dreamed you up out of nothing because He could not imagine His creation WITHOUT YOU IN IT. Every moment of your life is a new opportunity, a new adventure waiting for your first step. Jesus doesn't care what you've done or who posts about how horrible you are. He LOVES you enough to die for you. Jesus went to the cross to set you free. Can't make it through the month? Just lean on Jesus through the week. Can't make it through the week? Just lean on Jesus through the day. Can't make it through the day? Just lean on Jesus through the hour. 









 


Young adults, please understand, there are millions of people just like you, who have gone through tragedy, hellish conditions, depression, bullying, anxiety, eating disorders, destroyed self image, and everything else—and with God's power—have come out the other side to THRIVE in life. One of the scariest things about your life now is that you might believe that your current world hates you. But please understand your current world, as important as it is, is just a tiny drop of water in the ocean of life. Middle school is just one tiny room in a great big mansion. High School is a bigger world still, and yet, still small. College too will expand your world exponentially, and then THE WHOLE WORLD will open up for you. Trust me on this: that guy or girl you're pining away for, believing that he/she is the only one who will ever be just right for you—IS NOT THE ONE. There's a whole world of possible crushes out there. Seriously, and most of them are cuter, too.

God has thrown you the keys to life, and He wants to watch you explore His world. and LIVE. Don't listen to the lies of evil, telling you all kinds of negative things about yourself. YOU are the only ONE of YOU. And you are beautiful to God.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Amazon Blitz Prizes on the Way Soon!

Hi, greatest readers in the known universe!

The Amazon Blitz was fantastic. Thank you all very much for all the support, whether you bought a book (or 3) or Tweeted or told your buddy on the bus, or threw up some prayers, I'm grateful.

Dreamtreaders went from @36,000th all the way to 1,933rd. That's more than a 34,000 place improvement. WHOA.

So, ladies and gents, I've got to get some prizes heading your way. I'm assembling the Prize Pack now and will be emailing them in the next day or two.

Here's what you can look forward to in your Inbox:

Prize Level Four: Dreamtreaders Reaches 2,000th on the sales rank. Here's what you get:
• Hi Rez Image files for Dreamtreaders and Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders 2)
• Inspiration Pack (Folder full of images and other goodies that inspired the Dreamtreaders Series)
• Dreamtreaders Proposal (A copy of the original book proposal I sent to the publisher)
• Scans of Author Artwork from Dreamtreaders
• Dream Inc. Logo for your blog
• Dreamtreaders Writing Prayers (Before many writing sessions, I write a prayer. These are those.)
• One original unpublished Batson short story.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dreamtreaders: The Amazon Blitz Protocol. Activation: May 6th


Dreamtreaders: The Amazon Blitz Protocol. Activation: May 6th



{Cue Mission Impossible Music}

Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to purchase Dreamtreaders from Amazon.com on May 6th using the link provided above. That's it. That's all you have to do.

Unless you win.

If you win, you have to do other stuff…like collect prizes.

How do you win? What do you win? Read on.



Dreamtreaders currently sits at 55,000th on Amazon's Sales Rank. Not bad for a book that hasn't been released yet. But not good enough. Each time someone purchases a book from Amazon, it gives a little boost to the sales rank. If people purchase the book in a confined area of time, it gives a multiplied boost to the sales rank. And this boost has a way of lingering...

A ranking in the Top 100 will usually fuel other sales as folks go looking for a "good book" in the sales rankings. And the ranking goes up. 

I will monitor the Amazon Sales Rank for Dreamtreaders all day on May 6th.
The better the ranking, the better your prize(s).



Prize Level One: Dreamtreaders Reaches 10,000th on the sales rank. Here's what you get:
• Hi Rez Image files for Dreamtreaders and Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders 2)
• Inspiration Pack (Folder full of images and other goodies that inspired the Dreamtreaders Series)

Prize Level Two: Dreamtreaders Reaches 5,000th on the sales rank. Here's what you get:
• Hi Rez Image files for Dreamtreaders and Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders 2)
• Inspiration Pack (Folder full of images and other goodies that inspired the Dreamtreaders Series)
• Dreamtreaders Proposal (A copy of the original book proposal I sent to the publisher)
• Scans of Author Artwork from Dreamtreaders
• Dream Inc. Logo for your blog

Prize Level Three: Dreamtreaders Reaches 3,000th on the sales rank. Here's what you get:
• Hi Rez Image files for Dreamtreaders and Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders 2)
• Inspiration Pack (Folder full of images and other goodies that inspired the Dreamtreaders Series)
• Dreamtreaders Proposal (A copy of the original book proposal I sent to the publisher)
• Scans of Author Artwork from Dreamtreaders
• Dream Inc. Logo for your blog
• Dreamtreaders Writing Prayers (Before many writing sessions, I write a prayer. These are those.)

Prize Level Four: Dreamtreaders Reaches 2,000th on the sales rank. Here's what you get:
• Hi Rez Image files for Dreamtreaders and Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders 2)
• Inspiration Pack (Folder full of images and other goodies that inspired the Dreamtreaders Series)
• Dreamtreaders Proposal (A copy of the original book proposal I sent to the publisher)
• Scans of Author Artwork from Dreamtreaders
• Dream Inc. Logo for your blog
• Dreamtreaders Writing Prayers (Before many writing sessions, I write a prayer. These are those.)
• One original unpublished Batson short story.

Prize Level Five: Dreamtreaders Reaches 1,000th on the sales rank. Here's what you get:
• Hi Rez Image files for Dreamtreaders and Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders 2)
• Inspiration Pack (Folder full of images and other goodies that inspired the Dreamtreaders Series)
• Dreamtreaders Proposal (A copy of the original book proposal I sent to the publisher)
• Scans of Author Artwork from Dreamtreaders
• Dream Inc. Logo for your blog
• Dreamtreaders Writing Prayers (Before many writing sessions, I write a prayer. These are those.)
• Two original unpublished Batson short stories.

Prize Level Six: Dreamtreaders Reaches 100th on the sales rank. Here's what you get:
• Hi Rez Image files for Dreamtreaders and Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders 2)
• Inspiration Pack (Folder full of images and other goodies that inspired the Dreamtreaders Series)
• Dreamtreaders Proposal (A copy of the original book proposal I sent to the publisher)
• Scans of Author Artwork from Dreamtreaders
• Dream Inc. Logo for your blog
• Dreamtreaders Writing Prayers (Before many writing sessions, I write a prayer. These are those.)
• Two original unpublished Batson short stories.
• The Official Dreamtreaders' Style Guide: this includes cast of characters, settings, monsters, and just about everything else that appears in the novels.

Prize Level Seven: Dreamtreaders Reaches 25th on the sales rank. Here's what you get:
• Hi Rez Image files for Dreamtreaders and Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders 2)
• Inspiration Pack (Folder full of images and other goodies that inspired the Dreamtreaders Series)
• Dreamtreaders Proposal (A copy of the original book proposal I sent to the publisher)
• Scans of Author Artwork from Dreamtreaders
• Dream Inc. Logo for your blog
• Dreamtreaders Writing Prayers (Before many writing sessions, I write a prayer. These are those.)
• Two original unpublished Batson short stories.
• The Official Dreamtreaders' Style Guide: this includes cast of characters, settings, monsters, and just about everything else that appears in the novels.
• Sneak Preview Chapter of Dreamtreaders 2: Search for the Shadow Key
• Sneak Preview Chapter of Dark Sea 3: Mirror of Souls
• Personalized Signed Bookplate Sticker for your Dreamtreaders book


Prize Level ULTIMATE: Dreamtreaders Reaches 1st on the sales rank. Here's what you get:
• Hi Rez Image files for Dreamtreaders and Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders 2)
• Inspiration Pack (Folder full of images and other goodies that inspired the Dreamtreaders Series)
• Dreamtreaders Proposal (A copy of the original book proposal I sent to the publisher)
• Scans of Author Artwork from Dreamtreaders
• Dream Inc. Logo for your blog
• Dreamtreaders Writing Prayers (Before many writing sessions, I write a prayer. These are those.)
• Two original unpublished Batson short stories.
• The Official Dreamtreaders' Style Guide: this includes cast of characters, settings, monsters, and just about everything else that appears in the novels.
• Sneak Preview Chapter of Dreamtreaders 2: Search for the Shadow Key
• Sneak Preview Chapter of Dark Sea 3: Mirror of Souls
• Sneak Preview Chapter of Ultra Top Secret Future Novel Concept
• Personalized Signed Bookplate Sticker for your Dreamtreaders book
• Your name in the Dreamtreaders Scroll Section to be printed in the back of Dreamtreaders: Search for the Shadow Key.
• Potential Dreamtreaders Book Party: If Dreamtreaders gets to #1, we will try to find a central location and date, meet at a restaurant or bookstore for dramatic readings, booksigning, prizes, etc. Note: Each person who attends will have to take care of own travel expenses. I wish I could pay for it all, but I have four teenagers. Nuff said.


How to collect your prizes:

Starting on May 6th, if you purchase a copy of Dreamtreaders, email me at batguy21784 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Put this in the subject line: I Blitzed Amazon

I will reply to your email and attach a ZIP File with all the goodies in it.

If we reach a high enough level, I'll also need a mailing address and a name for whoever I'm signing the bookplate sticker for.


 What Else Can You Do?

Buying Dreamtreaders is huge. If you do that, thank you. But there are other things you can do to help that Sales Rank number climb:

• Blog about it with pics and links
• Tweet it out
• Facebook
• Instagram
• Any other social media
• Word of mouth

May 6th, a Day that will live on in Dreamtreader Lore forever! Will you join the Blitz?






Monday, April 21, 2014

Yes, Even You.


So another Easter has come and gone. Hymns have been sung, "He is Risen!" has been shouted from the rooftops, and empty tombs have been on display. But you might be wondering, "What's all the hubub?" 

Or, more accurately, you might secretly be wondering if God might forgive even you. Here's the gospel truth: 1 Timothy 1:15, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." 

Jesus came to save sinners. All of us. The worst of us. That's why He came and died and rose again. That's the reason. You might be thinking, "but you don't know what I've done." You might be able to name some pretty horrific things too. I know I could. Seriously, if some of your sins were broadcast live on tv, you might realistically need to think about leaving the country. But those sins, even the blackest sins, aren't hidden to God.

Take an honest look at the worst of your sins. Any of them in there worse than putting the Son of God to death? I mean, what about those rancid, nasty Jews and Romans who laughed at Jesus and spat on him, and tore his flesh up with whips, thorns, nails, and blades? Your sin approach that level? Could anyone's sins ever reach that level? We're talking about God's only Son, innocent of all charges, being tortured and murdered. And yet, while hanging on the very cross that would kill Him, Jesus said, "Father, forgive them. They know not what they do." DO YOU HEAR THAT? It's the cry of love.

Forgiveness, right from Jesus' bloody lips. If God can forgive them, He can forgive you. Anything and everything. God has written you a blank check, signed in Jesus' blood, paying the debt price for every sin you ever have or ever will commit. But it's FAR more than just a debt cancellation. It's actually a payment for all sin PLUS infinitely more riches. You are given eternity. You are given peace with God. You are given the ability to choose to love. You are given freedom. You are given power. You are given the love of God for each moment of every day.

It sounds too good to be true. Shoot, it is too good to be true. But it is true. We have God's word on that. And by the way, the dude who wrote the verse back there and called himself --present tense-- the chief of sinners, that would be the Apostle Paul who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament and spread the message of Jesus saving sinners all across the world. Yeah, that's how God rolls.

It's a blank check. But you have to put your name on it. You have to know that all your sin and yuck and fear and selfishness—all of it is obliterated by Jesus. Believe and you will be saved. Accept the gift of eternal life from Jesus. You'll never regret it. Even if you live ten trillion years, you'll never ever regret it. Because you will live ten trillion years…and more…with Jesus.




Thursday, April 17, 2014

Get Ready to Blitz Amazon, May 6th for Dreamtreaders!

Are you ready to BLITZ Amazon? Dreamtreaders, Book 1 releases Tuesday, May 6th. If you like fantasy / adventure / contemporary weird, and you are thinking of purchasing Dreamtreaders, please consider purchasing from Amazon on Tuesday, May 6th.

The Blitz is a contest where everyone wins -something- but the more people get involved, the better the prizes become. More details coming soon! Visit www.enterthedoorwithin.blogspot.com in the coming days for more details.

Here's the Amazon link for Dreamtreaders: http://is.gd/gONxPf


Thursday, March 13, 2014

New Release: GHOST on Audiobook!

I'm thrilled to announce that my supernatural thriller "GHOST" is now available on audiobook! The reader, Brandon McKernan is absolutely brilliant. 



He nails the characters and tone...even some pretty monstrous voices. One was so spot-on perfect that I almost ran off the road. Seriously, if you like audiobooks, please check out GHOST: 

Monday, March 03, 2014

Son of God & Noah: What to Make of Hollywood's Ventures into Christianity?

Begin Rant Now.

Two movies getting a lot of press in Christiandom lately: Noah and The Son of God. I wish the press was better. And I wish so much of the negativity wasn't coming from Christians. No offense meant to my Christian friends or family, but I have some thoughts on this:





1) I'm going to see both movies. I don't really care about all the negative press. I want to decide for myself.

2) I'll tell you what though: the previews of Noah gave me chills based on the visual representation of the power of God at work. That alone is worth my money.

I've seen the previews of Son of God. Again, chills. Just seeing the Lord walking on water makes me want to cheer and worship.

3) I tend to think movies in general and these in specific fall into the category of "Permissible based on level of Faith." If you feel a weakness to the content, DON'T see it. If something about it will skew your belief system, fine, stay home. But why jump out there acting like there's no way anything redeeming could come out of these movies? There are a couple of articles circulating that basically condemn both movies for being the worst thing next to the antiChrist. I mean, come on peeps. These so called experts spouting off about heresies unnumbered, well, they are imperfect people too. Imperfect with their own baggage, biases, and slants.  

4) This reminds me of the "Christian" reaction to so called "secular" music: if it doesn't honor God overtly and according to the latest checklist, hold up a cross, spew negativity, and stick head in sand. For me: I know some of that music is not meant to honor God, per se. But certain songs make me praise Him for the melody, or the lyrics, or both. Don't agree? Fine. Let's agree to disagree and try -JUST TRY- for once to do the whole unity of the Body that Jesus was so keen on.

I think we Christians need to chill on getting all wadded up over movies and media, unless they depict Noah as a Transformer who worships the Devil while juggling kittens. Amen?

PS: If we want to show the movie-making powers that be that we want more Christian oriented movie fare, we might want to be a little less picky. 

End Rant. 

Epilogue #1: Just got back from Son of God, the movie. Seriously glad I didn't listen to the naysayers. Last thing in the world I want to do is start a debate within the family of God, but from my heart-of-hearts, I can't see anything in the movie that was so wrong, so heretical that any Christian would discourage others from seeing this movie. And I would think that any skeptic or unbeliever watching the movie would be confronted by the truth of Jesus in a powerful way. 

For me, the movie absolutely showed Jesus' humanity, the gladness in His heart, the mercy, the compassion. SPOILER ALERT: not much of a spoiler, really because it was a relatively small scene. But I just LOST IT when Jesus knelt down to the woman caught in adultery. The first thing He does is lift. her. chin. Something about that just cracked my heart right open. Jesus is the lifter of our chin. I thought the movie was stunningly beautiful and meaningful. It reminded me of how critically important the creative arts are to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lots of Book News!

Hi, wonderful reader warriors of The Realm!

It may seem that I've been in exile these post Christmas months. That is, in fact, only half true. I've had some pretty tight deadlines that have kept me snuggled up with my Mac desktop. And, you may have heard that we here in Maryland have had one humdinger of a winter. Storm after storm, the latest being a 22 inch blaster. Lots of fun, but often involving a little extra…well everything: time, work, projects, etc.

During that time, some strange things have happened. My oldest daughter somehow grew up. She got accepted into UMBC's medical/nursing program. Yay, Kayla! But how'd she get to be 18? Seems like only yesterday, I was singing "Isn't she precious…" to little Kaydoodle in the swing. [Sigh] That's what happens when you become a professional writer. There's so much joy in the craft of storytelling, but you have to be willing to allow time to accelerate beyond control. In every worthwhile endeavor, it seems, there is a sacrifice.

Enough waxing nostalgic. You probably want to know about books! There's a ton of news.

I'll start with the oldest news first.

In the midst of crashing through Dark Sea 3: Mirror of Souls, I got the idea for a short story based on The Door Within universe. A few weeks later, I released The Blackwood, exclusively on Kindle. And by exclusive, I mean you can pretty much download an app that will allow you to read the Kindle file on any electronic device you own.

Want to know more about The Blackwood, click HERE.



Next up: Dreamtreaders! I've started a new trilogy with Thomas Nelson / Harper Collins Publishers. This one examines the world of dreams and poses the question: what if your dream come true turned out to be your worst nightmare? Want to know more about Dreamtreaders? Click HERE.


Dreamtreaders Book 1 Releases May 6th! We'll be having a release party, Amazon Blitz, contest. So look for that.

And, because I just couldn't wait to show you, here's the cover for Dreamtreaders 2: Search for the Shadow Key:



NOTE: the tagline shown here will be changed to: "Some Doors Should Never Be Opened."

Next up, news on The Dark Sea Annals.



Book 1: The Sword in the Stars and Book 2: The Errant King have been out for quite a while. But book 3: Mirror of Souls has been in the works for two years now. Thank you for your patience. This series is dear to me as its kernel concept crashed into my imagination back in the early 1990's. I have outlined 7 books in this epic series, and GOD WILLING, it will be a massively epic life's work, kind of tale. AMG publishers picked up the series, and they have been absolutely AWESOME to work with. Really felt like a family publisher. But just after I signed on with them for books 3-7 of the Dark Sea books, the entire publishing world was turned upside down by eBooks.

Long story short, the 5 book contract has become kind of an albatross for both AMG and me personally. The marketplace for print books has begun to dry up, and it's harder and harder for small publishing houses to get books into the major chains. And so, in a very mutual decision and very friendly too, AMG and I are parting ways. They have agreed to give me back the rights to the entire series. Yeah, how often will a pub house do that? That's how cool they are. They want to see the books reach their mission potential as I see it. For that, I am supremely grateful.

So, where does this leave my readers and Dark Sea 3, Mirror of Souls? In good hands, I hope. I will be revisiting Sword in the Stars and The Errant King, reediting, repackaging, and republishing them in eBook format AND print paperback. And I will release them and Book 3 Mirror of Souls at the same time, hopefully, this Holiday Season, mid Novemberish.

Finally, for my older readers, I'm stoked to announce that my first THRILLER novel for 16+ GHOST has been enough of a success to warrant continuing the series. I have two more books already outlined. GHOST 2: Minister of Fire will be released by midSummer 2014. Yep, that would be this summer! God willing. I'd appreciate prayers for all my writing projects. Time is hard to come by and I want these tales to honor the Author in Chief.




If you haven't checked out GHOST yet, please do. You can check out the Kindle version HERE and the paperback HERE.

Thank you for reading and, as always, for being faithful to the One True King and His mission.

Never alone, Endurance and Victory, and Anchor First, Anchor Deep.

-Wayne

Friday, January 03, 2014

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Blackwood: Still only 99cents!

Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year! The Christmas gift story is: "The Blackwood," a short story starring Mallik and Nock (from the Door Within universe). And it's ready now! The Christmas giveaway is over, but the 14K short story is still just 99 cents!

Here's the premise: 


Something wicked has made its home in Yewland's famed Blackwood Forest. Dozens of Queen Illaria's finest soldiers have ventured in, only to meet hideous, violent ends. Now, it's up to Nock and Mallik to hunt down the threat that lurks among the dark trees. But they will soon discover that they are not the only hunters in the Blackwood.

You can find the Kindle version here:





Saturday, December 21, 2013

Don't "Duck" this Post

So, the media frenzy surrounding Phil Robertson's GQ comments has begun. Honestly, I'm grateful. It gets us all talking about painful, honest, and important things.



Just today, I've read some startlingly interesting articles on the topic. Here are a few:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/12/19/duck-dynasty-bible-religion-palin-robertson-column/4124181/

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/duck-dynasty-fallout-glaad-reeling-biggest-backlash-years-010050637.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory

http://pullingonthepushdoor.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/why-i-cant-stand-with-phil-robertson/

But this next article, really hit home with me. Perhaps it's because I have four teenage kids, and I love them more than life itself, and we have seen the pain of this life infiltrate their otherwise happy lives.

http://intheparlor.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/what-you-believe-about-homosexuality-doesnt-matter/

So having read this article, I agree with it to a degree. We do—all-too-often—focus on the symptoms, rather than the diseases or the very real people who are suffering. But I wonder if there's more too it than simply those who are suffering because of sexual identity issues. So, for what it's worth, here are some of my thoughts:

The "In the Parlor" article is true at its heart. Seriously. Good food for thought. But maybe the massive increase in teen suicides and attempts has a deeper root. Maybe it is the wholesale disregard for the value of human life. Everything from the rise of the new atheism which claims we are mere accidents of naturalism or maybe its the cultural relativism that claims our pursuit of happiness actually does mean: if it feels good, do it. The consequences be damned. Or maybe it has to do with the irresponsible ubiquitous access to social media where hurting kids can publicize their suicidal thoughts, tendencies, and methods, urging other kids to try the same.

Maybe its this world's abandonment of God and His word? Or maybe it's Christianity's wholesale failure to reveal that it actually IS as broken and sinful as everyone else. Maybe if the world could see how hurting we are, how we know the pain it feels, maybe we could talk and actually hear each other. Maybe, we could stop throwing stones long enough to admit our glass cathedrals and actually help each other. Whether it's homosexuality, depression, obsession, addiction, mental illness, violent tendencies or WHATEVER, we are all "born this way." But that is NOT an excuse. It's a clarion call to recognize we ARE born in sin. We ARE at war with the sin in our flesh. And we ALL need the Savior and His remarkable provision of each other to navigate this life.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Raudrim-Quevara, The Red Queen_Amazing Art…and What is your Christmas wish?

Hi, all! Long time, no blog. Sorry about that. Been busy writing, and honestly haven't had much to say blog-wise. But ElizabethH sent this fantastic bit of art in, so I had to post. This is a remarkable interpretation of The Errant King's villain: Raudrim-Quevara, The Red Queen, who shapeshifts into a very formidable dragon. Seriously, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more accurate drawing. Thanks, Elizabeth!

Enjoy all!



Blog Item #2:

Your Christmas Wish
I love the holiday season. I love the music, the trappings, the chill in the air, the red cheeks, and being buried under blankets! I love that Jesus gave us a gift that no one can steal or mar or hinder.

So this Christmas season, I'd like to give ALL my readers a gift. But I need your help.

I'm going to write a Christmas Gift Story. It'll be relatively short. 5-10K words, max. For ten days around Christmas, I'm going to make this story free on Kindle and free as a .pdf download. But I want to know what you want me to write for the gift. Please respond to the poll below. I'll announce the winning Christmas Present Story right after Thanksgiving.

AND THE WINNER IS:

A new Door Within spinoff with Mallik and Nock