Alternate History Money / Bookmark / Progress Report

CS Money Book Mark

When I was a kid in middle school and high school I used to print my own gray Confederate money. I printed it under “the authority of the Provisional Confederate States Government in Exile”. It also included the phrase “redeemable upon the restoration of the Confederacy.” What can I say, I had an active imagination. Anyway in my writing time this morning I needed to shake the juices loose so to speak so I threw together this alternate history banknote. I’m thinking of making some book marks for my next book signing and to give away to friends. Alternate History Confederate money would, in my opinion, make a cool book mark. The portrait is that of Confederate President John Marshall Stone. In real life he was the longest serving governor of Mississippi. In my novels he is the President of the CSA during the Spanish-Confederate War. This note is supposed to be from a later time period. Early twentieth century. I know, it needs lots of work. I’m a writer, not an artist–accept when I have to be– *cough* affordable book covers *cough*. Anyhow wanted to give everyone another update. I’m nearly done drafting the last scenes! 🙂 I’ve done a lot of editing as I’ve gone along but (sigh) there is still a lot left to do. As certain fans and critics have pointed out, there’s always more to do. If you’ve never tried editing four hundred something pages of your own writing you have no idea what your missing. Editing your own work is hard because (speaking for myself) I often see what supposed to be there as opposed to what’s actually there. Anyhow, after that I have to design and format the e-book for Kindle and Nook and the paperback for Createspace. Launch is tentatively scheduled for mid to late May. Stay tuned…

Reaping the Whirlwind Update

RTW Cover Prototype

Well its been a while since I’ve updated my blog. I had hoped to have Reaping the Whirlwind done by this past Christmas and here we are in April. Well its not done yet but don’t worry its getting there. I thank everyone for their patience. Here’s a prototype cover to kind of tide you over. I’m doing my best to make sure that I do as good a job as possible of editing this new work. I’m hesitant to give a hard and fast release date (I’m so bad at meeting deadlines when I set them) but I think Reaping the Whirlwind will be released in the next couple of months. I’m sorry its taking so long. All I can say is that I have a lot of responsibilities outside of my writing (me and my wife are expecting another baby 🙂 !!!) so as usual writing time is at a premium. There is a silver lining however. One of the reasons for the delay is that a few months ago a new story line / subplot “popped” into my head. It was so good I had to work it in. On another front, the third installment of Starstorm shouldn’t be far behind Reaping the Whirlwind. Starstorm 3 is over half finished.  Anyhow, let me know what you think of the cover. Thanks again to all my loyal fans!

PS If anyone likes historical tabletop war gaming, check out my buddy’s new blog at http://aotiop.blogspot.com/.