I Finally Did It!

I made a Patreon. It actually wasn’t as complicated as I expected it to be. Jumped through a few hoops, and it had everything I needed for writing serial stories. You can upload a picture with each episode, it’s easy to format, and even though I didn’t have the health to do it correctly years ago, I’m still kicking myself for not making one sooner.

Serial storytelling is more to my natural writing habits than trying to crank out a bunch of complete books, and it’s easier to work through the pain on my flare days without worrying about jacking up something major. It’s so much less stressful being late with a chapter versus a whole book. And if a chapter in one story is giving me trouble, my brain has already figured out a problem for a different story. That’s why despite it looking like a bit much, my Patreon three stories just starting out.

Blood and Lies(M/M, High Fantasy coming of age story for a descendant of Merlin) – This book and its sequel are already written, so my Patreon won’t run out of material for at least a year.

The Groom of the Wolf General(M/M, Fantasy story with dungeon missions) – Smooth writing so far because it’s my personal escape story. It’s pretty plotted out into the first third of the book, so it won’t run into a slowdown for a while.

Family of Lies: James(M/F ,The beginning of the Orwell saga and a Fantasy road trip story) – The problem child because this is the book that is tightening up the rules of the world I created with Sebastian/Kevin while I also avoid changing anything too fundamental that will mess up those two books.

Here’s the site: https://www.patreon.com/IndyStrange

There’s Always Something To Fix

Delay #52 is brought to you by my laptop that went kaput. Luckily I have a desktop which I rarely use and then rediscovered why. When I sit for long periods of time, my foot with the bad ankle dangles at a 90° angle. After a few weeks of this, I wake up barely able to walk and have to carefully and constantly adjust my foot so it goes back to normal.

So I came up with the solution to move my bed closer to the desk. Yes it would be easier to move my desk, but I have too much expensive equipment(computer, monitor, etc.) on it that will devastate me if I drop something and it breaks(very possible given how unsteady my foot is.) The bed and the storage containers beneath it are all very durable and can take a beating. Seriously, if I break my only working computer while moving it, y’all ain’t gonna hear from me for like a year.

While I’m in the midst of doing all of this, several things have broken down around the house, so my time has also been eaten away by repair folks coming to the house. Thankfully, they only had to go into the basement and the laundry area which are right next to outside doors that are easy to air out, and they wore masks.

There have been so many overwhelming things at once, especially during a time I usually get the most work done.

Writing-wise, I’ll be able to finish something if I can just have uninterrupted writing/editing time again. Sigh. This year just had to be so friggin’ cursed. Pushes bad foot outward again.

Oh and since it’s Cyber Monday, my books are on sale.

The War God’s Servant(the start of a gay mythical warrior) is free through Friday:

And Veiled Dancer(Gay Fantasy version of The Bachelor) is $0.99 until Sunday:

This took me forever to write because WordPress’s block editor somehow got worse since my last post.

Blood and Motive Update

After thinking about it this past week and a half, I’ll be splitting the book into two parts. It’s killing my wrists scrolling through over four hundred pages, and I’m just not there healthwise to format it properly. My brain taps out from exhaustion at that point too because I just don’t have the spoons for it either. There’s a solid dividing point in the middle that was always a spot where I took an editing break, so that is now Book 1’s ending.

Book 2 will come out less than a month from Book 1 since it’s written and I just have to get the cover together for it. This also makes me happy because there was a theme I wanted to do with the covers that I couldn’t do with only two or three books, but it will work out nicely with the four books I expect the length of this series to be. Since these will run 70kish words a piece, that means I’ll price them cheaper too.

Of course this wasn’t easy either. Splitting the books was a chain reaction of little fixes. I forgot the ending is dependent on the title itself “Blood and Motive”, so I had to change the first book’s title. The second half of my blurb will also need to be tweaked, but I’ll work on that tomorrow.

So here’s the new book list for what has now been named the Knightmages Series:

Blood and Lies

Blood and Motive

Blood and Legacy

Blood and (I haven’t got that far)

And here’s your cover reveal for Blood and Lies:

My OCD self will definitely tweak the cover later too

“Loyalty is the only thing that matters in the Burroughs family who makes a living summoning demons for tyrants. When Alex’s father, Nicholas Burroughs, betrays them by not sacrificing his firstborn, they execute him. Unsurprisingly, Alex grows to hate everything about his family. His black hair, rare ice elemental ability, and the knowledge that his only future will be helping them bring more misery into the world.

This drives Alex to spite his family in a way no one else has dared before – he runs away.

Knightmages take him in and teach him that real family doesn’t stab you in the heart. These knightmages are fighting to reunite their country, Verlaia, torn apart by years of civil war. A war the Burroughs patriarch, Patrick, instigated to stay in business.

To survive, Alex hides his identity and his magic. He knows one day his family will come for him, so he secretly trains to protect the normal life he’s made. When a demon attacks Alex’s new home, his time is up. He has to reveal his lies to the knightmages, including the one he’s fallen in love with.

Even if the knightmages forgive Alex, their power combined might not be enough to stop Patrick and his demons. If he doesn’t want to lose everything, Alex must seek help from equally powerful elementals; the family who said nothing when his father was executed.”

Now I will go eat my weight in candy.

Happy Turkey Day!

From today through Cyber Monday here in the US, War God’s Servant is a freebie. So if you like steamy Gay Fantasy with battles, give it a shot!

You won’t hear much from me because I’m finishing up another Fantasy novel. This book has a dragon shifter knight, so uh, the sex scenes in it do reflect that a bit. *Cough*

This book is harder for me to get a handle on because I have to get the nuance right between my main character, Alex, and his family of evil wizards he’s taking on. Making sure the budding romance blends in with the plot seamlessly isn’t the easiest thing to do either. Deep down, Alex doesn’t think he’s going to survive the conflict with his family, so he’s closed his heart off a bit. Luckily, dragons are very stubborn when they find the right lover.

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