Just Finished Manuscript of Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton

I just finished the manuscript of the second book in my Hell Holes trilogy, Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. The official publication date is 1 May 2016. Now I am very interested in finding 15-20 beta readers who will give me constructive criticism before I finalize the book. Volunteers will receive a free ebook copy of the first book, an autographed paperback copy of the second book, an ebook copy of the second book, and acknowledgement in the book’s front matter. If you are interested, please contact me.

Productive Morning

I had a great morning working on the last chapter of Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. The first draft of the first 12 pages are now done and I have the rest of the chapter all blocked out. Another couple of weeks and I will definitely have it done. I’m starting to look for about twenty beta readers. Let me know if you’re interested. I’ve advertised on a couple of Facebook groups and will do the same on LinkedIn. It’s good to see it progressing after a couple of weeks of writer’s block.

Book Illustrations

I just spent the last hour on http://fiverr.com putting in requests for artwork for my book, Hell Holes: What Lurks Below. Specifically, I’m looking to commission sketches of the seven main characters as well as the four main types of demons in the book.  I am also trying to commission a book trailer for it. I have the script and background done. Now, I just have to implement it.

Writer’s Block and Research

The last week has been very bad from a writer’s block standpoint, at least as far as Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton is concerned. I especially hate it because I am so close to completing the book that I can taste it. But it hasn’t been a complete bust. I did do some research on the book. I also finished the short story “We Service All” as well as some work on this website. Anyway, the last chapter takes place at Eielson Air Force Base about 20 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. So instead of writing, I spent one evening using Google to see what I could find out about the base that might be useful background for the book. As usual, Google Maps was useful. While the base’s official website wasn’t very helpful, I did get the email address of their Public Affairs Office and sent them an email requesting a little help. Surprisingly, the best source I found on the the Air Force Base was actually a Russian site. Ironic.

New Look for My Website – Contest

Based on inputs from some fellow members of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of America Facebook group, I’ve updated the look of my website with a new color scheme and new header picture.

To celebrate this update, I will give a free autographed copy of my book Hell Holes: What Lurks Below to the first person who can identify the subject of the picture at the top of each webpage.


  1. I took the picture myself.
  2. It was not in the United States.
  3. It is inside, just not inside a building.

Only One More Chapter To Go

The good news is that I just finished the draft of the next-to-last chapter of my book, Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. It took much longer than planned due to foreign travel (Mexico City) and picking up a intestinal bug there that has had me off my game for nearly two weeks. I look forward to finishing the last chapter, doing another self edit, and then sending it off to my beta readers.

Writing Again

The week before last, I was in Mexico City speaking at a software engineering conference. Unfortunately, I picked up a nasty intestinal bug which has hung on through last week. This is thus the first time in two full weeks that I’ve been able to write anything. While it’s great to be working on my second Hell Hole book, the progress is slow. Hard to concentrate on the story and what I’m writing when I’m feeling crappy. Hopefully, some of the new stuff will be good enough to keep.