Free Autographed Book Contest!

Please join my Thunderclap Internet flash mob promoting and celebrating the June 1st publication of Hell Holes (Book 2): Demons on the Dalton. Please click on…/39724-hh-demons-on-the-dalton and then select Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr. (You may have to scroll down a ways on a tablet or smart phone.) That’s all you have to do. I have a little less than a month to get 95 more people to join my flash mob. So please join with me and also share this post. If I get the required 100 people to join, I will give an autographed copy of the book to 5 of the people who sign up.

Honeysuckle Wands

In addition to being the author of Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore, I also make wands in my basement workshop. You can check out my wands at my online shop, Firesmith’s Wand Shoppe or my Etsy Wand Shop. Last winter was hard on my trees and I lost three of them. While I was cutting them down, I noticed that my honeysuckle tree was growing really really well. Too well. Quite a few of its branches were getting dangerously close to my electric and cable lines. It was obviously time for me to make some honeysuckle wands.

Honeysuckle is a great wood for wands. Each year, new, relatively straight vertical branches grow from two to four feet long before the leaves and side branches start growing. Cut off such a branch, trim the end off, and you have the makings of a fine wand. What’s really cool is that you can easily remove the bark with your fingernails, and the wood itself underneath is quite smooth and has a relatively unique greenish tint. It needs very little sanding, and there is a small central hole just waiting to be filled with something special. Needless to say, I have about twenty new honeysuckle wands drying on my workbench waiting for me to sand them, polish them with some natural tung oil, and mount some appropriate gemstones. I even managed to find a good piece of honeysuckle just the right size for a walking stick. I’m definitely looking forward to some warm weather where I can sit out in the back yard and spend a few hours sanding away to my heart’s content.

If any of you are interested in having me craft a unique honeysuckle wand for you, let me know. We can pick out the gemstones together.

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.