Hell Holes: Research Trip to Fairbanks, Alaska

I’m leaving Friday for Fairbanks, Alaska for my son Isaac’s graduation from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Woo hoo! While up there, I will be taking a tour of Eielson AFB which is the location of the last chapter of Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton. I am also trying to finagle a tour of the US Army’s Permafrost Tunnel Research Center, as a tunnel through permafrost between a hell hole and a portal to Hell will play a major part in Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back. I also hope to rent an SUV for a trip up the Dalton to Yukon Crossing, the site of another chapter in Hell Holes 2. I will upload pictures once I return.

I just received the proof of Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton

I just received the proof copies of my latest book, Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. Looking good! I’ve addressed inputs from my editor and several of my beta readers; just a few more to go. In another 10 days, I will finalize the book for its June 1st publication date. It will be available in paperback from all the major online bookstores and in all ebook formats. You can order the ebook versions pre-release for $2.99 from: Smashwords

Update on Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton

I just finished addressing all of the comments and recommendations made by Paul Smith of Wise Gray Owl, the copy editor of Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. I’ve also dealt with inputs from several beta readers so everything is on schedule for the June 1st publication date. I also uploaded the current interior and cover to CreateSpace to print a proof copy in advance of printing the Advanced Reader Copies (ARC) for the book bloggers and other book reviewers.

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 https://www.thunderclap.it/pr…/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.