Like a Story’s Rising Conflict

It’s nice to have surprises, especially during this time of year. With Christmas only days away and the new year just a week after it, things can get stressful. In some ways it can feel like the rising conflict of a story. At that point where the reader gets a general idea of the danger and what success might look like, only to have several attempts fail.

This time of year always feels that rushed, which is why I like to take extra time, if I can carve it out of my busy schedule to read and write. It’s always good to find time to step away and recharge, even if only for a moment.

I’m still in the revision process of my current book and will publish it when it is ready, but while revising it, I took a little break to step away from it. Today I read through several pages of another idea I wrote at the beginning of 2022. The setting and conflicts of that story idea surprised me. That will probably be my next book, after this one is ready.

Take a look at some of my other books on Amazon.

My last book, Collected Lives, takes place near the end of the twenty-second century, with vacations and tourism to Earth by off-worlders controlled by major corporations. The largest corporation, Collected Lives, has several enemies. The story follows the events as four people from different portions of Collected Lives’ process are thrown into the middle of a larger problem.

My fantasy, A Map, a Mage, and a Sacrifice, is set in a world with ancient technology where sacrifice of lifeforce brings magical power. The greater the pain and suffering, the greater the magical energy generated. The Forty mages controlling the empire use voluntary sacrifice of the citizens to generate power they use to protect and defend the empire. But their rule may be coming to a close.

Malignance, my third book in my time travel series that began with Resonance and Dissonance, is on Amazon as a kindle and a paperback. That was a fun series to write, and for now, it is completed. I have also placed all three books from that series into one volume titled The Machina of Time.

If you’re looking for a science fiction story, try my book The Promise of Dust, which takes place in a cloud city floating in the atmosphere of Venus. Or Progenitor’s Legacy: Deceit, which takes place many years in the future on a tidally locked world that orbits a red dwarf and has been reached by humanity in their search for the alien progenitors who seeded the galaxy with nano machines.

If a young adult science fiction is more to your liking, check out my series This New Earth, that starts with Demons of a Dead World and Secrets of a Dead World.

If you are looking for a young adult fantasy, check out my book The Threads Unbound.

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