It’s been an awesome week, from finalizing a short story submission to publishing the longest piece of fiction under my name. I will let you know how the short story is received, but for now a big hooray to publishing Scavenger: Blue Dawn (Scavenger #2).
I won’t spoil anything for those who haven’t read Scavenger: Red Sands (Scavenger #1), but for those who read part one and were left wanting to know more about the world, this edition is four times longer, explores the world outside Springston, and opens up all kinds of new conflict. Think Big Bad races Hero to secret military base with devastating consequences before they’ve even reached the lost city of Danvar.
My first review is a 5 star from Alesha Escobar:
Timothy Ward did an excellent job in this follow-up to RED SANDS (Scavenger #1). Our hero Rush isn’t perfect, yet you can’t help but to root for him as he reforges the bond he thought he’d lost with his wife, and seek justice against a cold-blooded killer.
My full review is at my blog.
Scavenger: Blue Dawn is $1.99 on Kindle and is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, which means if you sign up for that you can loan mine for free and if you read past the 10% mark I get paid for a sale.
I am by no means an expert fan fiction writer, but I did have to brainstorm for a bit to work through some initial hurdles to planning the five part story of Scavenger. Head over to my SF Signal post to see what my dilemmas and solutions were.
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My first short story, “Cornhusker: Demon Gene,” was accepted into a future anthology, but I self published it in May. I have written a handful of short stories over the years, but this one is my favorite, so far. That said, I know I’m still learning this writing gig, so I put this story out there knowing the feedback could be less than glowing.
While I’m grateful for every review, I’m pleased that most people have enjoyed my first story.
Here are some quotes from my reviews:
My first review, by Carl on SF Signal, said,
“Timothy C. Ward has taken that premise to explore the struggles of a young man whose destiny may put him on a path to destruction. As his protagonist Geoffrey balances normal teenage angst against the pain of losing one’s faith, the reader gets to experience standard horror tropes used in a different way. There is a lot of potential revealed in Ward’s debut short story and it will be a pleasure to see where he goes from here.”
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Now that I am running Adventures in SciFi Publishing, I have a website, Twitter and Facebook feed to focus solely on writing and where I’ll avoid political and religous commentary. Because of this, I feel free to use my website as a place to be more honest about my spiritual walk. It will be obvious from the titles of my posts whether they will cross into taboo territory, but will always be based on a motivation of love. Read on, if you like. Continue reading
The occasional twitch in my right eye may say it all. Since taking over as Executive Producer at Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast, I’ve posted a podcast about every five days, built a review team of four members, and spent about an hour or more each night just with scheduling/emailing/marketing. I am enjoying the perks of books I otherwise couldn’t afford to buy and knowing that the podcast interviews I produce are now reaching an audience ten times larger than AudioTim did. On top of that, I started sending out the first portion of my novel, Kaimerus, to beta readers, and am working hard to ensure I polish five chapters a week for them. In the evenings, I am trying to read, both as part of being a successful writer and for researching whom to interview. Did you hear my announcement at the beginning of AISFP 215 about my becoming a first time father? And lastly, I had another setback with my groin injury that is now seven months long. Physical Therapy can’t help stupid, as I missed the last step on our stairs and the subsequent jump re-sprained my groin. Continue reading
My book review for the anthology, Like Water for Quarks, went live on SF Signal yesterday, and with it came a pretty upset commenter. This person thinks I should leave my personal convictions out of my reviews, to put it lightly. I’d like to clear the air as far as my philosophy on religion and politics being included or excluded in my social media presence, including book reviews.
Twitter and Facebook:
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My two part interview series with Zachary Jernigan is now up at Adventures in SciFi Publishing (Part one; Part two).
I recently complimented Zachary Jernigan, debut author of No Return from Night Shade Books, as being a breakout author. He was shocked by this, because he’s humble at times, but also because he doesn’t think he has sold that many books. I told him I don’t see a breakout author as having to have sold a ton of books, but who has leaped ahead of the pack, or at least my expectations. His book is shockingly well written, for a debut novel, and immediately places him among the top tier of the genre.
Whom would you say deserves to be called a breakout author, and why?
My book review of No Return
Saturday, I got to write these words on the fifth draft of my novel, Kaimerus. This concluded the third rewrite and about 320,000 words that I’ve put into this project. Kaimerus is not done yet, I still need to go through and polish some parts that are first draft quality, but most of the plot holes have been fixed and the ending is what I want. Continue reading
I recently reviewed NO RETURN, the debut novel from Zachary Jernigan. The short review for those on the fence is that Zachary has thrown down his gauntlet on this Fantasy, Space Opera mashup. His characterization was exceptional, and the combination of intriguing characters and a rich setting is why I’m championing for a sequel. If you’ve read NO RETURN, read on and then share why you think he should or shouldn’t write a sequel. Due to the latest Night Shade Books legal issues, it’s important to spread the word about this book so sales help it get a chance at a sequel.
Spoiler Warning. Continue reading
I reviewed Flu by Wayne Simmons this week at SF Signal. As much as I was hoping this book would deliver in a failing market of zombie fiction, the characters and writing fell flat like so many others.
REVIEW SUMMARY: A character-focused zombie story whose characters you’d rather ignore.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A flu outbreak in Northern Ireland overcomes quarantine efforts as the dead rise and survival efforts bring out the worst in most people. Continue reading