Resonance is Live!

Book three of The Bleeding Worlds, Resonance, is finally here! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one. Writing it was a tough battle. I can’t say why, but I struggled. At the same time, there’s plenty of things in this book I’m proud of.

Perhaps the hardest part was accepting it needed to live on its own, instead of being the final book. When I gave myself entirely to that realization, the book seemed to come together much faster.

Thank you for your patience. Hopefully, you won’t wait as long for the next one, as I’m already laying groundwork for Ragnarok. Some scenes are written, and I’m working with a new piece of software called Scapple to help plot the book before writing in earnest.

Until then, enjoy Resonance.

All the best,


Looking for places to purchase The Bleeding Worlds, Book Three, Resonance? Go to the book page for links to a variety of retailers.

Book Three (Resonance) Update

Hello Everyone.

Sorry I haven’t posted much here lately. Just thought I’d give a quick update on Book Three’s progress.

In two weeks, the cover will be revealed and preorders will begin on Amazon. I don’t have a finalized release date right now, but I will when the preorder begins. I can say it will be in November.

And yes, that’s so much later than I had hoped and planned.

This book has proven very difficult to write. I can’t begin to explain why, because I’m not too sure of the answer. My thinking is it has more to do with me personally than it does the actual material. To be honest, the story has me pretty excited. It took me places I hadn’t originally planned for, but am very glad I discovered.

And as a little heads up, the cover will be entirely different from the original work in progress I posted earlier. When I decided to split the last book into two, I didn’t think the direction of the cover was correct, so that’s gone back to the drawing board too. I look forward to sharing the new, and finished, cover with you in two weeks.

Thanks for hanging in there. I know this one has had several delays, and I am entirely to blame. I can only hope when you finally have it in your hands you think it was worth the wait.

More soon,


Songs for a Bleeding World

Have you ever read a novel and wondered, “What music did the author listen to while writing this book/series?” Or have you read a story and recognized one of your favorite game/anime/movie moments and wished you could ask the author if they’d seen that same thing?

I often wonder those things while I read a novel, particularly a novel I enjoy.

In my desire to bring different things to this blog, I thought I’d pull back the curtain and show you some of the things that went into the creation of The Bleeding Worlds. They’ll be a series of posts about the music I’ve listened to while writing, the anime that provided inspiration both thematically and visually, and the myths which formed the backbone of the story.

Depending on my mood, I might even give you a glimpse of the stories that could have been. I’ve mentioned before how both Harbinger and Suture had large chunks of material deleted. I might just let you see what those things were and why I chose to change them. I only say might because a small part of me is afraid you’ll like those ideas better and wish I had kept the material 😐 (Maybe I could do an alternate reality telling like anime/manga often do!)

Songs for a Bleeding World

Today I focus on a song that has been around since early on in the process.

Song: My Dearest

Artist: Koeda, Supercell

From the anime Guilty Crown

The first thing that struck me about the anime Guilty Crown was the visuals. The second, was the music. My Dearest was the opening to the show and there was something both fun, hopeful, and epic about it. The driving beat behind the chorus, surging up and forward, combined with the visual of the main character drawing a powerful sword and soaring through the air amongst missiles, still inspires me.

To be honest, the entire soundtrack has been a constant companion through the first two, and now the third, books. There’s beautiful depth and breadth to the emotions the various songs evoke. But it all comes back to My Dearest, which was the track that hooked me on the show, and the music, from the start.

The song is by a group called Supercell, who first shot to fame using a Vocaloid as their lead singer.

As an aside, if you’re not familiar with Vocaloids, they are computer programs that are pitched with different voices. A musician can input words and then assign pitches to each syllable. The program then “sings” the words.

Here’s a video from Supercell’s earlier days using the Vocaloid Hatsune Miku

It’s not horrible, but you can tell there’s something a little…off with the singer. Then again, with all the auto tune in North American pop music nowadays, this doesn’t sound too crazy.

Anyhow, about the time Supercell did My Dearest, they had taken the band in a new direction and were using living, breathing, human, singers. The results never tire me.

Here’s the official music video for My Dearest so you can hear the song in its entirety.

So there’s post one. I hope it was at least a little entertaining. The next will be on an anime that helped inspire The Bleeding Worlds!


Monthly Update on the Progress of The Bleeding Worlds Book 3, Resonance

When I worked on Suture, I remained pretty quiet on the blog. So much so, a discussion topic popped up on Amazon asking about the release date. I thought, since I seem to be updating here a little more regularly, that I’d do at least a monthly post on the progress of The Bleeding Worlds Book Three, Resonance.

So far, my word count sits around 25,000 words. That’s approximately a third of Harbinger’s total word count. Not too shabby, right?


I love what I’ve written. Well, maybe love is too strong a word. I’m pleased with what I’ve written. This is definitely on the right track.

So why the Ugh?

I have a third of the words of Harbinger, but not a third of the story. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve only scratched the first ten percent.

This book will be the longest I’ve written.

Which I suppose is a good thing. Go out on a high note and all that, right?

So there’s quite a lot of writing left to do. I’ve set a pace for myself I’ve been meeting or surpassing every day, so steady progress is being made.

I refuse to rush this. I won’t let the end of my series fall flat on its face. I owe it, and you, more than that.

So there’s my update. If there’s any major breakthroughs in the next couple of weeks, I’ll let you know. Otherwise, I’ll see you in June 🙂

Because of Twitter – A Sneak Preview of Book Three’s Cover

When I logged into Twitter today, I was offered the chance of updating my profile.

Now, if you haven’t been keeping up with Twitter news, they’ve decided to make several changes to your personal profile page. In the end, it makes it look very much like a Facebook profile page.

This isn’t a bad thing. I’ve often wished Twitter would allow a larger, and more prominent, banner image. Another handy feature is you can pin a post you specify to be “Featured” on your profile. The featured post will always be listed at the top of your profile.

Now, as an Indie Author, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take advantage of this opportunity to pimp my wares. So I created a new banner, which is very similar to my Facebook page banner for one exception… it has a picture in the place where book three, Resonance, will go. And yes, that picture is the beginning of the new cover. It’s not a hoax, or a stand in. The image you see will in fact be the background image for Resonance’s cover.

More elements will be added, to keep it in line with the design style of Harbinger and Suture, and when that happens, I’ll be posting the completed cover image here first.

In the meantime, here’s the beginnings of Book Three’s cover, as seen now on Twitter.