Photo by Gerrit Hansen: Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, Oregon
NOTICE: While in New York in September 2015, my story premise and pitching concept underwent major improvement, so the original story, Breaking the Hold, will be laid aside while I pursue The Power of Ancients, changing the main character, dropping out some insignificant characters, and adding a couple more to spice up the story. These changes make the already amazing, exotic setting of tropical Southeast Asia come alive even more than before, and have freed me up to inject more of my 26 years of living in Southeast Asia into the pages. I'm already 10,000 words into the re-write, and will be able to keep some of the more memorable chapters, such as chapter 11, 16, 23, and 35. So for the moment, I'm leaving the old story premise behind. The sequels and series names will be changing, too. GO TO THE POWER OF ANCIENTS (now a Young Adult fantasy).
Breaking The Hold
Book One of Tales From Pulawa
Completed, in the final polishing stages
READ: Cover Blurb and Prologue
Links to sample chapters below
Chapter 1: Evicted
Meet Jonathan Sinclair, the main character.
Chapter 2: The Paith
Introducing Pulawa, its leaders, its dilemma.
Chapter 11: Remanite Villagers
Introducing Milen and Sima
Chapter 23: The Awar Marshes
Introducing nineteen-year-old Satia
Chapter 43: Near Hit
See Pulawan life in The Hold, meet Herlan
Coming soon: More chapter segments. Meet Pulawa's colorful characters. Live in the tension of their struggles. See how Jonathan's fate becomes intricately entwined in theirs.
Sequels to Breaking The Hold:
Book Two of Tales From Pulawa
First draft nearly completed.
I'm extremely enthusiastic about this second volume, because the reader becomes wholly immersed in Pulawa, its history, its secrets, and the reservoir of courage found in its indomitable peoples. Characters from The Hold blossom, and some really fun new ones appear.
Book Three of Tales From Pulawa
Still only a working title. Much of the groundwork for this volume has already been sketched out, and the conclusion is set(?). Will a fourth volume be needed? I hope not. For me, writing has a strange way of taking on a life of its own, and once I begin penning the story, changes happen. Not only are readers surprised with the conclusion, I'm often surprised with the final results, too.
Dylan Downey's Deadly Dinners
Fiction short story. Humor.
EMS responders evacuate Dylan's body from the house as his wife, Satashia, and all the neighbors watch. More than a few juicy morsels of gossip pass through the ranks of the onlookers. Who will have the last word?