UPDATE: Zero Hour: Blackout Vol. 3

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I have some very good news for my readers who have been patiently (for the most part) waiting for Zero Hour, the 3rd installment my Blackout series. The editing is almost complete, and the cover design is coming along nicely as well. The manuscript has been through multiple round of editing at this point, and it is in the final stages of proofing. This is the last major step needed before it will be ready for publication!! Continue reading

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Update: Zero Hour, vol. 3 of the Blackout Series

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It’s been far too long since I posted here, I know. My fingers have limited me to a few thousand words a night, and those have been reserved for the manuscript I’ve been working on for the past sixteen months. Well, the rough draft of the manuscript for Zero Hour is now finished! Continue reading

Happy Cyber Monday

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I am not a person who typically enjoys being in a large crowd.  There are, of course, exceptions to that rule, but they are few and far between.  I can tolerate large audiences outside at events like concerts, fairs, or the occasional NC State football game, but a lot of that tolerance is dependent on who I’m enjoying these events and venues with.  One crowd that I absolutely refuse to throw myself into is the so-called “Black Friday” shopping craze.  Continue reading

Storm Tide Rising Update #STR

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I have been fielding a lot of questions from friends and readers about how my second book is doing, so I figured I would post a quick update about Storm Tide Rising, the sequel to Officer of the Watch and second installment in the Blackout series. This book has been out for right at a month now (technically one day shy, but who’s counting?) and the sales have been awesome so far! I crunched the numbers this morning, and as of right now I have sold 1,029 copies of Storm Tide Rising through the Kindle system!! Continue reading

Storm Tide Rising Print Cover #STR

 

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I’m working right now on designing the paperback version for my upcoming book Storm Tide Rising, the second installment in the Blackout Series.  This is a preview of the cover design that I’ve been putting together.  Let me know what you guys think, and I’ll keep posting updates as I get the interior layout and design finalized.  The paperback should be ready to release by the 4th when the Kindle version goes live if everything goes according to plan (fingers crossed).

Thanks for reading!

UPDATE: Black Out Series #STR

The release of Storm Tide Rising a little more than a week and a half away and I am getting very excited! This book has been more than a year in the making, and I know a lot of you have been looking forward to it for a while now. I want to thank you for your patience while I worked my way through the manuscript and editing process. Most of this book, like Officer of the Watch, was written in the late night/early morning hours after work, kids, and everything else had been put to bed for the day. I put the final edits on the manuscript today, and it’s an awesome feeling to finally see that hard work finally finished.

Along with the launch of Storm Tide Rising, I have designed a new and updated cover for the first book in the series, Officer of the Watch. The new cover is currently available only on the Kindle version, but I’m working on updating the paperback as well. I will also be offering a limited run of signature series First Edition copies of Officer of the Watch soon, so stay tuned for details.

Storm Tide Rising is available now on Kindle Pre-order (here), and will be available for direct purchase on April 4th. I’m working on the cover layout and internal design for the paperback, and should have that available by the end of April as well. And, for those of you who are already looking ahead, I am hard at work on the manuscript for the third book in the series, Zero Hour.

Thank you all for your love and support, and as always….Thanks for reading!

DWM.

Flint Knapping Intro: Painful Lessons

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Some of my early obsidian points and a field found paleo-style blade

I’ve talked about flint knapping a little in my books and I figured it’d be good to let people know what that really is.  At its most basic, the skill or art of flint knapping is the shaping of stone to make blades, points, and other implements.  When you think about the classic, often inaccurate image of Native American combat, you think of bows and stone-tipped arrows, spears and tomahawks.  Those stone projectile points, weapon blades, and tools such as drills, grinders, scrapers, needles, fishing hooks, harpoons, and dozens of others were all possible with skilled flint knapping. 

 However, from the time the first European settlers set foot in North America, the art of flint knapping was on borrowed time.  And, for a while, it nearly disappeared completely from the cultural lexicon of America.     Continue reading

My Rookie Year

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This time last year, I was finishing up what I thought would be the final round of edits on my manuscript and working on getting a cover design for my first complete novel. I published Officer of the Watch on February 23rd, 2015 and I remember telling my wife, “Well, even if no one ever buys it, at least I can say I did it. I published a book.”

A year later, I’ve sold just shy of eleven thousand copies—10,699 as of writing this and counting. Continue reading