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The World of ????

I need your help!

So far in the Heir to the Crown series, you have read about four different realms, Merceria, Norland, Weldwyn(Westland), and The Twelve Kingdoms, which are all located on the same land mass. To the west there are more kingdoms yet to be revealed, while there is a great mountain range to the east that keeps the rest of the continent shrouded in mystery.

Now, the other night Carol and I were out for a walk with our dogs, and she asked me what the world of Heir to the Crown was called. Herein lies the problem, as the area the four kingdoms reside within is named the Land of Terengaria, but there is a whole world out there. It can't continue to be called the World of Merceria, as that is just one kingdom of many.

And that is where I am asking for you to immortalize yourself in my series. Yes, I could create a world name, but we thought it would be much more exciting to create a contest for one our readers to name it.

As a special perk for my newsletter recipients, the contest will not be announced on social media until October 15, 2018. Go forth and be creative!


I look forward to reading your ideas, and choosing the best ones!


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun approach to writing.

It all began in 1999 with 21 aspiring writers, and has now grown to over 300,000 this year. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

This will be my first year participating, and my goal is to get at least 1/2 of Fate of the Crown written in 30 days! That is nearly 65,000 words. My fingers may be on fire by the end of the month.

I want to share this experience with my readers, so I'll be blogging and sharing my trials and tribulations via social media and my Facebook page. 

On a side note, if I accomplish this, that means Fate of the Crown could be in your hands late Spring 2019 instead of summer. The more encouragement I receive, the more I am likely to write, so feel free to cheer me on and ask how it's going.

Shadow of the Crown

This past summer while we were editing Heart of the Crown, I spent a couple of weeks outlining book 4 and 5. Then, while driving to our vacation, my alpha reading team, Carol and our good friend, Brad, read through the chapter details for both books and helped fill in a few weak spots.

I must admit that this has really sped up my writing process, and I am on a roll with writing this next book, Shadow of the Crown.

So much so that I am sending the first few chapters to my Beta Reading team this weekend. Not only that, but I have already written over 75,000 words, and I am really hoping to have it completed by the end of October!

I want to share a little scene with you. For those who have read Heart of the Crown, this will answer as many questions as it creates! I know, I know, you really want more information about her, but you will have to make due with this little morsel for now!


Harry Hathaway headed down the street, a silver necklace dangling from his fingers. As he walked, he examined it, talking to himself.

"Not bad, Handsome Harry, you old rogue. There isn't a woman alive who can resist your charms."

He turned up the side street, dropping the necklace into a small pouch, then withdrew a slender key. He had stopped at a door, ready to unlock it when he thought he detected a faint hissing noise. He paused, the key only partly inserted, listening intently.

Again the sound issued forth, and then a voice whispered, "Harry!"

"Who's there?" he cried out, his voice echoing down the street.

"It's me, Harry," came a familiar voice.

"You'll have to be a little more specific," he replied, "I know a lot of 'me's'."

"It's me, Nikki, Nikki the Knife."

"Nik?" he responded in surprise. "You've been gone a long time Nik, we all thought you were dead."


Message for you, my liege!


Happy Reading!

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