Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | May 19, 2015

Gun Frontier (Update II)

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Well, as promised…another update. It’s not quite a full month yet since the last post, but a lot has been changing in the story.

Thirty chapters in and things are just totally nuts. Having ditched a couple Federated Commonwealth destroyers back at Ja’ral, Tara and Zahra were planning on making a pit stop over at Christopher’s Landing to see their contact and supplier, Rex Lars.

It was hoped that they could get some money that he owed the two fugitives and maybe score a couple of lucrative milk run jobs to supplement their meager income–until they got to Titus VII–but an attack on the settlement by the Bureau’s Special Services has thrown everything out the proverbial window.

Now…Tara and Zahra have become rescuers of 87 settlers and one Special Services commando unit. And right now, they are trying to figure out just where to drop them off. They can’t go anywhere near Commonwealth-held space or any allied world that may end up taking the Bureau up on its reward of 100,000 goza (it’s a universal currency) and turn the two sisters in for their role in a murder back on Palomar.

Nor can they simply drop them off at any number of Non-Aligned worlds controlled by the criminal Hagati Syndicate.

So now…they have five options. Five places to drop them off with a good chance at being rescued. But the trip is going to be a long one–four to five weeks either way–and so they have to make a decision. The settlers’ surviving contingent have to make a decision and then relay that back to Zahra–who is the ship’s certified command pilot, chief engineer, and all around wrench monkey.

Like I said, a lot has been happening. Even I was surprised. But this book is turning out to be a fun exercise.

More in a month.

Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | April 29, 2015

Gun Frontier (Update I)

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Thirteen chapters into the book so far and it’s getting good. I tweeted earlier today how this novel is becoming something like Kushiel’s Dart and Firefly–to some degree–because of the last few chapters which I’ve been writing is has some sweet–vanilla–style romance and a kind’ve “coming of age” setting for one of my support characters, Zahra Earhart.

I’m also enjoying the worlds that my characters are visiting every four or five days and how each new setting represents fresh possibilities and hidden potential.

Like–for example–the strip club that Tara and Zahra are at. It’s very interesting–seeing how it caters to all sentient beings but at a very high price. But the price is well worth the cost and trouble of having your own personal dominar for the evening and sex afterwards. (I haven’t gotten to that part quite yet because I’m a little busy with keeping with the tone and atmosphere of the said chapters. I don’t want to come off sounding pervy or anything like in my Vampiress Hunter saga or even my Death Dealer and The Orb of Truth.

But all and all…for my first attempt at a space western…it’s looking good. Nothing’s really changed–except maybe the, um, approach. As much as I’m trying to keep it strictly sci-fi with a “western flair”, the universe I’ve hastily construed at a moment’s notice tells me that I’m only scratching the surface.

Overall, I’m enjoying the characters and the moment. It’s not heavy-handed like some of my novels. I would see this as being a little lighter in content and in functionality than in some of my previous books where everything is heavy on life questions, philosophy, and relationships.

This book series is more…fun and engaging. It gives me a chance to kick back and just relax and not really push myself to turn out a consummate masterpiece that rivals some of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

More in a month.

Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | April 22, 2015

The “Fourth Wall” Space-Western Series. (So Psyched!)

space_cowgirl_by_sugarsart-d54cpxcA month’s worth of writing is okay…right? I mean, I managed to squirrel away 14 chapters to my Death Dealer novel from March to April…right? So is it okay for me to take a break, jump tracks, and go onto another book series for the time being?

It’s not like I’m running out of steam, ideas, or motivation to write here. I’m just simply bouncing around on a whole list of projects.

….

So anyhew…

The story is thus…

A couple days ago, I came across a FB game that had some pretty cool space-Western themes in it which intrigued me and got the hamster wheel upstairs spinning again and I thought, “How cool would this be if I could turn something like this into a book series?”

Something radical…something awesome

And hey…! A new experimental series that I can play with and make it work–like my Codename: Velocity novel. (Which has strong LGBT themes underwritten in it.)

Anyhew…

So I put together a couple ideas, the first four novels in the series, and started writing out the first chapter to the book–with a reasonable goal of 90-100,000 words.

So here’s the premise to the book and the series: Two smugglers are on the run from the Bureau after being falsely accused of murder. The eldest sister is Tara Earhart and is in her mid-20s. Her younger sister, Zahra is only 17, but quite the spit fire and roundabout troublemaker.

After making a pit stop at the Trader’s Guild to renew their pilot licenses–happens every six months–the two women end up meeting with one of their friends (and suppliers) at Christopher’s Landing. Unfortunately, the Bureau got there first before they did and offer them two choices in their ongoing predicament: They can either serve five years hard labor on some nondescript prison planet of their choosing, or they can enter the Gun Frontier (a lawless quadrant of known space) as Gun Rangers–with the option of being able to pay off their debt to society by tackling some of the worst criminals and scum of the universe ever imagined.

And as a personal bonus…they get paid exceptionally well for their job and their ship, the Luck Dragon gets free service and resupply for as long as the contract (or lives) last.

So the book series spans the following ten novels:

Gun Frontier

The Pale Rider

The Big Heist

The Wanderer

No Man’s Land

The Royal Hand

Death Watch

The Survivor

At Summer’s End

The Road Home

So as it stands…I’ve never wrote a space-western before. Familiar with the concept, seen both Star Trek and Firefly (a few episodes), but it’s been the one thing that’s eluded me for the past 20 years. I can write science-fiction, fantasy, romance, paranormal, but Westerns is something I had…well, no real desire to try out because I was taking things a little too literally.

So I’ve decided to put all these smarts, creativity, and imagination I have accumulated to the test and put something like this together.

Keep in mind, it may morph into something else, but I have a strong feeling that this is going to be more fun and entertaining than my previous books–which had a more serious bent to them.

Wish me luck.

Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | April 15, 2015

Not Even Published And I’m Already Making Waves

Bradley Simpson communicated to me earlier today that he had just finished the edits for both Vampiress Hunter books (Hollow Pursuits and Passion’s Blood) and told me that he had been dealing with some issues for the past 7 months and reading my novels really helped him through the worst of it. (Or Marlena helped him at any rate)

So hearing that, gave me some pause. Partly because I wasn’t expecting someone to tell me this, but also because I didn’t think my work would have that much of a positive impact on a reader’s life.

So this bit of welcome news gave me reason to not only cheer, but realize that I do have a purpose in this life after all: It’s to make a difference in people’s lives through my writing. (Take what I have and say, “This might be therapeutic for you.” Give people a reason to feel happy, to feel blessed, to realize that they aren’t alone–no matter what the circumstance, but just…you know…CONNECT with the reader on a fundamental level that speaks volumes about how people view their lives and those of others.)

(I also knew that my time spent in college and discussing the human condition and philosophy would come in handy as well. See, I don’t write for entertainment purposes, but to pull readers into situations that are reflective of their lives and society.

Of course, being fiction, I couldn’t just let it go at that and *pretend* that some elements will never happen. I was more intent and focused on discussing the problems and issues that many of my characters faced through (and based) on my own life experiences and personal observations. A gross sense of realism which will–undoubtedly–be recognized by many people as a ‘salve’ for problems that we face collectively as a nation and as a species.

But now having a glimpse into that world, I can now continue on with my daily experiments involving my characters and the many challenges they face on a day to day basis.)

Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | March 24, 2015

New Novel For 2015 (“The Grey Ghost”)

uss_enterprise_cv_6_by_chewy1995-d71sw2bWatching Battle 360 Season One, I think I’m going to add another book to my arsenal, titled “The Grey Ghost”–an alternate reality novel following the Enterprise as the sole surviving carrier after the attack on Pearl Harbor which wiped out much of the US Fleet (as before) including all of her sister carriers–leaving the ship to face off against the Empire of Japan alone.

Events and names may have changed, but the mission remains the same…

Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | February 28, 2015

Fire And Ice (Volume 1)

fire1Grey witch Katherine believes in control over all magic, but when she’s put to the test with a killer contract. It’s not just anyone, she’s been ordered to kill, but a mid level demon, one in human form. Successful and powerful business man Demetrius has spent the last hundred years avoiding contact with his own kind, until his past catches up with him, when a powerful witch is sent to end his life.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ben Wilson is this awesome Australian writer with a really cool book that you should definitely read. If you ask nicely, he can also turn straw into gold…but he keeps 10% of the profits for whatever master plan he is presently hatching.

 

You can purchase his book here for $3.00 on Kindle. Or spend $12.60 for the paperback.

Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | February 24, 2015

November 2016 Launch Date

creationThe plan was to buy some more movies and such for myself, my wife, and my pen pal from Alaska later this year–per my annual job as a Salvation Army bell ringer–but this year, I’m going to put those plans on hold and dump my first month’s pay towards getting the first Vampiress Hunter novel (titled Hollow Pursuits) edited by my editor (for $541.02) and a cover done by Regina (which will cost me $475), and getting this book out by possibly November 2016: Just in time for the Presidential elections to be held.

The second book will be titled Passion’s Blood and the third Hunter’s Moon.

All three will be available through Createspace on Amazon, with the prints going for $12.95 (or $13.95–whichever is more equitable) and the e-books will be selling for $6.99 a pop.

 

June 26th Update:

In early 2017, I will be giving away 40 signed copies of the book with a bonus book of my own choosing from Amazon. These books will be randomized, so don’t be surprised by what you get. However, those interested will know that I will not subject you to a romance or Western novel; seeing how my tastes in literature is way more refined than something you find in an Avon or other type of mainstream novel.

But the books in question are some of my personal favorites and I’m sure that you’ll get a kick out of them.

 

So if you’re interested in getting a signed book package from me at that time, please let me know ahead of time so that I can plan things out.

Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | January 25, 2015

Mirror, Mirror (Book Cover and Synopsis

mirror mirrorKylie Jennings always knew that she was a special child–ever since she was a little girl. But she never realized how special.

On the eve of her tenth birthday, her mother gives her an unusual gift: A Kitterman’s Mirror.

One that allows her to see into and interact with parallel versions of herself from the last two hundred years.

But with each encounter with her other selves, Kylie soon discovers the terrible truth about the mirror itself: It is simply not a gateway per se, but a soul stealer; feeding off the various souls of herself and those who have fallen into an uneasy contract with it.

A contract which requires the blood sacrifice of the one who holds the most promise to carry on the lineage for the next generation of wielders.

And wiping out all those who had come before her. Including the original holder of the Kitterman’s Mirror–Kylie herself.

Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | January 14, 2015

Okay…Time To Jump Tracks (New Novel!)

Burned_Out_by_EphirelAt this rate, I’m not going to finish my Death Dealer novel. I’ve got 45 chapters done and I’m just too burned out to continue at this point. (I’m pretty sure that my temp job at the Salvation Army had something to do with it as well, plus my screwed up sleep cycle.)

So I’m going to jump to another new novel that I came up with last week titled The 602 and work on that. The novel is set in the late 22nd century (2187) that deals with a bad girl, a nerd boy and a corporate conspiracy involving Earth’s first warp-capable ship.

(If I just did the bad girl is redeemed by the nerd boy trope that is common on Watt Pad, this novel wouldn’t gain any traction. So I thought of something a little bit different is the fare for the day.)

Of course, this will mean that my aforementioned novel won’t be completed for a little while, but I don’t want to deep-six the book by forcing the issue. A good distraction might cause me to finish that book (and a couple others), but as it stands, my energy reserves are shot. (Plus, I have a new kitten to deal with so that just sucks even more energy out of me.)

Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | January 1, 2015

Now on Amazon! (Promo #2)

destinyKit said something awful in high school. She had hoped when the person died shortly after graduation, the words would be buried with them forever. Years later, neither had forgotten. Would strange dreams, Ouija board messages, and a mysterious man be the only key to settle the score?

Available on Amazon in paperback or on Kindle!

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