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There are things out there we don’t understand.  There are things in the darkness that hiss and whisper and gnaw at us.  We have our doubts and our fears.  There are behaviors we don’t understand.  Why are some people so horrible to others?  Why are some people convinced of living by hate and greed?  Mysteries abound within this existence.  We’d be arrogant to think we know everything.

There are those who have experienced things, and through the frailty of their own imperfect interpretation, they have attempted to relate these things.  There are books of strange knowledge, and there are those who would search through these for what kernel of truth may lie within.  There are those who protect such treasures, for even if they are not fully aware of the contents, they shall not let them be abused by others.

Three such rare and valuable books of power are out there.  Two have been found, but one still eludes.  There are two powerful families, one ruled by arrogance, the other tempered by responsibility.  Both could be very wrong in everything they do, and we might be headed to disaster no matter the efforts.  We might be headed to disaster if one or both succeed.

How does one stop the demons of men, even when those demons threaten to take on a life of their own?

Find out in my book, Dance of the Butterfly, the first in a series.

“This story has, action, romance and sex, …, intrigue, crime, and the occult, literally something for everyone. Give it a read. You’ll find it well worth the time.”

“The characters are rich and fully developed and the story reads like a great mystery film. Each piece of information is a puzzle piece – all leading down a dark road that the reader must travel to get to the revealing end.”

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Stuff About Me

Posted: January 19, 2017 in Blog
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  1. I began creative writing when I was in elementary school. My teacher gave me an extra credit assignment to write a fictitious newspaper from another planet.  I chose Venus.  I used my parents old typewriter, leaving space for “photos” which became hand drawn pictures by me.  One was of a bank robbery in action.  I remember the Venetians were thin, hairless, and had antennae.
  2. I wrote my first “complete” novel when I was in my mid 20’s. It’s still sitting on my old Macintosh SE.  As far as I know, the old Mac still works.  I took it to a Mac store some years ago and asked what it would take to transfer the info off and into a more modern format.  They quote me a price in the high hundreds, so I didn’t do it.  The story was influenced by the Tarot deck, and each of the major arcana is represented as a character or concept in the story.
  3. I am influenced in my writing style by my philosophical background as well as by such writers as Douglas Adams, H.P. Lovecraft, and Frank Herbert.  I went through a period where I was writing very Lovecraftian short stories.  I sent many of these off to magazines, but none of them were published.
  4. I am a stream-of-consciousness writer. When I write, it feels like I am telling a story I have witnessed.  This has also led to some pages of bizarre stuff that I ended up abandoning.
  5. I don’t often listen to music when I write. I prefer quiet.  But if I do listen to music, it has to be instrumental (the vocals distract me), and something “moody” that fits the vibe of whatever I am working on.
  6. I have written and directed a play about the Marquis de Sade.  It was seen by very few people, but I think it was very entertaining.  It was certainly somewhat shocking.  I still have the script.  It was an idea of the Marquis “pressing” local actors into service and forcing them to act out a play about Don Quixote and his horse.
  7. I have written many poems and songs in addition to my usual creative writing of fiction prose.

Anything you might like to know, feel free to leave a comment.  If you enjoy my writings, please consider buying my book.  The second is in the publisher’s hands and will be out soon.  The third is currently being worked on.

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http://smarturl.it/D2D – electronic editions

Thank you,
Scott

Sword of the Butterfly, the second book in my urban fantasy series, will be published soon.  I received the cover concept recently, and I think it is amazing.  I hope you all enjoyed the first book and are anticipating the second as much (or more!) than I am.  I am very excited for it, and I think you will all enjoyment the development as we delve deeper into the tale.

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I think it is an amazing cover that really captures the feel of the story.  Many thanks to the artist, Jeffrey Kosh, for this wonderful work.

If you have not read the first book, please do so.  And as always, thank you.

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Expectations

Posted: January 12, 2017 in Blog
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There is too much expectation out there for free or very under-priced books. It takes authors a great deal of time and effort to write, edit, and publish a book. Independent publishers are also dealing with this. It seems a portion of the general public is shocked to have to pay more than 99 cents for an ebook or $10 for a print book, yet they hardly balk at the prices for coffee at Starbuck’s or the admission for a movie at the theater.

It can take authors years to finalize a book.  For some of us, there is a great deal of research, whether through traditional means such as digging into available resources or through the consulting of those more knowledgeable.  I have done both, and both take time.  The latter takes the time of another and can come with its own cost.  Then there are the many hours for editing, generally which takes the time of more than one person and also has its cost. When it is time to go into publication, the art for the book cover must be commissioned.  I have never tried to quantify the amount of workhours expended for the publication of one book, but I know from personal experience that it is a great deal.  For this, the price of a book is also a great deal.  Why consumers feel the need to blanch at the price or feel entitled to a free one is beyond me.

A book is yours to keep and re-visit whenever you like, or you can pass it along to a friend or family member.  A book opens up worlds that have virtually no scope.  They stimulate the imagination.  These treasures are highly valuable and should be treated as such.

To this end, please consider attending a Facebook even which will feature many, many authors along with their very affordable works.  You may find a door worth opening.

Our Books Are Not Free – Facebook Event

Thank you,
Scott