"Writing a book is the art of listening to oneself."-Brad Cameron

Friday, December 28, 2012

Guest Blog by Wodke Hawkinson

I am excited to introduce co-authors, PJ Hawkinson and Karen Wodke. Wodke Hawkinson is the name under which K. Wodke and P.J. Hawkinson produce their co-authored works. Each has published a solo work. This will be a two part guest blog with the second post on January 11th.  Make sure to check back then! With that, here is Wodke Hawkinson:

The Three C’s of Collaboration

A lot of elements go into a successful co-writing experience. But there are three basic considerations that will apply to almost any type of writing collaboration.


When working with a writing partner, compatibility is very important, not only between writing styles but also in regard to your personalities, your work ethic, your expectations and goals, and your approaches to conflict resolution.

We are fortunate to have been friends long before we became co-authors, so a large part of the compatibility question was already decided. Before starting on our first novel, we did some writing exercises to determine if we could work well together in that area. We also discussed expectations and found that we both want the best possible end product, regardless of how many revisions it takes. We have similar dedication to the process of writing and we share a desire to work through any disagreements.

Even though we have known each other for years, there was still a lot of very necessary discussion on these points. For writers thinking of partnering we would suggest detailed dialogue with your potential partner(s) to clarify these issues. How do you each feel about revisions? Can you take criticism? How many words/pages do you feel should be written per day? How many words should a finished book contain? How will you resolve disagreements about plots, characters, sentence structure, etc.? How will you divide the work on each project?

The more compatible you are on these points before you start, the smoother your writing partnership will go.


This seems like a no-brainer, but it can surprise you how much different your viewpoint is from your co-author’s. For instance, when writing our second novel we assumed we had pretty much the same idea of how a particular house would look. When it came time to write the scenes, we were surprised to learn we each had wildly differing images in mind. This experience taught us it’s a good idea to decide as much as possible in advance of writing the first page. Of course, not everything can be decided ahead of time because the writing process is a fluid thing and often changes are made mid-story, but much can be determined at the beginning.

How to we accomplish this? Pictures help. We find photos on the internet of what our characters look like. We also use pictures as a starting point for certain structures. Even animals. Those pictures never make their way into our books; they are for our private use only. Diagrams and maps are useful tools as well. For instance, the Guju bird in our novel Tangerine is loosely based on a white peacock; and before finishing Betrayed we knew exactly how Lance’s cabin was laid out because we had already drawn it.

We also find it beneficial to describe our characters, just for our own information, well in advance of starting the story. We need to know what their personalities are, their histories, their attitudes, their approaches to situations, their habits, their flaws, their positive qualities.

The bottom line is, never assume you and your co-writer have the same idea in mind. That said, do we always get all the bases covered? No, of course not. There are still times when something will crop up and we’ll be surprised at each other’s perspective. Then at least one of us has to reconfigure her mental outlook, but often we end up somewhere between our individual visions.


Ego has no place in writing. Confidence, yes. Ego, no. If you are so married to your work that you refuse to make changes, working with a writing partner may not be the right move for you. Keep in mind that the ultimate goal in your writing is to produce the best possible end result. If something will make your project better, then it’s worth considering.

For us, there is a lot of compromise, and it’s surprisingly easy to do. For instance, one of us wanted a character of ours to have scars and the other did not like the idea. In a separate story, one of us wanted a character’s wife to be a baker, but the other didn’t think it necessary to include her livelihood. A trade ensued. We kept the part about the baker and eliminated the scars. This was an agreement we could both live with. Often if one of us has a cherished line of dialogue or other element we wish to keep in the story, the other will acquiesce. Then the next time around, the one who previously yielded will prevail. It’s a balance.

There will be times when no compromise is acceptable. Our best advice for those times involves three things. Number one; be ready to make your case for why you want a certain element in the story. Back it up with good reasons. Number two; be willing to listen as your partner makes his/her case. Ask questions and sincerely make an effort to see the other’s point of view. Be willing to give the matter careful consideration. And number three; know when you need to take a break from each other. It might be just a several hours or possibly even a couple of days before you can come together again and resolve the issue.
Here are the links to Wodke Hawkinson and their works:
Reader & Fellow Indie Authors site: http://findagoodbooktoread.com/
Twitter ID:@WodkeHawkinson
Tangerine - Romance and intrigue in a future where space travel is commonplace and aliens a part of everyday life.
Betrayed - Brooklyn is taken captive during a botched carjacking. And so her nightmare begins.
Betrayed  - Alternate Ending - Written especially for readers of Betrayed, this publication begins at chapter 49 of the original novel and takes the story in a completely different direction.
*Make sure to check back for the rest of this blog post on January 11th.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Guest Blog by Vanna Smythe

I would like to welcome our guest blogger and author for this week, Vanna Smythe. 

Vanna Smythe is the author of Protector, the first book in the Anniversary of the Veil fantasy series. She has been writing creatively since her early teens, though one could say her creative writing efforts started long before that. While still in kindergarten, she once tore up a library book to make alphabet soup, and has been fascinated with what words can do, the pictures and worlds they can create, ever since. Book two of the Anniversary of the Veil series, Decision Maker, is due out in Autumn, 2012.
Will Love Restore the Natural Balance of Things?

Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book One) is based on two things: twin souls and the energy of love.  The belief in twin souls, that is, a soul mate in the form of your one true love, existing somewhere in the world and pulling you towards them relentlessly and ceaselessly, is the underlying theme of Protector, and the entire Anniversary of the Veil series. Only, in this world that I created, the energy released when two twin souls find each other is used for purposes that are not altogether enjoyable for the pair.

In my world, for centuries, Joinings of such strong love, and the energy they release, have been used to build bridges and tall buildings, stem the flow of rivers, even change the duration and force of seasons. One thousand years ago, energy from one such pair was used to separate the world in half by a barrier only a select few can cross. On one side of this barrier, or Veil as it is called, they have continued with the forced Joinings, while on the other side, the practice was eradicated. This was achieved mainly through the means of keeping the people ignorant and under the complete control of the Priesthood. The priests rule the realm from the shadows. Among other things, they also decide who can marry whom, so as to prevent any natural Joinings of love from occurring.

Protector takes place at a time when the fate of this barrier must be judged. The decision of whether the Veil should continue to stand, or if it is time to let the world be whole again, must now be made.

Princess Issiyanna is one of a pair, called to her other half, her twin soul. She is ignorant of her true purpose, steered to go along and find her love, not knowing that a Joining waits at the end of her journey. Unbeknown to her, she is loved from a distance by Protector Kiyarran, a soldier assigned as her bodyguard and the one whose role, whose decision, could decide the fate of all.

How long can a world exist where something as natural as the energy of love, is twisted and used for artificial purposes? Will love prevail and restore the natural balance of things? What price must be paid? Answers to all these questions, and more wait at the end of the Anniversary of the Veil series.

Here are the links for Vanna Smythe and her work:

Website and Blog: www.vannasmythe.com
Twitter: @Vanna_Smythe
Facebook: www.facebook.com/VannaSmytheAuthor
Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 1) on Amazon: http://amzn.to/xLusPP

Friday, December 14, 2012

Loki's Children: The Abode of Hel

Featured on my blog site http://zekeproperchronicles.blogspot.com/ on November 12, I posted an article I titled “The Binding of Fenrir”. In the article, I related the Norse myth that describes the tale of Fenrir, the illegitimate son of Loki, and his imprisonment by the Norse gods. In my upcoming novel, The Gates of Asgard, Book 3 in The Zeke Proper Chronicles, Fenrir becomes an integral character. Within the novel, a very brief mention is made of his sister, also an illegitimate offspring of Loki, and her tragic demise. In this article, I hope to expand on that story.

Loki, the mischievous, imp-like god of Norse myth, was anything but faithful when it came to his marriage vow. Once married to, but not content with, Sigyn, Loki often left so he could travel to Jotunheim to be with the giantess Angrboda. An unfortunate result of their clandestine adventures was a daughter they named Hel. Even in a crowd of women, Hel’s looks would likely single her out. Her face, neck, shoulders, arms, and back, they were all pink. However, from her hips down, every inch of Hel’s skin looked decayed and greenish-black. Aside from that, Hel’s demeanor was nothing short of bleak. Her expression was always the same: glum and miserable. When the gods discovered that Loki had fathered three children, among them this hideous daughter, Hel, they sought advice from the Norns at the Well of Urd, and advice they got.

“She is the daughter of evil…Expect nothing from her but the most terrible…she will harm you and imperil you.”

Odin, taking one look at Hel, hurled her out of Asgard. He threw her into the mist and darkness of Niflheim, the world beneath the worlds. As she fell, Odin decreed that she should look after the dead, all of those who died in the nine worlds from illness or old age. Hel, upon finding herself in this bleak and depressing world, set out to make a home for herself. She began by constructing a huge wall around a massive estate. Within she built her hall, Eljudnir, positioned behind a set of colossal, ominous looking gates. To assist in her function as custodian of the dead, Hel employed Ganglati and Ganglot, both of whom moved so slowly it was difficult to tell whether they were moving or not.

The realm of the dead became a place of gloom and swirling mists. Its halls are packed with the dead who feed at the table of Hel whose plate is Hunger and whose knife is Famine. They sleep in Hel’s bed, which is Sick, and the bed hangings are Glimmering Misfortune.

Such is the dwelling of Hel. An abode fit for a repugnant creature? Or the prison of an unfortunate soul sired by evil?
-Brad Cameron

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Special

I wanted to let all of you know that now through January 4th, Book One, Odin's Light and Book Two, The Serpent's Ship of The Zeke Proper Chronicles are only $0.99 on eBook on Amazon.

Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=odins+light

If you haven't already, check them out and please write a review when finished. I look forward to reading your feedback!

Also, here is a look at the next few weeks:

December 20th: I will be featuring author, Vanna Smythe, on my blog. Make sure to come back and check it out.

January 4th: Guest Blog! I will be featured on Ciara Ballintyne's blog, http://www.blog.ciaraballintyne.com/ Make sure to hop on over to her blog to read thatvas well.

January 25th- "Bards and Brews" I will be doing a reading and signing at Primrose in Hillsboro, OR. 7-9pm

This Friday, I will have a new blog posted.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Guest Blog by Ben Woodard

I am excited to introduce Ben Woodard as this week's guest blogger! Here is some information about Ben:

A spellbinding storyteller of high adventure, Ben has walked the Great Wall of China, hiked in Tibet, and climbed to 18,000 feet on Mt. Everest. And recently learned to surf in Hawaii. This book sprang from stories family members told him about growing up in Shakertown, Kentucky. Tales of lost gold and river caves, and of adventure. He began writing for children in 2008 and has completed picture books, middle grade and young adult stories.

Boys and Books

I grew up almost living in the local library. Reading was my escape and the library was my portal. I loved boys adventure stories and have been amazed at the reports that say boys don't read. Some articles have said that they do read, but not many novels. They like magazines, comic books and some nonfiction, especially if it’s gross or violent. But why not novels? Everybody loves a good story. Maybe the type of story is the reason for so many reluctant readers. We do know boys gravitate toward some books.  The Wimpy Kid series, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson are favorites. There are others, but the numbers are limited, especially for teens and young adult boys.

Today, most books for older kids are girl oriented, a complete reversal of what publishing was like when I was a young reader. Then, most writers were male, and agents and editors were male. There were girl books, but books for boys prevailed. I believe that the change to a female run publishing industry, at least in the lower echelons, is good. Girls now have tons of books to read about strong girl characters written for them by women, and that’s a change in the right direction. The problem is that boys now have less books that are specifically for them, and there are fewer male writers. The boys also have fewer adult males as role models for reading. Single moms are raising many of our boys and the traditional female jobs of teachers and librarians are still mostly women.

However, to me, the main problem is story. There aren’t enough fiction stories in the marketplace that appeal to boys. The publishers seemed to think that a boy book is one that deals with bodily functions, and so we get “fart” books. And while some of those are well written and funny, I think we underestimate boys. As the Harry Potter books demonstrated, boys will read great stories. But many of the popular boy books are paranormal. What about realistic fiction like I read as a kid? There are some adventure books similar to that, but there needs to be more.

So I decided to write the kind of stories I remembered. The result is A Stairway To Danger, the first in a series. More edgy than what I read, maybe The Hardy Boys on steroids. It's probably PG. Some mild cursing and violence. Nothing too terrible, but there are guns and dead bodies. But the whole purpose was to offer boys a book with nonstop action and, what I hope is the authentic interaction between boys. While there is teenage angst, it is limited to one of the boys and is based on something that happened in his past. The story doesn’t dwell on the boys feelings, and many of the descriptions are minimal. The book is mostly about the story.

A Stairway To Danger is self published and here’s why. I talked to several editors and agents and they all said it would be a tough sell to publishers. Mostly because it is a historical, realistic fiction book with two boys as the main characters. Not much demand for that. One editor recommended that I add ghosts and/or time travel. I understand, but that’s not what I want to write. I grew up reading realistic fiction like the Hardy Boys and the Rick Brant series. I wanted to write books like that, although updated for today's boys. The Stairway To Danger is the first. It does have a strong girl character, but it is a boy book. Will I sell many? Probably not. The editors know their market. But I have to try.

My model for the book was my favorite series as a boy, the Rick Brant Science Adventure Books. The first book was written right after World War II and continued until the late sixties. The stories were exciting with great villains, but the key was the interplay between the two boys. I remember laughing at their antics and running to one of my parents to tell them about it. I loved the way they kidded each other, and yet, when they were in trouble (in every book, of course), they worked together, each using their skills to defeat the bad guys. Male bonding at its best. I still have the books and still enjoy reading them, but now I see the sexism and racism that was prevalent at the time they were written. Something my stories won’t have, although they will deal with the situation of women and African Americans in 1923.

Some of the Rick Brant books are out of copyright and can be downloaded. Look for The Caves Of Fear. And there is one book in the series called, you guessed it, Stairway To Danger. There are other references to the old series’ sprinkled throughout my book.

I hope all parents will encourage their children to read—both girls and boys, but especially boys who are reluctant readers. Start them with whatever they will read, comic books, “fart” books or magazines. Then, ease them into novels. Don’t forget the classics, Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, and The Count of Monte Cristo.  Many of these are free as eBooks. And please have them check out my books. I’d love to know what they think.

Ben Woodard

Link to A Stairway To Danger: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AGESBT2
Link to my website: http://www.booksbyben.com

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Guest Blogger- Victoria Grefer

My approach to research has been a little bit different than I think most other fiction writers use. I’m a graduate student of Spanish literature—in particular, Spanish literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries—and it never ceases to amaze me to look back and see the ways my studies have influenced my fantasy novels and in particular, “The Crimson League.”

There are, of course, the more superficial, linguistic aspects. J.K. Rowling’s magic language in the Harry Potter series is based heavily on Latin. Mine is based on Spanish. I named my protagonist “Kora” after “corazón,” the Spanish word for “heart.” Her home village is Hogarane (“hogar” means “home”), and the capital of Herezoth? That would be “Podrar,” from a conjugation of the verb “poder,” “to be able to.” “Poder” also means “power.”
One influence my studies have had on my fiction—one that I’ve never mentioned in any of my blog posts--is the inspiration the Spanish royal court and its legacy of “privados,” or chief advisers, gave me. These men were nobles with immense power, so much so that in some cases—such as that of King Felipe III and his privado, the Count of Lemos—the privado overshadowed and even controlled him in many instances. A famous Spanish poet and novelist of the seventeenth century, Francisco de Quevedo, even wrote a court play about privados to basically suck up to the privado of King Felipe IV. I would translate the title, “Cómo ha de ser el privado,” as “How a privado should be.”

In this play, Quevedo makes the case that the ideal privado must deny himself all personal luxuries, even the chance to properly grieve the tragic death of his son. He must work tirelessly for the good of the king and his realm, with never a thought for himself, his reputation, and his own advancement. I wrote a paper for one of my classes about this play, analyzing two contrasting interpretations of the privado character. It was not until much later that I realized how much the story, and the historical relationship of King Felipe IV and his privado, the Count-Duke of Olivares, influenced my Herezoth trilogy.

First, in “The Crimson League,” I wrote two characters—members of the titular resistance group—who are displaced members of the nobility. These men are great friends. Neslan, the lesser noble, is a scholar and offers much advice and emotional support to Lanokas, the greater noble. He defends Lanokas’s ideas and aspirations to their comrades in arms. Basically, Neslan fulfills the role of the privado.

While I read “Como ha de ser el privado” after finishing a first draft of “The Crimson League,” its effects on my thinking as a novelist are really visible In the later books of the Herezoth trilogy, when a king returns to the throne and a clearer vision of Herezoth’s court emerges. There is always a Chief Adviser playing a supremely important role at the side of the crown.
Of course, things aren’t an exact copy from historical Spain. The sorcerer-dictator in “The Crimson League” has a wife who was born into a family of war-strategists so renowned they earned titles of nobility in previous generations. He named her the captain of his elite guard. No woman would ever have served a military post in seventeenth century Spain. Heck, men were writing plays back then debating whether it was sensible or stupid to give women a classical education. Another important deviation is the prevalence of technology in Herezoth to print newsletters for the nobles and those literate in the population; this was was not as common in the Spain that I study. That said, there is no doubt in my mind that my studies of Hapsburg Spain have had an immense impact on the structure of Herezoth’s government and the relationship between the royal family and its nobles as I crafted it.

I’m currently in the process of taking a leave of absence from my program to find a job. I don’t know that I’ll finish out to get that doctorate, so it’s great to be able to consider how my studies all these years have contributed to and shaped my true passion: my fiction. Whether or not I walk out with that degree, I know my time in graduate school was no waste!

I want to thank Victoria for her participation in what I hope will be a weekly occurrence- guest blogging.  To learn more about Victoria and her writings check out her links below:
twitter handle: @vgrefer
Also, don't forget to write your review for Odin's Light by December 1st to be eligible to win signed copies of both Book One and Book Two of The Zeke Proper Chronicles!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Contest Information!

A BIG thank you to all who downloaded Odin's Light on November 17-18.  There were over 2,000 downloads...AMAZING! But now is the time to read, read, read.

After you finish reading your copy of Odin's Light, please write a review on Amazon about what you thought of the book.  For all who write a review before December 1st, you will be entered into a contest where you can win a signed, paperback copy of Odin's Light as well as Book Two of the Zeke Proper Chronicles, The Serpent's Ship. I love hearing feedback from my fans. 

If you loved Odin's Light, don't forget to get your copy of The Serpent's Ship, also available on Amazon as well as Barnes and Noble.

Check back for the announcement of the winner on December 1st and don't forget to check out my website www.bradcameron.net, "like" The Zeke Proper Chronicles on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter @camgang817.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Binding of Fenrir

I find it difficult to ignore the fact that so many myths from so many different cultures share similar themes. One in particular is the idea that evil can be bound, that it can be literally kept at bay either physically or metaphorically from its continual torment of man. Christian theology tells us that Satan will be bound, that his influence on mankind will be held back for a thousand years. Similarly, in the ancient Norse mythology, we are told that Fenrir, the giant wolf and offspring of Loki would be bound, literally, until the coming of Ragnarok. His role, after his release and during the end of days, is enormous, with far reaching consequences.

The story is told that the gods discovered Loki had fathered three more offspring (their mother being the evil giantess, Angrboda). They were appalled to think that there were three more evil inheritors of the Loki gene running around, shedding misfortune and deceit upon the other nine worlds. And so the gods agreed that Loki’s children must be captured. Bursting into the house of Angrboda in the night, a group of gods kidnapped the children and brought them before Odin. The fate of Loki’s other two children will be the topic of another blog, but for now we focus primarily upon Fenrir, the wolf.

Loki’s other children were hideous to look upon, their fate became immediate, but Fenrir appeared harmless, no different from any other wolf. Odin decreed that they should keep a careful eye on Fenrir, and the gods agreed that Fenrir should be given leave to roam freely among the green and golden fields of Asgard.

But the wolf grew and soon became a great beast.

Odin had been warned by the Norns, the keepers of the well of Urd and tellers of the future, that Fenrir would be the cause of Odin’s death. The gods were alarmed and finally agreed that since they could not kill beast they must catch and fetter him. By no means an easy task.

Fenrir was no idiot. Capturing the wolf would require cunning and trickery. Several of the gods made a chain of iron links and took it to Fenrir asking, “Are you as strong as this?”

Fenrir inspected the chain. “It’s certainly strong, but I am stronger,” he boasted.

The gods wound the chain around Fenrir’s body. “Finished,” the beast snarled. He planted his feet well apart, filled his lungs with air, then flexed every muscle in his body. The links burst apart and the gods sprang back in fright.

The gods lost no time in making another chain, this one twice as strong as the first. “If you can break this chain,” the gods said, “you will be known for your strength throughout the nine worlds.”

The wolf bowed his head, allowing the chain to once again be wrapped around his immense body. He stood up and dug his paws into the ground, straining and straining until a loud crack was heard and the chain lay at his feet, bent and broken.

After this the gods were terrified. They began to consider the fact that they may not be able to bind Fenrir after all.

The All Father, Odin, finally came forward, suggesting that the gods seek the help of the dwarves. Traveling far into the shadowy depths of Svartalfheim, the world of the dark elves, the gods promised the dwarves gold and more gold if they could create a chain strong enough to bind Fenrir. What they created was brought to the realm of Odin, a fetter as smooth and supple as a silk ribbon.

“What is it made of?” Odin asked, fingering the chain.

“Six things,” announced Skirnir, a faithful servant of Freyr. “The sound a cat makes when it moves; a woman’s beard; the roots of a mountain; the sinews of a bear; the breath of a fish; and a bird’s spittle.”

The gods brought the fetter to Fenrir and showed it to him, challenging him once again to test its strength.
Fenrir agreed, but reluctantly, he suspected a trick but did not want to be accused of cowardice. The gods wound the chain round and round the wolf’s neck, body and legs, until it was all used up. Fenrir struggled against it, but the more he strained, the tighter the chain became. Fenrir was finally bound.

The gods drove the beast, still fettered with the dwarves’ chain, a mile down into the earth. Fenrir’s howls were terrible, and slather streamed from his jaws, yet there he waits, bound and gagged until the beginning of Ragnarok, a wonderful story you will see told in my third book of The Zeke Proper Chronicles: The Gates of Asgard.

Odin's Light-FREE on Kindle UPDATE!

With over 1000 downloads on the first day, it is exciting to think about so many people reading Odin's Light.  If you don't have your copy yet, there is still time.  The free kindle copy ends tonight at midnight.

In the meantime, I wanted to write a big thank you to a number of websites that supported Odin's Light by promoting its free kindle days on their blogs, facebook pages, and twitter accounts.  Make sure to check out their websites to return the favor. 


After you download your free copy, don't forget to write a review on Amazon and pick up your copy of Book Two of The Zeke Proper Chronicles, The Serpent's Ship.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Write a Review...Win Some Books!

Odin's Light is free today and tomorrow on Kindle here.  After you download your free copy, I am asking for your help.  All you have to do is read the book and then write a review on Amazon.  Simple. 

Starting today and ending on December 1st, all who write a review will be entered in the giveaway.  The winner will recieve a free, signed copy of Book One, Odin's Light, AND Book Two, The Serpent's Ship. 

Check back for the announcement of the winner on December 1st and don't forget to check out my website www.bradcameron.net, "like" The Zeke Proper Chronicles on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter @camgang817.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Odin's Light-Free Kindle Day

With over 600 downloads last month with the Free Kindle Day for Book One of the Zeke Proper Chronicles, Odin's Light, I had to do it again!  Beginning November 17-18, Odin's Light will be available for FREE...yes, FREE on Kindle. 

After you get your copy, you can enter for a chance to win my giveaway.  It is simple.  Read Odin's Light and then write a review on Amazon.  On December 1st, all new reviews after the November 17th will be eligible to win a signed, paperback copy of Odin's Light as well as Book Two of the Zeke Proper Chronicles, The Serpent's Ship. 

Check back for more information on the giveaway and the announcement of the winner on December 1st and don't forget to check out my website, "like" The Zeke Proper Chronicles on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter @camgang817.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Death of Balder

The Death of Balder
     Without question, my favorite character from Norse mythology is Loki, the trickster god, a mischievous imp whose likeness has found its way into so many culture’s myths. Can we not see him also in the guise of Kali of Hindu Myth, Lucifer of Christian myth, and Apep of the Egyptians? The mystery behind evil and the way we as humans try to explain it can take on many forms. In doing so we try to cover up the true essence of wrongdoing by masking it with a scapegoat. We blame our mistakes on a fallen deity, and in doing so, try to take away our own responsibility.
     In the second book of The Zeke Proper Chronicles, The Serpent’s Ship, the Sly One, Loki, takes center stage as he seeks vengeance on Zeke and his little brother Devon for the demise of his daughter the Korrigan. We become aware of Loki’s past and the dark evil that he committed that caused his own downfall.
     The story is epic, taking on many twists and turns. At first we are introduced to Balder, the beloved god and the son of Odin and Frigg. Loki becomes jealous of Balder, his goodness, his radiance, and his subsequent popularity. But there’s nothing he can do. His silly acts of mischief only bring him trouble, they don’t bring him the attention he so fervently desires.
     That is until Balder has a dream.
In his nightmare Balder dreams of his own death and wakes with a start, screaming and thrashing at all that he sees. Frigg, his mother, terrified that the dream would come true, rushes out into the nine worlds and gets each and every substance to swear an oath that it will not harm Balder. Every substance, every living thing did…everything but a small bush that Frigg thought so small and so young that it could not possibly do any harm, the mistletoe. Loki, of course, discovers her mistake and takes full advantage of it.
     Entering the great hall with a mistletoe stick in his belt, where the gods are amusing themselves by throwing rocks and launching spears at Balder, knowing full well that nothing can harm him, Loki makes his way to Hod, a blind god and brother to Balder. Whispering in his ear Loki begins his taunt: “Why don’t you join in? Why don’t you throw darts at your brother?” Loki asks
     “Because I can’t see where he is and I have no weapon.”
     “This is not as it should be,” answered Loki. “They do wrong to ignore you - and you his brother.”
     Great laughter arose from the crowd of amused gods as they continued to pelt Balder with their arrows.
     “What was that?” Hod asked.
     “Only more of the same,” said Loki. “ A dart well aimed. But now it’s your turn, Hod.”
     “But I have no weapon,” Hod repeated.
     “Take this twig then,” said Loki. “I’ll show you where he is standing and guide your hand.”
     Hod grasped the mistletoe and lifted his right arm. Guided by Loki, the dart flew through the hall and struck Balder. The branch struck him and passed through him. The god fell on his face and was dead.
At first there was great confusion. No one knew what had happened. How could Balder have died? But soon the mystery was revealed. The culprit was none other than Loki, and soon the hunt was on to find the murderer and bring him to justice.

Saturday, October 6, 2012


The contest has officially started!! The rules are simple. Write a review for Odin's Light by Oct. 21st to be entered into a drawing for a FREE signed copy of Book Two of The Zeke Proper Chronicles, The Serpent's Ship. This will be so easy to enter because Odin's Light is free on Kindle today and tomorrow!! Hurry and get your copy and then write your review here: http://t.co/E4EwYUZL 

Odin's Light: Free Kindle Edition Today and Tomorrow!

Today is the day! Odin's Light, Book One of the Zeke Proper Chronicles, will be free on Amazon today, October 6th, and tomorrow, October 7th. Get your free copy before it's too late and don't forget to write a review when finished!
Here is the link: Kindle Edition of Odin's Light

Friday, September 28, 2012

Upcoming Events!

Many events are starting to arise!  Here is a list of some of the ones that are coming up.  Make sure to mark your calendars!

October 4th: Start of contest! Write a review for Odin's Light by Oct. 21st to be entered into a drawing for a FREE signed copy of Book Two of The Zeke Proper Chronicles, The Serpent's Ship. Write your review here: http://t.co/E4EwYUZL

October 6th-7th: Book One of The Zeke Proper Chonicles, Odin's Light, will be FREE on kindle for TWO DAYS ONLY. Get your free copy here: http://t.co/E4EwYUZL and be sure to write a review for the contest when you have finished reading!

October 13th: Time Travelers' Ball and Exposition 2012 from 10:00am-5:00pm at at the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 East Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon. Come listen Brad Cameron present at 11:30. The presentation will be a blending of Norse Mythology, including Viking history and how it relates to The Zeke Proper Chronicles. There will be numerous vendors and presenters. Come for a day of fun! Visit www.timetravelersball.com for more info.

October 21st: Last day of contest! Make sure to submit your review of Odin's Light to be entered into the drawing for a FREE signed copy of Book Two of The Zeke Proper Chronicles, The Serpent's Ship. Winner will be chosen TONIGHT! Write your review here: http://t.co/E4EwYUZL

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Serpent's Ship Book Launch Party

On September 14th, Jacobsen's Books, located in Hillsboro, OR, hosted a book launch party for Book Two of the Zeke Proper Chronicles, The Serpent's Ship. 

At the Book Lauch, I did two excerpts from Book Two.  This is a video from the reading where Zeke is reunited with his grandfather through his dreams.

Reading Video No. 1

This is another excerpt from Book Two where I introduce the character of Teddy who is about to stir up a whole pot of trouble for Zeke and Devon.Reading Video No. 1

Reading Video No. 2

Here are some other pictures from the party.  Enjoy!

Don't forget to get your copy of Book One, Odin's Light and Book Two, The Serpent's Ship!

Odin's Light and The Serpent's Ship on e-book