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“Downtrodden and heartbroken the young warrior left that hunt empty handed.  He was so discouraged that he even failed to trap a rabbit for his dinner later that evening.

“But that was many annuals past.  Now the warrior was an experienced hunter and could hold still on the rocks for hours before growing tired.”

Old Man Jones coughed, and was brought back to the campfire.  Blaze was looking at him intent, hungering for every word.  TJ and LyAnn were holding each other close and rolling their eyes.  Tiffany was wrapped up in her dad’s arms fast asleep, Mr. and Mrs. Parkinson were sitting close together, sharing a blanket with Tiffany.  Byron and Susan were a world away, dreaming of their life together, holding each other close and whispering to each other.

“Lucky for the warrior, his wait was not that long.  A herd of elk approached the spring.

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Favorite Authors

My favorite authors includes Stephen King, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, CS Lewis, Cris Pasqueralle, Cinda Williams Chima, Orson Scott Card, but my two absolute favorites are Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.

I am curious to know the favorite authors of those who read my blog, and so I have an added bonus.  The first person to comment to this post, telling me who their favorite author(s) is will receive a free autographed copy of The United.

As I have already explained, I have numbered the first 100 books I sell, and the individual who posts a comment first will receive Limited Edition #50.

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The United Availability

My dear friends of Northern Utah, I am very pleased to announce that The United is now available to purchase at the Logan Hastings and Ogden Hastings locations for a limited time, and The United will be available to borrow from the Logan Library.

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“Reaching his destination,” Old Man Jones continued, “the warrior filled his water container.  The warrior was aware that his prey would not come to the spring if they could sense his presence.  So he stepped lightly into the water, and hid against the cave wall out of sight of the opening and the stream.  Many annuals past the warrior learned to use the waters reflective surface while hunting at the spring.

“The warrior patiently waited for his prey to get thirsty, and thought back on his youth to the first time he attempted to hunt at the spring.  He was a young warrior, no older than fourteen annuals.”

Old Man Jones smiled at the memory, as if it were his own.

“He had difficulty,” Old Man Jones breathed deeply, “standing still on the slippery rocks at the base of the water, and fell multiple times before he could stand still long enough not to attract attention.  Finally his prey, a small herd of mountain goats, came near the water’s edge.  The young warrior was so impatient that he jumped from his hiding spot too early, and the entire herd left the meadow beside the spring before the boy was even out of the water.

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The United Chapter 1 (Part 6)

Old Man Jones felt his legs moving through the canyon, his eyes straining to see the small stream reflect the light of the stars.  It felt good to feel his legs again, even if it was only an illusion.

“That was not the end of the journey.  Now he had to follow the spring up the canyon wall. The grade was not too steep, but it was a tough climb even for an experienced warrior.

“The warrior climbed the canyon until he finally reached his destination, a fresh-water spring which had eroded out a cave in a cliff-face.  The water from the spring gathered in a little pool of water, no deeper than two feet in the center.  The cave was not large, only eight feet high from the center of the water’s surface, and it was only six feet wide, but the warrior knew it was large enough for him to hide in, but he also knew from past failures that he would have to hold perfectly still against the wall until the ideal moment.”

Old Man Jones felt the canyon wind on his face; he was completely transported now, unable to even feel the wheelchair that now served him as his only mode of transportation.  ‘Back in these days,’ Old Man Jones thought to himself, ‘a paralyzed warrior would have been prey for the wolves and coyotes.’

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New Project

So I have just sent The Rai Saga, The Realm of the Light Book 2: Denizens Among Us to my publisher, and have about year before I need to submit my third book in the Realm of the Light Series to the publisher, and in the interim I am rather burned out on writing fantasy, so keep an eye for new project, which is in very early stages of development, of a futuristic archaeologist who attempts to understand our society based on the little physical evidence we are leaving behind, since most everything we have, write, and do is becoming less and less physical and more and more digital.

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The United in Idaho Falls

Friends of Idaho Falls, you may now find copies of The United at Hastings in Idaho Falls available for purchase and two copies at the IF Library!

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The Book Garden

I just spoke with the owner of The Book Garden in Bountiful, Ut and they have graciously allowed me to set up a booth in front of their store on Saturday, September 10th during the Arts Festival on Main Street!

It will be a lot of fun, with story tellers, artists, musicians, and other activities, if you are planning to be in the area that weekend, stop by Main Street, come say ‘Hi,’ and pick up our own signed copy of The United.

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Blaze’s parents were noticeably absent from the party, his mother was at work, his step-father was probably at a friend’s house drinking and watching this sport or another, and no one really knows what happened to his real father after walking out on his family a few years ago.  But Byron was there, and Old Man Jones knew that Byron meant more to Blaze than any of his other father figures.

“The Warrior knew that in the autumn the best place to find the game he sought was in the mountains,” Old Man Jones continued in his old wary voice.  As he spoke the campfire, the trees, and the rest of his surroundings faded into darkness and he found himself transported to a different time, when sage brush, dirt, and juniper covered the landscape.

“He was confident he knew where in the mountains his hunting would be most efficient.  The warrior knew the water source he was seeking on the slope of a familiar canyon.  Soon the warrior entered the canyon and followed the river until he reached the stream he was searching for.”

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The Month of May

In the month of May I do not have a formal book signing event, so please watch my JQM Author page on Facebook.  I will be posting  couple flash sales for The United throughout the month, so follow my page, and take advantage of a great price to get your own autographed copy of The United.

(My regular price is $20 for the book, $6 for shipping.  Flash sale prices may possibly go as low as $10 a book pending on how generous I feel, but still $6 for shipping.

I use USPS Small Flat Rate boxes for shipping, so the sale offer is only valid for US residents.

All sale prices will be on-line exclusives, purchased through PayPal.)

Have a great month!