Galactic Conflicts: Final Confrontation is available to pre-order!

Hello!

You know it’s only been five months since my last post, so we’re doing good this year (sarcasm, I won’t make any promises on how often I will update, but at least you know my updates have information, right?). Now, let’s get onto the good stuff. The final book in the Galactic Conflicts series is up for pre-order! You might be asking, when is the release date? I can happily say that the book releases on September 17th, 2021. That’s a little less than a month! Get ready to read the explosive finale to the series. I have to say, it’s relieving and a little weird to know that I will be done with the main series and can now write something else. I have been writing these books for 7 years now. While I do have ideas on Galactic Conflicts and where to go next, I will be taking a break and beginning a new series.

 

As a little teaser, the new series is going to be fantasy, set in a medieval era. I’ve had this next series stuck in my head for the past three years and when I first thought of it, I was thinking it would only be a couple of books. Now? Well let’s just say I can see it being six or more. But that’s enough about that, I have a sneak peak for those of you who are interested. It will be the first chapter in the book. I hope you enjoy and you’ll have the book in your hands (whether physically or digitally) soon! Click on the book cover to pre-order. Thanks for reading and we’ll talk again soon.

 

Galactic Conflicts: Final Confrontation (Book 5) by [Tyler Nicholas]

A coldness entered Kurvara as she engaged one of the last warriors. There was little doubt in her mind who would win. Like many Prazore warriors, this one preferred close-quarters combat and swung wildly at her. After a few seconds of blocking, she found the opening she was looking for. Her sword cut from the right shoulder down to the left hip, and the warrior’s eyes widened in shock as blood poured down his body and he slumped backward with his eyes rolling into the back of his head.

Looking around, Kurvara saw there were no other warriors. The battle for Rhudian was officially over. Taking a deep breath, she sheathed her sword and turned to see Levi wiping blood off both of his swords, while Jorak sat on a nearby rock. Terminus was leaning on his sword while Damien and Rob looked around as if a warrior was waiting for them to relax.

She brushed her bangs away from her eyes and glanced at the other members of her squad, the Shadows, to check on their status. Her outfit was covered in dry blood, none of it hers. The war had shifted recently. The Alliance, Empire, and Yevonions—now known as the Ascendency by many of the people in the galaxy—were starting to push the Prazore back. Planets were being retaken and morale had risen tremendously. Talk of losing this war had diminished, with some starting to believe it was possible to win, something nobody would have said a few short months ago.

Oddly, the Prazore’s strategy had changed abruptly. The gigantic fleet that looked ready to attack the Alliance capital, Vestarus, disappeared. The Prazore altered their strategy shortly thereafter. The Yevonions seemed to be the Prazore’s focus now, which was good for the Alliance, as it allowed them to rebuild their damaged military. There was still concern about the huge Prazore fleet, which hadn’t been seen since the retreat.

The reborn Shadows had been a driving force in the war. Many gave Kurvara credit for bringing the squad back to life and showing how powerful they still were. Even the Yevonions noticed and complimented her squad’s abilities. It was bizarre, and she still had trouble believing how well she was working with some Yevonion squads, who treated her with respect! How times were changing.

Kurvara walked toward Jorak when she noticed Orindu, a Yevonion whom she saved shortly after Malidar and had grown quite close to. “How many did you get this time?” Kurvara asked, stopping as she looked at her friend.

“I don’t know. Enough,” Orindu said, looking Kurvara up and down. “I see you got up close and personal with some warriors again.”

She smiled; it was a running joke between them. Every time she showed up with blood on her sword, Orindu would comment on how close she got to the warriors. It was something Orindu and the Yevonions didn’t understand. The Sentinels were close-quarters specialists, and with how much the warriors liked to fight up close, she was forced to ditch her rifle to defend herself. “I see you avoided the warriors again.”

Orindu laughed, standing up and patting Kurvara on the shoulder. “I wouldn’t want to get close to you or a warrior in battle.”

“And I hope to never be on the opposing side of you in a battle. It would be a shame to kill a friend.”

“I have to go report to Morbius.” Orindu stretched as he stood up.

“Give him my regards,” Kurvara said, watching Orindu nod to her and walk off.

She continued her walk toward Jorak, recalling her time on Lorett with Jorak and Mutieto when Jorak used his Tranquility of Time technique to discover what happened to the Shadows when they infiltrated Lorett.

Kurvara was standing behind Jorak while he kneeled on the ground, sensing sorrow radiating from him. She didn’t need to ask to know he was seeing Kane’s death. After a moment, Jorak looked up. “That’s impossible,” he said.

“What’s impossible?” Mutieto asked, his voice stricken with grief.

Jorak didn’t respond and stood up. The sense of loss was gone, which piqued Kurvara’s curiosity. “Jorak, what’s impossible?” she asked.

He turned to her, looking perplexed. “Kane died here, yet he didn’t die,” Jorak said.

“He died yet he didn’t? That doesn’t make sense,” Kurvara said.

There was a moment of silence, with Jorak closing his eyes again. He touched the ground with the tips of his fingers. “Kane died here. Then life returned to him. I can barely sense his revival.”

“Did any others come back to life?” Mutieto asked.

Jorak shook his head. “The others aren’t coming back.”

After a moment, Jorak followed Kane’s path to where his trail ended in the middle of a field. Kane had been lifted onto a spaceship and was gone with no way to track where the ship went.

Kane was alive, and though there was no news of his whereabouts, Kurvara didn’t let it dishearten her. Him being alive was the important part. One day, he would return—she could feel it in her bones. She looked into the sky, as she did so often nowadays, wishing Kane would arrive to surprise them all. The only thing that didn’t make sense was why she felt all the Shadows’ deaths, including Kane’s, yet he turned out to be alive. It was mysterious, even if he had been resuscitated.

With a sigh, Kurvara walked up to Jorak, who was wrapping a bandage around his left arm. “Did you check for poison?” she asked.

He didn’t respond for a moment as he tore the bandage and nodded to himself. “I did. I don’t want to lose my powers for months.”

“Have the healers take a look regardless. Got it?” Kurvara said and watched him nod before looking away.

The magic healers had learned to detect the poison the Prazore had started using recently. An increasing number of people had died or lost magic to the poison over the past six months. Luckily, the scientists who studied the poison that had infected Kurvara and Mutieto were able to make a cure, which restored infected people’s lost magic within a week.

“Think I was the only one who got hit this time,” Jorak said.

“I think you’re right.” Kurvara wiped some sweat off her face. It was hot and muggy on Rhudian. The fighting didn’t help when you wanted to cool off, but it was a great distraction. She was looking forward to leaving Rhudian.

A group of marines walked by, saluting her and the other Shadows as they passed. She didn’t recognize any of them, but it had become common for any soldier to salute Sentinels. Sometimes, Kurvara wondered if the Alliance was going to ask for a military division of magic users from the Orlion Academy and if Thal would entertain the thought.

“Here,” Jorak said, handing her a bottle of water.

Kurvara took it and had a deep gulp. The water wasn’t cold, yet it tasted fantastic. After drinking half the bottle in one go, she put the cap back on. “How did you know I was out?”

“Because it’s hot as hell out here. No sane person wouldn’t need a drink after the fight we had,” Jorak said with a laugh.

Clafara and Jace walked up. “Looks like another planet won. Where do you think we’ll go next?” Clafara put her hand above her eyes to cover the sun and squinted as she looked forward.

“What are you looking for?” Jorak asked.

“I don’t know,” Clafara said. “I thought I saw something, but it’s gone.”

“It was just a bird,” Thal said as he appeared out of nowhere.

Clafara jumped a little, while the others remained still. Kurvara almost jumped like Clafara. She turned to see Thal, along with Lloyd and Anorn. She hadn’t seen Anorn since the Shadows’ funeral. There was a sadness in him, even though it had been over a year since his son, Blade, died.

“Imperator, Masters,” Kurvara said, straightening herself a little.

“Been a long time,” Jorak said.

“Yeah, we barely missed the action,” Lloyd said with disappointment. He was one of the few masters who loved fighting and didn’t like to use guns, preferring magic and his sword.

Kurvara sensed irritation from Anorn, who she could tell hated missing the action, though she suspected it was because of what the Prazore had done to Blade. “I didn’t know any masters were coming this way,” she said.

Thal scratched his face. “We were told the battle for Rhudian was underway, and I decided to head this way. Our next attack needs to be discussed.”

“Where is the next attack?” Kurvara asked. Since learning of Kane’s survival and returning to the war herself, she was always ready for the next planet. If she was told to head somewhere for an attack this instant, she would do so without any hesitation. Surely Kane had to be on one of the planets the Ascendency was attacking.

“You’ll find out soon enough.” Thal turned to Jorak. “I spoke to the council about your request to send someone to look for Kane. Unfortunately, we’re stretched a bit thin and can’t spare the resources to locate him. I’m sorry.”

“I understand,” Jorak said.

She detected slight anger in Jorak’s voice, something she understood completely. Jorak had requested that Thal allow him to look into Kane’s disappearance a few times, and usually, he was rejected outright. This time, Thal said he might be able to pull some strings. She couldn’t help being disappointed in the answer.

“I’ve heard a lot of praise in regard to your squad,” Thal said.

Kurvara fought not to blush. She hated being complimented sometimes, especially by someone like Thal, who didn’t compliment people very often. He was too busy to notice or seek out people. “Thank you, Imperator,” she mumbled.

She was about to ask a question when Orindu came running over and halted right next to them. His breathing was irregular. “What’s going on?” Kurvara asked.

“There’s a Prazore ship heading to the planet and Nukan wants you to be there when it lands!”

Kane grunted as he pushed up a bar full of weights. For the first time in months, he felt no aches or soreness. Without an expert magic healer, it had taken him four months to fully recover from his injuries. He could fight after two months, though his body still had pains, aches, and moments of weakness. It felt good to move without having reminders of Zalakor.

A part of him couldn’t believe Vorka was dead. He had killed the warlord in single combat, yet he was haunted by dreams of Vorka somehow surviving, even though it was impossible. The uprising had contacts within the Prazore who verified Yaqul was the new warlord.

Getting into Alliance territory was supposed to take two months but ended up taking four. It was time to reunite with his people and rejoin the war. Kane suspected he would have to argue when he was inevitably ordered to take a vacation of some kind. There was too much to do and not a lot of time.

Things were about to change. Kane and the uprising had information the Alliance would have to listen to. He was curious about how the Alliance leadership would react to the information. If they will listen, first I have to get them to trust the uprising, which is going to be tough. The White Sanctum’s betrayal would make it hard to convince the Alliance that the uprising was legitimate. Then again, the Yevonions had joined the war against the Prazore. If his people could accept the Yevonions, why not the uprising?

He put the weights away, satisfied he was recovered. The next part was about to begin. Kane had barely walked out of the room when Kazniak stepped in line with him. “How did the workout go?” Kazniak asked.

“Good. I look forward to fighting again,” Kane said, not slowing down as he walked into the mess hall, where all the food was kept. He nodded to Ioris and Adonian, two uprising warriors who helped test his strength. He had made many friends with the uprising, something he hadn’t expected. While the Prazore had a different culture, there were similarities with his own as well.

Some ex-prisoners were eating at the tables, along with some uprisers. For the most part, a lot of the ex-prisoners avoided the uprising. It was difficult for the ex-prisoners to differentiate the uprisers from the other Prazore. Kane would have to find a way to fix this problem or his plans with the Alliance might backfire.

Once he grabbed his food and sat down, Kazniak spoke again. “Are you sure we should only send one ship?”

That had been the debate for the past week: how many uprising ships to send with Kane. He came up with one, as the Alliance shouldn’t fire on one ship, especially one that came in peace. Weapons were stripped from the ship, so if the Alliance decided to fire on them, all he would be able to do was run. His name should get them safe passage to the planet regardless.

“Yes. I don’t want to risk a confrontation,” Kane began, taking a bite of his nasty soup. One thing the Prazore needed to learn was how to make food. Like everything else with the aliens, they didn’t believe in luxury; for them, as long as the food provided what was needed to survive, the taste didn’t matter. “The Alliance is going to be on edge with just one ship. You can thank the White Sanctum’s betrayal for that.”

“And you’re sure Rhudian is a good planet to land on?”

Reports indicated the Alliance, Yevonions, and Empire were about to retake Rhudian, which was why Kane had picked the planet as his destination. It wasn’t like they would make it far into Alliance territory before being discovered and either captured or killed.

“Yes. Do you have the six other uprisers ready?” Kane asked, taking another bite and being thankful when he discovered there was no more left. He couldn’t wait to eat real food again.

“I do. They’re all prepared to submit themselves to the Alliance,” Kazniak said.

Kane nodded, hoping there would be familiar faces on Rhudian. He was banking on some Sentinels and, ideally, a master being on the planet. “Good. I told Tegis, Sandra, and Evon they’re coming, too.”

“Four familiar faces should ease the Alliance’s worries, no?”

He shrugged. “It’s hard to say. It depends on their reaction to seeing us. I don’t expect to be walking around freely when we arrive.”

“What if we’re executed?” Kazniak asked.

One thing the Prazore didn’t understand much was how the Alliance treated prisoners. Torture wasn’t their concern. That was easy; Kane could vouch for that after facing the Limitless Embrace. He tried telling Kazniak there was no chance of being executed. This would be the first time the Alliance would have Prazore prisoners. Only a fool wouldn’t take advantage of getting some free prisoners, though he hoped they would be seen as friends soon.

“You don’t have to worry about that. Besides, we have good information,” Kane said.

With a sigh, he took a drink of his water, wishing he could fast-forward time and get this meeting over with. In truth, he was anxious. What if Kurvara was there? How would she react to seeing a dead man? He was happy she remade the Shadows, but was she out for vengeance like Blade had been when Mutieto was captured, or was she handling his death better? He hoped she was okay.

All he’d done for the last four months was run. The Prazore were hunting them like animals, trying everything they could to kill them all. Luckily, news of Vorka’s death by Kane’s hands had brought them more uprisers who believed Kane’s victory over their warlord was an omen that the war was wrong.

“It’s decided, then,” Kazniak said, getting up from his spot. “I am anxious to speak to your people without fighting. I hope they can see us as allies and not someone to kill.”

Kane cocked his brow at him. “You’re nervous? Here I was, thinking you Prazore couldn’t get nervous.”

Kazniak grinned. “Yes, we have feelings, too.”

“Things will go well. We should get going. The sooner we arrive at Rhudian, the sooner we can move on.” Kane said this and felt uneasy, even if he hid it well. How had the Alliance changed since the White Sanctum’s betrayal? He wouldn’t know until he arrived.

“I’ll get word to the other uprisers. You tell the others,” Kazniak said.

“We’re almost out of warp space,” Kazniak said, coming back from the cockpit.

Evon’s foot was bouncing up and down. “Good. The sooner we arrive, the better.”

Kane agreed. Evon, Tegis, and Sandra were extremely nervous about returning to the Alliance, for they had been prisoners for three years. Tegis had been a prisoner for almost four years while Evon had been captured three and a half years ago. Returning after so long would make anyone anxious.

Not wanting to worry anyone, Kane made sure to not summon any magic at all. While it was possible a Sentinel or another magic user might recognize it was him, he didn’t want to give the Alliance any excuse to attack them. With the Prazore starting to use magic, he couldn’t be sure how his people would react to sensing magic from a Prazore ship.

After a few more minutes, the stars stopped streaking by and the ship exited warp space. Kane looked out of the windows to see hundreds of capital ships and a squadron of fighters heading their way. All was going according to plan.

“Unidentified ship, this is Lieutenant Danvers. You are to remain still while we scan you and ask some questions.”

Kane took the corrier from Kazniak. He, not Kazniak or any other Prazore, had to speak to his people, at least until they were planetside. “My name is Kane, a Sentinel of the Orlion Academy. Is Grand Admiral Nukan available? If so, he can verify my identity.”

There was silence.

“He’s checking with his superiors,” Kane said before Kazniak could ask. He could sense the tension in the upriser, which was funny, as this was the first time he’d seen Kazniak stressed about something. Going after the warlord didn’t stress any of the uprisers out, but talking peacefully to the Alliance did.

“Switch to frequency sixty-two. The grand admiral wants to speak with you,” Danvers said.

Without acknowledging the lieutenant, Kane switched frequencies. “Nukan, this is Kane. Do you copy?”

“You are alive.” Nukan’s voice was usually cool and controlled, but there was a hint of awe in it this time.

“I am. I have seven upr—err, Prazore with me. We’re all friendly and requesting permission to land on Rhudian. You can choose where,” Kane said.

“Permission granted. Follow Lieutenant Danvers. He will guide you to the planet. Be warned: you will be shot down if you try to fly away or do anything suspicious,” Nukan said.

“I have no doubts. Thank you,” Kane said.

The fighters all had missiles locked onto their ship. Once Nukan gave them their orders, Danvers and his squadron spread out. Two fighters had locks on Kane’s ship, ready to fire if there was any wrong move.

“Here we go,” Kane muttered.

 

 

Pre-order is ready and news on the final book!

Hello my fellow readers! I hope you’re all doing well on this fantastic day!

It has been almost three months since my last update. It feels longer, but alas I am meeting my goal of at least one update every few months. Today is a good update! Why is that? Well, it’s because Book 4 is done! All I have to do is work on some minor touches, which isn’t going to take me long at all. When is the release date? Galactic Conflicts: Resurgence comes out on April 12, 2021. That’s a little over three weeks from this posting. You can pre-order by clicking the link below.

Click here to pre-order

The paperback edition should release on the same day. I will let you know on twitter (@tb_nicholas) if I have to delay. I am very excited to get this done, which brings me to an update on the final book.

While my editor was working on this one, I started writing the first draft of the final book (Galactic Conflicts: Final Confrontation). I am happy to say that I finished the first draft while my editor was working on the book, which means I get to go straight into editing soon. I focused a lot of my time on writing so I could finish before I received the edited version of the fourth book.

I am hoping to release the final book in the Summer and then it will be time to take a break from the galactic conflicts series and work on something else. I do plan on coming back as I have future novel ideas that I want to expand the universe in the future, but that’s for another time.

I haven’t done anything too exciting otherwise. A lot of my time has been spent on writing and various other activities. Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me on twitter or comment here!

I’ll update you all on the final book once it’s almost ready. Have a great Spring everyone!

End of Year Update!

Hello everyone!

I know, I have been horrible at updating the blog. At this point, I am going to plan on 3 a year. The last blog post I made was in regards to the release of the third book six months ago. This blog post will go over the past six months and what I have been up to.

The first update will be in regards to the next book, Galactic Conflicts: Resurgence. The book is almost done. I am doing some final editing touches and sending it to my editor in the middle of January. I plan on releasing the book in April, which will mark the fastest I have finished a book. Crazy how it took me 2 in a half years for the first book, 2 years for the second and the third in a year and 3 months. If everything goes as planned, I will be releasing this one after only nine months! Getting my process down has been pretty exciting. I would eventually like to release 2-3 books a year.

Once I am done with this book,  I will be on the final book of the series. I am excited about ending the series and hope you are all excited for it. I won’t be done with the universe I created and will return to it someday in the future. I have a few ideas that I love, but when I will write those is up in the air. I will release a sneak peak for the fourth book a month before release.  If everything goes as I want, I hope to release the final book this year.

Now, what I have I been up to otherwise? I started reading the Wheel of Time in September and finished right before Thanksgiving. Wow that was a fantastic series. I wasn’t too keen on the first book, but boy did it get good starting in book 2. I could barely put the series down and I read more with each book. How I was able to get myself to write, edit and read the series at that pace I couldn’t say.

For anyone who loves Fantasy, I would highly recommend the series. In ways I am glad I waited to read the series until now while also wondering why I didn’t read it years ago. Makes me really sad the author (Robert Jordan) died. I know he had plans for after the series and I would have loved to see how he would have handled certain plot lines that couldn’t be resolved in the final book.

I can’t really think of anything else that I have been doing. With how crazy the year went, there isn’t much else to discuss. Didn’t do too much leaving the house this year. Went to a couple of places, but nothing exciting happened.

This is a lot shorter than I anticipated, but I have nothing else to really add. I hope everyone is healthy and was able to enjoy the year to some degree. I won’t lie, this year was pretty good for me and I hope next year is even better.

My next update should be in March. With that, have a great new years everyone. Try not to celebrate too hard tonight!

Galactic Conflicts: Consequence release date + a sneak peek!

Hello, hello! I hope all of you are doing well and being safe. It’s been a crazy year so far and I imagine it’ll only get crazier as time goes on.

Yes I know, it’s been 6 months since my last update. I really was planning on updating monthly and realized that just isn’t doable for me. I don’t want to put information nobody cares about and I know how the blogs would go. “yes I made progress and looking good so far!” or “Yeah I slacked this month and didn’t get as much as I had hoped and bla bla bla”. If people really want me to update more frequently or even put some stuff I am doing (like games), feel free to comment below and I will see what I can do.

But now, for the exciting news. The next book, Galactic Conflicts: Consequence will release on July 23rd, 2020. That’s only a month away and you can pre-order by going here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BS4948K/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Galactic+Conflicts%3A+Consequence&qid=1593032674&sr=8-1

Now that isn’t the only good news. I have just about finished the outline for book four, which means I will really start pounding out the first draft sometime in the next few weeks. I still have some edits here and there to make before release, but it’s pretty much done.

I will add that this is the fastest I have released a book. To give you perspective, it took me 2 in a half years from start to finish to release the first book, 2 years for the second and 1 year, 3 months for this one. Hopefully I can keep going on that track and get the fourth one out in less than a year, that would be pretty sweet. I will not promise that however as that would be foolish of me, never know what could happen.

Not too much else to add, except for a sneak peek below. I hope you all enjoy book 3 and look forward to updating this blog in… The future at some point. Thanks for reading everyone!

 

Sneak Peak:

Anorn walked swiftly through the temple entrance, ignoring the greetings from a few students. He’d just arrived back to Orlion and was heading straight for the council chambers. He’d been on the front lines and about to head toward Meradis Prim when he found a transmission that concerned him greatly.

He’d discovered that there was a spy and had been for some time. This spy—whoever it was—was smart, using a disguised voice and a robe to hide any parts of their flesh. He’d analyzed the video a thousand times, and there was nothing that would give this person away.

All Anorn could think about was how catastrophic this could be. He was so deep in thought that he almost forgot to go into the council chambers. He opened the doors to see Lloyd and Thal sitting there.

“That didn’t take long,” Lloyd said.

“We have to move fast. This is too important not to.” Anorn strode over to his seat.

“Yes, you said that but refused to say over the comms. What happened?” Thal asked. Upon Anorn’s request for a meeting, he’d been hesitant to send back not only himself but also two other masters from the front lines. He trusted Anorn and knew he wouldn’t request this meeting without having a good reason.

“I couldn’t risk our transmission being intercepted,” Anorn said, taking out a chip from his pocket and placing it on the table. “I found a mole.”

“On your back?” Lloyd asked.

Anorn shot him a dirty look, not appreciating any jokes right now.

Lloyd raised his hands. “Sorry. Do you know who?”

“Let me rephrase. I found out we have a mole but have no idea who it is,” Anorn said.

“I take it that chip has proof?” Thal asked, eyeing the device.

“Yes.” Anorn grabbed the chip and inserted it into the table, which activated a hologram showing two figures. One was recognizable; it was Yaqul. The other was the robed figure with the distorted voice. “This came directly from one of our conference rooms. Whoever this spy is”—he pointed at the robed figure—“forgot to remove the recording.”

“Does this spy not give his name?” Lloyd examined the robed figure, squinting to see if there was any sort of clue as to this spy’s identity.

“His name is in the video. Azaban, which is a cover, as there are no records of that name,” Anorn said. “I even looked at all the White Sanctum and Empire names.”

Thal tapped the table with his fingers. “Play the video. I want to hear this.”

Anorn nodded and pressed the play button.

“I hope you have some useful information this time,” Yaqul said, his expression filled with disgust.

“I do,” the figure said.

“Does it have to do with why the Alliance is attacking the outer edge?” Yaqul asked before the robed figure could continue.

“No, I haven’t been able to find that out. No one in the Alliance or Empire seems to know about it, either. My guess is only the higher-ups know.”

“You disappoint me, Azaban. This is information we require, and you have failed. Your deal with us will be void if you don’t provide useful intel soon,” Yaqul said, glaring daggers at the informant. “Go on with your news. I hope it’s better than your last call.”

If Azaban was annoyed with Yaqul, he didn’t show it at all. “I know that the next attack will be on Meradis Prim,” he said.

Yaqul’s face twitched with interest. “Interesting. I had assumed this attack wouldn’t go much further. Do you know the next step if the plan to retake Meradis Prim succeeds?”

“I don’t. All I have been able to identify is the next target,” Azaban said.

“You need to put more effort into finding out the reason. Vorka is growing impatient,” Yaqul said.

“I’ll find out and call you, then,” Azaban said, and the transmission ended.

“Not a lot to go on,” Lloyd said, rewinding the footage just enough to see the full figure of Azaban. While the shot was brief, that robe covered every inch of the spy’s body. Not even a tiny bit of flesh was exposed.

“There were a few important bits,” Thal said.

“You noticed?” Anorn said.

“I did,” Thal confirmed. “This Azaban has been spying for the Prazore for at least a year. I would bet longer. This wasn’t a first-time contact. They were far too familiar with one another, and Yaqul said he was not happy about the lack of information.”

 

Final update for 2019

Hello! It feels like I last updated this blog last we-… Oh… All the way back in August. I really need to work on that. Anyway, onto the topic at hand! It has been a very good year for not only writing, but gaming and various other things that I will forget to mention.

In terms of writing, I released my 2nd book on May 28th of this year. I wrote the outline for the 3rd book, went lazy for a bit of summer and then finished the first draft in about 2 months (new record, previously took me 6 or so months). That was about late October, took a few weeks off and been editing pretty consistently since then.

I know that I put late 2020 for the next book release, but I am personally aiming for  late Spring. I believe this is very likely due to how much I have already done. Of course this could change, I am just aiming for that time frame.

Not much else to put in terms of that. The next book is going well and I look forward to releasing the finished product in 2020. I recently watched the new Netflix show Witcher (I am a huge fan of the games and books). I was really impressed with the show and while it felt rushed at times, I was very impressed with Henry Cavill and his acting as Geralt. I was skeptical of him at first, but he blew it out of the park. If you are a Witcher fan, I would recommend the show. If you aren’t a Witcher fan, I still recommend the show. If you find you don’t like it, at least watch the fight scene at the end of episode 1, it was amazing!

For gaming, I have been playing Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and loving that. Forgot how great of a game it was and have been pretty addicted. Luckily it isn’t effecting my editing or writing, but it can get close sometimes! While 2019 has been a pretty decent year for gaming, 2020 is looking amazing. In the first four months there are a few games I am looking forward to, with my most hyped game being Cyberpunk 2077. Of course the game I really can’t wait for is Age of Empires 4, but sadly that isn’t coming out until 2021 at the earliest.

Otherwise, if any of you want to know anything specific or have any ideas on what content you’d like to see from me, leave a comment! Or you can read this whenever I release one and be satisfied with that, whichever you prefer!

That’ll be it for this blog. Hope you all had a great Christmas and have a great New Years. Until next time.

My update of fun and knowledge

Hello, hello! It has been… Dang three months since my last update! Time flies and it has been a busy Summer.

Going to jump straight into it, the second book in my five book series released on May 29th, 2019. Makes me wonder if I should have waited until tomorrow to post this update, wait I need to focus. All joking aside, the release did better than I expected. I only opened per-orders 3 weeks before launch and actually had some! That was a nice surprise considering I announced the initial release date on May 10th before changing it to May 29th.

Whether people are liking the sequel or not is another story, nonetheless, the story must go on! Upon releasing the second book, I finished the outline for the third in July. I’ll be honest and say I was a very lazy boy for most of July and the first week of August. I have been writing, just not as much as I have wanted to.

Then something happened. On August 6th, 2019 I wrote a lot. More than I normally do in one day and I felt like I was writing some good scenes. I was really happy with how it turned out. Now before I go into what happened, I have a short backstory.

I bought a new SSD (Solid State Drive for you non tech nerds) and installed a new version of Windows 10. I downloaded my copy of Office 2016, but I hadn’t put in my new office 2016 CD key that I had just bought. So after I finished writing for the night, I saved the file and decided I would put in the CD key. That’s fine, I put the CD key and activate the copy. My mistake was that I hadn’t closed out of the book I had just saved. Somehow when activating Word, I went to close it and it said “Do you want to save your word document?” I thought I did but figured it couldn’t hurt to click yes.

That was my mistake. It overwrote my book with a blank word file. I couldn’t restore it through word, no auto backups and I had just lost all progress on my 3rd book. Well not really, see I do keep a separate backup on the cloud. I never thought I would need it but boy am I glad I did. I still lost all the work I put in that night and a few days (I had forgotten to backup that week). In total I lost about 2 chapters worth of writing and I was furious, yet thankful.

You might ask, Tyler, how could you be thankful for this? Well first, it reaffirmed my belief that having a backup on the cloud is smart. I also backup every night once I finish writing, so if I ever have that problem again, I will not have lost anything, at worst whatever I wrote that night.

The second and I would say more important factor, it motivated the hell out of me. I don’t know why, but I have been writing like a madman ever since. To give you perspective, I usually write 500-1k words a night. 1k on a good night, 500 on average. Ever since that night I have been writing 2000-5000 words a day. I am crushing this third book and I love it. I plan on keeping that 2k word minimum a day for as long as I can.

In a weird way I am very grateful for that mistake due to how much it motivated me. It made me realize that if I could keep that up, I could get my first draft done much sooner than normal (1-2 months instead of 6-7) and get an earlier release date. I am not going to promise that, I know how that went last time and am going to wait until I send it to my editor before announcing a date.

To be honest this third book is the one I have been looking forward to writing and dreading before I even began writing the first book. We’ll see if readers enjoy it when I release, but that is what I feel on this particular book.

Anyway I now have a more streamlined backup every night and I recommend any other writers do the same. Losing some work sucks, but I can’t imagine losing all of it. If I lost all my progress I would have quit writing for a couple of weeks, probably.

I have been lazy in updating and I apologize for that. With work, writing, Summer vacations and trying to get exposure for the first book, it has made me lazy when it comes to updating this blog. I will try my hardest to provide an update, along with some other discussions on the next one in October. For now this is my update so far!

Hope to see you all on the next update and have a great week!

 

Release is only 5 days away!

 

Hello and welcome to my update that I keep forgetting to put!

Let’s start this off with some awesome news. Book 2 has been 100% completed for a little over a week now. I keep re-reading it on Amazon to make sure there are no formatting issues (like what happened with my first one, I did not do this enough!) Both the Ebook and Print copy are ready to go.

As I am sure you can see at the top, that is the book cover. I am very happy with how it turned out and hope you all are as well. You can also click on it and it will take you directly to the book on Amazon.

While I have been going over last minute details before release, I have also been working on the outline for book 3. As I did with my first book, I have learned a lot writing this second one and think I can speed up the process for releasing my next one. I won’t guarantee it or give any specific dates, at least not until I am confident I can release at that time. I have been looking forward to working on this one for a long time and I don’t want to rush it!

That’s about all I have on the writing front. Super excited to get this out to everyone and hope you enjoy it! I will probably post something on release day or close to it. Have a good one folks!

 

 

 

 

 

Book 2 Delay

Hello!

As you can tell by the title, I have some bad news! Book 2 has been delayed. The final bits of editing are taking longer than I thought (and going back and forth with editor, want to make sure this book is done properly, unlike my first which I will explain below!) The good news is that it’s only a few weeks. Instead of releasing on May 5th, 2019, Galactic Conflicts: Dark Crusade will be released on May 29th, 2019.

I apologize for this (hopefully) final delay. I was really hoping to avoid this one, but I would rather release a well edited book than a trash one. If you already own an e-book copy and re-download it, you should see the new date in there at the end.

Now to explain what happened with my first one. Me being new to this whole self publishing adventure made some mistakes that I believe hurt me. For starters there were random spaces that weren’t there when I last looked, chapters were placed in the middle of random pages, extra hyphens, some words that merged together, etc. Let’s just say it was a horrible release. I got most of it fixed within a day or two, but it was not what I wanted.

My current plan is to have editing done within the next two-three weeks, upload it to Amazon, make sure there are none of those weird issues and then release on May 29th. I will update if anything changes.

That’s it for my update! Thanks for reading and hope to have this book out for you all in a month!

New Website!

Hello everyone! It has been a couple of months since you heard from me, well more if you didn’t see my tweet about the blog post in January. To make it a short story, I made a blog update in January, thought it was good to go, published, verified it was available and didn’t look again for another month. When I did I found out that it wasn’t showing. The only way you could get to it was by direct link. I tried fixing it but it refused to work.

So what did I do? I canceled my old host (Ipage), transferred to a new host (InMotion Hosting) and now the problem is gone. Not only is that gone but the website loads faster! Compared to the old site this one is blazing fast which was another reason I switched. To make it even better InMotion is cheaper. So really it’s a win, win and another win for this move.

Now onto other things. I haven’t posted an update regarding Dark Crusade since January and I have some pretty big announcements. I will start with the most important one first.

I officially have a release date! The book will be released on May 5th, 2019. That is two months away! This gives me time to market the book, finish up editing and make sure we are good to go by then. I am very excited to officially have a release date and hope you are too! The book should be up for pre-order in April, I will of course update when it’s up for that.

My second announcement is that the book cover is almost done. I should be able to post an update with the book cover this month. With this came a bit of an update to the first book cover since I got a new artist and wanted the style to stay the same. It’s mainly text and alignment for the first one. That’s up under the books tab – Galactic Conflicts First Contact or the amazon page.

That’s all I have for you for now. Looking forward to the next update!