Sunday, April 26, 2020

Book Release: Gathering the Swarm

Today I would like to present yet another entry in the Gathering Series, Gathering the Swarm: What the Bible Says About God and the Insect World. This one is a shorter work, but it covers subjects such as the plagues of Exodus (the ones that involved insects), the intriguing entrance into the Promised Land (with assistance from insects), and the wisdom of ants.

The book is currently available in e-book form on Amazon here, and the paperback version will follow shortly. Ironically, there is a substantial locust invasion ongoing in Africa and the Middle East.

Next up: a "timely" Bible study along with some more fiction updates.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Book Release: Gathering the Artists

Over the past few months, I have put together a Bible study that explores the relationship between God and mankind in terms of art and creativity. It is titled Gathering the Artists: What the Bible Says About God, Art, and Creativity. Some of the topics covered include Moses’ tabernacle, the temples in Jerusalem, music, writing, and drama. I made a few discoveries along the way and I hope you’ll find them interesting.

The book also discusses what it all means for a modern artist trying to incorporate faith into their work. As always, the book is loaded with Bible verses.

It is now available in e-book form on Amazon.com. It is also available in paperback here.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

And Then There Were More

Although I have not posted anything for a while, I felt it was time to put out an update. I have been working on multiple books as of late, including a couple of fiction titles and several Bible studies.

The first Bible study out of the gate will be Gathering the Artists: What the Bible Says About God, Art, and Creativity. It will cover a broad range of topics including the tabernacle, the temples, music, writing, drama, and more. Four more Bible studies will follow, including books on time, insects, plants, and animals. The fiction titles will be the remaining two books of the Secrets of the Elements series. Books one through three are currently available on Amazon here.

I'll post more updates as each release date approaches. I hope to have the Artists study out by the end of March. The rough draft of the Insects study has already been written and will follow soon after.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Of Rockets and Tornadoes

There is some interesting ongoing research in the area of rocketry and tornadoes. Recently, a team of researchers, including Reed Timmer, and those at ChasinSpin, launched a rocket with a sensor probe into an EF-4 tornado south of Lawrence, Kansas. The sensor was lofted over 30,000 feet into the atmosphere and traveled 30 miles before landing near the KCI airport. More details here and here.

It's fun to see the science evolve and it was similar to what I wrote about in Race the Sky and other two books in the Secrets of the Elements series. Someday, I would like to see a hundred or more sensors lofted into a storm to improve storm prediction.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Book Release: The Fire and the Anvil

A new science fiction novel, The Fire and the Anvil, was just made available on Amazon. It is book three in the Secrets of the Elements series. This book builds on the various narratives from the first two books in the series and also pulls in the narratives from the short stories, Dust in the Whirlwind and Firebugs.

From the back cover:

Storm researcher John Sayers sets out to interview one of his heroes, Dr. James Ferganut, a reclusive inventor of robotic insects and a pioneer in storm research. As Dr. Ferganut's enigmatic past comes to light, the hills around them ignite and the fire sparks a tornado.

John soon discovers the fire is no accident. A rival inventor, Dr. Julius Minton, emerges and declares he is merely finishing a game started years before. It is a game played with thousands of lives at stake and weapons that can alter the weather in an instant.


The book can be found here. It will also be available in paperback at Lulu.com and elsewhere shortly. If you haven’t had the chance to check out the first two books, they can be found here and here.

The short stories can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Book III Update: The Fire and the Anvil

Just a quick update today...editing is progressing on the third installment of the Secrets of the Elements series, The Fire and the Anvil. The book should be done, along with the cover art, sometime around the middle of December. The book will pull together the story lines set up in the first two books, Race the Sky and The Hammer of Amalynth, as well as bits from two short stories, Firebugs, and Dust in the Whirlwind.

I'm still considering plans for books four and five, but it really depends on how things go with the release of book three. I'm also working on an outline for a "Tron-like" trilogy of novels set in the future as well as a work of non-fiction and another short story collection.

In the meantime here are some articles that are tangentially related to The Fire and the Anvil.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Firebugs in the Whirlwind

A few years ago when we visited Yosemite National Park in California, the area was struggling with extreme drought conditions. On our drive into the park, several wildfires were already ongoing in the region and one was burning near the entrance to the park. As the day went on, the temperatures climbed and the sky remained cloud free. Around mid-afternoon, I noticed a huge cloud just over the trees. At first I thought it was just smoke from one of the fires. Upon closer study, it turned out to be a towering pyrocumulus cloud. I had heard of these types of clouds before but never witnessed the creation of one. This occurred around the same time as I was pulling ideas together for the third book in the Secrets of the Elements series, The Fire and the Anvil.

As time passed, and after doing further research, it became clear what this particular novel needed to be about. All of the various narratives from the first two books in the series (Race the Sky and The Hammer of Amalynth) needed to converge in the third. At the same time, it also needed to pull in elements from the short stories Dust in the Whirlwind and Firebugs. Despite the complexity, I think I have arrived at a satisfactory outline and am now working on the first draft of the novel.

The book is built around the framework of John Sayers (the storm researcher from the first two books in the series) writing a research paper about an enigmatic professor named Dr. Ferganut and the man’s numerous inventions. The novel will delve into Dr. Ferganut’s past and his escalating rivalry with a fellow scientist, Dr. Minton. Previously, Dr. Minton made a brief appearance in the short story, Firebugs, but in this novel he will be a major character. With this novel the stakes will be higher and the technology battles between the two characters will escalate rapidly.

Together, these three novels will form a complete narrative arc. I'm leaving open the possibility of adding more books to the series, but that depends on how things go with this one. I'll post more updates as the publication date draws near.