1st Draft Finished –

I finished the draft completely on finished and will rest for at least two weeks now.  This worked out perfectly as I am making a garden gate for the yard and it will take just about two weeks. With the temperatures hovering in the high 90’s, reaching 100 and above some days I am only working on the gate for a few hours a day.  My wife isn’t demanding it be erected instantly so I will take my time and work around the heat.

Victor (working title) is off and running, he was the antagonist in Rozafa’s Castle and he has spent the last three years rebuilding a life, plotting a new path to his quest and setting out a trap for all four of the makers of Michael’s Spear.  Wanted by the Germans and Albanians he has hidden out right under their noses all this time.  He doesn’t know others are looking for him, he has a debt to pay and it can only be paid for in blood.

Hope your summer is full of adventure with some time relaxing under the sun,  in the shade of an old tree, or wherever you prefer to forget the world and take an adventure with a book.

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Vince

 

1st Draft – nearly finished

My protagonist Derrick has a revelation after a major falling out with his boss. He spends seven years healing himself spiritually only to find himself drawn back into the seedier side of life, this time he is making amends for his own past deeds. What is the cost of his redemption? Will he survive it, does he want to?

   Derrick is as convoluted as he is desperate. His outward face is upbeat and calm, but internally he is distraught and full of doubt.  Right now, Derrick’s survival is still up in the air. The bottle is spinning where it will land nobody knows.

   My first draft will be done by the end of the month and then it will take a rest for two weeks to let its juices ferment.

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Vince

 

Rozafa’s Secrets

Rozafa’s Secrets now available at:

https://www.createspace.com/6837419

 

Hot off the virtual presses, completed editing it and the paperback is now published. Always a great feeling when the project is over and finalized. It will be available at Amazon.com and Amazon – Europe in 3-5 business days.

Front Cover - Rozafa

    American Blacksmith John Reid is excited about participating in the first Annual Rozafa Castle Craftsmen Festival in Shkoder, Albania.  While in route an Inspector Buchari of Interpol Albania requests his assistance in combating his country’s international criminals.  John’s strong sense of justice will not allow him to turn his back. He agrees and confirms criminal involvement with the event.

   Unknown to John, Rozafa Castle has secrets of its own. Secrets capable of toppling corrupt members of the Albanian Parliament from their pedestals of power. When he is discovered by his host Victor Glasser and unable to escape he fears becoming yet another skeleton lost in the bowels of the ancient castle. His only hope lies with his Albanian friend Tony and Victor’s kept woman Donika.

Please leave a review somewhere either at the site you purchased it or here on my page in the comments section.

Vince

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CreateSpace – A great service

Here’s one of the reasons I like CreateSpace for publishing. I had a delivery problem with my Rozafa’s Secrets proofs. I sent an email they responded and asked me to wait another day. I did, still no delivery. The Customer Service Rep responds that they have sent another order with an expected delivery date of 5-31 and they show up on 5-26. No muss, no fuss. The best part is this is the first time I have ever had this kind of problem since I started publishing with them in 2010. They also are great to work with to resolve formatting problems and everything else. Customer Service and a quality product at the end of the process. Now I have to get to looking for those typing mistakes I missed. The print version for me is so much easier to spot them then on the digital version. Rozafa’s Secrets will be released soon.

BlacksmitHer Interview

   Much to my chagrin my Rozafa’s Secrets proofs have been lost in transit. New ones are on their way, so I will definitely be releasing before the summer. 

   To tide you over Victoria  Ross Patti of BlacksmitHer Radio has released the interview she did with me in March. I almost didn’t recognize myself.  Click on the link below to hear it.

   BlacksmitHer Interview

As always thanks for stopping by,

Vince

 

Rozafa’s Secrets’ Proofs Still Not Delivered

Front Cover - Rozafa   Very disappointed that my proofs are not in my hands at this moment for final editing. This is probably the biggest problem working from a location remote from your distributor. I have to admit the last time I ordered books I did not have this problem. The books were delivered ahead of time.

    Since it is still springtime and that was my projected release date I should be happy that I am still in the time frame. I guess that is a way to look at it.

   Lesson learned I will have to re-think the way I share my next completion and wait until I have the proofs in hand. What fun is that though?

   I will wait a few more days and see what the postman brings.

Vince

Proofs are ordered

While everything looks good in the digital proof I approved it one time and discovered the cover was fuzzy and needed to be resubmitted. Luckily I was the only one who had ordered copies at that time so no one received an out of focus cover. So before releasing it I will wait for the hard copies. Once approved I will release the digital copy. I am looking into a different distributor so I am undecided if I will let kind release it or not. We will see.

 

Rozafa with Spine

Coming Soon!

A Glimpse of Victor

Rozafa’s Secrets – main Antagonist Victor Glasser aka Victor Meta.

“Excellent Gordon, I am counting on it being there, we have a big show planned.” Massaging his chin with arms folded, appearing deep in thought.  “It disappointed me only John Reid could attend. You’re sure the others can’t be enticed to attend?

   “We are lucky to have one of the makers for the presentations, sir. I made very good offers, but they all have something planned with their families. It is July when people are taking their planned vacations.”

   “I wanted them all there, but need only one to present Michael’s Spear. We have enough blacksmiths demonstrating regardless.  And Gordon,” softening his voice as if offended, “please don’t call me sir here in the office. We have known and worked with each other for over 25 years. I am still Victor. I know I seem distracted or even testy at times, I assure you it has nothing to do with you.”  Smiling and grasping Gordon’s hands, holding them for a moment, pretending to be affectionate.

   He grows weary of the duplicity at times. Poor Gordon has no idea why I have become indifferent towards him, tsk, tsk; it matters not as long as he performs his job. I almost wish it could be different, but the time is nearing when such affections will be a hindrance. As long as Gordon continues to think I am going through a long phase in my life he is useful to me and my plans. Smirking involuntarily, thinking; I am going through a phase and soon so will Gordon and everyone else. I will be all that matters to all of them.

 

Rozafa’s Secrets – releasing soon:

American Blacksmith John Reid is excited about participating in the first Annual Rozafa Castle Craftsmen Festival in Shkoder, Albania.  While in route an Inspector Buchari of Interpol Albania requests his assistance in combating his country’s international criminals.  John’s strong sense of justice will not allow him to turn his back. He agrees and confirms criminal involvement with the event. Unknown to John, Rozafa Castle has secrets of its own. Secrets capable of toppling corrupt members of the Albanian Parliament from their pedestals of power. When he is discovered by his host Victor Glasser and unable to escape he fears becoming yet another skeleton lost in the bowels of the ancient castle. His only hope lies with his Albanian friend Tony and Victor’s kept woman Donika.