hay just finished the second book and was wondering when the next one would be out can't wait.
First, I'm glad you liked Guardsman enough to ask for the third. I appreciate that, thank you.
Guardsman was actually a later project, that moved smoothly. Guardsman3 is currently outlined and about 1/3 of it is written in rough form. I am working on Symbiot today (not the one you want I know) with a target release of Dec2011-Jan2012. Guardsman3 is after Symbiot and I have a target release of about May2012 for the third Guardsman book.
Its may and I can wait to read the third Guardsman Book. when is it coming out?
I actually got side tracked on Guardsman3; I have it about 1/3rd written right now, I have the whole thing outlined and am +90% sure how I want everything to fall sequentially. I finished the first Symbiote book and sent that to editing, which is actually an older book and has more done right now than the Guardsman series. Symbiote is more modern military but incorporates some scifi aspects. It is however structured like Guardsman2 where the whole later half of the book is first person / 'combat camera' style action. The issue I'm running into with Guardsman3 is how to end the final fight, I have to 'see it' before I can write it, which is what took so long on Symbiote1; I had to cram the whole battle into my head before I could make sense of it and spit it out.
I'll take it as a complement that you read and want the next one so soon :)
To finally answer your question, I am aiming for August/September release dates on Guardsman3. The long pole in the tent now is to organize the final chapters in my head and actually find the time to start putting 'words to page' and blasting through the chapters.
Thank you for responding so quickly to my post. I am a little bummed that I wont be reading Guardsmen3 this month. I have patience for a lot of things in life but waiting for the next/ final installment on a great story is one that still needs work. In the interim I'll be looking for Symbiote to fill the gap till Guardsmen3 comes out. Have you you thought about extending the Guardsmen trilogy into a longer series?
I have thought about extending Guardsman, but I would want to tell the story, not force the story. I have had a few good ideas suggested but I haven't developed them much beyond the casual conversation level.
I try to write in the mold of Alexandre Dumas where, each chapter develops some part of the story, I tell the story that needs to be told and then end it. That does not exclude a 'Musketeers' to 'Iron Mask' type project, where twenty years later they keep running into the 'kids of' from the first story as they work to install the 'correct' twin as king of France.
To share an update on the stories though, my master document on Guardsman is 324 pages and 231k words long, my master document on Symbiote is 427 pages and 310k words long. I have two and a half books written on Guardsman plus all my notes for sequels there. I have about four plus books written on Symbiote right now, and while they need editing and decent action development, they are in decent shape. Plus I have a pack of other things I have outlined here and there.
I do feel your pain though. It drives me NUTS reading stories out of sequence, it is like nails on a chalk board to me.
Common lets get thy act together and finish book three. If you need I will be more than happy to proof read it for you as you seem to have a small problem being able to tell what you want a word to say. the only one I really give up on is TO-TOO- TWO-2 I do know those not due know those not NO those.Sew finger it out and let me know I will send you another address to send things to me. I can redo it in about a 24 hr period and post it back to you with corrections made.
I enjoyed your guardsman series so much, I finished the second book in one day. Thanks for the enjoyment.
I'm glad you are enjoying the Guardsman. I'm working on the next.
Got finger ready to click the buy button...no PRESSURE right? We (my son and I) really enjoyed the first 2 books. I read your bio there, wow sucks to be you ...Just kidding. Seriously though keep up the good work! Cant wait to read the your new Symbiote book. Since I liked your Guardsman series I am sure I will like it as well. Thanks for what you do, gives me hours of entertainment and something to share at dinner with the wife and sons. Dont know if you are doing the "social media" thing, but I see a lot of authors doing it now to get word of their books out there. If you put one of those pages up on facebook, I will subscribe to it if it helps promote your work. Have a good one.
Thank you Matt.
I think it is high praise indeed when someone recommends or shares my work with others, and even higher when it becomes a family tradition.
I wouldn't trade the pain and struggles of my life for anything. They make us who we are. The finest steel is forged in the hottest fires, then beaten, folded over and over, beaten many times more, and finally shaped. The way I see it soft lives make for weak soft people. If someone never struggles or risks anything they will grow old and have no stories to tell, they will just be boring. I'm fortunate that I don't have to worry about being 'boring'. :)
I do have the Facebook thing but I have been working more on developing content than advertizing and socializing. I don't want to be one of those fluffy web - FB pages that has nothing worthwhile or interesting to read :P I'll probably have through G3 published before I start working harder on the social - advertizing.
I would like to chime in on this as well. I have really enjoyed reading this series and like everyone else has said...waiting as calmly as possible for the next one (or how ever many it turns out to be)..but I will also go on to say, take your time...I myself would rather wait longer for a damn good book, then have the next ones rushed and lack the energy and store the previous ones had.
Thanks for all the work you put into these, the great stories and also taking the time to respond to all the comments you get in here...
Thank you for the complements Mike.
I've been busy with ugly stuff all week so far but made some good progress on Guardsman 3 the days before I was working on 'that stuff'.
Progress was made doing some fine-edits on Symbiote while I was dealing with the ugly at the start of the week, but I depend on other people's eyes on that and flogging the volunteer-family help doesn't really work as well as CPT Bligh or I would like in this case.
Guardsman is moving forward slowly as I wade through the distractions. I'll probably get a little more done tonight after dinner, I need the distraction and writing a good chunk of a chapter is probably what I need today.
Well while I'm impatient to read the 3rd guardsman book like every one else I also respect the fact that you chose to delay the book rather than rush it and crank out a sub par novel to keep an arbitrary publishing date. Very good action sci fi books with realistic feeling action scenes and enjoyable characters. Glad someone has chosen to write to a higher standard. Thanks for the entertainment.
Wow! Again, thank you for the high praise. I appreciate it.
The characters are people (or parts of people rolled together) who I know, so I use the idiosyncrasies to have fun and make them interesting. I hope you are well pleased with the development in the third book. I am aiming for a 'Burn Notice' / 'Bourne Identity' style 'detective-work into action' sequence while developing the true natures of people and their goals.
I've been 'on pause' the last few days doing research on my new comprehensive work: 'the worst divorce in the history of the world'. :) I asked my favorite gal if I should write it and list its genre as 'autobiographical' or 'horror', and without a breath she told me 'horror'. :P
Well hopefully 'the worst divorce in the history of the world' wont be an autobiography that ends with swordplay like in your books...lol whatever doesnt kill us can make us stronger. Strife brings strength and all that motivational stuff. Keep up the good fight man we're pulling for ya.
I have thoroughly enjoyed both of your books and patiently (mostly) wait for the 3rd book. Wanted to thank you for using the e-book format, it keeps the books affordable and so easy to read. In the 15 months that I have owned the Kindle reader my enjoyment in reading has reached levels that I had not experienced since High School. Guardsman was one of the first books I read on the Kindle and it has completely hooked me to the format. I will likely never read a "hard" book again. The E-book is the perfect format for new authors, and you are certainly one of the best new Sci Fi / Military / Drama authors around. Thanks for making reading enjoyable again. I will continue to check Amazon for any new books of yours.
Wow! Thank you Russell. There are a few pieces of definitely appreciated and really high praise in there.
As of today Guardsman3 is about a third written, while completely outlined, the long pole in the tent is the final sequence. I know how it ends, just not the technical pieces and individual movements. I've dropped tastes of what it will be like in the first two books but I hate 'I win' buttons and 'silver bullets' (as you can probably tell) and now I have to defeat something that's extremely challenging using my brains to fight both sides which is a receipt for headaches. It's like creating the battle of Guadalcanal from scratch in your head, while incorporating the brilliance and jackassery of both sides and the random twists of fate that make things believable. That's the level of realism that I'm aiming to create.
Symbiote will be done before the end of the summer, and I'll release some small free stuff for fun in between. Guardsman is working in my head, and I'm having lots of fun with the villain.
I'm aiming for December '12 for G3, but those pesky 'real life' and 'work' things keep getting in the way of literary exploits, so I won't nail down a specific date. I do however keep getting emails from Amazon about releases from authors I've liked in the past. I haven't looked into 'how' I started getting those emails but that might be an option for you to look into also.
Again, thank you for the compliments and I'm glad you enjoyed the books. More are on the way.
As everyone stated beforehand, well done sir, I am another waiting for you to publish yet again!!! I like like some of the fellows above me have mentioned your work to others and they to have mentioned it. Thus beginning a never ending cycle of social networking! I won't try to tell you to hurry, by reading these comments I already know the pressure you put upon yourself in wanting to finally finish a well imagined story. That being said. Please hurry!!! I am kidding. Please continue to give your world to us as best as your can. Your story is not only engaging for many ages it creates a new world. An escape.
I can tell you that I have lumped you in with some of the neo-modern scifi writers out there today and your books are high on my priority list as well as authors like Randolph Lalonde, Saxon Andrew, and Christopher Anderson, as well as others.
In that, sir, I salute you and your dedication to writing these wonderfully intriguing stories for all of us to enjoy.
Also, if you ever need or want another beta reader. Just let me know.
Thank you Pete, I am cleaning an outline out of my head and plan to get back into Guardsman this coming week once my little fun projects are annotated and out of the way. I hope to not disappoint with my third Guardsman.
oh forgot to add the follow button!!!
It's december! Your killing us man!
December runs through the 31st. I'll take the impatience as a compliment. :) Unfortunately I'm dealing with that ugly 'real life' stuff that keeps distracting me. I have a state licensing inspection on my business pending, and a pack of legal stuff that is a fast track to an ulcer.
I'm about half way through, I need to flesh out and edit. The editing takes the longest and since other people edit, also the most unpredictable. I'm going to slice it up and send individual chapters out for editing and that should speed the process, so that I'm reworking my chapters while the editor is following immediately behind me. That will be a new method for me, and I'll see how it works in the end result.
It is indeed a compliment. ;) I also am well aware you can't rush creativity. You will get done when you get done......and when life allows you to lol. Hope your various troubles settle out soon. Better a late book than a crappy book.
Lack of troubles makes for a boring life ;)
I'm having a lot of fun going over what I've written so far and I think I can make this into a story that is slow and plodding where it needs to be and frantic and furious when it should be. I've set the target of the end of this month and am going to bust a gasket to get it done, it is a lot of fun to get back into the story telling.
Well for whats its worth you write it and i'll buy it.
Come on man where's the book it's now January you said we'd have it by the end of December.
Don't mean to sound snotty but I just want to finish this series I've been waiting so long for the conclusion.
I've enjoyed this story so much I've re-read the other two books so often that I can pretty much recite them word for word.
Thank you for the compliment Jo. Interest in the third installment is appreciated.
I am doing finishing work and the first 8 chapters are in editing right now. Everything seems to slow to a crawl for the holiday weeks, but the whip is cracking again and I'm back to the salt mines. :)
I am dyeing to read the third book. I hope you finish soon. In the mean time I have bought your other books to keep me entertained till the third installment of the Guardsman series comes out.
Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your books.
About half way through Symbiote, liking it so far. And eagerly awaiting the third Guardsman! Keep up the great work, and thanks!!
Good Morning BJ & Mac.
Guardsman3 is finished and is currently being edited and the cover art rendered. The editing is the long pole in the tent because this book is longer than the prior two and obviously content is important. I pester my editor four times a week (minimum) and his progress is about ten pages a day. When he's don't I'll chew on it some more and have the final product published.
I appreciate your collective enthusiasm. I'll get this thing finished as quickly as possible.
Hay I know that you must be getting sick of this question but how much longer till the book is finished.
Sorry about the wait. I've been monstrously busy. I posted a huge blurb about it one post below yours in Mac's reply. I apologize that I didn't see your comment notification in my email.
Its been almost 3 months.Is the editing done yet? and if so when can we expect to see if released?
Sorry, I've been swamped with court and family stuff.
Guardsman3: I'm not happy with my product. The story is fine. It's the presentation and structure that's making me cringe. I am on my third run of full editing for Guardsman3. I'm reading it through (out loud) line by line and restructuring paragraphs and sentences in mass.
The cover art for Guardsman3 is done but needs only a little bit of polishing and is ready for release.
We all know the old saying about excuses . . . here comes mine.
My first priority is my kids. My 3 May court date is now a 15 May court date. 3 May turned into a preparation session. Since Monday I've been chewing on an opposing 64 page motion, and working on defeating it by pulling out seven different data sets, from 4 different documents, email, chat logs and subpoenaed records. I'd rather have my toe nails pulled out with rusty pliers but it beats paying a lawyer $400/hour to do it herself. :/ And I know the history better than anyone so I plan on giving her the tools she needs to stomp the opposition into the proverbial mud.
You know it's bad when your lawyer looks at you after a year and a quarter of working together and she says, 'You know, when you walked through my door with that story I thought you were crazy. This really is the most bizarre and unbelievable case I've ever worked or even heard of, and it's all from the other side.' That was very reassuring, Sometimes it's good to know I'm not the one who's shit-nuts.
15 May is her sentencing for 60 contempt of court violations. (Yes, I got that number right : six-zero contempts.) Temporary custody orders will be granted that day. After the sentencing but within 45-60 days I'll be back in court for a permanent custody hearing, plus all the ash-n-trash motions she comes up with between now and then as she tries to pull her extra crispy bacon from the fire. If I don't get full custody I'll be back in court when she blows off Thanksgiving (again) and I file for more actions against her.
The good news is that the 'court insanity' is practically writing my divorce book for me. Not that anyone wants to read that autobiographical mess.
The BAD news for Guardsman3 is that I refuse to set a date because court is about to go even more insane.
I've read bad books before. That is literally the reason I started writing my own. I read someone's crap and then read something excellent. I copied, practiced and started writing in the 'excellent writer's' style. I want to write the best book(s) I can possibly write. That means I need to take the time in the soul-killing editing process because I refuse to publish crap. I need to hold myself to a high standard because I know what I like and I don't want to insult readers with something sub-par.
I'm sorry for the wait, but I want to do it right the first time.
Hay RG thanks for the reply do what you've got to do to get custody of your kids if we have to wait till next year or next week it doesn't matter your kids come first.
Guardsman3 won't be next year! I'm going to dig in at my favorite sports bar with a lap top and knock out a few chapters with no distractions like internet or sobriety ;)
Hope everything is going well on the home front. Hows it looking for the third book?
Thanks Mark. Things are going well and I've played with my all summer. Guardsman3 is reading very well. I was told it is my best yet, but I think I still have some more editing to do. I'm on page 177 of 244 total on my final 'out loud' read through. I will be done very soon. I hope you are pleased with the product and the quality makes up for the wait.
OK, I understand you have been having some personal problems. But I would think(having been thru a divorce myself) that several hours a day of writing/editing would be helpful in that it would take your mind off your personal problems yet every time you respond to a comment, you always say you are almost done with book III. Well, its now Sept 4 2013, about 9 months after you said it would be done. In your Aug reply you stated you were on page 177 in reedit. Back in Feb you stated that it was all done. So now when will it be published, in Dec2013 Jan 2014?
Wrath and Retribution has [finally] released and is posted on this site with links to Amazon.
Sorry for the delay. I wanted to make sure it was up to standard. Please let me know if it lives up to expectations.
Awesome. Will pick it up just as soon as football is over today!
That's great news. I just got the new book and finished one I was reading today, so great timing. Hope all is well in the witch hunt you have going. Hopefully you didn't get a man hating woman judge...
Enjoyed all three books, read them all within this past week, finishing on sunday. I would have like to have seen a section of the reunion of Samson and Persephone, since there was a significant portion on how Persephone was scared to death about Samson going to war. Lady Celine should have told him her conversation with Persephone about how she would have died also if Samson had died in the swordfight.
Good morning Mark,
Thank you very much for your patronage. I'm thrilled to read that you bored into my Guardsman books with such intensity that you finished them all in a week! That's a HUGE compliment. Thank you again.
I considered doing a Samson / Persephone reunion scene. I have personally done the 'homecoming' thing. It sucked. After the handshakes and boring 'stand still practice', the reunion was profoundly private for most of my 'matrimonially-attached' brothers and sisters. For me it was just sort of a confusing suck floating between 'okay I'm alive - now what' and 'where am I going to sleep tonight, with my vehicle miles away in storage and my house rented to a 64 pilot and his family'. I thought about writing that section carefully and decided anything I tried to write about a reunion would seem trite and pedantic, to me at least. That would have bothered me to no end through the editing process. I actively decided to leave that up to the reader.
The 'Jonas - Melina' reunion was deliberately inserted. The award thing was a life experience from my buddy who earned a SS in Somolia with the Rangers. It wasn't a 'wife' who ripped his face off, it was his mother who headed DFAS and was out processing his financial paper work from the Army. His dad was a Brigade Command Sergeant Major at Sill and told him 'not' to tell his mother about the Silver Star. It worked out about as well for him as it did for Jonas. That section is there because . . . life goes on.
Celine heads one of the founding families of their world. She is fantastically powerful in her own right. While she is happy where she is, the reality is that she and Phyllip are in a power consolidation union between two extremely powerful factions, land holders and power generation / military. They both just got lucky on a personal level. She is both school trained and socially trained in political and media style discourse; all while remaining utterly ruthless in her own way and passionate about other things. Celine didn't / wouldn't bring up that stuff because she is an accomplished political liar. I don't mean that in a bad way, she has lots of integrity and honor. She deliberately works to pick and choose her fights carefully. When her daughter found Lowe's slaving, she actively decided to make that an issue that was 'going to get fixed that day or else!', which forced Phyllip's hand on an issue he didn't personally care about. Phyllip viewed that as a 'better him then me' situation with Lowe's company and not his own. He just didn't want to deal with a pissed off Celine; his personal costs at home would have out weighed the irritation caused by extra work he had to do cleaning up after Lowe. Along with Phyllip, Celine actively decided to withhold some things for the good of her family, extended clan, to protect family holdings and their consolidated corporate empire. They would have been screwed if they'd divulged their full ownership arrangement to the 'arch-villain', discretion being the better part of valor there. Telling Samson something like that would have gained her family 'no percentage' and could have undermined the confidence of a family member and one of her military VPs. The costs of telling Samson would have outweighed the gains in her eyes.
The people in power in the Guardsman universe almost all lie. Vlad lied and deceived all the time until his hand was forced by either money or the need for self preservation. Phyllip lies to himself about the efficiency of his world and own corporation and doesn't even notice when he tells himself his own lie at the end of book2, while sitting in a place with Samson and Persephone that puts his statement to lie. The Terraforming Commission wrap themselves in the cloak of 'for the good of all mankind' while personally enriching themselves at ridiculous rates. We can't believe everything we read. ;)
Mark, I'm glad you enjoyed the Guardsman series. I hope this answered some of your questions. Have a great day.
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