Another Pirates Trilogy Teaser

Got another Pirates Trilogy 2 1/2 minute teaser for ya’…

This one is from Act 1: Chapter 7 as Finnie and Brody are attempting a quick getaway from their current outpost…

I’m now well over half way in Act 1. Only 12 chapters remain in this first installment.

Stay tuned as I make more progress and tease you with more upcoming episodes.

Until next time, enjoy the ride…

Author Brian K. Larson, #sparkingimaginations, one Book at a Time.

Pirates Trilogy to be produced by yours truly…

That’s right. My last narrator is unable to continue with this project due to life issues. Hey, I know all about life issues. Indeed, I do.

So, what do I do about Pirates, then? I’ll tell you, what I’m gonna do. With major encouragement from my wife, Diana, I decided to produce the Pirates Trilogy, myself.

That being said. I have already completed the Prologue, so for your listening enjoyment and visual candy of what’s coming, turn up your sound and have a listen…

Author and Producer, Brian K. Larson #sparkingimaginations

Return to Revein’sev releases Dec 6th!!

The sixth and final Warlords book is in editing and scheduled for a holiday release.

Here’s the link to the preorder and the teaser…

In this sixth Warlords installment, Danielle once again teams up with Darnash, Race Jennings and Ruki Grey’con, who must begin a quest to return a sick little Chipper to the Realm. It all begins as an innocent plan to save the squirrel-like creature from dying in their world. But when they return to the Realm, they’re faced with a new dilemma; one that must require a sacrifice.

Will they choose the right path before it’s too late to save the Antarians from extinction?
What happens next will shock you.

The Bron Vis’Ka has overcome the Kron’Shulooka and healed the Antarians of being Warlords…
… But at what cost? Will the price be too high? Find out in this series finale, Return to Revein’sev..

Soon to wrap up Warlords 6 – Series Finale

Thought I’d give y’all an update on book 6 to the Warlords series, which is the series finale.

I just finished the final scenes with an amazing, action-packed crescendo.

Just one more final chapter to go. You see, even with how the last chapter ended, it ain’t quite over yet… there’s more action and adventure to come.

So, now, it’s off to write the final chapter and epilogue making this one a wrap at weeks end…

Woot Woot!!

Short sample in Return to Revein’sev

Here’s a short four-hundred word sample from book 6 in the Warlords Series, “Return to Revein’sev.”

Stay tuned as this will be wrapping up in a few short weeks.

Three distinct wisps of dark fog formed. The wind intensified before the face of E’nor’Ta formed in the wind, “I am more powerful than you!” the ghostly apparition echoed across the rocky hills of Bragora.

“I will not let you have my staff,” Race protested, then yanked the staff and twirled it around his head before planted the base firmly to the ground.

A wave of power dispersed across the ground, flowing outward causing the forming face to deform and blow apart in the wind.

The form of Dumakas on one side and Tumaleka on the other, the wisps of their Ela’voo continued reaching with wisps gasping for Race’s staff. The wisps faded and the winds died down as the power wave carried the Ela’voo along with the energy.

Race lifted the staff base from the ground and turned to Danielle and Dumakas, “We don’t have much time. They’ll be back in a few ma’na’ta.”

“Right you are, Race,” Darnash agreed, “Down this path we must go.”

“The cave that leads to the mirror is way up above the Shabe’Tu,” Danielle said as she ran with Race and Darnash.

“You road the beast the last time, my Queen,” Darnash pointed upward as they rounded the path’s corner. “This will be a difficult climb to complete in a few ma’na’ta.”

“I don’t think I can awaken the dragon creature until I have the sword!”

Danielle then skidded to a halt before Darnash and Race saw what she saw.

Over the hill, a large dragon’s head rose from its resting place. Puffs of smoke smoldered from its nostrils as the beast awakened. The creature licked its tongue and smacked moisture across its dry lips as its eyes opened, displaying the beast’s vertical slitted pupils.

“Oh man!” Race exclaimed as he instinctively held the soft glowing staff horizontally out in front of him.
Each end of the staff began displaying a shower of sparks. Then he began stepping closer to the creature.

Danielle came to his side and held a hand on his shoulder, “Be careful, Race.”

“I think we’ll be fine,” Race said, taking another step closer to the creature.

“My Bron Vis’Ka spoke to the creature the last time. I don’t know if the Shabe’Tu will listen to my voice again.”

“Well, you were able to speak to it before. Maybe I can speak to it this time with the help of Gor’con’s staff.”

Summer is starting to wind down

Well, it’s been a very busy, fun, exciting, exhilarating time. Lot’s of things happened this last couple of months. I have been doing so many things, except writing. But it is summer time and this is the time for all the outdoor projects to get done. Regardless of yard maintenance and revamping our grounds, there has been significant developments in our lives.

My stepson, who’s been living with us the past four years, got his own place. We helped with his packing and moving this last week. Saturday was the final move day. We have some great guys help us with his heavy things. Without this help, it would have killed us doing it by ourselves.

With his moving, it created a new space for me. I now have a fully functional office where I can finally display all of my writing toys. Yes, I have toys. These are spaceships and collectable items that inspire my writing. Being in a small open area in my kitchen before, my writing prowess will have field day now.

I’ve already been able to jump back into Ream of Revein’sev (book 6 in the Warlords Series) and wrote an entire chapter in one day. This is something I’ve struggled with for a few weeks. But, my schedule has been pretty crazy, but boy did it ever feel great sitting in my real office and tape out to my hearts content on my new keyboard and mouse. (My old keyboard had seen better days… let me tell you as it was going on twelve years.)

With that being said, let the fingers tickle that keyboard and I feel another chapter ready to pour outta me.

Until next time, this is author Brian K. Larson, sparking imaginations, one book at a time.

When Life Throws You A Curve Ball

Many of you may have wondered what happened to me and my weekly blog? Well, you don’t have to wonder any longer. I’m back and in full stride again. It was absolutely necessary for my absences, as life did throw us a curve ball. Only this time, it wasn’t about me.

Back on May 31st, my wife fell at work and suffered a compression fracture on her L3 vertebrae. Diana is always very stoic, but when I got her call at just past six am, I could tell something bad happened. She didn’t want an aid car because she didn’t think she hurt herself that bad. After being on the phone just a couple minutes, I knew it was serious. It was a very stressful situation as I was stranded at home as we only have one vehicle. The school sent the bus mechanic up the mountain to get me, so I could take her to the emergency room. By the time I got there, which was only about fifteen minutes, she was in excruciating pain.

Fortunately, now that I have my sclera contacts, I can drive again. The closest hospital is thirty minutes away and within just a few minutes of the trip, Diana wished she had them call for that aid car. When you haven’t driven in a while, it can be nerve racking, let alone trying to get to your destination as quickly as possible. But we made it to the emergency room drop off. Diana was in so much pain, she couldn’t get out of the car and I was of no help. I ran inside to get someone to assist and they were pretty useless, which then added to the stress. They said, we’ll have to call the fire department and have them send someone out.

Well, Diana wasn’t going to wait for who knows how long for the fire department to arrive, so she powered through twisting and turning enough to get out to a point where I could pull her to her feet. Oh, and the fire department never showed up.

At this point, it was too painful to sit or lay on her back. The only position she could tolerate was standing. I will say, they got her back to a room within five minutes of walking through the door. Then it seemed an eternity waiting for an exam by the doctor and finally a shot of some pain medication, which actually did nothing. Once she got an x-ray and then a CT scan, they got an IV started and was able to give her some medication that helped. But it didn’t last very long. Simply because of the tremendous pain she was in.

When the results came in and the doctor brought up the CT scan on the screen for us to see, it was very apparent that there was something wrong. The doctor pointed to a spot on her L3 bone that was crushed. He called it a stable compression fracture on L3. Fortunately, that is if there’s anything fortunate about a broken back, is that it was stable and on the exterior of the spine. If it was on the inside, it could have been much more serious causing a spinal cord injury.

The next several weeks were rough for everyone. With my physical limitations, it’s difficult for me to keep a fast pace. Now that Diana was down for the count, I was taking care of everything in the home and driving everyone to appointments. Over the next two weeks, life was super difficult with my existing neurological limitations. But you know what? I did it. We all survived and Diana is healing very well. In fact, last week was her six week follow up and with a new set of x-rays, they were able to confirm the fracture is stable and there are no issues at all. In fact, they said there shouldn’t be any long-term issues with this as long as there are no more falls to reinjure the area. So, I told Diana, “You’re done falling. You can’t do that anymore.”

Life is finally getting back to normal for us. Diana is back to regular activity. They told her that her body will tell her when she’s overdoing it. I’m also recovering from the stress of this curve ball and now, I’m back in the writing saddle again and boy does it ever feel great!

So, the morel to this story is, if life does throw you a curve ball, the best thing you can do is just keep swinging at it. Eventually, you hit a home run. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing that ball flying out of the ball park. That’s when you know you’ve hit a home run and that curve ball was not as difficult as you first thought it would be.

Thank you for reading today’s blog. I hope these words and my experiences help you to take a few more swings at the curve balls that life send your way.

Until next time, this is author Brian K. Larson, sparking imaginations, one book at a time.

There, Their and They’re – My Writing Kryptonite

As with anything in the English language, there are certain words that seem impossible for me to get right. I do have my moments, but really, theretheir and they’re seem to be my writing kryptonite.

It must be a mental block or something. Time and time again, I can go back over a manuscript and find issues with the usage of these three words. It’s not just me, either. I can read various texts and especially on social media where these three words are always misused. So, why are there, their and they’re so commonly used incorrectly?

Let’s do a deep dive into what exactly these words are, starting with there.

According to Grammar-Time, the word there is a commonly used word that can be difficult to classify because of the various roles it can play in a sentence. There can be used as an adverbpronounnoun, or adjective, and sometimes as an interjection.

Well, that explains it. It’s because the word there has so many various uses. When it’s used as an adverb, it is used to modify a verb in a sentence. “They went there only to find out that it was postponed.” The word there is considered an adverb because it describes the verb went.

That sounds simple enough, but then here’s where it gets even more complicated. That’s when it’s used as a pronoun. First, let’s define what a pronoun is. According to Scribendi.com, “there are seven types of pronouns that both English and English as second language writers must recognize: the personal pronoun, the demonstrative pronoun, the interrogative pronoun, the relative pronoun, the indefinite pronoun, the reflexive pronoun, and the intensive pronoun.

Let’s use the relative pronoun so we don’t’ get too bogged down. When using there as a pronoun, the word there can be used to introduce the subject of the sentence. An example is “There’s a spider in the bathtub.” When used as a noun, the example is, “get away from there.” It can also be used as an adverb as in, “Wait there until I get back.” Used as an adverb, “stop right there!” and as an interjection, “There, that didn’t hurt so much, did it?” Well, yes, it actually did hurt. I think my brain is sprained now.

Let’s move on to the word their, which is considered a possessive pronoun. What exactly does that mean? It means that it shows possession. It’s something that is owned. An example is, “The car is theirs.” More examples of possessive pronouns are provided by yourdictionary.com, which include “my, mine, our, ours, its, his, her, hers, their, theirs, your, and yours. These are all words that demonstrate ownership. If the book belongs to me, then it is mine. If the book belongs to her, then it is hers.”

Clear as mud, right? Let’s make things even more difficult by using their as an adjective. When the word their is used in this way, as defined by dictionary.com, “a form of the possessive case of plural they used as an attributive adjective, before a noun: their home; their rights as citizens; their departure for Rome.”

Okay, that one is easy enough. But then there’s the word they’re. Which should be fairly easy to understand. It’s actually called a contraction, which is a combination of two words; they and are. This combines the pronoun, they and verb, are making they’re.

Some examples are, they’re going to the ballpark. They’re buying a new house. They’re going camping this summer. These sounds pretty easy, but why is it, that this gets confused with the other there and their? At least this is what happens to me.

According to dictionary.com, “the trio of their, there, and they’re can flummox writers of all levels. It’s confusing; they are homophones, meaning they have the same pronunciation (sound) but differ in meaning and derivation (origin). Even though they sound the same, they aren’t spelled the same.”

Well, now I understand what my difficulty is. That’s because I have Dyslexia and while these words sound the same, they are spelled differently. It’s no wonder I flunked Freshman English three years in high school. 

Thank you for joining me this week. Next time, I’ll dive into another set of words that, I not only have trouble with but see time and time again being used incorrectly. Those are to, too, and two.

Until next time, this is author Brian K. Larson, sparking imaginations, one book at a time. 

Salvage-5: Awakenings now has a series title

I did some tweaking on this one.

Getting ready to start book 2, Salvage-5: Revelations. (Yes, it’s with an ‘s’ on purpose.)

The new series for this continuing Salvage-5 storyline, is called:

‘Eye’s Wide Shut.’

Now, if that series title is confusing, check out how Colonel Tucker Petersen handles his current situation in book 1, Salvage-5: Awakenings. You might begin to understand.

And the story will continue with book 3, Salvage-5: Frequencies…

It’s gonna blow your mind…

Here’s some eye candy for what’s to follow after Awakenings: