The Odera Chronicles

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JR Handley Blog HeaderHey Space Cadets, how is everyone on this fine day?  I’m doing well, and wanted to bring you my news!  My former editor, Corey D Truax, and I have signed our next series with a small publishing house, Theogony Publishing.  This umbrella publishing house is a part of the larger and more dynamic Chris Kennedy Publishing.  Corey and I scoped him out together, in a totally non-stalker kind of way, and liked how he operated. He’s professional, and another veteran of America’s Armed Forces. I think Corey liked that he was a sailor too, but I forgive them both for their imperfections

So, what to say about The Odera Chronicles without giving too much away?  This story tells the tale of Alexis Monroe, one of the first female infantrymen in the US Army. Alexis was an only child, her dad was a Seabee and veteran of the wars in Mesopotamia. After her mother died, it was just the two of them, so she became the son he wanted. Alexis strove to please him and honed her inner tomboy. Shortly after she graduated college, females were being allowed to join the combat arms of the military. Alexis enlisted into the infantry.  Alexis did well at training, very well. When those scores were combined with her college degree, she was quickly advanced to the rank of sergeant. Despite how well she did, her fellow grunts always assumed she was promoted because she was female. When she graduated from training at the NCO Academy, she was given an out of the way assignment. Out of sight, out of mind, or so the Army thought. Her job was simple; guard a warehouse, don’t look inside.  Of course, she looked – and a grand adventure ensued.  To find out more, you will have to read the book.

As you all know, I will keep you up to date with our plans for the series, but for now, less really is more!  I really enjoyed working with Corey as he edited The Sleeping Legion series, so I think this collaboration will be a blast. I really hope that the fun we have translates onto the page. We both really want our readers to enjoy this little tale of galactic woe. So, if you’ve enjoyed the shenanigans over here in the Handley Trenches, then re-enlist on the insanity train!

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!

brown_bess JR

 

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SFF Book Bonanza

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Hey Space Cadets, how are you doing this fine day?  I’m doing well, I’m at 55% complete on the 4th book in the Sleeping Legion.  I don’t want to be away from writing long – I’m kinda on a roll.  Just wanted to let you know I have joined in with other authors for the SFF Book Bonanza‘s Science Fiction Fantasy Giveaway scheduled for June 12 – 18, 2017!  I am really excited to be working with this group and hope you will take a look at the free books being offered.

Well I hope you all enjoy this give away – it is back to planning the last battles to finish my book for me.

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry.

brown_bess

JR

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Hometown Reads Virginia Beach

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jr-handley-headerHey Space Cadets, how are you doing this fine day?  I’m doing well, I’m at 43% complete on the 4th book in the Sleeping Legion.  I don’t want to be away from writing long – I’m kinda on a roll.  Just wanted to let you know about two great things that happened to me.

Hometown Reads Virginia BeachHometown Reads has their Virginia Beach page done! And I am one of the Virginia Beach author’s.  I have two of my books in our local library – The Demons of Kor-Lir and The Legion Awakes.  This weekend I will be taking in Fortress Beta City and Operation Breakout.  I am Virginia Beach Booksreally excited about this!  They even have my book on the home page for Virginia Beach!  Yes, I absolutely DID have to show you the picture!  Have to brag a little.

Well I hope you all have a great day – it’s back to writing for me.

 

 

 

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry.

brown_bess

JR

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PEW PEW SALE!

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Hey Space Cadets, how are you doing this fine Sunday?  I’m doing good, working on my next novel so I wanted to recommend some good books to hold you over in the mean time!  First – if you haven’t read my books – The Legion Awakes series – you might want to read them before the next book comes out!  I know, I know, but if I don’t advertise for myself who will?  Then a few anthologies, some series I love and random recommendations!  Check them out, and as always, remember to leave an honest review!

 

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Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry.

brown_bess

JR

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Die Rebel Scum

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Hey Space Cadets, I wanted to bring you a quick fun video that I found here on Joe Vasicek’s blog.  He’s a great author, so check him out.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video and stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog!

 

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!

brown_bess

 JR

 

 

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Wintery Update

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Hey Space Cadets, how are you doing today?  I’m doing good, a slight delay on Operation Breakout, but I still hope to finish it before the end of the month.  I plan on doubling down now that my wife is back in college after the holiday break.  Taking advantage of the quiet during the day will be my sweet spot, or at least I hope it will.  I took advantage of the snowy weather we’ve had and played with my sons.  Snowball fights, hot chocolate, the usual wintery goodness.  Here’s hoping I can get back on track real fast and in a hurry like.

 

As an update from yesterday’s post, I also managed to go for a walk this morning!!  I took a half mile circle around the lake behind my house and enjoyed the serenity of what passes as nature in suburbia.  Someday I would love a more rural setting, but I need to be close to the VA hospital, and my wife enjoys the malls a bit too much for life in the sticks.  I love the idea of waking up to a view, letting the surroundings serve as inspiration.  Obviously, upkeep would be an issue but I hear they have riding lawnmowers these days so maybe I can convince the War Department?  Who knows, but I can at least try!

 

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As you can see, the walk was both scenic and saddening.  I can’t stand to see this litter everywhere and when my back is up to it, I carry a trash bag to pick up what I can.  Litters beware, Big Sarge is watching you!  Anyway, I need to keep this blog short because I need to get back to work but I didn’t want to get out of the habit of my daily blogs so I figured a quick update was in order.  Tomorrow I’ll post an interview with another small science fiction publishing house, so come back and check it out!!  And Saturday I’ll write another one of my book reviews, so don’t miss that either!!

 

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry! 

brown_bess

JR

 

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Writing for the Busy Parents

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Hey Space Cadets, how are you today?  I’m doing well, forcing myself to stop watching the book rankings so I can resume the work of writing.  Hey, book three won’t write itself!!  Operation Breakout currently sits at 38k words and I wish to break 40k by the New Year, with a goal of having it to my editor by the end of January.  After that we should be on track for Boss Man to do his pre-publication magic in February 2017.  Maybe you could gift that special someone a military science fiction novel for Valentines?  Okay, maybe a vacuum would be a better choice!!  Eww, eww, eww… or a dishwasher!!  Anyway, back to work as usual today!

 

While trying to catch up on reading the blogs I follow, I stumbled across an unread post my editor’s page.  I found an interesting article about managing writing as busy parents and decided to get in on the action.  First, read Corey’s post and comment and then hop on back here to read and comment!  It should make for an interesting discussion, and we would love for you to be a part of it!!  And yeah, I got his permission to use his blogging topic.  He even promised he’d leave the light on for ya when you mosey on over!!

 

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The Questions:

 

How do you balance work, home, writing, love, and life?

Right now, I’m a housewife and do my best to keep the home fires burning while my wife goes back to school.  Before that, I did the same thing while she worked.  Mostly this means keeping the kids at bay while she studies, or cleaning and prepping the meal so we can eat as a family.  She is in the Speech Language Pathology degree program, seeking her bachelor’s degree with plans for a masters afterwards.  She was motivated to learn, since our youngest has special needs that prompted her to go into a field of work where she could help him as well.  To be honest, she was also motivated by what she has had to do to help me with my own injuries as well.  Since we stress the importance of school, she does her homework while the boys do theirs at the table.  It is very much a partnership, and she covers for me in the evenings for the Friday writing meet-up.  She covers for me when I need to Skype the Boss Man, and generally keeps the chaos at bay.  We make time for each other once the kids are in bed, and our folks watch the kids so we can have date nights.

 

How has becoming a parent changed your outlook on writing and reading?

I always told stories in my head, but I started vocalizing them to the kids as they were little.  After I’d finished a book, I would tell myself fanfic type stories in the universe with the main characters I loved.  Basically, it was my way of not letting a good story end.  With kids, I told them crazy stories because I can’t sing to save my life.  I sung them Army cadences as lullabies and told them goofy stories to make them giggle.  After the writing therapy started, my hope was to leave my sons parts of me, before the TBI turned to dementia or I got struck by lightning. 

 

What’s the biggest misconception you’ve faced with stay-at-home parenting, or parenting in general?

That it was easier than working, for sure!  And that somehow being a stay-at-home dad was emasculating.  To be honest, my injuries are why I couldn’t work, but I’m not one to sit around watching daytime television so I took to the housewifery.

 

As a parent, where do you go to write? When is the best time for you to write?

Right now, my office is in the dining room, so I sneak out to coffee shops or a weekly write in at Panera.  Mainly I just write while the kids were asleep or at school.  Luckily my boys are old enough to be in school full time (8 & 10), so it isn’t as difficult to work around.

 

Why do you write, and how does that reason impact your writing?

I write to excise my demons from Iraq, to leave a part of myself for my sons and to be whole.  It helps me stay calm, which helps me be a better parent.  And if we end up making the JK money, I won’t say no or send it back!!

 

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!  

brown_bess

JR

 

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