New SciFi Story- Looking for Beta Readers!

To family, friends, associates, readers, authors, editors, agents . . . . all y’all! Just a short note here to say that after six long years, I’m picking up where I left off on my second SciFi book called MILK RUN and I’m looking for beta readers.  This is a great opportunity to come along for the ride and influence the story!  More on that later.  MILK RUN will be a different book from GOD…

MILK RUN- Toby’s Guilt

COMMENTS PLEASE. WILL RECIPROCATE! So here’s a short piece from the second half of the scene from the “Second Chance” chapter of MILK RUN- a new SciFi novel in the making where our hero must choose: the girl or the mission?  It’s a crap shoot!  Click here to see the first half of this scene and some comments I received. Thanks to you guys for all the “LIKES” and comments.  Following is some context to catch…

MILK RUN- Toby’s Second Chance

MILK RUN is a young adult military science fiction story about Captain Toby Nathanael Thornton, Jr., fresh out of space command school on his first mission as captain of the USS Princeton, an old destroyer class spacecraft. The Telrachnid war is going badly for Earth. But what our hero thought would be an easy first mission turns out to be a test of his ability to lead a crew much older than he against an…

MILK RUN- On To The Story Beats

These last few blog posts, I laid out the bones that forms the skeletal structure of MILK RUN. These are major events in the story: from the Inciting Incident that changes our hero’s life forever; through the point where he decides what he must do; then down to the story’s Low Point where all hope seems lost; followed by the Climax of defeating the bad guys and saving the girl; only to wonder if all…

MILK RUN- The Wrap Up

Wrap Up!  That’s the last bone of our story—MILK RUN.   Coming right after the climax, this is typically where loose ends are tied up to close the story, where we learn the fate of the principal characters: Captain Xxxxx Topy, Chief of the Boat George Stockton, Dr. Smriti Xxxxx, Dr. Susan Connor.  (Yes, I still need to figure out complete names for some of these characters.) There’s not much more to say about Commander John Emerson…

MILK RUN- The Story’s Second Act Turn

First he overcame the discovery of his missing fiancée (Smriti) turned enemy and addicted to an alien drug, then a mutiny, then the near destruction of his ship.  Now our hero, Captain Toby must over come the death of Commander Emerson who became a fatherly friend.   Up to now, these three events have blocked Toby from achieving what he set out to do in MILK RUN’s First Act Turn sending him to his low point in this story. There…

MILK RUN- The Story’s Double Whammy Low Point

A story’s Low Point throws you deep into the valley of despair where you, like our hero, feel closed in by walls too high to overcome. This is the fourth of the seven skeleton bones for my new novel MILK RUN. This fourth bone—the Low Point—is where Captain Toby is as far as it seems possible from achieving his goal.  Three quarters of the way into the story, this is the all-hope-is-lost point.  And for MILK RUN, there is a…