Chris Stoesen Fiction

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Update on New Glasgow War Series

I just finished with the edits from my beta readers. Thank you very much for your input. Counter Strike has been uploaded to Amazon and is ready for publication on November 21st.

Book three is coming right along in time for a December launch. I have just broken the halfway point with it. It was my goal to have it finished by this point of nano but I feel good that I have done what I have so far. If all goes well, i should have the first three books in the New Glasgow War series in a bundle and availible as a Kindle and Paperback edition sometime in January. Or at least that is the plan. We will see.

Starting work on the outline for book 4 of the series. Hopefully I will make some progress on that.

In the meantime, I have been doing some reading myself. Just finished with Jamie McFarlane's A Matter of Honor in his 12 book series A Privateers Tale. It is a great series. Really enjoyed this book. Will have to get the next one this week.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In Need of a Few Good Readers

I am finishing the editing for Counter Strike, Book 2 of the New Glasgow War series. I would like to get some Beta readers for it who would be willing to give me some feedback before my November 21st release date. If you are interested, please let me know from the contact form on the right.

Thank you.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Working on a Title

One of my least favorite activities is working on a title for a book or project.  It never seems to capture what I want. I need a new title for the Third Book in the New Glasgow War series.  I am thinking of going with A Pyrrhic War as the title. Any opinions on that?


Monday, October 30, 2017

Dark Matter

Been caught up in the series Dark Matter lately. The premise gripped me from the beginning of a group of space travelers woken from an extended sleep without their memories. I have nearly finished the second season so far. It has not disappointed. The show is getting better and better.

What sci-fi shows are you currently watching? A friend of mine is raving about the Orville. I may need to check that out next.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Out of the Ashes - Give away

Just floating the idea around of a giveaway for my current book, Out of the Ashes. How many people would be interested in a model of the mech that Major Dietler is in when he gets captured? Just trying to see if there is interest for that. Any thoughts or opinions?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Out of the Ashes - Launch day

OUt of the Ashes is now availible on Amazon. It is currently on sale for $0.99 until October 30th. Then it will go back up to its normal price.

I have two reviews on the book already. Take a look and if you are interested, you can pick up the prequel, Free Fall, for Free by subscribing to my mailing list.

Stop on by and take a look.

Thanks

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thoughts on Stories

Growing up, my favorite stories were the ones that my parents told me about when they were my age and the things they did. My Mother grew up in Germany during the Second World War. My Dad lived in Pensacola during that same time. Two very different experiences. Both left me feeling how blessed I was to grow up in a relatively peaceful time. But it also has left me feeling that my own growing up stories are completely LAME by comparison.

My Dad grew up in the South when segregation was a daily reality. There was far more freedom for children to roam around and do things that would get folks arrested now. His friends had BB Gun wars, rubber band gun wars and made rubber band shooting tanks in order to play out the battles that they read about in newspapers and heard on the radio. They were depression kids. He had kids at his school beg him for apple cores to eat. In college, Dad got a summer job on an oil tanker passing through the Suez Canal in 1948 during Israel's War of Independence. He described troops marching across the bridges heading north while he sat on deck and watched. He had a colorful army career in Germany during the Korean War. All things I that I hung on to every word he said even though these things came out in casual conversation.

After Dad's passing, my Uncle filled in a few gaps that Dad had left out. All tales that left me in awe of the man even more. If you are going to be a character, it great to be an interesting one. Dad fit that bill.

Mom was no slouch when it came to backstory either. She described being a teenager on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall. She crossed multiple times before leading her family across to the west from Dessau. During the war, she lived in a castle with the Duke Von Anhalt. She came to America with a boyfriend who died after she arrived. Yet she stuck it out and made a life for herself, by herself in New York. She survived bombing attacks during the war and the American and later German occupation of her city.

The two met in New York and then moved to Florida. A perfect setting for two wonderful yet crazy individuals. I was blessed to know them let alone have them as parents.

How do you top colorful lives like that? Well, you can't. But the impact of their stories have stuck with me. Elements of them get woven into the stories that I write, sometimes without me realizing it. They passed on to me a love of reading. I love to learn as much as escape with a good book.

Where do your best stories come from? the ones you tell your kids or write or tell the other guys at the bar?