Chris Stoesen Fiction: May 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CreateSpace hard copy of CSS Appomattox

I just received my proofs of CSS Appomattox from CreateSpace. I am really pleased with how well they came out. I have approved the proof and they should be up on Amazon shortly.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

CSS Appomattox

I am working with a book promoter and they did some changes on my cover. Let me know what you think of the cover compared to the original.

Any thoughts?

Taking Store of my Stories

I started to work again on my next story when it occurred to me how many there were. First there is the third book in the Devareaux series. I have written about a chapter of that book so far. But then there are others in various states of completion that are pulling at my interest. Lets run down what I have in the queue. I would love to hear from you if you have an opinion on what you would like to see next.

1) Firelock - This is a book about the Revolutionary War that takes place shortly after the Fall of Charleston in May 1780. It deals with a company of militia that reforms following the surrender of their colonel and how they come to join in with Thomas Sumter's partisan brigade.

2) Appomattox Book 3 - I don't have a working title for this yet. Action will begin months after the events of Last Airship to Khartoum in England.

3) On to Kharkov - This is a WWII novel about German and Soviet soldiers fighting in the Ukraine in 1941. The principle action follows two infantry platoons as they move closer and closer to their fateful meeting in the Industrial center of Kharkov.

4) Hunting Season - This is my second attempt at a Zombie novel. I actually had it edited. It was fun to write and is at about 70% complete. It takes place in a small town in Georgia the night when Terrorists attack the CDC and unleash the apocalypse. It still needs some work.

5) Thursdays - It is a story about a terrorist attack on a major city and how the people who are there at the attack react. I have written three chapters of it and then put it on the shelf for over a year.

6) Eliazar's Promise - Set in modern Israel, an archeology team is attacked while traveling to a dig. They are forced to hide in a cave that reveals some ancient manuscripts. The story moves between the manuscript and the archeology team. I am probably about a 1/4 of the way into this one.

7) Border Crisis - This is a sci Fi short story that I had published on-line with WattPad and the Amazon version of it. I had very few readers there and mixed reviews so this project lies dormant.

At the moment, I am spending time on Firelock as it coincides with the research I am doing on another non-fiction project. I would love to hear from you if there is one of these that you are more interested in. Now to get back to editing The Last Airship from Khartoum.

Monday, May 2, 2016

And the Editing rolls on.

I am still working on the last batch of edits for The Last Airship from Khartoum. I am really pleased with the job the editor has done by applying the edits has proven more problematic for me. I foolishly printed out the edits with two pages on one to try to save paper. Turns out, my eyes are not up to this challenge. I have gotten through chapter nine of thirty.

So my release plans for April of this year are apparently some fantasy rather than anything realistic.

But I need some help from you. As the book sits now, it is really two parts. The first ten chapters deal with wrapping up some issues left over from the first book. Then the next twenty cover what the title is really about. Should these be broken up into 2 separate books? The whole thing is currently about 65K words in total. Do I release the first half as a novella for $0.99 and the second half as a book? Or keep the whole thing together? I can't decide.