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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

It's Tuesday

Today's top ten is about changes over the last ten years. Artsy Reader Girl wrote about the changes she's had in blogging. I'm taking the last ten years and how my writing has progressed.

I retired from teaching in 2010 after 27 years. 
I wrote Optimus: Praetorian Guard while teaching. It took me ten years. It was published in 2006.
Since I've retired I discovered the joy of publishing e-books. First on Smashwords, then when I could never get my cover to be acceptable I switched to Amazon's KDP. My books sell for 99 cents or if you're on Unlimited you rent them for free.
These are the books I've published since 2011 all are e-books: 

 Optimus: Praetorian Guard. Updated and revised in e-book. Optimus is a hard drinking, hard living Roman soldier assigned to guard the Apostle Paul while he is awaiting trial before Nero. He is converted to the way and tries to work within the Praetorian Guard to get a Christian emperor on the Eagle Throne.

Human Sacrifices: Jan is recently graduated from college, leaving an abusive husband and trying to make a new life for herself as a teacher. She starts seeing a face in two trees outside her bedroom window that haunts her while trying to overcome her problems.

Vander's Magic Carpet: Originally written for a book contest in 1995. I resurrected it and updated the time period.
Professor Eugene Vanders is living a comfortable life as a physics professor. His life comes crashing in when his house is invaded by police and they plant drugs to arrest him. His daughter is traumatized and everything he has worked for all his life vanishes when the police freeze his assets and he get convicted and sentence to prison.
While in prison he plots his revenge against those who destroyed his life by developing silicone plates capable of flying. These flying plates are capable of making cars fly like their on a magic carpet. Once out of prison he starts developing flying cars, but has a problem in getting the government allowing him to sell his product after the fall of the Twin Towers in 2001. He finds a way to make flying cars and get revenge on those who destroyed his life.

Fan Plan Trilogy: Three books: Meteor Strike, Preparation, Countdown.
In 1965 a meteor strikes Yellowstone caldera causing an earthquake and tidal wave in Yellowstone Lake. At Trans World Oil's geology department their computer predicts that the volcano will erupt within 50 to 100 years.
The head of the department informs the President and Chairman of the board and talks them into making plans to survive a volcanic winter.
Their motto is: When it hits the fan, you need a plan.
Meteor Strike recounts the story of how Trans World Oil was founded in the 1920's and became one of the larges oil companies in the world by 1965. It goes on how the company begins making plans for not only saving a few special people, but civilization as a whole. 
Preparation: 1970's through 90's. Continues with plans to collect and save seeds, embryos of important animals, create a library, a museum and archive of all earth's culture. The second generation takes over this process.
Countdown: Second generation is turning over control of the now Trans World Engery, Inc. to the third generation as they face skepticism from the scientific community and government scrutiny.

Fletcher Family Battles: Crecy, Poitiers, Flodden.
Three short stories about John Fletcher becoming a knight and fighting in the battle of Crecy.
His grandson is gentry and a man-at-arms at the battle of Poitiers.
Another descendent is a mercenary fighting for the English at the Battle of Flodden, while cousin is an acolyte of Bishop Thomas Wolsey.
All descriptions of battles are based on intense historical study.

The Cloisonné Heart: A story of marriage and a man trying to love his wife while she's in the hospital with a life threatening illness.

Apple of Success: An elementary teacher in a small town decides to find a job in a big city, but instead is offered a position in a bank and starts to rise up the corporate ladder. Can she keep her soul when offered wealth and fame?


Lydia said...

Wow, you've had a productive retirement! :)

Black city girl said...

Good thing I’m on kindle unlimited 💃🏻💃🏻 I’d go check your books out now! They sound like what I’d like.

Chanda @ Chanda Reads said...

It sounds like you've had a great retirement! I love how so many authors are able to publish via e-books now. Some of my favorite authors are indie authors who self-published because of the doors opened to them by this.

P M Prescott said...

So far, Lydia. I'm on the finishing stages of a sequel to Optimus.

P M Prescott said...

Bless you Black City Child. Be kind and give a review when you're through. Good or bad I learn from you're thoughts.

P M Prescott said...

Chandra the field is a lot more crowded now than ten years ago, but it is the easiest way to publish and have readers all over the world. My books have sold in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Cindy B said...

Great job!

P M Prescott said...

Thanks, cindy.

Berthold Gambrel said...

Wow; this brings home how prolific you are! "Fan Plan" is on my TBR list.

Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den said...

Wow, this is pretty much my dream, so I'm uber impressed! Sounds like a fantastic way to spend your retirement. :)