Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Galactic Quest: book 5 of The Cornish Talisman Series

SPOILER ALERT! Don't read this unless you've already read the first three books in the series.

Let us begin with the situation that Admiral Jasom Kingston finds himself in at the end of book 3: Return to Earth. I'll leave the major details out.

- He has managed to escape from Garlo, with the help of Holly's father, by stealing their flyer; that's a lose end that will have to be taken care of.
- Garlo's stepson Jared was rescued from Obehail using Jasom's flyer after Obehail set the barn on fire. Obehail's body has been found in the wreckage of Jasom's burned out barn and Jasom's old nemesis Herbert Dressler. This man is not only the truant officer and high school gym teacher, he is also the fire chief and the local sheriff. He's everywhere and into everything, and still suspicious of Jasom.
- His high school buddy is getting married, and he has just proposed to Arial.
- Back on the Cornish Talisman and against his mothers wishes, he now must meet with the Ambassador as well.
- What more could happen to our hero?

Well, as hero's go, Jasom has found himself in quite a position with things definitely not going as planned. But wait! What plan did he have to begin with?

Well, that is quite a bit to start with, but I've also added in a lose end left over from "The Crystal Crowns" dealing with the order itself. Have you noticed anything strange about the order yet? You should have, I've alluded to it often enough, and no I'm not going to explain it here, you'll have to read the book to find out what it is.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Betrayal on Gruentok [Book 4: The Cornish Talisman Series]

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This is the fourth installment in The Cornish Talisman series and picks up, time wise, shortly after the end of The Crystal Crowns. It is mainly the story about Marja Thoma-si and her son Varden. The first half of the book tells the story of the ill fated expedition of Marja and her husband Wilys Qwen on the unexplored world of Relkin 5. Relkin 5 was suspected of being one of the worlds of the Predecessors, a fact only known to a select few of the Council of Evensett. Any explorers unlucky enough to pick one of these worlds faced a short future.

After being landed on the planet they found very little of interest except for an ever present grass underfoot. That is, until they ventured into the mountain valleys to the east of their base camp. High above, nestled within a high mountain valley, they came upon a city in ruins not shown in any of the scans of the planet. Slowly they ventured through the ruins, looking for any indication as to who had lived here and how long it had been abandoned. But whoever had lived there had taken everything with them when they left, the place was completely deserted.

Then, one day while they were searching through one of the ruins, they discovered a stairway that led down into the bowels of the mountain. At the bottom of the stairway they found a network of mono rails leading off into darkened tunnels with no indication as to their destination. However, one of the monorails was different; larger and heavier it led directly underneath the mountain. What they found in there was a dormant installation. Things would have gone according to plan, but certain members of the council had planted a spy within their party, and on hearing of the find a ship was sent to collect it. Marja would have been a casualty as well had she not already been sent home when they found out about the spy.

Many years later, after the council members that were involved had been eliminated, Admiral Qwen, who was also Wilys' grandfather, asked Marja to revisit the planet to discover what, if anything, remained. For protection, Admiral Qwen also assigned a small gunboat, to work with the expedition and provide security and protection. But, even within the Admiral's navy there are plots within plots, is there another plant within the crew, the expedition, or both?

This time Marja found things that were not discovered the first time she visited the planet. There was much that the first expedition hadn't had the time to find. Marja's main focus had been to find out what had happened to her husbands expedition and exact revenge for his death. But, was there anyone left to exact that revenge upon? Did any of the expedition survive?

1/28/2014 - First let me say that I have been working on this manuscript, but it has been slow going. I can liken this to painting myself into a corner and having to devise a way of walking on the ceiling to get out. No, it hasn't been that bad, really. I have had to revisit the first book in the series, The Orphan from Space" doing final edits on the manuscript for paperback publication and it has diverted a lot of time and attention from this endeavor. Fear not, I will finish it, somehow. And then I will get more involved with book 5 which is called (at least right now) Galactic Quest. For now, be patient, it will be done by summer; or else. MLH

2/9/2014 - I have resumed work on Betrayal  on Gruentok after spending a lot of time editing The Orphan from Space for republication (see blog on The Orphan from Space). The first half is done, as is the ending, now I just have to fill in the last section that leads up to the ending. Then there will be a few full length edits before I will consider it finished. I was further hampered by changing computer systems and reinstalling my word processor program. I still don't have it setup the way I want it but it will do for now. Who knows, maybe I'll just get used to it the way it is.   MLH

March 2014 - Manuscript has been submitted to smashwords for processing, only had to redo a couple of minor things. So, yes, it is now ready for you to look over. I will say this about this story; unlike the three previous stories, this one does not fold back into the main Jasom storyline; at least not within the time frame of this book. I might refer to it from some future storyline, but that is TBD.

If you've read the book you will find details that fill in some of the background for The Crystal Crowns, the second story in this series.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Colony - book 3 of the Time Chasm Series




This is a place holder for Colony, book 3 of the Time Chasm Series.

11/14/2013
For those of you wondering what it is about, I can tell you this much: I have started writing it but have temporarily lost focus on where I want it to go with it.

Colony continues the storyline from where book 1: Empire, and book 2: Flight leave off, delving into the everyday lives of the few hundreds of colonists abandoned on a strange primeval world and fleeing from a volcanic eruption that has claimed the lives of two of their leaders. The growing rift between the older and younger factions that form as they struggle to learn how to live off the land.

Over the next few years their numbers have slowly slipped due to the occasional mishaps and some of the local fauna. It will take several years for their children to grow up, but do they have that much time before they are unable to maintain their numbers and to grow? A rift will only cause them to decline faster.

Then they discover they are not alone. The sounds of drums beating in the night and mysterious tracks through the forests lead them to believe that there is another intelligent species living near them. Will they be friend or foe?

This story will conclude the first half of the planned compilation of all of the Time Chasm books in one large volume.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Return to Earth [book 3: The Cornish Talisman Series]




This is the third entry in the Cornish Talisman series, and hopefully not the last. I already have four more plots for future books in this series but those will have their own post.

Return to Earth starts off where the first book leaves off, and yes, I know, so does book #2. Return to Earth tells the story of Jason Kingston as he returns to finish college after Arial and the rest of his family leave on the Cornish Talisman for their home world of Evensett to confront the council. Many things happen to him as his senior year begins. Circumstances bring Jason and Jared together to fend off Garlo and his associates. A nemesis from his past pursues him as he comes face to face with Peter Thatcher; Holly's mysterious father.

What's new to the story? Well, there's a kidnapping, an escape, a wedding is planned, a proposal is made, a baby is on the way, and love is in the air for another of the major characters; although maybe not in exactly that order. And what else? Yes, you do get to learn a little about who and what the Ambassador is. Are all of the issues resolved? Ummm, maybe you should just read it and find out for yourself.

M. L. Humphrey

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Crystal Crowns [book 2: The Cornish Talisman Series]


        This is the second book in my new series called The Cornish Talisman, and the sequel to my previous book: The Orphan from Space. In the first book, Jasom finds an abandoned ship of the Predecessors, an ancient people thought to be the ancesters of modern civilization. Read that book first and find out how it all comes about.
        Jasom Kingston, declared owner of the Cornish Talisman, has appointed Arson Haldon as captain of his ship, and his daughter Arial as the pilot. He has tasked them, along with Jasom's parents, Harkinson and Valya, and the scientists Dr. LeOnard and Prof. Whinoni, to confront the Council on Evensett to seek recompense for the destruction of their ship, the King's Quest, by the lead Councilor GraMorn. To do this, they must first confront the council ruled by GraMorn's associates who have been secretly stealing Predecessor artifacts, and killing off anyone that stands in their way. Then there is the committee, a powerful and mysterious group within the organization called the Crystal Crowns. Their widespread influence could tip the scales either way.
        Political intrigue and conflicts between the councilors lead to many twists and turns as we learn more about the capabilities of this ancient ship and the people who have come to call it home; and, what is the part that The Crystal Crowns plays in this game of planetary proportions?
Follow them as they must find their way through not only the intrigue between these political adversaries, but the many passages of the labyrinth within the council building itself; are they real or just an illusion.


Monday, April 22, 2013

The Orphan From Space [book 1: The Cornish Talisman Series]

                          
Once there was a race of people that had ranged throughout the star ways of our galaxy; they were called the Predecessors. Occasionally space explorers would find one of their abandoned ships; little more than a rusted out hulk, the centuries of disuse leaving little evidence of its former grandeur. But where had they gone?

Jasom Kingston is a fifteen-year-old boy on the Kings' Quest, a small exploring ship sent out to explore a star system further out on the galactic arm from their home world of Evenset. Arial, the nineteen-year-old daughter of the ship's captain, is Jasom's competition when it comes to explorations, but also the girl he secretly has a crush on. During a training mission Jasom discovers something mysterious hidden amongst the jagged rocks that comprise a belt of cosmic debris between the orbits of the fourth and fifth planets of this yellow star, so far from home. How had it come to be there?

As the crew decides to return to Evenset to enlist help, Jasom is allowed to use the ship's small flyer to retrieve a satellite they had placed in orbit around the third planet. Things escalate when the Queryl, a mysterious and inimical race of beings from an unknown part of the galaxy, attack the King's Quest. Will Jasom make it back to the ship in time? How will the ship deal with the dangerous Queryl?

Beep...beep, Jasom receives a message, it's not what he expected. He reads...Queryl onslaught imminent. Invoking emergency protocol Q-stat. Your orders are to proceed using protocol R-stat. Love Mom. All he could remember about the R-stat protocol were a few words that are new to him: Nashua, Montana, 1952...

12/20/2013 - BIG NEWS! I have engaged a local publisher and will be putting out a paperback edition of this book along with a companion ebook, both available through [ www.amazon.com ] and Barnes & Noble [ www.bn.com ]. The timeline has been tight and it has required doing several re-edits of the manuscript. For those of you that have already purchased this in ebook format, not to worry; the edits are only for punctuation and spelling, nothing has changed with the story. For all of you loyal fans out there, if this works out well, I will continue with the next three books in this series and then do the same for the other stories as well.     MLH

1/30/2014 - Due to possible conflicts I have unpublished this book at Smashwords.com. The new manuscript has been published by Virgo eBooks in Vergennes, Vermont and is on sale now in both ebook and soft cover formats at both Barnes & Noble [ www.bn.com ] and Amazon.com [ www.amazon.com ]. I hope that this book sells well, but if not, I will still continue to write and publish them as ebooks. We will see what time has in store.   MLH




Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Across the Chasm of Time






Authors notes on "Across the Chasm of Time".

This book is a rewrite of my first book "For Lorne". Arthur C. Clarke did that with "Against the Fall of Night" rewriting it into "The City and the Stars" and he got away with it. I imagine other authors have done this as well.

Did I completely rewrite it? No, not completely, only part of it. Someone very close to me didn't like the way the story jumped back and forth between the main story about Daniel and Ann and back to Captain Teighayl and the survey ship For Lorne. This gave me the opportunity to experiment with inserting new ideas into an already used story line. A chance to add in more intrigue and political turmoil, back stabbing and downright mayhem.

To do this I separated the two stories completely and expanded the first part considerably. "Empire and Flight" has been expanded into it's own, taking place during the building of the city of Lurandor on Draconia 5. Over a period of time it blends into the building of the survey ship For Lorne and how Commander Teighayl became it's captain, ending with the For Lorne's landing on a primitive planet.

The second half of the story "Discovery", is virtually unchanged from the original manuscript (minus the earlier parts). I am presently in the process of doing a full edit before re-releasing it. I would like to also put it out in print someday, but the print queue has 3 in it already. If you've already read For Lorne, or my first release of ATCOT, then you should have already guessed the reason for the title.

These changes may not go over too well with those good souls that purchased the original book. Fear not brave souls for there is a solution coming in the near future called "Beyond the Chasm of Time". This book will encompass all four of the For Lorne books. Yes, there is a fourth, as yet unwritten, book in this series which for now goes under the title of "Colony". It's on the burner and partially written, just lacking inspiration and time. See the blog on BTCOT for info on that project.

4-4-2014     Well good readers it's been a long road getting to here, but I have just completed a full edit of the storyline from start to finish. No big changes, just polishing it a little here and there fixing minor errors and such. There are inconsistencies in some of the background issues that are intentional and they will be resolved in the sequel "The 5th Agent" which picks up a few years after the end of this one.Further background on Ann & Aunt Margaret's characters can be found in "Little Ann"; sorry, no spaceships in that story.