Rose Explosion

A couple of weeks ago I mean to post celebrating the roses blooming, however, this is much more impressive.

The interesting effect in these images is how the camera seemed to saturate on the rose blooms themselves, as if were saying “Whoa, that’s so red!” Note the lack of detail in the flowers.

‘The New Season’ is now available in Hardcover

Book 5 of Raven of Iskandar, ‘The New Season’ is now available in hardcover.

As you can tell, this is a shiny, laminate cover (textbook style to me). Here is shown one of the proof copies that just came in.

In the coming weeks I will making the rest of the series available in hardcover but first I have to finish my re-edit and expansion of Book 1, ‘Raven: The Call from Central’.

One added piece of information, if you’ve manage to read this far. Book 6 is in process. The working title right now is ‘All-Star’. As a teaser, one character from Book 3 is returning plus two characters that have only appeared in Book 4.

Book 6 is now sitting at 15,000+ words with maybe another 5000 words in random chapters still to be added. I’d expect to top out over 100k words again (since I don’t know when to stop 😉 ) and the plan currently is to get the book out this year.

You can find ‘The New Season’ and its hardcover here:

For Those who miss Cherry Dr Pepper

Last year after ‘two weeks to flatten the curve’ extended into months, all sources of Cherry Dr Pepper disappeared, at least in Connecticut. My last can was drunk about August (yes, I gave it away).

However, there is hope for fans of Cherry Dr Pepper. Here’s what I do to recover the taste.

You’ll need a 32 oz cup, two cans of Dr Pepper and a bottle of Reese Maraschino Syrup (available on Amazon) and a standard teaspoon.

Fill the bottom section of the cup with ice (up to the first ridge from the bottom). This is for ice cubes, if it’s crushed ice, don’t fill it so high, otherwise you won’t fit two cans of soda in the cup. Now empty one can of Dr Pepper into the cup. Now add 3 to 4 teaspoons of the Maraschino Syrup. The exact amount depends on your taste. To me, about 3 1/2 teaspoons is just about right.

Now stir the syrup in and add the 2nd can of Dr Pepper. Stir again.

Now drink! The color is not exactly right, but for me, the taste is exact.

The only reason for adding the syrup in between cans is so that the syrup mixes in easier and you don’t have to stir so much.

This ‘formula’ is a result of my own experimentation. Other cherry syrups may do just as well. You’ll have to figure out how much syrup to get the right taste. The Reese is a bit on the expensive side (14.95 for two bottles) but works for me.

I have no idea of this ‘Reese’ is the same one that makes all the peanut butter stuff. And, no, I don’t work for them or are paid to endorse them.

The New Season is now in Paperback!

The New Season has been transferred to the paperback format, accepted and now live on It’ll take more time for it to propagate around the world.

The cover came out pretty good, I was able to have a purple background so the image wouldn’t clash with the rest of the cover. There’s a new author picture on the back along with a new author blub.

285 pages, 6×9 trade paperback format.

I’ll leave you with a quip by Chaoschick from the book:

“Are they going to make it a holiday?”

In the book you’ll find out where, when and who was around at the time. And you’ll find out why it is funny.