Swashbuckler’s Tales is One Year Old!

toddler-blog-swashbucklerMy blog is now a toddler! Pretty soon it will start running about the house and rummaging through drawers.  It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year that I’ve been posting my weird thoughts and swashbuckling dreams… and promising to release Count Morelli, my swashbuckling novel.

I’m a lot closer to actually making good on that promise now that there’s an illustrator working on the cover and I am tackling the formatting and the final edits. Please keep checking back and one day you will see the novel finally arrive (I hope)!

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to find new followers and new blogs for me to follow. I didn’t know this would happen since I’m something of a technophobe, but I’m enjoying all this blogging and online socializing in the blogging community… Many people will say the internet makes the world feel smaller, but the world feels bigger to me since I’ve started discovering the multitude of poets, writers, and thinkers out there in the blogosphere. So much to explore! And I’m still amazed at how many people from different countries all over the world have checked out my blog… Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, El Salvador, Greece, Croatia, Armenia, Mexico, Romania, Italy, Lebanon, Turkey, Spain and many others.

Thanks for visiting and have an awesome day!


Swashbuckling Novel Cover Sketches

I’ve been hired for an internship in website development (more on that in a later post). It’s a very exciting project, though unfortunately this means less time spent writing my blog and novels. But it’s all for the greater good of humanity! Also I got a few sketches of the cover for my swashbuckling novel Count Morelli, and I’m really close to wrapping up the final final draft. I received these a few days ago. I’m pretty sure we’re going to go with the second one. I like how roguish it looks.


Author Interview

A new interview about moi and my historical fiction novel Count Morelli has been published by Felicia Tatum on her blog. Click on the link below to find out why it’s good to read your teenage writing, who my favorite Count Morelli character is, and what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and David Sedaris have in common.


And another great piece of news, I’ve found an illustrator for Count Morelli, so we’ll be seeing the cover soon…


A sample from the upcoming novel Count Morelli

I’m getting really serious about publishing my historical fiction novel Count Morelli (for real this time), and just to prove it, I am posting an excerpt here. Enjoy!

Count Morelli Chapter 1

The photo is of the Santa Maria Novella, which first caught Palashov’s eye when he arrived in Florence. It’s fairly small compared to other Florentine basilicas, but it’s got the most amazing black and white marble facade, and it was the first of its kind to be constructed in Florence.

I just got back from my Cuban vacation, so I will blog about that soon. Once I get over the jet lag, I’ll also be doing some final edits on Morelli. The plan is to have it out by September or October at the latest. Wish me luck!