Walking the Dog on a Stunningly Gorgeous Autumn Day

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So I killed two birds with one stone today. At least two. I took Sarah Jane for a walk, enjoyed the weather, got some exercise and played this new game a friend of work talked me into (that’s four, isn’t it?).

The game is called Munzees. You download the Munzee app to your phone and the GPS feature finds and then you walk around, zeroing in on these little stickers people have placed on lamp posts and such, scan them, and gain points. It is surprisingly fun (and sometimes quite frustrating), but it’s gotten me out of the house on a lovely day! You can find the Munzee site online. Join me in the fun!

Today I chose to do a walk around the gorgeous Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

I also took pictures. That first one is Sarah Jane outside the Nelson itself.

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The second is “Ferment” is by artist Roxy Paine . And the third and final is a piece called Standing Figures (Thirty Figures) by Magdelena Abakanowicz.

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Oh! Great news! My very, very first story “Soul of the Mummy” is on sale! (you can find it by clicking Dreamspinner). I am very proud of that story and I hope you will check it out.

In fact all of Dreamspinner Press’s paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, mystery and suspense stories and novels are 25% off for their big Halloween sale, so be sure a check it out!

Awesome day today! I hope yours is going great!

BG

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Today is a VERY Important Day for Me!

Today is a VERY Important Day for Me!

So this is it! Today my first published story in over a decade (and the first I am proud to say I wrote) goes on sale.

* hint* hint* hint*

The story? Soul of the Mummy!

Here is a very brief synopsis…

S’ankhibthot is an ancient Egyptian trapped in a relationship with an insane warlock. Tucker Bradshaw is a modern gay man whose cheating lover has brought him to the brink of despair. Both men long for real love. When Tucker flees to Egypt, will the fates and ancient gods be able to bring them together across the sands of three thousand years? And if they do, how does the warlock feel about his lover S’an finding someone new in the modern world?

AND!

It is only $3.99! Can you believe it? Only $3.99 for a story with fun, excitement, romance, Egypt, and some hotness besides.

I even have great recommendations!

“‘SOUL of the MUMMY,’ is a story built on interesting concepts and intriguing characters which keeps you guessing all the way through – an all around entertaining read.”
~ Selina Rosen, author of JABONE’S SWORD

“BG Thomas offers a deliciously imagined story, richly detailed and researched. And what the hell, everyone loves a rousing — and an arousing — good “mummy” tale! Enjoy!”
~ Robin Wayne Bailey, author of the DRAGONKIN series and president of SFWA from 2005 to 2007

Just Click HERE!. My story is the second one listed below my bio.

It is real easy. They take Paypal and Visa and Master Card and Discover. So what could be easier than that?

Today I is an author for really!

Let me know if you buy it and read and … dare I say it? … like it!

Hell! I know you will! What’s not to like?

Namasté,
BG Thomas

My First Cover! I Am SO Excited!

My First Cover! I Am SO Excited!

So here it is!

I am so excited!

My first “book” cover.

I was so afraid of what it might be, but the artist Mara McKennen did a great job, didn’t she?

It could have been a picture of two men who don’t look anything like I described them to be. One of the characters could have been black (which neither are).

I think it is pretty damned cool. It even has both names of the story, which they didn’t think they could do. It doesn’t convey romance, but they wouldn’t give it a cover like this if they didn’t think it would make it sell. I’ve seen that the artist has done some other cool covers at Dreamspinner Press.

Dreamspinner Press has made me very happy! If I get covers like this in the future I’ll be damned lucky.

And word is, they may give me a shot at my own covers in the future. They warn they don’t usually use them, but they do some times.

So what do you think? Pretty exciting, huh?

Namasté!

Edits Arrived This Morning!

So the edits arrived this morning for my story “Soul of the Mummy,” and to tell you the truth, this Lynn West is good. Really really really good! I am pleased with almost every single thing she did, mostly just grammatical and the like.

There were one or two things that I am trying to negotiate for, but that’s it.

For instance, my betas may remember the line, “his flat flat stomach,” and how you all wanted it to be “flat, flat stomach.” I wanted the poetic feel, so that you really see just HOW flat it was.

Then there is the issue of whether Egypt is an African country or Middle-Eastern country. Technically, it is a rare transcontinental country, but because of the world it inhabits, so many think of it as a Middle Eastern country. I asked for the compromise of “Arabic” country.

See how few things I am “unhappy” about? I’m willing to let go of any of them. Lynn is an amazing editor and I can’t wait for the next steps!

And I can’t wait to see the cover. Nervous too! Covers can be SO bad and SO good! I worry that a misinformed artist will show a black ancient Egyptian. Somehow in the last decade or two, this idea has swept the African-American community that ancient Egyptians were black.

They weren’t. I’ve studied Egypt most of my life. They were ruddy colored, being out in the sun all the time. But the rich kept there wives indoors all the time so that they would be very pale. Ancient poetry describes a beloved one as “pale as the white breast of a dove.” If you have ever seen one of the most famous pieces of art in all time, the bust of Nefertiti, you can see she was not black.

Egyptians had Nubian (black) slaves…

And Nubia conquered Egypt for – I think it was about a century and that time was known as the time of the black Pharaohs…

Well, we will see!