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In this sequel to The Sphere of Archimedes, nine-year-old Oliver Abernathy and his family are trapped within one of the eight Diadems—and waiting for Donovan’s return.

For the adventurers traveling through the icy terrain of Greenland, the Scottish lowlands, and caves of Poland, otherworldly creatures are not the only problem, but new enemies, who amplify evil.

The sphere possesses unimaginable power seen throughout history. Unlocking that mystery may prove more deadly than before. Follow along as the heroes solve The Omphalos of Delphi.

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book coverProfessor Donovan Spiegler, and nine-year-old Oliver Abernathy have no warning that their seemingly routine lives will free-fall into danger and adventure in this sci-fi thriller: THE SPHERE OF ARCHIMEDES

Oliver, a chubby, freckle-faced boy, is surviving a mundane school-life as the helpless victim of a bully, Dylan Parker.

The Professor, and his assistant, Cedrick Wilhelm, are researching a mysterious metallic orb when Cedrick goes missing, and so does the orb.

On a trip to the Grand Canyon with his family, Oliver discovers a metallic sphere that has special powers. His boyish curiosity builds as he tests the abilities and hazards the orb possesses. He learns the alarming side of the orb when Dylan Parker, the bully, opens it, and is vaporized—or so Oliver believes.

A group of threatening men turn up at Professor Spiegler’s class; at knife point, they demand he relinquish the orb, and show them how to release its powers. In an attempt to flee, the Professor inadvertently leads the mobsters straight to Oliver Abernathy and his family.

In the thrilling adventure that follows, the characters discover the need to work together in order to stay alive. The Professor and the Abernathys encounter other worlds, and meet deadly enemies. Their survival is hinged on solving THE SPHERE OF ARCHIMEDES.

 

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Upon hearing a rumor of a twelve-year-old girl, who had killed a lion with her bare hands, Dr. Elizabeth Stanton feels compelled to investigate the elusive Samburu tribe in Kenya’s Rift Valley.
In 1909, after establishing that she and her guide are no threat, Elizabeth is escorted into a mud hut, where the injured girl, Kito, awaits. Later, the doctor uncovers the events that led to the tribe’s situation—a terrible drought and rinderpest have devastated the landscape, while a rogue male lion has attached itself to the tribe as a food source. The warriors’ attempts to kill the lion have all been futile.
With dreams and visions of successfully defeating this foe, Kito is reluctant to embrace her destiny. . .until the mane of death steals someone close to her.

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Balancing too many ideas at once

Where I’m at Wednesday May 21, 2014

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I am nimbly, frantically, drudgingly working. Day by day, I add a little more to the story. Researching for the next location, I think Jaskinia Raj, Poland might be the next venue. I haven’t settled on it though; it’s in the raw stage of research. As for now, my characters are headed to London, and then on to Ireland. I’m hoping to wrap up the conflicts and climax soon. As things are coming to me, I think it’ll be a faster pace from here on out.
On a different note, I was delighted to finally share some of my research of Roman Emperors. Tracing the Omphalos down throughout history has been challenging, but very worth it. So far, I’ve researched a sphere to King Darius I in Babylon, but other connections have brought it to the Sumerians. Like I said, this book will be the death of me in research alone.

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Balancing too many ideas at once

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Have you ever been in the middle of one project, and then get a brilliant idea for another? I have done that on several occasions.
In the middle of writing my first novel, I got an idea for the second. The same thing happened again while writing the second novel. My best advice is not to give up on your current project to write the next, but take as many detailed notes as you can. Write an outline, draw a time line, or scribble down the facts in a notebook. That way, after you’ve finished one project, you’ll have the backbone for the next. If you drop your current task to start another, then most likely you will never finish. Sometimes our creativity can be overwhelming. An over abundance of ideas can produce stumbling blocks. Remain focused on the one you’re working on, and DON’T stop.
Take care my friends. 🙂
Have questions or ideas you’d like to share? Feel free to contact me via email: hsquires9597@yahoo.com

Where I’m at Wednesday March 26, 2014

Traveling can be so exhilarating to brighten the senses. Across country, hopping on a bus, or walking to the nearest park, whatever method you can use to see NEW things.
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In my travels, I confirmed an idea that has been rolling around in my head for some time. Sandstone is sedimentary rock and an amazing spectacle.
These were some pictures I took recently.

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In chapter 20 sandstone plays an important part. I try to describe the details the best I can; however, it’s a lot like pictures–they never do reality justice.

(pictures: Arizona, and El Malpais National Monument New Mexico)

Writing Inspiration

Writing Inspiration

Some of the best ideas come from getting outside. Go on an adventure! You don’t need to be elaborate—trekking across the tundra in Alaska, but go out into the world.
If you are writing about crowds, explore new places where people gather: malls, grocery stores, or marketplaces. 
Sometimes the weather keeps us indoors, but try observing the natural aspects.
Since I’m editing my second novel, it helps to get the feel of life outside my cave.image
My second novel is based in Africa, so exploring helps make it concrete. I try to experience the energy—listen to the wind and birds, smell the earth, and touch the cool stones or damp sandy granules. 

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So. . . get out there and have some fun! Enjoy writing what you see, hear, and feel.

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Take care my friends.

(pictures: White Tank Mountains, Arizona)