The Christian Science Fiction of Ward Wagher

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News from Ward Wagher

March 2019 – One Step Forward…

Spring greetings from Ward Wagher. Quite a bit is happening this spring. In the unforeseen events category, I lost nearly a month of writing time in a combination of computer problems and house projects. Since my writing does not quite provide enough income for full time employment, I also have a day job. This limits writing to the evening hours, although I can churn out two or three chapters per week easily. For me it takes longer to think through the story than to do the writing.

So, in mid-January my computer decided to spread the insanity a bit. When I logged into the computer, it would immediately log out! I had never seen an error like that before. My writing desktop is an i7 and runs three 21-inch screens which allows me to have a lot of source material in front of me when writing. I wasn’t happy but thought I could pull the computer out and hook up my alternate desktop machine (which supports two screens) and stay in business while I figured out what was going on.

Interestingly enough, the alternate computer decided to exhibit the same behavior and was unusable. This was getting serious. At the same time my wife decided it would be a wonderful time to repaint the master bath. This involved a color change and required priming the walls and the trim, then repainting same. This, of course, involved the same evening hours usually reserved for writing.

I still wasn’t terribly worried since I keep all my data on a small server at home and store my writing data in the cloud as well. That makes it easy to do a clean install on an afflicted computer and get back in service with an evening’s effort – a long evening. And the install was easy. I use Ubuntu on the desktop and have been happy with it over the years. I had evolved a setup where I used Dragon Naturally Speaking. This was installed in a Windows 10 Virtual Machine utilizing Oracle’s VirtualBox. Cool software and fun to play with. Most of the time.

Install Ubuntu. Install VirtualBox. Copy down the 100 gig VM from the server – which takes a couple of hours. No problem. Then VirtualBox generated an error – The Windows 10 Virtual machine refused to see my USB headset, which I needed for the Dragon. So, another week of backing and filling ensued, along with the interminable painting project.

So finally, I replaced Ubuntu with Windows 10 on my main desktop and decided to run the Dragon natively. But then the Dragon install failed because I had used up all my installs. At some point in the adventure you must repress the urge to start tossing equipment through the window. Oh well, it was an old version of Dragon, anyway. I ordered a new copy from Amazon (it’s cheaper) and painted.

Now that I have that off my chest… The bathroom project is complete. It looks surprisingly good considering my limited painting skills. The computers are doing as intended. I recently completed the first draft of the fourth Parallel Nazi novel. I had planned to finish the book in early January.

The working title is Inconsequential Nazi. That may change between now and publishing time. But it’s enough to hang my hat on for right now. The book, of course, follows the continuing life of Heinrich Schloss – a man now living in a parallel universe quite different from where he grew up. I need to put that draft away for a time, so it appears fresh when I come back to it. As usual, a lot of work will be required in the second draft. I wanted to release it in May, but that may be a faint hope.

I have been working on a cold war era novel with Bob Anderson. We have completed the second draft of The Final Hero and will soon get down to serious editing. I expect this book will be released in late spring (2019). I have also begun work on The Last Paladin which is set in my future history series. It is the story of Ryan Ward Baughman, a descendent of Scott Baughman’s and for many reasons is the last of the rulers of the Upper Midwest Palatinate. Ward Baughman was a minor character in The Diamonds of Montora and this book fills in some of the background. I have been wanting to write this one for a while, and the outline finally came together.

Sales have remained strong and I appreciate those of you who also picked up Gravity Rising this past winter. And of course, the other books. Enjoy the spring!

December 2018 — Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Woogie Central, and thanks to all of you who made 2018 such a great year. So much has been going on that the time flew for me, although I know those of you waiting for the next Parallel Nazi book are getting impatient.

The new novel, Gravity Rising, released on December 15. This is a dystopian tale that fills in some of the historical blanks behind all of the Woogieverse stories. The story also gives us another glimpse into the mysterious world of the ruBracks. It recounts how Lawrence Berthold discovered antigravity and began development of the interstellar space drive. Details of the book are here, and it is available on Amazon as usual.

Impossible Nazi (the third book of the series) arrived in late August to strong sales. In fact the entire series has done very well. The feedback from readers via email has been encouraging. I am hard at work on the fourth book of the series. I expect to complete the first draft in early February, and deliver the product to you sometime in April or May 2019. This book is moving a bit slower, because of the research I have to do for it. I also have to pay attention to making the stories interesting, rather than churning out an endless series of books that may end up boring the reader.

During this time of the year, we slow down a bit and enjoy the company of friends and family. As always, we remember the One for whom the season is named and give thanks for the special blessings. I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.

August 2018

The new title Impossible Nazi is now live. This has been an anticipated book with readers querying me often about when I would release it. It has the highest preorders I have experienced so far. I am gratified with your interest. This book continues the story of Heinrich Schloss, the man who was accidentally transported into a parallel universe where he ultimate becomes the master of the German Reich.

I am now doing research for the fourth book of the Parallel Nazi series. What will be in this next book? Well, I can say that Stalin begins to capture Schloss's concern. Beyond that, you will just have to stay tuned.

Another new title, Gravity Rising is in the final stages of the publishing process and will be released sometime this fall. This is a Woogieverse novel and tells the story of Lawrence Berthold and the discovery of anti-gravity. The story takes place a couple of hundred years after the collapse of civilization due to a Carrington Event. I suppose you could call this a dystopian novel.

Thanks for stopping by the site and enjoy the stories.

April 2018

The new title ruBracks, Nazis, the Death of the Universe & Everything is now live on the Amazon site. This novel is a little different than others I have produced. It presented an opportunity to tie together threads from several of my series as well is fill in some of the back story.

Work continues on the third Parallel Nazi novel. I am about 70,000 words into the book at this point. I am still projecting a publication date in December 2018, although I have had readers demanding it sooner. I have no complaints about the reader feedback. The Parallel Nazi series is selling very well.

The Carrington Event novel is on the shelf for the moment. It will require major surgery on the second draft, so it will likely not appear until sometime in 2019.

And the big question: How many Parallel Nazi novels do I plan to write? That is a good question. I am working on the outlines for two subsidiary titles, The Munich Faction and The Flight of the Swallow which takes place in the same time frame, but with different characters. I am actually developing ideas for a fourth Parallel Nazi novel, and I have some thoughts for a fifth book in the series. Beyond that, I cannot say at this time.

December 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Improbable Nazi is available for pre-order, and will be generally available on December 15. This is the second book of a series I have named "The Parallel Nazi." This book continues the story of Heinrich Schloss, a German history professor who is transported from 1982 Berlin to a very different 1941 Germany.

The "Carrington Event" dystopian novel first draft is nearing completion. I tentatively plan to publish it sometime during the first half of 2018. I am anxious to complete this draft, so I can begin work on the third Parallel Nazi novel.

I have completed the companion work to Accidental Nazi. It is entitled ruBracks, Nazis, the Death of the Universe and Everything. At this time we do not have a projected publish date, but it will probably be sometime during 2018.

July 2017 -- Various & Sundry

Here we are in the depths of the summer, suffering the heat wave, but enjoying the sunshine. The Snows of Montora is now available in a print edition. We took the opportunity to update the text and stamp out some more typos. So, we're calling it a Second Edition. It is also available in the Kindle ebook format.

The sequel to Accidental Nazi will be out in December, so put it on your Christmas lists. This book continues the story of Heinrich Schloss and his life in a parallel universe in Nazi Germany. I have completed the second draft, so the book is substantially in its final form.

I am working on a dystopian story about Earth circa 2240 to 2250 A.D. Civilization has crumbled under the combined onslaught of a "Carrington Event" in 2035, and successive pandemics. A Carrington Event is a solar flare strong enough to disrupt electrical systems on the planet. Mankind struggles with a climate which has fallen into a glacial epoch. Lawrence Berthold struggles to complete his education under the guidance of academics who are shortsighted and penurious.

My wife and I recently completed a three week vacation that covered Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Western Illinois. After getting the bugs and road tar off the car, I am back in the saddle and working on my various writing projects. It's too hot to be outside right now, anyway.

Dynastic Ambition -- April 2017

Frank Nyman is back in the first of a new series of stories. His old nemesis Admiral Krause calls him in to investigate and quell unrest on the planet Clay in the Cardiff system. Along the way he is drafted to facilitate the unification of the nation-states on Caledon. He is challenged by a resource-strapped navy and a young, homicidal religionist, who is bent on killing him. He is joined, once again, by Smith & Jones along with Stephanie Howard and Hai Ciera for new adventures. Frank’s life is changed dramatically with new events and characters entering his life.

Accidental Nazi -- March 2017

Since the release of Accidental Nazi in December, the book has become the best selling of the Wagher novels. The print edition is also selling well. Ward is hard at work on the sequel and expects to release it in December of 2017. Many readers have asked questions about particular characters and events. All we can say it, wait for the next book in the series.

Other Projects -- March 2017

Following the release of Dynastic Ambition in March of 2017, Ward continues development of a companion work to Accidental Nazi. Currently in novella form, the book will now include additional material that explains the backgrounds of both Heinrich Schloss and Frau Marsden. For those curious about the events that caused Schloss's trip into Nazi Germany, we suggest reading the short story Bach's Lunch, which may be freely downloaded from this site. See the Free Stories page.