Got some preliminary reviews back on Dead & Dead Again and Dead Reckoning. I'll publish them here in a few days. They approved where needed and pointed out things that could be better. Am I going to rewrite? Gimme a reason. It was amazing how the positive reviews bolstered my spirits. Also, I was informed that Wild Rose Press is going to come out with a Children's book line. Last night I finished Bernice the Barking Spider. I'm working on getting some illustrations and I'll submit.

I went to the annual lake party and observed Memorial Day. I'm considering a book or series that addresses the sad human condition. What is that? you ask. We are a species that REQUIRES conflict and competition. Once upon a time (don't you love that as a start?) we competed for resources like all living things. Those better able to obtain the necessities of life survived. The others not so much. Animals do that, even plants do that. Humans compete now for power, wage war for hatred, kill for no reason. We've become quite efficient at killing each other. What is it in our psyche that demands we exert our opinion over others? (e.g. "Convert to my religion or I'll kill you" or "Our form of government is the only one. CONVERT NOW") There's an illness within us. Is it tied to our genetic makeup? Is it even possible to get rid of it? Since we can't seem to control our birthrate, perhaps this is the control on our species. It isn't working. We are rapidly gobbling up resources and poisoning our environment. The world will take care of us and not in a way we like if we don't do a better job. Picture a culture in a petri dish. It will grow until all the resources are used up and it poisons itself and crashes. Another lifeform will come along after that and the cycle repeats. Aren't we smarter than germs? We'd like to think so, but an objective view says not. I wonder what the next cycle will look like. I did get into this in my Evolution Series, but that isn't where I'm thinking of taking this theme in a new series. Want to know where we are in the petri dish of life on Earth? Read Evolution River series.

The Daily Mail has published an article on floating nations. They must have read Sea Species. Here's the link:


 It's architecturally much more posh than Kahchk Kihhim but not as independent and filled with only humans. Actually makes me feel quite prophetic. These people are not fleeing from an oppressive government but a tax haven, I think. I don't think it would survive in the open sea, so it would be in the shadow of land. Makes me wonder how it could be an independent nation because it would be in somebody's territorial waters. Oh well, the idea is great and looks like somebody is doing it!

My latest book, Dead Again, got reviewed in the paper today! Here's the review:

Arizona Daily Star,/ Sunday, May 6, 2018

Dead Again

By R. L. Clayton (R. Clayton Enterprise, Inc. $15.99)

Wide Swatches of the United States lay in ruins following a biosecurity attack. The government has completely abandoned California, leaving it to rival gangs all bargaining for position. Sean Gallen, leader of the Charon’s Children motorcycle gang, is poised to turn this outlaw state from an anarchy to an oligarchy. So why is he looking over his shoulder? Because his last summit ended in a high body count caused by an unknown assailant. Gallen suspects his old nemesis, Kiki Russell–a former military sniper and special agent of the president. Impossible to stop and determined to take back the state.

What he doesn’t know is that Kiki is wounded and recuperating with a band of refugee kids in Arizona. Kids much older than their years, ravaged by violence, eager for recruitment and intent on vengeance.

Dead Again is the third in the “Dead” series; a fourth in the series is forthcoming.

–Vicki Ann Duraine


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Genesis went to DeeAnna today for editing after my rewrites. There were few changes, none to the story. I'll be most anxious to hear what she thinks about it. She liked the first two volumes of the Evolution River series and this one finishes up a truly epic saga. Answers the basic question-Why are we here?

I'm finishing up the rewrites on The Genesis and send it off to DeeAnna for final edits soon. So it will finish up my transfer of books to IngramSpark. My next move is to try to get a book signing at the local Barnes & Nobel. Steve is having to drag me along as I'm less than enthusiastic in promotion, BUT I believe that IngramSpark opens some doors for me.

Meanwhile, I'm writing on book #4 in the Dead series.

Hey, I'm starting to see sales on Ingram Spark. Much faster than on CreateSpace. I have my fingers, toes and eyes crossed that it continues.

I went to the Tucson Festival of Books yesterday.IT WAS GREAT! I got to set up in the Big Brother/Big Sisters booth and sold some books. Thank you Laurie for the invite. Went to a talk about why authors need agents. Claire Gerus was there and I had to thank her for helping make me a better writer. Too bad she's not accepting fiction works or I'd take a run at her to be my agent. Oh well, will I actively pursue getting an agent? Probably not. Too much writing to do.

IT"S DONE! Dead Again is available. Should be out on Amazon and the other sites within a few days, I hope. Now I have to finish the edits on The Envoy and The Genesis. I'm about 80 pages into the next episode of the Dead Series. One friend and reader wonders if it is a religious book. In some ways it is, like the Evolution Series was.

Finally got Dead & Dead Again, Dead Reckoning, Wings of the WASP and Sea Species up on IngramSpark. It has proven an ordeal and I hope it pays off. I should have Dead Again up next week.

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