I resubmitted a sample of Dead & Dead For Real to an agency after making changes recommended. We'll see what happens. Steve is working on artwork for Penelope the Pooting Spider. I'm hoping to have that ready before the end of this month. I took copies of Wings of the WASP to the Arizona Historical Museum for their book selection. Got my fingers crossed that I have to do that again. Meanwhile, writing continues on Risen From The Dead. 

Penelope the Pooting Spider is moving ahead. Steve says he'll have artwork for me to look at next week. Now I need help finding a publisher.

I have a review of Dead & Dead For Real. Here it is: 

I really enjoyed “Dead & Dead for Real” by author Robert L. Clayton, even though ‘paranormal terrorist thriller’ isn’t usually one of my more preferred genres (don’t dislike it, just don’t generally gravitate). But I really liked the sample and Mr. Clayton’s writing style…. Pulls you right in and that opening was crazy…  so I gave it a shot. I was really impressed! I really liked the action-packed world he created here and thought that he did such a wonderful job with the descriptions of the storytelling of the events and with the dynamic of Kiki (Katherine) and her partner/lover Nick… and even though there is a LOT that happens here – from ex-military snipers, ISIS murderers, Outlaw Drug Gangs… and maybe even some sort of ‘ghost or spirit’… all felt very believable, which is the craziest part about it all…  You could tell he’d done his research on many elements of not only military/government warfare but terrorism tactics as well. I thought the main characters were very well done ( really liked KiKi) but some of the supporting cast felt a bit thin (just like names, but no real sense of identity), and there were some scenes that I thought could use some trimming (or be cut entirely). But there was great action from start to finish, and I was SO shocked at some things that happened (no spoilers!). I liked how easy it is to read and this is such an unusual book I can’t even compare it to anything else. Plenty of violence and language as to be expected in a book like this, but nothing horrific. Recommend for fans of  military suspense thrillers with a unique angle. Would definitely read more from Mr. Clayton in the future. (4-5 stars) Stacy Decker—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

Thrillerfest was quite educational for me. The latest buzzword in the editing and publishing industry is Point of View. It was hammered into us in numerous sessions. Yes, I'm guilty of head hopping. That's changing POV within chapters, pages, or sections. I'm in the process of doing some rewriting to correct that. Why? One agent I sent a sample of  Dead & Dead For Real to came back with admonishments and request to rewrite. I'll do it because I can now see where it could be confusing to not know who's doing the talking or thinking. Will I rewrite the whole book? Only given an incentive.

Meanwhile, I just finished a vacation on the beach in Mexico with my family and friends. what a blast. 

Writing again now. I want to submit Penelope the Pooting Spider to a publisher. Steve's working on some illustration for the book. I picture a "Read to" age 4 to 6 years old and "Read" for 6 to 8 years old. I'll post a summary here when I finish one. Also writing on Risen From The Dead. 

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.

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