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5/26/22 - Estrus
5/21/22 - Sierra Shalinsky
5/18/22 - Shane Aslat
1/29/22 - Sitell
1/22/22 - Destin Cantin
1/15/22 - Roedie Cantin
12/13/21 - Space Opera
10/22/20 - Feathers of Shardaa
8/3/19 - Xeno Tryst
7/20/19 - Erotic Space Opera
10/6/18 - My Hiatus and Return
9/29/18 - Interesting Common Themes
9/22/18 - Treasures From Afar
9/15/18 - Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention
9/8/18 - Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism
9/1/18 - Lightyears
8/25/18 - My Journey


5/26/22 - Estrus

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will continue my blog series about the main characters in each of my books. Be warned that this blog post has spoilers. I will be discussing Estrus. She is sort of the main character of Feathers of Shardaa, which is the second book in the Xeno Tryst Duology. Okay, so Sierra Shalinsky is the main character, but I can’t post about her twice. So, I picked the closest character.

We meet Estrus in the cliff hanger at the end of Xeno Tryst. She is a Humolfan, which is a crossbreed between humans and Xenolfans. Estrus has warm gray skin, long, white hair, sapphire eyes, and large, black wings. She lives on the planet S6 in the Shardaa Star System, along with her cute little dog named Thepsi.

Estrus has been commissioned to find an advocate for the Humolfans repatriation back into galactic society. She is always vigilant of the dangerous Dissident Faction. They are responsible for her mother’s death at the Ocean Port Bridge on Shardia and she hates them for it.

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5/21/22 - Sierra Shalinsky

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will continue my blog series about the main characters in each of my books. Be warned that this blog post has spoilers. I will be discussing Sierra Shalinsky. She is the main character of Xeno Tryst, which is the first book in the Xeno Tryst Duology.

Sierra lives on the beautiful Lake Serenity, near the Superior Mountains on the planet Asparr Celtarious. She is the vocalist for the symphonic metal band Maranadda. Maranadda is based on the planet Red Jacket and she is the only member from off-world.

She has a no-nonsense attitude and is a sexual freedom advocate, especially for relations between humans and Xenolfans. Sierra is very promiscuous and is a bi-sexual swinger in the Lifestyle.

Sierra works for Galactic Emergency Medical Services and does not get along with her unit director, Madison Stephard. There is never a dull moment with Sierra’s job as a Galactic Emergency Medical Technician, where she is always on call to help during galactic disasters. One of Sierra’s first responder runs brings her to an uncharted region of space called the Shardaa Sector to help a seemingly delusional space traveler. While there, she discovers odd feather symbols and passes out after a strange experience.

Sierra owns a one-hundred-year-old fighter ship from the Syrenthian War called Tenebris. She recently had the black fighter ship modified with laser weapons, which helps during an altercation.

Sierra’s best friend is Priscilla Stryderr, who lives on the Syrenthian Government capital of Exandra. Together, they work on two separate speeches for an upcoming Sexual Freedom Seminar held on Red Jacket.

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5/18/22 - Shane Aslat

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will continue my blog series about the main characters in each of my books. Be warned that this blog post has spoilers. I will be discussing Shane Aslat. He is the main character of Treasures From Afar.

Shane Aslat is one point eight meters tall. He has long, brown hair and green eyes. Shane wears a long, dangling earring in his left ear. He is a very intelligent and organized man. Throughout his life, Shane has been through many painful experiences. Because of the painful experiences and memories of it all, he is very cautious. Shane was born on the planet Elbi and raised in a poor family. His parents were killed on Elbi in a series of wars, the Telfire Wars. Shane left the planet with an emergency departure ship. During the evacuation, he was separated from his brother. As an adult, he is never reunited with his brother.

Shane has a girlfriend named Shanda who lives on the planet Myrath. For a year, the Galactic Government has denied giving him permits to leave their jurisdiction to see her.

Throughout the story, Shane goes through personal changes to become a better person than he was before and tries to help others along the way.

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1/29/22 - Sitell

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will continue my blog series about the main characters in each of my books. Be warned that this blog post has spoilers. I will be discussing Sitell. He is basically the main character of Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention.

Sitell is a bald man who is the descendant of Sintos, the leader of the advanced people from the Kameron Star System in chapter twenty-one of Lightyears. Sitell is the leader of the Yiseth Government in the Regulominuss Galaxy. It is one of three existing governments in that galaxy. He is the inventor of the Galactic Time Portal and the Sitell Field. Both of his inventions help to intervene the ominous, impending doom that is upon the BlueMar Galaxy and the Regulominuss Galaxy—together called Yiblos.

Sitell, along with Jade Thane and Queeab from the other two governments in the Regulominuss Galaxy, helps form the Yiblos Treaty with the three governments of the BlueMar Galaxy.

Sitell quickly falls in love with Merisa Cantin-Istraxx, who is the mother of Destin Cantin.

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1/22/22 - Destin Cantin

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will continue my blog series about the main characters in each of my books. Be warned that this blog post has spoilers. I will be discussing Destin Cantin. He is the main character of Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism.

You first meet Destin after the Battle of Shoon. He is a man with light brown hair and is the sole survivor of the battle that takes place at the Great Plain of Shoon in the desert sands of Kas (formerly known as Kaskoon). Destin is the leader of the Civil Resistance’s Kas operations…and the last member left alive on Kas. They were fighting the Immortal Cantin Empire troops (ICE Troops). The empire is ruled by his distant relatives with the same surname.

His father, Thatril, died when he was a boy. His mother, Merisa, left the Civil Resistance and married the leader of the Kaskar Terrorist Organization (KTO). Destin never understood why she did that. He was close to his paternal grand parents, Jerell and Kareen. Unfortunately, they had perished in the Battle of Shoon. He had also lost his sister, Aarin, and his great grandmother, Phasheena, to the murderous actions of the Thisis Militia. The only person he has left on Kas is his wife, Arcacio, and a wolfdog named Cosmos.

Together, they flee to the remote moon of Forestica and hide in a cabin that his grandpa, Jerell, had built. When it is safe, they continue on their journey to meet with the head of the Civil Resistance on Nytoorion. On Nytoorion, at an intoxication joint called Stone Shelf, Destin has an unexpected meeting with his great great grandfather, Roedie Cantin. Together, they help the leader of the Civil Resistance, Remyw Yortis, in the Dark War against the Immortal Cantin Empire and the terrorist organizations that litter the BlueMar Galaxy. After freedom is restored to the BlueMar Galaxy, Destin becomes leader the new Civil Government. Destin and Arcacio have a baby boy and name him Roedie II, after his great great great grandfather.

Although Destin in not exactly the main character in Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention, he still has an important roll. Destin prepares his twenty-year-old son, Roedie II, for leadership of the Civil Government. Destin also helps a man named Sitell to protect the galaxies from impending doom.

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1/15/22 - Roedie Cantin

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will begin a blog series about the main characters in each of my books. Be warned that this blog post has spoiler alerts. I will start with Roedie Cantin. He is the main character of Lightyears. Although Roedie does share the spotlight with his younger brother, Baas, I consider him the main character because he is present in all three books of the Lightyears Trilogy.

You first meet the blond-haired Roedie at the age of 17. He lives with his father and brother at house number 74, just outside the town of Kanthas on the desert planet Kaskoon. He is close to his brother, Baas. When they were younger, their mom died from the Tabaannaann Plague after it was accidentally released from a canister at the Academy of Sciences in Astossky. Roedie actually attended that same academy to study electronics.

When their father, Olosssky, is taken prisoner by two enforcement agent investigators, their lives are changed forever. They purchase a ship named Zoota 2000 and begin a quest to find their father. During their journey, Roedie finds the love of his life. Tereena is an unexpected surprise for sure.

One major event in Roedie’s life is when he joins the Claderane Resistance and becomes commander of the Galactic Explorer. He is key in defeating the BlueMar Empire’s main realm on Andron. Although I only mention the event in the story, Roedie is married to Tereena at a double wedding with his brother, Baas, and Sepheena. Two years later, Roedie—along with the rest of his family—is sent on a mission to explore uncharted regions of the BlueMar Galaxy. He ends up traveling through time to the Regulominuss Galaxy. It is there that he is involved in yet another war with the Rexxian Empire. On the return flight home to their own galaxy, Roedie and Tereena experience the birth of their daughter, Phasheena. Roedie is assigned one final mission to save the galaxy and has the task of disassembling a powerful bomb called Xalgoma Stride. The end of the book sees Roedie traveling into the future with Tereena.

Although Roedie is not exactly the main character in Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism, he still plays an important role. He enjoys traveling to future time frames with Tereena. They meet their great great grandson, Destin. Providing vital support to the Civil Resistance, Roedie helps to restore freedom to a galaxy full of terrorist organizations and the evil descendants of Baas’s lineage and their Immortal Cantin Empire. Roedie becomes the consort to Queen Tereena of the Obritess Government.

In Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention, Roedie, again, is not exactly the main character, but is still important to the story. We find that Roedie—at the age of 71—writes a book called Adventures of Baas and Roedie, which are actually chapters six through thirteen of the first Lightyears book. Roedie meets with the three leaders of the Regulominuss Galaxy to help form the Yiblos Treaty. Toward the end of book three, we find that it is the wishes of Roedie and Queen Tereena to be buried on the planet Siitap where they first met.

As you can see, we follow Roedie from when he is 17 until he is 71 on adventures that take him through space and time.

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12/13/21 - Space Opera

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing Space Opera, my favorite subgenre of Science Fiction.

As it may already be evident with the universes that I have created, the stories I write are always Space Opera. With Lightyears Trilogy, it was Galactic Empire Space Opera. With Treasures From Afar, it was also Galactic Empire Space Opera. With Xeno Tryst Duology, it was Erotic Space Opera. What exactly is Space Opera? Space Opera is a subgenre of Scinece Fiction that has interplanetary space travel, space battles, a host of diverse characters, and melodramatic situations, all on a galactic scale. The world building is generally vivid and detailed, capturing your imagination and taking you along on the journey. My future literary plans include a Mystery Space Opera and a Fantasy Space Opera. Perhaps after that, I may write a long series in a vast universe. With Space Opera, there are no limits…

The Space Operas that I grew up with, in books, TV, and movies, gave me great inspiration. Some of those include Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica (Classic), Buck Rogers in the Twenty-fifth Century, V, and Dune. I wanted to create my own universes, and so began my writing career. When others can enjoy those universes, it is just a bonus.

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10/22/20 - Feathers of Shardaa

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing my sixth book, Feathers of Shardaa.

Feathers of Shardaa is a novel length book with 91,457 words and is the second book in the Xeno Tryst Duology.

Feathers of Shardaa is the epic conclusion and book two of the Xeno Tryst Duology. Xeno Tryst ended on a cliffhanger...and for good reason. I had much more story to tell. So many questions needed to be answered and mysteries needed to be solved. My goal was to have the sequel to Xeno Tryst be at least the same length of approximately 76,000 words, but it surpassed the length of the first book and finished at over 91,000 words. The structure was again plotter-style. I began writing the story in April 2020 and finished exactly six months later in October 2020. The erotic space opera novel is intended for adult audiences only and has about the same amount of explicit sex scenes as the first book. The erotica in this duology is secondary to the overall story arc. The sequel certainly has much darker undertones. Throughout Feathers of Shardaa, I have strived to evoke emotion, leave no loose ends, include previous characters, develop rich new characters and conflicts, have detailed world building, and a fascinating story arc on a galactic scale.

Feathers of Shardaa
is the epic conclusion of the Xeno Tryst Duology... A much darker theme, the backstory of the Shardaa Sector is revealed. Sierra Shalinsky is persuaded to advocate for the Humolfans and their repatriation back into galactic society. Through a series of dramatic events, Sierra falls in love.

One thousand years earlier... Siiteper Affelum begins a genocide campaign to eliminate interspecies families. The Humolfan “half–breeds” are banished to the Shardaa Sector and left to die, until they receive help from an unlikely source.

Present time... Sierra Shalinsky has been missing for seven months. She wakes up from a coma in the mysterious Shardaa Sector and flees her captors.

The history of the Humolfan people is revealed to Sierra. She is persuaded to advocate for them and their repatriation back into galactic society.

After receiving a feathers of Shardaa tattoo, Sierra is brutally assaulted by the Dissident Faction, but is rescued by a mysterious man. Through a series of dramatic events, she falls in love with her alluring rescuer.

Sierra is finally found in the Shardaa Sector by a Syrenthian Government fleet when they prepare for battle against an unknown aggressor. She explains her disappearance. Sierra then speaks at the Humolfan Repatriation Conference to advocate for the Humolfans. She reunites with her bandmates, her parents, her friends, and her co-workers.

In a surprising, personal discovery, Sierra realizes that her usual promiscuity is no longer satisfying. She attributes this profound change to the new and unexpected romance that develops.

At the end of Feathers of Shardaa, there are appendices that include a Syrenthian Galaxy map and a terminology index of all terms that were created for the story and what chapter they first appear in.

The book cover depicts Sierra Shalinsky featuring the blue dress she wore during her engagement, which took place on Shardia. The cover also includes the planet Shardia and its moon Sharsia.

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8/3/19 - Xeno Tryst

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing my fifth book, Xeno Tryst.

Xeno Tryst is a novel length book with 76,456 words and is the first book in the Xeno Tryst Duology.

After brainstorming Xeno Tryst for two years, I had over 10,000 words put together for the framework of the novel. The structure was definitely plotter-style. I began writing the story in June 2018. In January 2019, I finished Xeno Tryst. I took one of my favorite metal subgenres and weaved it into the story with the symphonic metal band Maranadda. Most of the band member names were fictitious characters that I made up to joke around with when my children were young. There is a short story in the back appendices called Benjamin, which is a backstory for the character Benjamin Whitmann. This short story was submitted into the 2019 Write Michigan Short Story Contest, but did not make it to the semi-finals. So, that released me to include the short story in this book. Xeno Tryst is my first novel with a female as the protagonist. She is a badass with a kind heart. Unlike Lightyears Trilogy and Treasures From Afar, Xeno Tryst is an erotic space opera novel. It is book one of the Xeno Tryst Duology and it is intended for adult audiences only. Although there are explicit sex scenes throughout the novel, they are secondary to the overall story arc. In this novel, I have strived to create rich characters, detailed settings, and a fascinating plot on a galactic scale.

Xeno Tryst
is an erotic space opera about a woman who is sexually expressive and advocates for sexual freedom, including relations between humans and Xenolfans. When she’s not busy with her job as a Galactic Emergency Medical Technician, she’s engaged with duties as vocalist for the symphonic metal band Maranadda.

Sierra is the vocalist for the symphonic metal band Maranadda. She has a no-nonsense attitude, is a sexual freedom advocate, and a swinger in the Lifestyle. There is never a dull moment with her job as a Galactic Emergency Medical Technician, where she is always on call to help during galactic disasters.

When she responds to a distress signal from a frightened and seemingly delusional space traveler in the mysterious Shardaa Sector, an eerie feeling comes over her as she discovers odd feather symbols.

An emergency leads Sierra to victims of a terrorist attack at a thermal cube factory in the Industrial Sector.

In another emergency, she finds herself torn between her responsibilities as a Galactic Emergency Medical Technician and her duties as the vocalist for Maranadda.

She is there to help in more ways than one when the resort snow planet, Aamaress, is attacked by the Xenolfan Government to disrupt the intermixed species tryst of forbidden sex.

Just when things are starting to go smooth for once and she gives her long awaited sexual freedom speech followed by a Maranadda concert on the band’s home planet, she is confronted by a strange being and a familiar eeriness...

At the end of Xeno Tryst, there are appendices that include Maranadda band information, a select list of casinos on Salinarr Nevis, and a terminology index of all terms that were created for the story and what chapter they first appear in. At the end of the book, it says “To be continued…” The second book in the Xeno Tryst Duology will be Feathers of Shardaa.

When I designed the book cover, I wanted the scene to depict Eslarr and Gathin in their romantic scene together toward the end of chapter two. Also on the cover, I have included the planet Aamaress—where the forbidden xeno tryst occurs—and its two moons.

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7/20/19 - Erotic Space Opera

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. It has been a while since I’ve posted on my blog. I’ve been hard at work on my new novel, Xeno Tryst, and it is finally published! More will be mentioned on that in a future blog post. Today I will be discussing the subgenre of Science Fiction that I refer to as Erotic Space Opera. When I use the following disclaimer, it is for good reason.

This novel contains explicit sexual content, which may be considered offensive to some readers, and is intended for adult audiences.

Because the explicit sex scenes are very detailed, the material is certainly not for everyone. There are those who just throw anything explicit into one rejected category. Understanding the difference between Erotica and Smut will depend on your perspective. Literary Smut portrays sex for the sake of sex. It will generally have no plot, no story arc, nor character development. With Erotica, there should always be a plot and well developed characters. Sex can be very explicit, but it only plays a part of the overall story. Also, Erotica is not to be confused with Erotic Romance, which is usually a developing love story where they live happily-ever-after. Because I have merged two subgenres together in my latest Science Fiction novel with Erotica and Space Opera, it creates a unique hybrid. Although I'm not the first author to mix the subgenres, it is my first Erotic Space Opera with a two-book series called Xeno Tryst Duology. The arousing Erotica scenes work very well with the melodramatic situations, host of characters, and galactic adventures that Space Opera is known for.

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10/6/18 - My Hiatus and Return

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing my hiatus of 21 years and what inspired me to return to writing.

In the late 80s, I wrote the Lightyears Trilogy and in the early 90s, I wrote Treasures From Afar. Of course from 2016 to 2018, I revised them to a whole new level and then self–published them. But why did I stop writing for 21 years?

In 1993, I tried to get Treasures From Afar published, but the company I submitted it to, Vantage Press, wanted $11,000 to publish it and then they would have sent me a skid of books that I would have had to try and sell. That was not going to happen. It’s a good thing too, because they had been ordered by the Supreme Court to pay $3.5 million to 2,200 authors they had defrauded. They ceased operations in 2012. I was hopeful, and kept trying to submit it to other traditional publishers, but was rejected. One day in 1995, I was sitting in my office, going through some minor edits in Treasures From Afar when my wife called me to dinner. I closed the cover of my manuscript and it staid closed for 21 years. I gave up. We were starting a family and I had just co-founded a band called Pummeled About The Face. So, I was very busy with life.

It was always in the back of my mind to get my books published. With the advent of ebooks, a host of self-publishing companies, global distribution, and much more affordable pricing, it was now something that I could actually achieve, unlike before. But life was still busy…or was it? Was that just an excuse? One evening, I was watching TV with my wife and Steve Harvey was on, giving a motivational speech about taking a chance and jumping off the cliff with faith in your God-given gifts. That is the one and only thing that pushed me to return and continue to write as well as revise, edit, and self-publish the books that I had already written. It is actually a dream come true. Steve Harvey's speech meant so much to me that I would like to share it with you. Thank you, Steve Harvey.

Steve Harvey's Jump Motivational Speech

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9/29/18 - Interesting Common Themes

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing some interesting common themes incorporated into my novels.

Of course my space opera novels are always on a galactic scale, but what follows is more on the granular level. If you've read any of my titles, you may have noticed some common themes that occur in the stories. For a drinking establishment that we would call a bar, I always use the term intoxication joint. I started that term to be different and it is very fitting.

There is always a character in my books that is my name backwards, but with letters added at the end of the name to differentiate the characters from the different stories. In Lightyears Trilogy, it is Remyw Yortis, with the “is” at the end of the backwards name. He is a vital character and is introduced in book two, Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism. In Treasures From Afar, it is Remyw Yort, with no additional letters at the end of the backwards name. He is the legendary poet whose poems are included in the little book in which the main character, Shane Aslat, reads from in chapter 8. What's even more interesting is that some of these poems were used by me to later write some of my songs in my former band Pummeled About The Face. And as a spoiler for the novel I am currently writing, there will be a character named Remywian Yort, with the “ian” at the end of the first backwards name. He is a bartender at an intoxication joint where the main character stops in for a bite to eat and witnesses a disturbing, yet morbidly satisfying scene. There will be more revealed regarding my forthcoming novel in the weeks to come.

There are always lots of white pine trees in my stories and a wolf or two. I like to use them because it reminds me of the North, which I love. I tend to have my laser beam color as blue, but not in every scenario. In chapter 22 of Lightyears Trilogy, Roedie presented a new particle beam laser rifle that he created, which had a lavender beam. There will always be appendices in the back of my books for terminology and locating what chapter the terms first appear in and other information that is interesting, like family trees, galactic leaders, and in the forthcoming book, the discography for the band in the story.

I have incorporated dreams that I've had into each of my stories as well. In Lightyears Trilogy, it is my dream of the old, broken wooden bridge at Verction’s Canyon on the planet Yibon. In Treasures From Afar, it is my dream of the old mansion and graveyard in the forest on Myrath. In my forthcoming erotic novel, it is a sex mall on the gaming planet.

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9/22/18 - Treasures From Afar

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing my fourth book, Treasures From Afar.

Treasures From Afar is a novel length book with 42,646 words.

Treasures From Afar is an inspiring science fiction novel that captures the imagination. It is a story of friendship, government intrigue, of personal change, of a chase, a rescue, a story of love. It is a story of a search, a discovery and a war…all on a galactic scale.

Shane is attending an art festival when he is desperately urged to search for a treasure. He soon finds that the Galactic Government is also searching for this mysterious treasure. Running from the government with a scroll and a hunch, Shane flees to space and escapes the Galactic Government’s jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, some rapid changes are happening inside the Galactic Government. After an assassination, a new threat sets himself up as emperor and merges with the Universal Expanse Church.

Shane’s adventures lead him to distant worlds, to a sail ship on the sea and to the rescue of his girlfriend, Shanda. Shane realizes which planet the treasure is on and travels there with Shanda, only to be followed by the newly reorganized Third Tiffan Siram Empire. On their way to the ancient temples, Shane proposes marriage to Shanda. They soon discover and befriend an alien who has also been searching for the treasure. Finally, in the depths of the dark temples, the mysterious treasure is revealed.

Together, they travel to the alien’s home world and join in a galactic war against the evil empire and church. Even in the midst of a chaotic galactic war, beautiful things can take place…

Like I had done on the Lightyears Trilogy, at the end of Treasures From Afar, there are appendices that include a lists of galactic leaders and a terminology index of all terms that were created for the story and what chapter they first appear in.

When I designed the book cover, I wanted the scene to depict the Maritime Maiden on the Slave Sea with Shane’s newly acquired Star Crystal ship descending onto Myrath.

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9/15/18 - Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing my third book, Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention

Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention is a novelette length book with 14,703 words and is the third book in the Lightyears Trilogy.

A time of peace has finally arrived. The advent of new inventions makes space travel quicker between galaxies and provides protection for both galaxies against the certain doom of an alien onslaught.

Originally, book three was just a short story that I wrote in just one month. It was formerly called Bi-Galactic Peace. I did not dedicate enough time for the writing process and was not happy with the short story. For this to be included in the trilogy, I had to rewrite the entire book and I am very pleased with the result. Book three brings back a mysterious character that was introduced in book one.

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9/8/18 - Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing my second book, Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism.

Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism is a novella length book with 27,745 words and is the second book in the Lightyears Trilogy.

Generations after book one, the galaxy is littered with terrorist organizations and the evil descendants of Baas. Roedie travels to the future to help his great great grandson, Destin, defeat the evil and restore freedom to the galaxy.

I used the term intra—meaning within—because the terrorist problem was only within one of the two galaxies in the Lightyears universe. The book is dedicated to my late cousin Heidi, who I sought advice from for a mystic past for the character Tereena. I’m not sure if it’s just me or what, but every time I read the end of book two, I get all emotional because of that mystic past of Tereena's.

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9/1/18 - Lightyears

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing my first book, Lightyears.

Lightyears is a novel length book with 68,147 words and is the first book in the Lightyears Trilogy. It is divided into four parts: The BlueMar Reign, The Explorations, The Regulominuss Galaxy, and The Final Mission.

Part One:
Baas and Roedie live on the desert sand planet Kaskoon with their father Olossky. When their father is taken prisoner by the BlueMar Empire, the two brothers set out on a quest across the galaxy in search for him. They soon join in a fight to destroy the BlueMar Empire.

Part Two:
Later, embarking on a mission to explore uncharted regions, they come across an advanced civilization.

Part Three:
Their journey takes them through time to another galaxy where they defeat yet another evil empire. The group splits and some remain in the new galaxy, while the others return back through time to their own galaxy.

Part Four:
An investigation takes them into the past to an ancient kingdom to find out the coordinates of a device they must destroy before it destroys the entire BlueMar Galaxy.

The book also contains a prologue, a mesologue, and an epilogue. I was fascinated with the idea of a mesologue. In Part One, for chapters 6 through 13, there is a section called The Adventures of Baas and Roedie. These chapters are in the first person perspective and alternate between Baas and Roedie. The four chapters with Roedie speaking also have a BlueMar Empire update at the end of each one. At the end of Lightyears, there are appendices that include the Cantin family tree, lists of galactic leaders, and a terminology index of all terms that were created for the story and what chapter they first appear in. At the end of the book, it says “To be continued…”

When I designed the book cover, I made sure that the scene was incorporated into the story. It is in Chapter Twenty-one: The Kameron, on page 125 of the printed book. The scene depicts the character Sintos and his brother Larsinn looking out across a lake on the moon of Cibtar at the beautiful star system beyond. The ship Keen Saber and two Star Knight fighter ships can be seen on display in the foreground.

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8/25/18 - My Journey

Welcome to my first blog. Today, I will be discussing my journey as a novelist.

Growing up, I was inspired by many science fiction films and books. I was 15 years old and my creative writing started to flow onto paper. I hand wrote my first book, Lightyears, a little at a time, starting August 1984. I remember sitting outside one summer afternoon at my grandparent’s cabin near Kaleva, Michigan, writing Lightyears, while I enjoyed the sunshine. Soon after, in 1985, I purchased a typewriter. It was able to hold an entire page! I typed and printed all of my handwritten pages. In February 1986, I finalized Lightyears. For Lightyears, I didn’t really have a structured outline. I just wrote as it came to me, pantser-style. I wanted it to be on a galactic scale, but it ended up being much larger than that. The novel included two galaxies and even mentioned a third one, as well as time travel. When I finished Lightyears, I immediately knew that I wanted to write a sequel to it. In fact, the original manuscript also said “To Be Continued…”

In December 1987, I started writing my second book, Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism. I used the term intra—meaning within—because the terrorist problem was only within one of the two galaxies in the Lightyears universe. With Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism, I was able to tie up some loose ends and was very satisfied with the outcome of the novella. There is a dedication at the beginning of Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism for my late cousin Heidi, who I sought advice from during the writing process. I finished Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism in August 1988.

It could have easily stopped there and become the Lightyears Duology, but in August 1989, I decided to write a short story that took place after the other two books. Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention (formerly Bi-Galactic Peace) was a short story that I completed just a month later in September 1989. I did not dedicate enough time for the writing process and was not happy with the short story. I felt that I should include the third story in the final work because it was, after all, a part of the Lightyears universe. For this to happen, the revision for Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention was basically a total rewrite, using only some of the original framework, making my third book a novelette.

The original typewritten manuscripts needed to be scanned. Using OCR technology, the text was converted and edited, which was a lengthy and tedious process. The Lightyears Trilogy is the result of compiling the three stories into one published book. It took me two years, but in 2018, I completed the revisions to my original manuscripts, which have enriched the stories to a whole new level.

I began writing my fourth book, Treasures From Afar, in April 1991 on my new word processor. I settled into a more structured, plotter-style of writing than previously done on the Lightyears Trilogy. I finished the novel in March 1992. I was very pleased with the outcome of Treasures From Afar.

The original manuscript was stored on obsolete 3 inch proprietary disks from that old word processor. In 2011, I sent for these to be converted and had text files sent to me in return. It took me two years, but in 2018, I completed the revisions to my original manuscript, which has added some great improvements to the story.

After brainstorming my latest novel for a couple years, I have over 10,000 words to put together the framework for the novel. The structure is definitely plotter-style. I began writing the story in June 2018. I took one of my favorite metal subgenres and I am weaving it into the story with a symphonic metal band.

Unlike Lightyears Trilogy and Treasures From Afar, the latest novel is a galactic erotica novel. It should be released in 2019. The plan is for the story to be a duology. The name, description, cover artwork, and book trailer will be revealed in the near future.

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