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Still learning to read the reports on Amazon, but if I'm reading them correctly, I've had a promotional sale in Japan for books one and two, and actual sales in Germany (one!) and the UK (several!), I think Italy and Brazil, but I am not sure, I'm still learning. I can only hope the revised work is acceptable, my English isn't too bad for them, especially the customer in Japan, who I hope he or she will have a positive review.

For this update I'm adding in a revised cover for book two, Under My Protection, its a different angle on the image of book one. I'm still debating on whether to continue that theme, but since I have few images to work with, it may be an academic debate.

So far reviews on book one have focused on what I hoped they would, the setting, the world, the characters and I hope that is what will catch on. Book two is on Amazon, www.amazon.com/Under-My-Protec…

Please check it out, last month I made the pages read KDP select bonus and my thanks to all of you who did the reading and the lending. Big thanks to those who bought the books so far! I hope one day we can look back on this start of NFinity and smile. For those who have read and liked it, please put up a review, I could use the encouragement, but I consider it a blessing that you picked it up and spent time in that world at all, again thank you!

Under My Protection cover v2 by JovianJ
To Serve and Protect art by JovianJ
To Serve and Protect art
This was the image was one I commissioned from csmchowhk.deviantart.com using one of my all time favorite robot designs, the beo2k10 by  mestophales.deviantart.com. It was recently used as the cover art for my revised first book self-published on Amazon. I originally used it as the cover art for the second book, but with the revised work I thought this was the better choice for the opening act if you will. So if you liked the book art from Our Enemies, Our Allies, here it is again, but without the graphics, just the watermark. Enjoy!
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Book two, re-titled Under My Protection, is now on sale at Amazon.com: www.amazon.com/Under-My-Protec…

For those who bought book two previous, you can get a new copy for free, it is different enough from the previous version that I did believe it should be re-titled, which is one of the reasons why it went from Our Enemies, Our Allies, to Under My Protection.

Book one's theme is an introduction to the world of the NFinity with book two's theme gunboat diplomacy.

Working on book three's revision this month and I hope to have it out soon. My thanks for those who bought book one as well as those who have cheered me on. It is greatly appreciated. I hope the setting and the characters catch on and spread. Again thank you for the support!
The title to this journal ended up becoming not just the re-title of First Steps, but what I began to realize is one of the major theme of the book series. It seems my boyhood fantasy of being a robot that helps and protects others influenced my work more than I realized. This was probably obvious to others long before. Anyway it is available on amazon with the following descriptive;

“I give myself to her to serve and protect and see existence together for however long the both of us shall live.” – AI Mansa Mandinka

“Respect the Black Woman” - Burakku

An AI, Mansa Mandinka, is created by an African-American space based nation to deter the elimination of life in the universe by cross-universe traveling forces. Under the cover of a social experiment Mansa Mandinka arranges for a population of women to travel with it. Together they go explore the multiverse as they seek to insure they never end up the last free life in existence.

I hope those interested will purchase and enjoy the setting, characters and story. I am currently re-writing books two and three to match what the re-written book one now has at the following link;

www.amazon.com/dp/B00H3HHW86?r…

I thank Lia, Blu, DJ, Katie and Ruby for their inspiration and encouragement, especially you Miss Lia!
Finished with re-write of the first book titled First Steps and its now up on Amazon. I think the link below should work

www.amazon.com/dp/B00H3HHW86?r…

For those of you who have already bought the book, its new content, and I hope you will enjoy this version. If so, please leave a review, I certainly will appreciate it. I have pulled books two and three off for now as I re-write them, updating them based on the new book one. There are enough differences to warrant the re-write. I think its an overall better product for it. Let me thank you in advance for reading it, as usual Amazon offers a preview, so please give it a try and hopefully you'll like it. Let me thank Lia and Tasha in particularly for their support during the writing and so many others for inspiring me with ideas for the setting. Best to all of you!
I was pleasantly surprised on my birthday with a laptop among other things. I certainly didn't see that coming. In addition I want to thank the person for the extended DA membership, it is very much appreciated. I can now move forward with writing once more, which brings me to the message of if you either have the books I have on amazon or thinking about getting them wait. I am re-writing the series. I had a lot of time to think and since they are ebooks, I can re-publish. In any case, wait, you'll get a better, more of what I wanted to write series if you do. If you've already read it, forgive me. Spirits up! Thank you everyone!
I just wanted to leave a cheerier entry, the last was such a downer, and for those who know me, not me. This time I feel much more like myself even in light of the possibility I may have to use a wheelchair in the future. Its still a little early to be certain and it will feel weird doing so since I can still walk just not far. I guess I've always had the image that someone in a wheel chair can't walk at all. I'll just have to get use to it if it comes to it and try not to wonder what others think since I can still walk. Right now I think I'd feel like a fake or something, but as with anything in life, deal with it when it comes to it.

Work on book four is still slow without either laptop or specifically microsoft word, but ideas, scenes, direction for the plot and further fleshing out the setting still are exciting to work on and note in the text program this mac does have installed. As I think I mentioned somewhere, book four is the last of what I think of as the 'pilot' books, if one thinks of this as a television or movie series. While I have roughly twelve books worked out in my head, the first four are intended to present the setting, since the geek part of me likes settings and characters over plot. Book five should be more plot than setting dealing with some of Rayna's dreams she's been having and book six will deal with the 'dragon wars' I've hinted at since book one, started to set up in book two with books three and four.

No fanbase so far, but I have enjoyed working on the setting. Hopefully it will find its audience. I'm hopeful despite the set backs and silence, and as far fetched as it seems I do one day hope for an Infinity multimedia franchise, but then I am a dreamer. Spirits up and moving forward. Thank you everyone who either commented, wrote me with notes or dropped a review at amazon. Its all appreciated and helps fuel my spirits. Best to you all!
Over half the year has gone by and I felt I should update. It likely will come along as more of a ramble. I wanted to wait until I had good news or update on book four, but the work on the later has ground to almost a halt and the former is in short supply. The reason for the lack of work is the lack of a computer with Microsoft word, which kindle works with. I lost my computer when I was evicted last May along with most of my possessions, down to three bags and three baskets (I'm not sure to count the tote bag or not). I am not homeless, and have a roof over my head and food to eat regularly and thanks to my host I can borrow their mac, which unfortunately doesn't have word. But a friend is on track to a possible laptop so possibly by next month I may be able to resume work on book four.

The book series has had steady sales, not great ones, but until ironically May, steady. June and July have been no sales, a bit of a downer, and this month looks like an unprecedented third straight month of zero sales, however I am grateful for this last year of steady sales, mostly in the US and surprisingly in Europe with at least one sale in China (Yay!) and unexpectedly (but I was over the moon over) someone in Japan picked up all three books! As a fan of anime the latter really was great news and overall I have admired Asian culture, so I just need someone in Korea to get the 'big three' I had admired. Admittedly that was after I attended a Korean wedding, a friend's wedding, he was quite the artist and attended several services at a Korean church with a different friend...I didn't understand a thing, but the hymns since same music even though the words had changed.

In hindsight I think she was trying to date me. I was always bad at noticing that. Come to think of it, I did date a Japanese woman for a time, but I found I couldn't look her father or brother in the eye and say I'd take good care of her. My life had been a series of disasters and I couldn't imagine dragging someone else through them, although in another hindsight, I was stupid not to actually talk to her about it. I'm sure she's found someone wonderful, she was a fantastic woman just as the woman who invited me to her church those Sundays.

There was a Taiwanese co-worker I admired, she inspired several characters in the book series and looking back over my life I seemed to have ended up with quite a few friendships as well as two waitresses at two different Chinese carry outs that had wanted to date me and my first taste of sake was due to the staff of one restaurant adding it to the soup (this was in addition to my actual order) they gave me one winter when we were snowed in at the strip mall we worked at. Whether ironic or not, my sole time dressing up for a Renaissance fair was in a male kimono complete with a pair of geta. This has probably all impacted my interest in Asian cultures along with a brother who had been studying Mandarin back in the early 80s, this was right after my graduation from high school and at my first paying job at a Roy Rogers. Come to think of it, after he moved on from that job, ironically (again with the irony) a Chinese woman had started to work there as if in replacement. 

I had actually studied Japanese back in the late 80s, and was asked back then by the mission board to go teach English in Japan, however I didn't take it up because I was a lousy teacher having tried teaching earlier in the 80s to sad results. By now I've lost most of the unused Japanese, although I found in the late 90s some still was there. I had been exchanging lessons in Spanish with English with some co-workers and one day they were headed off in the wrong direction and I was talking with someone else when I realized that and turned to shout wait. However instead of either English or Spanish, out came Japanese. Well they did pause and turned back to me even though they didn't understand what I had just said. Anyway the three books in Amazon Japan really pleased me (and surprised me). 

Recently the series is listed in the Women's fiction category in Amazon, another plus, which I hope it reaches the audience I want it to. I know I don't write 'black enough' to come across as authentic, even Black Science Fiction society, where I am a member, ignores me, but I still wanted to write a series, a setting where the 'cast' majority were women of color who didn't have to do things the same way men do, to go off on their own adventures, including women of other cultures to go off with them. 

While I don't have many comments, I am glad I don't have any flames. I confess I am not looking for criticism as I know I have horrible grammar (another reason I didn't take the teaching English in Japan offer) and every editor I had originally lined up something had happened to them. I was actually getting concerned about asking anyone else to proofread for fear of something happening to them. Which is another reason I did just self-publish without proper proofreading and editing as I would have loved to have done. I know I also have a habit of placing many ideas in the same story, so the praise on book one is appreciated. I'd love more, but I think right now exposure is the problem and obviously I have zip money for advertising to the right audience. For now I rely on being stumbled upon or word of mouth. Still even though the work on the series has slowed, it remains burning within me. I actually have 50 chapters drafted at this point, with plenty of notes if I do get a laptop or tower computer with Word (and windows, I miss windows) again. 

Health took a hit after the eviction, but I am slowly getting back to commenting on the wonderful works on DA again. There are so many talented people here I miss not commenting on them since so many deserve the praise and encouragement. I know I am not getting to everyone I should and hope those I haven't gotten back to don't feel as if I think their work is not worthy of my attention. I am looking, just strength to properly comment is not there yet, but its getting there. 

That's it for the ramble-update, best to all of you! 
Still learning to read the reports on Amazon, but if I'm reading them correctly, I've had a promotional sale in Japan for books one and two, and actual sales in Germany (one!) and the UK (several!), I think Italy and Brazil, but I am not sure, I'm still learning. I can only hope the revised work is acceptable, my English isn't too bad for them, especially the customer in Japan, who I hope he or she will have a positive review.

For this update I'm adding in a revised cover for book two, Under My Protection, its a different angle on the image of book one. I'm still debating on whether to continue that theme, but since I have few images to work with, it may be an academic debate.

So far reviews on book one have focused on what I hoped they would, the setting, the world, the characters and I hope that is what will catch on. Book two is on Amazon, www.amazon.com/Under-My-Protec…

Please check it out, last month I made the pages read KDP select bonus and my thanks to all of you who did the reading and the lending. Big thanks to those who bought the books so far! I hope one day we can look back on this start of NFinity and smile. For those who have read and liked it, please put up a review, I could use the encouragement, but I consider it a blessing that you picked it up and spent time in that world at all, again thank you!

Under My Protection cover v2 by JovianJ

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