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Writer, Modeler - Ken McConnell

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Inspirations – Marty Robbins Sunday November 26th, 2017 04:16:28 PM KenMcConnell
A few years ago I wrote a bunch of short stories about a Stellar Ranger company stationed on a small, desert world named Ocherva. Those stories eventually culminated in book one of the Star Saga – Starforgers. The western style hero of my stories was a blonde woman named Devon Ardel. Devon went on to become the central character in the first three Star Saga novels and a huge reader favorite. But she was born from a long and masculine tradition of the American cowboy and more specifically the Texas Rangers. ...

Corvette: Seer of the Black Star, Paperback Sunday November 26th, 2017 04:05:39 PM KenMcConnell
Finally, you can order your own copy of the Corvette sequel in paperback. Once again I’ve chosen to go with Amazon’s quick and dirty pre-formatted paperbacks. Primarily because it’s less work on my part. Sure, I have to struggle and swear with LibreOffice Write to format it, but when it comes to creating it on Amazon it’s pretty painless. I think eventually we’ll produce some paperbacks of the Star Saga numbered books, but we’ll take the time to do the PDF’s of those ...

The Corvette Trilogy Friday November 17th, 2017 08:50:11 PM KenMcConnell
When I set out to write the Corvette novella I specifically designed it to appeal to a certain type of reader and for the most part, that reader type responded and made it my most popular novel to date. I also intended it to guide new readers to my Star Saga series which it has, quite nicely. I didn’t expect it to do quite as well as it has, but now that fans have found it, they deserve more stories about the crew of the oldest corvette. I spent the early spring months of this year brainstorming about ...

Release Day! Wednesday November 15th, 2017 05:07:22 AM KenMcConnell
Eight months after my Corvette novella launched, I’m releasing the sequel – Seer of the Black Star. That’s the fastest turn around for a book I’ve ever managed and it happened for one reason only. Corvette got fans! The little novella about the littlest ship in the Fleet took off and became a best seller in it’s first month. I’ve sold 7,268 copies so far this year and what’s better than that? It’s lit a fire on my back list and led to eleven thousand sales total ...

Black Star Build, Part 4 Monday November 13th, 2017 04:34:49 AM KenMcConnell
I actually took the time to include Vynn’s four winged starfighter as it would have looked after he rammed the bridge of the Black Star in chapter one of the novella. I build it from strip styrene stock and stuck it into the bridge windows. At least I know it’s there. I also added a hand painted flaming skull that marks it as a pirate ship in this universe. At this point the model was done and I had nothing to do but photograph her for the book cover. Here she is with the Weippe. Took this one with ...

Black Star Build, Part 3 Monday November 13th, 2017 04:19:50 AM KenMcConnell
The base color of the Black Star is flat black. The best way to cover these large models is with a rattle can. Ain’t nobody got the funds to pay for model paint via an airbrush. So I used flat black spray paint and went to town. There’s a dumbbell holding the base down and covered with the drop cloth. Looks good. Looks like some kind of massive laser rifle. Back on the C-stand and ready for weathering. Not sure why I started here, but I did. I mixed black and white artist chalks with a dry brush ...

Black Star Build, Part 2 Sunday November 12th, 2017 06:12:16 PM KenMcConnell
Remember last time when I said there would be trouble with the frame? Yeah, well there was trouble. Primarily because there was no backbone for the length of the ship. It turns out yogurt cups can’t hold all those cargo pods together. So I improvised like a Jazz musician and stuck a bracket through the center and bolted it to the RenShape block. Retro-fitting a frame is not recommended. Prior thought would have been easier. The model has held together nicely after the aluminum frame was installed. Here ...

Black Star Build, Part 1 Sunday November 12th, 2017 05:13:20 PM KenMcConnell
This model was going to be a little different from my others. I wanted to build it fast and on the cheap. I didn’t want to spend money on specific model kits for details and I wanted to use just what I had on hand to build it. I work for a large tech company in the valley and I have access to lots of mechanical parts in the garbage bins. I decided to recycle those parts into a bad ass starship. This would save time and money and hopefully produce a model in record time because I was writing the book as ...

Corvette 2 Release Date Saturday November 11th, 2017 03:32:48 PM KenMcConnell
Busy weekend. I’ve uploaded a stub for the next Corvette book and it’s now up for Pre-Sale on Amazon. So far, five eager readers have ordered it. Many thanks! It’s already done better in pre-sale than three of my back list books! The actual release date is this coming Tuesday, 14 November 2017. So it won’t have but a long weekend to gather pre-sales. In preparation for the release I’ve also spent some time updating this website with a new page for the book and adding it to the front ...

Corvette 2 Almost Ready Saturday November 4th, 2017 09:07:08 PM KenMcConnell
I’ve been pretty scarce around here and on my mailing list for the past month or two and for that I apologize. I have a fairly decent excuse – been nose to the grindstone on Corvette 2. The ebook is finished and proofed and it’s now awaiting cover art. This one is proving to be difficult to create a cover for. The ships are long and narrow and the cover is vertical so that limits how much of the ship we can show and how to place it in the frame. I’m not really sure we have it figured ...








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