The Story in Quotations: Beware the Spider

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Beware the Spider, the latest entry in my Black Orchid Chronicles, is a full-length novel.

I’ve written a sci-fi story called PSNGR as a short story, graphic novel and novella. My next attempt will be a full-scale novel like Beware the Spider.

We can also condense a story down to almost nothing, like this one line blurb for Beware the Spider:

Demon-possessed photographer fights Chinese crime lords to save his woman.

Yet another way is to let the story’s characters speak a line or two.

Here is Beware the Spider in the words of its characters:

“We can’t let someone like you fall into hostile hands. … You have the power to kill with your thoughts; distance doesn’t matter; and your body count in the last year is—What? A dozen or more. And most of them were my men!”

— Marine General Mike Owens to nature photographer Sebastian Arnett

“Second, we want to make sure he does not fall under the influence of our adversaries, particularly the Chinese, but not just them.”

— Australian intelligence operative Jimmy Beam re: Sebastian

“You are aware that I’m not a football and my life isn’t a game, right?”

— Sebastian

“You make a habit, Sebastian. When you need it, you use it. After a while, you don’t know how to live without it. You don’t question. You don’t fight it. Then, you and spirit are one. Then you are the demon, too.”

— Joe (Pony That Sees Far), Ute medicine man, to Sebastian

“Yes, I dream. A black spider stands over Sebastian. It’s so big its legs make a cage that Sebastian can’t escape. It has pincers on its face. I never see the eyes, but I imagine the pincers and an open red mouth. The pincers open and close. I don’t know if the pincers are to grab me or keep me away or tear Sebastian apart. I just don’t know. Not knowing, that’s my nightmare.”

— Sebastian’s girlfriend, Amanda Cox Campion, to Joe

“Mr. Arnett, would you still find Mrs. Campion entertaining if she lived, but lived in a deep sleep? Would your demon—could your demon—waken her? I think he knows only how to suck the life out of his meals before he eats them. What do you think? You’ve had experience with him.”

— Chinese crime lady Wan Xiu Lan

“Sebastian, you died.”

— T, son of Amanda’s ex-husband

“Enough of this touchy-feely.”

– Chip, a street-smart friend of T’s

“You faint, I think I die. You don’t faint.”

— Joe (Pony That Sees Far) to Sebastian

“I am Empaya Iba, spirit of the Black Orchid People,
Guardian of the Mother Soil, giver of the Long Sleep,
Seer of the Many Eyes, mage of the Many Legs.”

— Spider demon Empaya Iba

Get Beware the Spider and enjoy the adventure.

Coming June 17 to all the major book platforms.

Proofing eBooks: Takes a Lot of Energy

A huge part of self-publishing is getting things right and looking professional.

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Paperback cover of my new book.

That’s why I rely on my design team at to create attractive covers and do elegant formatting for both digital and paperback books.

Even after they work their magic, I have to upload the files to Amazon, Smashwords and other platforms and THEN test them on various devices.

That takes a huge amount of time … and energy. Literally.


So this shows me juicing up two iPads, two Kindles and (somewhere underneath) a cell phone.

You’ll agree it’s worth the effort when you see the new book, Beware the Spider.

Beware the Spider will launch formally on June 17 on Amazon and Smashwords and other bookseller platforms.

I’ll have all the links for ebook and paperback copies on my Web site, And I’ll be blasting the news all over social media.

At last, it’s coming.


‘Beware the Spider’ eBook Looking Good

Files are starting to show up in my inbox for my new Black Orchid Chronicle, Beware the Spider.

The PDF version for printing paperback copies is here, done, finished, completed and FINAL. I’m just waiting on the cover for the print edition. It’s the last big “mystery” from the design crew.

I’ve seen the front cover, of course, but they can’t do the spine and back cover until they have a page count. With the PDF Final done, they’ll get the page count and produce a beautiful print cover. Can hardly wait.

Meanwhile, I have the ebook versions (.mobi and .epub).

Here are the first two-page spreads for the .epub version (for Apple iTunes, Nook and other non-Kindle readers).

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On the right hand page above, notice the silhouette of the black orchid just above my name. It mirrors the orchid design from the cover and will appear on the spine of Beware the Spider and future Black Orchid Chronicles as the colophon, or publisher’s emblem.

It’s a nice touch, and I owe it to my designers at Creative and totally professional all the way.

If you squint at the Table of Contents below, you can get an idea of where Beware the Spider starts and where it’s heading.

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There is tweaking to be done, especially for the Kindle version (.mobi), but we’re getting close.

Thank you for your patience. And stay tuned here.