The Christian Science Fiction of Ward Wagher


News from Ward Wagher

July 2021 – Settling In

As some of you may know, I retired from my day job at the end of May 2021. So I no longer consider myself an IT professional. After over thirty years in the field, I am happily an amateur. Regarding myself, now, as a writing professional, is probably open for debate. I do earn enough from my writings that I believe it to be more than just a hobby, but defining the term professional can be slippery.

So what has been happening? The new Parallel Nazi book is making progress. As of this morning, the word count is a little north of forty-four thousand. I have also started another new book that I am not prepared to talk about just yet. An action item on the to-do list is planning for a sequel to McNeel’s World. The framework for that book is already solid, but I haven’t developed the plot.

As some of you may have noticed, I slip-streamed a new version of Accidental Nazi a while back. An author friend surprised me with a new cover design, and that formed the impetus to clean up the book somewhat. I have begun some work on editing and refreshing Improbable Nazi (Parallel Nazi 2).

It illustrates my development of a working model in the home office. I have discovered that I can write much faster than I can develop ideas, so I have been challenged to find things to do when I would be otherwise just staring at the screen. So I now keep a list of minor projects that I can shift to when the well runs dry.

Among other items on the list are updating the websites and also learning Python. These will be the subject of another entry. Probably.

On the subject of email, let me say that I enjoy hearing from you. Feedback is great, although my friends insist that I do not listen to advice. So if you see something in one of my books that puzzles or annoys you, feel free to drop me a note. Answering email gives me something to do when I would otherwise stare at the screen (see above).

Have a great summer!

April 2021 - Spring Pollen

Spring brings the pollen and all the pleasure that entails. I do enjoy glancing out the window as I write and seeing the changing seasons. At the moment, I see a pile of gravel and several truckloads of dirt in the empty lot across the street. The local housing boom means that builders and buyers are snapping up the remaining lots in our subdivision. It will be interesting to watch new homes going into what I think are frankly marginal locations.

Spring has also brought several new things to my personal environment. First is the release of McNeel’s world, which is my foray into steampunk. The book came together quickly, and I am pleased with it. This was the first opportunity to participate in Amazon’s hardcover beta. The new format provides more buying choices for the readers, and it’s also fun to see my books on hardcover.

A friend of mine presented a new cover design for Accidental Nazi in a surprise move. I did not know he was working on it, and he said it was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing. But I liked the cover and decided this was a great opportunity to work through the book again to clean up grammatical and wording issues. We should see the second edition of Accidental Nazi released in the next few weeks with any luck at all.

And, most importantly, my son and daughter-in-law presented us with a granddaughter over the weekend. So we shall shortly be making the trek to Pennsylvania to congratulate the kids on such a lovely little girl. This makes six grandchildren for us, and we are blessed.

So, what’s next? Shortly I plan to begin work on the next book in the parallel Nazi series. After a lot of thought and conversation, I have decided that the planned title The Munich Faction will be in the mainstream series of books about Schloss. Several reasons dictated this change. First of all, I had difficulty developing a plot for this book as a standalone. Secondly, the background to the story does interleave with the rest of Heinrich Schloss’s adventures. Finally, it was challenging to coordinate the story’s timeline with the crisis Schloss faces with the Russian invasion.

I plan to begin writing very soon. I’m excited about tying together many of the threads we have explored in the previous books. It will not conclude the series, since Frau Marsden has plans for the Reich Chancellor.

Enjoy your springtime.

February 2021

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We are in the winter quarter of 2021, and I thought it would be a good time to add some news to the website. Threads of Despair has been well received, and I thank you once again for reading my books. As usual, the day after we released the book, I got emails asking when the next one would be out. All I can say at this point is that I hope to have it out sometime during the summer.

The new book has progressed through chapter 16 and about 30,000 words. This will be another parallel universe novel. It takes place in New York City in 1967. It illustrates a civilization where electricity was never developed, and the American constitutional convention was unable to complete its work. What does a modern nation look like that still relies upon steam for its primary motive power?

If you want to find out the details, you have to buy the book. It should be done sometime in the spring. Of course, that reflects a certain amount of optimism on my part. But the plot has come together nicely.

Very little winter weather has found its way to South Carolina, so far. However, my children, who both reside in the North have enjoyed a lot of snow. This disappoints my wife, who enjoys winter weather, and fervently watches the weather forecasts for the slightest hint of snow. Take the time next week to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your beloved, or with your BFF. Of course the times require us to maintain care and how we socialize. Hopefully the worst will be over by the summer.

December 16, 2020 – Merry Christmas

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I beat my schedule for a change. I doubted I could get Threads of Despair finished and released before Christmas. So we are a week ahead of the target. The book came together well and required very little surgery in the edit phase. And you all can be happy: there will be a seventh book in the series.

What is happening in 2021? I am developing another alternate history / parallel universe series. This requires a lot of research as well as planning. I already threw away one scenario. But, it looks like the new one is coming together. As I mentioned above, we will see Heinrich Schloss in a seventh book. I keep toying with The Munich Faction, but it doesn’t seem quite ready for the birthing process. I also plan a second book in the Nazi Magician series. There will be plenty to keep me busy, and hopefully to keep you entertained.

There seems to be universal sighs of relief that 2020 is finally coming to an end. I mean, what else could possibly go wrong??? I naturally will not volunteer an answer.

Once more we are in the season of remembrance and commemoration of the birth of our Lord and Savior. With our eyes upon Jesus, we can observe the troubles of this present world trusting that He is still on the throne and ultimately does according to His good pleasure.

My wife and I want to wish all of you a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.


May 2020 - There's a lot going on!

Resolute Nazi is now live on Amazon. This is the fifth book in the Parallel Nazi series. The plot was difficult to put together for this book and delayed the completion. But it's there and ready for you to read. I hope you will enjoy it. The entire series has sold well and I appreciate you staying with me.

I finally completed the print edition of The Diamonds of Montora recently and included some minor cleanup of the text. Procrastination is a terrible thing.

It looks like the worst of the pandemic is over. Please don't hold me to that. Back in January everybody said this was no big deal. Events proved otherwise. The nature of my day job is such that working from home presents no great challenges. As an introvert, spending the day huddled in my home office is a delight. On the other had, my wife has not appreciated the enforced isolation. Thankfully both we and our families have remained well, so far.

I have several new projects in the works. I am well into the first draft of a new series. I am also contemplating several spin-off titles from the Parallel Nazi stories. After completing The Last Paladin, I have not seriously looked at any further books in the Woogievers. Several beg to be written, but my writing time will be limited for the next year or so until I retire from the day job.

And... back to it!

March 2020

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Our spring season has been interrupted. Many of us are forced to stay home to work, or worse yet, out of work. As of this writing, the Corona Virus is still spreading and no one is quite sure what the future holds. If you are reading my site, you have probably read novels about global pandemics. I have yet to write one. Somehow the actual event is not as much fun as one of the books. I have not seen panic as such (unless it was from one of the toilet paper bandits), but there is that low-level gnawing fear of the unknown.

Being trapped at home gets a little old, particularly if you are an extrovert. Somehow, interacting on FaceBook, text messaging, or even Microsoft Teams is not as emotionally satisfying as being within viral distance of a friend of coworker. The news media and the self-help sites are rife with suggestions on how to survive the Coronapocalypse. I probably cannot add much to that. I suppose I could talk about what I am doing.

I am still working, thankfully. My job allows me to be at home and still be in contact with my team. I am writing, of course. I just finished the first draft of the fifth Parallel Nazi book. Within the next couple of days I will do a read-through of the draft and make notes on the problems / loose ends / anachronisms / contradictions in the plot so that I can start the fixes. The fixes must be done before I work on the second draft.

I am working on a couple of other books. One of these is tentatively the start of a new series, although I am not ready to talk about it as yet. I am also developing an audio book version of Accidental Nazi. This is an experiment to see if there is a market for something like this. It is also an amazing way to find typos and errors that still lurk in that book.

I am also replumbing my house. What??? My home was constructed with CPVC plumbing, which tends to get brittle as it ages. This results in leaky joints and broken pipes (eventually). I am replacing the lines with Pex, which is much more rugged and durable than CPVC. Fortunately I have a deep crawlspace under the house, which allows me to run new lines everywhere I need. There are a couple of places where I will need to hire some help, however I can do most of the work myself. This is good since I can't afford to hire someone to do the entire project for me.

And that's the latest from the Wagher domain. I hope to have several interesting pieces for sale this summer and I will post here as more news is available.

November 2019

We are working through the edits for The Last Paladin and plan to release the book sometime after the middle of December. Hopefully this will provide some Christmastime reading. The book came together well and documents some of the backstory to the Woogieverse. I had been wanting to tell this story for some time and finally was able to buckle down and get the book done.

In other news, the new Parallel Nazi book is up to about 37,000 words. I hope to complete the first draft as soon as possible after the first of the new year. Doing the research for a war between Germany and the Soviet Union in the 1940's has required a lot of research. Continuing the other plot lines that include the United States, Japan and Great Britain has keep me busy as well. The great reception Inconsequential Nazi was encouraging and I want to keep the story going. As far as plans for more books in the series, Accidental Nazi was written as a standalone novel. I quickly decided that it needed to be a trilogy. After the third book, the fourth was necessary as the fifth. I had thought I would wind up with seven books in the series. But, that may not be the end of it.

My main concern with the series is jumping the shark. That is, letting the series run past it's "sell by" date. I think I can keep the story line going through about 1953. At some point, though, the series will end. Thanks again for reading the books!

August 2019

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Sometimes I need to take an evening to just catch up on things. Since Bob Anderson and I released our co-authored novel, I have been developing a web site for him. Part of the design involves decisions on how we need to market his work and to make him memorable. As soon as I can get his domain registered and the site up, I will place a link on my home page.

July was a record month for my books. The release of Inconsequential Nazi was strong, and was carried by additional sales of the other Parallel Nazi books. I thank all of you readers for being gracious and willing to once again dip yourselves into this alternate universe.

Bob is also sending me preliminary edits as he looks at each chapter of The Last Paladin (current working title) and I am nearly through with the first draft of the book. I am anxious to get this completed so I can begin working on the next Parallel Nazi story. I actually have three books in the planning stages for this series. I have not decided which to do next. However, this works out, there will be a lot of research required.

In other news, I have now added a thirteen-inch iPad (along with requisite Logitech keyboard/portfolio) to the Wagher menagerie. This is in addition to several Thinkpads, a Lenovo Chromebook, a Dell XPS desktop with an Asus motherboard. We won’t mention the Optiplex 160 that functions as the file server and the XPS and Dell desktops that inhabit the bench in the garage.

The summer is nearly over. As the fall rains come, I will find myself with more time to write. Once again, thank you for your patronage. I am hugely flattered that people are buying my books. Please tell your friends about the books and direct them to this web site.

July 2019 — The Long Hot Summer

Inconsequential Nazi is off and running as of July 1. The sales are encouraging. Thanks for your business! There are several projects in the works. First of all, I am doing research for the next Heinrich Schloss book. I expect to start writing in late August or early September of 2019. I am currently working on the first draft of The Last Paladin. This is another back-story novel in the Woogieverse and tells the story of Ryan Ward Baughman, who as we know from Dynastic Ambition, is truly the last of the paladins. I plan to have the first draft complete sometime in August.

I have also created a print edition for Christmas in Montora along with a new cover for the book. It is available now in the Amazon marketplace.

The print edition included some of the usual minor revisions, which mainly consist of fixing those accursed typos. The e-book has been refreshed as well. I have also concluded a refresh of The Diamonds of Montora, although I am still working on a cover. You can expect it in August, hopefully.

I am now participating in a local writers' forum along with Scott Appleton, who writes family friendly fantasy. Scott is venturing into the publishing business with his Flaming Pen Press and has several new titles on the way.

June 2019 — Two Books at One Time!

Whew! I feel like I ran a marathon. That is, if an overweight 66-year-old has any idea of what a marathon is like. At the same time that I worked on the first draft of what has become Inconsequential Nazi, I was also collaborating with my friend Bob Anderson on writing The Final Hero.

I finished the first draft in March, and then let the book lie fallow for a month. In late April I began the second draft of Inconsequential while Bob and I were struggling to get Hero into final form. Neither of us are good editors (as you have probably recognized), so we really appreciate the helpful friends to worked on the drafts of both books.

Along the way, we worked with a gig-economy site to get a cover developed for Hero, and I think you will like it. We do. I had planned to use the same site for the Inconsequential cover. However, I had run across a picture on a free site that I liked, St. Basil’s in Red Square, Moscow that I liked and used on the proof copies. It fit the story better than anything else I could think of, so I kept it for the final.

This was my first experience at coauthoring a book and I am not convinced I want to try it again. It was a lot of work. I hope it was worth it.

Finally, we have another story about Heinrich Schloss. This is the fourth book in the series and I am working on the ideas for the fifth. Stay tuned!

March 2019 – One Step Forward…

Spring greetings from Ward Wagher. Quite a bit is happening this spring. In the unforeseen events category, I lost nearly a month of writing time in a combination of computer problems and house projects. Since my writing does not quite provide enough income for full time employment, I also have a day job. This limits writing to the evening hours, although I can churn out two or three chapters per week easily. For me it takes longer to think through the story than to do the writing.

So, in mid-January my computer decided to spread the insanity a bit. When I logged into the computer, it would immediately log out! I had never seen an error like that before. My writing desktop is an i7 and runs three 21-inch screens which allows me to have a lot of source material in front of me when writing. I wasn’t happy but thought I could pull the computer out and hook up my alternate desktop machine (which supports two screens) and stay in business while I figured out what was going on.

Interestingly enough, the alternate computer decided to exhibit the same behavior and was unusable. This was getting serious. At the same time my wife decided it would be a wonderful time to repaint the master bath. This involved a color change and required priming the walls and the trim, then repainting same. This, of course, involved the same evening hours usually reserved for writing.

I still wasn’t terribly worried since I keep all my data on a small server at home and store my writing data in the cloud as well. That makes it easy to do a clean install on an afflicted computer and get back in service with an evening’s effort – a long evening. And the install was easy. I use Ubuntu on the desktop and have been happy with it over the years. I had evolved a setup where I used Dragon Naturally Speaking. This was installed in a Windows 10 Virtual Machine utilizing Oracle’s VirtualBox. Cool software and fun to play with. Most of the time.

Install Ubuntu. Install VirtualBox. Copy down the 100 gig VM from the server – which takes a couple of hours. No problem. Then VirtualBox generated an error – The Windows 10 Virtual machine refused to see my USB headset, which I needed for the Dragon. So, another week of backing and filling ensued, along with the interminable painting project.

So finally, I replaced Ubuntu with Windows 10 on my main desktop and decided to run the Dragon natively. But then the Dragon install failed because I had used up all my installs. At some point in the adventure you must repress the urge to start tossing equipment through the window. Oh well, it was an old version of Dragon, anyway. I ordered a new copy from Amazon (it’s cheaper) and painted.

Now that I have that off my chest… The bathroom project is complete. It looks surprisingly good considering my limited painting skills. The computers are doing as intended. I recently completed the first draft of the fourth Parallel Nazi novel. I had planned to finish the book in early January.

The working title is Inconsequential Nazi. That may change between now and publishing time. But it’s enough to hang my hat on for right now. The book, of course, follows the continuing life of Heinrich Schloss – a man now living in a parallel universe quite different from where he grew up. I need to put that draft away for a time, so it appears fresh when I come back to it. As usual, a lot of work will be required in the second draft. I wanted to release it in May, but that may be a faint hope.

I have been working on a cold war era novel with Bob Anderson. We have completed the second draft of The Final Hero and will soon get down to serious editing. I expect this book will be released in late spring (2019). I have also begun work on The Last Paladin which is set in my future history series. It is the story of Ryan Ward Baughman, a descendent of Scott Baughman’s and for many reasons is the last of the rulers of the Upper Midwest Palatinate. Ward Baughman was a minor character in The Diamonds of Montora and this book fills in some of the background. I have been wanting to write this one for a while, and the outline finally came together.

Sales have remained strong and I appreciate those of you who also picked up Gravity Rising this past winter. And of course, the other books. Enjoy the spring!

December 2018 — Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Woogie Central, and thanks to all of you who made 2018 such a great year. So much has been going on that the time flew for me, although I know those of you waiting for the next Parallel Nazi book are getting impatient.

The new novel, Gravity Rising, released on December 15. This is a dystopian tale that fills in some of the historical blanks behind all of the Woogieverse stories. The story also gives us another glimpse into the mysterious world of the ruBracks. It recounts how Lawrence Berthold discovered antigravity and began development of the interstellar space drive. Details of the book are here, and it is available on Amazon as usual.

Impossible Nazi (the third book of the series) arrived in late August to strong sales. In fact the entire series has done very well. The feedback from readers via email has been encouraging. I am hard at work on the fourth book of the series. I expect to complete the first draft in early February, and deliver the product to you sometime in April or May 2019. This book is moving a bit slower, because of the research I have to do for it. I also have to pay attention to making the stories interesting, rather than churning out an endless series of books that may end up boring the reader.

During this time of the year, we slow down a bit and enjoy the company of friends and family. As always, we remember the One for whom the season is named and give thanks for the special blessings. I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.

August 2018

The new title Impossible Nazi is now live. This has been an anticipated book with readers querying me often about when I would release it. It has the highest preorders I have experienced so far. I am gratified with your interest. This book continues the story of Heinrich Schloss, the man who was accidentally transported into a parallel universe where he ultimate becomes the master of the German Reich.

I am now doing research for the fourth book of the Parallel Nazi series. What will be in this next book? Well, I can say that Stalin begins to capture Schloss's concern. Beyond that, you will just have to stay tuned.

Another new title, Gravity Rising is in the final stages of the publishing process and will be released sometime this fall. This is a Woogieverse novel and tells the story of Lawrence Berthold and the discovery of anti-gravity. The story takes place a couple of hundred years after the collapse of civilization due to a Carrington Event. I suppose you could call this a dystopian novel.

Thanks for stopping by the site and enjoy the stories.

April 2018

The new title ruBracks, Nazis, the Death of the Universe & Everything is now live on the Amazon site. This novel is a little different than others I have produced. It presented an opportunity to tie together threads from several of my series as well is fill in some of the back story.

Work continues on the third Parallel Nazi novel. I am about 70,000 words into the book at this point. I am still projecting a publication date in December 2018, although I have had readers demanding it sooner. I have no complaints about the reader feedback. The Parallel Nazi series is selling very well.

The Carrington Event novel is on the shelf for the moment. It will require major surgery on the second draft, so it will likely not appear until sometime in 2019.

And the big question: How many Parallel Nazi novels do I plan to write? That is a good question. I am working on the outlines for two subsidiary titles, The Munich Faction and The Flight of the Swallow which takes place in the same time frame, but with different characters. I am actually developing ideas for a fourth Parallel Nazi novel, and I have some thoughts for a fifth book in the series. Beyond that, I cannot say at this time.

December 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Improbable Nazi is available for pre-order, and will be generally available on December 15. This is the second book of a series I have named "The Parallel Nazi." This book continues the story of Heinrich Schloss, a German history professor who is transported from 1982 Berlin to a very different 1941 Germany.

The "Carrington Event" dystopian novel first draft is nearing completion. I tentatively plan to publish it sometime during the first half of 2018. I am anxious to complete this draft, so I can begin work on the third Parallel Nazi novel.

I have completed the companion work to Accidental Nazi. It is entitled ruBracks, Nazis, the Death of the Universe and Everything. At this time we do not have a projected publish date, but it will probably be sometime during 2018.

July 2017 -- Various & Sundry

Here we are in the depths of the summer, suffering the heat wave, but enjoying the sunshine. The Snows of Montora is now available in a print edition. We took the opportunity to update the text and stamp out some more typos. So, we're calling it a Second Edition. It is also available in the Kindle ebook format.

The sequel to Accidental Nazi will be out in December, so put it on your Christmas lists. This book continues the story of Heinrich Schloss and his life in a parallel universe in Nazi Germany. I have completed the second draft, so the book is substantially in its final form.

I am working on a dystopian story about Earth circa 2240 to 2250 A.D. Civilization has crumbled under the combined onslaught of a "Carrington Event" in 2035, and successive pandemics. A Carrington Event is a solar flare strong enough to disrupt electrical systems on the planet. Mankind struggles with a climate which has fallen into a glacial epoch. Lawrence Berthold struggles to complete his education under the guidance of academics who are shortsighted and penurious.

My wife and I recently completed a three week vacation that covered Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Western Illinois. After getting the bugs and road tar off the car, I am back in the saddle and working on my various writing projects. It's too hot to be outside right now, anyway.

Dynastic Ambition -- April 2017

Frank Nyman is back in the first of a new series of stories. His old nemesis Admiral Krause calls him in to investigate and quell unrest on the planet Clay in the Cardiff system. Along the way he is drafted to facilitate the unification of the nation-states on Caledon. He is challenged by a resource-strapped navy and a young, homicidal religionist, who is bent on killing him. He is joined, once again, by Smith & Jones along with Stephanie Howard and Hai Ciera for new adventures. Frank’s life is changed dramatically with new events and characters entering his life.

Accidental Nazi -- March 2017

Since the release of Accidental Nazi in December, the book has become the best selling of the Wagher novels. The print edition is also selling well. Ward is hard at work on the sequel and expects to release it in December of 2017. Many readers have asked questions about particular characters and events. All we can say it, wait for the next book in the series.

Other Projects -- March 2017

Following the release of Dynastic Ambition in March of 2017, Ward continues development of a companion work to Accidental Nazi. Currently in novella form, the book will now include additional material that explains the backgrounds of both Heinrich Schloss and Frau Marsden. For those curious about the events that caused Schloss's trip into Nazi Germany, we suggest reading the short story Bach's Lunch, which may be freely downloaded from this site. See the Free Stories page.