What’s Your Role?

“Well, everyone in Coreseum needs a role. It’s my job to make sure those roles match an individual’s talents and interests.”
-Burton, The Blue Moon Narthex

When Cole, Sophie, and Britten arrived in Coreseum, they were curious (and worried) about what their roles would be. We all want to know where we fit. We want to discover what we do best. It would be easy if we had a role-finding machine like the one Burton used, but most of must discover our roles by trial and error.

I started experimenting with different jobs at a very young age. I was lucky. My dad owned an earthmoving business and his shop was right across the road from our house. By the time I was nine years old, I knew how to drive bulldozers, belly scrapers, and road graders. I got to watch my dad tinker. My first official job was power washing the mud off of the heavy equipment.

I had paper routes and, in early high school, I tried telemarketing for two weeks. That role definitely wasn’t a fit. I can’t remember (or I’ve suppressed) what I was even trying to sell. I asked my dad if I could quit. He said I had to find a new job first. That’s when I started working for the local blacksmith.

In a rural community, the blacksmith had to know how to fix anything a farmer could break. It was great! I got to learn how machines worked, how to weld, and how to repair almost any piece of equipment. That was a role that fit and one that led to the steel fabrication business that I own today.

What I learned from these early jobs is that I’m fascinated with how things work. I enjoy creating things, whether in the real word or on the pages of a book.

Want to discover your role? Try a few things out and see what you enjoy and where you experience success.

N.J. Donner
The Blue Moon Narthex

The Bike: Or Why Actual Newspapers Are Rare

Long before I was creating a world filled with futuristic gadgets, time travel, and secret organizations that help control Karma, I was building the better bicycle.

In grade school I was a paperboy. Paperboy was an occupation common in the ancient world (we’re talking the 1980s) when news was printed on actual paper and delivered to people’s homes. Delivery was usually made by a pre-teen boy who threw the paper toward the porch while speeding by on his bicycle. Rogue, rolled-up newspapers often landed in bushes, hit cats, and broke the occasional window. But most of the time, they were right on target.

In my small town, the local newspaper came out once a week. The town was divided into ten newspaper routes and I covered seven of them. To get all those papers delivered, I had to customize my bike. My dad and I built a rack that fit over the back of the bike and could hold newspapers on each side. There was even a rack in the center almost as tall as my back.

The idea was that my dad would take the bundles of papers and distribute them along my routes. I could deliver one bundle then re-stock with the next. Like most ideas, it looked great on paper. It worked pretty slick most of the time, but hit a few rough patches.

Or, I should say, I hit a few rough patches.

The rack filled with newspapers made my bicycle so back heavy, that when I hit a bump, or even the smallest curb, the front tire was too light, and I would end up flipping backwards. I don’t know how many times I flipped off that bike and had to end up picking up the piles of papers.

Now you know why today most newspapers are delivered electronically. The risk to newspaper boys was just too great.

N.J. Donner
The Blue Moon Narthex

Accidents . . . & Another Giveaway!

Karma would suggest I should be getting regular emergency calls and texts from my kids’ schools. Why? Because I put my poor mom through hell. Sorry, mom.

As a child, I was extremely accident prone. My first “major” accident happened on my eighth birthday. (I’ve had plenty of “minor” scrapes including bumps, bruises and breaks, and one finger that has been stitched together more times than I can count.) On my eighth birthday, I was hit by a car when I rode my bike through an intersection without stopping. My face had road burn (ouch.) I broke both of my arms and was in casts for months. I still remember trying to get dressed with two casts and a face covered in healing ointment; it was nearly impossible.

In grade school and middle school, I had numerous concussions. My head got bumped so many times, I had to wear a helmet even when I played basketball (go ahead and poke fun at me.) Did that deter me from sports and high-risk adventures? Not at all.

In high school, I was thrown out of two cars in roll-over crashes which resulted in even more broken bones and stitches. I wasn’t driving either time. So yes, I’m lucky (and grateful) to be here. I’m glad my parents let me continue to take risks and have adventures. Who knows? Maybe some of those bumps on the head opened the creative spaces in my brain!

And so far, my kids have been relatively accident free. (Fingers crossed.)

Feel free to ask me questions as I get to know you all better.

N.J. Donner
The Blue Moon Narthex
KSL Series Website
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Review Giveaways (Monthly!)


Hello to all of you KSL members near and far of the Coreseum.  Follow three quick steps to be entered into our monthly giveaway drawings:

  1.  Write a review on Amazon (2 entries), GoodReads (1 entry) &/or NetGalley (1 entry.)
  2.  Screenshot your review(s) — no limit: can post on all three. If you do not win the first month, no worries! Your entry will carryover to the following month for the next drawing.
  3.  E-mail your screenshot(s) to info@kslseries.com. Done! You are now entered to win a t-shirt, mug, & a free audiobook promo code!

Good luck and thank you for all of the continuous support of The Blue Moon Narthex.  I am ecstatic with all of the kind words from all of you; it pushes me even harder to finish The Kin Larsi Agenda: Book 2 of the KSL Series.

Until Next Time, Friends,

N.J. Donner

What Happens Next? Chapter 4 of The Blue Moon Narthex

It’s just six days until the release of The Blue Moon Narthex, but I can’t leave you hanging, curious about the strange gift Norm gave Cole at the end of the third chapter. You’ll find the link to chapter four below.

Several readers have asked how I came up with ideas for settings. First, I picked an era of history that has always fascinated me. I found a picture of an old estate that I used as the setting for Cole’s house and the grounds in the first chapter. The picture seemed to suggest a place that would have secret passages and hidden gates.

Well, I won’t keep you waiting….


If you missed the first three chapters, you can read them here.

The Blue Moon Narthex releases next Tuesday, February 7th. Pre-order your copy here! Personalized, autographed copies are available here on my website! My book launch party is tomorrow (see flyer above) here in Lincoln, NE; I hope to see you all there!

Everyone Needs a Good Dog. Chapter 3 of The Blue Moon Narthex!

Thanks for your response to the first two chapters of The Blue Moon Narthex. It’s fun to be able to talk with you about the characters, the setting, and the action. Please keep sharing your comments and questions. If you haven’t read the first two chapters yet, you can find them here:

Chapter 1!

Chapter 2!

You’ve met one of my favorite characters in the book, Norm’s dog, Diesel. Every story needs a good dog. I’ve known several good dogs in my life and Diesel, a black Labrador, who’s name and likeness were not changed, was the maintenance manager’s dog at my steel company. We miss you, Diesel; you were loved by everyone. We currently have two dogs in our home, including Elka our five year old German Shepherd and Gunner our eight month old yellow lab who joined our family during Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Month last October.

Want to read more about Diesel, Norm and Cole? I’m sharing the third chapter today!


Don’t forget to share your questions and comments below. We’re less than two weeks away from the release of The Blue Moon Narthex. You may pre-order your copy here!.

N.J. Donner
The Blue Moon Narthex


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After the Train Wreck. Chapter 2 of The Blue Moon Narthex!

Last week I gave you a sneak peek of the first chapter of The Blue Moon Narthex. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here! We left Cole in the smoky aftermath of a train derailment….

Cole’s father, Richard McCarthy, ran a railroad, and trains play a big part in Cole’s adventures. The early 1900’s had been the heyday of the American railroad. New lines had been built to move people and goods around the country. But rising operating costs, government price controls, and tension between railroad companies and unions made the years prior to World War I stressful for railroad executives.

Would you like to know what happened to Richard and Cole in the derailment? You can access the second chapter at the link below!


I hope you’re enjoying the beginning of the story. Please share these links with other readers. Keep posting your questions and comments below; I love interacting with you all.

N.J. Donner
The Blue Moon Narthex

Sneak Peek of The Blue Moon Narthex! (Chapter 1 Leak)

I’ve never been good at waiting. I can hardly bear the anticipation of Christmas. I’m always far more excited about the special gifts I’ve purchased and wrapped for other people than I am about those for me.

When I started writing The Blue Moon Narthex almost two years ago, I imagined the day readers could open the cover and lose themselves in the adventures of Cole, Britten and Sophie. The official release is less than a month away, but it seems its taking forever for February 7th to get here. I can’t wait anymore. I’m letting you unwrap the first chapter today:


I’m really excited to share this story with you! One of the most difficult parts of writing is the long delay between creating a world and being able to share it and talk about it with readers. Please read the first chapter and let me know you think.

I’ll plan to share a few more chapters with you in the coming weeks. Enjoy this sneak peek and share it with your friends who love to read.

The Blue Moon Narthex
N.J. Donner

32 Days & Counting!

(c)2017_Steel Page Press_KSL Doctrine

It’s just 32 days until the release of The Blue Moon Narthex, the first book in the Karmanic Sovereign Legion Series. Over the next five weeks we’ll be leaking intel from the legion and even some chapters!

Over four hundred years before Cole McCarthy comes into possession of the coveted Blue Moon Narthex, a secret organization was formed to assist Karma. This is their doctrine:

Doctrine of The Karmanic Sovereign Legion

Karmanic: The power of the world’s Karmanic matter will be our guide. Let us only assist the good and fight the urge to sympathize with the bad. We shall not use this great power for our own selfish purpose but for the greater good of all.

Sovereign: Not governed by borders or governments of mankind, we are free from influence that may pull us from our mission. We are free from the judgments of anyone based on age, gender, race or religion, as Karma does not see these attributes, but only one’s actions.

Legion: A group that cannot be divided and will not serve one but is a servant of all. We are bound together with the common goal of balancing the good and bad actions of the world.

Let it be known on this 12th day March 1414, that the Karmanic Sovereign Legion will be formed. As the founding members of this legion, we are sworn to protect and uphold all good deeds of the world while defeating the bad deeds of the few.

The use of the Karmanic power will be respected and used only for the greater good of all and not for the benefit of one. This Legion cannot be successful without the inclusion of all people. The Karmanic Sovereign Legion will promote equality among all, regardless of gender, creed, ethnicity, or age. All words spoken will be held with same respect no matter who speaks them.

We and all of the Karmanic Sovereign Legion will uphold this doctrine above all else.

Download a copy of the KSL doctrine: KSL Doctrine

Coming next week: Read Chapter 1 of the Blue Moon Narthex!

Preorder The Blue Moon Narthex now on Amazon!

The Blue Moon Narthex
N.J. Donner

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