L Frank Turovich


L Frank Turovich (1956- ) was born and raised in Flint, Michigan to parents of Polish and Netherlands descent, where he became a rabid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, comics and everything else not nailed down. After graduation he spent 12 years in the United States Marine Corps, first as a “grunt” stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA, and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and later as a radar repairman/technician/instructor in 29 Palms, California.

Along the way, Frank bought his first Macintosh in April 1984 and learned to program. He combined his fascination with teaching and programming into writing articles for Nibble Mac and Inside BASIC magazines, and then self-published two books on the subject. He also completed degrees in Technical Training and Management. After leaving the Marines he’s worked as a technical writer, trainer, and technical publication manager for several high-tech companies including Metrowerks, Motorola, Freescale Semiconductor, and Nokia, where he concentrated on documenting software development tools and other related technologies.

He currently resides in Austin, Texas in a home filled with books, computers, and two cats (Java and Misty). He designed a fantasy realm called Bulinnärm in the 1980’s for running D&D adventures with friends, but secretly planned to one day write stories set in that imaginative and strange world. That day has arrived.

Where to find L Frank Turovich online


Amaranthine Dreams
Series: Young Hieronymus, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,200. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The dreams are tearing him apart. Unless Hieronymus can get to Kyr-Darst while avoiding the Huntress he may never get the answers he needs to survive. Once there he discovers his problems have only begun. A short story set in the fantasy world of Bulinnärn.
Nemesis Probe
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,760. Language: American English. Published: August 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Ulliana is bored. Hired to manage company resource transfers between Jovian supply outposts and Personality operated ships, she spends most of her time interacting with sensi-adventures. When Aru, the ship’s Personality discovers a historically valuable object from the past Ulliana is determined to salvage it for the reward, Ulliana soon learns the probe has other dangerous ideas.
A Painful Blessing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,440. Language: American English. Published: July 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Young Bergulf is running for his life. On his first raid to the low lands, young Bergulf escapes a group of pursuing Veritoori knights by fleeing into the forbidden Alfr forest of Oolinor. There he is captured by Tywynn, who plans to take him back to his tribe for trial and punishment. But his determined pursuers have other plans for both of them. A short story set in the world of Bulinnärm.
A Lesson in Power
Series: Young Hieronymus, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,560. Language: American English. Published: June 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
On the run from Lady Ilarhia, called the Huntress, young Hieronymus finds refuge in a retreat of Mrynlinn. There he discovers a world he’s never imagined before, one of knowledge and exploration he has always dreamed of. That is, until the Huntress reappears and accuses him of murder! A short story set in the fantasy world of Bulinnärm.
The Huntress
Series: Young Hieronymus, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,780. Language: American English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Young Hieronymus is trapped in the fishing village of Braewickinn living a life of tedium while craving adventure outside its borders. But then a mysterious woman appears and tries to capture him. It seems adventure has found him after all. Now, if only this recurring headache would abate he might be able to think of a solution. A short story set in the fantasy world of Bulinnärm.
The Missing Wizard
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,920. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Master Librarian Alethea Vincencé is upset. The wizard Hieronymus has disappeared before completing the translation of an ancient tome for the Library of Choy, and she wants to find out why. In reaching out to her current and new friends she also runs into enemies of the wizard. A short story set in the fantasy world of Bulinnärm.

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  • Smashwords Style Guide on Aug. 04, 2011

    Updating the guide is always good, but different versions of Word have their settings in different locations. Showing where to find them in Word 2011 would be extremely helpful and cut down confusion and save many users time. Also, showing the differences for Win and Mac clients would help as well. For example, on page 21 under Step 2 - Activate Word's Show/Hide, the Show/Hide command does not appear on the ribbon or toolbar by default in the Mac version. It has to be added by the user to appear. In addition, the overlays that appear on some images could be more readable. Instead of hand scrawling the words and arrows, enter it using a readable font in any graphic's program and use an arrow tool (both supported in SnagIt, btw, a great PC program for grabbing screen images and marking them up). Finally, I think the guide would be much improved if the steps were more layered in organization. I know I don't want to wade through page after page looking for that one specific step I need to remember, then read through several long paragraphs for the exact info I need. In other words: 1. Provide a step overview section that described all the steps at a high-level so experienced users can find the info they need immediately. 2. Provide step-by-step instructions like you have now, but organized slightly differently. Begin with a short rule, then any settings required to satisfy that rule, then follow with a more in-depth description. For example, in the step describing images, tell the reader up front the max dimensions an image should be. Don't bury it deep in the description. 3. Whenever possible, provide the user an example that illustrates the step done correctly. A great place to see how one should document software programs/processes using well known, defined style conventions and languages can be found in the Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications. The current guide has all the information a user needs to be successful, but with just a bit more organization and by layering the information to facilitate the readers level of experience, it could be so much easier to read and comprehend for everyone.