Waiting for a tardy beta reader for Anoria put some extra time in my hands. So I dusted off the manuscript of my first novel and put it through some serious rewriting. It had been through a number of readers years and years ago, but I still needed to spruce it up and now it’s about ready for release. I’ll be proofing the copy in the next two weeks and expect an end of June, beginning of July release. Anoria of Valir will be coming out in July.
Hand of Grethia is a space opera in the old tradition. Here is the current blurb:
A nuclear cataclysm pushed Grethia, a remote planet, into a dark age. A religion emerged to suppress technology by calling it sacred, holy and not for the world. A king broke the control of the priesthood in his kingdom and began to bring crude technology back to life.
A young man, his space ship sabotaged, finds himself marooned on Grethia. Through insight, courage and luck, he struggles with the static forces of the status quo and, together with the king, defeats the enemies of progress.
His conflicts don’t end as he finds a way off the planet and confronts those who want to end his very existence and destroy the planet’s hard-won victory over the religion. The Hand of Grethia takes the reader from a Galactic civilization of space ships and high technology to the dark ages and back in an exciting space opera adventure.
Here are the current versions of the covers for both Anoria of Valir – The Vampiric Menace and Hand of Grethia
Just about done with the first draft. The book length for this series is likely to be less than the Warstone Quartet. The story length looks like it will be about 250 pages or 80,000 words. Like I did with the Warstone Quartet, I’ll likely slip an excerpt of the next book at the end.
The plot developed nicely. There are some interesting characters and, when I get closer to release, I’ll give you some more info. I’m hoping for a June-July release for this one. I do have a tentative title: The Vampiric Menace.
Anoria of Valir won last year’s character contest. I intended on writing a novel based on her character later in the year, but as I got further into my Mechanisms of Magic trilogy (my draft was 1/3 of the way through the first book), I realized that it didn’t pop the way I wanted it to.
So I’m putting Mech of Magic on the shelf for a bit and am headlong in the midst of creating a series based on Anoria. The first book takes the Anoria story in The Purple Flames anthology and inserts it further back in the story. I’ve got more characters and more action. Right now, the series is intended to stretch to seven or eight books.
More to come as I continue to pursue Anoria’s story.
The final book in the Warstone Quartet, Darkstone | An Evil Reborn is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. It releases on April 2nd. The blurb:
Book Four: Darkstone | An Evil Reborn
As the 22nd son of the Emperor of Dakkor, Vishan Daryaku grows from boy to man, learning that he must use his unique powers and prodigious knowledge to survive. He succeeds until his body is taken over by an evil power locked inside of the Darkstone. Now Emperor of Dakkor, Vishan is trapped inside, as the ancient force that rules his body devastates his homeland while attempting to recover all of the Warstones.
As the amulets are all exposed, the holders of the Moonstone, Sunstone, and Bloodstone combine to fight the Emperor’s relentless drive to reunite the Warstones and gain power over the entire world. The armies of Dakkor and the forces of those allied with the three other stones collide on a dead continent in the stunning conclusion of The Warstone Quartet.
I had a great time creating The Warstone Quartet, but now that it’s complete, it’s time to move on to my next project, the first book in the Mechanisms of Magic trilogy. I haven’t quite decided on the title of the first volume, but it takes place in a world where there are magical ‘eddies’ where only certain people can use magic to power useful devices. After a long period of time (approx 500 years) there is a Shift where the eddies change and magician’s magic no longer works in that eddy. More info on that is to come.
Bloodstone will be released on Amazon on March 2nd. It’s available for pre-order right now. The cover is about the same as the one I posted below. I will change the pink tinge of the title slightly in the next few weeks. Too pink for me.
Darkstone | An Evil Reborn is still scheduled for release during the first week of April.
After hundreds of Moonstone | Magic That Binds sales in six weeks, it has gotten a 4.4 rating out of 5.0 stars on Goodreads. A couple of one-star reviews have dragged down the Amazon rating a bit. I’ll not comment on those…
Sunstone | Dishonor’s Bane is also selling at a good clip.
What I’m somewhat gratified to see is that readers are picking up my other books. Not as many are buying the others, but I’m grateful that the other stories are getting a read.
Thanks if you’ve picked up any of my books.
The final covers for Bloodstone and Darkstone, books 3 and 4 of the Warstone Quartet are finished.
Bloodstone, which is primarily about a princess and a wizard, has a velvet background and crossed swords in the stone. One of the swords is bright and polished that represents youth and the other is worn and dented representing a lot of experience.
Darkstone, a coming of age story for the antagonist and the rousing conclusion has a skull (evil reborn) in the darkstone which lays on top of a Ropponi sword blade. The background is rocky dirt that represents Ayrtan, the dead continent, where the final confrontation takes place.
My next series is called the Mechanisms of Magic. It isn’t a medieval fantasy, but not quite steampunk. Anyway, I got about 40,000 words into the draft and the story just didn’t jell. I thought I might be suffering a bit of writer’s block.
I did a bit of surfing on writing and came across a YouTube video on the Seven Point Story Structure presented by Dan Wells, a paranormal/horror author. Eureka! I found that my story had run out of structure and had lost its way. I fiddled with all three of the stories planned in the series, using the technique, and found that I had a better handle on where the story headed.
As it turned out, there was a similar presentation on a variant of that structure at LTUE last week. So, I get to tweak the storylines yet again, since the variant offers a bit more latitude and I got a better understanding of how to use the technique to outline the stories. I can still do the scene outlines that I have been using to get my stories going, but those now have more purpose. The key element that I missed was the basic relationship of the main character to the story. The first part of the book should be about the main character reacting to the book’s primary issue. The midpoint is the event that converts the main character from being reactive to proactive. Along with the proactivity, the stakes in the try/fail cycles go up all the way to the end (Resolution).
My plots have generally been a bit more organic. I have the elements in the plots, but they aren’t as clear cut. Now with the structure, the primary plotting should be more crisp. It’s not a formula, but a structure. Where the plot twists and turns is still up to the author and the try/fail cycles are all created to match the particular story you are working on.
I am making progress with getting Sunstone and Bloodstone out. Sunstone is ready to go. Got the final proof today. Perhaps there might be the first chapter of Bloodstone inserted at the back. Still thinking about that.
I’ve just about got the cover of Bloodstone finalized. I’ve got a couple edit runs to go and that one
will be ready. I’m afraid I’ll need it because Darkstone is likely to get a very thorough examination.
Anyway, here is the Bloodstone cover. I like it and I don’t think there will be much change before the third book in the Warstone Quartet is finished. The Bloodstone is a teardrop (or a blood drop, if you will) shape. Of the two swords, one is polished and represents youth and the other is well worn and represents age.
I live in Utah. There are a few writing conferences in the state during the year and I go to them on a sporadic basis. This year, I’m scheduled to attend all three days of LTUE (Light, The Universe and Everything), which is held in Provo, Utah. It used to be sponsored by Brigham Young University, but the last few years they have held the event off campus, so I don’t know if it still is.
The conference is February 12, 13, and 14 (Valentine’s Day). There are usually some very good sessions. If you run across me, say hello.