Category: Work in Progress

The Emperor’s Pet is 90% drafted… I’m Still Behind.

My next book is coming along. I suppose I’m about ten days behind. I had the beginning of the baseball season, the Masters (I like watching golf) and a Neil Diamond concert to distract me this weekend. In addition,  my editor is ill, so we will see what happens in the next few days. I should be done with the first draft by the 12th and will immediately head into rewrites.

The story is coming along nicely and I’m at the very end where tension is high. I like writing this part because twists start to pop into my mind. We’ll see how the end goes. I’ve got it mapped out, but sometimes it’s better to write with the flow and ignore parts of my scene outlines.

Writing Status – The Emperor’s Pet

Publishing Demeron’s tale has put my publishing schedule behind a bit. I knew it would. I’m only halfway through The Emperor’s Pet and have been dealing with a reader revolt over my treatment of Pol and Shira’s relationship in The Sleeping God.  My mea culpa is below in another post, but after The Emperor’s Pet is out, I will go back and rewrite The Sleeping God as a second edition with less aggression on the part of Shira.

I’m probably about two weeks behind, so it looks like my next book is targeted for release after the first week in May.  I’ll definitely shoot to have The Emperor’s Pet out before Mother’s Day.

The Sleeping God – Disinherited Prince #4: First Draft Done

I just finished the first draft of The Sleeping God, the 4th book in the Disinherited Prince series.  Now I get to go over the manuscript for reviewing, edit, and publishing. I have a lot going on in February and it’s a short month, so it might be a challenge to get the book out by the end of the month.

This lastest installment features the escapees from Borstall and their adventures on the continent of Volia.

Sip of Magic – Now In Editing

A Sip of Magic has been sent to editing. Pol has a lot of challenges in this story, but he finds new friends amidst the ones he already has.  Here’s the cover blurb:

Expecting to resume his studies after a long absence, Pol Cissert is disappointed when he is drafted by the Emperor’s Seeker to infiltrate into Tesna Monastery. His mission is to verify rumors of a new army being raised by the South Salvan King, a man he perceives as an enemy. Pol will face new challenges, not the least of which will be figuring out the mysterious roommate that arrives not long after he learns about the Tesnan’s plans to take over the world.

And here is the cover!  The release of A Sip of Magic is targeted just before Christmas.

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A Sip of Magic – Now in Draft Mode

The third volume of The Disinherited Prince is in Draft Mode.  Since this is NaNoWriMo, I am dedicated to finishing the draft by the end of the month.  I’m about a third of the way through and my wife is going out of town next week, so I’ll have some great opportunities to tickle the keyboard and make a man out of Pol Cissert.

As always, the process of writing always produces surprises and this draft is no different. Pol gets a new companion that plays an unexpected role in the book. There are reversals of fortune and plenty of surprises along the way.

A big thanks to those of you who have joined Pol in his journeys. The Disinherited Prince series is a record seller for me. Tell your friends and neighbors about the fun you’ve had reading about him. I know that’s a shameless plug, but then this is a website for shameless plugs, I guess. 🙂

The Monk’s Habit – Now Published!

I am happy to announce that The Monk’s Habit, the second book in the Disinherited Prince Series, is now available on Amazon in both kindle and paperback formats.

Now on to the third book in the series, A Sip of Magic.  I’ve started writing it in between edits, so we will be looking at a December introduction.

Monk’s Habit Progress

I finished the first draft and the story came out just fine. I’m now in edit mode and have tweaked the ending and am going through my normal rewrite process. When the draft is done, I like to let it settle a few days and begin to bring the next book into focus. The working title of Book Three is A Sip of Magic, A Taste of the Sword. I know, I know it’s a bit long, but it is what Pol does as a pattern-master.

I intended on having Pol spend a few years in the monastery after each major adventure, but that’s not working out. Pol will just have to remain precocious for a few more books.

I’m anticipating a mid-October release for The Monk’s Habit.

 

New Series Launches at End of August! The Disinherited Prince

Now that Trak and Valanna have tied the knot and finished their adventures, a new character comes to town. Here is the preliminary back cover blurb:

Poldon Fairfield, a twelve-year-old prince has no desire to rule, since his poor health has convinced theDissedPrinceOneMedm that he will not live long enough to sit on any throne. Matters take a turn for the worse when his father, the King of North Salvan, decides his oldest will rule in a far away country where Pol’s mother is first in line of succession, followed by Pol, her only child. Pol learns that he has developed a talent for magic, and that may do him more harm than good as he must struggle to survive among his half-siblings, now turned hostile against him.

The first book of the series is in editing and is expected to debut towards the end of August, 2016.  I’ve included a preliminary version of the cover and I must admit that I like it.

 

Bluntwithe’s Education Series

After writing a dud of a book (failure hurts, doesn’t it?), I have embarked on a new series.  Bluntwithe’s Education.   The general idea is Trak Bluntwithe, a fifteen-year-old stableboy at his father’s inn in a rural village gets a boon, an education as a legacy from an uncle he never met. He must travel to Pestledown, the capital city of the country of Pestle, where he lives.  He meets some interesting characters and is tested for magic at the request of one of his father’s good friends at the inn.  Not surprisingly to readers, we find that Trak Bluntwithe has strong magical capabilities.  The only problem is that magic is outlawed in Pestle.

Trak learns that nothing is what it seemed when he was cleaning horses or taking care of the little vegetable farm that supplied the inn. So starts his education, which will take him to far off lands and put him in embarrassing situations and genuine peril.

The first story is scheduled for release in September, 2015.