Category: Work in Progress

Getting Close to Release – Here is A Sorcerer’s Diplomacy cover reveal

The editing is about complete. The cover is done. Most of the manuscript technical work is finished. A Sorcerer’s Diplomacy is due out at the end of the week (sometime between February 22nd and February 26th.)

The book was fun to write especially a new character, alluded to in the first books is brought to life.

By the way, I’m already more than a third finished with book four, A Sorcerer’s Rings.

A Sorcerer’s Diplomacy Draft Complete

I thought I’d let everyone know that the first draft of A Sorcerer’s Diplomacy was finished a minute ago. Whew! I’d say it’s a pretty complete first draft, so I don’t expect any major changes as I start my rewrites tomorrow.

Ricky’s story starts out a bit slowly, but as events rise and fall, everything heats up for an exciting end. So, on to rewrites!

A Sorcerer’s Diplomacy

As I am winding down A Sorcerer Imprisoned, I am putting together the next book, A Sorcerer’s Diplomacy.  Ricky finishes his second year at the Academy and is asked to spend the summer at another student’s estate on an island country. Events escalate and Ricky is reluctantly called on to intervene.

This one is scheduled to be out by the end of February. I want this one finished by then since I’ll be spending the first week in March in France on a long-overdue european vacation.

Busy Month of Drafting A Sorcerer Imprisoned

I had a good start on my draft of Sorcerer Imprisoned, but the month slid by. I finally finished the weekend before Thanksgiving and I’ve gone through the first rewrite. This novel might be a touch smaller than the first, but there is lots of action since most of it takes place inside the Applia Juvenile Home.

I hope to hand it off to my editor by the end of next week (December 2nd) with the anticipation of a Christmas Eve release. That might not happen with the holiday festivities, but it’s my goal.

It’s a race to Christmas!

Song Of Sorcery Series – A Hint of Things To Come

Some of you who have finished The Fractured Empire noticed the excerpt in the back of the book. This is a teaser for my next series, Song of Sorcery. I’m about a third through the first draft and plan on getting the book out by the end of October. Here is a hint of what’s to come.

The series is going to follow the growing up of a youth (nearly 14 years old at the time of the first book) as he is legally removed from a grandfather, who uses Ricky to steal, and becomes the ward of an Academy that teaches its students to become contributors in their country. The equivalent timeframe would be the English Restoration period (late 1600’s, early 1700’s).

Ricky has a healthy dose of sorcerous power. The power comes from a resonance developed within a sorcerer’s body by created by humming and singing. The will of the sorcerer takes the internal power and applies it externally.

Outside conflict will come from political sources. Internal conflict arises from Ricky’s attempt to grow up in an environment where he doesn’t quite fit in.  He does get help from some Academy faculty members along the way and others as his world expands while he ages and his power and knowledge increases.

The Fractured Empire – Progress Report

I finished the first draft of The Fractured Empire on July 7th and have completed the first re-write.  I do at least three before handing it off to my editors. I have a conference to attend this week, so my time will be limited. I am still aiming for the end of July to publish the last book in The Disinherited Prince Series, but realistically, the release might happen in early August.

The last book is rather large in scope and will be a little longer than the others. There is a lot of stuff that goes on and things to tie up. I didn’t wrap every character’s story up in a bow, but there is no cliffhanger at the ending and Shira behaves herself, mostly.

I like the ending, but then I would, wouldn’t I?

Hang In There Readers

After having been beat up by reviewers for The Emperor’s Pet for the ending, I thought I might give you a bit bigger picture on why Pol gets bludgeoned at the end of this book.

Why did I do such a thing? At the end of The Emperor’s Pet, Pol is extremely powerful as a magician. There is no prison or cell that can hold him with his capabilities. Why is this important? Pol is only going on seventeen years old. He has, generally, had a minder or mentor with him. He can’t get married. He is too young to fit into the Deftnis Monastery system. He is still too young to rule. How do I get Pol to grow as an individual and do more on his own? He needs to be removed as he gets older. He needs some seasoning.

Daera is a continent that Pol has never visited. He doesn’t know much about it and neither do the readers. So I wanted to get Pol on Daera. With the pot stirring in Tishiko, he wouldn’t leave Shira on his own, so he has to go involuntarily. He’s not one to run after he finds out people want to kill him, but when his friends are ‘kidnapped’ and the Scorpions tell him everyone is after him, Pol agrees to a strategic retreat.

So far so good. The Scorpions say that they rescued Pol’s friends. And he is taken to the safe house and sees Fadden and Paki on the floor. He checks to make sure they are all right. He has his mind shielded, but not his skull. So the seventeen-year-old, having evidence that the Scorpions just helped him, trusts that they are working in his interests. He leans over and…Wham!

There were some reviewers that said I cheated. They don’t like cliffhangers and they’ve seen the memory wipe thing done over and over. There is nothing new under the sun. I needed to solve a problem and that was the way I chose to do it. Did I cheat?  I don’t think so. How else can I get Pol to grow?

The Scorpions don’t want Pol to come back and stir things up again, so they, rightly or wrongly (wrongly! shouts some of my readers) block his memories. So Pol is stuck on Daera. He isn’t mindless, but he will need to struggle to figure out who he is and what he can do.

Book Six – The Misplaced Prince will have Pol’s ‘seasoning’ time while he gets a few years on him and it will also feature Shira in parallel in her own struggles for personal independence.  I will say that Pol’s personality helps him to succeed, but his life is not a bed of roses. I will also say that readers will be ready and waiting for the better integrated Pol to return and I won’t disappoint them. He is the main character, after all.  Shira will get growth in as well, so be patient. Good things are headed their way,