Category: Writing

Writing and Ricky, Trak, and Pol

I read an interesting review by Magnus Liber about A Sorcerer’s Rings on Amazon. He called my writing potato chips of the genre, meaning that my writing is snack food. I can’t disagree with him. The term I use is literary candy. Same thing. My fiction is meant to be an easy, quick, enjoyable read. Literary candy.

Magnus has my writing style down pretty well. He taught me a new term that I had to look up, Marty Stu. I’d never heard of that before, but Ricky, Trak, and Pol are indeed in the mold of Marty Stu, the too-perfect hero. They don’t start out that way, but they all ended up being a Marty Stu.  I also agree that I like to throw in romance and travel.

The travel part is where I generate places where conflict can occur. Readers will note that I use three mechanisms (among others) to induce interest. A change in locale, a new character, and putting people in peril. I will continue to do so, since such things interest me and that kind of thing makes reading enjoyable. It’s part of the flavoring I put into my candy.

I may not be able to deviate much from my style, but my next series will differ from Ricky, Trak, and Pol. The protagonist is a non-magician in a world of magicians. Everyone else has magic, but my guy. That automatically puts him out of the picture for a lot of things in his world. Perhaps I will have to turn him into a Marty Stu, but I hope not.  The idea came to me months before I spotted Christopher Nuttall’s Zero Enigma series. His series has a twelve-year-old girl find she has extraordinary powers as a ‘zero,’ a person who has no magical ability. I was disappointed that he had used a version of the concept that I had already been thinking about.  Actually, Song of Sorcery was meant to follow my non-magician series, but I decided to write Song of Sorcery first and wait a bit to see how Nuttall’s series panned out before working on my original idea.

I’m happy to say, his plot line did not end up matching up to mine. My protagonist does not attend a boarding school. The era is medieval rather than the 1600’s where my latest three series are based (The Disinherited Prince is more Rennaisance, actually). Ricky started out as a pariah and that changed by Book Two in Song of Sorcery. In my new series, the protagonist is likely remain a pariah, at least on some level. He is like a blind man in the society he finds himself, but he will find some advantages due to his unique circumstances.

I’m still working on the last book in the Song of Sorcery. When that wraps up, my next project will be the first book in the non-magician series and might take a little longer to publish. I’ve got a lot of worldbuilding to do and I have a new magic system to create. The new book will still be literary candy, but hopefully a different flavor from the others.

 

Warstone Quartet on Kindle Unlimited / A Sorcerer’s Rings Cover Reveal

The Warstone Quartet: Moonstone, Sunstone, Bloodstone, Darkstone, have been lightly edited for spelling and grammar and released on Kindle Unlimited. This is another series that can now be read for free for those who subscribe.

A Sorcerer’s Rings is currently in editing, anticipating an early April release. The cover is already done. If you haven’t noticed I’ve never shown Ricky’s face. It’s a theme. He is all yours to make up. The woman in the picture is not Princess PIra but a blonde version of Mara Torris. It is a confrontation that happens in the book.

The fifth and final book in the series is coming up next: A Sorcerer’s Fist.

 

A SORCERER’S DIPLOMACY is now released!

I’m happy to announce that A Sorcerer’s Diplomacy, the third book in the Song of Sorcery is now available on Amazon kindle. The paperback will be out in mid-march. If you’d like to get a copy you can at this link:  Amazon

Here is the blurb:

Back at Doubli Academy, Ricky finds new acquaintances and a new pastime. However, all is not bliss as circumstances converge making it impossible to avoid confronting his nemesis, Duke Noacci, the man Ricky suspects of killing his parents. While on a school break, he finds himself in the middle of two powers ready to go to war. Ricky must make life-altering decisions as he struggles to save himself and his new friends.

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 Imprisoned is Released and Up On Amazon

I am happy to announce that A Sorcerer Imprisoned is done and in the process of being available for sale on Amazon. I am working on Book Three’s plotting and will start drafting right after Christmas. It is scheduled for release before the end of February.

Here is the official blurb:

Ricky Valian always dreaded the Juvenile Home in the city of Applia. Killing a member of the Council of Notables is enough to sentence him for a stay. The lord’s widow is anxious for revenge and Ricky has to scramble to stay ahead of people out seeking revenge. While there are strange things going on at the Home that will put him in peril, he finds a priceless treasure long forgotten at the Home. Can he stay alive long enough to save it?

The link to the book is here.

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!

A Sorcerer Rises Now Available on Amazon

At last, my new series, Song of Sorcery, gets its first installment published. A Sorcerer Rises is done and ready for reading on Amazon.  Here is the final cover. With the help of some friends, I tweaked the original below.  I’m in the middle of drafting the next book, A Sorcerer Imprisoned. You can see the difference between my first version of the cover and the final product.

Here is the blurb:

Bound to a cruel grandfather, thirteen-year-old Ricky Valian is an orphan and a thief. Compelled to steal a valuable item in a public place, Ricky uses the only trick he knows, a magic trick. His crime doesn’t go unobserved. The Dean of Doubli Academy witnesses the theft and recognizes Ricky’s latent talent, volunteering to become Ricky’s guardian at the boy’s trial. Ricky finds himself, unlettered and untutored in sorcery, in a place filled with students. As he struggles with his unexpected circumstances, Ricky becomes a target of a vicious bully, who may not be above taking the life of someone who gets in his way.

FANTASY – EPIC / SWORD & SORCERY / YOUNG ADULT

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 Last Book in The Disinherited Prince Series is Now Available on Amazon!

I said tomorrow, and tomorrow it was.  You can get your own kindle book of The Fractured Prince on Amazon.  I even have an Amazon number: ASIN: B074SG9NLF.

Enjoy reading. I’m now working on the next series: The Song of Sorcery.  There is a glimpse of the new book in the back of The Fractured Empire.

Happy reading!