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.
My manuscript has one more edit to go and the manuscript is in her hands. So, while I wait, I’ve approved the cover. This scene comes towards the end of the story.
Draft is done. First outside edit is complete with one more to go. A before-Christmas release is looking pretty good. I’ll have a cover reveal in the next week along with the final back-cover blurb.
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.
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 lot of readers have asked for larger versions of the maps for my stories. I’ve included most of them in a new MAPS page located at the top of the website.
All the maps included are pdfs so they can be enlarged and give you all the detail that you need.
My philosophy on maps is that they need to give the reader an indication where things are located. I don’t spend a lot of time creating elegant maps, but I create them myself so they help me while I write, and help you when you read.
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
Here it is… The cover for the first book of the Song of Sorcery Series. I had a different title in mind for the first book, but I changed my mind and came up with the title of A Sorcerer Rises. The books in the series will start with A Sorcerer *something*.
The scene is not in the book, but it’s more of a representation of thirteen-year-old Hendrico (Ricky) Valian pondering what his life holds. Ricky does own a rowboat in the book and lives on a river at the beginning. There might be a tweak or two before the final version, but I think this is pretty much how the cover will appear.
I just finished the first draft of the Sorcerer’s Song, the first book in the Song of Sorcery Series. The story came out a little different than I intended, but this version sets up future books in the series better.
Now comes the rewrites. I’m still shooting for an end of October release.
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.