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
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?
The Emperor’s Pet has just been submitted to Amazon and is now published. I put in a lot of extra time and changed my post-draft workflow to get it done, and my efforts worked. I probably saved two weeks in the process and have caught up, despite spending some quality time with Demeron last month. You will note my typical excerpt of the next book in the back of The Emperor’s Pet is a little shorter than usual. That’s so I could get this book out earlier.
The excerpt is for Book Six in the Disinherited Prince series and goes by the title The Misplaced Prince. I’m still pretty much in the planning mode, but I did know enough about where the book was headed to write part of the first chapter for the excerpt. Book Six is scheduled for the end of June.
For kindle books, maps have to be jpeg files. These don’t come out particularly well when published. I have embarked on a little project to set up a location on this site to house maps for my series. I will probably have them downloadable as PDF files so the maps can be enlarged without losing too much detail.
I intend on setting them up on a page on the menu bar below the title.
Demeron: A Horse’s Tale
I’ve also written the first draft of a novella (about 60 pages long) on Demeron’s adventures. Demeron: A Horse’s Tale is all about Demeron and his quest to return to the Deftnis Monastery after being left to his own devices in A Sip of Magic. I hope to have it out by the end of March, but my next book, Emperor’s Pet has priority, so I can publish that by the end of April. An excerpt has been plopped at that end of The Sleeping God.
All the Disinherited Prince books are in Pol’s point of view and I didn’t feel Demeron’s story would fit into the novels, so it will be a standalone story. It is intended to be read after A Sip of Magic and before Emperor’s Pet.
By the way, Mark Twain wrote A Horse’s Tale a century ago. I have appropriated most of the title from him. I have Clemens’s in my family history and there is one of those hoary family ‘legends’ that he was a cousin or something to one of my direct ancestors. I hope he doesn’t mind.
It was a hard slog, but A Sip of Magic, the third volume of the Disinherited Prince series just went live on Amazon for Kindle. The paperback will be published next week. I wanted to get it out before Christmas and I made it! Now for a few days immersing myself in the holiday spirit, and then it’s on to Book 4, The Sleeping God.
The proof of A Sip of Magic is on its way. When it arrives, I’ll be hard at work trying to get the third installment of The Disinherited Prince out before Christmas. I’m not sure if I’ll make it, but that’s my goal.
Until then, I am in the beginning stages of drafting the fourth book, The Sleeping God.
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.
I’m making good progress on The Monk’s Habit. I’ve sent it to my editor. I have just gotten the new cover. The device for The Monk’s Habit is something you will find in the book. The crown pin on The Disinherited Prince cover didn’t show up in that story. Now that the draft of the second volume is in someone else’s hands I can begin on Book Three. The working title for the third adventure is A Sip of Magic, A Taste of the Blade. That comes from the way Pol uses magic as a pattern-master.
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.
Trak Bluntwithe must continue his life after his disastrous visit to Balbaam. He continues with his group to Kizru, the Toryan capital, intent on freeing his father and stepfather, Neel and Able. Life only gets more complicated for him.
Valanna must continue her life, now as a princess. Nothing seems to be easy as she must reassert her own identity in her new circumstances.
The world of Trak continues to seethe with revolution and betrayal. Magician in Battle, Book Four concludes the Power of Poses series.
Scheduled for release by the end of June, 2016