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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.

 

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 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

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?

The Emperor’s Pet has just been published on Amazon!

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.

 

Maps Are Coming and so is Demeron!

MAPS

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.

A Sip of Magic – Now Available

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.

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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The Monk’s Habit – Now in Editing

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.

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