Publishing Demeron’s tale has put my publishing schedule behind a bit. I knew it would. I’m only halfway through The Emperor’s Pet and have been dealing with a reader revolt over my treatment of Pol and Shira’s relationship in The Sleeping God. My mea culpa is below in another post, but after The Emperor’s Pet is out, I will go back and rewrite The Sleeping God as a second edition with less aggression on the part of Shira.
I’m probably about two weeks behind, so it looks like my next book is targeted for release after the first week in May. I’ll definitely shoot to have The Emperor’s Pet out before Mother’s Day.
I’ve had some emails and comments on my book releases. I thought a post outlining my thinking for 2017 would be useful.
I have set a goal of six full-length novels and one novella for 2017. That is about a novel every two months. For the Disinherited Prince series, Book Four is currently being drafted and is scheduled for a February release. That will be followed by a novella that will be released during April with a different character than Pol. Then I’ll try to squeeze in five novels in nine months from April to December. I’ve got two more books (Book 5 and Book 6) in the series sketched out, but I’m not quite sure on how I will handle Pol after a certain event and I don’t know if there will be reader fatigue.
I have two or three ideas for future series, but I can’t be definitive. I also have some extensions to write, a promised sequel to The Power Bearer and I have two more books sketched out to turn The Quest of the Wizardess into a trilogy. Again it will all depend on the continued popularity of the Disinherited Prince.
My plans are always subject to change, but that’s my vision for this year.
My twenty-third book has just been published. The Disinherited Prince is the first book in a new series. In my previous post I gave the blurb for the book. We will see where this series goes, but it is currently scheduled to be a seven book series. We pick up Pol, the disinherited prince, at twelve years old and will see him grow in the first few books. As he gets older his horizons change and he will change, struggling with his identity, his talent and his place in the Baccusol Empire.
It is available at Amazon as an kindle book and in paperback form.
Send me an email and let me know how you like the book.
By the way, the next book in the series is already underway. This one has to title of The Monk’s Habit.
I’ve just sent the MS to my editor after going through the story a few times. Magician in Battle is just about ready to go. The cover has just been completed and here is a preview.
The latest book in the Power of Poses series, Magician In Captivity is now available at Amazon and Createspace and is coming soon to most e-book retailers.
Here is the blurb:
POWER OF POSES SERIES -Book Three
MAGICIAN IN CAPTIVITY
After a disastrous reunion with Valanna, Trak heads to the mysterious land of Bennin to rescue a Toryan princess sold into slavery. The Warish King sends Valanna back to Pestle to verify that the King of Pestle is no longer under Warish control. The Vashtan menace continues to infect the countries of the world and embroil both Trak and Valanna in civil conflict, while neither of them can shake off the attraction both of them feel towards each other. FANTASY – EPIC / SWORD & SORCERY / New Adult
The next installment of Power of Poses, Book Three, is scheduled for a March-April release. Titled Magician in Captivity, it continues the two storylines of Valanna and Trak as they pursue different paths in different countries. As you might surmise, Trak is imprisoned, at least once and Valanna has to fight troubles of her own as new revelations entwine our two star-crossed couple into the turbulent events of their world.
The first draft is about fifty percent completed. For those of you who have waited a long time for the second book, have faith. The third book is definitely coming.
After months of holidays and other distractions, the 2nd book in the Power of Poses series is published. Magician in Exile has hit the e-book market.
Here is the blurb:
Trak Bluntwithe, is a young man possessing so much magical power that he is a target for governments. Some want to control him and others want to eliminate the threat of his potential. He finds himself embroiled in the middle of a civil war. He must fight in order to save his imprisoned father, yet he finds that he has little taste for warfare. Trak carries this conflict onto the battlefield and finds he must use his abilities to stop the war in order to protect the ones he loves. FANTASY – EPIC / SWORD & SORCERY / YOUNG ADULT
It is now available on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and other e-book retailers as well as paperback.
Waiting for a tardy beta reader for Anoria put some extra time in my hands. So I dusted off the manuscript of my first novel and put it through some serious rewriting. It had been through a number of readers years and years ago, but I still needed to spruce it up and now it’s about ready for release. I’ll be proofing the copy in the next two weeks and expect an end of June, beginning of July release. Anoria of Valir will be coming out in July.
Hand of Grethia is a space opera in the old tradition. Here is the current blurb:
A nuclear cataclysm pushed Grethia, a remote planet, into a dark age. A religion emerged to suppress technology by calling it sacred, holy and not for the world. A king broke the control of the priesthood in his kingdom and began to bring crude technology back to life.
A young man, his space ship sabotaged, finds himself marooned on Grethia. Through insight, courage and luck, he struggles with the static forces of the status quo and, together with the king, defeats the enemies of progress.
His conflicts don’t end as he finds a way off the planet and confronts those who want to end his very existence and destroy the planet’s hard-won victory over the religion. The Hand of Grethia takes the reader from a Galactic civilization of space ships and high technology to the dark ages and back in an exciting space opera adventure.
Here are the current versions of the covers for both Anoria of Valir – The Vampiric Menace and Hand of Grethia
The final covers for Bloodstone and Darkstone, books 3 and 4 of the Warstone Quartet are finished.
Bloodstone, which is primarily about a princess and a wizard, has a velvet background and crossed swords in the stone. One of the swords is bright and polished that represents youth and the other is worn and dented representing a lot of experience.
Darkstone, a coming of age story for the antagonist and the rousing conclusion has a skull (evil reborn) in the darkstone which lays on top of a Ropponi sword blade. The background is rocky dirt that represents Ayrtan, the dead continent, where the final confrontation takes place.
Now that the Warstone Quartet is going with the January publishing of Moonstone, I had intended to issue a book every month or two. However, I’ll probably accelerate that a bit. Sunstone | Dishonor’s Bane is already at the editor’s proofing stage. The cover is complete and shown here.
That means a probable February release for Sunstone. Bloodstone will follow after that, but it will likely need a few more writing passes than Sunstone. I would estimate a release towards the end of March.
My latest fresh novel is one I had started for NaNoWriMo, Mechanisms of Magic. I’m still in the draft mode for that book. I’d like to turn it into a three book series, but we will see. I’ve got the first book plotted out and that looks more like the plot of a standalone. I’ll know more by the end of January.
The Warstone Quartet has proven to be a lengthy undertaking. The first draft of Moonstone was completed in December of 2013. So it took a year to get published. However, I also published five books (including my three anthologies) between the first draft and the Jan, 2015 publish date and that included drafting the three other books of the quartet.
I still am considering doing some short story work. It’s good for generating novel ideas as well as good writing practice. My goal for 2015 is one decent story per quarter.
I’ve also got some revival work (sequels to previously written books) for The Power Bearer and another installment of The Nile City Adventurers series (I stopped at the first story and there are four planned.)