The final book in the Warstone Quartet, Darkstone | An Evil Reborn is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. It releases on April 2nd. The blurb:
Book Four: Darkstone | An Evil Reborn
As the 22nd son of the Emperor of Dakkor, Vishan Daryaku grows from boy to man, learning that he must use his unique powers and prodigious knowledge to survive. He succeeds until his body is taken over by an evil power locked inside of the Darkstone. Now Emperor of Dakkor, Vishan is trapped inside, as the ancient force that rules his body devastates his homeland while attempting to recover all of the Warstones.
As the amulets are all exposed, the holders of the Moonstone, Sunstone, and Bloodstone combine to fight the Emperor’s relentless drive to reunite the Warstones and gain power over the entire world. The armies of Dakkor and the forces of those allied with the three other stones collide on a dead continent in the stunning conclusion of The Warstone Quartet.
I had a great time creating The Warstone Quartet, but now that it’s complete, it’s time to move on to my next project, the first book in the Mechanisms of Magic trilogy. I haven’t quite decided on the title of the first volume, but it takes place in a world where there are magical ‘eddies’ where only certain people can use magic to power useful devices. After a long period of time (approx 500 years) there is a Shift where the eddies change and magician’s magic no longer works in that eddy. More info on that is to come.
Bloodstone will be released on Amazon on March 2nd. It’s available for pre-order right now. The cover is about the same as the one I posted below. I will change the pink tinge of the title slightly in the next few weeks. Too pink for me.
Darkstone | An Evil Reborn is still scheduled for release during the first week of April.
After hundreds of Moonstone | Magic That Binds sales in six weeks, it has gotten a 4.4 rating out of 5.0 stars on Goodreads. A couple of one-star reviews have dragged down the Amazon rating a bit. I’ll not comment on those…
Sunstone | Dishonor’s Bane is also selling at a good clip.
What I’m somewhat gratified to see is that readers are picking up my other books. Not as many are buying the others, but I’m grateful that the other stories are getting a read.
Thanks if you’ve picked up any of my books.
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.
I am making progress with getting Sunstone and Bloodstone out. Sunstone is ready to go. Got the final proof today. Perhaps there might be the first chapter of Bloodstone inserted at the back. Still thinking about that.
I’ve just about got the cover of Bloodstone finalized. I’ve got a couple edit runs to go and that one
will be ready. I’m afraid I’ll need it because Darkstone is likely to get a very thorough examination.
Anyway, here is the Bloodstone cover. I like it and I don’t think there will be much change before the third book in the Warstone Quartet is finished. The Bloodstone is a teardrop (or a blood drop, if you will) shape. Of the two swords, one is polished and represents youth and the other is well worn and represents age.
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.)
Looks like that December arrival trickled over into January. Moonstone is now published and available at all major ebook outlets and as a trade paperback at Amazon.
It’s three companions in The Warstone Quartet should be coming out every few months.
Following on Bellia’s heels, the first Warstone book will release in December. The proof will arrive after Thanksgiving and then it will go up. Here is the cover. A change from these pages is that I put a tag line on all of the Warstone books. Book 1 is Moonstone | Magic That Binds, Book 2 is Sunstone | Dishonor’s Bane, Book 3 is Blood Stone | Power of Youth and Book 4 is Darkstone | An Evil Reborn.
Each cover will be a derivation of the Moonstone cover, the gem behind some illustration. This one has the Moonstone in the pommel of the sword. It sure is easier to create a cover without people.
I’m still mulling over how to pursue Warstone Quartet. I’ve gone through the manuscript three more times since the May post so it’s ready for final review (proofing in print). No major changes arose through the rewrite process.
I’ll probably do a little traditional publishing queries and then if the interest isn’t there, I’ll self publish.
I found an author’s site that had progress indicators. Perhaps I should install one on this site. Here is an update on my current project: The WarStone Quartet.
Moonstone: Drafted and two revisions. This is the first volume and needs to be read first. I’ve added some continuity with the other books. I wrote this one first before the others were done, so some of the sequencing of the events had to be updated. Most of the plot remained intact from my first draft.
Sunstone: Drafted and one revision. I increased the number of words in this book to over 100,000 by increasing some character interaction and filling in some plot holes. I changed a few relationships to make the mercenary phase of the plot work better and a section of the book needed to be redone for continuity.
Bloodstone: Drafted and one revision. This volume has the most vivid romantic element and I reworked the romantic arc a bit. There still needs to be some more tweaks on the part of one of the characters. The stakes need to be raised a bit. This has a lot of battles and I might need to choreograph them with more action.
Darkstone: Drafted and one revision. This still needs some more content. This is the last volume and I’m somewhat pleased how it came out. This volume contains the end of the romantic arc started in the Bloodstone. I had to work on a number of elements in the rewrite to extend a sparsely written first draft. More internal thoughts on the part of the MC and I reworked the exciting climax a bit. I might need some more slam bang action. The ending was reworked a little, but came out pretty much as intended.
I intend on one more revision to each volume to add some additional character and some color (description). Then I run them through a grammar/spell checker for a final perusal. They should be ready for book production and proof edits and then RELEASE!
I’m currently cogitating over what approach to take on the covers. All four of them need to be coordinated