I’ve put in some extra time to get The Emperor’s Pet out before May 1st. It is in one of two final edits and then I’ll be pushing it out of the nest. I have completed the cover and it is, for the first time anywhere…below.
My next book is coming along. I suppose I’m about ten days behind. I had the beginning of the baseball season, the Masters (I like watching golf) and a Neil Diamond concert to distract me this weekend. In addition, my editor is ill, so we will see what happens in the next few days. I should be done with the first draft by the 12th and will immediately head into rewrites.
The story is coming along nicely and I’m at the very end where tension is high. I like writing this part because twists start to pop into my mind. We’ll see how the end goes. I’ve got it mapped out, but sometimes it’s better to write with the flow and ignore parts of my scene outlines.
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 just finished the first draft of The Sleeping God, the 4th book in the Disinherited Prince series. Now I get to go over the manuscript for reviewing, edit, and publishing. I have a lot going on in February and it’s a short month, so it might be a challenge to get the book out by the end of the month.
This lastest installment features the escapees from Borstall and their adventures on the continent of Volia.
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.
The third volume of The Disinherited Prince is in Draft Mode. Since this is NaNoWriMo, I am dedicated to finishing the draft by the end of the month. I’m about a third of the way through and my wife is going out of town next week, so I’ll have some great opportunities to tickle the keyboard and make a man out of Pol Cissert.
As always, the process of writing always produces surprises and this draft is no different. Pol gets a new companion that plays an unexpected role in the book. There are reversals of fortune and plenty of surprises along the way.
A big thanks to those of you who have joined Pol in his journeys. The Disinherited Prince series is a record seller for me. Tell your friends and neighbors about the fun you’ve had reading about him. I know that’s a shameless plug, but then this is a website for shameless plugs, I guess. 🙂
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.
Now that Trak and Valanna have tied the knot and finished their adventures, a new character comes to town. Here is the preliminary back cover blurb:
Poldon Fairfield, a twelve-year-old prince has no desire to rule, since his poor health has convinced them that he will not live long enough to sit on any throne. Matters take a turn for the worse when his father, the King of North Salvan, decides his oldest will rule in a far away country where Pol’s mother is first in line of succession, followed by Pol, her only child. Pol learns that he has developed a talent for magic, and that may do him more harm than good as he must struggle to survive among his half-siblings, now turned hostile against him.
The first book of the series is in editing and is expected to debut towards the end of August, 2016. I’ve included a preliminary version of the cover and I must admit that I like it.