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.
I thought I’d let everyone know that the first draft of A Sorcerer’s Diplomacy was finished a minute ago. Whew! I’d say it’s a pretty complete first draft, so I don’t expect any major changes as I start my rewrites tomorrow.
Ricky’s story starts out a bit slowly, but as events rise and fall, everything heats up for an exciting end. So, on to rewrites!
My manuscript has one more edit to go and the manuscript is in her hands. So, while I wait, I’ve approved the cover. This scene comes towards the end of the story.
Draft is done. First outside edit is complete with one more to go. A before-Christmas release is looking pretty good. I’ll have a cover reveal in the next week along with the final back-cover blurb.
As I am winding down A Sorcerer Imprisoned, I am putting together the next book, A Sorcerer’s Diplomacy. Ricky finishes his second year at the Academy and is asked to spend the summer at another student’s estate on an island country. Events escalate and Ricky is reluctantly called on to intervene.
This one is scheduled to be out by the end of February. I want this one finished by then since I’ll be spending the first week in March in France on a long-overdue european vacation.
I had a good start on my draft of Sorcerer Imprisoned, but the month slid by. I finally finished the weekend before Thanksgiving and I’ve gone through the first rewrite. This novel might be a touch smaller than the first, but there is lots of action since most of it takes place inside the Applia Juvenile Home.
I hope to hand it off to my editor by the end of next week (December 2nd) with the anticipation of a Christmas Eve release. That might not happen with the holiday festivities, but it’s my goal.
It’s a race to Christmas!
Here it is… The cover for the first book of the Song of Sorcery Series. I had a different title in mind for the first book, but I changed my mind and came up with the title of A Sorcerer Rises. The books in the series will start with A Sorcerer *something*.
The scene is not in the book, but it’s more of a representation of thirteen-year-old Hendrico (Ricky) Valian pondering what his life holds. Ricky does own a rowboat in the book and lives on a river at the beginning. There might be a tweak or two before the final version, but I think this is pretty much how the cover will appear.
I just finished the first draft of the Sorcerer’s Song, the first book in the Song of Sorcery Series. The story came out a little different than I intended, but this version sets up future books in the series better.
Now comes the rewrites. I’m still shooting for an end of October release.
Some of you who have finished The Fractured Empire noticed the excerpt in the back of the book. This is a teaser for my next series, Song of Sorcery. I’m about a third through the first draft and plan on getting the book out by the end of October. Here is a hint of what’s to come.
The series is going to follow the growing up of a youth (nearly 14 years old at the time of the first book) as he is legally removed from a grandfather, who uses Ricky to steal, and becomes the ward of an Academy that teaches its students to become contributors in their country. The equivalent timeframe would be the English Restoration period (late 1600’s, early 1700’s).
Ricky has a healthy dose of sorcerous power. The power comes from a resonance developed within a sorcerer’s body by created by humming and singing. The will of the sorcerer takes the internal power and applies it externally.
Outside conflict will come from political sources. Internal conflict arises from Ricky’s attempt to grow up in an environment where he doesn’t quite fit in. He does get help from some Academy faculty members along the way and others as his world expands while he ages and his power and knowledge increases.
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?