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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Big Fat News Update!

Miss me?

I've largely been absent from social media for the last six months, by design.  Why?  Partially to cultivate a reputation for being mysterious and enigmatic (what writer doesn't enjoy that?) and partially because I've been busy.  Real busy.  Though I've technically "taken a year off", that largely involves publishing, not productivity.  Indeed, though I haven't released anything new in about a year, I've actually been putting in more time on Spellmonger-related stuff.  Pray attend:

First, my big announcement: I have reached an agreement-in-principal with Battlefield Press to license the Spellmonger Series for development as a FRP property.  This will likely encompass at least three (3) sourcebooks with accompanying campaigns covering various facets of gameplay on Callidore.  In addition, Battlefield Press has also agreed to publish the Atlas of the Five Duchies.   Battlefield is perhaps best known for adapting Eric Flynt's crosstime 1632 series for game play, but Jonathan Thompson has authored and published a number of other popular FRP materials, and I'm excited to be working with him and his team to turn Spellmonger into a well-conceived and extremely playable game universe.  While we don't have release dates yet, news will be forthcoming about that sort of thing as it evolves.  This has been a pet project of mine since the beginning, and I want to especially thank Sir Aaron of Schwartz for his hard work and support in the effort.

Speaking of Sir Aaron, if you haven't investigated his semi-official fan site over at Discord, I encourage you to do so.  While still in the nascent stages, Aaron has done incredible work in the set-up and administration of the site.  That is where I will likely be posting additional news, tidbits of lore, and even stories, and I'll occasionally pop by to see what has been posted.  I've uploaded several maps over there, too, so it you're looking for that sort of thing (as well as fan art -- I LOVE fan-art!) and speculative discussion about what the future holds for the Spellmonger universe.  Stop by and add your own thoughts and such.

More news:

While my abbreviated con schedule this summer only saw me at a few regional conventions, they were, nevertheless, quite productive.  As much as I would like to see a FRP adaptation of the Spellmonger Series, for a number of reasons I also want to see its development into graphic form.  To this end I've retained the services of a few artists to help develop the visual conception of the series.  Like, what do gurvani look like, and how are the different from Tolkienesque goblins?  Similar thing for Alka Alon, Tal Alon, Karshak, etc.

We won't even get into the Sea Folk and the Formless.  Baby steps . . .

I've also begun talks with an Undisclosed Comic Book Company to do a six-issue adaptation of the Spellmonger novel.  Details will remain mysterious and murky for now (we take our meetings in remote graveyards at midnight) but I'm very hopeful we can get something committed to paper and in production, hopefully for a 2020 release.

("But Terry!  We can't wait that long for new stuff!  We want new stuff NOW!")

Well, of course you do.  And why shouldn't you?

First, for the audiophiles among you, it appears that Podium will be releasing Enchanter sometime in January, and likely have Court Wizard out around March.  John Lee, after spitting out so many of my abysmally long works, took a short vacation (Briga knows he needed it), but production is back on.  Sales continue to be brisk.  Podium continues to be a stellar publisher, turning out impeccably high-quality work.  Tell your friends.

(For those of you unaware, Enchanter marks the first of a three-book section of the series, and it goes dark.  Court Wizard is told from Pentandra's perspective, more or less concurrently with Enchanter, and Shadowmage is told from Rondal and Tyndal's perspective, also more or less concurrently).

Want more new stuff?  Of course you do.

I just got back Sky Rider from the editor this week, and will begin the final re-write tomorrow.  I'm planning to have it up by December 1st, only eight months later than I planned.  It will conclude the Dara trilogy of YA novels (her next one will be more adult) and the next Cadet novel will have a male protagonist.  More than that, I shall not say at this time.  But look for the Kindle version of Sky Rider on or about December 1.

And now, for the question everyone wants to know . . . when will the next series book be out?

Actually, sooner than I expected.

Thaumaturge is more than half-written, and seems to be flowing freely, now that I've figured out what it is.  For some of you it will be disappointing: not a lot of action, not nearly as much as Necromancer.  Sorry, it's just not that kind of book.  It can't be.

Thaumaturge has to set up the arc for the next ten books, and as a result is going to have a hellish amount of exposition and world-building.  Think Magelord 2.0, in terms of story, so if you liked that book you'll like this one.  Book 12 will be far more action-packed, I promise.  But I have to lay the ground-work for several novels in this one, so bear with me if you're a action fan.  If you're a world-building fan, this will be a feast.

Main characters will include Mavone and Sandoval, a lot of Min, Alya, Astyral, Gareth, Carmella, Nattia, a little bit of Ithalia, and cameos from many other familiar characters.  We will see some new faces, too: in particular, Min's new lawyer, Lawbrother Bryte the Wiser, who plays a prominent role.

We'll also see the rise of three ugly Nemovorti in the northlands whose job it is to kill or capture Min at any cost.  Dradrien smiths forging magical weapons.  Road-building, market economics and lawmaking as devout religious expressions.  An exploration of Gilmoran marriage customs.  And the attempted thaumaturgical deconstruction of the snowstone spell. All in a frontier town on the edge of a war zone.

Yeah, there's more to it than that.  Promise.

Finally, I'm planning on reading excerpts of Sky Rider at Gallery 71 on November 24th as part of Hillsborough, NC's celebration of literacy and books.  More details as they become available.

More soon.  But that should give you something to chew on.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Spellmonger gets a Discord server! New fansite!

It is my pleasure to announce a new fan site for the Spellmonger series on Discord! 

Constructed and managed by superfan and recognized Knight of Sevendor, Sir Aaron of Schwartz, this site will have both fan and some "official" content, including, mayhap, a few exclusive short stories, eventually.  While it's a work in progress, I look forward to seeing a more comprehensive forum on Spellmonger, as I develop and write the second decalogy.  Fan input is hugely important to me (I get 4-5 fan letters a day, now) and I really want to know what parts you like best, which ones you don't, and which ones you hate. 

Ghost Rock: The Spellmonger Series Discord Server and Fan Site:

Work continues on all projects, albeit more slowly than anticipated.  I had a busy summer, and nearly lost some data with a hardware crash, but things are nearly back on track.  I'm working to revise Court Wizard for audiobook at the moment, but I'll be back to composition etc. before you know it.

Thank you all for your support, and an especial thank you to Aaron, who has gone above and beyond for this series. 


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Going to be at HeroesCon in Charlotte this weekend . . .

. . . Booth 520.  I'll be there Friday and Saturday before taking off Sunday morning for Father's Day.  Come out and get a rare autographed copy, chat with the author, and get a chance to ask me your most burning questions about Spellmonger!  If bandwidth permits, I'll try a Facebook livestream from the con.

In other news, Journeymage will be available on on July 3rd!  Yay!

In yet other news, writing comes along at a clip -- just not as fast as I would like.  Sky Rider is late (although nearly complete), Trask's Odyssey has made significant progress but is still not ready, and I have a bunch of short stories that I've started and need to finish.  It's been a busy year.  Here is a recent interview I did that explains this in a little more detail:

In yet other, other news, both the Atlas of the Five Duchies and the gaming module project are proceeding apace.  I'm hopeful to have an announcement about both of them by the end of the summer.

Do not despair.  I've been writing like mad, as well as working on the next series of audiobooks.  Once we catch them up with the written series, things will smooth out a bit.

Thanks again for reading, and for all of your support!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

High Mage Audiobook available for Pre-Order!

The link you all have been demanding: the preorder for the Audiobook of High Mage!  Get it now!  

In other news, I've about wrapped up the corrections on Journeymage audiobook, and it should be released directly.  No, I don't know how directly.  But Podium is cranking these out as fast as I can revise them.  Still cranking on Sky Rider (plenty of Spring left) and other stuff.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Yes, she's real.

Meet Cinder.  She specializes in chewing up fingers, toes, shoes, and writing schedules.   She'll be making an appearance in Sky Rider.  If she'll get off the damn keyboard.

7 weeks old, likely an Australian Shepherd mix.  She herds our cats (Mystery and Puzzle -- she's smart enough to leave Lucifer alone).  Most playful puppy ever.  Not conducive to writing, perhaps, but she's learning.  Now if I can just train her to make me coffee . . .

Oh, yeah.  High Mage audiobook will be released APRIL 3rd! 

Back to work.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year!

Hey, folks, Happy New Year!

I know you have been begging for an update – or at least proof-of-life – so I thought it was time for that.  Long story short, I’ve been resting and recovering from finishing Necromancer, handling some personal business, and enjoying the holiday season.

I’ve always had a deep and abiding love for the winter holidays, and after the effort of Necromancer I felt I owed myself and my children some dedicated time and effort to them, this year.  A grand time was had by all, and provided some much-needed restoration.  Then I finished off with going to Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, to celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary with my wife, Laurin.  Lastly, I’ve been grieving the death of my father, who passed away a year ago January 3rd.

This last bit has probably preoccupied me more than anything else, honestly.  Writers are weird.  Our grief process is often tied up in our need to express our emotions through prose, and I credit the dedication I had to finishing Necromancer in large part to my need to process my father’s death.  Yes, I know, Necromancer didn’t deal with that sort of thing . . . but it’s not so much the subject as the process. 

Thankfully, I have few unresolved issues with my dad.  We had a great and loving relationship with few of the father/son issues that typically crop up.  Most of my process has been about understanding my new role in the family and in life, without my father’s constant presence and support.  Having seen how grief can affect a person, I’ve had a relatively easy time of it. 

So now I’m rested, relaxed, and ready to hit the new year with ambition.

Alas, some of that ambition will take months to appear.  My focus this month is on finishing up some stuff with the printed versions of the book, starting the next audiobook adaptation, continuing to organize the Atlas, and working with Aaron Schwartz on developing the first Spellmonger D&D module.  Oh, and trying to get the basic website up.  And arranging art.  And sending out long-overdue fan gifts.  And planning a local book release party at Gallery 71, because, y’know, I just gotta. 

And that’s January.

February and beyond will involve Skyrider, the first short in a while, and Trask’s Odyssey.  I’m also hoping to catch up on some fan mail.  And continue to roll out audiobooks as fast as possible. 
But to warn you, I’m setting up for the next 10 book cycle.  That involves a lot of research.  What I can tell you about the next book is that it will be called Thaumaturge (unless I change it), it will be Min-focused, and it will concern how he tries to build his desolate fief in the Wilderlands into Sevendor 2.0.  while dodging undead lords and gurvani and figuring out how to make snowstone and appease the Sea Folk.  Hilarity ensues. 

It’s going to be an industrious, but quiet, year.   I’m still looking for a good venue for a TV deal, and a lot of this year will focus on prepping the ground for that.  Don’t look for me often on FB – as much as I enjoy it, it’s a time-sink.  But I will continue to keep you abreast of developments here and, when it’s ready, on the new website, as well as FB. 

(And let’s be honest . . . I’ve already started writing scenes for Thaumaturge.  Even though I promised myself I wouldn’t.  I just can’t be trusted . . . )

I hope all my Spellomongrels had a safe and happy holiday season, and wish you a serene Briga’s Day!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Hallowe'en Miracle! Knights Magi Audiobook is Available for Pre-Order!

Knights Magi cover art