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Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Long Expected Update

Hey, folks, just wanted to post a brief update in response to the pleas I am hearing daily.  So here's the current plan, to be changed as needed.

I am finishing up Court Wizard, but it's taking longer than anticipated for a couple of reasons.  First, it's the second book in a kind of trilogy, with Enchanter being the first and Shadowmage being the third.  It's also written in 3rd person, instead of first, since it follows Pentandra's adventures.  So I not only have to coordinate with what happened in Enchanter, I have to make sure the right plot points/character developments jive with Shadowmage, a book I haven't written yet.

Oh, but there's more.  I'm not just writing this with a female lead, I'm doing my best to maintain a feminine perspective on the work.  That's a lot harder than it sounds.  And (at the risk of drawing some flak) it's harder to make compelling and exciting in the traditional Epic Fantasy way without succumbing to the Game of Thrones method.  Not my style.

So, it's taking a little longer than I thought.  But then the book is a little longer than I thought, and I'm ending up transferring certain parts to Shadowmage (and even Hawklady, believe it or not) to keep the continuity issues at bay.

On top of all of THAT, I'm trying to manage the entire series -- that is, make arrangements and ensure quality control of the hardcopy and audiobook releases of the entire series, by popular demand.  Hence the Great Rectification, hence the unusual friction on my writing time.  Among the things I'm doing for series management is art and merchandising.  Yes, there will be a calendar.  And coffee mugs.  And T-shirts.  But design takes time, and as I work with my artist to get the product right, it takes a lot longer than you might think.

All that being said, I'm still pushing to have the book finished and more or less ready for publication by the end of the month.  That's going to require a lot of effort on my part, but that's what I want to do.  Whether or not the gods will cooperate is up to them.

After Court Wizard, my proposed writing schedule should look like this:

July 2016: Hawklady (YA)

October 2016 Shadowmage

December 2016  Trask's Odyssey

Yes, you read that right.  Remember that this is a PROPOSED schedule.  I'm my own publisher, now, so the reality is that these dates might not be exact, but they are what I'm shooting for.

Now, in addition to both the Spellmonger and the Space Viking series, believe it or not I have two other unrelated series, both under pseudonyms (and no, not the ScrewTheAlliance stuff -- two OTHER pseudonyms) that I'm dealing with.  One has some pretty impressive potential, and my agents and I are discussing whether to go to a traditional publisher or go independent.  We're getting closer to making a decision, but all of that takes time, too.

And I also want to suggest while you are waiting that you check out my editor, Emily Harris' new novel, Avalon's Choice (, a gripping contemporary occult novel.  Hopefully she'll have the second book in the series out soon . . . right, Em?

Thanks for reading.  Bear with me.  It's coming, it's coming.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Great Rectification Has Begun!

Wanna see something cool?

Yep.  Those are real dead-tree editions of Spellmonger, now available here ( for your reading pleasure.  It was one of the surprises I wanted to get done before Christmas that didn't get done before Christmas.  But I just approved the proof today, and if you really want a slightly re-edited dead tree edition, that's where you can get it.

The corrections made for this edition are the first in the Great Rectification, the part of my career where I go back and lovingly tap all of my previous works into line for the sake of consistency and quality.  The updated Kindle should be available to you, although you may have to contact customer service to get it pushed out to you (and it will destroy the copious personal notes you made on the original).  As many as 70% of the typos were corrected in this edition, and chapter headings and minor re-writes were done throughout.  The same will be done for each of the Spellmonger books in turn.  And yes, this is a stepping-stone toward getting the Audible versions done, too.  And then some translations.

In other news, I'm back to writing again.  I didn't get into the two NIH studies that were interfering with my composition process, and my avoidance diet seems to be keeping me out of the hospital, so I'm back at work on Court Wizard again.  While I won't give a firm release date, because I'm just that way, I would prophesy that it will not be done before late February, at this point.

That's still WAAAY before George RR Martin will have his next book done.  Just for reference.

So as I'm feeling better, not getting sick, and ready to write again, expect me to resume my previous speed.  More news as events warrant.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Revised Writing Schedule

According to my original writing schedule, I should be getting close to releasing Hawklady in a few days or weeks.

That's not how things played out.

I have a rare medical condition known as dysautonomia, and over the course of the last ten days or so I have enjoyed three separate ER visits followed by hospital stays.  If some of you may recall, I had an attack just a day or so after the release of Enchanter.  Same thing, only a longer and more vicious attack this time.

While my brilliant wife is figuring out what's wrong with me in connection with the entire medical research establishment, that has put a damper on my writing, and after consultation with the docs I'm going to have to slow things down for the rest of the year, while I accommodate some medical-related travel, tests, and shamanistic practices.  That wouldn't be a problem, if I'd been writing the 17 chapter, 90k word Hawklady at the time.

I wasn't writing Hawklady at the time.

When I got back from my hiatus after the post-Enchanter hospitalization, instead of sticking to the schedule like a good boy, I started writing (and have continued writing) Court Wizard, Pentandra's story, instead.  I'm a good bit into it, and hope to get a good deal more into it in the next month, but thanks to the whims of the gods an the nature of managed care, I don't have a definite release date, page count, or other details just yet.  Hell, not even sure how it ends yet.  But it should be over 150k words and likely out sometime in October/November, but I cannot promise anything yet.

Here's what I can promise:

1) Special Yule Surprise in terms of marketing/worldbuilding . . . details to come! (Excited about this one - Lanse of Bune is all over it)

2) YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST: CreateSpace and Audible versions of Spellmonger are in the works!  Details to come!  More books to come!

3) More shorts.  Yeah, yeah, I know, you've heard it all before.  But you'll see more shorts before you see another novel.

4) More updates.  I'm recovering, so I've been ignoring things for awhile, but I'm ramping up a bit now.

5) Yes, I've been working on TO.  No, it's not finished.  Yes, you'll be the first to know.

Thanks, folks.  I was so hoping for six books and six shorts by the end of the year.  Let's see what happens.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Back to writing.

After a hospital stay immediately following the publication of Enchanter, and a subsequent much-needed vacation from Spellmonger, I knocked out the first chapter of the next book yesterday.  It will still take me awhile to get back in my groove/routine, but IF all goes well (heh) and Ifnia is with me, I'm hoping to have it out by the end of September.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Enchanter Final Kindle Edition Live!

Find it right here:*Version*=1&*entries*=0

The edits remove at least 70%of the typos!

Also find special bonus section in the book, "A History Of Gramary By Master Ulin of Setria" . . . 

. . . and a new, never-before-seen short story, "Checkered Past".  

Also now available on Kindle Unlimited.  As is Hawkmaiden, for the first time:

Sales of the Beta were strong - thank you!  I'm going to be taking most of July off from Sevendor, but I'll be cranking around the first week in August on Hawklady.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Enchanter (Beta) Spoiler discussion thread

If you've grabbed a copy of Enchanter and want to vent, here's where you can do it.  If you haven't read it yet, don't read the comments here, because they will be laden with spoilers.

Sales have been stellar of the Beta version.  Enchanter debuted at 1054 on the total Kindle sales list, and jumped up to 662 before I had my coffee.  That's nice, because I'm feeling poorly after my transmission fiasco.  Good news on that is it might be a $20 fix, not a $2000 fix.  Gotta figure out which divinity specializes in transmissions so I can thank them properly,

  Some more artwork in process: a selection of traditional cummocks, the standard tool of arcane medical practice.

Go ahead, discuss.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Enchanter Beta is up!*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Feast, my friends.  Hope it doesn't suck.