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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Magelord and Road to Sevendor now enrolled in KDP Select

This just means that if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow these titles for free from Kindle.

That is all.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Knights Magi Now Up At Special Price

It's up:

There will be one minor revision to correct a couple (ok, several) grammatical and spelling errors which will be made in conjunction with the final release, but otherwise it's good to go.  190,000 words.  Sex.  Violence.  Academics.  Virgin Goats.  It's got it all!

Here's the really, really crappy cover, to be replaced with a REAL cover as soon as my artist is done with it:

Yes, I know it sucks.  That's . . . OK.  For now.

But it's a good book.  I think you'll like it.  Or absolutely hate it.  Your call.

But it will be up for $2.99 for about 48 hours, to make up for the pricing issues on Magelord.  Then it will go up to $3.99 with the slightly revised version.  Fair warning.

Thanks for all of the support.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Knights Magi cover blurb

This should tell you how close I'm getting.  What do y'all think?

Opposites Attack!

When the Magelord Minalan the Spellmonger’s two apprentices, Tyndal and Rondal, were knighted after the battle of Timberwatch, they were dubbed Knights Magi: a new class of nobility for distinguished High Magi. Designed to combine the pursuit of arcane knowledge with the noble aspirations of chivalry, it elevated them above common warmage . . . in theory.  The problem was they had no idea how to be a Knight Mage . . . because no one had ever been one before.  And as a couple of half-trained rustic apprentices from the Mindens they did not feel up to the task or the high ideals of their title.  

But Master Minalan the Spellmonger decided to cure that ignorance.  He arranges for Tyndal and Rondal to be tutored and trained together in their new vocation, learning the arts of magic, the craft of warfare and the subtleties of chivalry from the finest masters in the kingdom.  

If they didn’t kill each other, first.

The two young spellmonger’s apprentices from the Minden mountain domain of Boval Vale have much in common: both had their homes destroyed, they were both sent into exile by the goblin invasion, and they both serve the same master.  Yet they could not be more different.  

Rondal is quiet, bookish, and introspective, dedicated to the disciplines of academic magic and anticipating a future of study, service, and, perhaps, romance.  Tyndal is bold and brash: an extroverted over-achiever with dreams of glory, gold, and girls.  Fate, circumstance, and the whims of the gods have forced them together, but the raw emotions of adolescence and the trauma of war put them at each others’ throats with depressing frequency. Master Minalan can’t have that, especially not in his fragile new domain with another baby on the way . . . so he sends them on the road.

Jealousy, anxiety, passion and frustration conspire to make them rivals - but if they don’t figure out a way to learn to work together, and quickly, then their stubborn feud could end up affecting the fate of the entire war.  Along the way they pick up some enemies, gain a few allies, master a few new skills, and attempt to learn the laws of love.  But as they stumble through their lessons and learn to master their tempers they discover that the strongest bonds between men are forged by the most difficult of trials.  

For after they become proficient at magic, war, and errantry they are put to the test in the field in dire circumstances . . . a mission where the strength of their friendship and the quality of their honor may be what ends up defining them best as

Knights Magi!

Friday, February 28, 2014

So close . . . but no cigar. Yet.

So it's the last day of February.  And KM isn't done.

It's not that I haven't been working on it like a fiend, but the simple fact is I was in the hospital for four days, recovering for a few more, and then got the flu.  Now I'm more or less recovered and my family has the flu.  Oh, my new artist came by to visit.  Flu.  Now my wife has pneumonia.  Lovely.

SO . . . even though I hate missing my own self-imposed deadlines as much as you do, this one is gonna get missed.  A bit.  But not by much.  I'm still grinding my way through the final, and when it's done I'll get it up as soon as possible with the Last Of The Sucky Covers.  Just give me a week or so to catch up, and we'll be golden.  If I don't come down with something even worse.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Final version of Magelord should be up within 12 hours . . .

This one includes more maps and a few sketches of Sevendor, ostensibly by Minalan's folk.  Most of the spelling and grammatical errors are fixed, but email me any that I missed and I'll update accordingly.

Oh, yeah.  Knights Magi will be out this month. When I release it, to make up for the pricing fiasco that accompanied the release of Magelord, I will be selling the book at the $2.99 pricepoint for 48 hours.  After that it goes up a buck to $3.99 and stays there.  It's over 150,000 words, I think you'll get your money's worth.

For all of you who hate my covers, I've hired a real live artist whose name shall not yet be revealed to do all of my covers.  Gone will be the castles.  Knights Magi should be the last book in the series with a lame castle cover . . . and the first one with a new, human beings in action cover.

For all of you awaiting word of Trask's Odyssey, I'm about 70% done, but it is both longer and more complex than KM, so the short fantasy book got done first.  Sorry about that, it just worked out that way.  I actually have to take a lot more time with Space Viking books because of the legacy.  For Spellmonger, I can make shit up more easily.

Special thanks to Emily Harris, my editor.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Release Date Of The Next Spellmonger Book . . .

. . . how about . . . NOW!

First, this isn't the next novel in the Spellmonger series -- Knights Magi will take a bit to write, though not near as long as Magelord.

This is the very first Spellmonger Anthology: The Road To Sevendor.  Those who put off buying the three shorts that bridged the gap (or filled in some details) between Warmage and Magelord can find all three of them anthologized in one place.

But that's not all . . . also included in this volume are FOUR previously-unpublished shorts set in the Spellmonger universe of Callidore.

They include:

"The Wizard of Birchroot Bridge" in which Rondal gets tasked to build a bridge . . . whether it wants to get built or not.

"The Secret of Westwood Hall", in which the Hawkmaid moves up to the big castle and Minalan learns some of the secret history of Sevendor.

"The Road To Sevendor", in which a woman who evolves a very nasty magical talent seeks out the Spellmonger  Sevendor to help her with her curse.

and "The Iron Band", in which a group of rugged warriors is given the impossible task to venture into the Penumbra and establish the headquarters for the new Royal militant order . . . if the goblins will let them.

Combined, the stories total more than 100,000 words.  While they aren't essential for reading the novel series, every now and then an important plot point gets made.

So check out The Road To Sevendor: A Spellmonger Anthology, and get a little dessert after the massive meal of Magelord!

(And it's cheap at $2.99 -- where it will stay)