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Friday, January 23, 2015

Hawkmaiden (beta) is up for a mere $2.99

You can see the page here: Hawkmaiden

I'm pretty happy with it.  Working on the map and sundries now.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hawkmaiden cover blurb

Tell me what y'all think:

The Falcon’s Call!

From the moment Dara of Westwood spied the Silver Headed Raptor nesting in Rundeval Peak, the precocious redheaded twelve year old girl was enchanted.  The youngest daughter of the Master of the Wood lived in ramshackle Westwood Hall, in the independently-minded Westwood estate of Sevendor.  Her determination to capture a baby falcon and train it wasn’t hampered by the fact that Dara had never climbed a mountain, had never been trained in falconry, or even remotely had permission from her father to do it.  Dara wanted the falcon . . . and the only thing in her way was the mountain, an angry mother falcon, and her own fears.

But the daring climb up Rundeval and actually capturing the fledgling falcon is just the beginning of her troubles.  Actually learning falconry and training the willful bird is a responsibility she had barely considered.  Worse, there is trouble afoot in the domain: a new lord has come to rule over Sevendor and all of her people, replacing the corrupt old Sir Erantal.  While everyone welcomes the change, the new lord is a wizard: a magelord, the first of his kind in four hundred years: Lord Minalan the Spellmonger.  And he’s not alone.  He’s brought thousands of oddly-dressed Wilderlanders with him, families escaping the wars in the west. . . . and settling in Sevendor.

Within weeks of holding his first court as lord of Sevendor, the wizard's magic begins to cause problems.  Magelord Minalan turns Sevendor Castle, the entire mountain of Rundeval, and a good portion of the Westwood –including Dara’s home – into enchanted white stone when a spell goes unexpectedly awry one fateful night.  As a result, Dara learns that she, too, may become a mage someday.  Soon after she discovers that she can see through her falcon’s eyes and share her thoughts, the talents of a beastmaster, opening up a brilliant new world for her.

The folk of the valley have enough to eat for the first time in a generation, there are wizards all over Sevendor, and the castle glows with a magic light at night. The fortunes of the Westwood estate rise.  But the Magelord finds foes as well as friends in Sevendor. 

Though prosperity flows from the Magelord’s benevolent rule, the changes are frightening to some who have lost power since the Magelord came.  Outside the Westwood, the other natives of the domain are upset by their magical lord and his strange new people, and there are whispers of rebellion.  And outside of the domain, the neighboring lords, urged on by sinister forces, conspire to plunge Sevendor into war – with Dara and her family along with it!

What can one girl and her falcon do?  When the Magelord leaves on business and his enemies close in on her home, Dara discovers she may hold the answer to saving them all!  The fate of the entire domain rests with Dara of Westwood, the girl they’ll call the Hawkmaiden!

Oh, yeah, here's my temporary cover:

The real one is getting done, now, but I don't know when it will be available yet.  This will have to serve.  

Oh, yeah.  Hawkmaiden will be up this weekend at a special "beta issue" cover price of $2.99.  That will rise to $3.99 on or around February 1, as the proofreading and the map is complete.  

Also please note:

*  This is a YOUNG ADULT novel.  It was written with young teens in mind.
*  This takes place concurrently with the events of MAGELORD
*  This is a SHORT novel (97,000 words)
*  This novel WILL NOT be available for Kindle Select or Kindle Lending Library, for the foreseeable future.  This is a marketing test.

That's all for now.  Keep your eyes open for it.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spellmonger is now on Facebook.

Yielding to popular opinion, I have started a Facebook page for the Spellmonger novels, under Spellmonger Series.  I've posted all of the maps and drawings and ugly cover art there, and will mirror announcements and stuff.

In general I avoid FB personally, but I recognize it as a tool for marketing and communication.  I'll likely check the Spellmonger site more than my own, honestly (I find FB a horrible time sink - I got stuff to write) but if you like that platform, it's now there for your convenience.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Just finished the rough draft of Hawkmaiden

Unfortunately behind schedule, due to the holidays, an unexpected return to the hospital, various Boy Scout events, oh, and that work thing I do.  The good news is that the first half of the book is already back from my esteemed editor, Once I deal with the student historian election, the student play practice, the last Pinewood Derby, and the Scout Freezeout this weekend, I'll be doing a quick rewrite and ship it off to my esteemed proofreader, who is bugging me for it daily.  In a nice way.

Still, I went back and looked.  I published Spellmonger's Wedding in August of 2013.  Road to Sevendor anthology in September 2013.  Magelord in September of 2013.  Knights Magi in March, 2014.  Then High Mage in October, 2014.  Now it's January, 2015, and I'm about to pump another one out.  That's close to a million words in just under 2 years.  Maybe not the best million, sure.  But still . . .

In other words . . . suck it, George R. R. Martin.  Stop counting your money and write.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Solstice! How about a little Stonesinger for the holidays?

Folks, it was my intention to have at least three shorts done by now, but a three-day hospital stay and recuperation, not to mention metric tonnes of Christmas cheer and preparation for the holidays, have resulted in me having only ONE of the three completed at this point.  The other two are nearly finished, and I expect to have them done shortly, but as I have mentioned that I wanted to have a story up by now and I do, indeed, have one, it seems unfair of me not to share it.

So here it is, free.  Happy Yule!

I will be including it in future anthologies, as well, but you folk have been so patient, understanding, and enthusiastic I felt compelled to publish this for you in gratitude for your support.  Just a little thing, but please accept it as a token of my profound appreciation of your patronage.

I just received the first few chapters of Hawkmaiden back from my editor, Emily (who is about to publish her own first novel) and I'm close to finishing the book.  I'm anticipating an early January release, Briga willing.  Remember: it's shorter (less than 100,000 words), written for a YA audience, and it doesn't really break any new ground plot-wise.  If you're a plot-and-action junkie, more interested in Min and the goblin body count than the rest of the world, you can probably skip it and not miss much.  This is Dara's story, told from her perspective, and it isn't the kind of epic adventure tale you've grown used to.  If I had to liken it to any other series, I'd say it's most in style like Anne McCaffery's Harper Hall trilogy.  Only with hawks.

Min's tales will resume with Journeymage, which I'm looking to have done for this Spring (another shorter work, but more action-packed and plot-heavy and less world building).  To bridge this gap I'm planning a shortstory/novella for February or March, featuring Tyndal and Rondal and Friends.  And it's quite possible you'll see a few other shorts pop up here and there, too.

But I want to sincerely and deeply thank each and every one of you who have been following me on this journey.  Believe it or not, we're just getting started.

You may now use this comment section to discuss the story and when I'm ACTUALLY going to get all of this done.  And Spaceviking (still finishing).  And "other".  Then you may speculate when I might actually sleep.

Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Joyous Yule!


Monday, October 13, 2014

High Mage now outselling Game of Thrones . . .

Well, in one small category: Sword and Sorcery.  And only four or five of his books.  I still have one ahead of me.  Still, anytime you can out-sell the juggernaut of fantasy, you should take that bow.

Also, despite my wife's better judgment, I've accidentally written three chapters of Hawkmaiden.  Success is going to my head.

Thank you all.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Final Version Of High Mage Now Up


All corrections have been made.  The map is included.  If you've been waiting for the final before you buy, this is it.  Any additional corrections you have, feel free to email me.

Thanks for the great response!  Any time your weekend starts with 8-9 five star reviews, you kind of start thinking maybe it didn't suck.