First of all, apologies for not updating more frequently. I know that there's a rumor going around that I'm "in hiatus", but actually I'm writing my fool ass off, about 15,000 words a day on average. Things have gotten a little complicated, however, so let me catch you up.
Over the last six months I've been in the hospital twice, and I've had no less than four family members likewise go in for various procedures. My father has unfortunately been left crippled, and I had to take time out to deal with that, as well as my own illness.
The upshot is that I'm a little behind on my writing schedule -- obviously -- but not too much. That is, Super Secret Project #2 had to take priority, Super Secret Project #1 got bumped up, and Magelord, alas, fell behind. But not too much behind. Instead of an early-winter release, it will be more like midwinter at the soonest. In fact, the first chapters started coming back from the editor this week, so it's possible I can have the thing done by end of January, gods willing. After that I'll finish Trask's Odyssey, or so I've planned. Mice and men, and all that.
Magelord is looking bigger than I thought, and twice now I've had to split off chunks of the narrative to inform future projects. But the whole thing should be pretty good, I hope. Price will remain consistent with the other books.
But I wanted to give y'all something in the meantime, so here is the first of three planned shorts in the Spellmonger universe, Victory Soup. It should be released on Kindle within the next 24 hours, a 25,000 short story for a mere $.99. Hopefully that will keep you satisfied while I bang out the rest of this thing.
Thanks again for the notes of encouragement and the threats of violence if I don't finish the book. Both have their place in my inspiration. And I'll try to update a little more frequently now that I'm out of the weeds.