New Sorcerer Rising Cover

SorcererRising_print_webEarlier this year I commissioned a new book cover for Sorcerer Rising, as well as one for FayTown Calling. This is part of an effort to brand my Virgil McDane books, to make them run together.

Karri Klawiter is the artist and she’s done a fantastic job. Gotta say, I never realized how bad mine looked until I saw this. Just can’t get over how good it looks. It’ll be up on the retail sites soon enough, with a paperback finally coming out the end of the week.

I will have a reveal for FayTown Calling toward the end of the week. That…doesn’t exactly mean the book will be coming out then, but seeing the cover has goaded me into a new pace.

Updates On a Few Things

Yeah, I know, I know, been awhile since I posted anything. I’ve been involved with a work project that has tied up a lot of my time, just one of the joys of writing with a day job.

I wanted to update on a few things, and since people tend to go to Story Arcs as well, it’s up there too.

First, the writing is lagging hard and that’s my fault. FayTown Calling is a good month behind. I was hoping to send out a final call for beta readers the end of February and have it edited and out by May. That’s not looking on track though, I won’t send out to beta readers (which you can still be a part of, just comment or email me!) and don’t think I will until mid April. I have many things to change, tweak, and add, and a final polish to make it readable. That moves publication to June (God, I hope…)

On my other writing fronts, I have a short story and a novella that are coming along. I haven’t touched the novella in a month, but it doesn’t need much. I really just need to tie together all the elements and I’ll have a brand new 25k+ story to release. It’s quite a bit different than anything else I’ve written and I’m pretty proud of it.

The short story came as a bit of a surprise. I had written it under a completely different context, then reworked it to be in Virgil’s world. It started at just under 2000 words and now is coming up on 10k. It’s been fun as well and has raised an interesting opportunity. I can’t go too much into it without giving away details of the story, but it deals with an aspect of Virgil’s world that I love. I mean, I love it. I had everything laid out for Sorcerer Rising, probably 9/10 of the story completed when I came up with this idea and I nearly scrapped it all to pursue this idea.

Believe me, Virgil would be a bit different in that context.

I ended up not doing it because I still love Virgil and his perspective on his world. He has a more centralize role that gives him exposure to more of the world. This other perspective is polarized and not as able to freely go about the world. It’s also an aspect of the world that is currently…hidden…from Virgil.

Let’s just say this, people are finally going to be shown what the Coven is.

I’m gonna send this short out to my mailing list, so you’ll get it for free if you’ve signed up. I’ll detail this a bit more there, but I would really like feedback. This aspect of the world is ripe with possibilities and I’d like to see where it can go. I’m thinking of a sort of episodic serial with multiple characters. I really think it could be fun but don’t want to commit to the logistics until I’m sure.

Lastly, my update on the ABNA (Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award).

I didn’t make the cut on this one.

I was hoping to, at least, make it into the second round but can’t win em all. I guess. It stung, not gonna lie on that. Oh well.

Keep on writing. That’s the best way to deal with rejection.

Project Update

I wanted to give a quick update on some of the things I’ve been working on.

The second story of Virgil McDane, DITF (you’re not supposed to know what that stands for) is coming along well and I am shooing for an early May deadline. That should be more than enough time to get everything completed, get it to readers, and make last minute edits. It also will give me time to get a cover together. I am doing something different than last time, so we’ll see how that goes. Details will be announced as soon as I have them.

I am quite happy with the way the second one is coming. There are some very rough parts that need to be completed, some plot holes filled in, and a general tightening, but it has been a lot of fun to write and I think will be a lot of fun to read. It’s a very different situation for Virgil than Sorcerer Rising, but retains the over the top quality I’ve tried to bring to his world. If you thought Sorcerer Rising had a lot of monsters, too many supernatural things to pop up, well, you haven’t seen anything yet.

I am also working on another project. This is my first attempt at fleshing out Virgil’s world and it’s an idea I’ve had for quite some time. It’s set in the world of Virgil McDane but set hundreds of years prior, encompassing a whole different situation and cast of characters. I think it will be longer than a short story, maybe even my first novella, but either way I want it done and published by the end of January.

I was serious when I said I wanted to write a ton this year. My dream goal would be to have DITF published this year, as well as a third and fourth Virgil McDane novel, with at least a dozen short stories and a few novellas. I’ve implemented a new schedule for my writing and the only thing I’m not really sure about is the fourth novel this year. Everything else is at least remotely possible.

Looking forward to giving it a shot though.