As the saying goes, life is what happens when you’re making other plans. It has been happening to Nemesis, the next Light Mage Wars book, in the form of a research snag. I’m delaying the book in hopes of working this out and being able to write the story I want. It’s frustrating to me, as I know it is to readers who want Tasha and Carter’s story, so I’ll have the book out as soon as I can. I’d love to have it out by the end of the year, but it may be early 2016.
That means the next book up, in mid-November, will be The Herald of Day. It’s the first book in a new trilogy, The Boar King’s Honor. The trilogy is about the descendants of a mage named Edmund Mainwaring. Edmund trusted the wrong man and unwittingly helped murder Richard III’s nephews, who’re known as The Princes in the Tower. Richard III was wrongly blamed, so the Mainwaring heirs are cursed until they clear the king’s name.
Lifting the curse is their aim in each book, but they also face larger problems. In Herald, a powerful mage has changed the history of England to set up a dictatorship of the mageborn. The second book, The Steel Rose, takes place between Napoleon’s escape from Elba and his defeat at Waterloo, with the fate of Europe at stake. The story wraps up in The King’s Champion. Set in 1940 between the Dunkirk evacuation and the start of the Blitz, it’s about a German plan to invade England.
“Magic & Mistletoe,” the follow-up on Peri and Roland from “The Solstice Ball” is almost ready. It just needs a few more tweaks. Look for it in early November.
Once these three projects launch, I’ll also be working on Danger’s Dance, a sequel to Danger’s Edge, my story in the Capitol Danger anthology. Danger’s Dance, an Arachnid Files novella, is about what happened between Arachnid operative Kelsey Mitchell and FBI special agent Greg Reed after the action-packed Inauguration Night detailed in the anthology. To read an excerpt of Danger’s Edge, click here.
Also in the works, slated for Spring 2016, is a new Arachnid series centering on one of Kelsey’s colleagues.
I had a blast at Dragon Con, as always. I managed to tweet some photos and messages, which is always fun. You can find those on my Twitter page. I volunteered for the Daily Dragon again, covering panels on the science in military science fiction in the science track to an introduction to historic steel combat in the Armory. You can find my articles here.
I’m also presenting a workshop and singing books at Moonlight & Magnolias. The book signing is open to the public. I’ve also been accepted as a guest at AtomaCon. The two events will be very different, but I expect to have a lot of fun at both!
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