The calendar page has turned, and here we are in 2017. The year came in for us with rain and a bit of snow and ice. We’re still waiting for the ice to melt! The street are clear, but the ground is still mostly covered.
All that less-than-ideal weather has given me plenty of time to work on this year’s writing schedule. I’m pleased to announce that the Herald of Day has a release date, February 27, and will be available for preorder soon, starting with iBooks and moving to other retailers.
I’m already doing the research for The Steel Rose, which moves from the ballrooms of Regency England to the gritty field of Waterloo. This period has always interested me, and now I have an excuse to really dig into it!
The Herald of Day, for anyone who’s just visiting this site for the first time, is the first book in The Boar King’s Honor trilogy, which 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 the goal in each book, but the characters also face larger problems. In Herald, a powerful wizard has changed the history of England to set up a dictatorship of the Gifted. 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.
You can read the first chapter of The Herald of Day here.
I’m not abandoning the Light Mages. Thanks to a couple of friends, I’ve been able to get the research info I need to complete the book. It will be out late this spring. I’m excited about finally finishing it and putting Tasha and Carter’s story out into the world.
Once Nemesis is out, I’m looking forward to writing Avenger, a novella featuring Sybil from Renegade. The next full-length novel after that, Spymaster, will be out in early 2017. After that will be Ranger in the summer of next year.
There may also be a couple of short stories about Griff and Val. Those are kind of bubbling around in my head right now.
I’m also 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.
I started a blog on this site, only to let it languish. I’ll be posting monthly this year, starting in February, and will post announcements of new entries on social media.
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