I hope 2016 is off to a great start for you!
We were stunned to have snow but lucky that it melted quickly. Life is almost back to normal here, which makes us luckier than many parts of the country. The boy is back at school for his last semester, the dh is teaching, and I’m getting my writing ducks in a row.
Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to spending a few days in sunny Daytona Beach with readers and other authors. Last year was my first Coastal Magic Convention. I had a blast and figure this year will be great, too.
I have updated covers for The Herald of Day and the rest of the Boar King’s Honor trilogy. Since this is historical fantasy, not paranormal romance, I thought it would be wise to ramp up the fantasy elements in the covers.
This is the new one for Herald. For the others, click here.
In case you missed the earlier posts about it, The Herald of Day the first book in a new historical fantasy 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 the goal in each book, but the characters 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.
You can read the first chapter of The Herald of Day here. Due to a variety of problems, the book’s release will be delayed for a couple of months.
Still available is “Magic & Mistletoe.” It’s the followup to Peri and Roland from “The Solstice Ball” in last year’s Tiny Treats: A Holiday Collection anthology. It’s currently for sale on Amazon, iBooks, Nook Press, and Kobo.
Life happened to us at Christmas, so the other holiday story I had planned is not yet finished. I’m working on it, though, and will post news as I have it.
If you missed the earlier announcement, Nemesis, the next Light Mage Wars book, has been postponed because of a research snag. I’m hoping to work this out and be 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, probably in mid 2016.
I’m still dedicated to this series even though I’m launching some other projects during the coming year. I’m looking forward to writing Avenger, a novella featuring Sybil from Renegade. In between books, I’ll have a few shorts, including that other Christmas story. Nemesis will be the next full-length novel. Spymaster will be out later in 2016. After that will be Ranger in late 2016 or early 2017. Spymaster and Ranger are both full-length novels.
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.
Also in the works, slated for later in 2016, is a new Arachnid series centering on one of Kelsey’s colleagues. More details about that later.
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