Congratulations to all the winners of the Goodreads giveaway! I had 477 people enter. Thanks so much for your interest! I mailed the winners’ signed copies out today in priority mail, so those folks should be getting them in a matter of days. Reviews appreciated!
Also, the conversion for the Kindle edition of the book is well underway and should be completed with some time to spare. Everything looks good for the release on January 7th– barring the end of the world, of course. Assuming we’re all still here, you’ll have a great new installment to The Seven Wars series. I have always been fond of this book, as it takes place primarily in Etheria and introduces (or shows more of) some of my most favorite characters. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
I’ve also not forgotten that I promised you an audio pronunciation guide for Bound By Blood. I’m hoping I’ll have some time to work on that soon. I had a pretty wicked cold and sinus infection recently, so recording anything more than a few sentences was off the table.
I hope all of you have a merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!
I’ve finished the trailer for Through Death Or Through Darkness. Be sure to share it if you enjoy it!
In celebration of having approved the proof with Amazon, I am pleased to announce that I am hosting a giveaway in which you can enter to win one of ten signed copies of Through Death Or Through Darkness before the book is released in January! Click below for more information.
I finished my reading of the Through Death Or Through Darkness proof today and have made the necessary fixes. I have a bit of exciting news regarding the editing of the book. Each manuscript is read by anywhere between four and six separate people (not including myself), but there have still been errors slipping through to the point that there have been several informal reviews voicing concern about the books’ editing. As someone who is going at this author business on my own, I simply do not have the resources to afford a full time professional editor. However, I recently received a very generous offer from someone who works in the field of professional writing to proofread for me free of charge. I won’t name this individual until I find out if it is ok to do so, but I am very excited. This will be someone who is new to the work– fresh eyes in all senses– and someone who is professionally trained in writing, so I have high hopes that the next book, and hopefully future books as well, will be more up to par in terms of typographical errors (or lack thereof). I’ll be delivering the proof copy to this new reader tomorrow morning.
I’m also pleased to announce that in addition to a glossary and pronunciation guide, there will be a map of Etheria included in the appendix of the third book. There is one other feature I’m hoping will be included, but it did not print as well as I had hoped, so I’m going to try out a new image format and some altering of the image itself to see if that will make a difference. I hope so. I’ll let you know if it works out in the next proof.
Finally, the cover printed fabulously. This is the first time I’ve gotten the first proof of a book and not wanted to make changes to the colors at all. It features one of my most favorite illustrations. Oddly enough, I never created this image to be a cover, or even to go with a particular story. As it happens, I painted this image during the final days of my grandfather’s life about a year and a half ago as a distraction from the pain that was hanging over my family at the time. When I started preparing Through Death Or Through Darkness for printing, I was at a loss as to what to use for the cover. I actually painted a whole other image thinking it would serve as the cover, but once I got all the text in place, I just didn’t like it. That’s when I started scrolling through my file of artwork and this image just called to me. I imagine many of you have seen it before, but I hope you’ll enjoy it as a cover much as I do.
I sent off the files for Through Death Or Through Darkness to Amazon today for review. I have a suspicion it will be rejected the first go-round because of the spine text. Since this book is thicker than the other two, I was unsure how much room I would have to work with on the spine. I guess I will find out soon enough and then make the necessary adjustments.
The story itself weighs in at 435 pages. The book itself runs to 454 pages, due an appendix I have added with some bonus material I think you all might appreciate. Most notably in the appendix is a glossary and pronunciation guide. There are some other things I hope to include in the appendix, but I will wait until I get the first proof copy before I announce them, as it will depend on the print quality as to whether or not I will include them.
Mostly, I just wanted to let you know the ball is rolling. I’ll upload the book cover to share with you later in the week once I’m sure it’s finalized.
I began typesetting for book three of The Seven Wars today, Through Death Or Through Darkness. I expect to have it released January 7th of 2013. I’m very excited about this book. I won’t say it’s necessarily my best work from a literary standpoint, but it’s always been one that’s near and dear to my heart for a number of reasons (which I can’t tell you without giving too much away!), so I’m looking forward to sharing it with all of you. It’s also notably longer than the previous two books. I don’t have an exact page count for you yet, as the typesetting isn’t finalized, but it will be somewhere in the 400s, as opposed to the barely 300 pages of the first two books in the series. I’ll keep you updated as I finish the typesetting and begin the proofing process!
The Immortal has been featured in The San Fransisco Book Review! The review calls The Somadàrsath “an epic series that is sure to capture fans” and says “the show of character personalities is subtle and brilliant…” You can read the full review here.
November 5th (Monday) 3:00-7:00 at Porter Library
November 16th (Friday) 2:00-5:30 at England Run Library
November 18th (Sunday) 2:00-5:30 at Salem Church Library
I have also been featured on the CRRL’s website. You can read the article here.
Book two of The Seven Wars is now available! Bound By Blood can be purchased on Amazon in trade paperback and Kindle edition. Amazon hasn’t merged the pages yet, so there’s a different link for the two formats. In the meantime, you can view all my currently available works on my Amazon author page.
Be sure to leave a review if you enjoy it!