NEWS AND BLOG-ISH STUFF

November 26, 2017

I have so much going on right now, it feels a bit overwhelming to try to keep pace, but there are a bunch of books that are >this< close to coming out, so it’s time I caught everyone up!

We’ll start with The Martyr’s Tears.  The book is done!  It has its beautiful cover!  It’s been printed for final proofing!  I have contacted several literary agents about the possibility of representing it, which has been the primary delay since October in getting it into your hands.  But as soon as those discussions are concluded, it’s yours!  I still have hope that means before Christmas, as I just can’t stand sitting o...

November 26, 2017

Another sneak look at Bayard Wu's amazing cover painting for The Martyr's Tears.  I'll get the full cover up in another day or so!

November 21, 2017

I’ve been absolutely aching to reveal this little piece of news.  I’m excited to announce that The Martyr’s Tears will feature a cover painted by the amazingly talented Bayard Wu.  You can check out more of his exceptional artwork on his website, here:

https://www.artstation.com/bayardwu

The full cover image is spectacular, but, for now, just as a tease, here is his take on Wyn.  Enjoy!

November 18, 2017

It's out!  A fantastic new cover, painted by Greg Follender, featuring Danielle, Killock, and Wyn.  And, of course, the Blade, itself!

Greg did an amazing job capturing their faces, coming up with a brilliant design for the Blade, and putting up with my interfering.

Available now :)

November 7, 2017

More from the soon-to-be released cover painted by Greg Follender.  

"... it was her face that most amazed Wyn.  The soft curve of her cheek, her long, elegant neck, her golden eyes with their heavy lashes, her exquisite lips and dazzling white smile, even now directed at Wyn as they made eye contact.  So lovely, Wyn felt herself smile in return without thinking about it." ~ The Martyr's Blade

October 31, 2017

Another peek at the upcoming cover for The Martyr's Blade, painted by Greg Follender.  Here's a look at Wyn!

Wyn had a laughing smile for when she was joyful, a sly grin for when she teased, and a fierce smile for when she was angry.  Her eyes danced as she laughed and shone like ice when she raged, and when she was cheerful and content she quietly sang to herself.  And when she fought… it was as if she were dancing, all speed and lithe, flowing movement, strong and deadly. ~ The Martyr's Blade

October 15, 2017

Not that we needed it, but proof that Greg Follender is a fantastic artist.

Here’s a sneak peek at his rendition of Sir Killock from the cover of The Martyr’s Blade, the Illustrated Edition. 

I love the wolf’s head on the pauldron!

“His shaggy hair was iron with grey streaked through it, and he wore a scraggly beard that was almost all grey.  Yet the man did not appear old or frail.  Weathered, perhaps, but he moved easily and wiry muscles corded on his forearms and neck.  At his side hung a long blade with a worn and stained hilt, but the man’s hands did not come near it as he approached.

Ránnach r...

October 15, 2017

The proof is here, and I am sitting down to read The Martyr’s Tears in print for the first time.  Trying coffee this time, instead of wine, so we’ll see how that goes.

Thank you to all the beta readers and their feedback.  The book is much better for your attention and suggestions.

This second volume has been a much longer journey than the first, but I believe the story is richer for it.  I can’t wait to get it into your hands and see what you think.  On that front, I have sent it out for reviews and with any luck those will be in around Thanksgiving, and the book released soon after.  Thank you for your pa...

August 19, 2017

The Martyr's Tears is almost here! Final tweaks based on the beta reader's feedback is in progress, page count is being finalized, marketing stuff is happening--or whatever marketing stuff does--and proofs should be in the mail by the end of the month!

Thank you everyone for your patience.  I'm extremely excited for everyone to get this book in their hands!

August 18, 2017

I am very excited to reveal the first book in a companion series to the Chronicles of the Martyr... The Artificer's Tale.

This new series will feature stories around the world of Danielle, Wyn, Killock, and the other characters from the Chronicles.  Some of the stories take place concurrent with the events told in The Martyr's Blade and The Martyr's Tears, others take place thousands of miles away, or thousands of years ago, and many feature characters from the main books.

The first book in the series, The Artificer's Tale, focuses on the secretive Guild of Artificers in far away Venaissin.

The manuscript ha...

June 1, 2017

I realized that it has been a while since I last posted, although I cannot think how that it possible.  I am almost certain I posted very recently!  

Lots of little things and updates:

- reader drafts of The Martyr's Tears are in the hands of pre-readers right now, and I have started to receive comments back, which is excellent.  I wrote another three chapters and added them to the manuscript, so it is really starting to come together.  I am much more pleased with this draft than I was with the first.

- I read Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology last weekend.  It's been a very long time since I last read...

April 26, 2017

Day 26: Share a line that makes you smile.

They finally found lodging close to the marketplace.  A sign that bore a painting of a befuddled sheep and the carved words ‘Damn Ewe’ hung over a thick oaken door that opened to the glow of a warm fire and the sound of a raucous fiddle.  

April 24, 2017

Day 24: Are you a plotter, pantser, or hybrid?  What do you enjoy most about that style?

Depends on the day.  

Some days, I make the most progress by writing nothing but scene outlines.  Then I know what must happen.  

Some days I put the characters in a place and write about what they would do with no idea what will happen.  Then I know their choices and challenges will resonate.  

And some days I do both – I write a scene with nothing but dialog.  Just the characters talking and reacting to what is not yet written.  It’s an outline of the scene, but one driven by how the characters would react and...

April 23, 2017

Day 23: Share a book, blog, or piece of advice that has really helped your writing.

“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.” – Kurt Vonnegut

April 22, 2017

Day 22: If you could bring one element from your story into reality, what would it be?  

Hmmm… well, I am tempted to say the characters, because I want them around.  However, my close second (and likely much more appropriate) answer is the Devices.  

1) They are magic!  

2) They are magic! (I know, that’s the same, but… MAGIC)

3) Devices are especially intriguing to me because the crafting of them is art, not mystical mumbo-jumbo, a combination of metallurgy, sculpture, engineering, and, of course, the arcane.  

The idea that something as traditional as a magic “spell” is actually a tangible creation, a D...

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