Many authors start their web pages with biographical information, but frankly, I've led a very boring life. (That's not a complaint. "May you live in interesting times." really is a curse, and "May you lead an interesting life." is even worse.) When I go to my favorite authors' web sites the thing I'm really looking for is; What's Coming Out Next!
Well, it’s not really soon, but I talked with my micropublisher a few days ago, and I now have rough dates for the publication of the next three Knight & Rogue books! Book 4 in the series, Thieves’ War will be coming out sometime in the fall, maybe late fall, of this year. Book 5, Scholar’s Plot is scheduled for summer of 2014. And the last book, which doesn’t even have a title yet, in the spring of 2015. Nine months apart, which will be a pretty tight schedule for my micro-publisher and I. But I think we can bring it off.
They’re up! All 4 of my early, out-of-print novels now available as ebooks, from all major ebook stores. And A Matter of Profit, The Wizard Test, Navohar and Songs of Power should be available in POD (print on demand) trade paperbacks “soon...very soon.” (A quote that totally dates me, but if you haven’t seen the movie Romancing the Stone you really should. It’s delightful.)
I had to read them again, reformatting the manuscripts, and I’d forgotten what good books they are. Which didn’t stop me from wanting to tweak a few sentences, but I almost always resisted. I detest the new trend of putting out a older book, rewritten, and asking readers to buy the same story again. So if you’ve already read them you don’t have to buy these new editions—they’re the same books. On the other hand, if you haven’t read them...I believe I already mentioned what good books they were.
Traitor’s Son is out in hardback. Kelsa thought she was turning that pouch over to someone who’d know what to do with it. She was so wrong. And Trickster’s Girl, where Kelsa makes that mistake, is out in paperback.
The Goblin War is out in hardback too. It’s the final book in the trilogy (The Goblin Wood & The Goblin Gate are the first two books) in which all three of my protagonists have to work together to defeat an invasion of cannibalistic barbarians...which is probably easier than Jeriah and Makenna working together!
The Goblin Gate is now available in paperback (also in stores) but to get Goblin Wood you’ll have to resort to used copies or check it out at the library.
I’ve now finished The Fixer, and since the agent I was considering turned it down I went crazy and entered it in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest—because, why not? It will be interesting to see how many rounds it goes.
Fixer is a stand alone story, set in the Goblin universe, but 400 years later. They’re trying to settle their version of the first world war with a great peace conference—and assassins are trying to disrupt it, and framing the heroine’s grandmother for the murders. I hope it won’t disappoint my Goblin fans—all the characters from the previous novels have been dead for four centuries, so it shouldn’t surprise you that they’re not in this story! But it does deal with one final question Goblin War left open—what happened to the descendants of the Chanduri.
I didn’t succeed in rewriting Thieves’ War over the holidays—what was I thinking?—and I’m now having great fun working on the first draft of Scholar’s Plot, and when that’s finished I’ll go back and revise Thieves’ War, and then rewrite Scholar’s Plot, and then it goes to my critique group for comments...and then I’ll rewrite it again, but by that time it will be fall! At least, that’s my best laid plan—and you know what happens to them.
If you want to follow the sporadic progress of all these revisions, you can check out the On my Radar—Work postings on my new facebook fan page. I’ve put off getting on facebook forever—and now I’m really enjoying it and can’t imagine why I resisted for so long. Amazing how often it works out like that.