I am excited to share that the second novel in the Sheynan Trilogy has been released! It is called The Bringer of War and is available from Apocalypse Ink Productions at this link. This is another novel that I rewrote several years after publication due to the success of my Kickstarter campaign last year. It is very exciting and I am proud to have this available. In addition to improving the writing quality, I was able to add specific hints and teasers about what is to come since I knew there would be a third novel. It should have much for fans of the original work as well as new readers to enjoy!
Also, since this novel is now out, AIP has temporarily reduced the price of The Shadow Chaser to help encourage new readers. It is a great time to get started or give the book as a gift! This price reduction lasts until October 15th, .
I was tagged by the talented and creative Jennifer Brozek to participate in a Character Blog Tour. And let's face it, what kind of knight would I be if I passed up a challenge like that? Since I am in the middle of writing the third and final book for my Sheynan Trilogy, it seemed appropriate to follow along with an introduction to the main character for those who haven't read the books.
1. What is the name of your character?
2. Is he/she fictional or a historical person?
He is a completely fictional character drawn up from my own imagination. Of course, he carries some of my traits as well of those from people I know well.
3. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in modern-times, the early 21st century. As for where, the first book is set in my home city of Seattle, the second book moves the action to Dallas and the third book moves back up to the Pacific Northwest. It is more or less the world we know, with a slight important twist.
4. What should we know about him/her?
You remember that slight important twist I mentioned? Well, there are people that have the ability to change their shape between their human and animal shape. They exist unknown to normal humans. Darien is extra rare in that he has the ability to shift into any animal, and that is what makes him so valuable. It is important to know that he isn't even aware about this world beneath the surface until it is thrust full-force into his life.
5. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Darien's world is completely turned upside down when all of a sudden people start showing up in his life trying to manipulate him and control him without telling him what is going on. What makes it all worse is that he doesn't even comprehend what is going on. So he needs to try and piece it all together while avoiding the traps of people who've been doing this for years.
6. What is the personal goal of the character?
It actually changes over the course of the trilogy. At first he just wants to survive, and then he wants to make a difference. He wants to bring the fight to those that he considers evil. Later on, he decides that he just wants to live a normal life, or at least as normal as he can in the time that remains.
7. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The first novel is out already and the second is hopefully going to be released at the end of this month. The first novel is The Shadow Chaser, the second is The Bringer of War, and the third is The Torn Soul. You can read more about them on my website, at the publisher's site, or at the usual online sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
8. When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
Apparently I got ahead of myself with this in the previous question. :) Just to recap, The Shadow Chaser is out, The Bringer of War will be available, and the final novel and entire trilogy should be available by GenCon 2015 at the latest.
I wanted to write a quick post this morning about a new Kickstarter project that is up and running which I have a vested interest in. It is a short story anthology that takes the unusual tact of having a fantasy-themed recipe released with every story. The anthology is about bards, and the trouble they can sometimes get into. My story is about a legendary bard who creates epic ballads, and one young man who is convinced he should be her next character. I had a lot of fun creating the story and I hope that you'll get a chance to read it in this collection.
If you're interested, check out the Kickstarter here.
So it is that time of year again. Time to get ready to head out to GenCon! I will be leaving shortly to head out to the four day long gaming fiesta, and I am looking forward to it. I will be working a table in the Dealer's Hall, but it will not be my table. Since they are publishing my Sheynan Trilogy, I will be sharing a table with Apocalypse Ink Productions. While I will not be at the table the entire time, odds are good that I will be there when I am not on a panel (and the Dealer's Hall is open of course). Speaking of schedules, here is mine for the convention!
Thursday, 12 pm - 1 pm, Combat Before Guns
Thursday, 1 pm - 2 pm, Medieval Arms and Armor
Thursday, 3 pm - 4 pm, Signing in the Dealer's Hall
Thursday, 8 pm - 10 pm, Read and Critique
Friday, 11 am - 12 pm, Signing in the Dealer's Hall
I am really looking forward to it and hope to see some of you there! Oh, and for those of you who remember the little Kickstarter I ran and the stretch goals... Friday is the day I will be wearing my armor for the full day. So make sure you try to catch me then! That does include doing a True Dungeon run in my armor, for the record.
So I can announce that I have officially sold a story to the next Valdemar short story anthology by Mercedes Lackey! This is very exciting news. I will be part of the upcoming anthology No True Way which is scheduled to be released this upcoming December. You can see the Amazon page for the anthology here. I am very excited! This feels like a huge next step in my writing career!
I'm a fiction writer, a technical writer, a computer programmer, a hardcore gamer, and a professional sword swinger. I have a thirst for adventure and am a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I try to put a bit of that into all of my stories, and I do love telling stories!