Hope you enjoy!
It's promotion time! In appreciation for such amazing readers and because I know how expensive it can get to buy all your favorite books, the ebook price of An Oath of the Mage (Book Two) and An Oath of the Children (Book Three) will be reduced to .99 cents on Friday, March 7th! The links below are to Amazon for the Kindle, but you can get other versions through Smashwords. I will post a coupon code on Friday.
Hope you enjoy!
For those interested, a few little tidbits about ISB4. The story takes place three years after ISB3 (An Oath of the Children). Kiernan, Beck, Rogan & Airron, now in their early forties are enmeshed in their own lives. Soon, deadly political games bring the old friends together again just to tear them apart in a powder keg of intrigue where no one is safe. Lifelong alliances are questioned, battle lines are drawn and tragedy strikes. Twice.
Of the children, Kenley is away on humanitarian travels. Kellan, Kane & Reilly are at Mage training for most of the story, but Jala and Izzy play prominent roles.
Readers are introduced to a rogue male Draca Cat named Regus who prowls the borders of Iserlohn. Enormous and powerful, Regus is unique in his capacity to summon a primordial element of his dragon heritage—breathing fire. But, due to his inability to control the magic that rages inside, he shuns his fellow Dracas. When an innocent life hangs in the balance, will this fierce loner do what he must at the price of his freedom? Or will he walk away?
Even I’m not sure yet. ;)
Nikki is now available on Amazon (both in print and ebook) a few days ahead of schedule. B&N, Kobo & Apple releases will be available within the next few weeks.
Working on Island Shifters 4 now. I'll have more information regarding another novel I plan to write after IS4 tentatively titled "God's Creatures".
Thank you all for your support! Keep those comments coming!
The Angels trilogy just received a facelift! I found a great new graphic artist, Deanna Dionne, who made a few tweaks to the covers in the way of an accent color and new fonts. I also made some edits to the books. With Nikki now finished, I took the opportunity to go back through Fallon and Blane to ensure consistency with the plot, and the process allowed me to make edits and add foreshadowing that didn't exist before. I'm excited about the changes because I know that they will enhance the trilogy as a whole.
So, if you already have digital copies of Books 1 & 2, make sure you retrieve the updates for your e-reader. (Fallon has already been uploaded and Blane will be uploaded by Tuesday.) And, let me know what you think of the new covers! I would love to hear your thoughts.
Look for Nikki to be released this Valentine's Day! If you are a Goodreads member, click on the button below for a chance to win signed copies of all three books in the trilogy. Other exciting giveaways will be posted soon. Good luck!
2013. Wow, what a year! It’s 5:30 am on Christmas Eve. Presents are wrapped, cookies are baked, family is still in bed. Seems a perfect time to reflect on the year. No matter who or what you are, twelve months cannot pass by in this adventure we call life without experiencing both highs and lows. In a journey riddled with hills and valleys, one day we struggle with an uphill climb and the next we're running with childlike abandon down the other side.
Still, the exact route we travel is uniquely our own. No two are alike. Sure, there are footsteps all around—some in front or back or right alongside. Several walk with us for a time and then branch off in other directions. A few disappear completely and we're forced to plod ahead without them one step at a time. The path forward is often shrouded in shadows and filled with unforeseen battles, but how we choose to fight through is up to us.
My weapon of choice? I try to be a hero. Now, don’t laugh. There’s no cape or mask involved. I don’t shoot sorceress lightning from my fingertips (well, unless the kids are fighting). No, my heroic powers are much more subtle. It’s there, in the way I interact with my sons. In making an effort to embrace the positives and not dwell on the negatives. In giving back to others (even if it’s a gesture as simple as a smile). I don’t always succeed, of course. I’m not perfect. Sometimes the battle weighs on me and I get tired. My sword arm grows heavy, my patience wears thin. But, I keep trying because I know that if I fail one day, I'll still have a chance to get it right another.
Life. Is. Hard. And, it’s one of the reasons I so love writing heroic fantasy. We all need heroes. That symbolic proof that good trumps evil. The knight in shining armor. The superhero. Or, someone closer to home. The parent who chases away monsters that lurk under beds. The soldier who sacrifices all that is dear to keep others safe. The stranger who lifts people up with a random act of kindness. Heroes inspire. They keep our fears at bay. They allow us to believe in magic, even if for a short time.
This quote sums up the power of heroic fantasy for me.
“She'll kill me if she finds you in here. Can you climb trees? Tell me you can climb a tree!"
Patch grinned, "I can fly.”
― Becca Fitzpatrick, Hush, Hush
Be a hero in 2014. Fly. I'm guessing that people who think they are heroes can change the world. I know that I couldn’t fly without all of you. Writing is such a huge source of joy in my life. Your comments, your reviews, and the fact that you read my words provide the wind that keeps me in the air. Thank you for allowing me to soar this year.
Happy holidays to you and yours!
Hello folks! Just wanted to pop in and give you an update. If all goes well, Nikki should be finished within the next two weeks. Then starts the editing phase which usually lasts around four to six weeks. Expect a published book by early to mid February. I will be announcing some giveaways around the first of the year to gear up for the release.
After that? My spring will be consumed with finishing Island Shifters Four. Very excited about that.
Thank you so very much for reading my words. It's appreciated more than you know.
I leave you with the quote of the day. This one by Kade. In this scene, Blane races up to Fallon and Kade preparing to fight a Black Knight from Mordeaux.
Blane got out of the car and sprinted toward Fallon and Kade. Blood dripped from Kade's face, but he had somehow managed to find a metal rod that he hefted back and forth in his hands, apparently gauging its damage potential.
“Tyras” from Angels of the Knights – Nikki. I started this book despising this character, the epitome of all that is evil in the world, but he is proving more complicated than that.
A shout out to the incomparable Nick Deligaris for bringing him to life.
[Insert hard brake sound effect here]. I had a change of mind that I hope won't upset too many people. But...I'm shelving Island Shifters - An Oath of the King to finish Angels of the Knights - Nikki. Why? Two reasons.
First, when last we left off in Book 3 of Island Shifters, everything was buttoned up very tidy. No cliffhangers, no teasers, no cursing or clamoring. Perfect. Just the way I like it. Since Book 4 is going to be the start of a brand new adventure, there is no sense of urgency (at least no one has indicated as such to me).
Second, and simply put, more people want Nikki. Issues are unresolved. The fate of a certain character is unknown. It's the last book in a trilogy. Urgency is higher.
So, onward with Nikki. I'm really excited to explore her story. I will post an estimated release date within a few weeks when I have a better idea.
As always, I welcome any and all comments.
Thanks for reading.
For some reason, I have spent more time than usual on knotty, little paragraphs that exist purely to drive me insane. I cut and paste and twist and turn, but sometimes the writing just doesn’t flow exactly right. If I read the chapter back and keep stumbling at the same spot, I know something is off and it prickles at me like a sore tooth.
Sort of like a Rubik’s Cube with one column the wrong color. Everything around the offending little horror is lined up perfectly, but that one area draws the eye and makes it, well…not perfect.
I have often compared writing to puzzle solving. With both, tiny tidbits of information must be gathered and meshed together to create a beautiful whole. All imperfections stand out and the process is often frustrating and seemingly impossible to solve. But, in order to see the beauty underneath, you keep at it. You analyze and pick and prod until all the pieces fall into place. When they finally do...when all those squares line up, it’s a rush like no other.
Not that I’ve ever solved a Rubik’s Cube, mind you. I don’t have the patience for that kind of thing. I prefer the conundrum of constructing Book 4 in a 400,000 word epic fantasy any day. Call me weird or call me a writer. Either fits.