Friday, October 24, 2014

Pilgrimage, Updates, and What I'm Doing Next

Hey! Hey! Hey! Guess what!

Oh snap! Look at that bad boy! And you know what? It's coming out soon! We're just above one week until Pilgrimage is unleashed on the world. My latest book (and it's a good one!) will be coming out on November 1st. That's a global release across all major ebook retailers, so put that in your calendar. Or, if you're like me and you like to do your book reading on the Kindle, then check this out


That, my friends, is a link to Pilgrimage's Amazon store page where you can pre-order the book RIGHT NOW.

And fear not, ye ownders of other ebook readers. You can also preorder for the Kobo, for Barnes & Noble Nook and on iTunes.

And trust me when I say this is a book you'll want to read. What's it about you ask? Here's a blurb.

Roland, an alcoholic living in a hotel, has just drunk the last of his money. He's jobless, friendless, hopeless and about to become homeless. Then he meets Griffith, a young sorcerer on a pilgrimage across northern New South Wales. Griffith's journey might be Roland's only chance at escaping the ghosts of his past. But a cruel and sadistic murderer is hunting Griffith, wielding a magic neither of them can fight. Their only chance for survival, and Roland's only chance for redemption, lies at the end of the pilgrimage, in the little town of Salem - if they can get there before the ghosts of their past don't destroy them.

Pilgrimage is a contemporary fantasy and adventure novel for a general adult audience. An exciting and action packed story, it explores themes of redemption and healing, and the strength we gain from friendships - even unexpected ones.

Not enough for you? Well look, don't take my word for it. The first five chapters are free to read over on my Figment page. <---- Click that bad boy for free samples!

This leads me into my next update which is, as you may have noticed, the blog! I've made a few spiffy changes around here. Most notably is the addition of a subscription feature, found over on the right, under "About The Author." Just plug your e-mail into that and you'll be alerted to when I update.

The other update is some fancy new links up the top of the page, just below the title. Each of those links will take you somewhere cool, like my GoodReads profile, my Figment profile (with free fiction!) and a list of books I have available for purchase. They are all good things and I encourage you to click upon them as often as you like. Go and see the world wide web, my friends!

Wait! Don't do it yet!

I've got one more thing to say. With the release of Pilgrimage - a novel roughly three years in the making - there remains the obvious question of what next? Well, I've always been pretty tight lipped about my projects in the past but today I'm feeling generous. So, I'm going to give you a hint at what is coming.

First of all, Winter City. Have you read it yet? You should! It's awesome and it is still going. We're eight issues into a twelve issue series and I'll be continuing to work on that through to the end. Keep an eye on that, because as we approach the finale, it just gets better and better. Also...

I am writing a sequel to Sorceress' Blood. A lot of people, when reading Sorceress' Blood, speculated that it had been left open for a sequel. Well it's true. A sequel is in the works. It's going to kick all kinds of arse. Without giving too much away, the new protagonist introduced in the sequel is a hell of a lot of fun to write and I am sure she'll be as much fun to read about. But a new protagonist doesn't mean out with the old and both Ashley and Rebecca will be returning as important, lead characters in Sorceress' Blood 2.

After that, I've been kicking around a couple of other ideas for novels. One idea in particular has been occupying my mind space and I'll tell you this much - it's still a modern fantasy adventure, but it's got dragons. Dragons! Everybody loves dragons. But never one to be satisfied with the old tropes of fantasy, the dragons seen in this project will be a little different from what you might expect when you hear somebody talk about dragons.

But before all that, I'm going to take a hiatus from fantasy. You may have seen that earlier this year I wrote a hard boiled detective story... With My Little Pony characters. The hard boiled detective/noir genre is one I've been in love with for a long time. I've tried writing neo-noir and mystery a bunch of times in the past, but it never quite clicked until recently. So I'm going to be writing a couple of short detective novels - novellas, if you want to be technical. I've got two I want to write and I've already begun work on them. It's a real thrill to throw myself into a genre I've both loved and struggled with for a long time.

No release dates or anything like that yet. When they're closer to finished, I'll let you know, but for now, I want to focus on making them the best damned detective novels they can be.

But hey, why are we talking about future books? There's a new book right now!

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