See that up there? I doubt I have to explain what it’s supposed to be. I’ve been out of touch much longer than I expected to be–in fact, book four is supposed to be here, you scream at your computer screen. Let’s get into it.
So, yeah–book four is delayed quite a bit. Not by choice, but by necessity. There’s lots going on, so let me fill you in on what’s happening on my end of things.
There is some very exciting things (hopefully) coming down the pipe for Child of the Flames. I don’t want to jynx anything, but there’s a possibility that an audio version may soon become available. Keep your ears peeled for more on that in the near future.
This means there’s a bit of work to be done on my end, though. New covers, new paperbacks, new everything. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty business language, but this turn of events has necessitated a redo of a lot of stuff, which has taken a considerable amount of time. Expect to see some major changes filtering down within the next few weeks.
That’s the first reason The City Under the Mountain is delayed–lost time to reworking things. The next is that I’ll have to wait for the new artist to finish the covers, which I’m really excited about. You guys see that picture up there, right? It’s hand-painted. The new covers will be nothing to sneer at. He’s got to redo them all, though, so it will take a little time.
The next reason isn’t so fun–I’ve got to go to court against the wailing protests from the depths of my soul. I’m not in trouble or anything, it’s just legal stuff that needs to be taken care of. I’ve got a lot of meetings with lawyers in my near future, and that’s never fun. Anyone who’s been through it knows what I’m talking about.
So, all that said, expect The City Under the Mountain be released in mid-December. I know it sucks–believe me, I wouldn’t sneer at the money it would bring–but it’s necessary. Lots of stuff is happening, and at the moment, City is caught in the whirlwind of activity.
If you’ve tried to get in touch with me and received only silence in return, that’s why. In the meantime, though, I’ve got another recommendation to tide you all over.
Those of you who got my email about my friend Jacob Peppers will remember him. He released A Sellsword’s Compassion a couple of weeks ago, and he’s seeing some good reviews from it. The guy is a madman (and has a substantial backlist of books) and so he’s just released the first book in his second series, The Son of the Morning. Also, The Silent Blade–the novella in his Seven Virtues series–is currently FREE.
So head on over and check him out. Drop him a love letter and let him know I sent you there. It’ll put a smile on his face, and I can use the fact to strong-arm him into buying me beer. Much love and respect to you all, and I’ll be sending you something soon.
Also–The Ballad of the Outrider is similarly delayed for the same reasons discussed above. I was halfway through the second installment when I had to turn my attention away, so it’s coming within the next two weeks