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Child of the Flames


The Seven Signs, book one. Coming in 2016

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog.  I recently started school again, and my life has been pretty hectic since.  If I’m not working on overhauling The Seven Signs, I’m writing something in APA format.  The neat little schedule I worked out for myself while finishing The City Under the Mountain was pretty much thrown out the window.

So, what have I been doing, you might ask?

I’ve been working on what will be the new Big, Bad Book One:  Child of the Flames.

What’s changing?  Well, let me try and explain.  During The Sentient Fire, I really felt like I could have dived into the story a little more than I did.  There were a lot of things happening behind the scenes during the first book that I never illuminated, so I’m illuminating some of them.

Also, Shawna’s part in the story is getting more of an overhaul.  Earlier today I finished writing the opening scene to the book, and it’s about ten times more exciting than before.  A large part of the first book was her flight from the Red Swords, yet she got little “airplay” in the original book.  She’ll get more this time around, and you know it’s going to be bloody.

I may have mentioned my original intention to give the book a stylistic polish, and that will be happening as I go, as well.  It’s weird returning to this story so many years later.  Sometimes I read parts of it and cringe at the writing, but I guess that’s the way it goes with art.  You’re never really happy with it, but it is kind of fun to go back and rewrite some of the parts to give them a little more punch.

So far, January is still a good date for the release of the overhauled series.  As the date gets closer I’ll keep you guys updated, but as of right now I’m sticking with that.  Don’t forget to like, subscribe, follow, and all of that.  Check me out on Facebook if you’re so inclined, or follow me on Twitter.  To get the updates as they come straight from the source, join my mailing list, the Conclave.

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The Thousand Names

I usually don’t like to jump into a new series while I’m in the middle of writing my own stuff.  It tends to muddy the waters a bit, but after a friend recommended this book to me, I decided to give it a shot.  I was not disappointed.

The Thousand Names isn’t like your normal sword-and-sorcery fantasies.  It’s part of a growing sub-genre lovingly referred to as “flintlock fantasy”.  That’s right–it’s got cannons, muskets, and magic.  I thought that it would be hard to get into, but I was wrong.

I got this one at Audible, and the audiobook was really good.  The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life, and the book itself instantly grabbed my attention.  I love a good military element in my fantasy stories, and Wexler did an amazing job of making this sort of combat gritty and interesting.  On top of that, the magic in his story is a little darker and different than I was used to, which ended up being awesome.  Every point of view character was really well written and interesting, and the story itself was awesome.  This series is right up there with The Gentlemen Bastards for me, so I thought I would rave about it and recommend it to you guys.

Also, I was wondering if you all could make some recommendations to me.  I’d like to read a good indie sci-fi/fantasy series, and who better to let me know where to find them?  Anyone know of any hidden gems?