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Updates and Major Changes

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

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A Recommendation

Greetings all.  I hope your Autumn is going well.  There’s something I want to show you.

A very good friend of mine has recently published the first two installments in his new series, The Seven Virtues.  When I say ‘a good friend,’ I don’t mean some random author from the dark corners of the interwebs, either–I mean that I actually grew up with him.  We still talk a good bit.

In fact, I drank him under the table from a thousand miles away the other night.  Mention it to him sometime.

We share a lot of the same tastes when it comes to books, and I guess it only makes sense that we both aspired to be fantasy authors.  His name is Jacob Peppers, and he’s no joke.  He has an English degree, and has been writing for at least as long as I have, if not longer.  He published the first installment in his new series, a novella called The Silent Blade, and the first full novel in the series, A Sellsword’s Compassion, just two days ago, and they’re already getting some good reviews.

If you’re looking for something new to read, maybe to hold you over until The City Under the Mountain drops (cough cough…because it’s so late) then hop over and give his books a read.  Like mine, they’re free to read for Kindle Unlimited members.  While I won’t say that you’ll find a story like mine in The Seven Virtues–even though the series names are similar–what you will find is an author that was forged in the same environment that I was.  Jacob, me, and our brothers all played Dungeons and Dragons together growing up, and shared a love for all things fantasy.

We also did Jiu-Jitsu together.  Told ya he was no joke.

The next installment of The Ballad of the Outrider is coming in the next two weeks, and more updates to follow on The City Under the Mountain.  As for Jacob’s work, I’ll let one of the recent reviews posted on his novella speak to what you’ll find if you decide to take a dive into his world.  Much love and respect to you all, and I’ll talk to you soon.

On The Silent Blade

Apparently a chronological prequel to the first actual book in the “Seven Virtues” series, this novella tells a short-but-dense tale that leads to plenty of characterization of this one fellow in particular (no surprise, given his feature on the cover). Peppers really nailed the length, here — this is no appetizer or prologue and instead describes a complete story arc on its own, without any cliffhangers or other nonsense. A brief word from the author promises more of this guy in the first novel proper, and it’s nice to both get a feel for a character in a shorter read and still get resolution to the events of the story.

I haven’t read “Sellsword’s Compassion” yet, so the setting here was new to me. It’s a kind of darker fantasy, urban grit kind of setup, with plenty of seedy underbelly and stalwart holdouts. It works well for the kind of tale going on here — plenty of conflict, loss, action, and self-interest — and compliments the main character nicely. It doesn’t really have that shiny plastic feel I associate with a lot of more whimsical fantasy — it feels a lot more visceral, which again works with the character. It gives the feeling that Peppers really thought through what kind of world he’s talking about, and this was an effective peek into it. I’ll be reading the next one for sure.

~Posted by one Matthew Palmer on Amazon.com.

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Child of the Flames: Last Chance

Alright guys, the sale for Child of the Flames ends today, so if you haven’t downloaded your copy yet, go to it.  The world depends on you.  Pretty sure something awful will happen if you don’t.  Perhaps the beaches will be invaded by laser wielding alien frogmen…perhaps nothing.

Do you really want to find out?

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