Landkist Saga Update

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Not a ton to report here, other than to say work continues in earnest on Landkist 5, which is now my primary creative focus. The plan for the series has expanded from five novels to six (with a special surprise in between.) I envision Book 5 as the Infinity War to Book 6’s Endgame. My expected publication date for Book 5 has been pushed from Spring/Summer to Fall, 2019. But it WILL be out this year. Good news is, I’m planning on a much quicker turnaround for Book 6.

Things are starting to come together nicely, and I’m feeling pretty good about my new writing pace.

Book 5 should challenge The Frostfire Sage in terms of length.

In other news, I recently took some time to go through Valley of Embers, the first book in the ongoing Landkist Saga, and give it some TLC.

While the story that kicked off the series has remained largely unchanged, the writing has been punched up. Overall, my approach to the revised/2nd edition was all about clarity. In addition to fleshed-out description and character motivations, I sprinkled some more Landkist lore throughout the narrative. While I’ve become something closer to a plotter than a pantser in my last two novels, Valley of Embers was largely written in an exploratory manner.

My intent with the 2nd Edition was to update both the prose and some details of the narrative to better fit in with the evolution of the series.

If you’re new to Landkist, now is a great time to jump in!

Audiobook Deal!

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Pleased to announce I have officially signed with Podium Publishing to produce the audiobook versions of The Landkist Saga.

Podium is the award-winning audio producer behind Andy Weir’s The Martian and some of the bestselling Independent authors in the genre, and routinely propel their Fantasy and Sci-Fi catalogue to the top of the bestsellers charts. They are known for high production values, innovative marketing and they have been extremely pleasant to deal with early into our business relationship.

Production timelines and release date TBA. Let the casting begin!

Violence for Violence’ Sake, or … Why Fight?

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There have been some recent discussions about the reasons—or lack thereof—for writing scenes of intense violence, specifically in the fantasy genre, which is ostensibly (but not really) about escaping the real world.

“What’s the point?” readers ask. “Why continue with such a reprehensible character?” “What does it say about me as a reader to keep on this path?”

If you don’t gravitate toward dark or violent subject matter, this is not an entreaty to toss aside your moral convictions or your personal entertainment palette to go down that road. But there are reasons writers explore these themes that have nothing to do with entertainment or shock.

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