The proofs are reviewed, corrected and sent. My publisher has - I hope - sent ARCs (uncorrected Advance Reader Copies) to reviewers. And I should be seeing real copies of Ash and Silver by the end of October. The book will hit the shelves, online booksellers, and, perhaps, your mailboxes on December 1. Pre-orders are available for print, e-book. and audio copies at online sellers. Of course, your friendly neighborhood bookstore will take pre-orders, too. (FYI: Pre-orders are extremely helpful to authors.)
If you are hungry for a tidbit, I've put up an short excerpt from the new book. For those of you who have read the Lighthouse Duet, you might recognize the two people Lucian has encountered on his search for answers.
Then check out the bottom of this page to see how you can get an ARC of Ash and Silver!
The Sanctuary Duet has been a long journey, taking me to places I was totally not expecting. Lucian was so sheltered, so convinced of his place in the universe. It took some doing to dislodge his preconceptions. I hope readers enjoy his path through magic and history as much as I did.
Now's the Time! If you've been waiting to read Dust and Light until the end of the tale is near at hand, now would be the time to dive in. If you need a boost, you can check out the Dust and Light opening chapter right here. And then imagine how the genteel aristocrat portrayed on the D&L cover might become the more...ahem...rugged fellow on the cover of Ash and Silver. That's what I did...
I am so delighted by the cover art for this series, I just can't express it. Gene Mollica did a smashing job with my description for Ash and Silver. Seems like I said something about badass... (And here's a larger view.)
Lucian, as portrayed on the both covers, is actually very like my imagining.
Watch the Sanctuary Duet page for more excerpts, glossaries, reviews et al.
Ash and Silver will be released on December 1, 2015. You can find it at
Barnes and Noble, or other brick and mortar and online booksellers.
2015 Winding Down
Only MileHiCon, World Fantasy, and some as yet unscheduled book release events left to go this year. (How is that possible???) But I'm starting to line up events for 2016. Check out my appearances page for coming events. And keep watch here or sign up for my newsletter to get details and to see where I'll be when Ash and Silver hits the shelves.
Blackguards! The Blackguards anthology from Ragnarok Publications is available. My story, Seeds, tells of a meeting between a twenty-year-old runaway sorcerer who has been serving in King Eodward's legion (sound familiar, anyone?) who has an unfortunate run-in with a certain lawman who is trying to get a job as the Coroner of the Twelve Districts of Palinur. Here's the opening snip:
If any hierarch, priestess, monk, or practor were to ask me where I choose to worship my gods, I would have to say a friendly sop-house. I take no preference among the Elder Gods, the Karish upstart Iero, or anyone else’s divinity, offering libations, prayers, and oaths equally to them all as the occasion demands. But in all this wretched world there’s naught to compare with a fine bath, a barrel of mead, and a merry melee of pipes, dancing, and new friends to put me in mind of the sacred.
I hope it's as fun to read as it was to write. If you didn't back the Kickstarter, you can pick up the anthology from Ragnarok or Amazon.
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And we have a winner:
Andrea chose an autographed copy of Restoration in my latest book-of-choice drawing. She chose Seyonne as her favorite character. She says:
I love, love, LOVE Seyonne! I've read and re-read that series many times. Though not recently. I feel the need for another re-read coming on. I'm not actually sure why I like him so much. I mean part of it is his awesome abilities, but I also like how he has had so much bad happen to him but he doesn't quit and he doesn't whine too much.
While fantasy is my favorite genre, I'm a somewhat jaded reader. I still read, but it's hard to please me sometimes. One of the reasons I re-read your series is to remind myself that yeah, awesome stuff exists and this is why I read, to find gems like this.
I hate hearing that...
And of herself, she says:
I'm a librarian at a public library. Never meant to be one (my bachelor degree is in Natural Resources) but it just feels right and I quite enjoy it. I also love to travel (I'm actually in England at the moment). I don't get a lot of opportunity to travel but I do what I can. I also love attending sci/fi and fantasy conventions and try to do at least one a year, it being the big San Diego Comic Con. At the cons I try to meet as many authors as I can. Fantasy is definitely my favorite genre to read, with Sci fi a close second.
Thanks, Andrea. And the rest of you check out the next giveaway below. Something you might be interested in.