I've got real copies of Ash and Silver in hand. Now I'm nervously awaiting initial reviews. The book will hit the shelves, online booksellers, and, perhaps, your mailboxes on December 1. Until then, 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.
I've also put up a new People, Places, and Pronunciation Guide for the Sanctuary novels. No, it doesn't reveal secrets, but it might help refresh your memory about Dust and Light or provide a hint of how I hear the names and places in my head.
Then check out the bottom of this page to see how you can win an copy 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
All the cons are done for this year. I'll be doing some book launch events in Denver and online. And 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:
Thanks to all who entered the ARC drawing. Danny, the winner,is a PhD student in Quantitative Methodology at the University of Texas, and says
I've been reading your books since Transformation came out way back when I was in high school
I hate hearing that...