April 2019 in which I pray for sunshine

What’s Going on!

Nothing much to report this past month, other than my wife and I sharing our 20th wedding anniversary. We celebrated by going to Greenville, SC, which is flat out beautiful. The history of the place, how a southern dump became such a lovely city, is even more interesting and inspiring.

Let’s see. I’m done with Babylon 5 binging and am now working my way through Parks and Rec again. I haven’t yet seen Captain Marvel. The trailers didn’t interest me. I am interested in Shazam though. Same with Avengers Endgame.

As for writing, I’m in the middle of editing William Wilde and Lord of Mourning, book 5 and the finale of the series. It’s coming along, but man, the story sure has gone full epic. Two worlds, a mythical god, monsters that are thousands of years old, time traveling heroes. I think I threw everything I could into a blender and set in on kick ass. The book will be narrated by Nick Podehl.

I also sent a bunch of copies of William Wilde and the Necrosed, book one in the series, to a school up in Indiana, and they loved it, which makes me glad. One of them liked it better than Percy Jackson. Take that Rick Riordan! I know. I’m sure he doesn’t care.

After this series, I’m not sure what to write. I’m fascinated by Xianxia, so maybe I’ll give that a go.

What I’ve Been Reading

Like I mentioned, I’m fascinated by Xianxia, which is a type of Chinese fantasy in which a nobody practices sacred martial arts, seeking to overcome overwhelming foes on his way to immortality. There’s leveling and cultivating, and in this, it shares a lot of similarities with LitRPG. I first heard about Xianxi when I read Will Wight’s Cradle series. Speaking of  Will Wight, Underlord, book 6 in his series dropped last month, and it was every bit as fun and fantastic as the first 5 books.

After I finish WW book 5, I think I’m taking a break from reading fantasy and reading about Hindu mythology and the craft of storytelling. I need a palate cleanser. Then we’ll see what I write.

After this series, I’m not sure what to write. I’m fascinated by Xianxia, so maybe I’ll give that a go.

Grab a book! Deeply discounted and all that!
 I don’t have as much to offer this month, except this one from an author friend of mine, USA Today bestseller Alisha Klapheke, who has a new book out: Fate of Dragons, book 1 of the Dragon Rising seriesFor now, it’s only $0.99.

Dragons. Elves. And the last surviving human fated to save them from the rising sea. But Vahly is the world’s biggest disappointment. So far, she possesses no magic whatsoever.

When she finds an ancient scroll that mentions a human power ritual conducted deep in the homeland of the elves, she gathers her dragon allies and journeys to see the king of that forest-dwelling race.

Welcomed into a place more lovely than any dream, will Vahly find the truth about her people’s past and wake her magic or will a twisted and powerful elven lord destroy her chance at saving the world?