The excerpts for Book 3 are up!

The excerpts for Book 3-A Warrior’s Penance-are up! Right now, it’s just The Trials So Far (A reminder of all that’s happened so far) and the prologue. However, over the next few months, I’ll release a new chapter a week. That should put us pretty close to the release date for the book.

Just look for “Excerpts” in the top set of tabs and follow the drop down menu.

The good news and the bad…

For the past few weeks, I’ve been discussing the sale of the audiobook rights to my third book to Audible Studios. Audible Studios is closely affiliated with Audible and owned by Amazon, and they’re one of the largest audiobook publishers in the world. Well, discussion turned into a contract, and it was finalized yesterday.
This is wonderful news for me! I’ve always wanted writing to become a second career, but the biggest barrier has always been informing people that my books even exist. This is where marketing comes in, and it isn’t something I enjoy. More importantly, it takes time away from writing. But now, with Audible’s marketing muscle to help promote the third book (and the series), I am hopeful that I’ll have a chance (fingers crossed) to get my books in front of more readers.
Now, the bad news. Audible Studios would like me to delay the release of the ebook and print version of the third book until the audiobook version is complete. They want a simultaneous release for all three versions since doing so will boost sales across all three platforms.
What this means is that the third book won’t become available until probably late July/early August. I know this is crap news, and I’ve been dreading posting this information since I first learned of it’s possibility. But I hope everyone understands how fantastic this opportunity with Audible is for my professional goals as a writer.

What I’m doing now…

Waiting on the beta reads, and while I’m doing so, I decided to try my hand at a short story. Something featuring the legendary warrior, Hume. We’ll see how it goes. And hopefully, sometime in the next few weeks, I’ll have a much longer post about what else is going on. For others it might seem like a small step forward, but for me, it has the potential to be pretty awesome.

Book 3 – Where it stands

I just finished what I hope is the penultimate revision of book 3. The title is still A Warrior’s Penance, unless I think of something better. Titles aren’t my strong suit. Anyway, the book is about the same length as the second book-roughly 180,000 words. Right now, it’s in the hands of the beta readers. After their input, I’ll revise one last time, then it’s off to the proofreader. I’ve already started the process on commissioning cover art, so if all goes well (please let it go well), the book should be out the door by mid-April. There will also be a boxed set with all three books.

New cover art for A Warrior’s Path and A Warrior’s Knowledge

Pretty shiny stuff. I’ll get the updated print version out as soon as I have the finalized updated interior work. Hopefully not too far off. And then it’s just the final two drafts (I hope) of book 3, send it to the beta readers, one more draft, off to the editor, get the interior layout completed, and then publish! Not too long at all. Oh yeah, and then send it to Nick to narrate.

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