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?

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7 Comments

  1. Thank you for the update on book 5! I finished your outcaste series not too long ago and wanted to wait for the finale of William Wilde to get into it! They are fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed them! On another note Will Wights books are amazing!

    Thanks again!

    • Hi Justin,
      So glad you like William Wilde. The hardest part of writing the series is stopping Rukh and Jessira from taking over the story. They’re bosses and tough to corral. I really love Will’s Cradle series. It’s so fun, and part of me wants to give a story like that a go. The other part wants to write the sequel to the Castes and the OutCastes. Which one do you think I should do?
      Davis

      • Stephen Pessotti

        Hey Davis a big fan of both your series! though i admit i need to finish the last book for William wilde then i may reread the Castes book. That is a hard question you asked! see i want more Castes and the outcastes BUT i love the Cradle series as well like you heck when a new book comes out i go threw it so fast. I would love to see your hand at Xianxia books. Either way i am sure it will be amazing and hopefully on Audio like your other works so far.

        • Hi Stephen,
          I’ll always try to make sure everything I do makes it into audio. Xianxia or Castes? Maybe I should embrace the power of ‘and’ by doing both.

          Davis

          • Stephen Pessotti

            Davis
            Hey if your willing to let this greedy readier have both then i would say do it embrace the power!
            However if you decide to only do one i have been thinking maybe start with a Xianxia and then Castes? both would be better though lol.
            Either way thank you so much for making everything into Audio as someone who only listens to books i can say i and i am sure others are deeply thankful.

            seems though i missed release of at least one book gonna have to fix that! keep up the great work!

  2. Davis
    Hey if your willing to let this greedy readier have both then i would say do it embrace the power!
    However if you decide to only do one i have been thinking maybe start with a Xianxia and then Castes? both would be better though lol.
    Either way thank you so much for making everything into Audio as someone who only listens to books i can say i and i am sure others are deeply thankful.

    seems though i missed release of at least one book gonna have to fix that! keep up the great work!

    • Hi Stephen,
      Greedy readers are sometimes the best readers! As for doing both, I might got that route just to see if I can. It’d be hard as hell, but might also be fun.
      Davis

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