It’s definitely been too long since I last posted an update – apologies! My only excuse is that I’ve been incredibly busy working on the three Dragonslayer books with Tor. They’re still on schedule for publication next year!
The news of the day is that the Society of the Sword audiobook has been nominated for a SOVAS award in the Best Voice Artist category, for Derek Perkins. I think he did an incredible job in narrating it. Win or lose, I think Derek brought a huge amount to the audio production, and the nomination is the least amount of recognition he deserves.
The awards are on 18 November, so I wish him the best of luck, and am sorry I won’t be able to make it to the ceremony myself!
The Society of the Sword trilogy is now available in audio. Derek Perkins narrates this trilogy, giving it a slightly different flavour to the Wolf of the North, but does an equally superb job, and makes this setting his own. If you’ve enjoyed any of my books, audio or otherwise, I think you’ll really like this one. It’s all three parts in one volume, so you can binge through the entire trilogy in one go!
I’ve been particularly looking forward to this release, as enough time has passed for me to forget a lot about Society of the Sword (Wolf of the North is still a bit recent for me to revisit it!), so I get to listen to it as close to fresh as it can be when you’re the one who wrote it!
Ok, I had an email recently reminding me about the Ostenheim City Guide that I was planning to do a while back. I have to admit, with all the work that's been going into getting the entire Wolf of the North trilogy put together, I completely forgot about it! I've dug out the old file, and instead of putting it up as a complete booklet - at least initially - I'm going to post instalments of it here on the blog. I'll be getting on to that over the next week or so.
In other news, the first part of The Wolf of the North trilogy will be going off for line edit shortly, as soon as I've made a few slight changes, so things are well on track with that.
With the release of The First Blade of Ostia, I plan on moving to a different part of the Middle Sea World to explore for my next few books. The Empire didn’t swallow up the entire world, even at its peak, and the other side of its ancient borders is where the next trilogy will start off. It’s a place where magic and the gods are viewed as one and the same; a place where men still believe they walk the land.
From a writing perspective, it’s been a really fun way to look at some of the Middle Sea concepts from a completely different perspective, and also a great chance to really expand on the world I’ve created, to give it more depth, character, and colour. The first book of this series is with my long suffering alpha readers at the moment, and the second is well under way. I’ll reveal more about this series in coming weeks, as it will be my focus for 2015.
For those who enjoyed the setting of the Society of the Sword books, worry not! That part of the world is still very much open for business, and I have a further series plotted out that will take place in those regions, and focus on a more minor character from the Society trilogy who seems to have been pretty popular. He’s certainly one of my favourites, and I was constantly looking for ways to give him a more prominent role. He’ll finally be taking centre stage in this series, and working through his backstory has been a huge amount of fun. That’s all I’m giving away about that for now!
I’ve been looking forward to making this post for a couple of weeks now, and am delighted to reveal the cover for my next book, The Huntsman’s Amulet.
The Huntsman’s Amulet is the follow up to The Tattered Banner and is the second part of the Society of the Sword trilogy. It will be released in November, exact date yet to be confirmed. To be among the first to find out when, you can sign up for my new release notification here.
The cover was designed by Damon, at damonza.com, and after having worked with him on this, I give him my strongest possible recommendation. I’m really pleased with what he came up with. I think it’s a perfect match for the story. I hope you guys like it too!