Summer Projects and Will There Be More “Emperor’s Edge” After Republic?

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If you’ve been following my Emperor’s Edge series, you probably already know I published the eighth book with Amaranthe, Sicarius, and the others last month. Republic was a big story and a bit of a departure for me (six point-of-view characters and over 200,000 words), but so far the reception from long-time readers has been positive. And the question has come up…

Will there be more adventures with these characters?

Probably, maybe, I think so. How’s that for a definitive answer?

Right now, my focus is on writing the first few novels in what I never planned to be a series (I wrote Balanced on the Blade’s Edge as a stand-alone fantasy romance novel, but, thanks to your reviews and support, it’s done well at Amazon — it hung out in the #1 steampunk position for over a month, and it’s still selling nicely. In addition, I realized I wanted to explore the world more thoroughly and add some more characters to the mix) as well as writing the long-neglected sequel to Torrent. I’d like to do a series there too. Getting these series off the ground is the summer project. (I’m also doing my final edits on the fourth Flash Gold novella — that’ll be ready to go before summer.)

After that, I’ll look to the Emperor’s Edge world again. As I’ve mentioned before, I have plans for a Nuria trilogy that stars Yanko from the Swords & Salt novellas, as well as Dak, who you might know now from Republic.

As for Amaranthe, Sicarius, and the rest of the EE crew, I’m mulling over how I might do some more adventures with them that could possibly appeal to brand new readers as well as regulars. I’m not sure yet whether Am & Sic would be the focus of a new series or if they would be side characters in it with someone else taking the role of narrator and main protagonist. Some of the other characters have some more growing to do (poor Maldynado is still trying to figure out his life), whereas Am & Sic are pretty well fleshed out at this point. Nothing is set in stone yet though. If you have thoughts, I’d love to hear them.

Anyway, that’s what I’m working on this summer. The next thing out will either be Claimed (FG4) or Deathmaker (the next book in the Blade’s Edge world). Thanks for reading!

99-Cent Ebooks from Best-Selling Indie Authors + Giveway

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For those of you looking for something to read this week, Encrypted and several other popular novels by independent authors (many of whom have been best-sellers) are available for 99 cents through December 3rd as part of the “Love, Murder, and Everything Else” sale. In addition to the great prices on the books, there are some giveaways for Amazon gift certificates that you might want to check out.

In other news, I’ve plotted out a new Amaranthe & Sicarius short story (when you guys voted for what you wanted to see in an Emperor’s Edge Christmas, er, “Solstice Day” story, those two came out on top) and plan to post that right here on my blog by Christmas.

Thanks for reading, everyone!

Vote for an Emperor’s Edge Christmas Story + Forged in Blood I in the Goodreads Award Finals

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All right, guys and gals, thanks to your help, Forged in Blood I is a finalist in this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards. As promised, I’ll write a new EE short story for Christmas and post it here for everyone to enjoy free of charge. In a moment, I’m going to give you a chance to vote for the subject matter of that story, but first, if I may implore you…

Could you please vote one final time for FiB? We’ve made it through the nominations and the semi-finals, and now it’s down to the final round. I appreciate all of your votes and your ongoing support!

Okay, now for the fun stuff…

What Shall the EE Christmas Story Be About?

  • Amaranthe and Sicarius's not-entirely-relaxing submarine vacation in the tropics (56%, 400 Votes)
  • Go back in time -- the whole team sharing Solstice Fest together (shortly after EE1) (15%, 108 Votes)
  • Basilard returns to his homeland (12%, 88 Votes)
  • Sespian figures out how he's going to spend Solstice Fest and what he's going to do with his life now (9%, 64 Votes)
  • Maldynado goes gift-shopping for Yara (hats may be involved) (6%, 42 Votes)
  • Something else? Write it in down in the comments (1%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 709

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Latest Story News + a Bribe :)

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For those who are curious about such things, I thought I’d post an update (and a bribe — more on that below). I have several projects in the works and will have something new out in December (and probably January and February as well!).

Next up will be a series of three prequel novellas for the Nuria trilogy I’ve been talking about. The first one will be free, though it may be via a coupon code, so make sure you’re signed up to my newsletter to get it. After that, I’m planning to finish the half-written Flash Gold 4 and my contemporary mystery/romance. While all of this is going on, I’m working on Republic (working title), a novel that takes place a few months after the last book in the Emperor’s Edge series.

In other news, Forged in Blood I has made it to the semifinals over in the Goodreads Choice Award Contest. If you’d like to vote for it, you can do so here.

I know it doesn’t have a shot at winning, but if it makes it to the finals, I’ll write a new Emperor’s Edge short story for Christmas and post it here for everyone to enjoy. I’ll do a quickie vote to see if you guys want the story to focus on Amaranthe & Sicarius (a tropical island Solstice Fest?) or someone else in the gang.


Forged in Blood I Nominated for 2013 Goodreads Choice Award — Thanks!

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Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 10.48.52 AMForged in Blood I has been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award this year.

I confess, I don’t spend a lot of time on Goodreads, but it’s my understanding that the books are chosen based on reader ratings, so I want to give a big thank you to all of you who have followed along with the series and who haven’t been shy to let others know that you’re enjoying the books. I believe FiB1 is the only self-published novel in the fantasy category, so I’m doubly honored to be nominated.

If you’d like to vote for Forged in Blood I (or, you know, one of those others guys :D), you can do so here.

Thanks for reading and sharing the love!

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