Last time I revealed the regional map which goes along with my new steamfantasy novel, The Nullification Engine. Now, it's time to take a look at the second map.
I give you, the city of Brighton.
Brighton is a city where three rivers—the Silvercross, Whitecrest, and Highbrook—converge. Its residents took full advantage of this by re-routing the rivers into waterways which flow throughout the city. It should come as no surprise that Brighton contains a great number of bridges and, much like our own real world Venice, finding your way around its streets and alleys, when you have the additional obstacles in the form of rivers and waterways, can make for a difficult time getting around, especially for newcomers.
Aaron, Serena, and Ensel Rhe arrive at Brighton's gates fresh from their ordeal in The Five Elements. As one might expect from my writing, right away things go south for them. I'll say no more, other than that you can pick up a copy of The Nullification Engine at all major onli... [More]
I've gone on before about how important maps are to fantasy novels. So important, I commissioned a regional map for my first novel, The Hall of the Wood, and again for the first book in The Alchemancer series, The Five Elements.
The Nullification Engine, which was just released a couple of days ago, is no exception. In fact, this new book has not one map, but two!
Here is the first one (with the second to follow in a near future post). I give you the Earldom of Kettering.
For those who read The Five Elements, you'll no doubt notice the presence of Norwynne Keep, which is where the story in that novel begins. Much of the rest of the places from The Five Elements are 'off the map' (see the map for the Barony of Fallmere), because now our players are heading north. Where, you ask? All the way up to Brighton, which is a city that sits at the intersection of three rivers (The Nullification Engine actually begins with our heroes already having made the journey). There are a lot of hamlet... [More]
It's official. The next book in The Alchemancer series has been released!
This weekend only, you can buy The Nullification Engine for 99 cents at Amazon and Smashwords only. After that, the price goes up to $5.99.
This new novel picks up pretty much where The Five Elements left off. The first thing readers will notice is that the story widens, as does the number of characters. Aaron has more challenges ahead, Serena returns to a city she left behind three years ago under dubious circumstances, and Ensel Rhe will confront one of his greatest enemies. Also, he has to face his daughter, who he abandoned seven years ago. Throw in a whole lot of 'steamfantasy,' as one reviewer called it, and you've got 400 pages of high adventure, intrigue, heroes, villains, mystery, machines, magic, and mayhem.
Here's the blurb:
The city of Brighton promises new beginnings for Aaron, Serena, and the taciturn eslar, Ensel Rhe. But, upon their arrival, Aaron and Serena are arrested for their role in th... [More]
I sent my first short story out for submission way back in the early 90's to a very small print publication called Realms. Much to my surprise, they accepted the story. I still have the check they wrote me for $7. Fresh off this victory, I kept going with my writing, which went slowly because I was also getting close to finishing up work on my engineering degree.
But, in 1994, I had another story ready to send out. It was called Witchstone. In hindsight, it was pretty bad. Nevertheless, I thought it was gold, and, still glowing from my initial acceptance, I went for the bigs, sending the story to a number of notable print publications (back then, the Internet was not what it is today; online 'zines were just getting started). Of course it got rejected across the board.
Amidst the carnage, though, came this gem (click image for larger version):
It's a form rejection letter from Marion Zimmer Bradley, who ran the print publication, Marion... [More]
I've been tagged by author TL Rese to participate in The Next Big Thing. TNBT is relative, of course, since each individual's "next big thing" is different. But, since I'm the one who was tagged here, this NBT post is going to be about me and my upcoming novel, The Nullification Engine, which goes on sale December, 2013. Here's the cover in all its glory:
What is the working title of your next book?
The Nullification Engine. It follows The Five Elements, pretty much picking up right where that book left off.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea for the series as a whole really is a culmination of all of my favorite books, series, and authors . All fantasy, of course, though in this new book you'll see some influence from the seafaring tales of C.S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian via the airship, Griffin, and her crew.
What genre does your book fall under?
That's a tough question because the content really doesn't fall under a single genre. Primarily, it's ... [More]
I realized it's been three months since I last did one of these updates.
Based solely on that, it might seem I've been on vacation. Not so.
In that time, I've:
- Revealed a new cover for The Five Elements
- Announced plans for a re-release of The Hall of the Wood
- Ran a LibraryThing giveaway of 80 copies of The Hall of the Wood (of which I have not gotten many reviews in return, which means I likely will not be doing another one of these for future books)
- Did the official release for (yeah, you guessed it) The Hall of the Wood
- And, THE BIG ONE, I made the official announcement for the release of Book Two in The Alchemancer series, The Nullification Engine
I have one more announcement, which is that the The Nullification Engine goes to my editor tomorrow.
That means I've done all I can do with it. Some argue that art is never really "done". That's a point I can get behind. But, in commercial works, there's a point where you have to declare it finished. I'm almos... [More]