I'm so delighted by the cover art for Ash and Silver, I just can't express it. Gene Mollica did a smashing job with my description. Seems like I said something about badass...
Yes, this is Lucian. Ash and Silver will be released in December 2015.
Coming soon! The Blackguards anthology from Ragnarok Publications should be coming out in the next month or so. This was my first participation in a Kickstarter campaign, and the Ragnarok folks certainly know how to run one. They hit every stretch goal. My story Seeds will appear in Blackguards. It tells of a meeting between a twenty-year-old runaway sorcerer who has been serving in King Eodward's legion (sound familiar, anyone?) who has an unfortunate run-in with a certain lawman who is trying to get a job as the Coroner of the Twelve Districts of Palinur. Here's the opening snip:
If any hierarch, priestess, monk, or practor were to ask me where I choose to worship my gods, I would have to say a friendly sop-house. I take no preference among the Elder Gods, the Karish upstart Iero, or anyone else’s divinity, offering libations, prayers, and oaths equally to them all as the occasion demands. But in all this wretched world there’s naught to compare with a fine bath, a barrel of mead, and a merry melee of pipes, dancing, and new friends to put me in mind of the sacred.
I hope it's as fun to read as it is to write. If you didn't back the Kickstarter, you should be able to pick up the anthology from Ragnarok.
The Sanctuary Duet
After snarfing up so much of 2014, Ash and Silver, the second and final book of the Sanctuary Duet, is alllmooost done. I've submitted a version to my editor, but I've the next rev almost ready to go and hope to get it to her before she reads the first. And I've still got work to do. This second part of Lucian de Remeni's story is big - bigger than I expected it to be. Circumstances have snatched him far away from Palinur and the necropolis and - literally - almost everything he knows. But I love where the journey took me - and I hope readers will, as well.
I've seen the Ash and Silver cover, but I'm not allowed to release it as yet. But I'll give this hint, I told the artist that rather than the aristocratic sorcerer of Dust and Light becomes something of a badass. Uh-huh. And the artist did a very nice job. Can't wait to show!
The artist who gets credit for these great covers is Gene Mollica. (Here's a larger version.)
Do you like teasers? Visit the new Sanctuary Duet page. Meanwhile, if you haven't read Dust and Light as yet, you can check out the opening chapter. Or read the starred review form Publishers Weekly. You can find the book at
Barnes and Noble,
Powells, or other online booksellers.
2015 Shaping Up
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