Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Wishing my fellow writers, readers and followers a Very Merry Christmas, as well as a Happy, Productive and Prosperous New Year.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Blurb for Markan Sword (as published)

Final version of the blurb.  Markan Sword has now been uploaded to Smashwords and Amazon, and will be available within the next twelve hours or so, and a little longer for Smashwords' retail partners. The final version of the book blurb follows:

The throne is finally in Marcus Vintner's grasp, but enemies unite to keep him from his lifelong ambition.

Verdin and Balnus are in Turivkan, where boys a certain age disappear and resentment against the prefect's rule builds towards revolution. Verdin must gain the rebels' friendship and alliance to further his own ambitions...

General Kelanus is in Eldova, surrounded by enemy soldiers, and determined to prove Hingast a fraud. But does hate prevent the general from using his better judgment?

Increasingly desperate to hand the throne to its rightful occupant, Zenepha knows that Marka's Senate is still unwilling to accept Marcus Vintner as their emperor. And an old enemy Zenepha believed defeated has again confidently asserted his claim to the throne...

An Ilvenworld nove of 160 thousand words, Marakn Sword concludes the Markan Empire trilogy.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Cover Art for Markan Sword

One of the best parts of writing for me is the run up to publication.  There are the revelations of the basic plotlines (tick), releasing sample chapters from the first draft (tick) and then the second (tick).  Finally, there is the cover reveal.

So, after a hard but enjoyable year of solid writing graft, for the final volume of the Markan Empire trilogy, here is the cover for Markan Sword:


As with my other books, the cover artist is Joleene NaylorMarkan Sword should appear on Kindle and Smashwords in the very near future (as in tomorrow or the day after), and will be filtering through to Smashwords' retail partners over the next few days.

There might not be many - or any - posts between now and the holiday, so may I wish all my fellow bloggers, readers and followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

(Like many other people, I have a few days off over the festive period.  I'll be spending much of this time updating both this blog and my website, ilvenworld.com  As always, I'll be posting to let you know as this happens!)

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Blurb for Markan Sword

Publication for Markan Sword draws ever nearer.  Here's the blurb for the third book of the Markan Empire trilogy:

The throne is finally in Marcus Vintner's grasp, but enemies unite to keep him from his lifelong ambition.

Verdin and Balnus are in Turivkan, where boys a certain age disappear and resentment against the prefect's rule builds towards revolution.  Verdin must gain the rebels' friendship and alliance to further his own ambitions...

Belaika, a sylph scout haunted by Haema's death, is in Eldova with General Kelanus.  Surrounded by enemy soldiers, Kelanus is determined to prove Hingast a fraud.  But does hate prevent the general from using his better judgment?

Increasingly desperate to hand the throne to its rightful occupant, Zenepha soon learns that Marka's Senate is still unwilling to accept Marcus Vintner as their emperor.  And an old enemy Marcus believed defeated has again confidently asserted his claim to the throne...

An Ilvenworld novel of 160 thousand words, Markan Sword concludes the Markan Empire trilogy.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Writing Update

I'm sorry for the time since I last posted.  Have finally finished editing Markan Sword and given it a last read-through.  With luck, the cover art will be with me very soon now, and I can get it out there.  Don't forget there are sample chapters scattered throughout this blog, particularly in October and November.

Over the next two or three weeks, I'll be updating the book pages here (the tabs under the header), relaunching my Independent Author Network account with new sample chapters, and uploading the details for M. Sword onto my webpage.

After that, I'll be concentrating my attention on Gifted Avenger, third novella of my trilogy about Sallis ti Ath's early days.  There might be a slightly longer gap between Sword & Avenger because I now have an editor.  But once the first professional editing is done, the gaps between books should return to normal.

I hope to keep you posted about cover art and the release date for Markan Sword in the very near future!