Updates, Schmupdates

My reign as Worst Blogger Ever continues!

There has been some fun news recently regarding my books, so I have extra-extra no excuse for not updating this blog.  Shame on me.

The Sekhmet Bed was recently released as an audiobook, and I am beyond thrilled with how it turned out!  It already has a couple of reviews on Audible.com, too, which is fantastic to see.  You can get it here.  Amanda C. Miller, the narrator, has agreed to narrate the rest of the books in the series (and, I hope, all my books forever...I love her narration style and voice acting!)  The Crook and Flail has gone into production and the recording process should be finished around the end of February, with the audiobook coming out not too long afterward.

Speaking of the end of February, The Bull of Min, the final volume in The She-King series, is still on target to be released then.  In fact, I expect to finish the first draft of the book next week, and then it will go through the editing process for six weeks or so.  I'm liking how the book is turning out, although reader beware: it's a short novel.  It's shaping up to be rather "bigger than a breadbox," with the size kind of hard to define.  It's too long to be fairly called a "novella," but significantly shorter than the first three books in the series.  But that's all the length it needs.  I don't feel comfortable padding out a story with unnecessaries just to hit a certain word count; I want to tell the story in a length that feels authentic.  Because it will be shorter and therefore provide fewer hours of entertainment than the other books, it will cost a little less to buy, though I haven't settled on a price yet.

While The Bull of Min enters the editing phase, I'm going to turn my attention to Tidewater, my next historical novel.  It will tell the story of the conflict between the Powhatan Indians and the Jamestown Colony in the early 1600s from four different points of view: Pocahontas and John Smith (of course), as well as Chief Powhatan (Pocahontas's dad) and his brother Opechancanough.  I feel it's an ambitious project for me, and it will be carrying me beyond my comfort zone with my own writing.  I'm going to push myself to tell a larger, more intricate, higher-stakes story, and to bring out a distinctive voice in all four narrative points of view.

Tidewater is going to be a real challenge, but I'm looking forward to tackling it.  The concept has been gnawing at my brain for years now, and it feels good to finally be in the process of turning it into a real novel.  I've already begun taking extensive notes and the approach I'll take has begun to crystallize in my head.

Tidewater will be a long book, probably at least 120,000 words (or around 480-ish pages or more).  By comparison, The Sekhmet Bed, the longest novel I've written to date, is 93,000 words long.  So Tidewater is already shaping up to be a big book.  I do want to tell the story in one volume, however.  If it really grows too long to comfortably contain in a single book, I'll split the story into two, maybe three volumes.  However, if I can keep it a single, stand-alone novel, I will.

Right now, I'm tentatively projecting that Tidewater will be out in April 2014.  However, that's just a guess.  I've got a lot of writing ahead of me, and since I'm still working full-time at a day job, I don't yet know how long it will actually take me to complete the book.  But I'll keep readers updated, for certain!  (Though probably with spotty blog posts...)