(Lazy cross-post from my Facebook page)
It’s been a month since the launch of Assassin’s War, and not only has it garnered many great reviews, but sales have been outstanding – lifting my other books up as well.
Happy? You bet.
Complacent? Not at all ; )
Work continues on the sequel to Dangerous Evolution, and it should be released just in time for the holiday season. I’ve also started on the followup to Assassin’s War, but it”ll be 2014 before it sees daylight. I’ve managed to pound out 1200 words so far today and I’m heading back into the fray now.
I’ll leave you with a quote from the Dalai Lama
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
Assassin’s War continues to do well and some favorable reviews have begun trickling in. It’s a nice feeling when you throw your baby out into the wild after so many months of hard work and it’s not torn apart by ravenous wolves ; )
Divergence is moving along briskly, and things are getting pretty dicey in Sector space. Old friends return, new friends are made, and a surprising enemy comes to the forefront.
Now, time to get back at it.
The sales of Assassin’s War have been very gratifying, yet still no reviews – so the nail-biting continues. In other news, the sequel to Dangerous Evolution is coming along nicely. I’m well into Chapter Eight and the story is taking some interesting turns. I’m happy to be back in the Sector universe, but I have a SEKRAT project in the same setting as Monk and Assassin’s War underway as well. I’ll speak more about that as the project progresses.
Thanks to all for your continued support. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without your patronage, and I never, EVER forget that.
The new novel has already shown up on Amazon and is making its way to other retailers now. Click here to purchase. Barnes and Noble is here.
Assassin’s War, a full-length novel set in the same universe as my novella Monk, will be winding its way to retailers starting next week. When the book goes live, I’ll post to let everyone know. This is the updated blurb:
There was a long-held fear among the known races of the galaxy that no matter how powerful or technologically advanced they became, there would always be someone stronger—hiding far out in the deep recesses of the cosmos. That fear has now been realized.
A destructive alien armada has arrived, triggering a brutal war that will change the galaxy forever.
The only hope for survival rests with two, mortal adversaries—who must rise above their mutual hatred to work together on a dangerous mission. One is a lethal assassin unleashed on an unsuspecting enemy—a man so dangerous that even his own government wants him dead. The other, a ruthless alien invader with his own shocking agenda.
With enemies on both sides of the conflict, the assassin undergoes a personal revelation, striking at the very core of who and what he is. But will this epiphany lead to the salvation of the galaxy?
Or assure its destruction…
The work continues. And by work, I mean WORK. The good news is that I am making the novel the best it can be. But the bad news is that it’s taking longer than I’d planned. It will still be finished in weeks, not months, but I’d really hoped to have it out by now.
In my down time, I’ve managed to reach Chapter Six on the sequel to Dangerous Evolution – tentatively titled, Homecoming. I’m shooting for a December release date with this novel, and will dive into it full-force when Assassin’s War is completely done.
In related news, I hating editing…
alot…a lot (see what I did there?)
I’ve finally begun the proofing pass on Assassin’s War. The first three chapters almost sent me screaming into the ocean, but then things leveled out and it’s going much more smoothly now. Realistically, it’s looking more and more like a September release instead of August. But I want it to be the best book I can write, not the fastest.
Big news: For the last two weeks, Apple has been featuring my novel, Dangerous Evolution, as one of their Breakout Books in the UK. This exposure has propelled the book onto the top 100 list in two distinct categories. The top 25 actually (it reached #17 in Science Fiction: Adventure ). Of course I’m delighted by this, and curious to see how the exposure helps grow my sales in the UK. I’m especially interested to see if this translates to readers finding my other work.
In further good news, UPS delivered the proof copy of Assassin’s War yesterday and I’ll start the final (I hope) polish pass in a week or so. I’m leaving for Las Vegas next Thursday and don’t want to be distracted during the process. Most of you realize that Vegas can be VERY distracting – by design – so I’ll wait till I get back to begin.
I’m also a few chapters in on the next book already, and have decided to rework it to a first-person perspective. It’s the sequel to Dangerous Evolution, and readers have impressed upon me how much they like Malik’s “voice” and how “real” he seems. Looking back at the book, I humbly tend to agree. I believe that the first person narrative is greatly responsible for this, so I’m converting everything in Scrivener now to match the format of the first book. Some scenes will take place contemporaneously with Ben’s actions in other parts of the universe, so those will be written in 3rd person as needed to further the story. It’s a win/win, and should make for an excellent book ( Yes, I REALLY like this story).
Speaking of Scrivener, I plan to do a post about it in the coming weeks. It’s a versatile writing tool and I’d like to share my experiences with it, but there are other pressing matters at the moment…as always.