If you’re like me, part of why you visit an author’s website is to find out what’s coming out next. It’s all good and well to find out where that author lives (Cincinnati, Ohio) and whether they have pets or not (I don’t), but what will you get to read from them next?
Here’s what I can tell you:
I have plans. Grand plans. Unfortunately, my brain doesn’t always comply with my wishes. Case in point: I had planned to release a companion trilogy to Thorn tentatively titled, “The Theft of Sunlight.” Don’t be fooled: Thorn is a stand alone. This trilogy takes up a few strands from Thorn and weaves a whole new story around a completely new heroine (Rae, introduced in my free short story, The Bone Knife.). After releasing Thorn, I sat down to work on Book 1 of Theft. And I couldn’t do it. For months, I toyed around with the manuscript, poking it, trying to pull it together, trying to figure what was missing from it, why it wasn’t working for me. But nothing I did felt right.
So, despite all those grand plans, I shelved Theft for later, and picked up a different project, The Sunbolt Chronicles. Meet Hitomi: orphan, rebel and mage with a penchant for rescuing people who need saving, and her arch-nemesis, a dark mage intent on taking over the Eleven Kingdoms.
I released the first installment, Sunbolt, in mid-2013, and then realized that I was not writing a novella serial as I had thought. This was mostly because Book 2, Memories of Ash, decided to be about three time the size of a novella. The Chronicles are still designed as a serial (to be differentiated from a series–serials are like installments that each have their own plot but, together, make a larger story. Think Star Wars.). I’m hoping to stagger the release of the remaining Chronicles books with the Theft trilogy, but that may or may not happen. That all depends on the mysterious inner workings of my writing mind.
1. The Sunbolt Chronicles
The first book of the Sunbolt Chronicles, aptly named Sunbolt, released June 17, 2013. Book Two, Memories of Ash, takes Hitomi from the secluded valley where she ended up at the end of Sunbolt straight to the High Council of Mages. Not the best place for a Promise to hide… I am now working on Book Three, in which Hitomi will try very hard to avoid the High Council of Mages, while also working to take down a slew of ancient enchantments.
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2. The Theft of Sunlight
The first book in this trilogy, tentatively titled “A Darkness at the Door,” starts up a few weeks after Thorn ends with a completely different heroine–someone you might have met in my free short story, The Bone Knife. Rae is smart, witty, and a born horsewoman, raised on a ranch in southern Menaiya. She and her two younger sisters have been inseparable, until now. Rae gets an invitation from a cousin at court to stay with them for the upcoming royal wedding. She doesn’t have many expectations beyond enjoying the wedding; born with a deformed foot, she knows the court’s obsession with beauty leaves no space for cripples.
Her expectations are turned on their head when she is asked to serve as a royal attendant to the foreign princess. Alyrra is not what Rae expects, nor is the task Alyrra sets her. Rae must find out about the snatched, the children and young women across Menaiya who disappear off the streets and from their beds. Rumor has it that it’s the work of slavers, but then there’s the Darkness, the strange malady that affects those children who escape, destroying their minds unless their memories can be erased. While the people live in fear of the Snatchers, the court dismisses the stories as ignorant superstition. It’s up to Rae to figure out what is going on and how to stop it, with a little help from a few thieves and hostlers you’ve already met…
If you’d like to meet Rae before the trilogy releases, you can check out my (free!) short story The Bone Knife. This little story predates the trilogy by a year or two, so Rae is still living at home with her family.
Here’s the blurb:
Rae knows how to look out for family. Born with a deformed foot, she feigns indifference to the pity and insults that come her way. Wary of all things beautiful, Rae instantly distrusts their latest visitor: an appallingly attractive faerie. Further, his presence imperils the secret her sister guards. But when the local townspeople show up demanding his blood, Rae must find a way to protect both her sister’s secret and their guest. Even if that means risking herself.
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