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What’s Book 5 about?

23 Oct

The White-Silver HouseYou’ve seen the new and improved first chapter for Book 5, The White-Silver House. But what is the book about? Here’s the back cover text:

From the day magic entered her life, Karia’s goal has been to put an end to magic. But she didn’t know how.

Now she has a plan. She’s started working on it. She knows her next step. And she has a pretty good idea how it ends.

But the next step is not going to be easy – if it’s even possible. And in the end, does she have to die? Is there another way? A way to remove the malignancy from magic? Or a way to neutralize magic, without Karia dying?

Perhaps there are answers in the strange properties of white silver.

With the fifth book coming, it’s a good time to grab any of the other books you haven’t read yet.

For the price of a cup of coffee …

10 Oct

Did you get Book 1, The House in the Old Wood, free, and didn’t want to pay $6.99 for Kindle version of Book 2, Karia’s Path?

Then you’re in luck!

Now, for the price of a cup of coffee, you can get the Kindle version of Karia’s Path. OK, so at $4.99, it’s more like the price of a Starbucks Venti Nonfat Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte with Whip. And come to think of it, it seems like a travesty to call that coffee.

Let’s try this. It’s more valuable than just about any of this Random stuff under $5 on Amazon, including Henna Birds Tattoos, a Joie Egg Yolky Egg Separator or Fred Holy Toast Bread Stamper

The price of the paperback has been slashed as well, to $9.99, though Amazon at the time I was writing this was charging $8.99.

I think that’s a better value than a (12×18) Zombie Fallout Shelter Indoor/Outdoor Plastic Sign, a DNA Ball or a Detail of Copenhagen City Hall Light Switch Cover

So what are you waiting for? Go get Karia’s Path!

Book 1 price cut!

3 Oct

The House in the Old Wood coverThe House in the Old Wood, the first book in the series The Day Magic Died, is now available for a new low price.

The Kindle version is now $3.99, a 20 percent price drop!

The list price of the paperback edition is now $9.99, a 30 percent price drop! And Amazon normally offers paperbacks for less than list price. (Last time I checked, it was $8.99 from Amazon.)

Aside from the one week the Kindle version was available free, these are the lowest prices yet for The House in the Old Wood. That makes this an ideal time to introduce your friends to the series, or, if you haven’t started it yet, to get going.

Buy The House in the Old Wood.

New first chapter for Book 5

26 Sep The White-Silver House

Time for an update from Book 5, The White-Silver House.

Each book in the series, The Day Magic Died, has included the first chapter of the next book. So when I released Book 4, The Dwarf’s Legacy, it included the first chapter of Book 5, The White-Silver House.

Since releasing Book 4, I’ve done some reworking of the opening of Book 5, and as a result, the first chapter has changed substantially. Now that I’ve been through it again and again and again, I’m pretty satisfied that this is very close to the final version.

So here you go … the new first chapter of Book 5, The White-Silver House.

The White-Silver HouseChapter 1:

The moment the camels stopped, Karia lifted herself in the stirrups. A sound escaped her throat; she didn’t mean to say anything, but out came a combination of a sigh and a groan. It felt good to stretch her legs, and to get her weight off her rear – but it also hurt. She was also surprised she was so tired after sitting all afternoon.

All day, she thought. She mounted a camel before dawn to retrieve the Heart of Shri’inik, now in the box strapped securely in front her right leg. Aside from two brief walks, she had been on a camel all day long.

She leaned forward to reach for the waterskin. She found the increasing proximity of her nose the camel unpleasant, to say the least, and retrieved the water as quickly as possible.

She removed the cork and lifted it to drink. She didn’t care that the water was hot now, or that it dribbled down her chin. She was already hot and wet, wet from sweat. And gritty. Her clothes clung to her, but she knew better than to take off a single layer. Her fair skin would burn very quickly.

Ahead of her, she saw the lead rider turn and walk his camel back along the line of camels in front of her. She blinked; even her eyes felt gritty. She poured a little water into her hand and splashed it on her face. Gosh that feels good. She looked up, and saw the rider stopped and talking with someone. She blinked a few more times.

Hikil, she thought. Jur’atya, she reminded herself. After a short conversation – a talk that to Karia appeared short and clipped – he set off again. Each camel followed in turn, except Jur’atya’s. She led her camel to the left of the wash they had been riding through for hours. Though they were flanked by towering rocky hills that were alternately draped in and smothered by sand, Karia had seen only glimpses of shade.

Quickly, before her camel could start again, Karia recapped the waterskin and hung it over the pommel of the saddle again. She took some small comfort in the fact that the camel smelled horrible to her. That meant she didn’t smell as bad. Yet, she thought, as she gingerly lowered her rear back toward the saddle. The camel came up before she was all the way down; she winced.

Trying to take her mind off the soreness, she glanced around for Generality. She had released the faerie and told him to fly along, but keep out of sight for fear of spooking the soldiers. He was doing well; she hadn’t caught so much as a glimpse of him.

She looked ahead, and saw that she was approaching Jur’atya. Karia thought her camel looked skittish, though she was not sure whether that was the beast’s character, or because it was eager to join the others. Jur’atya constantly pulled lightly on the reins. Her mouth moved slightly.

As soon as Karia came alongside her, she let her camel fall in next to Karia’s.

“We climb through the mountains soon,” Jur’atya said, motioning up and to her right. Karia, looking in that direction, saw a rugged, stubby mountain range beyond the dunes. Truth be told, it looked more like a big pile of rocks. If it had been visible before, she had not noticed it. “Tabunaha Pass.”

Tavunaha means broken in Inamali,” Karia said, thinking aloud.

“I know,” Jur’atya said. “The Prophet’s keeper of secrets told me this. The pass is a break in the mountains, but the mountains are also called broken. There are many passes. This is the one most used.”

Karia saw the lead rider turn right and begin climbing up the slope.

“Jur’atya, where are we going?” she asked. “I mean, not just the pass – but where are we headed?”

Jur’atya looked away and did not speak for a moment. “Khadosh’ta’ayakh,” she said.

Karia thought a moment. The words seemed familiar, yet she could not be certain of their meaning. “Skeleton forest?” she asked.

“Or forest of bones,” Jur’atya replied. She looked pale, and her voice quailed. “It’s not the northern dialect; it’s older, so I can’t be sure. But that’s where we’re headed.”

“Sounds like a wonderful place,” Karia said.

“It’s not,” Jur’atya replied. “It is a place of great evil.”

“What do you mean?” Karia asked.

“I do not know,” she answered. “It is a place so feared that men dare not even write down what they know of it. They speak of it only in whispers.”

“Then why are we going there?”

Jur’atya looked down and for a moment did not answer. When she looked up again, there were tears in her eyes. She smiled weakly and softly said, “The Black pursues you, Karia. The Prophet sees this. So perhaps we surprise the Black by showing up on his doorstep.”

A side trip into space

23 Aug

And now here’s something for people who liked my Nascent Payne mystery, The sort-of Murder of Fiona Galloway …

My original writing plan had me finishing up the first Nascent Payne series – The Hunt for the Wallaby – about the same time as I finished my fantasy series, The Day Magic Died.

But several things changed that. I decided to devote more energy to The Day Magic Died. Partially as a result of that, and perhaps because fantasy has a larger market than science fiction/Western/paranormal/romance/hardboiled-detective/humor fiction, and maybe because it’s a very different series, more people gravitated toward The Day Magic Died.

This led me to put even more effort into that series, and the more effort I took to ensure that I was putting out the quality I wanted to, the more time those took.

All this amounted to less time available for the second and third Nascent Payne mysteries, The Man with Two Eyes and The No-Good Book.

But there was another reason.

I was stalled on The Man with Two Eyes. I had made great progress on The No-Good Book, completing about a quarter of the first draft. But I couldn’t seem to get past about the 10 percent point on The Man with Two Eyes.

Until this past week.

This past week, I completed the first draft of the second Nascent Payne mystery. I already have a big list of things I need to address in the second draft, and more will come up as I go back through it. But completing the first draft is a huge step forward.

That’s also good news for people waiting for The White-Silver House, the fifth and final book of my series, The Day Magic Died. It’s good news because, when I stalled out on revising that book, I didn’t stop writing. So now that I’ve spent a little time away from the manuscript again, I can not only go back to it, but go back to it at full speed.

Which I plan to do tonight and Sunday.

If you haven’t checked out the first Nascent Payne mystery, give it a look.

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