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Please accept my apologies for the long delay in getting this page updated.
Lot of stuff has going on behind the scenes, not as much of it work as I'd like, but I think I've tracked down the source of my allergy problems, so I shouldn't be plagued by that anymore. One hopes. There are still a couple other health issues slowing me down. But in other news, I'm giving a shoutout to my mum & sister, who had their birthdays at the end of October; I love them both, and hope they have many more. (Dad's birthday is at the end of March.)
Speaking of prezzies, the next of my books to come out (hush, it counts; a good book to read is always a good present) will be THE GROVE, the second in my new Guardians of Destiny octilogy. (Why can't I stop at just three books? I don't know. Eh, enjoy!) This one will be a little bit unusual; instead of just one hero and heroine, there will be two heroes in the life of our heroine...except there's only one body. Though it comes out December 3rd in trade paperback, to be followed by ebook releases and so forth (remember, certain countries overseas have an unavoidable publishing lag), two heroes in one body is kind of an Halloween-ish dealie, so it's good to talk about it here.
Aradin Teral is actually two men: the living Host, Aradin, a Hortimancer and trade diplomat; and the deceased spirit of Teral, a former trade diplomat himself, and Aradin's soul-bound Guide. Together, they share Aradin's body, even swapping physical forms occasionally, though the body belongs to Aradin, and thus their shared life is his to direct. In contrast to this worldly duo-in-one-body, Priestess Saleria, Keeper of the Sacred Grove of Katan, knows very little about the world beyond Katan's borders, and even less of its politics. She's far too busy trying to keep her overgrown, magically warped garden from escaping its walls and terrorizing the local town. But that makes her the perfect candidate for Aradin Teral's task: to find a representative of the Gods of Katan who is not interested in ruining the resurrection of the old Convocation of Gods and Man by Katan's current foe: the incipient Kingdom of Nightfall.
...Yes, we'll actually be returning to Nightfall Isle, for all you Sons of Destiny fans out there. If you haven't read the Sons of Destiny books, you should be okay in following along with the story--don't worry, even Saleria doesn't always know what's going on--but for those of you who have read the previous eight book series, you'll be seeing things that went on in the background of THE MAGE that you never knew about...because the focus of the main characters in that story was on a different set of matters entirely. The Guardians of Destiny have a different threat on their hands these days, one which could tear their world apart in a most unholy war.
Book 3 in the series, THE GUILD, will then take us off to the land of Mekhana with a release-date in early May in our world...but in their world, it goes straight to the very moment where its hated, feared, so-called Patron God is removed from power. Rexei Longshanks has long hidden her abilities as a mage, and even her gender, for to be female and empowered is a double curse. But when Mekha vanishes, she finds herself on hand to witness the birth of a new threat. Reluctant to trust anyone, she must summon up the strength to place her faith in the hands of Alonnen, Guild Master of the secretive Mages Guild, and one of the veryGuardians trying to pinpoint the source of that world-threatening invasion. But though she comes to trust him, the question remains: does Gearman Rexei have the strength to stand up to evil? And does she have the strength to open herself up to love?
...And then some time after that will be the ebook release of the first of my new high fantasy series, DAWN OF THE FLAME SEA, the fourth and final story in the military science fiction series Theirs Not To Reason Why: DAMNATION. Plus the fourth (and very steamy) novel in the eight-book Guardians series, THE TEMPLE...and more to come, I promise!
The worst part of all of these books will be the wait for their release!