Once more unto the breach! I will soon travel through time once more to Ye Olde Carolina Renaissance Festival outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. If you’re anywhere near the area, it’s well worth the trip. Not just for as many signed science fiction and fantasy books as you can carry, of course, but also for the turkey legs and other amazing food and [adult] beverages, hilarious performances, fun kids’ rides, and just the fun vibe!
I recently started a Patreon and named it the Ardent Alliance.
I like to think of it as a community because it’s not just one way. Recently I asked my supporters whether they thought my character’s name would be better spelled as Kannen or Kanenn. As an Ardent, you can respond to surveys, comment on my posts, and even start your own posts in the community.
The Ardent Alliance is your backstage pass to what I’m working on, where you can directly impact my career as an author. And you get cool stuff, too!
Yesterday I finished the second draft of my still untitled epic fantasy, codename Cast Beyond. So I need YOUR help picking the best title for this book! Take the survey:Choose the Best Title
It now stands at 97,000 words. During the second draft, I:
- deleted 10 scenes
- added 15 scenes
- revised 36 scenes
I’ll have more work to do once my critique partners get through it later this summer. I already plan to add back in about four scenes based on their feedback. I’ll also need beta readers this summer, probably in August, if you’re interested.
Here are some teasers about the book so far!
Ekanen is a good soldier, but when his entire battalion is slaughtered by invading enchanters, he can do nothing to stop them. A lone enchanter throws him from the battlefield, leaving him the sole survivor. Now he must reconcile his people’s desire for vengeance with the knowledge that the enchanters aren’t all fighting on the same side.
With no one to trust, he finds himself drawn deeper into the enemy’s plot as he unravels the truth behind the unwarranted attack. Ekanen must find a way to prevent the next world war, a war that will leave the planet Renjian defenseless against the ancient enemy that waits in the depths of space.
Other Important Characters
In her twilight years, the summerborn enchanter Ilienka longs to retire to the mysterious unexplored continent to the north. But when her apprentice intervenes in the coming battle, she finds herself pulled into a conflict the world isn’t prepared for.
Dreaming of freedom, Heiduan and her sister escape from slavery in their homeland. The two winterborn enchanters hope that crossing the rift will save them, but they’re denied passage and exiled to a hostile land. When an enchanter army conscripts them, they find themselves fighting for their freedom again. Only this time the outcome may determine whether the army starts a new world war.
Great geysers shooting pure magic from the core of the planet divide the world into fragments, or continents. Enchanters can cross the thinnest of these rifts, but wider rifts may hide undiscovered lands.
Enchanters born in summer become casters, able to cast spells. Enchanters born in winter become makers, able to craft charms that others or they themselves can use until depleted.Help me pick the right title for this book!