I’ll come right out and say it: the release of Burning Skies, book 2 of The Sword of Dragons, has been delayed. Originally slated for a Fall 2015 release (October was my goal), the release will now be delayed until a likely Spring 2016 release.
This is unfortunately due to funding issues. The manuscript itself is completed, formatted, and ready to go! And it pains me to have to delay its release. I’ve so looked forward to getting the next chapter in this saga out to all of you, especially after the purely positive feedback I’ve received from everyone who has read The Sword of Dragons.
But unfortunately my recent, unexpected relocation cost too much, and I no longer have the funds to pay the cover artist, Christian Michael, at this time. I will recover and be able to afford the cover in due time, but I am still pulling myself back up from the move.
A Brand New Story on the Horizon
I didn’t want to bring you all only bad news, so I came prepared with some exciting news! As I’ve been hip-deep in development for book 3, I came up with the idea of creating a series of short stories to bridge book’s 2 and 3, to lead up to the events of book 3.
Today, I thought “Why not do the same for book’s 1 and 2?” And immediately, countless story ideas came to mind! :D Well, okay, I needed some prodding from a friend.
Initially my idea was to have the series cover only the major characters and major events. But then my friend (you all know him from my interview, Wayne Adams from VtW Productions!) started telling me how much he loved stories that covered characters, organizations, and events outside of the main story, such as the novels that feature the Harpers from Dragonriders of Pern.
That was when I started coming up with ideas. A way to flesh out more of the universe of The Sword of Dragons, to see more of the characters and places that were only glimpsed in the novel.
For instance, what about Veral Adas, famed blacksmith of Daruun? After all, if there is a renewed campaign against the orcs, weapons and armor will be needed, right? What of other guilds, beyond just the Warriors and the Wizards?
And what about the orcs? I’ve thought about possibly developing them more, so that would be an interesting challenge to develop their society more.
Of course, I’m not one to write a story just for the sake of the story itself. I love when stories intertwine amongst each other, so this isn’t going to be a quick and easy “write this story, write that story, there we go, there’s content.”
The series will require its own development cycle. Certainly shorter than my usual cycle for novels, otherwise it’ll take me forever to get the series out.
This is still a very fresh, new idea, so I’m not even 100% sure what direction I want to take the stories in. But I want to give you all something to hold you over until book 2’s release, and I want that something to be truly meaningful.
So tell your friends, tell your family, the Sword of Dragons universe is about to get a whole lot bigger :D
Thanks for reading!