I have just dipped my toe in the waters of a new publishing outlet by issuing 'The Planning Officers' through Draft2Digital.As I write, it is going through the publishing process, but should be available on iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Page Foundry and Scribd by the time you read this. It has already passed its ePub validation, so there should be no problems.
My new book, 'Larussi's Heartsong' passed the 50,000 word mark this week, which means we are getting somewhere near halfway. I don't want to give too much away, obviously, but the book, which is the Appendix to the 'A Queen's Heart' trilogy, is set five years after those events. It sees Larussi, now eighteen years of age, returning to Morgonnun, the land of her birth - now returned to its original status as a province of Krimmin. Many of the old characters return, for she is not the only one to make the journey.
Although the book is very much in keeping with the world created in the 'Avalind' Books, this is not a war story, and there is no magic whatsoever. You can only have so many invasions, battles and sorcerers before it starts to become a bit repetitive. Don't worry, fantasy fans. There will still be plenty of action to keep you occupied. There are lots of other ways to describe exciting events, and this is what is explored here. Unlike the six previous 'Avalind' books, 'Larussi's Heartsong' is a stand-alone story rather than part of a trilogy. It was originally intended to be quite short - more of a novella than a novel. The way things are going, however, it could yet turn out to be my longest work to date. These things tend to develop a life of their own once I start working on them. With what is already written, and what remains in my head to be written, we are now looking at a full length novel.
Schools have broken up for the summer, so I now have leisure to write, at least in theory. Life has a a way of obstructing progress even when you are not at work, but all is progressing well and I should to be able to publish in the autumn - October in all probability.
I finally got my Facebook business page sorted out today, so that I am able to update it properly. The link to it can be found on my Home Page.
More significantly, I have just finished the tedious annual round of exam marking, which puts money in my wallet, but also prevents me from doing what I really want to do, which is write books, for several weeks every May and June because I am simply too busy. This year has been particularly heavy, to be honest, marking for two boards as well as holding down a long-term teaching appointment at the same time. Starting immediately, I have decided to ditch one of the exam boards with immediate effect, which should make the workload lighter next time round (and the interruption to writing much briefer). It will also mean less money, of course, but increased royalties should more than compensate.
Most significantly, I can now turn my attention back to 'Larussi's Heartsong' at last. Nearly six weeks have elapsed since I was last able to work on it and I am having to go back to the very beginning just to remind myself of what I have already done. Here is a taster: the fist page as it currently stands.
The final rays of the sinking sun flooded overhead, igniting a glow in the citadel’s newly-rebuilt high tower. To mark the occasion, King Rudnik’s personal banner broke out on the topmost flagstaff for the first time in five years. The cheering was faintly audible, even from this distance.
Mother Sulsa sat, chin on hand, at the very pinnacle of the rugged hill where her abbey nestled. At her feet, the great cliff fell away vertically to a glinting arc of river. Behind her, a winding set of stone steps led down to the abbey.
Her sisters and the postulants would be at their private devotions now. When the weather was benign, she preferred to make her own in this place with the beauty of Dragotar laid out before her, and the Heavens directly overhead. The privilege of rank.
Murmuring her closing, “Amen,” she crossed herself and composed her hands in her lap, allowing her eyes to drift over the immense view, but taking little of it in. On another day, she might have given thanks to God for having preserved so much of it from the pillaging armies of Morgonnun, but not on this day.
That dark time had doubled the size of their little cemetery. Twenty of the graves bore no name, for none had survived who could identify the bodies. They had died where they stood, defiling God’s sacred earth, struck down by righteous, but nonetheless bloody, hands. Dragotar’s only war in living memory had ended in victory — but also in such a litter of shredded corpses, shattered stone and grieving hearts that an entire generation of undisturbed peace would not erase it.
The abbey was built on what looked like a mountain, but was really little more than a ripple in the rolling tide of rock and larches that rose, wave upon wave, into the mighty fissured bastions of the Kingdom. Had she turned, she would have beheld their cascading mantles of ice flushing rose as the light dimmed, but she did not. Her eye was fixed upon the city’s western gate.
I have just revised and updated my Smashwords Interview, which had fallen a little behind the times as it listed the work I was currently doing as 'Relapse', which is now on sale. Find it here:
This link is also available on my Home Page.
While I was doing this, I took the opportunity to correct a couple of stray typos and also outlined my current work ('Larussi's Heartsong') and my intention of working on some short stories after that is published.
Just a brief update. You recall that I have just put my novels out on You Heart Books? There is a link to my vendor page on the Home Page of this site, but I discovered today that the link did not work. Apologies for that. This has now been fixed. For the record, the link is: http://youheartbooks.com/author/?vendor=david-waine
'Larussi's Heartsong' continues to gather momentum. It now tips the scales at just over 25,000 words, which means that it is roughly one quarter done. I am pleased with it as well. Gone is that feeling of, 'This needs redoing,' when it consisted of just one sentence. It c Progress will be a bit slower over the next few weeks, however, because it is the exam marking season and that will restrict my writing time for a while. All that is due to finish by early July, then it will be full steam ahead on the new book. Hopefully, everything will be wrapped up during September.
Although 'Larussi's Heartsong' follows on from my 'Queen's Heart' trilogy, it is not part of it. It is a stand-alone story involving some of the surviving characters from the trilogy. This is why it is to be classified as the Appendix to A Queen's Heart when finished. I had the idea for it while writing the trilogy's final part, 'The Power of Four Queens'. At the time, I envisaged a novella with a rather different tone from the six previous 'Avalind' books. As is always the case, what you envisage at the outset is never what you end up with. As things stand, it looks like 'Heartsong' will be a full length novel, but the tone will be new. Don't worry, fantasy fans. There will still be plenty of excitement.
As of last night, I now have seven of my books available on You Heart Books ( www.youheartbooks.com ). These comprise 'The Planning Officers' and the two fantasy trilogies: 'A King's Head' and 'A Queen's Heart'. I will be adding the Rutter books this week, which will put everything out except 'The Author's Manual', which is Kindle-only at the moment because it is specific to publishing on that machine. There again, you never know. I could expand that to include the likes of Smashwords and You Heart.
A link to You Heart Books can be found on my Home Page.
This is the announcement that I teased a day or two ago. I have just signed up for a new independent publishing organisation, called You Heart Books. They are very new - barely a month old, in fact - and they operate out of Ottawa in Canada. The venture is the brainchild of Daniel and Diane Beauregard, who, I assume, are related, but whether as husband and wife or brother and sister I do not yet know. My first three books are now live on the site (you can just see 'A Sovereign's Honour;' on the screenshot if you look closely) and I will be uploading a fourth, 'A New Queen Rises' today, which will make 'The Planning Officers' and the entire 'King's Head' trilogy available there.
You Heart Books can be found at: www.youheartbooks.com (this URL is also on there Links section on my Home Page
Big development today. If you look back through the site, you will see that all the books now have 'Sample Pages' buttons. These are links to a secondary website, which I created today. This new site, www.davidwaineextracts.weebly.com (feel free to visit it if you wish), contains the opening ten pages or so of each of my books. By clicking on a Sample Pages button, a new window will open showing you the opening of that book. It works as if it were all in the same site, but it is actually two.
This new development will also feature prominently in another new development that I will be announcing in the next day or two. Watch this space.
'Relapse' is now on sale in all of Amazon's Kindle stores. This is the finalised cover, which, as you can see, is an improvement on the provisional effort of yesterday.
The paperback edition, plus the iBook, Kobo, Nook etc. editions will follow within the next few days.
The third Rutter book, 'Relapse' has arrived at last. It finally passed Cuzzie's eagle eye this evening - albeit not without receiving a few bruises that had to be ironed out before it was published. All is now completed, however, and it is undergoing review at Amazon. It should be on sale by the time that you read this.
Apologies about the cover picture. It isn't the best copy, but I should have a better one tomorrow. The actual cover is fine. Trust me.
Meanwhile, I am also pressing on with 'Larussi's Heartsong' and have advanced considerably beyond the one sentence that I mentioned in my last post. "Heartsong'