5/8/14

The Defender #1!


The first volume of a new series, The Defender: Elderwood, is now out!


Blurb: Allan flees Elderwood City because he killed the rich man who murdered his sister. He hides in the ruins of an acient castle. He discovers the castle was the stronghold of one the legendary mages of yore.

Allan learns that the magic never went away, only diminished due to overuse. He has the gift of using magic to cast spells, reading the tomes of the long-dead mage. But what should he do with his new-found skill?

Allan decides that he will fight the injustices that threw he and his sister onto the streets, and ultimately led to her death. He will disguise himself as The Defender, and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

Allan returns to Elderwood City. He finds that his battle will be against more than common criminals and the idle rich. Corruption goes to the heart of His Lordship’s Manor, and is spread throughout the city.

Can Allan handle his new powers, and succeed as a masked hero? Can he inspire hope, or is the darkness too entrenched to be defeated?


The book is available in print and ebook editions at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords now, and other stores soon.

As I wrote at the top, it's the first of a series. I have six other works written so far. Most are novella length, with the last coming in as a short novel, like Elderwood. I plan to release a new Defender book every other month for the next year.

I hope you enjoy this new world and these new characters!

5/2/14

Writing Stats for April 2014

Here's the fourth "writing stats" post of the year, letting you know how my writing output is progressing.

Things came up this month, mainly my trip to ConStellation 5. Those things ended up affecting how many writing sessions I had, mainly towards the end of the month.

The overall goal for this month was: 4 pages a day during morning and afternoon sessions, 5 days a week; and 4 pages during a morning session on Saturday.

In April I was able to write 140 pages. That's about 50 pages under what I could have written, or about a week of not writing. On the other hand, that's about 40 pages more than I would have written under the old schedule of 4 pages a day, six days a week.

I have one fiction project I'm working on, and one that I'll tackle after that. Beyond that I don't have anything I'm certain I'd like to write. My writing is progressing, but I expect to have lower page counts than normal over the summer due to con season.