Hey all!

The paperback version of Sufficiently Advanced Magic is now available!
You can find it here:
For those of you waiting on the audio book edition, that’s still in progress and I’m looking at roughly a July release.
As for the sequel, I’ve done a very early draft of the outline and about 10,000 words of pre-writing.
I’m currently still planning to finish Defying Destiny first, but there’s a possibility that I might swap to spending more time on the sequel to Sufficiently Advanced Magic due to the sheer amount of interest it’s been getting. I don’t want to leave my Broken Mirrors fans in the dust, though, so I’m definitely going to keep working on that regardless – I might just end up moving over to more of a 50/50 split in my time.
It’ll depend on what kind of writing pattern keeps me the most productive.

There’s a half-month check in post for people who are reading Sufficiently Advanced Magic and interested in discussing it with other readers!

More detailed discussions will be at the end of the month.

Also, there’s this gem from /u/HiuGregg, who is doing parody covers for all the Reading Resident Authors novels.

It’s…perfect.

So, someone asked on one of my AMAs if there’s a map for Forging Divinity.

The answer: Sort of. There’s a map that was made for my LARP/tabletop campaign, but it’s slightly out-of-sync with the book version. Notably, Velthryn is totally off – it should be south of Lake Silverleaf, right near the crossroads (north of Aayara). Orlyn isn’t listed there at all; it’d be on the northern side of the lake.

That said, here’s the map:

Mythralis Map Tabletop

I’ll probably get an updated one done for the books eventually.

Sufficiently Advanced Magic has been chosen for /r/fantasy’s first book for “Reading Resident Authors”. If you want to hear more about it, as well as upcoming books, check it out here:
 
I consider /r/fantasy to be my main social media home on the internet, so I’m honored that they chose me for the first book in this new program. If anyone is interested in participating, feel free to ask me questions on that thread and join in the discussion (which will be later in the month).

For those of you who might not have seen yet, I’m doing an AMA on /r/books with several other awesome authors.

Here’s the full list of us:

Will Wight | /u/Will_Wight | Proof | Xianxia

His teeth are made out of book pieces. He has to painfully knock them out one by one and assemble them into a complete book. And if he wants a sequel, he has to wait and grow a whole new set!


Steve Thomas | /u/SteveThomas | Proof | Comic Fantasy

An engineer who writes fantasy novels, which is the polite way of calling him a total nerd.


Andrew Rowe | /u/Salaris | Proof | Hard Fantasy

Professional game designer. He writes “hard fantasy” novels with an emphasis on detailed magic systems and analytical characters. His books often take inspiration from Japanese light novels, role-playing games, and anime.


Steven Kelliher | /u/StevenKelliher | Proof | Epic Fantasy w/ Eastern Flair

Former professional fighter-turned writer who resides in the Boston area. A former sports and entertainment writer, his work has been featured on ESPN.com, LA Weekly and other outlets. He wishes all disputes were still settled with a friendly game of hand-to-hand combat, is a fan of awesome things, and tries to write books he’d want to read. He hopes you like them.


Darrell Drake | /u/darrelldrake | Proof | Historical Fantasy

Greatest feat: Was once praised for working a Samuel L. Jackson pun into a book about 6th-century Iran. Birdwatching, stargazing, archery, gaming, and a penchant for Sassanian Iran. His latest was inspired by the national epic of Iran, the Shahnameh. You Odyssey to reading it. Sorry, he Ilihad to.


Ashe Armstrong | /u/ashearmstrong | Proof | Sixguns & Sorcery

Writing stories keeps me sane. Mostly.

Feel free to drop by!

Looks like I’ve got a few new readers! I’d like to welcome you all to the blog, as well as give everyone some information and updates on what I’ve been working on.

Different Series, Same Universe

For those of you who aren’t already aware, I’m currently working on two main series.

The first is the War of Broken Mirrors, an epic fantasy series starting with Forging Divinity.

The second series  is Arcane Ascension, a JRPG-inspired magical academy/dungeon crawling series starting with Sufficiently Advanced Magic.

These series take place in the same universe, but I’ve been deliberately vague about how they’re connected…for now. There are already some significant hints in Sufficiently Advanced Magic about how they relate to each other, and you’ll be seeing more of them in the next books for each series.

They will eventually cross over more directly, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise about when or how.

Status Report

I’m currently focusing most of my efforts on Defying Destiny, the third book in the War of Broken Mirrors series. I recently reworked the outline, and the new version of the outline is completed. I’ve just recently started writing in earnest, and I’m currently about two chapters in (out of a projected 30 chapters). I’m hoping to have the first draft done by around June, roughly corresponding with my original planned release. I think it’s more likely the book will actually hit the market around July to August, unless I can pick up speed (which is possible).

While I’m working on that, I’m also outlining the sequel to Sufficiently Advanced Magic, and I’ve started a bit of the pre-writing for it as well. I have a tremendous number of events that I’m already planning to cover in the second book, including several things that were heavily foreshadowed in the first book. I won’t say more right now to avoid spoiling the first book for anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

I’m currently targeting the beginning of 2018 for the sequel, but I’ll try to get it ready earlier if it’s possible to do that without sacrificing any quality.

I have two other side projects that are lower priorities. They’re both “hard” LitRPGs, for those of you who are familiar with that genre. In both cases, I intend to make the protagonists members of the gaming industry, which I think will be a fun twist on the usual tropes of the genre.

I also have a short story about a geriatric dark lord who is dealing with summoned heroes showing up and ruining things; this may or may not turn into a full novel at some point.

Thanks for reading, hope you’re all having a great weekend!

An awesome short story set in the War of Broken Mirrors universe.

Scratching on the Slate

My first name was Aayara Haven. I was the second daughter of Lord Gabral Haven, the nominal head and public face of the Haven family.

This is the tale of how I took my second name.

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It’s been an interesting week.

Sufficiently Advanced Magic is easily my most successful book to date in terms of how rapidly it’s selling. I’m very proud of that.

It’s got some great reviews.

It’s also got some bad ones. That’s understandable, but a couple in particular have frustrated me – because they’re attacking the book for having a LGBT character.

I won’t apologize for that. Far from it, in fact. I wish I’d done more with it; I didn’t put in as much content on the subject as I wish I had. I should have explored it in more detail to make it feel more authentic and help the characters be more accessible to LGBT readers who might be interested.

I’ll try to learn from this experience and include more LGBT content in my future books. People of all genders and sexual orientations deserve positive representation.

Hey all!

The book I’d previously referred to as Attuned is now out and has a new title – Sufficiently Advanced Magic.

It’s a reference to one of my favorite quotes – “Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

It’s a good title to invert in regards to this book, which has a lot of focus on researching magical technology.

Here’s the awesome cover by Daniel Kamarudin:

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House of Blades by Will Wight, one of my favorite authors, is currently free in Kindle format on Amazon. I’d highly recommend it. It’s the first book of the Traveler’s Gate series, a deconstruction of the typical “Chosen One” arc where the main character is an ordinary teenager who grew up in the same village as the Chosen One…
…and unfortunately ended up being a part of that Chosen One’s tragic backstory.
It’s a great spin on such a traditional premise. The series also has some of the best combat I’ve ever read. It’s essentially a shonen anime in novel format, and I’d say it was a big inspiration (along with Brandon Sanderson’s works) for my own flashy anime-style combat scenes.
You can find the book here.
I’d also strongly recommend his Cradle series, which I consider even stronger, but House of Blades is definitely worth a read.