Quick Updates and Recommendation

Hey all,

Some quick updates about book status.

Defying Destiny has been going slower than planned for a number of reasons. Some of them have been general practical things, like moving to a new apartment and my video card dying.

The main one is really that I’m getting a lot more interest and encouragement to write the sequel for Sufficiently Advanced Magic, and that book is also fresher in my mind.

Going forward, I’m going to be splitting my time between writing both books. This will definitely delay Defying Destiny further, but I’ve found that I get a higher amount of total writing done each day this way, since I can switch between books when I’m in the right mood to work on one or the other.

I’m still hoping to get Defying Destiny out this year if possible, but I may actually get the sequel to Sufficiently Advanced Magic done first. Not sure yet.


Aside from that, I’d like to give a quick book recommendation: Valley of Embers by Steven Kelliher.

Valley of Embers (The Landkist Saga Book 1) by [Kelliher, Steven]

It’s another anime-inspired fantasy novel, and it’s currently *free* on Amazon. Stylistically, I’d compare it to something along the lines of Avatar: The Last Airbender crossed with the corrupted animals from Princess Mononoke.

You can find it here, and if you’ve already read it, the sequel is currently on sale for 99 cents.

6 thoughts on “Quick Updates and Recommendation

  1. This actually saddens me. Although I did enjoy SAM, I’m dying for a resolution to the Broken Mirrors books. Defying Destiny is among my top most anticipated books. Don’t make me wait LONGER! That said, good work so far!

    1. Hey Kevin,

      I’m sorry to disappoint you. I’m definitely still going to keep working on Defying Destiny, but splitting my time will help keep me energetic, so I think it’ll work out better overall.

      Thanks for the encouragement, and I’ll try to make sure I get both books out as soon as I can!


  2. I like your hard fantasy approach to your books; it is the same characteristic that I like in Modesitt and his Recluce stories. There are also strong bildungsroman elements in your books –Talien and Corin’s characters.

    At the rate the stories are moving along, though I’m worried it’ll take 5 books to finish either one. How long do you project each series to go?

    1. Hello Terence,

      I’m glad you like the books!

      You’re quite right – I tend to move the story at a gradual pace. At the moment, I am planning to wrap up the first “arc” of the War of Broken Mirrors with book 4, but the overall story will continue in some form after that (potentially including surviving characters).

      Corin’s story is designed to be a long one – I’m currently aiming for six to seven books.


  3. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your books. They’ve been a nice change of pace from traditional fantasy. I read SAM first, then WoBM books. It seems like there is some overlap in characters (Hartigan, Theas, & Keras?), so what is the relationship in the settings? Same world, different times in history? I would love to hear your explanation.

    1. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the books!

      You’re correct about those connections. They’re in the same universe, but different locations and time periods. I’d rather not say too much more because the details are something of a spoiler. You’ll definitely get more information about that as time goes on, however.

      Thanks for reading the books and for the comment!

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