Hope you’re having a good month so far.
We’re less than one month out from the audio launch of Arcane Ascension Book 3: The Torch that Ignites the Stars! I’m extremely excited for people to hear Nick’s fantastic rendition of the story.
Preorders are already available, so click on the links above if you’d like to preorder a copy!
In terms of new books, I’ve got a few updates.
I was hoping to be able say “Soulbrand‘s first draft is done” when I wrote my April update, but it isn’t. Lots of reasons for that. A lot of that was (awesome) business stuff happening that I can’t talk about yet, but I hope to have more announcements on that front soon. Another factor is that I had to pause work on Soulbrand to write the charity anthology short story (which has a hard deadline, since I’m working with others). Most importantly, though, Soulbrand is just turning out to be really, really long and complicated. I’ve actually started trimming out some scenes, but it’s still going to be one of the longest books I’ve ever written, if not the longest.
With all that being said, I only have a few scenes left and the epilogue before I can call the first draft complete. After that, I’ll need a bit for self-editing, then it’ll go off to my beta readers. (I always get asked about this, but I’m not looking for more beta readers at this time. I’m more than capped – the more beta readers I have, the longer the process takes.)
My current aim is for a release in June. We’ll see if that actually happens.
In terms of other projects, I already mentioned that charity short story – the first draft of that is done. I still need to edit it before I send it off, but that won’t take long, since it’s only about the length of one chapter for one of my bigger books. It was a fun piece to write, and notably, it’s also the story that takes place earliest in the timeline of my currently published works. (Other future works like Carefully Worded Wishes will take place even earlier.)
Speaking of Carefully Worded Wishes, that’s completely paused, and probably will be for a while. My next major project is still planned to be AA4, after which I’m planning to take a significant break to finish up side projects like Carefully Worded Wishes, Sera’s Judgment story, and some of my secret projects. This is both to avoid burnout and because keeping several projects in a perpetually unfinished state makes it difficult for me to focus, so I’m planning to take some time to “clean up” these unfinished projects and get them launched so I can focus on the new ones more easily.
There’s still a chance I might finish one of those small ones before AA4 as well – AA4 is going to be another extremely long book, and doing those back-to-back is exhausting – but I’m currently feeling pretty good about my odds of tackling AA4 soon after Soulbrand is done. In terms of what that means for a release date…it’s still far too soon to say anything definitive. A lot of it depends on if I try to cover the whole year in one book, or if I have two books for the year like AA1&2. I haven’t made a firm decision on that yet – there’s a good end point toward the middle of the year, but I’m not sure if I’ll actually stop there.
Thanks for reading! I hope that people enjoy AA3’s audio book when it comes out…and for the rest of you, I hope to have more Soulbrand and AA4 news soon.