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.

Hey all!

Attuned is very close to being complete.

This morning, I got my edits back from Tim Marquitz. He have me some fantastic feedback and pointed out some consistent technical mistakes that I’ve been making. For example, I write too many passive sentences, and I’m still using too many adverbs.

I also use too many em-dashes.

Roughly two thousand of them.

…I may have a problem.

Anyway, I’m going to be spending the next week or two fixing these mistakes. I’m very grateful to Tim for not only making a ton of corrections in the manuscript, but pointing out these consistent issues so I can improve on them for future books.

Once those last edits are done, the manuscript should be good to go.

The cover art is also complete – minus the typography. As with the War of Broken Mirrors books, my cover art is by Daniel Kamarudin, and he did an amazing job. I’ll share the cover as soon as the typography is good to go. I can’t wait to show it to everyone.

Thanks to both Tim and Daniel for their help with the project. I think this is going to be my best book yet.

Just a quick shout out for a book that I read recently and enjoyed, Ascend Online by Luke Chmilenko.

As I’ve mentioned previously, one of my next books is going to be in the up-and-coming “LitRPG” genre. For those who are unfamiliar, this genre involves people either playing games, being transported into game-like worlds, or just characters living in video game style settings. As a game designer, the genre is a natural fit for me, and I’ve loved anime in the genre like Log Horizon, Overlord, etc.

Unfortunately, I haven’t enjoyed a lot of the Western LitRPG novels. They often fall into tropes I don’t enjoy or depict the gaming industry in ways that don’t make any sense. Ascend Online is the first major exception; I enjoyed it from start to finish, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in the genre.

The systems made sense, the characters were interesting (the puma is the best), and the general focus of the story was small enough in scale that I found it much more immersive than the usual life-or-death situations that these books often have.

You can read my full review on Amazon here if you’re interested. The book itself can be found here.

If you’re curious about my own books status, Attuned is currently sitting with my professional editor, and I’m hard at work on making changes based on my beta reader feedback. I’m also getting further into the writing on Defying Destiny – I’ve got the foundations of the first chapters for Lydia and Taelien, as well as an updated outline.

Stealing Sorcery has been nominated for a Stabby award over on Reddit for Best Self-Published/Independent Novel!

If you enjoyed the book, please give it an upvote over on Reddit (here) – winning a Stabby would mean a lot to me and potentially be a boost to my career.

There are some other great authors up for awards this year, too, so make sure to take a look at the other categories if you’re interested!

Thanks for all the support, everyone!

 

I’ve finished the second draft of Attuned. My beta readers have been amazingly helpful and giving me a lot of great feedback for improving the manuscript.

This version isn’t 100% complete – I’m still waiting on a couple last beta readers, then I’ll be doing a professional editor pass.

My current estimate on delivering the book is somewhere in February or March. There’s also a slim chance I may end up selling the book to a traditional publisher, in which case that could delay the release, but hopefully help me get it distributed to a much broader audience.

In terms of other books, I’ve been getting back to making some progress on Defying Destiny. The first Taelien chapter is now in progress – and it’s much flashier than most of my intro chapters are. I think my readers will enjoy it.

The first draft of Attuned is completed and has been sent out to beta readers.

It’s easily my longest novel – it’s almost exactly 200,000 words. For comparison, Forging Divinity was 112,000. Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn: The Final Empire is about 213,000.

I’m feeling pretty great right now. Can’t wait to hear what the beta readers have to say and get this launched!