Week 23 of 2023
Hey, look, I remembered today is Thursday. Go me! I’m back on schedule, except for the fact that there’ll be no regular update next week as I’ll be at the War of the Lilies and not have enough internet access to post.
However, I’m going to try something out, so expect something special.
I’ve had another great week and there’s so much coming out soon!
Shadow, Ash, and Prophecy went to the ARC readers yesterday. If you’re on the team, check your email. This is the 2nd book in The 27 Kingdoms by Trisha J. Wooldridge. It’s Asian-themed epic fantasy with dragons, fey, and as you can see on the cover, a tough bad guy.
By the way, with all that’s coming down the pike, I’m going to need a bunch more ARC readers. If you’re interested in becoming part of the advance team, send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
But wait, there’s more! A Hope In Hell, the high-powered conclusion of Christopher G. Nuttall’s excellent Heirs of Cataclysm trilogy, is in process. The target date for release is July 11th.
And yet, even more!The Firehall Sagas, the re-release of the former World of Shijuren is nigh.
A Lake Most Deep by yours truly gets re-released on July 25th. It’s got a new cover, an editing pass to streamline the story, but with all the same mystery and adventure.
Expect the rest of the Firehall Sagas to come out in sequence, about every 5 weeks at least through 2023 from that point.
I can’t tell you all how excited I am with this release. I love A Lake Most Deep, but it suffered from normal first-novel issues. The characters, mystery, and setting are great, but I wasn’t as good a writer in 2014 and 2015 as I am now. Not only that, it has a new opening scene I really love.
Plus wait until you see what J. Caleb Designs did for the cover. It’s amazing.
There’s also been a bunch of unpacking and organizing here. Bit by bit, the boxes are getting emptied. We can even sit at a pew or two.
Now all I have to do is learn how to back up a trailer. This hasn’t gone well yet, but I’m learning.
By the way, following the War of the Lilies, I’ll be going to Chattanooga for LibertyCon. Here’s my schedule: https://www.libertycon.org/lc35pros/rob-howell.
As you can see, Richard Groller and the rest of the programming staff have given me a great list of things to do. By the way, I’ll be reading the brand new opening scene to A Lake Most Deep.
With that, I better get back to work. Lots to do before leaving for Lilies. Have a great couple of weeks, everyone!
What I’m Listening To
Take the Long Way Home by Supertramp. Seems fitting now that I’ve move back to the Wichita area after all those years away.
Quote of the Week
Happy birthday to Jerry Stiller. You may remember him from Seinfeld, King of Queens, or as Ben Stiller’s dad.
I remember him from the videos he made for Rush concerts. Here’s one to start with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_Cz9VjjvCE.
“Did I miss the band? Where’s the band? Where’s my man Lerxst? Hit me baby. And the skinny guy, Dirk. Give it to me. And the other guy. Yeah, the Professor! Where are you guys?”
– Jerry Stiller
I have a Patreon where I write Old English style riddles and provide snippets of my work. You can find it here: patreon.com/rhodri2112, along with a sample riddle.
First Line of Next Riddle:
With fierce heart Defend I your soul
Latest Snippet: Chapter 5 of Farewell, My Ugly
New Mythology Works in Progress
Rob’s Works in Progress
- Sowing Spring’s Wrath (3,213)
- Farewell, My Ugly (73,704)
- Rick Blaine (8,845)
- The Feasting of Vengeance (3,405)
This week we have Pirates & Payback from Nick Steverson and Melissa Olthoff. This is the second of their Salvage Treasure trilogy in the Salvage Title universe originally created by the amazing Kevin Steverson. Get your fast space opera action here: amazon.com/dp/B0C6QWXCB6.
Also in Kevin Steverson’s Salvage Title universe, It Takes All Kinds, an anthology of fun races including my story Careful with that Axe, E.U. Gene. Get it in, electronic, paper, or audio formats here: https://books2read.com/u/bQApGE.
Your pre-release this week is New Horizons by Chris Kennedy. This is a collection of sixteen of his best short stories. You don’t want to miss it. Get it here: amazon.com/dp/B0C7BP8PJ3.
Today’s Weight: 351.8
Updated Word Count: 115,029
Firehall Sagas Archives: 737 entries
Have a great week, everyone.
Creator of the Firehall Sagas Universe