Good News!

26 Apr


I have three pieces of good news to share.

First, Bookworm won the gold prize in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards. Category Five (Adults).

Second, yesterday I signed the contract for The Royal Sorceress III: Necropolis. We don’t have a publication date yet, but it should be along in 3-4 months.

Third, I’ve started plotting out a series based on a magical/semi-fantasy version of the Wars of the Roses … yes, I know; I shouldn’t be thinking about more books until I have my current commitments back under control. It won’t be along for a while, but it’s fun to mess around with the concept and see what makes sense.

Still, I’m not sure if I want to go with a fantasy novel (I’ve long wanted to write a fantasy war) or a more alternate version of the wars, without much (if any) magic. What do you think?

My plan is to start The Oncoming Storm tomorrow. This will be followed by The School of Hard Knocks, The Trafalgar Gambit (Ark Royal III) and The Thin Blue Line (TEC9).



23 Responses to “Good News!”

  1. telastx April 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    IIRC, GRRM’s “Game of Thrones” series is a misanthropic take on the War of the Roses, with the reemergence of magic into a fantasy world.

    OTOH, given your relative productivity, you’ll finish before he does.

  2. lee guo April 26, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    You are a workhouse. If i could only have 50% of your endurance and passion, I would be happy for life.
    Keep going CN!

  3. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard April 26, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    Thanks for the news.

  4. Mark April 26, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

    I vote no magic and also have crazy extreme views about fiction that should most likely be ignored!

  5. Tim April 27, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Write the wars with no magic — that’s my vote anyways.

  6. James Young April 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Trafalgar Gambit–I like that.

  7. Chris Kuntz April 28, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    I think you should do the war of roses piece, but with a steam punk type of twist. Mix up tech and magic. So steam engines still get invented, but uses imp/demons as the heat source instead of burning coal, same for making steel. Same for things like zeppelins and sailing ships, make them better by augmenting them with techomagic.

  8. Damian Stawiński April 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    Congratulations! Chris Kuntz idea is interesting.

  9. Korwin April 29, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    I’m a sucker for fantasy, so my vote goes to an fantasy version.

  10. Kathy April 29, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    Looking forward to Trafalgar Gambit. Hope you are continuing Henry’s story rather than what was happening on earth during the events covered in The Nelson Touch. That is my vote. Also wondered how they figured out what to feed the alien prisoners….

  11. Burt Yankiver MD May 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the intelligent exploration of political science and economics in your books, almost as much as the high quality space battles. I am not one who looks for fantasy or magic. I would love to see a continuation of the Ark Royal Series and the The Learning experience novel. Keep up the great work. I would like to say, however, that it seemed a little far fetched that they were able to put together a moon base ( Royal Engineers not withstanding ) in a month or so. You seemed to rush through that phase of the book ( Learning Experience) to get to the political and action parts. Maybe just me.
    I love you work and admire your work ethic and the quality of output. I can’t wait for the next series of books.

    • chrishanger May 3, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

      Thank you! I wasn’t too interested in writing a long section covering the construction of the moon base (and I didn’t think it would be very interesting to read), so I skimmed over it. Generally, most of the problems IRL come from shipping stuff to the moon; in ALE, this problem simply doesn’t exist. More of both will be on the way Chris Date: Sat, 3 May 2014 14:13:06 +0000 To:

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