Merry Christmas

24 Dec

Hi, everyone

First, if you haven’t seen it already, the Christmas promotion is up and running. The books are free until the 26th, so feel free to download before then <grin>. 

Second, I’ve completed the first draft of Debt of War today.  That’s either the eighth book in the Kat Falcone series or the third in the Embers of War series, depending on how you look at it.  The first book is currently up for pre-order here.  Sorry it took so long – cancer got in the way.

And I also have a story in Chris Kennedy’s anthology here.

That said …

All things considered, 2019 was a LOT better than 2018.  I spent much of the previous year honestly unsure I’d see 2019, let alone December 2019.  I actually ordered presents for my family early, just in case I wouldn’t be around to give them personally.  It was, as you can imagine, a huge relief to be told the remaining growths aren’t live – and may just be dead flesh.  I’ve got another CT scan scheduled for January, which will hopefully say I’m completely clear.  Lymphoma can come back, unfortunately, but I’ll pray that it doesn’t.

And my sons just celebrated their birthdays in November and December respectively.  I think they’re suffering present-shock.  But they’ll have to wait eleven months for more.

Writing has picked up speed again, although I’ve had more down days – days when I just couldn’t do anything – than before.  The Family Pride and Favour the Bold did very well – Their Last Full Measure and The Right of the Line also did well.  Thank you to everyone who reviewed it – I’m hoping to do more next year, naturally.

I’m also hoping to explore some other universes, for various reasons.  Some of the ideas are just concepts I can’t explore in the current ones, others are larger storylines – maybe not quite Game of Thrones or Safehouse scale, but pretty big.  That said, I don’t know if my style lends itself to endless novel-sized chapters <grin> and I’m not particularly fond of them in any case.  We shall see.  I’ll post a list of ideas later, see what people have to say.

I do intend to write an essay on civilisation for new year, but we will see about that too.

General Series Updates

The Empire’s Corps

I haven’t decided, yet, if I want to write Knife Edge, the direct sequel to Favour The Bold, or Bread and Circuses, which is another side story.  There will be at least one more FTB book in the series.  Beyond that, I’m not sure yet.

Schooled in Magic

I intend to write Gennady’s Tale – a novella – next, for the Fantastic Schools anthology.  After that, there will be The Artful Apprentice, Oathkeeper, The Right Side of History, The Face of the Enemy and Lone Power.  That concludes the original planned arc.  I do have ideas for future books, but we’ll see.

The Zero Enigma

I intend to write The King’s Man soon, followed by either The Lady Heir or Kingdom of Ghosts.  I’m still trying to work out the big story plot, starting with a return to Cat.  I may also do a story following Isabella/Akin, maybe as a test run before doing a multi-hero story, but that might gobble up ideas for the big series.  (Of course, it would establish the status quo for Isabella before tearing it down.)

Ark Royal

There’s one more trilogy in the series, which I intend to start next year.  It’ll start with The Lion and the Unicorn.  I haven’t decided on the second and third titles yet.)

There’s also a short – 18’000 words – novella, which will be hopefully included in Chris Kennedy’s Chris collection (all written by authors named Chris (or close to Chris).  It was originally going to be part of the first book, but it was too early in the overall storyline.  That should be published before The Lion and the Unicorn.

A Learning Experience

For the moment, this series has concluded.  I do intend to start again, later on, but that’s going to have to wait.

Angel in the Whirlwind

The three Embers of War books are now done (save the editing, for the last.)  I’ve left myself room for more books so we’ll see.

Let me know – please – what you’d like to see.

Chris

15 Responses to “Merry Christmas”

  1. readyguy December 24, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

    Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

    Michael L. Whitehouse Retired do nothing Fort Home/Camp Living Room ________________________________

  2. Ethir Nandor December 24, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

    I am anxiously awaiting the next ‘Schooled’ novel (still my favorite series of all your works: I hope you never end it, there is so many more subjects that need a book 🙂 )

    But in the end… you health is more important then another book… even for someone like me that does not know you personally…

    Have a happy Christmas, lot of good times with your family… and many more years as a successful author, husband and dad.

  3. JJ Reuter December 24, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

    Merry Christmas. Hope you are recovering nicely and your family is well.

  4. David Eckard (@swordedge) December 24, 2019 at 7:02 pm #

    Merry Christmas

    Me thinks Frieda needs to go home, see how pathetic her former lord is, maybe rescue a nephew that shows developing magic talent. And save the day, of course.

    • AshleyRPollard December 24, 2019 at 7:27 pm #

      Merry Christmas to you too, and a deep sigh of relief over the health issues, and I thought I was having it bad this year.

  5. Kaesha December 24, 2019 at 7:19 pm #

    Merry Christmas!!! And I’m glad to hear you CT scan came up well. I’m always ready to read your school in magic book series and was excited to see the titles of future books. The title Oathkeeper brings me all the way back too book 1 when she made her first oath ever with the fairy. Im super excited. Thanks for all you’ve done and written, Chris!

  6. Mike Strong December 24, 2019 at 7:42 pm #

    Merry Christmas to all. Hey Chris. Are you planning to rewrite and publish Democracy’s Light. I checked back a few years on the blog for updates but didn’t see anything either way.

  7. Bob December 24, 2019 at 9:16 pm #

    That “ cancer got in the way” comment…ugh..
    Anyway, as I’ve stated before I am so sad to have read what I sincerely hope is NOT the end of ALE…There is so much more to tell..please consider letting this series continue, and don’t wait years for it to happen..months would be ok..
    Take care and thank you for writing for us readers.. We do care about you.
    Bob

  8. Charles R Harris December 25, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. And may next year be healthy and productive.

  9. georgephillies December 25, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! As always, if you would care to move to the States and live with Cousin Jonathan, I would be happy to be supportive.

  10. Jill December 25, 2019 at 10:32 pm #

    I’m glad you’re feeling better and able to enjoy the holidays with your family. It’s obviously not one of your major book series in terms of sales, but I always enjoy The Royal Sorceress and look forward to her next adventure as an engaged woman.

  11. Bill December 26, 2019 at 5:33 am #

    Great to hear you are doing better. While I did enjoy “Favor the Bold” would still like to see a book or two with the original characters, maybe even connect the FTB people with them at some point. The “Darkest Hour” as well as “Invasion.” Those could become a trilogy. Enjoyed Ark Royal series and look forward to the next trilogy. Keep going, new books with new universes are welcome as my favorite: “Empire Corps.”

  12. Sherrie December 27, 2019 at 9:58 pm #

    Merry Christmas!

    Can you please tell me when Mirror Image will be released in audiobook format?

    Thanks!

  13. MH January 2, 2020 at 10:50 pm #

    Best wishes for your health!

    Please write all the SIM books next, which is my favourite series of yours although I also enjoy all the others.

  14. David Pollard January 6, 2020 at 4:22 am #

    Have to admit that I’m as interested in how Cockatrice has turned out as nearly anything else in the series. I would think/hope that the changes that Emily put in place where more systemic in nature that just being the sum of her inventions. With her friend now running the place, while she wouldn’t have Emily’s off-world perspective, she be less likely to suppress change than a regular noble. How can Allyssa use Cockatrice’s growing economic power to encourage change in the capitol and provinces?

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