Quick Updates

1 Jul

Hi, everyone.

It’s been a pretty good week, by and large.  I finished the first draft of The Lady Heiress (Zero 7) and did the first set of edits for Oathkeeper (SIM20).  The planned publication date is early August, but we might manage to get it formatted and out sooner.  We’ll see.  The cover is great, as you can see:

We’ve also managed to publish the first volume of Fantastic Schools (see links on that post here.)  There’s a collection of stories by various authors, including Gennady’s Tale (a Schooled in Magic novella).  It adds a certain something to the universe (just don’t ask me to say what).  Reviews are, of course, very welcome. 

My current plan is to write The Lion and the Unicorn  (Ark 15) next, followed by The Right Side of History (SIM21).  I need to work out the plot, as – ideally – I want to get everything lined up for the final three books (and get Oathkeeper finalised) before I start putting hand to keyboard.

I’ve also been sketching out ideas for a new Empire’s Corps trilogy, following Prince Roland in the post-empire universe.  What do you think?

The bad news is that the COVID-19 recession is starting to bite.  Sales are down everywhere (it’s not just me).  If you’ve read a recent book – not just mine <grin> – please take the time to review it.  Every little helps.

In other news, I’ve been thinking about an article on the ongoing breakdown on the other side of the pond.  But I get depressed every time I think about it.



38 Responses to “Quick Updates”

  1. David July 1, 2020 at 5:15 pm #

    Chris – good stuff – but I thought you are a Trump supporter.. ? ;}}

  2. ander75it July 1, 2020 at 5:28 pm #

    Nice cover indeed!
    How many books in the main SIM saga are you foreseeing? (not including novellas, etc.)

    • chrishanger July 3, 2020 at 11:47 am #

      My original arc should end with 23 (having grown from 7 to 14 and then to 23).

      I do have ideas for stories beyond it, but we shall see.


      • Reiner July 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm #

        Don’t you dare end it with book 23. 😉

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm #

        What are you going to do if he does?

        After all, Necromancer’s Bane is on Chris’s side. 😈

  3. Gardner Friedlander July 1, 2020 at 5:28 pm #

    Those of us on this side of the pond can get depressed (and for some, confused) by the current situation. With no sight of either horizon or light at the end of the tunnel probable for another five or seven months, what with the over-two-month gap between election and the official change of administration. From whichever side of the political divide, the probability of (at best) erratic behavior seems all too likely.

  4. Robert Kaliski July 1, 2020 at 6:18 pm #

    Here in Vegas it is depressing that so many large casinos are putting style above safety. Until the high rollers drop dead from Covid19 nothing will be done that might slow the money pipeline.

  5. David July 1, 2020 at 6:29 pm #

    Sadly, the mess in the UK is at least as depressing. Maybe more as it closer to home. The government seems determined to make the covid economic disaster worse by adding the destruction of a no deal brexit to the mix.

    Still if Boris keeps speechifying about all the money his government will be spending. Maybe no one will notice there isn’t actually any new money. Just relabelling and repurposing existing spending

  6. Les Barrie July 1, 2020 at 8:22 pm #

    Love the Roland idea ,the Empire Corp trilogy will be brilliant,they are about the only books I buy as I’ve got a kindle unlimited membership and not having earn anything for four months and without a job to go back to I’m watching my cash,keep up the good work and stay safe.

  7. Fafnir July 1, 2020 at 8:34 pm #

    Please don’t end the series with Emily alone in life–that would be too depressing…you can have a romantic partner emerge without spending a lot of time on it in the actual books…and while I only read SIM, I do buy and review all your books!!

  8. Bob July 1, 2020 at 10:04 pm #

    No surprise on the depressed reaction to the crap that is going on over here in the USA..
    Try living with the idiocy of the liberal media and the “protesters” The quotes are intentional..
    On a happier note, I am 30% of the way thru Debt of Honor and it is as good as I imagined it to be.
    Thank you for that..

  9. Jason July 1, 2020 at 10:29 pm #

    Thanks Chris!

  10. R. Klingman July 1, 2020 at 10:59 pm #

    I vote for more Empire’s Corps.
    R. Klingman

  11. Cathy Howat July 1, 2020 at 11:36 pm #

    Yes, Roland sounds like a good idea

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  12. bill July 2, 2020 at 1:48 am #

    Prince Roland, with the help of the Marines, go for it!

  13. Mike Strong July 2, 2020 at 3:10 am #

    I remember Drak and I pestering you a few years back about following Roland’s story and you said you would. Empire corps is my favorite of all your series and it would be nice to see if Roland, Col Stalker, Gen Daimiani and pathfinder Belinda all wind up in the same novel. It would be like a DC Crossover event for Empire’s Corps.

  14. thundercloud47 July 2, 2020 at 5:16 am #

    It’s been a long time since I commented here. I”d love to be able to review your books but Amazon no longer allows me to post any reviews at all. There is no appeal except to cancel my account and start over again but I’m too damn stubborn to do that.

    I like your idea of a Prince Roland trilogy. My only complaint about your books is that I finish them too quickly!

    • Elkwood July 3, 2020 at 11:41 pm #

      Same thing happened to me. U got very little recourse to get it reversed.Really aggravated about it

  15. ACYoung July 3, 2020 at 2:16 pm #

    The cover leaves us with questions. Clearly Emily is going to be fighting orcs in the necromancers’ forces, but who is it with her?

    It’s unlikely to be Lady Barb (the cover of Work Experience shows her with lighter hair). It’s not Alassa (she has blond hair). It’s unlikely to be Imaiqah (she’s probably too busy helping Alassa in Zangaria). Melissa is also unlikely (probably too busy fixing her family’s split). Aloha is also unlikely (she’s described as dark-skinned).

    Frieda is a possibility, but if the events of the book take place in term time she’ll be at Whitehall and so unavailable.

    This leaves Nanette (described as having long dark hair), someone I’ve forgotten about, and someone unknown.

    Events that force enemies to work together are always fascinating, so I’m slightly hoping for Nanette.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 3, 2020 at 2:41 pm #

      Look carefully at the two women.

      You may see a resemblance. 😉

      • ACYoung July 3, 2020 at 3:14 pm #

        As you suggest there is another option, one relating to a spell that Emily was practicing in the snippet we have been provided with.

        I should have considered that Emily might learn to cast it properly at some point during the book.

  16. Charles R Harris July 3, 2020 at 7:19 pm #

    The heels on those boots are striking, especially as they aren’t sunk three inches into the lush forest floor 🙂

  17. Bewildered July 4, 2020 at 2:18 am #

    Regarding an article about the ongoing breakdown on the other side of the pond – assuming you mean the political divide, might it be possible to draw links between nations, about how the Left in America, Australia, and the UK are acting in parallel whilst the Right in each nation is opposed to their acts and demands?

  18. William Ameling July 4, 2020 at 4:02 pm #

    I just had a VERY interesting idea. Maybe Void is using the bilocation spell on himself most or even all of the time. One version is Emily’s master, who is more interested in studying magic. The other version is Nanette’s Master who is more interested in political power, manipulation, and plotting, etc.

  19. William Ameling July 4, 2020 at 4:12 pm #

    Possibly they are even completely independent of each other. We might even see Emily having to fight Nanette’s Master someday.
    This could help explain some aspects of Void’s personality, they are split between two bodies.

  20. William Ameling July 4, 2020 at 4:20 pm #

    It is also the problem Emily herself faces with using the bilocation spell, just how independent of each other can the two bodies become and still be the same person?

  21. William Ameling July 4, 2020 at 4:25 pm #

    Could Nanette have learned the bilocation spell already? Is Silent a split version of Nanette?

  22. William Ameling July 4, 2020 at 9:45 pm #

    Do you realize just how much energy is involved in creating a new body (of a full size human) and then uncreating it? It makes the largest Thermonuclear bomb exploded here on Earth look VERY small.

    Just where are these magicians getting the energy to do this and where do they send it afterwards when they dispell the duplicate body?

    • George Phillies July 6, 2020 at 3:16 am #

      Summon the atoms; then only chemical energies are involved.

      • George Phillies July 8, 2020 at 10:34 am #

        Summon from the surroundings small amounts of water and air. Fuse hydrogen to helium and fission oxygen in carbon dioxide to balance as needed, and take exactly the amount of energy needed, one way or the other.

  23. William Ameling July 6, 2020 at 4:24 am #

    Even chemical energies for an entire human body amount to a lot energy compared to the amounts that it can raise and use in short periods of time. But it is a lot more in reach than creating the atoms from pure energy.

  24. William Ameling July 6, 2020 at 4:40 am #

    To George Phillies, I enjoyed your story in the Fantastic Schools (Vol 1). The only problem is that all of the stories in that Book were so short.

    Changing the subject, I am reminded of something that I have thought of before, that Blood is not all that large of source of energy for casting Magic, like we see in so many stories about Magic. What makes Blood so powerful is it’s continual reuseability, every time it goes back to the lungs for oxygen, and the digestive system for food to react with that oxygen to provide energy. The amount of energy carried in your blood stream is not particularly large compared to the amount of energy it carries in say a day’s time.

    • George Phillies July 8, 2020 at 10:36 am #

      thanks! It’s a short story collection. Positive reviews on Amazon are appreciated.

  25. Joseph P Costa July 6, 2020 at 6:33 pm #

    I will try to review “the Artful Apprentice. I was told one of my reviews did not meet their conditions. However,They never said that I couldn’t call the author an idiot for killing off about half of his characters (1000’s) and that his writing had become very dark. They never told me what review they were talking about, so I have been very few reviews since then. Amazon totally overdoes their requests.

  26. William Ameling July 7, 2020 at 3:09 am #

    The amount of energy in your blood is only a small fraction of the total chemical energy tied up in your body, so draining your blood would only drain a small fraction of the energy value of that body. To really get the best energy value out of one living body, you need to drain the energy out steadily for a long period of time while not killing it, aka, What Mountaintop was doing to some of it’s students, including Frieda, instead of Necromancy and other forms of blood sorcerey.

  27. Viki July 10, 2020 at 4:17 pm #

    Good news. I bought the SIM series (19 books) with my stimulus check. Love it! Already read it twice.

  28. Timothy CANNING July 27, 2020 at 9:36 pm #

    Just kinda want to say thank you I guess, I came into the world of your fiction with Ark Royal and have been stuck here for a long time. Not looking to leave either he he. Looking forward to seeing where the Ark storyline goes for sure especially in light of current world events… keep safe Chris and here’s to many many more stories from the ‘pen’ of yours!

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