9 Oct

Hi, everyone

It’s a smaller update this time, I’m afraid.  I completed the first draft of The Family Secret, but – as always – it needs a great deal of editing and suchlike before it can be put on sale.  Standing Alone is being edited now, so – as you can see – there’s a bit of a backlog.  Still, it could be worse <grin>.

My planned next project, in a couple of weeks (school holiday and really, I need a rest), is The Prince’s Gambit, a direct sequel to The Prince’s War.

Beyond that, I would like to try something new.  It’s a choice between a pure alternate history story and a semi-urban fantasy.  The former is set in the 1950s, a world where the Third Reich bestrides Europe, Hitler is dying … and, as the succession question suddenly becomes very dangerous, Werner Von Braun, the founder of the Nazi Rocket Program, wants to defect to the West.  (I don’t have a title for this yet, so suggestions welcome).  The latter – provisionally entitled The Stranded – follows a trio of students from a magical world who find themselves trapped in our world, unaware that they’re under threat from shadowy enemies intent on keeping the doors between the two firmly closed. 

Which one would you like to see?


32 Responses to “Updates”

  1. Donald October 9, 2021 at 3:59 pm #

    I would like the alternate history story, I am not a magic fan so would have no interest in this and while the Nazi’s won has been done a lot it can always be done again and better 🙂

  2. benbailey12373 October 9, 2021 at 4:08 pm #

    Definitely the latter, the one with the three magic students

  3. stephen October 9, 2021 at 4:22 pm #

    Stranded sounds interesting. Just out of interest would the students have knowledge of tech

  4. Gardner Friedlander October 9, 2021 at 4:22 pm #

    I would prefer The Stranded.


  5. Bob I October 9, 2021 at 4:54 pm #

    The Prince’s Gambit Please!

  6. Philip Peake October 9, 2021 at 5:44 pm #

    As mentioned above, the “Hitler won” theme has been done before, with varying levels of success (mostly on the low end). The Man in The High Castle was perhaps the best (to my mind) and the Prime series was actually pretty good, at least initially. The last series and the ending was worthy of a Stephen King book – he always seems to have good ideas, but never a clue on how the end, so the ending is always rushed and apparently written by his 12 year old assistant. I know you can do better, so why not?

    My personal vote would be for the trio, but go with whichever is driving you at the time.

  7. Jack Hudler October 9, 2021 at 5:45 pm #

    I guess I’ll be the milquetoast fence sitter here. I like both ideas.

  8. LovesArt October 9, 2021 at 5:48 pm #

    “The Stranded”

  9. Arthur Raisfeld October 9, 2021 at 6:13 pm #

    The stranded!

  10. Fred Mora October 9, 2021 at 6:21 pm #

    The Stranded please. The Hitler thing has been done already.

  11. rwahrens October 9, 2021 at 6:54 pm #

    The stranded. Your idea of people from a magical realm is quite the opposite from what is most often done, so how you handle magical beings stranded here without it could possibly be a fascinating new idea!

  12. Michael October 9, 2021 at 9:33 pm #

    Although history.

  13. Beth October 9, 2021 at 9:53 pm #

    I would like the urban fantasy.

  14. Angie Portmann October 9, 2021 at 10:51 pm #

    I would love to see the alternate universe story, done in your style I think it would be great. Title wise how about the ‘The Führer’s Will’

  15. George Phillies October 9, 2021 at 11:16 pm #

    Alternate Hitler Universe: In Summer 1939, General Gamelin becomes ill and retired. His accidental replacement inspects armies, and replaces General Corap (French 9th Army) with someone highly competent. The German Ardennes offensive fails to break through.

  16. Roger Klingman October 9, 2021 at 11:57 pm #

    Hitler is Dying

  17. Duane Lachney October 10, 2021 at 12:56 am #

    Well Chris, whatever you do, just keep churning out the Stuck in Magic sequels left and right – I’d devour each and every chapter that comes out – hopefully on a daily basis.

  18. PuffinMuffin October 10, 2021 at 1:04 am #

    Both sound interesting, but the German thing has been done too many times.

    Regarding the magical world of Emily, considering it’s about technology vs magic, perhaps someone can investigate the third continent and find a crashed alien spaceship there. This would fit with the “Greys” hinted at in the time travel book. What if someone found technology capable of defeating magic?

  19. Clark October 10, 2021 at 1:47 am #

    I suppose for me, it depends on:
    a) point-of-view in the Hitler story (e.g., who is the ‘main’ character and why would I care…) and,
    b) are you going to try your hand at some humo(u)r similar to Dresden Files or Iron Druid series?

    Honestly, neither one really appeals to me, but if you have a story in there itching to come out, get it out! Don’t let it take up any more mental RAM. New material is always risky. But can you imagine being Mick Jagger and having to sing the SAME thing over and over forever? So also consider why you want to write these. If you need the money, stuck with what has been working, if not, write anything you want! 🙂

  20. Craig October 10, 2021 at 5:26 am #

    Have to say that every book I’ve read of yours so far has been enjoyable so it will be a win for your readers either way you go. Will admit I’m a huge fan of the empire corp series so seeing your character and storyline development in them I would love to see what you could do with the alternate history story line

  21. gigivarnum October 10, 2021 at 11:51 am #

    The Stranded has my vote.

  22. George Phillies October 10, 2021 at 12:03 pm #

    Contemplate editing Warlord so that it is not dependent on having read the SIM series, and try sending it to Baen. Or Tor, for that matter, if they are still reading.

  23. Wolfcry October 10, 2021 at 5:11 pm #

    The Stranded sounds much more interesting to me.

  24. JKL October 10, 2021 at 5:50 pm #

    Alternate history gets my vote.

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  26. Dave October 11, 2021 at 2:24 am #

    Would never buy another alternate Nazi book, but Stranded sounds fascinating and an immediate purchase.

  27. Chris Harper October 11, 2021 at 11:58 am #

    I wanna see a sequel to Science and Sourcery, but failing that, alternate history sounds good.

  28. Bocephus October 12, 2021 at 4:01 pm #

    Why can’t it be both? Perhaps the reason magic is fading on earth is that it is in fact evolving. The earth is influencing raw magic to be something else…psionics, mentalist, telekinesis etc which in their own ways are more powerful (if not more subtle) than magic…

  29. Ron October 16, 2021 at 10:57 am #

    I am always in for alternative histories, but “Hitler winning” stories have been done and overdone.

  30. dann665 October 19, 2021 at 8:44 pm #

    What??? The Empire Corps is up to book 20??

    Man am I slacking.

  31. Stephen Birchall October 25, 2021 at 11:38 pm #

    What happened to the Ark Royal series ?

  32. Michael November 2, 2021 at 6:52 am #

    I say Stranded with a twist.

    the three students are from the Nameless world

    they stumble into an industrial revolution museum,

    they recognize a LOT of what “Lady Emily” introduced to the world.

    they stumble on a missing person story about Emily herself and realize the source of all the ideas she had was from centuries old history from her own world. Wouldn’t it be a shocking event to realize the ideas that turned their entire world on it’s head were primitive compared to the standards she was used to?

    I always wondered about a story where an energy source is converted. like, converting electricity into magical energy for spells. Perhaps batteries to fuel the magic?

    I have tons of ideas myself but I sadly lack the maglev train that is YOUR muse to churn out stories on a non-stop basis. Even still I very much look forward to reading whatever you choose to write!

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