I guess it’s time to start getting folks in the mood for MISTRESS OF THE AGES, the rough draft of which is roughly 2/3 done. And remember, the usual rules apply – the tidbits I’ll be posting are, as yet, raw and unedited…and chosen more or less at random.
“You presume too much, Syr-Nagath.”
She favored Ulan-Sulir, the high priest of the Nyur-A’il with a contemptuous look. She knew that he could easily kill her with the power of his mind, choking the life from her body with an act of whim. But he had dishonored himself when the Desh-Ka had arrived to rescue Keel-Tath. He should have challenged Ayan-Dar, but had backed down from the one-eyed priest in scarcely concealed fear. That he had remained here, rather than returning to his temple to consult with the elders of the order, told her that he was afraid to face them. Syr-Nagath knew the measure of Ulan-Sulir now, and found him lacking. He was perfect for her needs.
“You dislike my attire, Ulan-Sulir?” She said, turning in a full circle with the grace of a dancer. She still wore gleaming black ceremonial armor, just as would any warrior in garrison. But her breast plate now bore a cyan rune that had not been seen for millennia: that of the Ka’i-Nur priesthood, which had fallen from grace near the end of the Second Age. Her Collar of Honor bore an oval of living metal inscribed with the same rune, and a black robe with silver piping rippled from her back while she turned.
“You are no priestess!” Ulan-Sulir spat.
Syr-Nagath came to him, her mouth twisted in sudden rage. “Do you, high priest of the Nyur-Ai’l, for one moment doubt that I would be high priestess of the Ka’i-Nur if our Crystal of Souls had not been taken from us?”
Ulan-Sulir’s eyes narrowed. “It was never taken from you.”
“Do not bandy words with me, priest,” she snarled. “If what is yours is placed by another’s hands forever beyond your reach, it has been taken. I wear these adornments by right, and by right I should have the powers of the crystal of the Ka’i-Nur.”
“But you do not,” Ulan-Sulir said, his face twitching up into a thin smile, “and never will.”
“Do not be so sure,” she told him, her opinion of him falling even more. One such as Ayan-Dar would have had my head for speaking in such a fashion, she thought. She knew through Ka’i-Lohr that the old priest was dead, and the thought saddened her. She would have liked to watch him burn alive, turning on a spit over an open fire…
Since I’ve gotten so many questions on this lately, I figured I should probably give a “here’s what’s going on” report on the next book of the IN HER NAME series, MISTRESS OF THE AGES.
The manuscript now stands at 35,000 words, and there’s a LOT of story left to cover! That brings me to the bad news is that it’s going to be a while yet before it’s ready. How long? I have no idea. All I can tell you is that I’ve been working on it consistently and am trying to keep life’s interruptions at bay as much as possible.
The good news is that I’m really liking how the story is coming along, and I’m hoping that you’ll find this not only to be a fitting conclusion to the First Empress saga, but I think it also may very well wind up being the best book of the trilogy.
So, that’s the scoop for now!
It’s official: The Black Gate has been published! While it hasn’t reached all the retail outlets yet and the print version will be a few weeks off, it’s on the street and ready for you to grab a copy!
It is early 1945 and Nazi Germany, reeling under the relentless onslaught of the Allied armies, looks to futuristic superweapons like jet fighters, V-1 buzz bombs, and V-2 rockets for its salvation.
But Peter Miller, an analyst at the headquarters of the Office of Strategic Services in Washington D.C., learns of a secret Nazi weapons project that may pose a far greater threat: the Black Gate.
Sent alone on a perilous mission into the heart of Germany in the guise of an SS officer, Peter discovers that Nazi scientists have recreated an ancient machine that opens a portal to another universe, a gate they believe literally leads to Hell.
With the help of Mina Hass, a beautiful woman who is also the lover and confidant of the madman leading the project, Peter must find a way to close the gate forever before the Nazis unwittingly unleash Armageddon…
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Update: I’ve chosen the beta readers – thanks to everyone for volunteering!!
Okay, The Black Gate is just about done. I’ll be working on the final editorial revisions today (Sunday, 21 September) and then picking a handful of victims, er, beta readers to see how they like it and polish it up a bit before it gets released.
So, if you’re interested in the job, just post a comment here on why you’d like to do it and why I should pick you! Here’s what I’m looking for:
- Anything that jars you out of the story, doesn’t seem to fit, etc. Basically, anything that detracts from the reading experience.
- While you certainly do NOT have to feel compelled to edit the text, pointing out any bloopers you find is always welcome.
- Please consider posting a review of the book wherever you would normally purchase it. Don’t ask me if your review is okay or for me to screen it, etc. – all I ask is that it would be like you’d write if you’d just picked up the book to read it.
- The one major condition is that I will need your feedback not later than noon on Friday, 26 September so I can incorporate any changes in the final draft and upload the files to the distribution sites in hopes of getting the book on the street the following Monday or Tuesday ( depending on publisher lag time). As always, ebook versions will be available first, followed by print in a few weeks.
- Oh, and the most important thing is to tell all your friends so they can buy a copy when it comes out to keep me and my family from starving!
As always, thank you so much in advance for volunteering your time and red ink to improve my writing skills!
P.S. For my friends on Facebook and Twitter who have already expressed interest, you don’t have to double up with a comment here if you don’t want to, but it wouldn’t hurt to remind me again of your interest, LOL!
I came to a shocking realization yesterday: it’s been almost a YEAR since I published my last book, Reaping The Harvest. I knew it had been a while, that I’d gotten caught up in our laid back Jimmy Buffet-esque Florida lifestyle, but I hadn’t realized it had been that long. Okay, sure, The Black Gate is almost ready to go out the door, but while I think you’ll enjoy it, it wasn’t a monumental project that should have taken that long.
So, my apologies, dear readers, for being such a slacker. I promise you here and now – and this is from me, personally, not as “an author” – that I won’t do that again. I’ll also toss out what I hope is some good news: the rough draft of the first chapter of Mistress Of The Ages is done! And I’ve also decided that, no matter how long the rest of Keel-Tath’s story turns out to be (there’s easily enough plot for more than one book), I’m not going to stop working on it until it’s finished. If it winds up being horrendously long, I may (or may not) decide to divide it up into more than one book, but I’m not going to take any more breaks to work on other stuff until it’s finished.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy The Black Gate – it should be out in another couple weeks after I get the final editorial revisions back and then send it off to the beta readers!