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Updates about books and stuff!

So yesterday I sent off the rough draft of my new fantasy novel to Reader Force Alpha. Whenever I finish a project it is time to play the Song of Triumph.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iijKLHCQw5o

I’m really proud of this one. It is my first attempt at traditional fantasy. All of my other fantasy novels are technically “urban fantasy” because they take place in our existing world, only tweaked. This is a different world, so I got to make up an entire society. I hope you guys like brutal caste systems. 🙂

I believe the release date is in fall 2015. I’ll be sharing more details and some snippits later on.

I’ve got a short story in the Shattered Shields anthology (coming in November) which is the first glimpse of this book. That story is called The Keeper of Names. If you look down on the right side bar I’ve got a link where you can snag that.

Up next I’m working on a sequel to Into the Storm. Which if you’re one of my regular readers and you’ve not read that one yet, you are missing out. The Malcontents are knights with mad science lightning swords. Enough said. I have a lot of fun with these and they write fast.

Before I work on that though, I’ve got to alpha read Mike Kupari’s space opera, Ghosts of Zanzibar. This is Mike’s first solo project and I’m really excited for him (He’ll have to find his own song of triumph). Once that is all finalized and out the door, we will be working on the last book of the D6 trilogy.

I’ve got stories in Jonathan Maberry’s vampire anthology, V-Wars 2 and 3. Volume 2 is coming out at the end of October. I wrote a Green Beret turned vampire. And he’s not a good guy. These are cool. There are a bunch of other really good authors in there too, so you’ll need to check those out. I’ll post a link when it releases.

Speaking of Jonathan Maberry (great author, if you’ve not read him, check him out), we are teaming up for a short story in the Urban Allies anthology. That’s one where different urban fantasy authors (and a bunch of big names in the genre are in it) take a popular character from one of their worlds and have them “team up” with a different author’s character for a story. So Joe Ledger is teaming up with Agent Franks. This is the kind of geeky thing that makes it really fun to be a writer.

The Drowning Empire, Episode 64: Conflict in Heartbeats
Baen's Big Book of Monsters - with a story by me
quiltbabe
Guest

I’m about a third of the way through Into the Storm. Hated to put it down, but I eventually had to come to work…work pays for the books.

Greg Wirtala
Guest

Joe Ledger and Agent Franks? Oh my goodness!!! I may never have been so excited.

Murphy7
Guest

Thank you Larry and Jon, I laughed hard enough to count that as more core exercises for the day! I do wonder what Ledger (and maybe Top and Bunny) would think of Franks.

Geoffrey Kidd
Guest

A Ledger-Franks alliance? Please warn me when you’re going to announce something like that. Excuse me. I’ve got to go and pick up all the teeth I dropped.

Thank you! Now where’s my must-buy list…

cspschofield
Guest

Ledger and Franks? That might just be a more expansive urban renewal policy than putting out Godzilla bait….

Ray
Guest

I wonder if Franks is going to meet Ghost? Dogs generally don’t like Franks. I guess I’ll have to buy the book to find out.

allenquatermain
Guest

Larry – Eluveitie is going to playing here in the Twin Cities in the next couple of weeks. If you want to give out a PO Box or a C/O address I’ll see what I can do about picking up some merchandise and sending it on.

Pugmak
Guest

Thanks for the heads up on still more books to spend my oh so rare spendables on.

Gonna have to get them all.
Kupari’s book gets first dibs.

James Reasoner
Guest

I really enjoyed the story in Shattered Shields and am ready for more in that setting.

LZisICE
Guest

Hey Larry, any news on Project Blue?

Shawna Buchanan
Guest

I’m excited about the Into the Storm sequel… as long as you don’t kill my fave characters, of course. And also excited about the new fantasy. Should be interesting to see. (Brutal caste systems usually annoy me, because I hate even reading about injustice, but I’m going to trust you to make it something that won’t make me want to stop reading the book.) Will definitely have to see about getting the Joe Ledger audiobooks.

Shawna Buchanan
Guest

Oh, also, any idea who’ll be narrating your epic fantasy yet?

samwisegilgee
Guest

*Suppressing manic laughter of joy and drooling in anticipation* Must not freak out people at the math learning center here at BYU-Idaho. 🙂

Wes S.
Guest

Oh, I just cannot wait for the Maberry collaborations. Two great tastes that taste great together, and all that…

If you’re pairing up Agent Franks with Joe Ledger, does that mean that Mr. Church is going to be taking on Stricken?

Cadeyrn
Guest

Thank you for the update! It’s always exciting to see the many irons as they are heated!

M. Kupari
Guest

I already have a song of triumph.

^_^

Albert
Guest

Monster-voice? Eh, if that’s what does it for you.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

A new series? Oh I’m looking forward to see what you do with ‘make everything up’. *Excited~!*

Dr. Mauser
Guest

Traditional fantasy… was the contest an influence on you?

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool

He has apparently been planning this for awhile. I think from before Warbound was out. As I recall, his explanation was that after MHI, people where saying he didn’t count as a fantasy author or something, because it was not Epic Fantasy. So he investigated what that entailed, and then created Grimnoir. That was good, but it didn’t quite hit all the points, so he imagined this.

Brian Niemeier
Guest

“I hope you guys like brutal caste systems.”

More than life itself.

Pugmak
Guest

Really? Y’all call those victory songs?

This is a victory song!

Step Up! (I’m on it) – Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster

Send Me! – Max Impact (USAF Rock Band)

tuco
Guest

I’m gonna write a book just so I can put this up as my victory song.

Pugmak
Guest

A series that I’d love to see someone write:

Executive Assistants PMC.

The stories of gun-slinging (in a totally non metaphorical manner) lawyers, accountants and human resources specialists who bring the paranormal to the military contract business.

Because sometimes the pen just ain’t mighty enough.

Shawna Buchanan
Guest

I would totally read that. I love the whole idea of office professionals and cubicle-dwellers who are also violent badasses. (See the story in Patricia Briggs’s recent anthology about a badass werewolf IT guy.) We need more of this genre.

Pugmak
Guest
We just have to keep throwing it out there until Larry sees reason and adds it into the MHI storyline. The way I see it… A group of dedicated white collar types gets their eyes shocked open by some truly hostile corporate take overs (complete with bloody bodies and bad monsters) and decide to try to do something about it like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or something. With the Franks episode current or recently done, the powers that be haven’t been able to focus on suppression sufficiently enough to know about these guys. So, now there’s a group of cubical… Read more »
Dev
Guest

Please please please let there be a bare knuckle fight between Agent Franks and Joe Ledger’s annoying psychologist friend.

Grayson
Guest
That’s an excellent idea… but how about this: Franks and Ledger need to go into Washington, D.C,s worst neighbourhood, to sort out a small problem – and end up getting into a Gangsta Gnome Kicking Contest. I can picture a few things: Points for distance. Bonus points for the gnome landing in one piece. More bonus points if the gnome goes through a plate glass window. Loser has to buy coffee for the winner for a full week. Honestly, that scene from Monster Hunter Nemesis will have me snickering like a fiend to my last day on Earth. By the… Read more »
Patrick Mullane
Guest

Looking forward to Mr. Kupari’s outing. Please keep us appraised.

tuco
Guest

I picked up the eArc of Shattered Shields just for your story Larry. Loved it and am pumped to read the whole thing.

Martin Greenstone
Guest
Larry – We met last year in October when you were signing books as usual at a local bookstore near Cincinnati. I just wanted to say, thanks for all the authoring advice both in person and on your blogs – it’s been incredibly useful. It’s taken me a year to get my head turned around being a writer (you’d recommended not waiting until retirement), but I’ve finally gotten a great idea and am writing regularly. I’ve still got a long ways to go, but am keeping my expectations low and my hopes high… and keeping my day job, for now.… Read more »
Brian Niemeier
Guest

If Mr. Greenstone thinks I could be of use to him as an alpha reader, I’ll gladly volunteer my time and dubious opinions.

Martin Greenstone
Guest

Thanks, Brian. You’re on the short list. Do you have any specialty areas I should know about?

Brian Niemeier
Guest

Martin: other people whose work I’ve proofread say I’m pretty decent at spelling and grammar. I’m also trained as a theologian.

If you want to proceed, I advise contacting me via my web site: http://www.brianniemeier.com/. Just leave a comment on any post with your contact information. (I manually approve all comments, so rest assured, I won’t publish your personal info.) I’ll send you an email, and we can go forward from there.

Martin Greenstone
Guest

Noted. Please be aware that it’ll be some time, perhaps as much as a year, before I’ll have a draft ready for review. For the next 6 months, I plan to work on a non-fiction hobby book with potential. Again, thanks.

Victor Krueger
Guest

victory song. instruments good. vocals suck ass. why cant anyone sing instead of growl? Dio sang, Halford sang, Dickenson sang, Byford sang.

Scott
Guest

In terms of team ups, I’d love to see a four person throwdown between;
A. Joe Ledger
B. Agent Franks
C. Earl Harbinger
D. Mark Kenslir from the C.E. Martin Stone Soldiers series
Set that in downtown Tokyo and you’ve got something out of a Godzilla movie in terms of stuff getting wrecked. Tough to call a winner too….

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