Okay, lots of fun stuff going on currently.
The eARC for House of Assassins is available now (see the last blog post for details) and the regular release (hard cover, eBook, and audio) will be in February. So maybe now people will quit giving Book 1 one star reviews on Amazon because “I’d abandoned the series” (ironically said review was posted while Book 2 was already available for preorder on that very website).
The anthology of sci-fi and fantasy themed noir stories Noir Fatale edited by me and Kacey Ezell was turned in last month, and will be coming out in 2019 also. I believe in August.
Monster Hunter Guardian, with Sarah Hoyt, is pretty much wrapped up and has been sent off to the Alpha Readers. It is awesome. It also has a 2019 release date. I think in October. Unless I flipped it and Noir Fatale. But it’s one of those.
I just finished a short story called Proxy War for Michael Z. Williamson’s next Freehold anthology. The anthology is about the occupation and resistance against the UN. In the original book, there’s one little part about how Freehold has dueling, and even proxy duelists who can stand in. So my story is about the professional duelist’s association, and what they end up doing to the people who came along and messed with their livelihood.
John D. Brown just sent me the first section (45,000 words) of the rough draft of our Not Yet Officially Named Sci-Fi Collaboration. It’s about a gang of space pirates who make a living by stealing combat mechs. I’m really excited for this one.
Once that goes back to John, then I’ll be switching gears and going back to the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, and a short story that will be going on the Baen website to coincide with the release of House of Assassins, and then I’ll be getting back to #3, Destroyer of Worlds. (which, I’m about 35,000 words into, but had to pause to do the final edits on Monster Hunter Guardian).
There is another collaboration in the works with Steve Diamond. Think “trench fantasy”, like a fantasy WW1 Eastern Front in a world with dark fairy tale magic. Steve’s working on the rough now. There’s a story in this setting in Noir Fatale also. Our working title on this series is Grunt’s Eye View.
Target Rich Environment 2 is mostly put together, and if you scroll down a couple posts you can even see the bad ass cover. I’m just waiting to hear back on one particular story to make sure I’m okay to include it. Then I’ll be turning that in.
There is a 2nd Monster Hunter Files but it has been on the back burner, because this time instead of a whole bunch of stories from different authors, Toni wanted me make it five novellas based on stories from the 1st Files, and some of the extremely good authors I’ve got for it are currently backlogged with their own things, so I’m not going to harass them about it until they’re more caught up. (and it isn’t like I don’t have a dozen other projects myself)
That’s what I’m working on currently, and there’s a bunch of other stuff in line behind that, including more Monster Hunter (next book goes back to Owen’s PoV and picks up after Siege and Guardian) , a 2nd Grimnoir trilogy (set in the 1950s, I’ve got another preview story in Noir Fatale for that).
Tie In Stuff
The Savage Worlds Monster Hunter International RPG will be moving forward now that the new edition of Savage World’s Kickstarter is done (and they kicked ass!). We sent out the eARC with the old edition of the rules to the backers, and they gave us a bunch of feedback which we’ve incorporated. So now we’ll switch over to the new rules and move forward.
Once the MHI RPG is entirely fulfilled, I’m going to launch Gritty Cop Show, the Game. This one is just a little side project for fun, because I wanted to try my hand at game design, and this was a game that I’d run at conventions for charity, but it came out awesome, and it is really a lot of fun so I’m going to release it.
There are some other irons in the fire involving some of my IPs, but nothing that I can currently talk about in public.
Yard Moose Mountain Update
Building a house is a giant time suck, but after three years of developing a chunk of mountainside, permit hoop jumping, tax paying, road cutting, well digging, and so forth, we broke ground this year and had a race against the snow.
However, things have come together (seriously, our general contractors are amazing. If you are building a house in northern Utah, talk to Randall Brother’s Construction), and it looks like we are going to be all buttoned up before the snowfall.
Tour and Appearances
I’ll be doing another book tour in February for House of Assassins. I’ll be posting the locations and schedule soon.
I don’t know what cons I’m going to in 2019, though I am trying to drastically cut back. I say that every year, and I keep going to too many. Cons are awesome, and I love meeting my fans, but by the time you factor in travel days each one kills the better part of a weak of productive writing time.
That said, my next one will be LTUE. And I’ll be at SpikeCon, but both of them are in Utah. I haven’t decided on the others yet.