Sorry for the long quiet. I’m continuing to devote most of my writing time to my science fiction romance series. More about that later. But recent events in Houston have got me thinking about Tevenar, so I thought I’d share a little with you.
My family has been lucky enough to stay high and dry during Hurricane Harvey. But this isn’t the first time many of my friends and neighbors have been affected by floods. I think that’s why natural disasters tend to work themselves into my fiction. Events like Tropical Storm Allison and Hurricanes Rita and Ike inspired two portions of the Tevenar books in particular. The climax of The Fuller’s Apprentice takes place during a flood. Into the Storm centers around a hurricane. Both stories feature heroic efforts by the wizards to protect and rescue the people of Tevenar. If you’ve been watching the news out of Houston, you’ve seen plenty of the sort of real-life heroics that inspired me to write them.
So in the spirt of Elkan and Larine, I’d like to do my small part to help. If you need something to read, Into the Storm is currently available free to everyone here. In addition, if you comment below or contact me here and let me know that you’ve been displaced or otherwise affected by Harvey (or Irma, or the fires on the west coast, or any other disaster), I’ll send you a free ebook copy of The Fuller’s Apprentice. If you enjoy it and your finances don’t allow you to purchase the other books in the series, let me know and I’ll send them to you free.
For the rest of us, make a donation in any amount to the relief organization of your choice (I recommend my church’s fund, which will go 100% to helping those affected), comment below or contact me to let me know, and I’ll send you a free ebook copy of The Fuller’s Apprentice. Volunteering counts, too! Make a donation of $100 or more, or volunteer for two or more days, and I’ll send you ebooks of the whole series. If you already own the books, I’d be happy to send copies to anyone else you choose.
In my opinion, everyone who contributes time or money or goods to help their neighbors should consider themselves honorary member of the Wizards’ Guild. We may not have familiars or be able to use the Mother’s power, but we can all do what’s within our ability to serve our community.
Sorry I missed writing an update last week. I’m busy getting settled into the summer (lack of) routine. My family is involved in a production of the musical Mary Poppins at our church, which is going to take lots of time for rehearsals and set construction. And next week we’ll be leaving for our annual vacation to visit my parents in South Carolina.
Before that, this weekend I’ll be a guest at Comicpalooza, Houston’s big comics/science fiction/fantasy con. I’m going to be speaking on three panels, at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm on Friday, and at 7:00 pm on Saturday. Plus I’ll be attending lots of others. You can find out more about it at http://www.comicpalooza.com. Hope to see you there!
And here’s a special announcement just for those who have read this far. The Tale of Gurion Thricebound, a prequel to The Chronicles of Tevenar, will be released on July 1, 2016. If you’ve read the Tevenar books, you’ve heard a lot about Gurion, but there’s much more to his story. Now you get the chance to hear it in his own words. It will be on sale for $0.99 for a limited time only, so be sure to get your copy right away.
My second novel, The Fuller’s Apprentice, is now available for purchase in trade paperback and Kindle editions.
The Fuller’s Apprentice is the first book in a new series, The Chronicles of Tevenar.
All Josiah wants is a little excitement. His work as an apprentice fuller is boring, and playing in the mill’s machinery isn’t that dangerous. Everything goes fine—at first.
All right, he’s lucky the wizard Elkan and his familiar, a donkey named Sar, are there to save his life. Even better, when his furious master fires him, Elkan offers him a job as his assistant. Josiah jumps at the chance. Traveling around Tevenar for a year, meeting all sort of interesting people, helping the dedicated young wizard and clever donkey serve them with the Mother’s healing magic—what could be more fun?
But Josiah soon learns that while matters of life and death may be exciting, they’re seldom fun. Impulsive actions, even when taken with the best of intentions, can have devastating consequences. And some choices have the power to change the future of Tevenar forever.
White Blood is live! Both the trade paperback and Kindle editions are up at Amazon. (Buy them here.)
I’m going to spend the day getting the word out to as many places as I can think of. Then tomorrow it’s back to my regular writing schedule. Got to get working on more stories to share with my readers! In an upcoming post I’ll give you a sneak peak of what to expect from me next.