I thought I would start off the new year with a progress report on The Channel War, the fifth volume of the Norothian Cycle, which will be the next book I release this year. Progress is: Progressing. As readers of the series will know, there are a lot of plot lines interweaving, and various and sundry characters running hither, thither, and yither by Book V, so pulling everything together against the back-drop a multi-theatre intercontinental war takes a bit of doing. My goal is still to have everything good-to-go relatively early in this year of 2013, sooner rather than later. I am trying to be quick, without hurrying.
Now, the fact that some characters are returning to the story after an absence of a book or longer reminded me of something else I may have failed to mention here at the sablecity before. While I have previously “pimped” the short story collections put out by my fellow authors of The Eclective, I am not sure I have said that in some of them, my stories have involved the larger world or some supporting characters from the Norothian Cycle.
For example, in last year’s Halloween Collection - which is available FREE from all ebook retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords - my story called “The Village of Those Who Touch the Dead” is something of an origin piece regarding Yu Pao Long; the friendly neighborhood yakuza who travels with John and Rhinanne Deskata throughout book three, The Wind From Miilark. The story can also be read free on Wattpad.
If you haven’t read the story and would like a little something to tide you over until Book V is out, please do feel free to check it out on any convenient venue. And if you haven’t read anything from my fellow Eclectivites before, I reckon the stories in any of the collections may serve as an introduction to something else you might like, as we cover a variety of genres and styles (and thus the name). In any case, Welcome to the New Year, and I look forward to looking forward with you all.