Enduring Chaos trailer

The trailer for Enduring Chaos is finally here! Watch it now:

Huge thanks to the amazing cast of talented people who put this beautiful film together. Please like, favourite, and share!

June update

Hello, readers! Apologies for the radio silence of late, but I have some updates now to hopefully make up for that. It’s been a great first few months for Enduring Chaos so far and I’m looking forward to a busy summer getting out to more events to spread the word.

To that end, I have updated the upcoming events page with all the events (currently!) scheduled, and there are lots of them! I am going to conventions and festivals in Milton, Guelph, and Hamilton, Ontario, and crossing the border to return to Gen Con in Indianapolis this year. Check out the upcoming events page for information on all appearances I will be making.

Also, some new art has been added to the gallery, including a gorgeous portrait of Damian by Chris Babarik:

Damian by Chris Babarik

And a bit of a joke drawing of my own creation, featuring Damian with a wardrobe change:

Damian by Catherine Fitzsimmons

 

Also, I am very excited to announce that the trailer will be going live within the next week! So stay tuned for that.

Finally, on the writing front, book 2 is progressing, and I am also pleased to report that there will be two all-new short stories from the world of Elderra appearing in the anthology Missing Pieces V, launching at Gen Con! Both stories feature a major character in Enduring Chaos, one of which is written by myself and the other by my collaborator J. R. Dwornik. These stories will be available exclusively in this anthology, so be sure to come to Gen Con to pick up your copy in August.

That’s it for now, but stay tuned, more updates are coming.

Enduring Chaos launch events

We are now officially less than a week away from the launch of Enduring Chaos! Plans are coming together for multiple launch events celebrating the release of this long-awaited book.

I will be at SFContario at the Ramada Plaza Hotel at 300 Jarvis St. in Toronto next weekend, November 29-December 1, where the official launch party for Enduring Chaos is taking place. Enduring Chaos will be available at the table for Brain Lag in the dealers room all weekend and I will also be sitting on panels on Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror on Saturday and Strength of Characters on Sunday.

The launch party for Enduring Chaos is taking place in the Courtyard room of the hotel Saturday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. This event is open to the public so please come out and help me celebrate the release of the first book in the Sisters of Chaos trilogy with games, prizes, and more fun. RSVP not required, but if you do so by comment here or on the Facebook event page, you can have your very own custom-made SFContario badge for the party!

For those in the Milton, Ontario area, there will be another launch event happening at Recycled Reading at 171 Main St. between James and Martin St. on Friday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m. Come out to meet the author, get a signed copy, learn more about the book, and enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages! For more information, feel free to visit the Facebook event page.

Countdown: 11 days

Apologies for the silence of late, I have been scrambling to finish things up for the release of Enduring Chaos. We are just about ready over here!

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We are 10 days away from SFContario and 11 away from the launch party, which is happening in the Courtyard of the Ramada Plaza Hotel on Saturday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. I will also be with Brain Lag in the dealers room all weekend as well as helping host panels on the differences between scifi, fantasy, and horror and on creating memorable characters. Hope to see you out there!

Update: Cover reveal and giveaway!

For this week’s update, I am proud to present the cover art for Enduring Chaos!

enduring chaos front cover

Cursed with fearsome eyes and a dangerous gift, any chance of Damian Sires having an ordinary life was dashed the moment she was born. All her life, she has hidden her abnormalities and fought for acceptance behind the shadow of a veil and her respected merchant father.

When Damian’s power spirals out of control and casts her out alone into the world, she finds herself caught up in plots as old as the gods themselves. Bitter exiles, deposed nobility, clandestine knights, and a divine being with an ancient grudge all close in on the unstable power radiating from Damian.

Desperate to keep that power contained, she sets out with mysterious allies in an attempt to find someone who can help her in a world that fears magic. Yet the source of Damian’s ability is far more deadly than she imagined.

View Enduring Chaos on Goodreads.

In addition to the cover reveal, I am offering a giveaway to win a free e-copy of Ruins of Change by J. R. Dwornik, the first book in the world of Elderra! Simply comment on this post  by October 25th and you will automatically be entered into the giveaway.

Update: World map (continued)

This week’s update expands on the world map posted last time with descriptions of the major areas labeled on the map. View the world map section to see the complete update.

elderra-map

Thank you to everyone who came out to visit at Word on the Street! We’re in the final stretch leading up to the release of Enduring Chaos at SFContario. Stay tuned – the next update will finally reveal the cover art for the book, as well as feature a giveaway!

Update: World map

This week’s update is the map of the world of Elderra. Click to view full-size.

elderra-map

You have your entire life to write your first book, and six months to write your second

Someone told me that quote once. I don’t remember to whom it is attributed.  It is undoubtedly a comment on output, as one will quickly lose readers, as well as publishing contracts, if one does not continually produce more books.

To me, however, it is a matter of completion. When you are an unpublished author, you can spend forever editing and tweaking your manuscript. Once you have submitted it and it hits the presses, however, it is final. It cannot be altered any longer. Continue reading

Update: Background

This week’s update addresses the connection the Sisters of Chaos trilogy holds with the first book in the world of Elderra, Ruins of Change by J. R. Dwornik, as well as the changes that have occurred in Elderra since Ruins.

As written in Reflections a Ruin Explorer:

Years ago, before the adventures that now define me, I came across a passage written in the ruins of an ancient temple:

Even the smallest stone can create ripples that spread far in a still pond.

Click here to read the full passage.

Update: Vignette 1

This week’s update brings us the first in a series of all-new short stories related to the trilogy! This first vignette tells the tale of the formation of an unlikely partnership about three weeks prior to the beginning of Enduring Chaos.

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The Agaesi. The dragon knights of Hesperia. The name invokes awe, wonder, and sometimes fear into the hearts of all those who hear it, high lords as much as commoners. They are a relic out of history, surviving since the Time of Gods and Magic and ever with rumours circling about them. They possess strange powers, yet no one outside their order knows what these gifts are or where they come from. The Agaesi are a mystery, as much an apparition as men in the flesh.

We are trained to handle things beyond the comprehension of most people. And then there’s me, with my unique instruction and experience with the underhanded intrigues of court politics. I have been taught how to face things that would drive a normal person mad.

But I wasn’t sure how to handle this.

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Click here to read the full story.