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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Update: Magic

This week’s update is on magic.

As written in a royal edict spread throughout Faneria:

My loyal subjects,

In the evening of Eran’s Day on the fourth week of autumn, we all suffered from the catastrophe now known as the Century Storm. I am still receiving reports from across Faneria of the damage inflicted by that terrible storm. What we have learned is that the clouds spread even over the Orthys Mountains and into Zahn, and scarcely any land in Elderra was not touched by this storm.

After weeks of research, our brightest scholars have been unable to determine the cause of the Century Storm. Rumours abound that the storm was divine in nature, that it was sent as a punishment or a warning for various reasons, and that if we do not heed its message that greater dangers await. Men and women of Faneria, I implore you not to give in to such superstition. This is the first time in recorded history that any such weather pattern has occurred and we have no indications that anything similar to it is forthcoming. Further, even the Grand Luminary, overlord of all Seers and closest to the divine in all the land, has received no sign that this storm was caused by the actions of the gods.

What we can all agree upon, however, is that the Century Storm was unnatural. How exactly it was involved, we may never know, but the sheer scope of the storm makes it clear that it was caused by magic.

Only a handful of people throughout Faneria can truly claim to be magic users, though they keep this disguised from others. Those who would ignore the message of the true gods that magic is to be spurned will find no refuge within the Light-blessed lands of our fair kingdom. However, mages have been hidden from sight for generations and no display of its evil power has been seen in centuries, so that there are places where mages may find demand of their power.

But no longer. Henceforth, the use of magic is a crime punishable by death. Anyone who knowingly harbours a mage will face immediate imprisonment and seizure of all property, and all items magical in nature must be surrendered to your local reeve or lord. Rewards will be offered to anyone who assists in the apprehension of a user of magic.

We are a nation of Light, and the time has come for us to finally cast off the darkness of ages past.

Signed, King Julius II and Queen Emra, from the City of Albrith

For more information on the world where Sisters of Chaos takes place, visit the World of Elderra section.

Hope to see you at the Pirate Festival in Milton this weekend! I will be at the Local Authors booth all weekend and will be giving readings on the stage every day at 2:30. Monday will bring a new advance reading from Enduring Chaos along with the first sneak peek of the cover art!

Indiegogo campaign complete! The verdict…

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our campaign to raise funds for production of a live action trailer for Enduring Chaos. I really appreciate everyone’s support and I am pleased to say that we made our goal! I’m really looking forward to seeing how this trailer comes out, and of course, I’m quite eager to share it with you when it’s ready.

As a reminder, I will be at the Pirate Festival in Milton, Ontario this weekend, Saturday through Monday. I’ll be giving readings on the stage each day of the festival from 2:30-3:00 p.m., and on Monday I will have a new advance reading from Enduring Chaos. In addition to that, I will have a special treat for attendees: a first look at the cover art for Enduring Chaos! This has not yet been shared anywhere else in the world, so please come out and take a look on Monday.

Next site update coming on Friday. See you then!