Hey there. Long time no chat.
On my end it's simply a matter of life being lived, theatre being made, kids being played with, and occasionally writing getting done. But as the Michigan Shakespeare Festival once again winds down (one week left to see the shows!), and life starts to return to normal, I am able to emerge from the bull-headed charge of the summer to share a crater-full of news.
First - Something you can wrap your hands around right now - Sordelet Ink has released the first audiobook in the Colossus series. STONE & STEEL, read by my friend Brian J Gill, is now available exclusively on Audible and its sister platforms. Audio work accelerates this fall. We'll see how it all turns out, but you can find S&S HERE!
Second - There's a new edition of HER MAJESTY'S WILL out next month! In the four years since it was released I've done a little tinkering. The story has in no way changed, but the prose is a little tighter, there are a few more quips and puns, and some historical infelicities have vanished. But most importantly, I commissioned the amazing Jay Fosgitt for not only a rollicking new cover but also internal art! I love the old cover, and will forever - but I've been told it's too subtle. As you'll see from Jay's beautiful new cover, subtle has gone out the window! Also this edition has a two-page preview of the next Will & Kit Adventure, due out next year, just in time for...
Third - HER MAJESTY'S WILL, the Play! That's right, Lifeline Theatre in Chicago is adapting my little Shakespearean/Marlovian romp into a two-hour production of hijinks and hilarity. Adapted by one close friend, Rob Kauzlaric, and directed by another, Christopher Hainsworth, I cannot wait to see what happens to my silly tale in the hands of such masterful men. Get tickets HERE. Which leads us to...
Fourth - The next Will & Kit Adventure, which I hope to have done just in time for the play. So look for the continuing misadventures of Will & Kit next June! The title will be revealed at a later date - it has me laughing too hard right now to type it.
Fifth - I'm currently drowning in research for four different novels, all of which are demanding attention. The next Star-Cross'd novel, CAPTIVE COLOURS, is there, as is the next Will & Kit. But so too is a novel that begins at the fall of Granada and touches on Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Venice. And then there's the project I haven't announced that will likely be the one I finish first. This is my initial run at a female protagonist, and I've been waiting for an historical figure that excited my imagination. This one does, and how! Oh, and there's that pirate novel I've been working on, too. And I'm still hoping to finish the edits on the third Colossus novel, WAIL OF THE FALLEN, by the end of the year.
Sixth - (There's more? Yes!) THE MASTER OF VERONA and HER MAJESTY'S WILL are both just $0.99 on Kindle! So tell your friends that they can have some varied and vibrant summer reading to finish off their Augusts!
That's the book news from this end. If I have time I'll post a little theatre love, both for the terrific shows I've been a part of recently (not to mention the film that's going to Sundance), but also those coming up! Meanwhile read a book, write a review, and recommend to a friend! Those are the three best things you can do for any author! And I'm always more vocal on social media - find me on Facebook and Twitter!