Monday, June 29, 2009

Summertime: gardening and thinking

The pink rose is almost finished blooming - this picture was taken a couple of weeks ago - and most things have been growing like mad, helped along by one of the wettest Junes in recent memory. I keep wanting to take more pictures before posting, but the weather hasn't cooperated. Hopefully more soon.

I'm still waiting for Amazon to upload the data for The Ash Spear. Unfortunately they only do this once a month, so it could be another three weeks. Trust me, I'll publicize it widely when it happens.

I've also started working on the next book. This one will be set five or six years after The Ash Spear, and will involve several of the same characters. Gwernin of course will be back as the narrator, and also Taliesin. I don't think Neirin will appear in this one unless it's a cameo, but he'll be back again in later books. There will also be a few glimpses of other people we've met before. Right now I'm doing background research (did I mention this one will be mostly set in Ireland?) and thinking about major plot elements. I've also written a couple of sentences of the first scene. I want to design the book as a second entry point into the series, something people can enjoy who haven't read the first trilogy. That's the idea, anyway. Oh, and the working title is The Druid's Son.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

One more milestone...

I got my first review for the Ash Spear on LibraryThing. (I sent the reviewer a pdf copy.) He also reviewed Storyteller and Flight of the Hawk recently.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I've reached a couple of big milestones in the last week. First, last week I sold my 1,000th book. This is not a lot by commercial publisher standards, but for a self-published author, only promoted through web based reviews and word of mouth, it's fantastic. Here's to the next 1,000...

And on that note, I approved The Ash Spear for distribution today. It may take a month or so yet to reach, but it's on its way!