Monday, March 31, 2014

HUW THE BARD



The youngest master in the Bards’ Guild, eighteen-year-old Huw Owyn is at the top of his craft. The Spring Conclave is underway, and Huw is late to the ceremonies. While he lingers with his lady, the Bards’ Guild is attacked. Seeking to rule the most powerful clan in the valley, Earl Rann Dwyn hangs the Guild Master, Huw’s father. His thugs torch the hall with everyone still inside, igniting a firestorm and incinerating a quarter of the city.

Smuggled out of the burning city in a reeking ale barrel, Huw the Bard is a wanted man. Starving, reduced to begging and worse, he must somehow make his way north to safety. It’s a 200-league walk as the crow flies to the one place he might have a friend, though the path Huw must take is anything but straight.

Murder, rape, and the taint of treason – a lot can happen to a man on a journey like that.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

HUW THE BARD


Launch Date 
03-31-2014

The youngest master in the Bards’ Guild, Huw Owyn is at the top of his craft. The Spring Conclave is underway, and Huw is late to the ceremonies. While he lingers with his lady, the Bards’ Guild is attacked. Seeking to rule the most powerful clan in the valley, Earl Rann Dwyn hangs the Guild Master, Huw’s father. His thugs torch the hall with everyone still inside, igniting a firestorm and incinerating a quarter of the city.

Smuggled out of the burning city in a reeking ale barrel, Huw the Bard is a wanted man. Starving, reduced to begging and worse, he must somehow make his way north to safety. It’s a 200-league walk as the crow flies to the one place he might have a friend, though the path Huw must take is anything but straight.

A lot can happen to a man on a journey like that.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

LACKLAND

Four new vignettes have been completed for the new, revised version of The Last Good Knight, which has been re-titled. A fifth vignette is 50% complete, and the final new vignette is completely diagrammed out. Lackland, Mags, and Beau have a few wacky adventures left before I finish their tale

Progress has been made in regard to the new cover. Artwork has been acquired!

The book, when complete, will be called simply

LACKLAND

The new artwork features a stained-glass window and is gorgeous, if I do say so! The cover reveal will happen sometime in the spring of 2014, and if you want to know, I'm so excited I can hardly keep the secret!


In other news of Waldeyn and Billy's Revenge:

HUW THE BARD


has entered the final stages of the editing process. We are still looking at a release date of December 2013




Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Making Headway

Huw The Bard is currently in the second stage of the editing process.  The Last Good Knight is in the process of being revised. Two of the new vignettes are complete, and a third is 1/2 done. Billy Ninefingers is languishing a bit while Lackland gets his armor dusted off, but hey--Lackland is a star, so there you go.

One of the most fun things about making this revised version of The Last Good Knight is the opportunity to see some of the early incidents that made Julian Lackland the mad, merry man he is. I can't really give a timeline on this project, but I am working on it and it's moving along quite well!  Soon, loyal fans, soon!











Sunday, April 21, 2013

Update - The Last Good Knight

Billy's Revenge - The Last Good Knight is now unavailable as it is undergoing re-editing and revamping in preparation for the upcoming release of Huw, the Bard, the second book in the Billy's Revenge Series. The same editors who have worked so closely with me on Huw the Bard will be working their magic on The Last Good Knight.  Some of the fluff will be cut, and some places will be expanded upon. The new maps and better formatting will take Lackland's tale to a new level. 

All three books are stand alone tales, but they do intertwine and so there is a real need to make sure the uses of words are consistent between the three and and also the place names. I THINK they are, but that is why we have editors!  2013 is an exciting year for Billy's Revenge!

New cover art is being explored and the interiors of the eBooks will have the interactive table of contents feature that I like in so many other books.

2013 will be an exciting year for Billy's Revenge!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Billy Ninefingers

Excerpt from "Billy Ninefingers", currently under construction:

"The jingle of mail and the occasional squeak of a wagon wheel broke the silence of the dazzling spring morning. The periodic spells of brilliant blue sky between the frequent rain-squalls were that amazing color that touches the soul.

It was the sort of day Billy MacNess had always felt was bad luck. In his experience, when some bad thing happened, it happened under the most beautiful of skies, smack in the middle of a day that should have remained gray when all was said and done. Still, if something bad was going to happen, it would happen in the narrow, winding ravine through which they now traveled."

When I first wrote 'The Last Good Knight' and began visualizing the inn, Billy's Revenge, and the people who lived there, Billy himself stood out as a man with a real story, but as we know, Lackland shines with his own light, and it's hard to see anyone else when he is in the room. 

But as this next year progresses, Billy Ninefingers will get his story, and it opens here, with young Billy MacNess doing the only work he'd ever known--guarding a caravan.  

This is an opportunity to bring into sharper focus on some of interesting characters who pass briefly through the common room at Billy's Revenge, and to expand on both Lackland and Huw the Bard's by seeing them through Billy's eyes. 

Huw the Bard is on track to be published at the end of May, barring any problems.  

Friday, February 8, 2013

The New Map of Waldeyn

As you can see, the place has evolved here a bit - the wallpaper has been changed! 
 
I'm really pleased with the way the new map turned out. It's a composite drawing.  I did the basic map in pencil, on my light table.  The mountains on the basic map are way too dark, but I had a plan. Once the mountains were finished I scanned the image into a jpeg and opened it with 'Paint', the program that comes with Microsoft Office. 
 
After it was open, I resized the image to a size I could work with, about 5x7, and I began using the airbrush option to put 'snow' on my mountains.  The option to customise your colors is really useful, and by experimenting, I was able to get the mountains to have a sense of depth and height.
 
Last, I began searching for a font that I could live with for the names of the various places in Waldeyn that appear in the stories that surround the Rowdies.  I wanted a font that was
 
A. Free, 
B. Readable, 
C. Cool to look at
 
Once I had settled on that, I began the task of labeling the towns and villages.
 
I feel pretty good about this map.  I'm going to make a more detailed map of the Eynier Valley for Huw, the Bard, which is still in the editing stages.  Huw's adventures for most of the book are centered around his desperate journey to flee the valley before the Grefyn's Crows catch him.
 
All in all, things are moving along well at Billy's Revenge!