Well, I can’t say I expected to go months without giving everyone an update, but life is what it is. Thankfully, things seem to be settling into a more stable rhythm and the writing is progressing nicely.
Shadows, Episode 5: Torture, the finale in the Bryan McAllister and Larien Russell character arcs, will become available on April 18, 2014. The book has caused me some grief and requires a bit more post-production work than previous episodes. It is, however, longer than the preceding episodes. We’ll see whether or not it becomes the longest as I plod through making tweaks here and there.
The cover art has been finalized for some time now and is available here.
Once Torture is available, I will be producing a Volume 1 hardcover edition of Shadows, which will contain books 1 through 5. This will likely be available sometime in Q4 2014 prior to the release of the next book in the series.
The untitled novel previously mentioned in my October update is also progressing, though it is quite a bit longer than the Shadows books and consequently takes more time to produce. I suspect it will be available sometime in Q3 or Q4 2014. Once I have final release dates, I will post them here.
I have updated the coming soon page with my current projections. Thanks to burnout from various life events that have taken place since October, Shadows #5 is still incomplete. I hope to use some of my holidays next week to get some writing done and hope to have it ready for mid-late January. I’m aiming for the 24th of January as a release date, but I will not state that with any finality until it’s a sure thing.
The book I thought would be ready for December has taken on a life of its own and has grown beyond its original outline (that happens sometimes). It is as yet unfinished. I have a lot of goals for the New Year and will keep you all posted. My apologies to everyone waiting for the next episode of Shadows. It will be out as soon as it is ready.
I am in the midst of proofing the print editions of Shadows episodes 1 through 4. There are a few minor changes that need to be made before I commit them, so I hope to have them out by early November.
Shadows, Episode 5 has been unfortunately delayed. This is turning into a rather unwelcome trend I’ve noticed. Between continuing education for my day job, staffing shortages, and other projects vying for my time and attention (it’s always fun to work on things that are fresh and new), I’ve stretched myself a bit too thin and am in the midst of cleaning things up so I can better manage my time. I am still committed to producing the episode prior to the end of this year. I just can’t be certain precisely when that will be.
I currently have an untitled novel in the works, which I hope to have finished and ready for polishing and proofing some time in November to early December. Depending on how well that project turns out, it will arrive online sometime late this year or early next year. There will be at least two episodes of Shadows next year, hopefully kicking up the length a little bit from the novella format they have had thus far. There are a lot of characters in this universe, and all of their stories tie together somehow. With Episode 5, the Bryan McAllister and Larien Russell storylines will conclude with answers to both of their origins. This will make room for other characters to take the spotlight. Just because I switch the focus, does not mean that the previously focal characters will disappear.
Shadows of a Distant Past will appear next year, along with a series related to both Shadows and Shadows of a Distant Past, titled The Order. The sequel to Shadows of a Distant Past, currently titled The Lightbringer will arrive either late 2014 or early 2015 to coincide with the conclusion of The Order.