July 2017 (PS - $0.99 Deal on In the Shadow 5-12!)

Family visit, vacation in the San Juan Islands and Olympic Peninsula, moving apartments... Needless to say, I've been rather busy lately. But never fear - I'm back to my writing with a vengeance, and am poised to have something further by the end of the year!

...Why would I commit myself to that? Why?

In any case, it's been interesting to launch my first book. In the Shadow of the Rook has had a few hiccups (sorry about that print version - it's coming, promise!), but there's nothing wrong with learning experiences. In the end, I love learning, and the book isn't going away anytime soon! And I've been hearing from you all that you're enjoying reading it, which is the most important part.

So let me say it here: thanks for reading and supporting so much!

Now if you haven't picked it up, there is a $0.99 deal going on for it now. Just mozy on over to Amazon and pick it up. And you can never have too many copies...

Until next month! - Josiah

In the Shadow of the Rook is available for pre-order!

In the Shadow of the Rook is live! Still have the final manuscript and book cover in the works, but it will all be sorted out by June 21st when it comes out. I'm listing it in KDP Select the first 90 days, so if you want to read it in Kindle Unlimited, you can do so then.

Pre-order your copy here!

Also now available is the short story prequel to In the Shadow and The Sons Incarnate series: The Lingering. Pick it up through the big ol' button in the top-right corner.

As for the writing, completed the first part of the first book in the second series - 3 or so parts to go! And I started in on drafting the second book in The Sons Incarnate, so that's coming along.

That's all for now - see you back next time!

Update: April 2017

Hi all, and thanks for reading my inaugural author update! I'll post here periodically for book news and to let you know how the writing's going.

As for this first round, I have a couple works in progress. My first complete novel, In the Shadow of the Rook, is currently being edited (thanks Tim Marquitz!) and is set to come out end of May. To prepare for publishing, I've been writing an introductory short story, which you all can now get for free by following the button top right of this page. I'll also have a short story following In the Shadow which I'll start writing soon.

The last thing in The Sons Incarnate series is I'm continuing to brainstorm and plot the second book (still to be titled) and getting excited for when I can get to work on it!

Meanwhile, I've got a second series I've been world-building for the last few months and started writing this last month. About 15k in, and man, it's a blast! Here's the basic premise:

Our protagonist, Airene, is a seeker and seller of secrets. The story begins with the announcement of the death of the Despot, or their tributary monarch. But Airene doesn't buy the explanation of "natural causes," and with her talented and haphazard crew, she sets to investigating it. But things start getting complicated quick, and this isn't just about the truth of one man's mysterious death; it's the fate of Airene's whole nation.

If that intrigues you, sign up for my newsletter, and I'll keep you posted on when it comes out!

Last for this update, I've been experimenting with writing bite-sized stories to supplement novel composition, and am loving it so far. It's satisfying to start and complete something wholly, and it gets you thinking about story in a fewer way than often happens when thinking of a whole novel. If you try it out yourself, let me know how it goes in the comments below!

Well that's all for now. See you next time!

- J