The Captain is coming out on Tuesday!
Honestly, I can't believe it's already almost April. My writing schedule has been insane so far this year. It feels like this is the first time I poked my head out of my Writing Cave, and it's already the end of March and there's a book coming out next week.
As the saying goes, time flies when you're producing word count.
Pre-order The Captain here! Or on audiobook right here! (Unless you're in a different region that can't use the Amazon.com domain, in which case you'll have to find it yourself because there's no way I can list the individual links to all the regions.)
Also, we'll be doing a release stream (as usual) this Sunday night at 6 PM Eastern.
Since this is a new series and not Cradle, I know there won't be as many questions about the story, but it's been a long time since I've done a livestream. I'll probably just hang out for an hour or so and talk about whatever, but I won't be giving out spoiler answers for either Cradle or the new series, The Last Horizon.
Let's keep the spoiler questions to a minimum to avoid angering Gnar'lak'tha, Spirit Guardian of Spoilers. Her seven beaked maws rend bone as easily as flesh.
Speaking of Gnar'lak'tha, I have some completely spoiler-FREE scenes to share with you!
About a year ago now, I promised that if our Kickstarter hit a certain level of support I would write scenes for Unsouled, Soulsmith, and Blackflame that could have been part of the original stories.
Nothing crazy, just an extra 1-2k words of new content per book. Getting to see the old characters again.
"Spoiler-free" in this case means that they take place inside the books and don't require any knowledge from future books. So as long as you've read to the indicated point in Books 1, 2, or 3, you're good to go.
I started working on these last week, and the first two spoiler-free scenes are done! Links are at the bottom of this blog, and the scenes will also be sent out as Kickstarter updates to everyone who backed that.
Of course, as those of you who backed the Kickstarter might remember, I also promised "a spoiler scene or two," meaning a scene set within the first three books but that requires knowledge of the most recent future books. The most recent book, as of the Kickstarter's publication, was Reaper.
If you've read Reaper, you can probably guess the nature of those scenes.
So yeah, those aren't quite ready yet, but we'll have the third spoiler-free scene and the two SPOILER SCENES THAT YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN'T READ UNLESS YOU'VE READ REAPER out soon! But not yet.
Right now, just a couple of simple scenes set during Unsouled and Soulsmith!
Unsouled spoiler-FREE bonus scene right here!
Soulsmith spoiler-FREE bonus scene right here!
If you haven't already, watch the announcement video here!
All the way to the end. You get to see an alien's twisted claw.
So anyway, The Captain, Book 1 of a new series I'm calling "The Last Horizon," is coming on April 4th! For those of you whose concept of time is as warped as mine, that's only a month away!
Here's the synopsis:
“To survive in this galaxy, you need a wand in one hand and a gun in the other.”
On a little-known planet, Archmage Varic Vallenar casts a grand spell to empower himself with the magical abilities of his alternate selves. The ritual works too well, granting Varic not only the magic but also the memories from six lives.
Including their gruesome deaths.
Now, Varic has power greater than any wizard in galactic history, but he knows that won’t be enough. The enemies he faced in those alternate lives were apocalyptic in scale. Terrors of technology and magic. Nothing that he, or anyone, can defeat.
Sun-eating extra-dimensional insects, shadowy secret organizations, genetically enhanced alien super-soldiers, ruthless megacorporations, and hordes of cyborg undead all lurk in the darkest corners of the galaxy, and Varic knows that any of them can become a world-ending threat at any moment.
All these are beyond any wizard, no matter how many spells he’s mastered or how many interstellar warships he’s rallied to his cause. Hopeless, Varic finds himself trying to preserve what little he can from the coming doom.
Until he hears rumors of a mythical starship, an invincible vessel of heroes made to do battle against galactic threats.
A ship called The Last Horizon.
The pre-order begins on March 21st! So, if you're American, we blast off on 3/21!
If you count your dates 21/3, then that cute little coincidence will mean nothing to you.
As always, this will be a simultaneous release in ALL FORMATS, so ebook, paperback, and audiobook.
Whenever I say this, people still ask me about the audiobook, so I'm going to preemptively say it again: the audiobook will be coming out on the same day!
We always do it that way because we love you all and because spoilers cause chaos and suffering.
More importantly, Travis Baldree will be narrating (I mean, who else would we get?).
Another cool thing: ComicBook.com did an interview with me a few days ago that they released today!
I thought that was pretty neat. Look, Ma, I'm on a real website!
I posted the cover art everywhere BUT here, because I don't want this already-long blog to take up the entire page, but we had a great time working with the artist: Simon Carr, a veteran with a ton of fantasy covers under his belt.
And that's about all I have to announce! I hope you all enjoy The Captain, and I look forward to seeing you on the bridge of The Last Horizon!
P.S. Waybound June 6th
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