Synopsis: The Academy of Strothkurn needs a ship for a research voyage.Their needs are answered when the Verdant Swan, the fastest merchant trader on the Opal Sea, arrives in port. Gunner Zyrri listens to the story told by Baron Marindulce and his assistant Gerbielle and wonders what has been left out. When the Captain accepts the mission the Swan sails into danger from the storms they are seeking. But when an unknown warship attacks the Swan, it’s up to Zyrri to defend the vessel.
It’s that time, Built for Murder has now been uploaded to Amazon, iTunes, and Smashwords for official release. In some ways it’s been a long time coming and short in others.
I began work on the manuscript in late 2013 and the initial writing went very fast and smooth. It was a relief to not have to stop and create new fantasy material for inclusion at every plot point. It was about 3/4 complete when I finally moved up to Michigan and kind of lost oomph to do any writing. The energy kept coming back and before I knew it I finally had something to throw around that appeared good enough for release. Spent several months doing the final edits (several, several passes) and finally said enough is enough.
So now it’s out into the wild and we’ll see what happens. New genre, new characters, first novel, so lots of unknowns but hey, something might happen. Best thing is I’m already knee deep into the sequel which may mean another release this year.
In the meantime, Storms on an Opal Sea needs another editing pass and then it should be released in late summer, and Alexiandrölarn is being cleaned up and critiqued at the same time for a fall release. May be a very busy year if I can keep up the momentum.
Anyway, I hope you’ll give the novel a try and let me know what you think. Bring your comments here or better yet, post a review to let others know your thoughts. Good reviews can do wonders to tip a browsing person from passing to purchasing.
Thx to everyone that helped make this release so much better than I ever imagined.
Edits have been made and we’re within days of release. Today I went through making the mobi and epub versions for release to Amazon and Apple Books, tweaking the styles to get the final files in shape for release. Tomorrow it’s the Smashwords version for distribution to a host of ebook distribution sites. Additionally, I be finalizing the marketing campaign in hopes of grabbing attention and posting all the versions for distribution.
A busy couple of days to go but doable, even with family up for Memorial Day weekend.
I’m feeling good about this, more positive than any previous release. A new genre, a new main character, and a book length manuscript, what’s not to like?
Both Storms on an Opal Sea and Built for Murder appear to be near the end of their final editing phase. If so, there’s a good chance that both will be released within a short time of their completion. Not sure how I feel about that but its not something I can ignore.
Since Built for Murder is a novel I’ve decided that it will get precedence over the short story. Yes, Storms has been years longer in the writing but the release of my first novel length manuscript definitely outweighs the release of a short story, any day.
Storms has been getting some great critiques with lots of useful suggestions and comment which I plan to implement. When that’s done I should end up with my best written and strongest short story I’ve ever released. I hope you think so as well.
So, the current plan is to release Built for Murder at the end of May and follow it in a couple of weeks with Storms in June.
Also, Alexiandrölarn will soon go under the alpha viewers knives and I expect to improve as well.
We’re getting so close, I just can’t wait.
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