Hokay. First off, sorry for vanishing from all social media and internet stuff in general for the past week. I've hit a few small snags with my writing that have taken up all of my time. Nothing major, don't panic. In my opinion, hitting snags is a good thing. They're opportunities for learning and improvement.
In the wake of that, I have several announcements. I don't think they're going to be that controversial, but I'm not sure. Try not to hate me, either way.
First off, I have closed my Patreon page. (The now-defunct links to it will be removed from the website in the next few days.) This part of my author platform just wasn't getting much of a response, so I've weeded it out so I can focus on more lucrative stuff. I'm not bothered about it; it was a worthwhile experiment. I think, overall, I prefer just releasing stories the conventional way rather than getting people to sign up for a subscription model.
Second, I've tweaked the release schedule for upcoming Beaumont and Beasley books. *ducks to avoid flying vegetables*
I'M SORRY. I had to. You see, when I was editing the draft of The Mirror of Rorrim, I realized that it was mushrooming into something too large for one 50K-word book. Also, some of the things that happen in it require some build-up beforehand.
So I've inserted three books before it. Don't worry, they're not “filler episodes,” like 60% of the episodes of Lost seriously what was up with that show AHEM I digress. The point is, important stuff happens in each of these new books. And in the end, they will make the culmination of these story arcs all the more satisfying.
And by “culmination,” I don't mean the end of the series. Just the end of Season One, which should be concluding around the middle of next year.
I'm not quite ready to reveal the new release date for The Mirror of Rorrim or the titles/covers of the other books. I will soon, just not today. Another one of my announcements is that I'm going to reboot the website this week with a new theme that will allow visitors to browse my work more easily. It will also include a full calendar of all the stories I have planned for the foreseeable future.
So what about Beaumont and Beasley Book 3? Well, I could potentially still make it happen on November 17th, but I'm not going to. I'd rather give myself a little more time so that everything goes as smoothly as possible. I sincerely apologize for the lack of firm release dates this year. It's a consequence of me figuring out my author platform and learning about this business as I go. Next year, I'll be more strict about when books are released.
On the bright side, I'm delaying the release date by less than two weeks.
THE STROKE OF ELEVEN–Coming November 30 2017
The adventures of Beaumont and Beasley are at an end.
The Council of Scions has finally caught up with Nick Beasley and his friends–and the sinister enchantress Madame Levesque has plans for them. Nick and Cordelia must solve an ancient mystery for her. Otherwise, Crispin and Molly will be lost forever.
The investigation leads Nick and Cordelia to the Castle of Basile, a bizarre place detached from space and time. Old friends are trapped there, and Nick and Cordelia are soon imprisoned along with them. Their jailer is the Fairy Godmother from the tale of Cinderella…who turns out to be far less benevolent than the storybook version.
A masked man offers to help–but can the White Rabbit really be trusted? What is Cinderella's dark secret?
And what will happen when the clock strikes twelve?
Yeah, this one's REALLY not a filler episode. Shocking stuff here, people. Brace yourselves. You're in for a lot of surprises.
I'll be releasing more info on this and other books in the near future, so watch out for that and for my shiny new website. Again, I'm sorry about making these major changes, but I promise it will all be for the best. In the end, you'll get more Beaumont and Beasley as a result. How could that possibly be a bad thing?