Am I doing this today because I'm ever-so-slightly jealous of all the people who are having a marvelous time at Realm Makers 2019 without me?
Possibly. I will admit to nothing.
I've been working hard on Book 1 of the Blackfire series over the past few weeks, as my Camp NaNoWriMo project. Yeah, I know I worked on it for my NaNoWriMo project last November, but I wasn't thrilled with how that draft was turning out, for various reasons, so I started it over from scratch. And it's coming along very nicely.
So I think it's time to reveal some stuff about this book. The original title was The Thirteenth Knight, but I've gone with something a little more exciting in this new version.
There is a legend which says the sword of King Arthur rests in its stone, awaiting one who shares the strength and goodness of Arthur to pull it free and save Camelot from great peril.
The legend is true. Someday, Excalibur will be found, and a new hero will rise.
But not today.
Because there's a second sword. A corrupted blade of twisted, evil magic belonging to the man responsible for the Old Kingdom's fall.
It's 1816 Ever After in the United Kingdom of Camelot…and the wicked knight Mordred has returned.
Fortunately, Malcolm Blackfire, the man who defeated him long ago, is still around. Even better, he has two qualities which are sorely needed right now: he's an archaeologist, and he's a dragon.
There's just one problem.
Malcolm Blackfire doesn't remember who he is.
An amnesiac dragon and an unscrupulous jewel thief are the only ones who may be able to stop the destruction of Camelot…
…but to do that, they'll have to face an enemy even worse than Mordred.
The Dark Excalibur will be the first of five books in the Blackfire series. Unlike my other, longer series, like Beaumont and Beasley, I don't actually intend to continue the Blackfire books beyond that. That isn't to say that Malcolm won't continue to play a significant role elsewhere in the Afterverse; only that the 1816 storyline will be coming to an end with Book 5. You'll understand why when we get to that point.
You see, the Blackfire series changes everything, starting with a staggering reveal at the end of Book 1…the solution to a mystery I've been teasing for some time now. The other books will unpack the repercussions of this reveal, leading to an explosive confrontation that will have far-reaching effects across practically all my other Afterverse storylines.
Who is Malcolm Blackfire, anyway?
You think you know. Perhaps you don't. Or perhaps you're simply asking the wrong question.
The Dark Excalibur will be released sometime before next spring. I'll confirm a more exact release date once the book is in the final stages of production.
There. I made all those Realmies jealous.
Except that this is all on the internet, and they can all see it where they are anyway…oh, never mind.