The roadmap for The Great War of the Shaeld has now been updated to include the covers of From Shattered Stars and the two omnibus editions, as well as the placeholder for Whom Gods Shall Fear.
Many of you will have been disappointed at the postponement of 2016's promised novellas, I Dream of Damastion and The Granite Whistle, and I imagine even more disappointed at the lack of From Shattered Stars appearing on the Kindle store and Amazon paperbacks list.
Firstly, an abundance of profuse apologies for the wait. And I really do mean that, because I know that a year is a long time to wait between books. Granted, many series gain new entries over several years (and sometimes even decades), but this was not supposed to be one of those.
The reason for these delays is, essentially, the curse of 2016. As it was for many people it was a horrible, horrible year for me. Just because it will be remembered — amongst other things — as the year in which gravitational waves were proven to exist, doesn't mean it wasn't lousy, demoralising, demotivating, and generally... well, shit.
I'm not going to go into the details here, because they are quite personal. Also that would feel very much like proffering excuses. Suffice to say that if you're angry at me for not having these titles out yet you can rest assured that I've paid for it.
So my plan now is to act as if 2016 never happened, in writing terms. The launch of From Shattered Stars is now the priority, since the novellas are not essential to the overall story; they are merely there to expand the universe a bit and offer different perspectives on the Great War.
The good news here is that the delay has allowed me to further develop several major plot points and character arcs. The novel which will be released this spring is going to be quite different from the book which would have appeared in December had I slogged away at it through all the heartache of 2016. The opening few chapters now have a more logical, internally consistent structure than I originally planned. Some key characters are now exposed to events and conversations which better utilise their established personalities and recent histories, and which also set them up wonderfully for all the terrible things they will have to face in the finale, Whom Gods Shall Fear.
So in some ways, this has actually been a helpful interlude!
As of 7th September 2016, the price of the Armada Wars Books 1–3 Omnibus is dropping on the Kindle platform.
If you're new to the series, this is by far the cheapest way to get the first three books in the Great War of the Shaeld series.
The new pricing structure means that you are effectively paying for books two and three, and getting the first book — Steal from the Devil — for nothing!
It's that time! The title of the fifth novel in the current Armada Wars series is now announced as Whom Gods Shall Fear.
The title is fitting for the end of the Great War of the Shaeld story, with apocalyptic undertones hinting at the collision of every one of the major themes which have caused so much creeping fear in the preceding books.
There will be no spoilers whatsoever for the next year at least, but one thing is certain: there's going to be trouble. Add it to your Goodreads list!
Some more improvements to the site this week:
The current story — The Great War of the Shaeld — will be more than halfway done with the release of The Ravening Deep this November. Since there are going to be companion episodes for books three and four, in the form of novellas, this infographic aims to remove any confusion from the release schedule.
Any "children" beneath a main title will be released after that main title.