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Hello? Is this thing on…? Update 2018

So. About blogging. I need to work on that a little bit, don’t you think?

That’s probably a bit of an understatement right there. Needless to say, it’s been a while since I’ve been here.

Is blogging even a thing anymore?

Well, I’m back, I think. As for writing…oh yeah, I’m back baby! Full steam ahead on the writing front! All engines GO!

Let me catch you up on what’s going on:

Plans for 2018.

All new cover art for my current ebooks which includes The Penitent Assassin, The Rush of Betrayal: Deception (Book One) and The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two). If you want to get a copy of them now with the ‘classic’ and ‘original’ cover art on them – now is the time.

I am working with a professional book cover artist to create new covers starting this summer. I plan to re-release all my ebooks AND for the first time ever….PAPERBACKS! I’m very excited about that! (I’m doing a little happy dance in my chair…and no, there are no videos of the said happy dance). I’ll release the details about release dates when I know them.

It’s been a long time coming…(not as long as SOME fantasy authors though)…but I am working hard to get the next book in this fantasy series finished, edited and released later this fall — also with what I can only presume will be an awesome cover. It will be a stand-alone sequel of sorts to both The Penitent Assassin and The Rush of Betrayal duology.

What does that mean Shawn? Does that mean we MUST read all your other books to enjoy this new ‘stand-alone’ ‘sequel’ book? And by the way, what is the title of the new book?

MUST you read my other books to enjoy this new one….? YES! A million times, yes!! YOU MUST…. Ok, no, not really. (Don’t listen to that noise, YES you do!)

While I think you’d get more out of the novel if you have read the other books first — you could probably survive (barely) if you only read the new book (and then you’ll realize you really MUST read the others, you’ll read them, and then you’ll re-read the new book). Frankly, that’s a whole lot of re-reading – it would probably be easier if you just started reading the existing books now so you’ll be all ready to go when the new one comes out. Just trying to be helpful…

As for the title…. I have one in mind, but I’ll reveal it to you (if I stick with it) soon.

And finally – I have another rough draft of a book finished. It is NOT a part of this existing series, in fact, it is something else entirely. A sci fi/fantasy mashup that I may have mentioned before (I haven’t gone back and read this entire blog in a while) since I wrote it many years ago and it has been sitting in my computer just waiting for me to edit it. It’s short and sweet and packed with action and adventure and I’m hoping to have it out either very late 2018 or very early 2019. I’d love to turn it into a series of stand-alone adventure stories starring a few of the main characters.

Well, I think that’s about it for now. Fatherhood duties call but I’ll try to get back to you again very soon.

Let’s not be strangers here…

—Shawn

PS: One last thing – I actually have a Facebook author page now. You can connect with me there too.

 

 

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The Rush of Betrayal: Deception (Book One) Book Cover

Hello Friends, I just wanted to share with you the newly created book cover for The Rush of Betrayal: Deception (Book One). A good friend of mine, Kimberly Pauley took the photo I sent her and created it for me. I think she did a great job, and I’m so happy for her help. Thanks Kimberly! (Besides being an awesome friend, she is a great writer and you should seriously check out her blog for more information about her and her books!)  

Now, before I show you the cover, some of you might be wondering, what the heck is this book about? In case you missed my most recent interview (with Ciara Ballintyne) where I described the book, I’ll include the short blurb here:

Life should be good for foreign ambassador, Lord Ian Weatherall. He’s rich, he’s married to the local princess and their young son is heir to the throne. But all is not as it should be. Friends have mysteriously died, others have been financially ruined and his marriage is falling apart. There are rumors that many in the city are unhappy with the racial mix of their future king and some are calling for his removal. Suddenly, Lord Ian’s business ventures sour too. Is this all the work of one man bent on seeing him and his son destroyed, or is it a conspiracy by many to incite war against his native land? Will Lord Ian be able to uncover the truth in time, or will he fall victim to the worst kind of betrayal? Discover the answers when I release The Rush of Betrayal: Deception (Book One) later this month.

And now, the cover…

          

The woman on the cover is Princess Cecily, Lord Ian Weatherall’s wife. You will meet both of them in Chapter Three (which I’ll include as a sample on this blog later this week).

Thanks for visiting today. Happy Reading! 🙂