Yes, it finally happened. The Penitent Assassin has a new cover. In fact, over the next few months, all of my books will be getting new covers thanks to the talented work of J Caleb Clark / JCalebDesign.
The Rush of Betrayal books will be getting the biggest make-over. New covers AND new titles. In fact, it will also be split slightly differently too — switching from a duology into a trilogy. Each book will be roughly 95-100k words long. (Currently, the first book is about 100k words long while the second book is pushing 200k words). Since I will be making paperback versions available of all my books this year – I wanted a bit more uniformity in their appearance (plus, as you can imagine, printing charges for massive paperbacks was not very appealing).
The new titles will be:
The Savage Nobles: Stolen Dagger (Part One)
The Savage Nobles: Stolen Justice (Part Two)
The Savage Nobles: Stolen Crown (Part Three)
I’ll likely tease at least part of the first new cover over on my Facebook Author page soon. (If you’re on Facebook and you’re not following/friending me over there – please like and follow my Facebook Author Page.)
Earlier today, I saw the first draft of the second cover – and I can’t wait to see the third one in September.
Okay – back to The Penitent Assassin. I have a proof copy of it heading my way and I expect to have it in my hands later this week. I am waaaaay beyond excited and to be honest, I’m almost speechless….I mean, it’s been a lifelong dream to hold a book of mine in my hands so…..big smiles, big smiles!
Shortly after I approve it, the paperbacks will be available for sale. (I’m hoping for mid-August). The Savage Nobles trilogy will likely be late summer/early fall.
Finally – I do have a very rough first draft of a new book featuring some of the characters from my previous books along with new characters finished – and once I’m done with all the paperback formatting work, I’ll dive back into editing it. I’d love to have it available by the end of the year — but it might slip into early 2019. Unfortunately, life sometimes has a way of messing up one’s plans.
Thanks for reading!
It looks like tomorrow, July 3rd, 2012 ‘should’ be the release date for The Rush of Betrayal: Deception (Book One). I know, I know, I’m running a few days behind on my self-imposed deadline of ‘the end of June’ but considering how my June played out, I don’t think I did half-bad. I only had one day off during the entire month of June – Father’s Day – and I wasn’t home and able to work on the final edits that day.
Why did you put ‘should’ up there in the first line, Shawn?
Well, assuming I have no problems with my computer, no power outages etc, I ‘should’ be able to release the book on July 3rd. The book is ready. The cover art is ready. I have a short description for the book ready. I’ll be attempting to publish it first on Smashwords.com and then Amazon.com. If I can do both in one day, July 3rd, I will. All I really need is the time….
Time? Aren’t you a stay-at-home dad? You should have all day long to do whatever you want…right?
I wish! While yes, I am a stay-at-home dad, and yes, my kids are really great and able to entertain themselves for a while each day while I write, I do enjoy hanging out with them, taking them out for bike rides and visits to the park and all the other things kids like to do. But in addition to being a stay-at-home dad, I’m working to fix up my house this summer and I work two part-time jobs: I work 5-6 evenings a week at the local bookstore and I drive 6 nights a week for a bakery. Hey, it’s called: ‘paying the bills’. I’m sure you all know how it is! Someday, my goal is to have my writing pay for some of my bills. It’s a dream… 🙂
When do you sleep?
Okay, back to the book. Is this book a sequel to The Penitent Assassin?
Not exactly. I consider it a companion book to The Penitent Assassin. What I mean by this is, events in both The Penitent Assassin and The Rush of Betrayal take place in the same world but in different geographical locations with different characters.
Will characters from these books ever cross-over or meet in future books?
I guess you’ll just have to wait and see, won’t you? 🙂 Too much of a tease? Okay, how about this – there are events happening in this world which do effect all of the characters, you’ll just have to wait and see what happens…
Do I have to read The Penitent Assassin first in order to enjoy or understand the new book?
No. You could read The Rush of Betrayal: Deception (Book One) first and then go back and read The Penitent Assassin, however, readers of both will begin to see some ties between the books and perhaps a grander view of the entire world. My intention is for the world to keep building in your minds with each new book I write and publish…
I see this is ‘book one’. How long will I have to wait until you publish ‘book two’?
My goal for publishing The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two) is Oct/Nov 2012. I’ll be able to narrow this down a bit more once summer is over. The book is basically done, it has been edited many times already, all I need to do is finish up some final edits/tweaks and put a final ‘polish’ on a few chapters, check the formatting, and get the book cover done. If I manage to get this all done earlier than Oct/Nov 2012, I will not only let you all know, but I will also publish the book sooner. Of that, I promise!
Will there ever be a movie made of The Penitent Assassin or The Rush of Betrayal?
Wouldn’t that be awesome? They play like movies in my head. I’ve been told by other readers they play like movies in their heads too. I’ve had some people suggest certain actors they’d love see in the role of Mallor (from The Penitent Assassin): Clive Owen, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law and Russell Crowe are the men most commonly mentioned. (If you’re friends with any of these men, why not suggest they read The Penitent Assassin? LOL) For the most part, I think those are pretty good suggestions. What are some of your suggestions for any of the characters in any of the books? (I’m really curious who will be suggested for Lord Ian Weatherall and Josephine Hewes, two of the main characters from The Rush of Betrayal books).
But back to the actual question. Truthfully, I have no idea if or when a movie would ever be made – though I’d love to have that option. So hey, if you’re in the movies, or know anyone who is in the movies, and they love my books, let me know. I’d love to chat with you.
What’s next after both Rush books are published?
I’ve begun to plot out a sequel to The Penitent Assassin. I’ve also tossed around the idea of writing a few short stories starring some of the minor characters from the books. I’m hoping I’ll have a new novel and/or an anthology of short stories available sometime in 2013. Obviously, I’ll let you know when anything new will be coming out.
I love your books, how can I help get the word out about you and your books?
Wow! You are too kind! First, thank you very much. I’m so glad you enjoy my books. Word-of-mouth, twitter, facebook, goodreads, book reviews, blog reviews, blog interviews….Hmmmm….I’m sure there are other ways to spread the word…right? Please, let me know!
Okay, I think that’s it for tonight. (We should probably quit before it gets TOO deep in here! LOL) But hey, before I go, do you have any questions for me? I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a question in the comment section and I’ll do my best to get you an answer.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope you’ll go check out my books. I’d love to have a chance to entertain you…
Happy Reading. 🙂
I know many people are of the opinion if you’re a writer you must be able to write all sorts of things equally well. If you write novels, you must be able to write short stories, or poems or greeting cards or…
No? You don’t believe this? Well, truth be told, neither do I.
That’s not to say that I probably couldn’t make a valiant attempt at writing short stories, or poems or greeting cards – because in the past I have worked on each of those styles of writing, however, my passion really lies in writing novels.
Full novels. 90,000+ word stories filled with multiple characters, story plots, twists, turns, surprises…
That is how my brain works creatively.
Even blog posts are not ‘easy’ for me. Sure, I can occasionally knock out a post here or there – hell, look at the consistency of my posts….What? There is no real consistency to my posts? Hmmmm….I wonder why that is?!?
The same is true with book summaries, query letters, book reviews – to me, they don’t seem….natural. And trust me, if you’ve read some of the other blog posts here you know I have the critical voice in my head screaming at me right now – “Well, maybe if you tried harder, or practiced more you’d get better at that aspect of writing…!”
And you know what, that voice is probably right. I spend thousands of hours working on writing and rewriting and rewriting and rewriting a novel and yet I find it perhaps the most difficult part of writing to be the time I spend writing and rewriting and rewriting the book summary. I’ve studied the back covers of probably hundreds of books (I’m serious, I work at a bookstore and own WAY too many books (according to my wife!). I have the means to perform such a study even without leaving my house). I just don’t write like that.
Well . . . I also don’t like to quit or admit defeat.
Though, I am willing to ask for help.
I’ve decided to make another attempt at writing a ‘back cover’ book description for The Penitent Assassin. Something….different. Here goes:
For Mallor, assassination is a way of life. Through death, he survives and he lives for revenge. With a past he can’t forget and a future he has little hope to enjoy, the present is all he has and presently, he is in Sepeccare, his old hometown using an old identity while hunting old foes. However, he soon discovers he’s not the only hunter in the city and there’s a price on his head large enough to attract every violent criminal around.
In this wildly adventurous fantasy novel where nothing is quite what it seems, can a man who refuses to quit despite overwhelming odds stacked against him stand any chance of success or will he be doomed to fail yet again in the dangerous world of his own creation?
Well, that’s my latest attempt. I’m curious what you think.
Hello Friends. I know it’s been a while since I posted anything here but I’ve been hard at work on the final edits for the new book, The Rush of Betrayal (book one and two). I’ll have the book covers done in the next week or so and my goal is to have the first book available for purchase by the end of June 2012 (with book two available sometime later this year – my goal is October 2012).
When the cover for Book One is done, I’ll post a copy of it here so you can see what it looks like – meanwhile, I thought I’d include a sample of Chapter One today. Let me get any legal type stuff I might need out of the way…. Read More…
Hello again, Friends! Yes, I’m still alive. I know, I know, it’s been a few months since last I posted anything here and I’m sure you were all worried about–
Seriously! You think people were actually worried about you? WOW! What an ego! When did this happen?
Okay, okay, settle down I was just warming up and–
Enough with the chit-chat, let’s get down to business here. If people are here, it’s because they want to know what’s going on so spill it already!
Fine. I’ll forget about the drum roll and just get on with it. The reason I haven’t been blogging much lately is because Read More…