Friday 26 October 2018

The Dawn King Announcement


This is an update that's been long overdue on the next novel in the Moon People saga. It's finally time to talk about The Dawn King, the last chapter I currently have planned for the series, bringing the stories of Adel, Netya, Caspian, Jarek, and many more to a close.

I started the Moon People saga several years ago as an attempt at something more serious than the erotic shorts and serials I'd been writing beforehand, and I never expected to have so much passion for the characters that I'd end up writing six whole books about them. Working on The Dawn King has been an intense and at times emotionally draining experience for me, but I want to give it my all and make sure the final instalment in the series is one of the best. At present the manuscript sits at just over 130,000 words, which is already more than Sun Huntress and Sisters of Syr, and almost twice the length of Daughter of the Night. By the time it's done this one is likely to rival The Alpha's Concubine and Daughter of the Moon in length. I always considered the three shorter books in the series to be side stories that were too big to squeeze into longer novels, exploring the characters of Adel, Kiren, and Vaya while also setting up some story elements for later on. The Dawn King is very much a return to the sprawling kind of narrative seen in the first two books, bringing to a close the arcs of all the characters who will live happily ever after -- and the ones who will not.

The story itself focuses primarily on Adel and Jarek, two young lovers who were torn apart by circumstance more than fifteen years ago. Both have built new lives for themselves among new people, but the memory of their long-lost romance still lingers. Despite the distance between them, their lives are about to collide again as the Moon and Sun People meet in an irrevocable clash that will test their loyalties and present both of them with a terrible choice.
We step into the lands of the Dawn King, the great ruler of the Sun People in the east who seeks to unite the disparate tribes in his lands and drag their developing neolithic culture into a feudal age of metal. Along with Adel and Jarek, Netya, Kiren, Caspian, Fern, and Kale all have their own parts to play, with the sun wolves being forced to confront their past lives and question whether it was right to ever leave so much behind them. A tale of love and separation, duty and selflessness, loss and reunion, The Dawn King brings our characters to dark and dire new places, throwing them into conflicts that will shape the future of both the sun and moon.

I'm reluctant to give away too many specifics about the plot at this point, as events move fast and develop quickly throughout the novel, but I might drop some more hints closer to release. Those who have been waiting patiently for a conclusion to Adel and Jarek's story will have it, for good or ill, and many of the loose threads set up during the last two novels will be resolved.

At present I'm unsure when The Dawn King is going to release, but my progress on the novel has been faster than I expected for such a hefty word count. My hope is to have the first draft finished by Xmas, with the bulk of the editing taking place early in the new year. Barring any drastic complications, I expect the novel to arrive easily within the first few months of 2019.

Monday 4 June 2018

Sisters of Syr Release - Friday June 8th!

It's here! The next chapter of the Moon People saga is all finished and available to pre-order ahead of its official release on June the 8th. You can grab your copy from the following links:

Google Play
Barnes & Noble

The time has come for seer Netya to take an apprentice of her own – an apprentice poisoned against her by her oldest enemy.

Vaya, the huntress Netya once shamed into exile from her pack, has returned, bringing with her six long years of animosity. Driven by old grudges and weighed down by the burden of her pride, Vaya fights to endure her indentured captivity at the hands of Netya's clan for one reason alone: her loyalty to her friend Kiren.

As Netya struggles to instruct a rebellious young Kiren in the ways of the seerhood, the ripples of Vaya's arrival stir unrest among the clan. How far is Den Mother Adel willing to go in the name of maintaining order, and what, if anything, will be able to stay her hand?

Netya, Kiren, and Vaya all have their parts to play in shaping the future of Adel's pack, but who will tip the balance during this pivotal moment – the witches, or the warriors?


If you're wondering where book three in the series went, don't worry, this is purely just a naming change. I've recently retitled the previous novel, Sun Huntress, as book three in the series, making Sisters of Syr book four. I hope everyone enjoys this latest instalment in the series!

Stay tuned for more information about the next novel coming soon.

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Sisters of Syr Cover Reveal!

Here we go! Another novel release imminent and another lovely commission from Duong Covers to celebrate. Sisters of Syr has been complete in draft form for a while now, but editing is taking some time. Due to writing this one somewhat blind compared to previous entries in the series I'm having to pour many more hours into the post-production on Sisters of Syr, since there are more significant portions that demand tweaks and rewrites than usual. That being said, I expect the novel to be hitting retailer shelves within the next two or three months!

There are a few things that have changed about Sisters of Syr since I last talked about it back in December, one of which you might have already noticed from the cover art. While this was originally planned to be book three in the Moon People Saga, I mused last time about how Sun Huntress probably should've gotten that title given its significance in the story. The more time I spent on Sisters of Syr the more story threads from Sun Huntress started creeping in, to the point where I no longer felt it was appropriate to treat the previous novel as a side entry in the main saga.
So don't be alarmed when you see Sisters of Syr labelled as book four -- you didn't accidentally miss anything! By the time the new novel releases Sun Huntress will have gotten a little rebranding with the new subtitle The Moon People, Book Three.

The second major change to Sisters of Syr is the scope of the novel. When I finished writing Daughter of the Night I originally planned Sun Huntress, Sisters of Syr, and the (currently unwritten) sixth novel in the series to all be part of the same story. That eventually changed when I split Sun Huntress off into its own thing, and toward the end of Sisters of Syr I realised that it didn't make much sense to carry on writing for another 100k+ words when I'd essentially be starting on another brand new story for the final portion of the book.
So the novel that was once planned to be book three in the Moon People Saga is now books three, four, and five. This means Sisters of Syr will end up being shorter than The Alpha's Concubine and Daughter of the Moon, but the overall pacing of the series will flow much better as a result. It didn't make much sense to try and cram three books into one, so I broke them off into more self-contained instalments.

Sisters of Syr will be arriving soon, with information on book five coming hot on its heels! Planning and outlining is already underway, and I can't wait to share the details.