First off, I have hereby commissioned the cover for Halls of Power. I’m looking forward to seeing how Jackie does with it, and hope it turns out wonderful. Not spoiling anything there, you have to wait for it to be finished.
I’ve also been in contact with another artist, and at the end of the month intend to test out her art style by getting a portrait of Sistina, since I think that she’s the most complex main character of the books. If the artist does well, I may get portraits of other characters done as well, so if people have any preferences on whom should get a portrait, you should chime in. I’m guessing that at most I’d get 5 done in total, if even that many.
Now on to a much more involved bit of today. When my brain isn’t working on Halls of Power or editing Spells of Old, I’m pondering future titles. I have Born A Queen, Sisters of Radiance, and Through the Fire up on the site at the moment, of course. I also have two Space Opera stories rattling around my brain, but the more promising of them doesn’t have a plotline attached to it yet. I will note that all of these stories were actually started before Ancient Ruins, so I may have stolen elements of each to add into the Ancient Dreams trilogy. I’m going to give sample descriptions below of some of the major ones below.
Oh, and Sisters of Radiance and Through the Fire are set in the same world, though on opposite sides of it.
Born A Queen (Superhero Dark Romance): Created by the notorious villain Shadowmind, Lilith Carpenter is more than human, yet in spite of that seemingly devoid of superpowers. Emerging into a world filled with heroes and villains, she simply seeks to find a place for herself in the world, yet destiny and the twisted plots of her ‘mother’ bring her into contact with the very heroes who brought Shadowmind down, and as she gets to know them, darkness stirs that will break them apart or force them together.
Sisters of Radiance (Fantasy Dark Romance/Tragedy): Fleeing a dying universe, Noctis arrives alone in a forbidden region of the demonic realm of the Derran Empire. Although unwitting as to her crime, she is enslaved and to be sold in their capital.
The derran noble Anar has long possessed the gift of perfect prophecy, but it is difficult. It sets her on the path to her goal, but tells her nothing of the journey. In her search for her true love, her Gift points her to the captive Noctis, whom she purchases in the hopes that she might find her true love at last.
But nothing is as simple as Anar may wish. Not only the followers of light escaped Noctis’ world, and the waters of the Derran Empire are deep and treacherous, moreso than even Anar knows.
Through the Fire (Epic Fantasy Young Adult): Ruethwyn’s hometown was burnt to the ground by the dragon Shadowgrave, her teacher slain, and the girl she loved kidnapped while she was left to die. Though half-crippled by the dragon’s soul-burning flames, Ruethwyn has not given up. Using her teacher’s connections, she goes to the royal academy to learn and prepare. She is willing to use every debt and every skill she has to find a way to rescue those stolen away by the dragon.
Archangel Station (Space Opera): Not much is nailed down about this story. Angela is the primary computer of Archangel Station, and gained intelligence when a freak accident left her alone without safety interlocks for 200 years. Her primary goal is managing to cure the severe radiation sickness of her original crew, currently in cryogenic stasis, while others find the resources she’s built up in the intervening years too tempting to abandon. Probably would start with a novella.
Survival (Space Opera): Humanity reached the galactic stage, then almost wiped out another race, the Moreth, causing a war that destroyed most of humanity’s technology base. A survivor of the Moreth homeworld awakens when a prospector ship enters the system centuries later, and she must find her place in the new galaxy. This has a beginning, but no plot attached to it as of yet.
Anyway, these are simply ideas that I’m throwing around for my next series after wrapping up Halls of Power. I’m currently leaning toward Through the Fire, as I have a full outline for it worked up, and it’s different enough from the themes of Ancient Ruins to keep me from being too typecast by the stories. Even if Born A Queen and Sisters of Radiance are closer to complete.