Queen’s Gambit is up to ~82,500 words, after a solid week of writing. I might finish the rough draft this month, but I’m not sure… a lot depends on how the story plays out from this point. Though I’ll find it horribly ironic if it ends up being one of the shorter volumes of the series. While I don’t have a release date for you, I do have news that Mario Wibisono is starting on the cover art as of tomorrow, so it’s getting closer! We’ll see how it works out.
Which, of course, makes me a bit bemused that I somehow was able to get the pre-order of Adept of Chaos up this past week. For whatever reason the description was easier to figure out, and I had a version of book 1’s cover that I could use for the pre-order. Before anyone asks, the 2022 date is not accurate. I put it as far in the future as I could get it, so that I didn’t run into a situation where I was scrambling to get it done in time. I expect to release sometime this summer, but I’d rather under-promise and over-deliver, if possible.
Going somewhat farther afield, I got cover art for book 2 of Soul Bound, since I knew exactly what I wanted to depict pretty much from the time I finished Dusk Gate. Crystal Rain did a lovely job on it, in my opinion! Also, I know that Xandra’s head looks a bit pointy, but that’s the fault of her hairstyle. I did a bit of a double-take before I realized that it made the hood rest funny. I hope everyone has a great week!