July 25th 2021 Update

I’ve got a bunch of things to tell you about today, so let’s get started!

First of all, I got confirmation this past week that Podium Audiobooks has the audio of Chosen of Chaos available for pre-order on Amazon and Audible, which I linked. The audiobook is narrated by Abby Craden, and will be released on August 24th. I’m looking forward to seeing what they did with it!

Next on my list, Adept of Chaos is up to about 95,000 words, and given the amount of plot I have to cover, I’m going to miss my goal of getting it out in late August or early September. This very easily could be my longest book to date, surpassing Halls of Power, which was about 132,000 words. I’ll let you all know when I have a firm release date, but it’s going to still take some more time.

Speaking of Adept of Chaos, Mario Wibisono completed the artwork for it the other day, and I’m happy to be able to share it! I’m rather happy with the work he does, and have a few more slots lined up with him for replacing a cover for Lilith’s Shadow, and a couple of omnibus volumes.

Last on my list is that I got a character reference sheet of Korima from Through the Fire. The art was illustrated by Denny Ibnu, and here’s their ArtStation Page. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

I hope that you’re all doing well, and that you like the pictures!

4 thoughts on “July 25th 2021 Update

  1. First, off, I get to say, yay! Can’t wait for the audiobook. My eyes can only take so much reading (I almost always reread books before I read the next one in the series. Almost always when I’m split attention too😁). Does that mean, we will be listening to the audiobook through the Audible or Podium?

    Next, love the cover art! I do quite like the artwork he’s designed before. Am I to correctly assume that the artwork you’re commissioning him to replace is Queen’s Move or Queen’s Journey? They’re good, but they just seem like the odd ones out. Actually, since we’re on this. What’s the current status (or ETA) on Queen’s Gambit audiobook?

    Also I was expecting Korima to be …huh… not so full, so to speak (not that there’s anything wrong with that. Just took me off-guard). She’s adorably ferocious looking though

    Also weird question as you’re more of a niche author (nor are you a big media star, to my knowledge), but have you ever been recognized in public by a fan?

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  2. From what Podium’s reps told me, they’re pretty much exclusive through Audible, which allows them to get better royalty rates for the author. Audible distributes to Amazon and iTunes, though, so it should show up there as well, but I may be wrong.

    I’m replacing the cover of Queen’s Move, since he did the cover art for Queen of Diamonds, Queen’s Journey, and Queen’s Gambit. I’ve thought about asking him to do new covers for Born a Queen and Down with the Queen, but haven’t decided yet. It’s a fair amount of money for each cover, after all. I have the slots for doing two omnibus covers that I could swap to that, but I think the omnibi are a better investment right this moment. As for the Queen’s Gambit audiobook, it’s in production now. I can’t give a solid release date yet, but it’s due to be complete at about the time the audiobook of Chosen of Chaos comes out.

    Korima’s is one of the few art pieces where I didn’t have to ask the artist to change anything during the painting process, since they managed to hit what I wanted for Korima pretty much dead on to begin with. I’m looking forward to getting her onto a cover with Ruethwyn…

    As to that, I have not! The closest that I’ve ever come was when people at the store ask me “You know who you remind me of? Cisco from The Flash.”. It amuses me a bit.

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  3. The cover looks amazing! I enjoyed the first book but (as you mentioned) the book missed a goal, I hope the protagonist has this time some destination in mind ^^

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