So many great things have happened already this year, and we are only 25 days in!
Late last year a contract was signed with publisher WF Howe to produce Audiobooks for books 1, 2, and 3 of the Heir to the Crown series. This week we picked out a narrator (announcement coming soon), and now the covers are being designed.
Three days ago, the Shadow of the Crown eBook released, with stellar reviews. The print version is created, and the author proofs are on their way, so hopefully, it will be available for ordering before February 12th. This is the fastest we have ever had a print book ready.
Next, a digital boxset of books 1, 2, and 2.5, entitled Heir to the Crown: The Beginning will be released on February 26, 2019. It will be going up for pre-order in the next couple of days! Sorry, Carol has been a bit busy with the release of Shadow of the Crown.
The artwork for Fate of the Crown is with our graphic designer and will be ready late next week. This will be the first book that launches both digital and paperback versions on the same day!
Also, all the books in the series are going to be released in both Hardcover and Large Print Paperback by the end of February. Both Carol and our Graphic Designer are going to be busy!
Even with all this going on, I have managed to write nearly 20,000 words for Fate of the Crown, which is due out in May. The reader team is already chomping at the bit to dig and do their part. Carol let me know today that the first chapters will be sent to the Beta team early February.
And if that doesn't sound like a lot, there is a special project that will be released in late March or early April, but you have to receive my newsletter to find out all the details!
Phew, I need to get back to writing! Have a great day!
Some days I sit and dream of possibilities, one of which is my first series, Heir to the Crown, being made into a TV series or a movie. The thought of sitting in a dark theatre, waiting for the opening scenes to burst onto the screen while epic music plays in the background is something I would love to experience.
Late last year when I was approached by a film composer, Will Musser, who was interested in composing a customized soundtrack for the series, I have to admit that it was a bit of my dream come true. There isn't yet an Heir to the Crown movie or TV show, but that doesn't mean there can't be a soundtrack!
Yes, just like you, at first I thought it was just a scam, but after some due diligence, it became apparent that Will is a great composer, and has done some amazing work for TV, Film and other authors.
Long story short, he worked his magic and created a great piece of music that does a fantastic job of representing both the action and the heart of the series
Check out Will's website here: Will Mercer, Composer
As I sit here, beginning to write my sixth book, it strikes me that I have achieved so much in such a short time. Over the past two years, I have fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing a book and publishing it, five times over! Not only that, but there are so many more stories just waiting for their chance to be told.
During this time, the opportunity to learn, and continue to uncover what my writing style is, has been a grand adventure. As each book is written, I become more comfortable in this new world and look forward to all that there is still waiting to be discovered in the world of self-publishing.
Each day that I am able to sit here writing, with my wife beside me as we work together to develop and nurture this fantasy world is wonderful. Who knew that the tale of Gerald and Anna would also begin a story of how Carol and I created a way to collaborate once more on something we love.
Here's wishing everyone a great end to 2018, and a fantastic start to 2019!
Who wants to win a signed copy of Servant of the Crown!
In my fantasy series Heir to the Crown, I have introduced my readers to the realms of Merceria, Norland, Weldwyn(Westland), and The Twelve Kingdoms, but these are only a small part of the world of….
Hmmm, when one creates a fantasy realm, one really needs a name for the world that it is in, and this is where my idea of a contest came into play.
I am looking for suggestions of what to name the world that all the action is happening in. Of course, it needs to be original, unique, and something I can use in print.
The best suggestion will win signed copies of all four books in the series, with the next ten winning a signed copy of 'Servant of the Crown'!
The contest closes on November 22, 2018, so click below to enter, and to find out the submission guidelines.
Just over a week ago I released my fourth book, Heart of the Crown, and I am happy to say that it has been well received!
Glad to hear so many of my readers enjoyed it, and I can't wait to share Shadow of the Crown this winter!
"...kept my interest locked in wanting more" *****
"Can't wait for the next book in this series" *****
"Wonderful reading, just wonderful" *****
"The'crown' series just keeps getting better and better" *****
"What an awesome book" *****
"Each book in this series is better than the last, and that threshold is pretty hard to uphold!" *****
"Another hit. Each book in this series gives the characters more life and history" *****
Last year, when I released my first book, the anticipation was palpable. I nervously waited to see if anybody would want to read what I had written.
First, there were a couple of pre-orders from family members, then on the third day, a sale that was from somebody I did not know! It was official; I was a writer.
With each subsequent book that I released, the number of people reading my books grew, but I never expected what happened today. In less than 24 hours, more people have added my new book to their to be read list than what I sold in my first two months as a published author.
Choosing to become a writer is something I have dreamed of since my early 20's. To see it coming to fruition now inspires me to keep writing and sharing my imagination. I have so many more adventures in the realm of Merceria to share.
Thank you to every single person who has chosen to read one of my books. I hope you enjoy the adventures as much as I did creating them.