I’ve been working really hard on Kanana the Jungle Girl, and I’m well past the halfway point of the draft, but I took a couple of days off this week to work on a new Eaglethorpe Buxton story. The new Eaglethorpe book will definitely be out by the end of the year, so it seems like a good time to show off the cover.
The plan is to combine the original two Eaglethorpe stories with three new ones, so that there will be five tales in this book.
Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Elven Princess
Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Sorceress
Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Queen of Aerithraine
Eaglethorpe Buxton the Day of the Night of the Werewolf (not a typo) and
Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Unicorn Hunters
There is a possibility of a sixth story as well, but I haven’t Eaglethorpe hasn’t drafted it yet, so it might not appear.
I’ve started working again on The Jungle Girl, which now has a new title and cover. The new title is Kanana: the Jungle Girl. I originally chose The Jungle Girl for its Burroughsesque quality, as it is a very Burroughsesque story and The Jungle Girl was one of the few of that type of titles that Edgar Rice Burroughs didn’t already use. However, there is always the possibility that this could become a series and the name Kanana has possibilities for a number of titles.
This story (or any jungle story) naturally borrows from Burroughs, but I’m trying to make it my own. The mythology of the background and the science fiction nature of the setting takes it in a very different direction than any such story and I think my main character is of a different character (and has a very different motivation) than the usual pulp heroes. His part of the story is one that Burroughs would never have written.
This is also a bit of an historical novel, with several historic people appearing as supporting characters. This includes, but isn’t limited to Theodore Roosevelt, whom I’ve always wanted to write about. I hope people will find him very lifelike, and I am making every effort to make him so. Most of his dialog in the book comes from the historic Roosevelt’s own words, either written or spoken.
Blood Moon is the sequel to Blood Trade. We may see a title change before I’m done, because there are already a half dozen books out their called Blood Moon, but it does fit, because it’s mostly about werewolves. I had an idea for the intro and started writing, finishing just shy of two chapters before I ran out of steam, but I have the basic plot planned out. I doubt I’ll get back to this before I finish The Young Sorceress or Astrid Maxxim 2, but I might have this one done by the end of the year.
The Young Sorceress is dragging along. I have to set it aside and work on Astrid Maxxim for a while because, quite frankly, this book is a hard one. The real problem is that working a day job while I write, I can only manage a page or two a day, and it is hard to keep a complicated plot in my head from day to day. Astrid is easy. It’s all pretty straight forward. The Young Sorceress follows seven major characters through their own stories and when I rewrite it, that number may increase. Ideally I would really like to have this done before summer, but there is a possibility that I may not be able to get it done before then. I’ll keep you informed here.
In the meantime, this is the latest version of the cover. Same picture, but with a border to make it look more like the rest of the books in the series.
The next Astrid Maxxim will be Astrid Maxxim and her Undersea Dome. Expect it before the end of February. I am really pleased to present the cover. As with the first Astrid Maxxim book, the cover was created by Matthew Riggenbach at Shaed Studios. Working with him was wonderful. In fact, there wasn’t much work at all. I told him what I had in mind and he made it happen. His first draft was almost perfect. We made a few tweaks and it was done. I am so excited. Just looking at it makes me want to write.
As to the story. As you can see, this second tale places Astrid in adventures under the sea. I think there’s more action in this story than the first one. Some of the characters that played small parts in the first story get a little more attention this time too. Plus more Astrid and Toby. I’m looking forward to penning more of Astrid’s adventures, though I only have ideas for the first ten or so right now.