The Two Dragons – Now Available!

After a marathon editing session over the weekend, The Two Dragons is now available at Smashwords or Amazon or of course, Amazon Britain

I was making changes on the manuscript right up until the last minute, interesting since the first draft was finished in 2008.  I also had to change the cover.  The orange and red backgrounds had an awful bleed-through on thumbnails.

I am incredibly happy that Senta and the Steel Dragon is now done– happy, relieved, sad, tired, and about 27 other adjectives.  I hope you all enjoy it.

Update – The Two Dragons

Twelve of the 21 chapters of The Two Dragons have gone through final editing as I write this.  I keep making changes though.  I re titled the last chapter.  It was originally called “What Happened in the Years the Followed.”  Since I ditched the long epilogue though, it doesn’t make much sense anymore.  Anyway, here are the chapters.

1. The Social Event of the Season
2. Zurfina’s Past
3. Mayor Korlann
4. Cousins
5. The Problems at Home
6. The Long Way to Tsahloose
7. Beneath Ancient Stones
8. Inspector Colbshallow
9. City of the Dragon God
10. Tsahloose
11. War!
12. Troubled Times
13. The Green Dragon
14. Father and Grandfather
15. Their Future Together
16. Sabotage and Murder
17. What She Thought was the Case
18. Panic and Despair
19. War Comes to Birmisia
20. What Happened at Iguanodon Heath
21. Return to Brechalon

Update – The Two Dragons

As I write this, I have just finished the final editing of chapter nine.  I’ve been able to edit a chapter a day, so as there are 21 chapters, it should be about 12 more days until done.  I might be able to speed that up by working longer on the weekends.

The beta readers unanimously preferred the new ending.  The original chapter 21 was a long epilog, but I pulled it off and instead wrote a series of vignettes that just hinted at what happens in the following years.  This is so that I can write a second series at some point.

What’s Coming Up Next?

I’m still working on the revision of Blood Trade so I’m still looking at a November release.  What’s coming up after that?

– Astrid Maxxim and her Amazing Hoverbike
This is my first book aimed at younger readers.  Hopefully older readers will enjoy it too.  There is a possibility that this might be done by the end of the year.

– The Young Sorceress
The long awaited book 4 of Senta and the Steel Dragon.  This is a book with a complicated plot, making it difficult to write.  I love the characters and the story though, and can’t wait to get back to it.

-The Two Dragons
The fifth and final book of Senta and the Steel Dragon.  This book has been essentially done for almost four years now.  All it needs is a bit of revision and editing, but it can’t come out till book 4 does.  Look for it about a month after The Young Sorceress.

Work in Progress: The Young Sorceress

The truth is that I had to set this book aside.  The plot got so complicated that there was no way that I could work on it after school and on weekends and keep it straight.  It may be too complicated anyway.  I may have to start all over.  But if I continue as it is, I definitely need to wait until summer, when I can devote all my time to it.

When summer comes, if I’m nearly done with what I’m working on, I’ll finish it.  Otherwise, I’ll set it aside and retackle The Young Sorceress.  I need to get it done, because as I’ve said before, book 5 in the series The Two Dragons is essentially complete.  It needs a quick rewrite for continuity’s sake and I might add a chapter or two.  Whenever I manage to publish the Young Sorceress, The Two Dragons should follow within a month or two.

Update: The Young Sorceress

Now that I’ve finished His Robot Wife, I’m back to work on The Young Sorceress.  So far it’s a lot of fun, and easy to write.  The Senta and the Steel Dragon books just seem to come out of me of their own accord.  It’s very much like I’m just describing events that I already know happened.  Anyway, target date for this is early summer.  I expect that the rewrite of book 5 (The Two Dragons) won’t take very long and should follow book 4 in a month.

Update: His Robot Wife

I’m really working hard to finish His Robot Wife.  I’m almost done with chapter six.  I was originally hoping for a February 3rd release, but it ain’t gonna happen.  I’m shooting for March 3rd now.  I’ll need at least three weeks and a half-dozen volunteers to revise and edit.  If this works out, I can still get five books out this year, which is my goal.

March 3: His Robot Wife
July 3: Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 4: The Young Sorceress
August 3: Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 5: The Two Dragons
October3: Women of Power
December 3: The Jungle Girl

Why the 3rd?  The official birthday of City of Amathar Press is February 3, 2007.  February 3rd was chosen to honor my brother– that was his birthday. 

Senta and the Steel Dragon – Gyula Kearn

Gyula Kearn is in a single scene in The Voyage of the Minotaur. He is a line cook in Cafe Carlo in the great city of Brech. When he can get away with it, he likes to give food away to Senta and the other orphans who work in and around the cafe.

Gyula makes a second appearance in Book 5 of the series, when he arrives as an immigrant to Birmisia. Nine years have passed and he is hired on the be the head chef in one of the colony’s new restaurants. It is still a small part, but he may have a larger one in a later book.

I don’t remember where I got Gyula’s name. I do remember that just on the spur of the moment I decided that he had lost his arm in an industrial accident. I wanted to stress the number of accidents in an industrial revolution world, and a one-armed cook makes the character stand out a bit.

Senta and the Steel Dragon – Zeah Korlann

One of the major characters in Senta and the Steel Dragon (Book 1: The Voyage of the Minotaur)& (Book 5: The Two Dragons) is Zeah Korlann. Zeah is the head butler of the Dechantagne family. As a member of the minority Zaeri, he has had to deal with prejudice his whole life. As Zeah leaves with the rest of the party for the strange and distant land of Birmisia, his life begins to change. As the colonists rely on his organizing skills, he becomes more and more important, and his status increases. At the same time, he becomes the object of interest for a fascinating young woman.