Princess of Amathar – Chapter 16 Excerpt

After we had eaten, we walked across the great plaza to the stepped pyramid, which was the Temple of Amath. Vena Remontar told me that an invitation from the High Templar was something to be acted upon promptly. The great structure was most impressive. It was more than a mile wide, and was over two thousand feet tall. It looked as though a giant boy had built it, playing with his blocks, placing successively smaller blocks one atop another until he had built a pyramid of steps. Each of the steps was over one hundred feet tall, and there were twenty-one of them. The entire surface was carved in intricate designs, so finely detailed that not a single inch of blank wall could be found on the outside. Running up the front of the temple was a set of broad steps that led to the tenth level, where there was a large, dark entrance.

My friend and I walked up the many steps to the doorway. Waiting here was a small crowd of templars, each with his bald head. Some were writing in their pads, others were about other business. It may seem odd that the templars were engaged in so much writing, until one considers the extent to which Amatharians in general were fond of the written word. Amatharians had no telephone, but wrote letters every day, even to friends they were likely to see often. To a certain extent, the spoken language of these people was divorced from the written, and the written form allowed them much more freedom of expression.

One of the shaven fellows took charge, or had been left in charge, and guided us from the open greeting area, into a large chamber. It was much like one would expect a very large church or cathedral to look like, not that I’m an expert, but it had no rows of pews or any other seating. The walls were colorfully decorated and large bright banners hung from the ceiling. Of course huge numbers of templars buzzed here and there, taking notes, examining the scenes depicted on the walls, and staring at the shrine in the center of the hall.

The shrine took my breath away. Not because it was big, though it was that. Not because it was carefully inlaid with precious stones and highly polished gold and silver, though it was. It quite knocked the breath from my lungs because the symbol on the great shrine was an A. I don’t mean it was an Amatharian A. It was an honest to god, Greco-Roman, American English, Times font type A!

“That’s an A!” I shouted.

The entire population of the hall turned and looked at us.

“That’s an A,” I said.

“Show some respect, knight,” growled Vena Remontar. “Keep your voice down.”

“That’s an A,” I whispered.

“You are correct, knight.” A voice came from behind us.

We turned to see an older Amatharian man dressed in the brown robes of the templars, and wearing a large silver medallion with the letter A on it. Vena Remontar bowed low and I followed suit.

“I am Kurar Ka Remiant Oldon Domintus,” said the man, identifying himself as an overlord. “I am the High Templar.”

“It is an honor to meet you, I’m sure,” I said. “That is an A?”

“Yes, you are quite correct. That is an A.”

“Well. How did it get here?”

“Before we answer any of your questions,” the Overlord said, “you have a great many things to do for us.”

Oldon Domintus turned and led the two of us across the great hall to a doorway opposite that through which we had come. Beyond the chamber was a great long corridor. This hallway was lined with pictures painted in the bright colors: pictures of Amatharian knights engaged in battles, pictures of templars performing rituals in the great plaza, pictures of great buildings being constructed in Amathar. The High Templar maintained the image of a man showing friends around his home.

“Has Vena Remontar told you about our temple?”

“I’m afraid she has not yet had time.”

“This temple was built three hundred generations ago. Construction was begun under the direction of Amath himself. He envisioned a monument to his people where they could look for guidance. It was built here beside the Garden of Souls, so that those feeling the draw of their souls could reflect.

“You felt no need to reflect before entering the garden?” he asked me.

“I’ve always been a pretty spontaneous fellow,” I replied.

His Robot Wife – Final Edit

I just finished the final edit of chapter six of His Robot Wife: A Great Deal of Patience.  It will be ready on time, I swear it!  As soon as I am done, I’ll set a release date for Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 9: The Dragon’s Choice, and then start the final edit for that one.  If you are a fan of that series, I think you will love it.  It also sets up book 10, which will be a big story arc ending.

Back to school

I am writing this as I sit in my classroom the Friday before the school year starts.  By the time you read this, I will have already taught a few classes.  I can honestly say that I am not looking forward to the school year.  I didn’t finish as much writing as I wanted to over the summer, but I did get some done.  I finished HIs Robot Girlfriend: A Great Deal of Patience, which I am in the final edit of now.  I finished Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 9: The Dragon’s Choice, which I will begin the final edit of as soon as I finish Patience.  And I guess that’s it.

This year, however, I have a prep period every day.  Hopefully this will enable me to finish my school work at school and let me have my evenings at home for writing.  We shall see.

 

No Pre-order at Smashwords

As you have read here, His Robot Wife: A Great Deal of Patience will be available 9-9-17.  It is already available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks.  I had always been under the impression that Smashwords has a pre-order system, as they allow pre-orders through them to other retailers (like B&N and iBooks), but they don’t.  So, if you prefer to purchase your ebooks through Smashwords, just remember to get it on September 9th.

Also, for those who are interested, there will be a paperback edition sold through Amazon, on or shortly after 9-9-17.  I don’t have a price yet, but I suspect it will be about $6.  I’ll post the price and other info when I have it.

His Robot Wife: A Great Deal of Patience – Available Now for Preorder at B&N

His Robot Wife: A Great Deal of Patience will be released September 9th, 2017.  It is available now for pre-order at Barnes and Noble for the nook and will be soon at all other ebook sellers.  The price at pre-order is $2.99 but will go up to $3.99 after release.  There will be a paperback edition on or just after September 9th, but the price has yet to be determined.

Mike Smith and his robot wife Patience have overcome a great many obstacles in their life together. No obstacle is quite as great as a world war. As the United States, China, Europe and India mobilize against the shadowy Anarchists, who have carved vast swaths across Africa, the Middle East, and Russia, Mike and Patience deal with the fallout at home, and the public’s changing perceptions of robots. Meanwhile, Mike’s son Lucas finds himself in the heart of the conflict as he takes command of robot soldiers leading America’s war effort. A Great Deal of Patience is the first book of a new trilogy that ties together the previous books: His Robot Girlfriend, His Robot Wife, His Robot Wife: Patience is a Virtue, and His Robot Girlfriend: Charity.

Pre-order at Barnes and Noble here.

His Robot Wife: A Great Deal of Patience – Available for preorder at Amazon

His Robot Wife: A Great Deal of Patience will be released September 9th, 2017.  It is available now for pre-order at Amazon  and will be soon at all other ebook sellers.  The price at pre-order is $2.99 but will go up to $3.99 after release.  There will be a paperback edition on or just after September 9th, but the price has yet to be determined.

Mike Smith and his robot wife Patience have overcome a great many obstacles in their life together. No obstacle is quite as great as a world war. As the United States, China, Europe and India mobilize against the shadowy Anarchists, who have carved vast swaths across Africa, the Middle East, and Russia, Mike and Patience deal with the fallout at home, and the public’s changing perceptions of robots. Meanwhile, Mike’s son Lucas finds himself in the heart of the conflict as he takes command of robot soldiers leading America’s war effort. A Great Deal of Patience is the first book of a new trilogy that ties together the previous books: His Robot Girlfriend, His Robot Wife, His Robot Wife: Patience is a Virtue, and His Robot Girlfriend: Charity.

Pre-order at Amazon here.

Kanana the Jungle Girl – Now in Paperback at Amazon

Kanana the Jungle Girl is now available at Amazon in paperback for just $4.99, with Free Prime shipping.  

In a world substantially different from our own world in 1913, former Rough Rider and adventurer Henry Goode crosses the vast ocean to explore the unknown continent of Elizagaea. Spurred on into the wilderness by emotional trauma, he finds vicious creatures from a bygone era, savage natives, long lost civilizations, and a mysterious jungle goddess.