After many false starts, interruptions, detours, and other delays from illness, moving, shipping my daughter off to college, and otherwise, Brothers in Valor is within striking distance of being written. The publisher and I have agreed on a deadline of September 25, 2014 for the first draft manuscript to be complete, and it is looking as though I’m going to get it done by then. If experience is any teacher, it will take Conceptual Editor Mike Shohl (a true pro) and I about a month to get through the edits, all of which would put the book in the hands of readers sometime in the first quarter of 2015.
I’m expecting that the publisher (47North) will give me a publication date after Mike and I furnish a date by which we expect to be done with our part of the project.
I promise you guys that the gap between this book and the next (there WILL be more books about Max, Bram, and the rest!) will be much shorter. I’m hoping to put out a book every six to ten months after that.
My wife, who has published more than a dozen successful Planetary Romance/Fantasy novels, has just published her latest: the concluding volume of the “Orbs of Rathira” Trilogy, Quest for the Heart Orb. Your humble blogger played a very small role in editing this very exciting offering–I think it’s a great book for people who like space fantasy adventures told from a more feminine perspective than my own testosterone-soaked tomes. I have never had an interest in the genre, but I have fun reading these books. You can check it out on its Amazon page here: http://www.amazon.com/Quest-Heart-Orbs-Rathira-Book-ebook/dp/B00L6L4G2A/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1403467180&sr=1-1
The page for the first book of the trilogy, Quest for the Moon Orb is here: http://www.amazon.com/Quest-Moon-Orb-Orbs-Rathira-ebook/dp/B008XAJXFM/ref=la_B006D208TC_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403467257&sr=1-12.
Those of you who follow my Facebook page or are familiar the other sharings of my personal life here and there around the web know that my constant companion for the last several years has been the 185 pound English Mastiff, Daisy. A gentle, loving giant, she has been at my side while I write, drooling out the window of my car as I run about the town doing errands, and has kept my spirits up through her antics as a huge, but always joyful and playful puppy.
Daisy passed away suddenly from complications of Addison’s Disease on Saturday, June 14, 2014. She is the first dog I have ever had, and one of the closest friends I have ever had. Words cannot express the loss.
Because of my well-known wit and facility for writing breezy, short prose (not to mention my well-known availability on very, very short notice!), I am this week’s Featured Blogger on the Amazon Fantasy and Science Fiction blog. You can read my chortle-worthy thoughts on Military Science Fiction here: http://www.kindlepost.com/2014/05/military-science-fiction-series-the-summer.html. That’s the “permalink.” The link for the “running” version of the blog is here: http://www.kindlepost.com/science-fiction-fantasy/
In comments, some readers have been asking for some kind of forum where people who are enthusiastic about my humble forays into the world of Military Science Fiction can discuss my work. After some poking around, and after consulting with a few people I know who are savvy about such things (do people still say “savvy”?), I have decided to set up (actually modify a pre-existing) Discussion Group on Goodreads dot com. Folks can navigate to this site: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/125889-h-paul-honsinger-s-man-of-war-series, become members, and discuss to their hearts’ content. Please abide by the group rules, which I consider entirely reasonable (as I wrote them, I suppose I would). So, if you are so disposed, go, join, and discuss. Have fun.
A very nice review of To Honor You Call Us just appeared in this well-done blog. You guys might just want to hop on over there and check it out.
Review: To Honor You Call Us by H. Paul Honsinger.