I’ve decided, against my better judgment, to put up my early draft of Chapter 1 of the next “Man of War” book, Brothers in Valor for you guys to read. I’m well past this part of the book now in terms of writing it now and have put this part through several revisions, so I’m fairly happy with the way it looks and reasonably satisfied that it integrates with where I want the book to go.
The main reason I’m putting this up at this point is to reassure readers that there WILL be a third book and that it is going to come out in a reasonable time frame. I also want to reassure readers that this book is going to be at least as exciting as the others (I think much more so, actually) and will be a fitting continuation to the “Man of War” series.
Lots of fans have written that they liked the tactical razzle dazzle that Max pulls out and that they wanted more. I admit that I have actually held back on that in the earlier books, so I’m experimenting with pulling out the stops in that department. I’m interested in hearing what people think.
You can get there from the menu at the top of the page or by following this link. https://hpaulhonsinger.com/brothers-in-valor-sneak-peak/
I am very pleased to have partnered with Authorgraph to make available personalized electronic autographs for current owners and purchasers of my ebooks and hard copy books. You can simply go to the Authorgraph.com site and enter either my name or the names of either book into the search windo, or you can follow the link below directly to request an autograph. As far as I can tell, the service is free to the user (I know I don’t make anything off of it)–it’s just another way to connect with readers.
There is also a widget in the right-hand margin of this page that will take you to the appropriate location.
I’m doing this on a trial basis–if it works out, I will keep doing it when the 47North versions of my books start to come out in February.
Please allow a few days for a response–it’s going to take me a little while to get the hang of this thing.
I’m just figuring out how to use all the tools that WordPress provides and today found the additional site statistics available on the WordPress site. It was interesting to see the nations of the world from where people are reading these pages. In first place, as one might expect, was the United States with 1508 page views. In second place, however, was Australia, with 56 page views. There were significant numbers of views as well from Canada, the United Kingdom, German, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Brazil, and South Korea, New Zealand, and Norway. So, a shout out to international readers from those and other places and, especially, to my friends in Australia–whether you’re battlers or bludgers–you’re ace!
All of my battles get plotted out on this white board, even the comparatively simple ones such as this skirmish I’m writing today between Union Marines and Krag spacers on board a Krag cruiser. There is some trial and error involved–sometimes what sounds like a bright idea is shown to be rather dim when plotted on the board. As you can see, my handwriting truly sucks.
Mack Meijers, host of the truly excellent “Science Fiction Spotlight” podcast program, gave a brief reading from the first volume of my “Man of War” series, To Honor You Call Us, on his show. If you will look at the right hand border of this page, you will see that I have cleverly installed a “widget” that will let you listen to that reading just by clicking on the play button. Or, if you prefer, you can navigate to the program’s page for the reading by clicking on the link below.
Maybe I’ll put a few readings up on this page sometime. Of course, if I do it, it won’t be with Mack’s truly posh English accent. Or, it could be, as I actually am pretty good with accents and do a passable Received English (also known as BBC English) accent. Naaaa. If I do it, I’ll do it with my normal voice, which is nothing to write home about. Anyway, here’s the link.