I hope the days are treating you well…or at least as well as can be expected. I’m writing this post to discuss my series, Cole & Srexx. Specifically, Book 4 of that series: The Fires of Aurelius.
Here, have a cover:
So, let’s recap where things stand. Right around five months ago (plus or minus), I announced I would be cancelling the pre-order, and I explained my reasoning for that. I received all kinds of support from my readers and (newsletter) subscribers, and it suddenly occurs to me that I’m not sure if I ever said ‘thank you.’ Allow me to digress a moment.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to send a message to me regarding the cancellation announcement of “The Fires of Aurelius.” Your kindness and understanding meant so much to me.
During the intervening months, I kept trying to fix “Fires,” but no matter what I tried–whether plot twist, change pieces of the story arc, etc.–I could not get excited about writing that story. It reached the point that I decided the series would be a trilogy. I wasn’t going to put any more time or effort into the series. I would take what I learned and start working up another Science Fiction series I was actually excited about. Workable plan, right?
Raise your hand if you’re familiar with the saying, “No plan survives contact with the enemy.”
In this case, the enemy was apparently my subconscious or my creative mind or something. For the past week or so, I have not been able to get “Fires” out of my mind. It has occupied so much of my mental bandwidth that I’m behind schedule for “Home Sweet Home,” and let’s not even discuss how I was supposed to be proofing the audio for “Archmagister.” (Sorry, Tia!)
At around 2:15am today (17 May 2020, for anyone who reads this in the future), it reached critical mass. It had been swirling around in my mind so much that everything just came together and pretty much forced me to work through why it’s been on my mind.
I now have a rough story for “Fires” (or better yet, bird’s eye view of a rough story) that I’m excited to write. That I’ll be exited to put my name on in public.
This is the official announcement that “The Fires of Aurelius” will be my third novel this year. I’ll begin story prep as soon as I deliver “Home Sweet Home” to the editor on June 1st.