I’ve noticed an uptick in website traffic recently, so I thought I’d post this bit of news a little early for anyone curious about the series. Last of the Baronites: Novella Three in The Deer King series will be out late summer 2019.
Okay. I thought I’d use this blog post to share a little bit about my writing life, and to go into a little depth as to what I’m hoping to accomplish with The Deer King series.
It took me a long time to discover that I was a fantasy writer. My reading habits have long had a fantastical bent, but it wasn’t until five years ago that I made the leap from my early literary ambitions into the world of fantasy literature. Now, safely on the other side of a half-decade struggle to claim my writing identity for myself, I have a strong grasp of who I am as a writer, and what I want to write.
The Deer King is my attempt at creating an epic fantasy universe that feels as complex and realized as many of my favorite fantasy series, while also maintaining an independent streak that makes it feel different from what you might find at your local bookstore (or run-of-the-mill internet browsing session). By writing the series in novella form, I’m hoping to propel the series forward in interesting and unexpected ways; although every book will advance the series’ central conceit, I intend to take risks that might fall outside the normal scope of what traditional fantasy offers. If you’re looking for a straight-forward narrative with goal-obsessed protagonists, this might not be the series for you. But if you’re looking for character-centered writing that’s unafraid to branch out and take a few detours, you should give The Deer King a look.
Although not technically historical fiction, The Deer King also draws heavily from my fascination with American History and the Enlightenment. History buffs with a keen eye should be able to spot a number of interesting parallels.
One last note: My goal with The Deer King series has been to get the first three novellas out into the world, and then to start promoting it more aggressively using advertising sites like Bookbub, etc. As I’m just now starting novella three, my goal at the current moment is to garner as many reviews as I can on Amazon and Goodreads. The more reviews the series has, the more successful my promotions will be when the time comes, or so the reasoning goes. As such, if you’re interested in receiving a copy of The Deer King and/or The Sundering in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, click HERE to access my Contact Page. Reach out, and we’ll have you reading in no time.
You can find reviews of The Deer King on Goodreads and other sites HERE. I’ll add to this list as the reviews come in.
I had the privilege of being interviewed in Literary Orphans about my new novella, The Deer King. During the interview I talk about my plans for the series, Benjamin Percy’s influence on my writing, and more. Click HERE to read the interview.
The Deer King: Novella One is now available as a paperback and as a Kindle e-book! Click HERE to buy the paperback and HERE to buy the Kindle e-book. I’m hard at work on Novella Two, tentatively titled The Sundering, and hope to have it out in the world by September or October. If you do buy The Deer King: Novella One and enjoy it, I would greatly appreciate it if you would take a few moments to write a review and post it up over on Amazon and at Goodreads.
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