Today I got to finish writing two books in one day. How often does that happen?
Okay, I’m spinning this a little.
I finished my last major edits of THE EMPEROR OF MARS, which is the sequel to SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB and sent it off to my editor. There’s still the copyediting and the proofs (and possibly more proofs…) but that’s it for any big changes. Basically, the way the book is now is the way it is going to be when it’s published, other than the odd fix to sentences here and there.
THE EMPEROR OF MARS is set eight months after the events of SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB and features more deadly danger, thrilling adventures, and terrible peril.
As a celebration, here’s the opening sentences of THE EMPEROR OF MARS:
The Emperor of Mars
I was twenty feet underground, surrounded by glowing blue sandfish crystals, with my head jammed in a beetle-vine warren, when I realized that vine-mining wasn’t for me.
I had seen the notice pinned up outside the local office of the Imperial Martian Airship Company:
Root Out Beetle-Vines! Save Lunae City!
Sign Up Today!
Before it’s too late!
Perfect, I’d thought. What a great idea.
I had never been so wrong.
The book is out on July 18th, 2017, but advance copies will obviously be out sooner. Keep an eye on this blog if you want to know when you’ll get a chance to win one. :)
My Work-In-Progress, which I have also “finished”, is the first draft. That means, of course, that it’ll have to be rewritten many times, and so it could be completely, utterly different when it actually is published (and, of course, it might not get published at all). But here is a very brief taste of the opening. This may or may not be in the final version.
The Mystery of Firelake Hall
London, England, 1924
On the day that Miss Wellington was given the job of governess to the Stone children, she learned two absolutely unshakeable rules.
Firstly, nobody – absolutely nobody – talked about magic in the Stone household.
More on this one if and when it progresses!