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Here’s some updates on upcoming releases and ongoing projects: I’m no longer offering the Convergence trilogy for free, but the first book, The Summoned Mage, is available for FREE at all major online retailers. Links are on the page here. The next Crown of Tremontane novel is the first book in the Willow North trilogy,…Continue reading News, news, and more news

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT about Sesskia’s Diary

I started writing Sesskia’s Diary as an experiment in epistolary form. It very soon grew out of control. While I was publishing one or maybe two entries twice a week, I was writing well ahead of schedule. The diary is now complete, and I’ve just been posting excerpts on that twice-weekly schedule. The plan has…Continue reading SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT about Sesskia’s Diary

Sesskia’s Diary, part 208

11 Seresstine, evening Back to work. Cianan and Kerkessa both killed, Cianan by a lucky rifle shot, Kerkessa by a lightning bolt created by one of those battle mages. I don’t think it was on purpose, or rather I don’t think the mage knew what Kerkessa was, or we’d have had several more bolts to…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 208

Sesskia’s Diary, part 207

10 Seresstine, after dinner Some kind of cease fire so the armies can collect the dead and wounded. I can’t tell how things are going and I don’t want to go to Mattiak for fear he’ll think I’m weakening toward him. No casualties among the mages. Dinner tasted like sand, not the fault of our…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 207

Sesskia’s Diary, part 206

10 Seresstine, afternoon We’ve been fighting for seven hours now and we’re all exhausted. The battle mages were, as I predicted, prepared for our assault. They have defensive kathanas now, shimmering pale shields that protect them from missiles, and while they can’t defend against fire, they can dismiss it before it does too much damage.…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 206

Sesskia’s Diary, part 205

10 Seresstine, too early (continued) We passed one of the other war wagons, and I saw an unconscious battle mage on the ground and another one perched on the seat, painting rapidly and swearing (I think; it was too loud to hear). The war wagon was silent. I stopped and circled around to where I…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 205

Sesskia’s Diary, part 204

10 Seresstine, too early (continued) They all nodded or murmured assent, and we headed out through the camp and past the front lines, where we concealed ourselves and separated. I’ve never felt so anxious in my life. It was like when our warrior mages faced battle for the first time, except this was worse because…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 204

Sesskia’s Diary, part 203

10 Seresstine, too early I’m so tired I can barely see to write, but I feel obligated to record everything that happened, for Rutika’s sake if nothing else. After I finished that last entry, I sat with the mages and talked tactics, and had dinner, and it was all boring and wonderful. Especially since Mattiak…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 203

Sesskia’s Diary, part 202

9 Seresstine, noonish We’ve found the God-Empress’s army. It’s not nearly as big as I remember it being from Calassmir. That could be because they’re bunched up along the highway and not spread out, and of course they’ve lost that division we scattered, and there might still be a division or two south of here,…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 202

Sesskia’s Diary, part 201

8 Seresstine, continued A wall of fire sprang up just where the mages were, burning hot and yellow, and then there was a lot of screaming, not just from the mages—there weren’t enough of them for us to hear them over the noise of the battlefield—but from the several ranks of soldiers in front of…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 201