As I said a couple of days ago, today I will reveal the title and synopsis for my NaNoWriMo novel, which I will start work on next month. I am very much excited about this book, as I think it has the potential to be a really awesome book.
Book title and synopsis under the break.
Without further ado, I introduce:
The Last Legend: Glitch Apocalypse
Awesome title, right? Here is the synopsis for it:
“Dale Bennet’s best friend, Jill Franklin, is a psychic.
At least, that’s the only way he can explain her precognitive abilities. If she randomly decides to buy the most expensive weapon in a shop in the middle of nowhere, that weapon will be just what she needs to kill an enemy they run into later. If she runs into an enemy Dale is absolutely certain she has never seen before, she will instantly known where it’s weak spots are and will already have a complete plan to take it out with. If she enters an endlessly complex maze, she will have already have figured out the quickest and safest route though. And she always seems to know which treasure chests contain useful, important supplies and which are booby traps.
Not that Dale has ever questioned her abilities. He is, after all, a simple bard who is not much of a fighter or puzzle-solver himself. It slightly disturbed him that she seemed to know who he was when they first met, but she has proven herself to be a dependable, brave ally who doesn’t cover even in the face of the Lord of the Silver Blades himself.
That is, until an anomaly that wipes out his hometown forces Jill to reveal her secret to him: They are characters in a video game. No one else in the game knows this but her. She has played through the game so many times that she has memorized the entire story, the location of every treasure chest, the best strategies to solve puzzles and beat baddies, and even how to exploit a few dependable glitches.
That is, until today, when that anomaly that destroyed Dale’s hometown appeared. While Dale struggles to process this revelation, Jill informs him that a glitch is the cause of that anomaly . . . and Jill has never faced this glitch before and doesn’t know what caused it.
The glitch is more than a one time thing, however. Other inexplicable catastrophes begin to affect the entire world of Ultimania, causing whole villages to disappear. Worse, those villages that remain are left mangled and beyond salvation and description. Even the Lord of the Silver Blades — supposedly the most powerful mage in all of Ultimania — is left crippled by this mysterious glitch.
Can Jill and Dale discover the cause of this glitch and stop it before it destroys their entire world? Or is everything they have ever known doomed to chaos and destruction?”
Now this is an early synopsis, so some of the details (such as character and place names) will likely change as I write it, and I will probably use a completely different sales blurb when I actually publish it (this one is way too long and not that great IMO). Still, this should give you a good idea about what The Last Legend: Glitch Apocalypse will be about.
In preparation for The Last Legend, I am writing several short stories set in its world in order to get a good feel on the characters and setting. These short stories will be published separately from The Last Legend itself after the book is released.
The book does not yet have an official release date, but I am currently projecting a February 2015 release, with the short stories following in March 2015 most likely. Of course, it could be published much earlier or much later than that, so I will be sure to let y’all know what its official release date is once I’ve decided upon it.
Changing the subject, many of my readers here probably know that my fantasy book series, called the Prince Malock World, is almost finished. Book Three just came out in ebook form (you can find links to the stores you can buy it from here), with a trade paperback edition from CreateSpace coming, and Book Four, The Coronation of Prince Malock, is set for a December 2014 release date.
Since Book Four is going to be the last book in the main series, does that mean that I will never write in the Prince Malock World again?
Nope! I have plans for a second series set in Martir, but it will be slightly different from the main series. Whereas the main Prince Malock World series features Prince Malock himself as the star of four novels, this new series will be about all of the other characters in the Prince Malock World.
I will write a series of novellas, to be published in both ebook and trade paperback form, set in Martir, each novella focusing on a different character. These novellas will not only explore the backgrounds and personalities of various minor and major characters from the main series, but will also help to give us a deeper and richer look into Martir than what you get in the main series.
Current candidates for the novella subseries include Jenur Takren, the Mechanical Goddess, Garnal Gray, and many others. A quick glance at my notes tells me that I have eight such novellas planned, but honestly I think the series could go on much longer than that, maybe up to twenty, seeing as there are a ton of characters in the Prince Malock World novels that I would like to explore, as well as several locations I’d like to learn more about.
I will begin work on the novellas after I finish The Last Legend: Glitch Apocalypse and the first four will likely see release in January 2015.
Also, following the publication of The Coronation of Prince Malock, I will release the Prince Malock World Omnibus on all major ebook retailers, a collection featuring all four novels from the Prince Malock World main series*. It will be released in .mobi, .epub, and PDF formats in January 2015, so stay tuned for that.
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*The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock, The Return of Prince Malock, The New Era of Prince Malock, and The Coronation of Prince Malock.