Wizard Redeemed, Book Seven is now available in eBook, Print, and Audio Book format.
Wizard Scouts have long been the defenders of the Intergalactic Empire, but they are a dying breed.
For a hundred thousand years, the elves' Tree of Light has protected the forces of good from an evil so dark it threatens to destroy every living creature in the three galaxies. That time of protection may be coming to an end. The forces of darkness have in their possession a key that can open a gate to the demonic plane unleashing armies of nightmare creatures on unsuspecting civilizations. Only Wizard Scout Richard Shepard and his friends stand ready to defend against certain destruction.
Longtime enemies must put away their grudges to find common ground as Richard and the High Priestess Jeena rally the forces of good to fight those of the dark. Can humans and elves work together to find a way to prevent the gate from opening? Can combining technology and magic win the day or will eternal darkness finally triumph over the light?
Haunted by his past, Wizard Scout Richard Shepard must overcome his own hatred before he can hope to rally his hard-won allies to victory. The way is fraught with peril, but if he succeeds, even a wizard scout may find redemption at the end of the day.
The eBook and print versions of Wizard Betrayed, Book Six went live in September 2017. The audio version went live January 2018.
Wizard Redeemed, Book Seven has been sent to proofreader for final editing. I'm hopeful it will be published by mid-March. Rick, Jeena and their friends are once again thrown into the fray. Action is split between both the magic and physical dimension as the civil war between the Empire and the Conglomerate builds.
I've also written a new young adult book called Fire Defender that should be published in April. I'll post more information about this new series in a couple of weeks.
Wizard Rebellion, Book Five went live on April 25, 2017. The print book is also live. The manuscript for Wizard Rebellion is with the audio book producer and he has set up a schedule with the narrator. The producer is hoping to have the audio book completed by end of July 2017, so I'm hopeful the audio book will be live sometime around mid-August.
I am currently working hard on Wizard Betrayal, Book Six. The manuscript is due at my copyeditor by July 15th, so I'm shooting for a mid to late August release date, but it could be early September depending on what my editor finds.
On a personal note, as of May 1, 2017 I am no longer working my day job as a computer programmer and am devoting myself to writing fulltime. Hopefully that will mean a little faster pace on getting the Intergalactic Wizard Scout Chronicles series completed. As you may or may not know, it is a 12 books series, so Wizard Betrayal will be the halfway point. Rick, Nick, Jeena, and their friends still have a lot of adventures ahead of them, but things are getting tougher for them as the series continues. Fortunately, there's a lot of good times ahead as well. I'm hopeful the series fans will continue to find the wizard scout books interesting as the series builds to its culmination.
I’ve had several fans ask me when the audio version of Wizard Omega, Book Four will be released. My audiobook producer contacted me last week with an update. While he’d hoped to have it done in time for Christmas, he’s running a little behind. However, the producer is adding some extra recording sessions to try and get it completed as soon as possible. Of course, once the producer and narrator have done their thing, I’ll have to listen to the proof copy and request changes if necessary.
So…, I’m guessing the audiobook will be available sometime in January 2017. And since I currently have a 3 hour roundtrip commute to work 4 days a week, I’m looking forward to having another audiobook to listen to while I drive.
I've been asked several times about the direction of the wizard scout story arc and how many books it will be.
Instead of continuing to answer individual queries, I thought I'd write a blog entry instead.
Although I haven't mentioned it anywhere, The Intergalactic Wizard Scout Chronicles is a set of 4 trilogies with books 1 through 3 being the Academy Trilogy, and books 4 through 6 being the Empire Trilogy. I know it doesn't say that anywhere, but that's how I have it in my mind. Although each of the 4 trilogies are part of the larger story arc, each trilogy is intended to have closure. In other words, no cliffhangers. Of course, there will still be some unanswered questions about the larger story arc, but hopefully nothing earth shattering at the end of each trilogy.
So, what are the 4 trilogies?
The Academy Trilogy, Books 1 through 3, is about Rick's time at the Intergalactic Wizard Scout Academy.
The Empire Trilogy, Books 4 through 6, covers Rick's time as a wizard scout for the Empire.
The Trecorian Trilogy, Books 7 through 9, is about ....? Well, I think I should keep that a secret for now to avoid any spoilers.
The Armageddon Trilogy, Books 10 through 12, covers the battle for the 3 galaxies. (If you like massive, intergalactic battles, it's the trilogy for you.)
I am aware a 12 book series is an ambitious undertaking, and if I was a reader, I might wonder, "Hmm. How long is it going to take him to finish?"
Well, as you may (or may not know), I have a full-time computer programming job. Consequently, I write in my spare time. So, it takes me about 6 months to finish each book. However, I am seriously considering taking up writing as a full-time profession. If I am able to do that, then I should be able to write a new book in the series in about 4 months. And, really, 3 books a year is about as fast as I can go and still put out a good story, which is as important to me as I'm sure it is to you.
So..., there's the plan and the timeline in case anyone is curious.
Thanks for listening.
Wizard Omega, Book Four, is out as an eBook and doing well. The print version should be out in another month, and my audio producer assures me the narrator, Guy Williams, will be finished with the audio version of Wizard Omega in early December (just in time for Christmas). Yay!
Although not quite as large as the previous book (Wizard Scout), a lot happens in Wizard Omega, Book Four, which sets the stage for the rest of the story arc. Also, the last of the primary characters for the story arc are introduced to the readers in Wizard Omega.
So what’s going to happen next in the life of our favorite wizard scout, Rick, and his battle computer, Nick? Well, I obviously can’t tell you. That would spoil the mystery, right? But I will say for those of you who like large-scale battles, I think you’ll enjoy Wizard Rebellion, Book Five, when it’s released Summer of 2017.
(Note: I know that sounds like a long time away, but when you’re working a full time job and writing in your spare time, it goes by really quick. Trust me.)
I want to say thanks to all of you who’ve taken the time to write and tell me what you think of the Intergalactic Wizard Scout Chronicles. To those of you who’ve given praise, thank you, it keeps me motivated. To those readers who’ve pointed out flaws in my writing, thank you as well. You’ve helped make me a better writer. I do take your critiques to heart and try to do better the next time. The story is the story, but I owe it to you, the wizard scout fans, to write down Rick’s and Nick’s story the best I'm able. Hopefully, the writing in each book is a little better than the last.
Well, all for now. It’s back to writing. The story’s in my head struggling to get out on paper (or computer screen as the case may be), but it’s not going to type itself.