Hello again from Lockdown Legion HQ. I have some big news to share with you. Earlier this week I agreed a five-book deal with Theogony Books to publish Chimera Company. I'm thrilled that such a successful publisher wants to take on the series and help me share it with a wider readership.
Theogony Books is an imprint of Chris Kennedy Publishing. Another one is Seventh Seal Press, who publishes my Four Horsemen Universe (4HU) books. So I'll become my own stablemate. Or something. Maybe? I'll be among friends and people I have a lot of respect for, in any case.
Talking of Seventh Seal Press. In case you missed it, they published my latest 4HU novel last week, The Dark Before the Light, which you can find on Amazon here. August sees the follow-up, One Minute to Midnight, and the audiobook edition of Endless Night.
Thank you everyone who's supported by buying or borrowing the books and again if you've left reviews. They do help enormously.
Back to Chimera Company.
Here's what's going to happen.
Let's start with the current stories. At the moment, we have two seasons of the space opera adventure serial. Seventeen issues in all.
I'm reworking that now to turn them into three novels. That will mean some new story added into what is currently Season 2. We will see more of Bronze's back story and encounter a host of problems, all of which are trying to get our heroes killed in the smugglers' orbital called Flux City.
What if you've already read Chimera Company? Don't worry. I've got your back and so has Theogony. If you've bought the Human Legion Publications editions of the books, they won't suddenly disappear on you. And the new Chimera novels will kick off from where the existing Season 2 concluded.
The best way to think of it is that the first editions out at the moment are like the general release versions of a movie. The Theogony editions will be the extended director's cut.
Then there will be two brand new novels where we see Nyulga Ree and the Smugglers Guild. We will see more of Lord Khallini too. Who is he? What is he? What's his agenda? And let's not forget, we have a princess with a war hammer to rescue.
These will be shorter novels than my 4HU books and most of the Human Legion ones. I apologize in advance for any sleep deprivation, because I plan to make them such page turners that some of you will want to read them all the way into the early hours in one go.
But they will be novels. The feedback was that the serialized weekly issues was not popular.
Hold up! What if I'm partway through the single issues?
Don't panic! The issues are all still available at the moment and still in Kindle Unlimited. You still have a while to pick them up as single issues, but if that's your plan, do it sooner rather than later.
And, once again, once you've bought a Kindle book from Amazon, you don't lose it if the publisher un-publishes it any more than you lose a paperback edition. All that means is that new readers can't buy it or search for it.
After the five novels are completed, what happens next?
That's partly down to you. If people buy the books and rate them highly, then I imagine Theogony will want to publish more. I'm determined to use everything I've learned as a writer over the past decade to make them the best damned books I can.
Finally, there's one essential member of the Chimera team I haven't mentioned yet. That's Vincent Sammy who contributes so much with his artwork and his encouragement and belief behind the scenes. Vincent will still be part of the team for the new Theogony books and I can't wait to see what he produces for us next.
Since I haven't produced a new book for you since The Dark Before the Light
, I'll leave you with a free book giveaway that I'm part of. It's a Prolific Works event with fifty free science fiction books.
The order in which the books are presented is randomized each time. I thought it was cool when I looked at it a few moments ago to have my Bronze Zy Pel on the right, and a book from Scottish Author, Gary Gibson, on the left. Tor has published ten of Gibson's novels, some of which I enjoyed myself.
Prolific Works lets you download books, but these days, if you have an Android or iOS phone/ tablet, it's simpler to get them through the Prolific Works app.
Anyway, to check out the books, tap the image or follow this link
Right, that's enough from me. I'm going to go have a beer to celebrate my news. (Again)
Take care and stay safe,