Wednesday, August 31, 2022

New Book Release! The Shattered Spire

 It has been a long time since I have posted. Life has been busy. I finished up my posting to Rome and have now just arrived in Luxembourg. It seems very nice so far. 

I'm super proud of both of my sons, one of whom is now working at a law firm in Wisconsin, and the other is pursuing his master's degree at Georgetown.

 And, the best news is that after seven years, I am finally publishing a new novel! It is called The Shattered Spire, and it is a prequel to The Shard. It is set centuries before that story, and it covers how the shard came to be. It is only in pre-order for now, and only the ebook, but I'm working on the paperback and audiobooks to have them ready by the October 20 publication date.

I'm not particularly happy with how the cover art came out. It's a serious story, and I hoped to have a cover that reflected that, while to me this cover looks more like something from a graphic novel or a comic book.

Here is the blurb for the story:

The magic of the Spire of Peace has banished evil from the Known Lands for more than twelve hundred years. When a dragon destroys the spire and murders the king, the realm is thrown into turmoil. As civil war looms, can the royal Kaldarion family regain control over the kingdom and restore peace?

Livia, 20, is the eldest child of the slain King Varun Kaldarion. Though the wisest and most learned of the surviving family members, tradition says she cannot inherit the throne.

Balmar, 18, is too feeble-minded to rule, but his uncle, Duke Erol, crowns him anyway in order to appoint himself regent.

Darus, 17, was exiled by the spire's magic due to his bitterness that his father never named him heir. By force of personality and skill at arms, he has risen to command the army of exiles at the fortress of East Gate. Now he plans to invade the realm and take back what he feels is rightfully his by birth.

Imric, 13, was disavowed by his father after his mother died birthing him. Raised by his sister Livia, few in the realm even know he exists. Little more than a pawn in the conflict between Duke Erol and his brother Darus, Imric may hold the key to reuniting the fractured realm.