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August Monthly Update

It's August! It's hot! And what's especially hot is Lost Things, which is doing amazingly well! I'm so pleased with its first five weeks of sales, and with the excellent reviews it is getting from readers who have enjoyed it. Thank you -- I know some of you must be the ones who are leaving such wonderful reviews on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads, and more. Thank you.

So here's what's next!

Secrets, the fifth book of the Stargate Atlantis Legacy series, will be out around August 15 in ebook, and a couple of weeks later in paperback, as it takes that long to print. I truly can't wait to hear what you guys think of the newest installment! There is a sequence in this which I'm so proud of -- I think it's one of the best things I've ever done in any book, and I hope you do to.

Meanwhile, the October release of The General's Mistress is getting closer. I can hardly believe that this book will at last be going out into the world. I began it in 1992, and Elza and her adventures have been part of my life for so long. It's a "big" book, nearly as long as Black Ships, and it's huge in scope. From Directory drawing rooms to the snows of Hohenlinden, from the baggage train of Bonaparte in Italy to the Paris underworld, it's as detailed and complex as Hand of Isis, and rather more erotic. I hope you enjoy it! I admit I'm on pins and needles as the date approaches.

And after that -- The Inheritors, the sixth and last book of the Legacy series! Hopefully it will be out in early December.

Early in the new year I'll have Steel Blues, the sequel to Lost Things, written with Melissa Scott. Right now that's in our final edits. Bob Eggleton will once again be doing the cover, which I hope will be the Terrier! Our gang is going to New Orleans, and it's quite a ride.

Soon after that there's Moebius Squared, also with Melissa Scott. It was really fun to write an SG-1 novel, and this is set right after Continuum. Ever wonder what happened to Baal's time travel installation in our timeline? You're about to find out!

And then we're into the books not yet sold, but devoutly hoped for!

First up, The Emperor's Companion, the second book of Elza's adventures in the Age of Revolution, sequel to The General's Mistress. And yes, Numinous World readers, that's a very charged title! That's Companion with a capital C as well as a little C. I hope that it will sell in the wake of The General's Mistress and be out in 2013.

Next, Silver Bullet, the third book in the Order of the Air, sequel to Lost Things and Steel Blues. Melissa and I are working on it now, and we're about halfway done. We hope it will be out late in the summer of 2013.

Also, there's Lifeboat, which I posted a little piece of a while ago. Written with Amy Griswold, it's a retro-style science fiction novel very much in the spirit of Andre Norton and Marion Zimmer Bradley about a group of refugees from an interstellar war shipwrecked on a strange planet. I have no idea yet where this will go, and we're going to get the second draft in shape this fall when my schedule lets up a bit, aka when The Inheritors and Silver Bullet are done.

And then? Looking ahead to 2014, hopefully the third Elza book, The Marshal's Lover, which is finished in draft but needs a rewrite, and the fourth Order of the Air book, Wind Raker, in which the Gilchrist Aviation team goes to Hawaii and tangles with an old enemy.

What else? I've been sketching a little on another ancient world novel set in Egypt in the last twilight of the 18th dynasty and the dawn of the 19th, a story that would go before Black Ships in the Numinous World by about 200 years. I've been playing with a long short story about Lydias in Ptolemy's service, Sword of Pharaoh. I've been playing with a Numinous World story about the fall of Rome, about our main character's life as a German mercenary in the service of Rome. And Melissa and I have sketched out the fifth and sixth books of the Order of the Air. And I've got the beginning of the fourth Elza book, tentatively The Courtesan's War. So I think I'll be pretty busy for the next three years!

Anything that sounds particularly interesting to you? Any questions?


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Aug. 5th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
The bottom line is that it depends on MGM. There's talk they may be sold again, or that they may go to public ownership in an IPO. They may reorganize or be split up. I don't think anyone knows for certain. And of course that will completely decide the future of the Stargate franchise in all its forms.

Right now, the contract between MGM and our publisher goes through the end of next April. The last book on the schedule is the SG-1 novel Ouroboros, due in March. Will MGM renew the contract? Or decide that they don't want to license any more novels? What will MGM decide they want to do with the Stargate franchise? Who will even be the decision maker next April? We have no idea. That's all up in the air.

Hopefully they will renew the contract as they have before and the Stargate books will continue on infinitely! But really we can't make any plans about that past next April.
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Aug. 6th, 2012 10:44 am (UTC)
I hope MGM does too! I hope there is a "season seven!"
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Aug. 6th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Not before April. There are books in every slot from now until then. But I have my fingers crossed that everything will be fine and MGM will continue to license Stargate novels!
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