Amazon now have some copy up on their site on Of Bone And Thunder. I have to say, they summarized the book nicely:
Apocalypse Now meets The Lord of the Rings in a bold new fantasy from the acclaimed author of the Iron Elves trilogy, filled with “heroic action that keeps fans coming back” (Publishers Weekly).
Channeling the turbulent period of the Vietnam War and its ruthless pitting of ideologies, cultures, generations, and races against each other, military historian and acclaimed fantasy writer Chris Evans takes a daring new approach to the traditional world of sword and sorcery by thrusting it into a maelstrom of racial animus, drug use, rebellion, and a growing war that seems at once unwinnable and with no end in sight. In this thrilling epic, right and wrong, country and honor, freedom and sacrifice are all put to the ultimate test in the heart of a dark, bloody, otherworldly jungle.
In this strange, new world deep among the shadows under a triple-canopy jungle and plagued by dangers real and imagined, soldiers strive to fulfill a mission they don’t understand and are ill-equipped to carry out. And high above them, the heavy rush of wings slashing through the humid air herald a coming wave of death and destruction, and just possibly, salvation.
I’m currently upending my apartment and cleaning it to within an inch of its life…mine, too. I spent one afternoon rounding up herds of dust bunnies. I went through my closets and donated a ton of clothes I no longer wear. I finally got rid of my old desk chair which had been sitting around for a couple of months after I bought a new one. And I got a new bookcase which meant stacks of books on the floor could finally move into a proper home.
I haven’t done this level of cleaning and organizing in a long time so it was definitely overdue. What’s really interesting to me is how much I am enjoying it. Who knew?
Not much to report on Of Bone And Thunder at the moment. When last I heard it was on track for an October 14 release date. I’ve been working on an idea for the next book and so far I’m happy with it although I’ve yet to settle on some pretty fundamental things like the race of the main character.
My forthcoming novel will be called OF BONE AND THUNDER. It’s a fantasy set in a world with a medieval-like time frame, but with the mores, cultural upheaval, racial tensions, and drug use of the Vietnam War. Oh, and it has dragons, lots of dragons, which is something new for me. The release date is October 14, 2014, which is just under seven months away. I’ll be updating a lot as we get closer to publication including a big reveal of the cover.
It’s been a long haul, longer certainly than I intended, but I finally finished the draft of my next fantasy novel. It’s currently at 173,000 words so it’s a bit hefty. I have a few revisions in mind that will likely expand it even more so when it does come out (possibly late this fall) look for a big, thick brick of a book. No official title yet, but as soon as that’s settled I’ll let everyone know. And of course, what the actual pub date will be.
Chris, relaxing and preparing for the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead tonight!
Here’s to 2014 being the best year yet! Are you a resolution person? I am, and my list is long but divided into smaller goals to hit along the way. One of my first is putting up a big 12 month wall calendar so I can see all of 2014 and plan ahead (I think this is me growing up…a little One of my first goals is handing in the manuscript for my next book to my editor at Gallery/S&S. I’m late, sigh, but I am on track now to have it done the end of this month. That means it might get published this year!
Cheers! And here’s to 2014 being a truly fantastic year!
I’ve been re-examining some shows I watch and the thought occurred that in some cases there doesn’t appear to be a good reason for some characters to be in a relationship other than for the benefit of us, the viewer. The prime example for me is on The Big Bang Theory. Why would anyone live with Sheldon let alone be friends with him? The show is hilarious because of him and the constant monkey-wrenches he throws into things, but doesn’t that mean he’s more of a plot device than a character? And even if that’s the case, does it matter?
Then there are the couples on Modern Family. Of the three, none of the relationships seem obvious to me. Claire and Phil…why? He’s a child. What is it about him that she finds attractive? Cam and Mitchell both play neurotic to such a degree that I feel that relationship should just implode. Not even sure about Jay and Gloria. The age difference is huge.
I don’t have any answers here, and I fully recognize that these shows are insanely popular which is why I’ve been studying the characters and their interactions. It seems, at least in these two cases (both being comedies) characters as plot devices instead of actual characters not only works, but excels.
This was taken during my recent trip to France as the historian for a Canadian high school teachers’ educational tour. We focused on Canada’s participation in WWI and WWII although we also looked at British and US battles and the life of French civilians under occupation. The tour is sponsored each year by the June Beach Centre Association
Thought I’d do my own little infomercial and let you know that you can pick up the Kindle ebook of A Darkness Forged in Fire on Amazon for the low, low price of $1.99, today only. But wait, there’s more! If you spend $4.00 you can get two copies…though that would be silly
Sorry about not making the link live, I can’t remember how to do that. Here’s the Facebook link which will get you there: