I took the morning to finish up the covers for the Arekan’s War books. Below is the one for book three which is written but needs one more good going over before I release it. But here is the blurb.
Tour of Duty
Arekan’s first days in the Windshadow Complex are so disastrous that both Santir and Captain Raden Irlu agree its best for everyone if Arekan puts some time and distance between him and the Mor’a’stani lords. Irlu, who quickly became Arekan’s best friend in the complex, persuades Arekan to go with him on the last patrol before the snow flies, a tour of duty that spans part of the vast Windshadow vale. Here Arekan learns about the life of the people of the vale, long thought to be the staunchest supporters of the Mor’a’stani. He finds a people very much split on the whether the Mor’a’stani are their saviors or their enemy. At the same time he takes an interest in the young woman, Katlia, that Raden sees as his, but hasn’t made a formal offer of marriage.
Can their friendship survive Arekan’s meddling in the private life of his best friend?
Here is the new official cover for the second part of Arekan’s War.
It’s meant to reflect Arekan standing in the audience hall of the Windshadow Complex though it’s not quite the picture I see in MY head. But what are you going to do? How do you get a photograph of structure that doesn’t exist until four thousand years into the future? You just make do with what you have.
But I found a great picture for the background. I found it on Flickr licensed as a Creative Commons picture by Flickr user Tom Cavnar. Sweet.
And here is the blurb for the story:
Arekan Mor’a’stan now holds the Sword of Quajinn, the symbol that declares his right to rule the Kyn Empire. The head of the Mor’a’stani family council and Santir’s uncle, Scine, assigns Santir to Arekan as the new Mor’a’stani lord’s aide. Santir, despite his feelings of rancor toward Arekan feels honor bound to serve him to the best of his ability. This puts Santir squarely in the middle of the hard headed Arekan and his just as stubborn uncle, Scine. Meanwhile, Arekan learns about the politics and economics of the people he is meant to rule and the picture is not good.
Can Arekan find a way to lead all the Mor’a’stani to retake the throne of Kyn? And can Santir keep his relatives from killing Arekan in the process?
This is the second of a four part series Arekan’s War.
First off you may wonder why I’m putting hashtags in my titles. Courtesy of WordPress and with the correct settings my post gets auto published on Twitter and Facebook. The hashtags don’t count so much on Facebook, but on Twitter it sends the posts to lovely pages with similar content. It gives the post exposure to people you never met and a good way to gather a few new followers.
But as regular readers of my blog know, one of my characters called me out for my lack of book promotion expertise. (Shut up, it’s a writer’s thing.) And since us writers are called on more and more to promote our work we are forced to step up our game, regardless the snarky comments the imaginary people in our heads make.
Author: We are happy to have with us today, Arekan Mor’a’stan, the main character in two science fantasy serials, Arekan’s War and the newest, Pirate’s Luck. He also has a supporting role in The Mor’a’stani Chronicles, the series of full-length books about his daughter, B’yetishen Mor’a’stan. Thank you, Arekan for being here today.
Arekan: (irritably) Why are we doing this?
Author: We are participating in Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge where we are to present a piece of up to one thousand words representative of social media. We are doing a blog interview.
Arekan: What is a Chuck Wendig and what do I have to do kill it? For that matter, what is a social media? Can I run my sword through it?
Author: (In an urgent hushed whisper) You aren’t killing anyone or anything today.
Arekan leads a hardscrabble and solitary life as a hired blade for whatever merchant space vessel that will take him. The problem with twenty-two year old Arekan is that he causes trouble wherever he goes, enough so that he uses variety of aliases. Fired by his last captain, stranded in a foreign nation, he is approached by a member of the outlaw family who once ruled the Kyn Empire. The imperious man offers him employment. The job? Smuggle his son into the Kyn Empire.
Arekan hates the condescending manner of Sinlon Mor’a’stan, and he despises the man’s privileged and haughty son, Santir. Unable to refuse Sinlon’s offer he takes the job. But guarding Santir on the thirty day journey into Kyn on a ship of hardened spacers proves to be a challenge. Between ship politics, pirates, a failed spacewalk and boarding by the Kyn military, Arekan has to use every trick he knows to keep Santir in one piece.
It’s just too bad that Santir chooses to stiff Arekan on his pay. And for that Santir and the Mor’a’stani pay the steepest price of all.
Day 11 into NaNoWriMo at 9,500 words in I am seriously behind. Life happens. Kids have birthdays and there is pizza cake to make.
Why pizza cake? It is a new thing. Some restaurant chain in Canada came up with the idea, and it spread into the U. S. I’m not sure where in the U.S. but my son posted it on his FB page, and I thought I’d give it a try.
There were…uh, challenges to making the pizza cake. First I had to find a high round pan that would handle the beast. Turns out my cheesecake pan is missing, as well as my 8 inch round and 9 inch round cake pans. It is theft, plain and simple, but getting which adult child admit her or she “borrowed” them is nearly useless. I settled on my 8 inch dutch oven. Fortunately, it did the trick.
The recipe called for parchment paper. I thought I had parchment paper, but I was wrong. So, a trip to the grocery store was necessary.
The internet instructions were incomplete. I couldn’t find what temperature set the oven on in the 10 pages of instructions, with pictures, that I printed off. So I winged it and the top got a little brown. Okay, more than a little brown.
Here is the pizza cake and below that the progress of Arekan’s War.
When Arekan Mor’a’stan is annoyed, he is likely to do outrageous things, like try to retake the ancient throne lost by his ancestors three hundred years before.