So, its official. This week I signed the contract with Red Adept Publishing for the third book in the Metis File series, tentatively called Rebellion Reborn. While Book 2, Chaos Unbound, should be out in early 2017, Book 3 won’t be out until late 2017 at earliest. But that just gives me plenty of time to finish book 4! As always, I will post release dates, cover reveals and anything else I feel like whenever I can, so check back often!
I’ve talked about this before, but because I’m in the middle of edits for Chaos Unbound and I’m running into it again, I’m bringing it back up.
For my books, I do tons of research and base things on stuff I am very familiar with. What I don’t know as well as I would like, I spend inordinate amounts of time researching. Way too much, in fact. However a lot of those details get left out because they are likely way more information than the reader wants, or maybe even needs. I’m a detail guy, so I go into painful amounts of details about approaching a beachhead during an amphibious assault–how the current changes, how the bottom changes and what that tells you. How you gauge distance and direction, what tools you use and that kind of stuff. I think its cool. But it is 1000 words that don’t really tell you much beyond the fact I am intimately familiar with the process being described. Eh, so who cares.
I get the same way with guns. Because so much of my writing is based in as much reality as I can manage (given that vampires, witches and immortal Greek heroes exists), I try to be as realistic as possible. So when I talk about sniper rifles and such and its glossed over in the final edition, please know that when I say sniper rifle, I have a very specific rifle in mind–like an Accuracy International AX338– and I know a lot about that weapon. Nope I’m not a gun nut, I just like to be accurate in what I’m talking about.
Oh and to the Men In Black, in Chaos Unbound, all the research on North Korea that I did was legit. And what I couldn’t find (which not surprisingly is a lot) I made up. I swear.
When: May 25-29
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Right now I have just finished the first draft of Book Three of the Metis Files. Book Two, Chaos Unbound, is in edits. However, I have ideas for at least six more books right now. One of the upcoming books will definitely include Mesa Verde in Southwestern Colorado. The cliff dwellings are awesome and the overall mystery of the Ancient Puebloan people intrigues me. No–I’m not talking about alien abductions and stuff, but their relatively sudden abandonment of this area–still mysterious–is begging for a Metis Files storyline. First, however, I have to get through a storyline on the Sultan of Rue Orleans–the Comte Jacques Saint Germaine.
As usual, Chaos Unbound, will have a variety of world-wide locations, including Spain, Libya and even North Korea. Yep, I said North Korea. I kept waiting for a knock on my door from men in black suits while doing my research. Book Three is a bit less globe-hopping, but does include San Francisco, New Orleans (both in 1919 and modern) and New York again. I’ll admit that as of right now, book three is darker than the previous two in its current incarnation. We’ll see if that remains.
As for new races to prepare yourselves for– just remember I do not invent things. The world’s myths and legends are my playground so you never know. You can expect Chaos Unbound to be more Fae-centric while book three is definitely more Kabbalah/Jewish/Christian in its backstory. Expect to see things like Bugganes, Kitsune, Tengu, Oni, Vila and the Dvergar in Chaos Unbound. In book three you’ll meet Nephilim, Succubi, Moroi and the like. Oh, and Chaos Unbound will see the beginning of a nasty blood feud that promises to keep Diomedes on his toes!
So stay tuned…
So–I got a spiffy new Website! Which is probably obvious if you’ve gotten this far. Hopefully people will find it user friendly and inviting. I tried to set it up so that its easy to find the important stuff–information about upcoming books, published books and other stuff related to The Metis Files. As things grow I will add a calendar. I had to include a little bit about me, but I have to admit that was done because its traditional. I am my least favorite subject. I would much rather talk with everyone about myths and legends and other cool stuff. Heck, I’ll even talk with you about Kendo or fishing or even crawfish boils.
At any rate, if you ever have questions about my books, I hope you will feel free to contact me and ask. I will do my best to answer. You can always reach me through my facebook page as well at The Metis Files.
So, welcome to The Metis Files…
So, its official! Diomedes, Duma, Abraxos and Sarah are back…
The second book in the series has been picked up for publication by the publisher of Havoc Rising–Red Adept Publishing. Right now it has a working title of Hanner Brid, but that will be changing. I will post updates as to its status as it progresses through the routine (content edit, line edit, cover, etc.) so stay tuned… Book Three is right on its heels, but I’ll admit I haven’t even started book four yet.