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Sort of an Update… Sort of…

Posted in Updates on March 16, 2010 by swordandsorcerybooks

We at the S&S Blog apologize for the lack of new material here.  It is not that we don;t have it- good lord is there a backlog!  However between business trips and the electrical storm that knocked out power since Saturday, things have been unexpectedly crazy here at the S&S Blog studios.  We hope to have things up and running again by tomorrow!


Project Update February 17, 2010

Posted in Updates on February 17, 2010 by swordandsorcerybooks

It’s been about two weeks since the latest project update, so here at the S&S Blog, we thought that we would give everyone the latest news about the SHADOWS OF NIGHT BOOK series. 

We are in discussions with several parties regarding bringing the SHADOWS OF NIGHT books series to everyone’s book shelf as soon as possible.  We may have a better idea next week as to the exact direction we will be going, so that is encouraging, and obviously we will keep everyone abreast of where we are in the process. 

SHADOW’S CLAW had been more or less “in the can” for several weeks now, still clocking in at 105,306 words.  Again, there may be a tweak or two in chapter one, and any publisher edits as requested, but otherwise that manuscript is copyedited and ready to roll. 

SHADOW’S LIGHT is also coming along nicely.  At the last update, the manuscript sat at 64,934 words.  As of this update, the manuscript now stands at 79,207 words and is solidly in the “third act.”  Again I think that the manuscript will finish in the 110,000 word neighborhood, a 21.89% increase in size and meaning that the manuscript is roughly 72% complete.  We have included those statistics for the exactly 17.673% of your who really care.   There are a few “casting” issues to deal with, but SHADOW’S LIGHT is falling into place and depending on work schedules, should be complete by Early March. 

DARK NIGHT is also definitely starting to take shape.  It should be a wild ride.  The manuscript is not starting until after SHADOW’S LIGHT is complete and in copy editing. 

On the social media front, the Twitter account has 535 followers as of this moment.  That has been exciting, since again, the vast majority seem to be real people- writers, readers and fantasy fans, with just a few spammers.  I do try to weed the spammers out from time to time, so I have been very happy with the overall growth.  The Facebook Page still only has seven fans, but we have not been pushing that page as hard because the emphasis has been on completing the manuscripts. 

Here on the “Mothership,” the S&S Blog, time commitments have slowed some of the production of features, but the promised “Trail Rations with Hazel Cindertoes” and “Arcane Secrets with Lathan the Golden” are on the way, as well as a column for the love-lorn possibly moderated by Auric Redbeard or Marcus Severus and some other oddities.  Granny Redbeard will continue to do her worst and do it slow for the foreseeable future.  We will also roll out some introductions to new characters and some features around SHADOW’S LIGHT in a few weeks, but we will try not to spoil the fun- we won’t let you know who lives and who, well, doesn’t. 

Traffic has been a little up and down- we have had some very quiet days around here, but we have also enjoyed three of our five biggest days in terms of visitors since the last update, so thank you all for continuing to check in with us!  We hope you enjoy reading the blog and getting to know the characters as much as we do bringing them to you. 

Also, please feel free to submit questions to the characters, we will have a Q&A session with all five characters from the SHADOWS OF NIGHT book series in coming weeks.  We at the S&S Blog hope to see every again soon!

Project Update January 26, 2010

Posted in Updates on January 27, 2010 by swordandsorcerybooks

Welcome back to the S&S Blog!  We have all sorts of news to report as to the status of the SHADOWS OF NIGHT book series, so let’s get right to it.

First of all, there have been some promising discussions about actually getting the SHADOWS OF NIGHT series into you, the reader’s, hands.  I am trying to go the traditional route- and I am also handing the first shot to a friend of mine whom I trust and have worked with before, but if that is not a perfect fit, there are one or two other options.  It helps to own half of a PR firm that has significant experience with book publicity.  So fingers crossed, and touch wood everybody. 

The third editorial polish is more or less complete for SHADOW’S CLAW (A.k.a. “Book One”).  There is a tweak here and there, but it is essentially complete.  I am still flabbergasted by the poor performance of MS-WORD’s spelling/grammar checker, but SHADOW’S CLAW seems to be essentially complete, pending publisher edits.  At present, the manuscript sits at 105,306 words.

SHADOW’S LIGHT is moving along swimmingly.  At the last update in mid-January, the manuscript sat at 51,143 words, and now it is up to a beefier 64,934 words, a 26.96% increase for those keeping count.  The story seems to be humming along nicely, and I still predict that it will come in at somewhere around 110,000 words. 

DARK NIGHT will be dark indeed- our surviving heros (and heroines) are going to have their work cut out for them.  The notes are all gathered and the adventure is beginning to take real shape and as soon as SHADOW’S LIGHT is in second edit, actual drafting should start on DARK NIGHT. 

The social media aspect is slowly moving forward, but we have 445 twitter followers at the moment (and the vast majority of them are readers and not spammers, so thank you all for following us at the S&S Blog).  The Facebook fan page is up, and at last check had four fans as well (again thank you for following!). 

The “Mothership” S&S Blog has seen some good traffic (and yet again, thank you for reading).  We have been a little slow over the weekend, but for some reason Granny Redbeard seems to pack ’em in.  We are working on some new features for the Blog to add to your reading pleasure and to detail the world of the SHADOWS OF NIGHT books, some of which will be up soon for your reading pleasure.  Under consideration are travel stories, another cooking blog- this time from Hazel Cindertoes, perhaps some magic or spell casting tips from Lathan and maybe even sneak peeks at SHADOW’S LIGHT, the second book in the series. 

Again, we at the S&S Blog thank you for participating and we hope you are having as much fun reading and following our characters as we do writing and presenting for you.  Please feel free to keep the comments coming in, and if you have any questions or the writer or the characters- please feel free to send them to us on Twitter, by commenting on the page, or by leaving them on the Facebook fan wall.  Check back soon for more S&S Blog fun!

Project Update

Posted in Updates on January 13, 2010 by swordandsorcerybooks

Just a quick project update from behind the curtain.  SHADOW’S LIGHT is 51,143 words; roughly half way done on the first draft.  SHADOW’S CLAW is being reviewed and edited for what will be a polished third draft.  It is so very exciting around here!  The S&S Blog is intended to get people familiar with the characters and have some fun, as well as provide additional details and information on the persons, places and things in the SHADOWS OF NIGHT book series. 

The SHADOWS OF NIGHT book series are a return to fantasy’s roots.  Just like good classic rock and roll is guitar, drums and fuzzy bass; the SHADOWS OF NIGHT series centers on its characters, some good brawls, a laugh here and there and you the reader gets to go along for the ride! 

To answer a number of questions I have received, the books are intended to be a fun, fast read.  They are intended for the reader to have a good time with some familiar characters.  However, there are hidden cultural references, cameos, occasional social commentary, metaphors and other things tossed in for those who like to spot that sort of thing.  And there seem to be more as time goes on.

Thank you for your positive responses to both our query for artwork and to Dainty Dwarven Delicacies.  Hopefully soon everyone will be able to place a face to some of the characters and we will add more tidbits from Granny Redbeard’s kitchen.  We may even branch out into other cuisine.  And there are a few more ideas in the offing, such as travel guides, more character interviews, and other silliness.  Thanks for reading!

The New Design Is Up

Posted in Updates on January 5, 2010 by swordandsorcerybooks

We at the S&S blog have to admit that though the changes are small, they do make a big difference.  We now look more like a fantasy book blog.  The staff reliably informs me that there will be more design changes, but we’ll stay like this for a little while yet.  That way we can focus on book Two SHADOW’S LIGHT and for more substantial blogs here at S&S blog.

New Design!!!

Posted in Updates on January 4, 2010 by swordandsorcerybooks

Yes, the rumors are true…  Now that the new twitter page for the S&S blog is up and we have more than tripled our daily traffic (okay it was not a HUGE difference, but more readers is more readers), we will probably do a blog redesign so cosmetically we look more like a fantasy blog than a diary.  That way more people can read about your favorite new characters, Auric, Marcus, Hazel, Lathan and Ioan as they introduce you to the world of the Shadows of Night book series. 

We at the S&S blog don’t know what the redesign will look like, but we are as excited as you are in anticipation of our new look!

Happy New Year!!!

Posted in Updates on January 2, 2010 by swordandsorcerybooks

The staff here at the S&S blog would like to wish everyone out there a happy 2010!  We have introduced the five main characters for SHADOW’S CLAW and we will have some more character introductions for SHADOW’S LIGHT. 

The S&S staff reliably informs me that we may have a few character interviews in coming weeks, that we will feature some character interviews, some location insights, a few work updates on SHADOW’S LIGHT and apparently some good old-fashioned Dwarven cookin’ from Granny Redbeard’s kitchen.  I certainly look forward to that.  Yes, the S&S blog will be the first (that I am aware of) fantasy literature blog that will have a cooking column.  That’s just the sort of operation we are.  If we can’t hook you on the quality of our writing, we’ll bribe you with food. 

Oh, and we hope that we will soon have an outlet so that you all may enjoy the greatest contribution in early twenty-first century literature sometime in the coming months.  You all have heard so much already, you might as well actually read the books, after all. 

Check back again with us soon!