Apropos of nothing, I thought I would share with you something that has been lurking in the back of my mind for several years now. I’m sure that every fiction writer dreams of his/her stories being adapted to either small screen or big screen, but I’m not sure how many of them daydream about possible “extras” to put at the end of the final credits, for the benefit of those who stay all the way to the end.
I am one of those few. Since the Makkarios series was initially envisioned as an anime, this is what I had in mind for the end of the credits of the second installment: the men of the team as a band, performing “Eli’s Coming” (for obvious reasons). Rai would be the lead vocalist, of course, with Lavi as second vocalist and keyboard player; Tru would be on electric guitar and vocals, Damek on bass, and Ronin on drums. It amuses me now that, whenever I hear the song “Eli’s Coming,” this is the scene in my head. For those of you who have never heard the song, I refer you to the Youtube clip below.
It has been a busy October! At last, just in time to begin preparations for NaNoWriMo, I am pleased to announce the release of Makkarios: Angel of Matat, book four in the contemporary/paranormal fantasy series of the same name. It is available in Kindle e-book format as well as paperback.
Haven’t had the chance to read volumes one through three? Beginning at 8:00 am Tuesday (October 28, 2014) and ending at 11:00 pm Friday (October 31, 2014), the Kindle format of all three will be on sale:
Volume 1 — Makkarios: Come Together
Volume 2–Makkarios: Learning Curve
Volume 3–Makkarios: Children of Fortune
And afterward, November! National Novel Writing Month, here I come!
Hooray! We have the trade paper edition now ready for order:
Yes! the Kindle edition is already available on Amazon. The paperback should be ready for order by the end of the week, and approval is still pending from the Apple iBookstore and Barnes & Noble’s Nook bookstore– for both Makkarios novels. We’re on our way!
Truman has earned his place on the team, after winning the trust of the two captains. Now the headmaster has decided to use Ronin and Calypso to confront a traumatic incident in Truman’s past, one which has raised a wall between Tru and his new team. Can the two team leaders prove to Truman that he can trust his young teammates as much as they now trust him?
Meanwhile, a new teammate has been added to their number: Tora Kananeko, of the Tiger Clan on Kaeri Masen. The team saved her at great cost; now she is one of them. But all her life, Tora has been steeped in the enemy’s Deep Arts sorcery. She’s dangerous, and she has her own ideas of who should control the Makkarios team. Can the other trainees trust this selfish and powerful girl enough to accept her?
Then their training takes a difficult turn. The team is split up to face three crises: Jinx and Ronin are sent to assist in smuggling defectors out of enemy-held territory; Damek and Truman are sent to save Min and a group of hostages caught up in murderous racial hostilities on Min’s home world; and Calypso and Tora get involved in a brutal dying-world evacuation. These assignments again push the trainees to the limits of their new abilities and beyond, and there is no room for error. They must learn to adapt quickly, or someone won’t return alive.
We’re to the proofs stage of publication; the cover art will appear here within the next several days. Countdown to release date: approximately 10 days. Wheee!