It’s been a few months since the release of Broken Blades Don’t Sing, and I’m very happy with it. Overall, its reception has been pretty solid. Being a published author after so long is a great feeling, but there’s a lot more to come.

Now, with the holidays over and the new year here it’s time to look ahead, buckle down, and get back to work. So what exactly is ahead? Right now I am in the editing process of the second novel in the Tales of Ashkar series, and despite finishing the first draft early last summer, I realized that there is still much work to be done on it.

So much so, in fact, that I felt that the rough draft needed more than just quick edits and polishing up that I had initially anticipated. So far, it is nearly 15% longer than its first version, and that added writing comes mostly in the form of character development that I felt some characters direly needed. In other words, there are no drastic changes to the plot/story.

Anyway, the tentative release for the second novel is set for October of 2016, and while that may seem far away for a book now in its editing stage, I’ve realized that the editing stage takes far longer than actually writing a novel. A good edit/polish is what separates a mediocre book with a classic hit. What’s a few extra months, then?

I will also be concurrently writing the third novel in the series, and even on top of that, I am announcing a secret project.

What?! A secret project? It is tentatively titled Dragonsoul, and is entirely independent of Tales of Ashkar. What is it exactly? Well, keep those imaginations free and those eyes open. There’s plenty of magic to come.