Posts Tagged ‘Masquerade’

I’m Back….mostly

December 19, 2012

This is not the way to keep a blog going—posts every six months—but the obstacles are mostly behind me and I will try to inject a bit of life into The Wildcat’s Victory.

The first obstacle was the passing of my brother-in-law and my duty to pay most attention to my wife as we cleared the house and consigned most of the surviving artifacts of her family either to the landfill or to storage at home and a pending garage sale to clear them out.

The writing surrendered its prime place to all this. Poor Masquerade, that had just been released had absolutely zero help to make its way in the world. I have seen nothing in the way of royalty statements for it yet, but they can hardly be good. I will do some catching up there.

I have started to prepare a new project—a novella in honour of the 200th anniversary of the release, in January 1813, of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. How does a writer of SF and fantasy  find his way into Austen country? Well, by unleashing his fascination for the Regency world and a secret trip into a totally unsuspected multiverse. Gisel Matah, my feisty protagonist of the Iskander series comes along to help.  Stay tuned and thou wilt see.



Masquerade for Spring?

January 6, 2012

I asked my publisher what the release schedule was for Masquerade and he said he hadn’t arranged an editor for it yet. I had to remind him that my wife and I were doing the final edits again as we had done that with The Wildcat’s Burden and produced an acceptable manuscript. He’d agreed and had the final since August, but had forgotten. A good thing Google has room to keep all my correspondance or I’d never know what I had done.

So…sometime in the Spring is the release date. I don’t know how I will start the buzz with that vague target. I guess the thing to do is assume it will appear in April until it doesn’t. He will probably get back to me sometime about the cover and I can remind him that I sent him an iStock picture that he agreed would be a good foundation for a cover. I might have a better idea for release date after that.

Masquerade is my Iskander series version of the old ‘Man in the iron mask’ trope, except Gisel soon learns who he is, but the where he is proves more difficult. I do have a real iron mask in the story, which is more that the original man had—the sources say the mask was of fabric and the iron merely poetic exaggeration. The suggested identity of the original has been anyone from the manservant of an important French nobleman of the 17th century to the real Louis XIVth, but they are all guesses. Gisel knows who her quarry is but has to prove it before the rescue can begin.

The cast in the story includes old hands like the Crown Prince of Lingdon and his uncle the Duke of Marsden; the villainous Zagdorf (of course); Hannan Badry the oceanographer and Gisel’s friend up until the breakup of the relationship with Henrik Matah (so sometime a bit testy as Gisel’s superior officer); Sergeant Crockley, Gisel’s faithful side-kick; Marc Chronon still trying to become Gisel’s lover; and a few other standbys. New characters portrayed include Countess Felicie d’Bormonde, the missing man’s sister; a fisherman called Reeny; Henrik Matah’s new girlfriend, Katya, the daughter of Count Bergrund, the Iskander steelworks landlord; the cause of the whole problem, Chancellor Marin, who hopes to have the Empire save his neck; and the brave Dowager Duchess of Burgundene who takes her time to decide if Gisel is trustworthy.

Masquerade is a bit different than the other Iskander stories in that the young Gisel is in this over her head, and spends much time and energy trying to keep allies in order. The lesson she learns best is that dynastic quarrels can turn around to bite you.

My fantasy novel Rast

March 10, 2011

Rast was released at the beginning of March and I’m already deep in promotions things. I’ve signed on for a Virtual Book Tour in April and will be posting information about the tour and giveaways here as well as on the other blog

You can learn more about Rast on my website and on the publisher’s site –

On the Iskander series I must remind everyone that the novella freebie “Gisel Matah and the Slave Ship” is still a free download from my website. I wrote the adventure as an intro to Gisel and her trials and tribulations as security officer for her people on the 17th century alternate Earth called Gaia.

“Masquerade” is slowly progressing through a final polish with my local novel writers’ group; one chapter a month. I think I’m looking at a 2012 release for it, but don’t want to hurry my friends, it’s a good test for their critiquing skills. Perhaps I’ll post a bit of it here later this year. It is my Iskander series take on a man-in-an-iron-mask scenario  – Gisel and her friends know who he is but not where he is. She goes through a series of perilous operational adventures to thwart the Empire’s plans for him – and Zagdorf’s machinations.

I’ll not leave this as long without a new post as I’ve just done – I think I’m caught up on the to do list and will have more info about promotion plans to let you know.