It was never really my intention to dissapear from the internet. It really wasn't. At the same time, though, I never had a huge internet presence to begin with.
I have a lot of things coming up however, and I'm going to try to remedy that miniscule showing that I do have.
First thing is first: The third book is coming along nicely. It's taking longer than I would have liked, but that's because the quality and quantity of the book is expansive, and true to the story that the characters and situations need told. I'm sure that some of the scenes can afford to be cut, and I've already laid out some of what will most likely be on the chopping block later. Meanwhile, what I do have is already longer than either of the first two books, and that's before I even started writing the final part.
What I can say clearly is that this book pushes me from the get-go. Whereas the first book started with my main character in a solo act, and I tried to pull a fast one on readers in the second book by sneaking away important and favored characters for surprise reveals, this one starts off at full velocity. All your favorites are there from the get-go, and that makes the endeavors lengthy indeed. Not that I'm complaining. As I've said in a previous blog, my story is almost sacred. That is, I'm not really telling the story, as much as relating it to the readers, so I don't really have the permission to alter huge details to shorten what I have unless the passages and scenes have no relation to details down the road.
I can also say that some of the big questions will be revealed by the end of this third and final book of the trilogy. The reader will find out what it means to be a Child of the Stars. They will find out where the Strain comes from. They will delve deeper into the lands of Blacklehn, and further east in Draconis than they ever have. New characters with interesting powers and interesting backgrounds flesh out an already wonderful ensemble. This is, without a doubt, the next step for Tellest, and I'm sure that those who have enjoyed the first two books will absolutely love this one.
With that in mind, I feel confident to say that fans of the series can be ready to pick up The Enemy Within, the third book in the Child of the Stars trilogy next March.
The blog doesn't end there, however. As I've been working on this book, as always, there are new stories to tell. Just like my main character, I am able to see into the future (as far as Tellest is concerned anyway). While the first trilogy may be ending, there are so many more legends and tales left to appease fans. Some of these may not be what you expect. Though I can't give a solid release date, I can tell you that one of the projects will include a look into the past - an explanation of how Kaos Kreegan became the man he did. While series mainstays like Steel Tip and Christopher may not show in this prequel story, others that you know and love, like David Garus and Zachariah Caista, are ever present. Again, I can't be certain of when that novel will release, but I can promise you this: I will treat it with the same respect and patience that the rest of the series has seen.
Finally, I have one last big news item. While I have seen some success on the eBook side of things, I have maintained an almost invisible hard copy presence (mostly due to the fact that I didn't have an available hard copy). That is all about to change. Ladies and gentlemen, The Bindings of Fate is now available in paperback. Of course, this is just the first in the series, and you can expect to see the follow-up books later as well. The book sells for 12.99 plus shipping and handling on Amazon - not a bad price for an indie author. However, I can and will send out signed copies, which you will soon be able to order at http://www.tellest.com/. We will be working on updating that site to make it more functional, and more appealing in the coming days and weeks as well.
Since it has been a while, I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been so supportive of me, the Tellest series, and my creative process. I feel truly blessed. Thank you very much!