As exciting as all my ebook news has been lately, the big news that's been making me feel slightly drunk for the last two months is that by this time next year, I'll be back in bookstores! Greatshadow has sold to Solaris Books, along with two further books in the Dragon Apocalypse series, Hush and Sorrow. You can read the Zeno Agency announcement here.
I'm obviously biased, but Greatshadow really is, I think, the best book I've yet written. It's fantasy stripped to it's purest core, as a small group of heroes must band together to hunt down the world's most dangerous dragon, Greatshadow. But, once I've stripped the fantasy down to this base concept, I rebuild as the fantasy novel I've always wanted to read but that no one had ever got around to writing for me. So, in addition to being epic fantasy, it's also a superhero novel populated by men with strange powers and colorful garbs flying around and having kick-ass fights with each other. And, the whole story, from the first line to the last, is a single coherent romance, as two lovers must struggle to overcome the ultimate barrier to happiness: Death itself. And if this wasn't enough of a challenge, the whole book is narrated by a single character, a drunken monk with a Brobdingnagian vocabulary.
I'd gush on more, but I suppose I must pace myself. It is almost a year before it hits stores, after all. And, I still need to write the remaining books! Best get to that now, in fact.
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I'm James Maxey, author of fantasy and science fiction. My novels include the science fantasy Bitterwood Saga (4 books) the Dragon Apocalypse Saga (4 books), numerous superhero novels including Nobody Gets the Girl and the Lawless series, the steampunk Oz sequel Bad Wizard, and my short story collections, There is No Wheel and Jagged Gate. This website is focused exclusively on writing. At my second blog, Jawbone of an Ass, I ramble through any random topic that springs to mind, occasionally touching on religion and politics and other subjects polite people are sensible enough not to discuss in public. If you'd like to get monthly updates on new releases, as well as preview chapters and free short stories, join my newsletter!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Big news, part 2: Book deal!
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Great news, James. I have another good friend who also wrote a fantasy/superhero novel. I look forward to seeing your take on it.
I'm intrigued to learn of another superhero/fantasy. Has it been released yet? Who's it by and what's it called?
Awesome news, James. I'm looking forward to reading them!
No, he hasn't tried to sell it. His name is Paul Batteiger. He was a Writers of the Future winner in 2000. The book is titled "Defenders of the Crown" and is very pulpy and action-oriented.
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