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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!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Superhero Update, Audio Update

I've completed the prepublication draft of Cut Up Girl, the first book in my Butterfly Cage series of superhero novels. I'm currently working on chapter 16 of the sequel, Big Ape, which puts me somewhere in the middle of the second draft. Once I finish it, my goal is to release Cut Up Girl and Big Ape only a few weeks apart. My timing is still up in the air. I've had two releases already this year with Covenant and Jagged Gate. My current instinct is to wait until January to release the new books. There will also definitely be a third book in the series, and I've intentionally designed the world to be open-ended. There are easily dozens of stories I could tell built around the characters I introduce in the first two books.

That said, after this current superhero trilogy, I definitely plan to return to dragons, with a new trilogy set in the Bitterwood universe. The new trilogy is fleshing itself out in my mind more and more every day and when I do finally sit down to start writing I plan to keep an aggressive schedule. Stay tuned for updates!

In other news, in the last two weeks I've signed contracts for more audio books to be produced. For a long time Bitterwood lingered alone in my audio catalog, but it was joined over the summer by Greatshadow. Now, the second books of both series are in production, along with Nobody Gets the Girl. I'm confident that by this time next year I'll have nearly my full catalog available in audio, with the possible exceptions of Bad Wizard and my short story collections.