Thursday, February 2, 2023

February 2023

 February is here, wow, the 1st month flew by.

Okay let's dive into what happened since the last post.
We had two more audio books come out. BW9: Accord and LV5: Luck's Holdings. Andie really went all out at the end of last year for us to get them now. Here are the links:
https://www.audible.com/pd/Lucks-Holdings-Audiobook/B0BS73HCDF
https://www.audible.com/pd/Accord-Audiobook/B0BSVGDP4V

We also had a book published, Antecedents' Legacy 1: Antecedents' Legacy. The first of my sci-fantasy series that deals with a mercenary yanked across the multiverse. It features nanotech, spaceships, mecha, alongside fantasy races like slimes, kitsune, and Succubi. Been out two weeks as of the posting of the blog and doing well. Won't know how well until the 30-day window finishes, but it looks promising.

That leads us into what's coming up. Dungeon Walkers 4 is currently seeing previews on Patreon. It'll get published by mid-March, but we'll try for a bit sooner as always. That will be the soft-ending to DW as the sales have dropped off drastically. I did give it a nice bow to wrap things up. Hopefully you enjoy it.

On the audio front, Andie is going to be recording AR6 and AL1 this month. If you want to hear her doing the live recording, you can drop by her discord. https://discord.gg/andreaparsneau Hearing the love, hard work, and passion that goes into getting it all right is amazing.

I'm currently writing LV6: Emerita's Boxing Day, and previews of that will start up in March on Patreon. It's been interesting some twists I didn't expect but made sense as I wrote them down. When it comes out I do hope you all enjoy it.


In other news, DragonCon has accepted me as an attending professional. No idea if I'll be on any panels until sometime in August, but I will update social media once I know. I know there is work being done for a 2nd annual Medieval Times meet and greet happening. No solid word on it yet, but things are being done to try making it happen.

The live chat for February will be at 3pm Pacific on the 15th. Live on Twitch, and then the recording will hit YouTube afterward. That is where i will answer questions, ramble about random things, and then give out challenge coins to five lucky winners. The coins now have a Antecedents' Legacy coin added to the ranks. Photos can be seen on Discord and Twitter. Facebook is being a little bitch about letting me update the picture.


That sums everything up for now. I hope you all have a great month.

Daniel Schinhofen

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Sunday, January 1, 2023

January 2023

 We made it through the end of 2022...or did we? Time to wait and see how 2023 shapes up before we make that call. I'll be cautiously optimistic that 2023 will be a good year.


Let's jump in. First things first old news, well old for most of you, unless you only read the blog. Two audio books have come out since the last blog. Aether's Revival 5: Mages of Buldoun, and Bindign Words 8: Accorded Nobility. Links unde rthis section about audio books.
We've also handed off LV5 audio to ACX/Audible in the last day or will in the first day or two of this month. That gives us a projected, if ACX holds to their schedule, of LV5 audio coming out mid to late month.
Add in that this month I'll also be audio proofing BW9, and turning it in and we should see it out in audio I'd think early February. Unless ACX does funny shit...so no promises.
Accorded Nobility by Daniel Schinhofen - Audiobook - Audible.com
Mages of Buldoun by Daniel Schinhofen - Audiobook - Audible.com

Okay, let's just tap the last of the audio news before we press on with book news. Andie didn't get to AR6 before the end of the year. With ACX being the unreliable partner they are, I asked Andie to not try jamming AR6 in before her holidays. She will be getting to it in February, which means a likely March release for it.


Now onto book stuff. AR6: Magi Guard did well. Thank you to everyone who has continued to enjoy the story. I know the departure of Book 6 might have shocked some even though it was known about well in advance. I just hope you all stick with me into Book 7, when Gregory tackles his Adept posting.

That's not the big news for this month though, no, the big news is a new series starting up. Antecedent's Legacy is my Sci-Fantasy series that blends fantasy with sci-fi, but hand-wavium sci-fi of nanotech and AIs. I'll actually be doing a preorder for this before it gets published. No more than a week before and maybe as short as three days before.
I can only do this because I'm ahead of schedule for once. It feels nice having a bit of a buffer, and I hope to keep the buffer going forward, but time will tell.

Antecedent's Legacy will be taking over the slot for Dungeon Walkers. I'll be setting down Dungeon Walkers with book 4 which will publish after AL1. Sales dropped off precipitously for book 3, and instead of just leaving the series open, I'm wrapping things up softly in book 4. I personally hate series left without any kind of conclusion, so book 4 gives at least a soft ending to it, but leaves me the option to go back to it in the future if I wish to. Not sure it'll ever happen, but having that option is nice.

For those wondering what the schedule looks like for this year let me break it down by series intials and numbers: AL1, DW4, LV6, BW10, AR7, AL2, LV7....possibly BW11, as 7-8 books a year is my normal at this point so BW11 is a maybe before the year ends. Now of course, that is predicated on everything going smoothly for the year, so let's hope for that.


One more small note on audio here, Andie will be doing the recording for Antecedent's Legacy. She'll be doing it in February or March, which will catch her up to me as Stephanie Savanah is doing DW4. That will mean by mid-2023 we should be waiting for the audio before I publish another book. For all of my audiophiles, rejoice that we will catch up.

That should be everything, except for the monthly live chat on Twitch. This month will be the 15th at 10AM Pacific time. A Sunday morning stream, maybe we'll break records for people attending. Remember I give away the challenge coins to random winners each live chat, so if you want to try getting one you need to attend.


See you all in February, stay safe out there.

Daniel Schinhofen


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https://discord.gg/xEZUzma

Thursday, December 1, 2022

December 2022

 Wow, we made it to the end of 2022. Color me surprised...Which I always think is a puce or maybe a fuchsia. But that's neither here nor there, so let's get to the news.


First off, we just published a book a bit over a week ago. Aether's Revival 6: Magi Guard has been released into the wilds. The continued journey of Gregory as he climbs the ranks of magi. This one was a bit of an oddity as he's learning to be a leader to his guard unit. Moreover, he only sees his wives occasionally. Really changed the dynamic some with this book. But from the first week it looks like you are all continuing to love the story, so thank you for that.
Here is the link: Amazon.com: Magi Guard

Next up coming in January is Antecedent's Legacy 1: Antecedent's Legacy. This is my sci-fantasy series. It will focus on Zander a military contractor from Earth who is yanked across the multiverse. Expect to see fantasy races, but with a sci-fi setting. This will include spaceships and stations, laser weapons, AI, Nanotech, and Mecha. Preview chapters are already on Patreon. I really hope you all enjoy this passion project that I wrote in my spare time during early 2022.

I'm currently writing DW4, the last of the series. It's been odd basically being a full book ahead, but it does mean I have an extra buffer for which I'm grateful. It's bitter-sweet writing it. I know some of you have loved it, and I thank you for that. I will give you all at least a soft ending as I hate it when people just drop series without any conclusion.

When I finish writing DW4, I'll be transitioning over to LV6. Man having heard Andie record LV5 the last week, I'm ready to dive back into Furden's troubles. There's a lot there to work on, and I hope you all stay with me on my weird west story.


Now on the audio front we have a lot to cover.

Audible is sitting on BW8. They've had it for near on two weeks now. We hope to see it released to you all soon, but it's entirely in their hands.

I just finished, literally, like a minute ago, audio proofing AR5. The corrections are with Andie, and we should be handing that off to ACX and Audible by the end of the week. If we get really lucky it might get released to you all before Christmas.

Also of note, Andie just finished recording LV5. That is with her audio proofer and I'll likely get it in a couple of weeks to listen to for corrections. She has really been pushing to clear the backlog.

Starting as of December 1st, Andie will be recording BW9 on her Discord. With the way she's trucking she'll have it done recording by mid-month. If she does, we should be able to turn it around by the end of the year, which means maybe a late January release from Audible for you all.

And the last note, if things go well, she will record AR6 before she takes her Christmas vacation. If she manages it then it's very likely audio could be in your hand by February. This is the hope we have.

Oh, and I should mention that Andie has agreed to do Antecedent's Legacy. It should be in her February recording schedule, or early March, depending on how things go.


That was a lot of audio news, and I'm happy to be able to share it all with you.
I do have a giveaway I'll be doing on Facebook this month, so make sure to pop onto the fan page there to have a chance to win a signed copy of a book. It'll be a weird one as I'll be giving away unclaimed copies of books to a few lucky fans.

Oh, speaking of giving things away, the Live Chat will be December 16th at 6 pm Pacific time. The usual ramble followed by challenge coin giveaway will happen then. Hope to see as many of you as possible. I might even have a guest for a bit of it...not positive yet, but perhaps.

Okay that should cover it all. Happy Holidays, and I hope to be back for the blog in January 2023.
Daniel Schinhofen

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https://discord.gg/xEZUzma

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

November 2022

 Wow month 11 of 12, we're almost to the end of 2022.

This is the month of giving thanks, so let me touch on that before I jump into news. If you're reading this, you're likely a major fan of my work, because honestly, I can't see anyone not reading this blog. So, thank you. I'm blessed to have fans who love my work enough that I've been able to be a fulltime author. Fans like you who will take time out of their day to read my monthly blog.
I try to show my thanks though the monthly live chats, and the major giveaways I do twice a year. This month's live chat will be on Tuesday the 15th at 10 AM pacific time. I hope to see everyone who can, and wants to, make it.

Now onto book stuff, that's the real reason you're all here. First off BW9 came out late September and it did great. I'm glad you're all still with me on this journey of Sean's life. Things should really start picking up in Binding Words now that everyone has had a chance to meet each other. I'm still thinking 12 books, at most, for the series but as I've said repeatedly, I've been wrong before on trying to gauge series end points.

Last month I told you how I was writing AR6. Well, that is now fully in the editors' hands. If things go well, it won't be early December but late November for release. So that is something to look forward to. The book is different since the academy is behind them, and they don't get to see each other often. It was a different feel for the book, but hopefully you enjoy it.

That means currently I'm writing DW4. But that is because AL1 is already done.
Antecedent's Legacy 1 will be the book to follow AR6. It's my sci-fi/fantasy series that I used all my free time to squeeze in this year. It'll have spaceships, mecha, nanotech, AI, Elves, Succubi, space stations, and more as I slap fantasy and science fiction together. I really hope people will like it as I have a lot for it in my head.
It will be taking over DW spot in the rotation as DW will be ending with book 4. I'm sad about this because I had a lot more to explore for the series, but I still have to be able to pay my editors, artist, and other helpers, along with my normal bills. I detest leaving a series open though, so it'll get a nice soft ending, that I might be able to renew in the future when my personal bills drop further.

So let me recap the projected publishing schedule here: AR6, AL1, DW4, LV6, BW10. Then repeat but drop DW from it.
All of that besides AR6 though is next year...well maybe I'll sneak AL1 in just before the year ends, depending on how things go.

For those who ask about audio, well, let's hit this.
Andie is finishing BW8 this week. It'll go to her proofer for fixes, then to me so I can listen and ask for corrections, then back to Andie to touch it up, then to ACX where it'll sit for...who knows how long. If we get lucky, it'll be out in December.
When Andie finishes BW8, she'll be jumping over to AR5. After that she'll be moving onto LV5 which will catch us up on the LV series. BW9 will be after that for her, catching us up on BW. Then she'll finish off the year with AR6, as it should December by then.
That's right, she's knocking out my books 1 by 1 to finish the year off.
Now she's already given me verbal approval for doing AL1, which will put her at doing all of my series once DW drops off. January for her is filled with TWI, but sometime in February she'll likely get AL1 in for me.
Since I publish a book every 6-8 weeks, she'll likely be able to truck along with me. I doubt we'll end up 6 months behind again, but she might be a month or two back depending on where her other projects line up. But honestly, I'm fine with the delay, as she gives so much life to the characters.

Well, that looks to wrap up this month's blog. Pay attention to my social media; Twitter, Facebook group, and Discord to get a better update on when books will publish.


Until December, stay safe.
Daniel Schinhofen

Saturday, October 1, 2022

October 2022

 We've made it to the month of spookiness, let's jump in.

First off DragonCon was fun. The panels were nerve-wracking for me, but I think I did okay. Medieval Times was a blast, Black & White knight for the win. We're hoping to do it again next year, but likely won't have more news on that until after January.

Now in book news, DW3 audio has come out. The shift in narrator has jarred a few people, but it's good. Travis had asked to step away, and I won't ask a professional to do something they don't want to do. Thankfully Stephanie was willing to step up for us. Here's the link if you don't already have it.
https://www.audible.com/pd/Dungeon-Walkers-3-Audiobook/B0BF14SXWP

The sad news for DW is that DW4 will be the last book of the series. I'm going to soft close the series, so I'll have a chance to pick it back up later if things align. The honest truth is that the series was never a big earner, and it kept dropping off, book 3 barely covered costs. I hate it when series have no closure though, so book 4 will be the soft cap, much like AG8 did for that series.


In other news Binding Words 9: Accord just came out on Ebook format. Sean and family are working hard to get settled into the city of Accord this way they can take on Truestrike. For those who've already read through it, I hope you enjoyed it. I'm thinking 3-ish books might wrap the series, but I've been wrong before. Time will tell, but until then here is the link.
Binding Words 9: Accord

This does mean that I'm currently working on AR6. Different trying to fit a year of troop training into a single book. Especially since there is a tournament at the end of the year. I'll have to see how things go, but I'm warning you now, there are chunks of time skipped as routine sets in. It's currently slated for a December release, but we know how I am with releases, I'll get it out as soon as I can.


After AR I'm not pushing to DW4 right away, but going to unleash the sci-fi series first; Antecedent's Legacy. AL will touch on mecha, spaceships, space stations, but also twist with fantasy. It won't be crunchy sci-fi but handwavium sci-fi as it'll feature nanotech and AIs. That would likely be the first book of 2023. The book is already written so it just needs the editing phase.

It'll be after AL launches we'll get right back to rotation with DW, LV, BW, AR. As that'll be the last DW AL will slot into that spot as long as it doesn't tank out on me like Resurrection Quest did. TIme will tell.


Now in audio news, Andie has a small vacation that she'll be taking, she deserves one. But after that basically all of November and December she'll be working on my books. She's confident she can get the backlog caught up, not sure if she realizes I'll add another book or two before she gets to the end of the year, but she's determined to give it a go. She's also agreed to handle Antecedent's Legacy for audio. Which I'm excited for as a few characters will be interesting to hear her take on them.


Last but not least this month also marks my 6th year published. October 3rd 2016 is when Last Horizon: Beta was finally uploaded by Amazon. Nearly a full year after I finished writing it, as we struggled to edit the first book for nearly a year before I said fuck it. If you're reading this on the 1st, good news you have a chance to hit the giveaways on Facebook and Discord. They stop on the 3rd, so a very short window. Good luck.


That covers it all, I'll see you in November, month of giving thanks.

Daniel Schinhofen

Thursday, September 1, 2022

September 2022

 September here we are, which means I'm currently in Atlanta, Georgia.

Why am I in a place where the humidity for a single day breaks the combined total of my home for a week, because DragonCon. I'm hopefully not a melted puddle by the time this posts as the Con has just begun, doesn't end until Monday night. If you're at the Con, try to find me I have things to giveaway. Beside the Con, which is really big news all by itself, we have other bits and bobs to get to, let's begin.


Okay first big news is that Luck's Voice 5: Luck's Holdings was published in the middle of August. Sadly, Amazon Australia had some issue with getting the book out like normal, delaying it until the 19th. But we eventually got there. Glad to see that most people enjoyed it. Some disliked it didn't have a clear showdown at the end of the book, but most of my fans seem to understand how I write. Not every book will have a climactic scene to end it on. Then again, those times i do cliffhang something, others have issue with it...funny that. Here is the link.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B9YNCT7M

Where does that leave us right now, well, that leaves us with Binding Words 9: Accord as the next book up. Currently slated for October 26th, but I do love getting them out early if possible. That'll bring us back to Sean and family as they try to remove the support from Truestrike.
For those who want a fix of the story now, Patreon has been getting preview chapters.

As of this post though I'm done writing BW9 and have turned my attention to AR6. I'll likely dig into it after DragonCon. Can't wait to get back to Gregory as he learns to work with his magi guard. Going to be a different book with him not being near his wives for most of it, and I'm hoping to cover the entire year of guard training, so we'll have to see how that goes.
I still remembering finishing AR4 at 130k, and people asking why the tournament wasn't included with it. Skip forward to AR5 being 150k. Depending on how much repetition goes on, probably a lot, we'll see some decent time skips. But time will tell.

Let's see audio, DW3 will be out this month, but I don't have solid dates as of right this moment. Really looking forward to Stephanie's take on the crew. I know she can do a great job.
For other audio, I believe Andie mentioned getting to BW8 in October, and barring unforeseen circumstances, she should catch up on all my books by the end of the year. Let's wish he good health so she can do it.


I think that's it. Ebooks covered, audio covered, DragonCon discussed. Oh, yeah, I'm supposed to be on panels at DragonCon this year. Given my fear of public speaking, I'm sure it'll be fine...right? Right? Heh, heh...I'm in Danger.

Stay safe, and hope to have another post in October.
Daniel Schinhofen

Monday, August 1, 2022

August 2022

 We've made it into August, which means that 2022 is still moving along.
Though for some that might be melting along with the heatwaves experienced in July.


Okay, let's get to it. First off let's start with Audio Books. Since the last blog we have had 2 books come out for your listening enjoyment.
Luck's Voice 3: Breaking the Bank and Luck's Voice 4: Dangerous Gamble. Yup they both came out in July. So, you can have a double dose of Andie voice this month as we catch up to the last books written in each series.
https://www.audible.com/pd/Breaking-the-Bank-Audiobook/B0B6D9N2P
https://www.audible.com/pd/Dangerous-Gamble-Audiobook/B0B7Y2SLT1

Now where does that leave us for other audio you are wondering.
Well Andie has BW8 slated for recording in September. Which mean we might see it out in October, that's a maybe, but let's hope.
Aether's will be recorded after BW8 obviously. If we're lucky though she'll get them knocked out before the next book of each series publishes, or close to that.
I was talking with her just the other day, and she thinks by the end of the year she'll have caught up on all my books. I don't know if she realizes that I'll have 2-3 more books for her by then. If she does then that'll be even more amazing, let us hope.
On slightly different audio news, Stephanie Savanah will be taking over for Travis Baldree for Dungeon Walkers. I think she's slated to record this month, which means we might see it come September. She'll be running with the series going forward.

On the Dungeon Walkers front, I'm still waiting for the monthly numbers to come in... but it doesn't look good. Preliminary looks like it'll be even worse than book 2 was, which is terrible. Not making any call on it yet until I get final numbers, but it might mean a soft close to the series with the next book.

If that does come to pass, then I'll be spinning up a new series in its place. That series will be Sci-fi in nature and have mecha involved in it. Knowing me it will involve more character interactions that giant robots smashing each other, but yeah, that's just me. I'd think harem with explicit scenes here or there, in line with most of my current series.

As for next up We're looking at Luck's Voice 5, which is currently getting previewed on Patreon. The release date is now slated for August 31st. Which is kind of funny as that's when I leave for Dragon Con. Might need to get it out a day or two before that if possible.

Speaking of Dragon Con, I'll be there and will have my phone. So using Discord to try and find me might work out well for you as I will be checking it periodically. I am an attending professional this year, I'm very happy about that. But it does mean they might slate me in for a panel as well. So there is that.
If you are coming and haven't already signed up for the meet and Greet at the Medieval Times on Thursday night, do so. It's easy to do Direct Message me on Discord or Facebook.

I think that about covers it all.
Hope to see you at the Con in September.
But even if I don't, stay safe and as cool as possible.

Daniel Schinhofen