Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September 2019

Hello everyone,

Sorry for the delay with the September blog but Dragoncon was right in the window of the normal release and I was a bit tied up.

Dragoncon was fun Discord is going to have the few photos I took. Well I can upload them to patreon too, so look for them there as well. I had an amazing dinner with a majority of my officer team, and hope that next year the others will be ale to come as well.

Onto the news about books. Let's start with audio. Biding Words 3 starts being recorded tomorrow as long as nothing goes FUBAR. That does mean the release of the audio is likely to be pushed back to the end of October or even into November. I'm okay with that as it means I get to keep Andrea Parsneau as narrator, but it does mean you all have to wait a bit longer, sorry. I'd suggest hoping over to her discord over the next few weeks and listening in as she narrates and finds the voices fot the characters. If you haven't done it yet, you'll get a better appreciation for all the hard work she puts into them.
https://discord.gg/M7nUJDV

Onto E-book news. Alpha World 8: Gamer for Love is looking at a September 15th release if nothing goes wrong. Both my editors were at Dragoncon as well so things got a little crazy with the editing schedule. We should be on track for the 15th though.

The next book to follow that is going to be Resurrection Quest 1. Chapters of that story are starting to appear on Patreon now. So if you want a sneak peak at the next series in the rotation this is your chance. I'll be looking at a mid October release for that book. Oh a note, Podium is under contract for the audio of RQ series. Something to look forward to.

Apocalypse Gates 5 will follow RQ1. It is waiting for the editors behind RQ1, and it's a book with two parts. I don't want to ruin any of it, but I think it was a fun book. No tentative date for that besides before the end of the year for now.

Binding Words 4 is currently being written and will be the first book in 2020. I'm already 60K+ into it and the story is coming along as I thought it would. You'll either love me or hate me, time will tell.

That about wraps up all the news on stories. Life is a bit hectic for me as I help my parents move houses, but they are getting ready for retirement and I owe them a lot for all they've done for me over the last forty-ish years. It shouldn't affect my production but thought you might like to know.

Until next month, may the road rise up to meet you,
Daniel Schinhofen

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August 2019

Is it August already? Damn time seems to be flying by. Okay let's jump into the updates.

First off, Hearthglen book 3 of Binding Words went live last month and did well. Though I did get a lot of flack for the ending. All I can say is, I could have made it even worse, but was talked out of it by my team of alpha readers and editors. The audio for BW3, will be done by Andrea Parsneau, who will be starting it in a couple of days. Audio probably won't be out until October, as the process takes a bit.

Next up, I'm a couple days away from finishing up AG5 text. From there it will go to my editors to sit behind the new series that is going to be taking the spot of Alpha World in the rotation. Okay let me just give you the quick breakdown of what the schedule looks like.

NPC's Lives 1: Tales of the Dead Man Inn-- up for preorder now, live on the 7th of August.
Alpha World 8: Gamer for Love-- September 15th
Binding Words 3 Audio-- Octoberish
Resurrection Quest 1: Title TBD-- November 15th
Apocalypse Gates 5: Title TBD-- January 1st


Okay now that you have a broad look at what is coming let's talk a bit more about them.

NPC's Lives is going to be my catch all series for my short stories. It won't always focus solely in a single world, but the first one does hence the title. Podium has the audio rights to it, so Peter will be doing the audio to keep the voices consistent.

AW8: Gamer for Love, the title changed and so did the artwork for this book. I like the symmetry of Gamer for Life and Gamer for Love, brining the story full circle in a few ways. I'm sad the journey is over, but at th same time I love how I finished this series, though some of you might hate me.

BW3 audio, is in Andie's hands at this point. She'll be starting on it in a few days and will be recording it through Dragoncon. That gets followed with corrections and proofing, and then ACX sitting on it for up to 15 business days. Which means the audio book is likely to be released in October.

Resurrection Quest...this is what will slot into AW place in my rotation, but gets bumped into this slot as I wrote it already, and I want it out before the end of the year. The story follows a group of friends portaled to a world that runs like a number of tabletop games. This isn't going to be harem, no have any explicit scenes, or at least it shouldn't sometimes my books go places I don't expect.

I'm almost done on AG5. This book seems to have two parts, different yet part of the overall story of Alvin's journey in this game. I enjoyed writing it and I hope you all enjoy reading it.

That's the book stuff to this point. The extra stuff is I have a discord that is specifically for my books now. https://discord.gg/xEZUzma   I hope to see you all there, as I lurk a lot.

I'll be at Dragoncon end of this month, which is a week of no writing for me...good and bad there. If your at the con, I'll have my phone with me which hooks to my social media, so it should be easy to meet up for a talk, drink, or similar.

I think that about does it. Until next month, oh yeah, next months post is going to be late by a few days as I'll be at the con until the 3rd. So next months post will be the 5th or there about.

Regards,
Daniel Schinhofen

Monday, July 1, 2019

July 2019

Well June is past and July is upon us. That means legalized explosives where I live. If I survive the 4th of July, I'm sure you will all be happy. June was a quiet month, the only big news was AW7 Audio from Podium publishing went live on the 25th. Here's the link:
DARKHAND

What's coming in July besides me playing with explosives? Well let's get this month rolling shall we.

First Binding Words 3: Hearthglen is live and here are the most common links for it.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TRJQZ3G
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07TRJQZ3G
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07TRJQZ3G
https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07TRJQZ3G

The good news to go along with that book release, is that Andrea Parsneau will be picking the audio narration back up. That's right folks we still get Andie for this series, celebrate with me. The bad news for that though is Andie is swamped with work, which is great for her. Andie is my overall top narrator and I try to get her to do all my books, sadly as stated above she is swamped with work, because she is amazing. What that means for us is that she won't start recording the audio until August, which will push the audio being live into late September or even early October. I'm okay with the wait though, because Andie will make it well worth the wait.

And the audio front which has dominated this blog post so far, July will also see the release of AG4: Elven Accord. I don't have a date for it yet, because that's at the whim of ACX and Audible. Tess Irondale reprises her role as the narrator of that series. Tess had big shoes to step into when she took over the series when Andie stepped away from it, but she did an amazing job, and does so again with this book. Tess will be the narrator for the series going forward, unless something unforeseen happens.

That was all the super big news. But we still have a few odds and ends to hit up.

The next Live Chat on Facebook will be July 15th, at 5 P.M. PST, or is that PDT now? Meh you get the idea. I'll be giving away prizes as normal, and answering questions and generally chatting with you all to thank you for being fans.

Another note, is that I've booked room and flight plans for Dragoncon. I will be there this year, it was a little up in the air for a couple of months, but I'm going to make it now. This will be touched upon again in the next two months blogs as well. More so as Septembers will probably be a little late because of Dragoncon.

That's all I can think of for this month. Thanks for giving me a few minutes of your time, I hope you enjoy all the audio goodness as well as BW3: Hearthglen.

Until next month,
Daniel Schinhofen

Saturday, June 1, 2019

June 2019

I swear May had just started, but it's over and now we're on to June. Time seems to be moving faster then I can keep up with at times. Truthfully though it was probably due to all the stuff that was going on last month. That's all water under the bridge now though, let's look forward to what June has to offer.
Okay first one more thing, over 30 prizes were given away last month between Patreon's 2 year anniversary giveaway and the giveaway on Facebook for my 1 year fulltime writer anniversary. I just barely got them all shipped too. I'll be doing the standard giveaways during the live chat's, but the big events will get special giveaways in the future too, but maybe not so many prizes next time.

Speaking of giveaway's let's get info for this month rolling. June's Facebook Live Chat will be held on the 15th at 8 PM PST. A later time and on a weekend, hopefully this will get more people to attend the chat, we shall have to see.

For audio we have AG4: Elven Accord starting to be recorded by Tess Irondale, I hope to have that ready sometime in July.
AW7: Darkhand audio should be up later this month or early next, Podium gave me a tentative date of the 27th, but it hasn't been confirmed yet.

For ebooks, well AG4: Elven Accord went out on May 15th, if you missed it here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RWLZF52
That is why June is going to be barren for me. If things stay on schedule though I'll be able to move Binding Words 3 from it's expected date of August 1st to sometime in July, pay attention to Twitter, Facebook, and the like for updates on that, though I hope to have the beta for BW3 started before June ends.

Patreon is currently getting chapters of BW3 to read, sadly the rough artwork has slowed down some, I'm trying to get them posted every other Sunday at this time, but it'll all come down to what the artist gives me. If any of you are artists and want to gift me fan art, I will likely feature them on them on a Sunday as well, just be aware that gives me the right to use the images for Patreon at the very least.

I did mention BW3, and audio books, and I know some of you have to be wondering if Andrea is going to be back for book 3. At this time we have an agreement in place, so unless something goes wonky it should be a go, much to my relief. I'm entirely happy that Andie is continuing on with this series, and hope she will do so for the entire series.

For those wondering about production schedule I'll give you a heads-up here. next is BW3, slated for August 1st, but more then likely out in July. Following that is AW8, which is going to be the last Alpha World book, and that is slated for October. I'd love to get it out faster, but AW8 is a thick book over 160k words, which means it'll need extra love by the editors as opposed to my standard 100k books. Following AW8 is the first book of a new series, name TBD at this time, release slated for December.

I know that got your attention, and you are probably wondering about this new series. It is loosely based on tabletop rpg mechanics, but is a portal fantasy for a group of friends. Its a bit of a departure from my other series in that there is no romance angle in the 1st book at all, no idea if that will change as the series goes on but there it is. A mostly safe for late-teens story, wouldn't recommend it to kids still has adult themes in it, but clean in the sex regard at least. I'll talk more about it as time goes on as I'm currently writing it.

I think that about wraps up the talk this month. Thank you all for stopping by again to hear what is going on. I'll be taking at least 2 days off this month for my dad's birthday and father's day, but other then that I should be full steam ahead.

See you in July.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 2019

Here we are at the beginning of May. I swear this year is going by faster then any previous year. Okay, let's jump into all the stuff to talk about, or I'll get sidetracked by something random.

First we should hit the sad news. Alpha World 8 has been written, it ends the series. Before editing it sits at 162,000-ish words, making it my longest book to date, surpassing Last Horizon: Beta which should have been two books. Now before you all get your hopes up let's talk editing.

Currently AG4 is being edited, but it will be with my beta readers in the next week or two, which puts it on track for a June 1st release, or possibly even earlier. As soon as my editors hand that off to beta readers they will be digging into BW3. When they finish that they will then get to AW8, which puts it at an October release at the moment, though that could get moved back considering the length of the book.

I am having an editor also take the short stories from my patreon page, as well as another one that is unpublished, and give them some love. I'll be putting that Anthology up after AW8 is published.

Now before you all start asking, Delta World isn't happening right now. I have my notes for what that will be, but that story is going to wait. In fact the whole slated release schedule will be bumped after AW8 publishes.

Why you are probably asking, well that's because following AW8 will be the first of a new series. Name still pending for it, but it will be a group of table top gamers who end up in another world, that mimics a lot of the rules from the game. AG5 and BW4 will follow that book, and then we'll rotate around like I would normally.

Okay let's answer the question about audio for AW7, it's in the hands of Podium. Which normally means 3 months for the audio book, so a late June or July release is likely, but I don't have a firm date from them yet, so it could fluctuate, I'll keep you posted.

Now for some new stuff. I have two books finally up as physical books. Binding Words 1 & 2 are now available for purchase.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/172671084X
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1095595520
Those links will take you to Amazon to purchase them.
I know some of you are asking about signed copies. I'm not selling them, not yet, maybe not for awhile as that will take some logistics to make work. However I might include them in the big giveaways.

Big giveaways you ask. This moth marks my 2 year Anniversary with Patreon and my 1 year Anniversary as a fulltime writer. Patreon supporters are getting a special giveaway for them. My fulltime writer giveaway will be handled via Facebook. Both of those have the chance of signed copies of books. The next one will be in October to mark my Anniversary as a Published Author.

I think that's everything but the Monthly Live Chat on Facebook. It will be May 14th at 2PM PST. I'll be giving away the usual prizes for that, not likely to include signed books.

That's it folks, you all have a great month, and I'll be back in June with more information, not the least of which should be the news that AG4 is live.

Monday, April 1, 2019

April 2019

Man, that month went by too fast. March was a pain in the ass. Let's digress into life issues for a moment. My best friend's dad died this month, that sucked. Losing a loved one is always hard, family doubly so. I had a plumbing issue that took a full week and 2 plumbers to solve, needless to say the first plumber will never get my business again. The good thing this month was purchasing the land I plan to build a home on.

Okay now that we've done life shit, let's get to the part you all really want to know about, books and audio.

Binding Words 2: Life Bonds is out on audio, preformed by the lovely and talented Andrea Parsneau. I was thrilled to have her once again voice the characters there. If you enjoyed her first rendition in the series you'll love the second.
https://www.audible.com/pd/Life-Bonds-Audiobook/B07PW4LZJH

The next big news is that Alpha World 7: Darkhand is now live for you to read.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NX328XT
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NX328XT
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07NX328XT
https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07NX328XT

Those are the two big things to speak about first. The big news isn't over though, I'm almost done writing Alpha World 8 at this point, and it is the last book of the alpha World Series. I know that makes a lot of you sad, but I have many more stories to come, so please stay with me.

The next book that will come out is going to be Apocalypse Gates 4, around June 1st. Following that will be Binding Words 3, around August 1st. Both of these might move up, depending on the editors and how fast they can get through it.

I held a small live chat when the book was released and gave away 6 copies for free. I'm considering making that a normal release event, not 100% certain yet, but there was a lot of chatter for the hour I did it and it felt good. Speaking of Live Chats, the next monthly one will be April 15th @5pm PST.

I think that about covers everything to touch on this month. What I plan to do with the Alpha world slot once I finish AW8 is still up in the air, but I'm leaning towards filling it with a new series, but time will tell, because I'll be writing AG5, and then BW4 before that happens.

One last thing before I go, remember to review books. Not just mine, but everyone's books. The more reviews a book has the more it gets bumped in Amazon's system to get it in front of people via also bought, and recommended. Reviews matter a great deal to indie authors, so please take a minute or two and leave a review.

Until next month, may the books keep you entertained.

Daniel Schinhofen