Tuesday, June 1, 2021

June 2021

 Wow, May is over with already, and it's now Summer with June kicking the heat off.

Let's cover books news first then we'll touch a few other topics.

Dungeon Walkers 1 came out late last month, thank you to everyone who read the story. I have a lot in mind for the continued adventures of Stern, Pawly, and Company. I started with news of this series because the audio book just came out.

No, seriously, it's already out. Mountain Dale Press used their twisted eldritch magic to get it before Travis Baldree in record time. Travis of course is a well known and loved narrator, whose done Cradle and other well known series. MDP didn't stop there though, no they summoned elder gods and got ACX and Audible to bend to their whims, and got it published in record time too.

Here is the Audible link for those who would like a quick path to it: https://www.audible.com/pd/Dungeon-Walkers-1-Audiobook/B095Z5JLP7

Going to continue on the audio front with the next bit.

Andie is going to be recording Luck's Voice 1-3 in the next few weeks. That's right she is going to record them back-to-back-to-back. So the books will drop in rapid succession as well. So rejoice for that.

As for BW6 and AR3 audio they are on her slate along with a lot of other books so they will come in time. Being as amazing as she is her slate is solidly booked. She is going to get to them though so just be patient, her work is amazing, and it'll be worth the wait.

You are probably asking about LV3 as it's not even out as an ebook yet. Well I have it currently slated for release on June 15th, a whole half month ahead of my previous estimate. Now to make that even better I hope to have it out even before that. It's with the proofer and compiler right now, so hopefully soon™...

As for what I'm working on right now, well that's Binding Words 7. I think this book will wrap up the Hearthglen arc that started with Book 3. Time will tell but I'm fairly certain it is going to. Current projected release will be August 15th, with of course me aiming to get it out sooner than that.

Following BW7 will of course be AR4. I'm really looking forward to diving back into that series and pushing Gregory through the end of the second year. I have so many things lined up that it should be an amazing ride for you all.

Now onto other news. I just got back from a long weekend away. Yeah, it ended up a business trip instead of a vacation, and LV will see bits of that research in the coming books. My trip took me to a hot springs in Colorado. The trip also helped me see how things were in general. It gives me hope that my research trip for AG can happen before the end of the year, woot woot. Some locations I want to visit are still closed, but I hope they will reopen soon. As soon as they do I'll be taking my trip. No, I'm not going to tell you were, that'd ruin the surprises.

One last bit of note: I had a 1 day ban from Facebook. Why? Because some posted a meme about Writer's Block being when your imaginary friends refuse to talk with you. I replied that you just kill a few of them to prove the point to the others. Well that trip the algorithm and I got banned. The really bad news is that the ban included a 30 day ban on Live chats...thanks Facebook. I'm looking at other options for June's live chat. Probably going to be on the discord. Time will be 8 am PST. Here is the discord link:  https://discord.gg/vCKm3NU

That wraps up the news for June, damn that was a lot. I will see you all again for July's blog.

Daniel Schinhofen

Saturday, May 1, 2021

May 2021

 Five months into 2021, maybe, just maybe, things are improving?

Let's jump in feet first to the real reason you're reading this. Updates:

Biggest update right out the gate, has to be Dungeon Walkers 1. Dungeon Walkers 1 - Kindle edition by Schinhofen, Daniel. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. The book came out on the 21st of last month. It's doing okay, not Mindblown good but still good. It's a different book as it does a few things different than my normal style.

The biggest might be the Fade-to-Black instead of explicit. I wanted to see how it went, there still a bit of lead up, but even the foreplay is not explicit. I've gotten some mixed comments on it, but the series will stay FtB.

The next biggest change was I tried my best to hint at things instead of info dumping. Not that I'm bad at info dumps, but I wanted to try slowly dripping the world knowledge into the book. This wasn't as accepted. I had thought I'd given enough hints to fill in the blanks, but it appears I didn't. A lot of people felt that more was needed. I've taken that one to heart, I'll be filling in more of the blanks in book 2 to help people out, and shift back to more of a mild info dump style.

I have high hopes for the series and while the reviews come in, overall it looks good. The trolls have come out of course, and some stalwarts didn't care for it as much, but we'll see if we can't at least help shore up the problems with the next in the series. I know a lot of people enjoyed the ending, and I hope you will too, no spoilers.

Okay onto other news:

AG7: Unexpected Dev-elopments came out on the 6th of April. I hope you who like the series have enjoyed the addition. https://www.audible.com/pd/Unexpected-Dev-elopments-Audiobook/103940135X

Right now your asking about AG8 probably, and I'm still waiting on making my research trip. I hope to get to it later this year, fingers crossed. If worse comes to worst, I'll be making the trip next year which will delay the book much longer than I ever wanted, it already has been honestly. But book 8 will be written, and I apologize for the delay.

Luck's Voice 3: Dangerous Gamble is the next book to be published. I'm looking at a June release, current projected date is the end of June, but I hope to get it out before that. For those who want a fix of LV3 early, Patreon is getting chapters now, and the 1st chapter is open to the public, so you don't even have to be a backer to get it. I've been ripping through it, and enjoying every moment. I hope you guys enjoy the story too. I'm most of the way through it. Big things coming for this book, but not all the things.

After LV3, I'll be stepping back into Binding Words. Man this coming book is going to be something. I'm really looking forward to what is to come, as I'm sure a lot of you are as well. And after BW we'll step back into Aether's Revival. Again I'm so looking forward to getting back to that series, some things are just going to be so much fun.

That's mostly it, May is my anniversary for Patreon and for being a full-time author, 4 years and 3 years respectively. It feels so much longer to me, and yet also as if it just started. Because of you, I'm able to focus on writing, and not listening to another boss. Though my current boss is an asshole, he demands I write everyday, or as close to it as I can get. But considering I love writing, it's not really a hardship.

So with one more big THANK YOU, to you. I hope you pop back in next month, and we can see what else might have come up since you read this.

A truly grateful author,

Daniel Schinhofen

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

April 2021

 Looks like we got to a new month. I'd start with something to commemorate the day of fools, but let's be honest we all deal with enough fools every day that not having one thrust at you is probably better.

Okay let's start with the big news. AG3: Magi's Path came out last month. The 2nd school year for Gregory started with his new wife Yukiko. It was a monster of a book, my longest book published to date. It's been well received, minus the people who obviously don't know my writing style who hate it. If you've left a review thank you, if you haven't yet, please consider it. Here is the link for you: Amazon.com: Magi's Path (Aether's Revival Book 3) eBook: Schinhofen, Daniel: Kindle Store

Other big news I've been working on my dungeon story. Patreon has had a good number of chapters for it already. It's not a dungeon core story, I mean i could have done that, but meh. Dungeon cores always seem to have a core adventuring group that you see over and over. I decided to focus mine on a person who delves into dungeons. Dungeon Walker, is the story of Stern, a Walker who wants to delve into all of the dungeons. Here is patreon link, where you can read the 1st chapter for free. Daniel Schinhofen is creating E-Books | Patreon

Let's see what else...no new news on audio, be patient guys it'll be coming. I guess the only news for audio will be the fact I'll be using a different person for Dungeon Walker. Andie is booked solid, and has already informed me she can't take on a new series at this time. Sucks for me, as I want her to voice all of my books, but alas. So I'm currently looking at my options for audio of the new series. Since it's not Andie, I'm likely going to hand it off to a publisher. I'm talking to a couple of them currently. News will follow in the future.

Hmm, is that everything? I think it is. After I finish with Dungeon Walker 1, I'll be moving onto Luck's Voice 3, and then onto Binding Words 7, and Aether's Revival 4 in that order. I'm hoping that in the summer I'll be able to make my research trip so I can get to AG8, but that is still up in the air. Dragoncon, if it happens will see me there, but again that is currently up in the air.

Okay folks that's all I will be back next month with more news. Thanks for taking the time to read though this.

Daniel Schinhofen

Monday, March 1, 2021

March 2021

 It's March. February wasn't bad, thankfully. Let's hope the rest of the year continues to improve. Now let's start in on the things to talk about.

Okay first news; Aether's Revival 3: Magi's Path will be out on March 3rd. Faster then the projected release date that had been the 25th of March. The editors and beta readers pushed hard to help get the book out. They have my thanks for doing so much, and hopefully your thanks as well for helping get the book to you sooner.

Andie will be handling the audio of course. When you ask, well to steal the normal answer of Will Arand, Eventually. This does lead into the questions of other audio. The answer remains the same though. She will be recording LV when it comes up in her schedule. BW6 is the same.

As for audio for AG7, its with Podium. I believe Tess has recorded it already, or is recording it. I still don't have a release date from Podium though. When I do have that information I will of course pass it along.

Since we are talking Aether's Revival, mostly anyway, a small note for those who really love the series. There are shirts, limited supply, but shirts none the less. Here is the link for those who want a shirt: Aethers Revival T-Shirt – Schinhofenbooks (myshopify.com)

Now onto more news: AG8 is still waiting for me to make my research trip. It's unlikely to happen until the summer at the earliest, which delays me writing the book.

The good news though is that in it's rotation slot there is a new book coming up, it is hopefully going to be the series that will fill that slot when AG gets set aside. I've teased and hinted at 2 different series that could take up this slot. Are you just waiting for me to tell you? Maybe not, but I'll tell you anyway.

Dungeon Walker is the series, I posted the rough first chapter on Patreon not that long ago. I've tweaked it since then of course getting things where I like them. The premise is as the series name says, it will be a dungeon series, but not a core story. It will be a story about going into dungeons. That's all I'm going to give away here. Though patreon will be seeing chapters after AR3 gets published.

Here is patreon information for those who want it: Daniel Schinhofen is creating E-Books | Patreon

I think that covers the big news. Lesser news the monthly live chat on Facebook will be at 6 PM PST on the 15th. Another couple of months and I'll be celebrating my 3rd year anniversary as a fulltime writer, and it'll also be my 4th year on Patreon. That pretty much covers everything, for those who have been enjoying Battletech the monthly live game will be on the 14th around 5PM PST.

Think is everything I can think of. Hope you all come back next month. Until next month, stay safe.

Daniel Schinhofen

Monday, February 1, 2021

February 2021

 Here we are again, but it's February of 2021 now. We have a few things to cover so let's get to it.

Firstly BW6 came out last month and you all seemed to enjoy it. I'm really glad that you forgave me for how BW5 ended. I've seen more love for how BW6 ended, and that makes me really happy.

Speaking of BW5 though, the audio book came out just a few days ago. And to ruin a surprise for you all, there is a small preview of BW6 tacked onto the end, enough that the cliffhanger should be vastly reduced. Here is the link:


Now that we've talked Binding Words, let's move onto Aether's Revival. I'm still working on AR3, and man it's going to be another thick one. Not done yet and already close to 130k words written. That longer than the longest BW, and by the time I finish it will easily be the second longest, or longest book I've written. Now that does come with a major drawback, it'll take longer to push through editing, beta reading, proofing, and publishing. This is why I'm unlikely to change the current projected release date, which is currently March 25th. Hang on now, if and this is a big if, if things sail smoothly I might be able to get it out earlier, but I would doubt it'll be more than a week or two earlier. So don't get your hopes up for it.

There is one bright spot to the delay, and that is that the audio for AR2 has a good chance of being out before I publish. Andie finished recording it, and we've handed it off to ACX. Now they never give us a projected release date, but if things go good it might, maybe be before the end of the month. Keep an eye on Discord, Facebook, or Twitter as I'll drop links on them as soon as it does go live.

Oh and before I forget Patreon is currently getting preview chapters of AR3.

Those are the big news items. The lesser item I need to talk about is projected release schedule. I've been waffling on what will come after AR2, and I still am a little, but at this point it's safe to bet on me going for a new book. I'm not going to be able to make the trip I want to make for AG, and I don't want to push LV forward right away. So I'll be starting on the new project once AR finishes. I know you're all wondering what it'll be, but I'm still waffling on that.

Right at this moment, and this isn't set ins tone, I'm considering the dungeon series. I've given it some thought and I have a nice framework on what I think will work for it. Won't be positive until I get words down, but it is edging the mecha story a little bit.

Not a lot else to talk about for February. Live chat on Facebook is going to be the 16th at 10 am PST. Going early this time to give people across the Atlantic a good chance to show up. I'm sure others will as well, but I want to do an early one this time, which means I'll probably do a late one next month. So I hope to see those of you who can make it.

That's all I got. I'll do the obligatory postings here for website and such for those who wonder about them. Links:

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Thanks again, it's because of fans like you I can devote myself to fulltime writing.

Until next time, stay safe.

Daniel Schinhofen

Friday, January 1, 2021

January 2021

 Okay, we made it... I'm not going to look around too hard though, I don't want to find anything else waiting for me. Let's get to the news, shall we.

Okay old news first; LV2 did good, I'm glad that people are enjoying the weird western gamelit harem story...damn that's a lot of tags. I've been real happy with it, and it appears you guys are as well. Can't wait to write the next book in the series.

I'm currently writing AR3. It's going to be another long one it seems as I'm already over 50k and nowhere near where I want to be. It's been a fun one to write so far though, and I'm looking forward to where the third book goes.

As for what is after that, I'm still uncertain. It'll either be LV3, or something new. It should be AG, but I still want to make an east coast trip before I write it. Maybe this year things will ease up and travel won't be so much a crapshoot.

Audio is in full swing at the moment. Podium has AG7 and has Tess scheduled to record it this month. Hopefully it'll be along in the next few months. Andie recorded BW5 and it's been waiting with ACX for weeks now, so maybe this month, or next month for it, we can never tell once we hand it off. And to top off the audio news Andie is currently recording AR2, which is good news.

For those wondering about audio for LV, Andie is going to do them, but I imposed on her to switch LV1 with AR2. When she gets to LV, I think she might do them back to back, which would be amazing, but time will tell.

In other news we all have to admit 2021, now read that out loud, and then groan. We're all hoping this year gets better than last, and let's be honest that's not a high bar to clear. Time will tell.

For personal news, Things continue as they have been for me. Allergy shots are still in progress, and hopefully one day I won't have the sinus problems I do from my allergies.  I know there was some other news to talk about...

Oh yeah, BW6 ebook will be out on the 6th of this month instead of the 25th. I did my best to get it as close to the start of the year as I could. I hope this helps everyone start the year on a good note. Oh but mind the onion cutting ninjas. My beta readers said they were out in force when they were reading.

And the very last thing to mention, Live Chat on Facebook will be on the 15th at 3 pm PST. That's 6 Eastern, and like 11 GMT. I hope to see people there while I answer  questions, ramble about stupid things, and then give away some of the challenge coins for those who helped me keep going.

Until next month, let's keep our heads down and hope that things are improving.

Daniel Schinhofen

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December 2020

 We have reached December, amazing really considering everything going on.

Anyway let's get to the news, shall we?

Things that happened last month:

Luck's Voice 2: Cashing In, came out on the 25th. It was plastered in the usual areas, but I'm going to toss the links up here. It's been about a week and it's doing alright. Has over a hundred reviews already, and most of them positive. So thank you, if you were one of them. I'm looking forward to continuing my weird western in the future.

amazon.com/dp/B08P4BKYBT amazon.co.UK/dp/B08P4BKYBT amazon.de/dp/B08P4BKYBT amazon.ca/dp/B08P4BKYBT amazon.com.au/dp/B08P4BKYBT

What else has been going on? Well Binding Words 6: Lost Bonds, is nearly done being written, and the first chapter is up on Patreon for everyone to see, yes it is viewable by anyone. The preview chapters have started up as well for those who want more than just that first chapter. I'll be handing the book off to editors in a day or two and they will get hard to work on it. If you want to go read the chapter, here is the Patreon link:

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Hmm, what else might you be interested in? Maybe the fact that Andie has started recording BW5? She's cracking through it at a good clip too, even with all my rollcall chapters. If you want to hear a bit of the magic being made, I fully support you. And yes before you ask she is going to do LV1 soon as well. AR3 is slated for next year, so don't ask her. Here's the link to her discord, just be nice, or else...


Okay, we covered what just came out, what is coming out next, and audio in progress. Oh, Podium has AG7 for audio, I have no idea where that is, once they tell me I'll post about it in the usual places.

Hell, I think that's it. Maybe just a note that after AR3 I should be starting AG8...but it's not going to happen. I want to take a trip to see the places I'm going to cover in that book, and well travel right now is not in the cards. I'm hoping for a trip in March, but that's up in the air too. So where does that leave the schedule after AR3? Good question, I'm not certain yet. I won't finish AR3 until sometime in Janurary at the earliest. Which is a few months gap from when I think, hopefully, I'll be traveling. I could flip LV3 into that spot, and hope I can get the trip done and then hit AG8. But if that doesn't happen I might write the first book of the series to replace AG, and then just shove Ag into the schedule when I can after it.

TLDR; schedule in flux after AR3. I'll update once I know more.

And that's it folks. The next blog post is after this year ends. Say good bye to 2020, but that means we have to admit 20201...and read that out loud, it makes me laugh.

Daniel Schinhofen