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FROSTBORN retrospective #4

Note that this post has !!!SPOILERS!!! for the first fourteen books in FROSTBORN.

I really love a good dungeon crawl. A “dungeon crawl”, if you’re not familiar with the term, his a style of RPG where a party of adventurers descends into a subterranean ruin full of monsters in search of treasure or some other goal. Perhaps the earliest example in literature is when the Fellowship of the Ring enters the ruins of Moria in THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

The concept turns up in computer games a lot. Like some of the earliest UNIX text-based games, Rogue and the Rogue-like genre, were massive dungeon crawls. (A really good book on the history of the rouge-like computer games is DUNGEON HACKS by David L. Craddock.) Even computer games that aren’t mainly dungeon crawls do often have sections where the player needs to traverse a dungeon. Like THE ELDER SCROLLS games are a big open sandbox, but they have lots and lots of dungeons.

So, since many of my favorite books and computer games feature dungeon crawls, when I started planning FROSTBORN I made sure to put in a lot of dungeon crawling.

If you’ve read through the FROSTBORN series, you have probably guessed that I really like a good dungeon crawl. In fact, of all the FROSTBORN books, I think the only ones that don’t have at least a short dungeon crawl are THE IRON TOWER, THE WORLD GATE, EXCALIBUR, and THE SHADOW PRISON. That’s only four out of the fifteen!

The biggest dungeon crawl in the entire series is FROSTBORN: THE BROKEN MAGE, when Ridmark and company arrive at the ruins of Khald Azalar in search of Dragonfall. Most of the book involves their exploration of Khald Azalar and later efforts to escape.

Someday I think I would like to write an entire series about a dungeon crawl. It would be a short series – like five or six books, and it would be an interesting writing challenge to sustain a compelling story in a single dungeon crawl.

So computer games did indeed have a strong influence on FROSTBORN.  But probably the thing that I’ve written that is most like a computer game isn’t FROSTBORN, but CLOAK GAMES: TRUTH CHAIN.

-JM

 

CLOAK GAMES: HAMMER BREAK progress update

My main focus is on GHOST IN THE RING right now, but I just finished the first chapter of CLOAK GAMES: HAMMER BREAK. One chapter down, 12 to go!

I don’t think I’m going to have CLOAK GAMES: HAMMER BREAK out until August, though, since I want to write SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION first. If all goes well, this is what I think my publishing schedule will look like for summer 2017.

June: GHOST IN THE RING

July: SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION

August: CLOAK GAMES: HAMMER BREAK

That’s a tight schedule, so it might slip by a month, but GHOST IN THE RING should be a lock for June!

-JM

CLOAK GAMES: HAMMER BREAK underway!

I’m working on GHOST IN THE RING as my main project right now, but I’ve also started on CLOAK GAMES: HAMMER BREAK, the eighth book in the CLOAK GAMES series.

If all goes well, I hope my publication schedule for summer 2017 will look like this:

June: GHOST IN THE RING

July: SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION

August: CLOAK GAMES: HAMMER BREAK

-JM

CLOAK GAMES updates

A quick note of thanks – CLOAK GAMES: TRUTH CHAIN had the best first-month sales of the series so far. Thanks everyone!

Also, occasionally people ask how many CLOAK GAMES books there are going to be. I finalized the outline last week, and CLOAK GAMES will have a total of 11 books.  After the 11th book I might continue the series the way GHOST EXILE continued THE GHOSTS series, but I’ll decide when I get there.

Meanwhile, there will be 11 books in the CLOAK GAMES series, and I’m looking forward to starting CLOAK GAMES: HAMMER BREAK later this year!

-JM

CLOAK GAMES: TOMB HOWL now available!

Available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CanadaAmazon GermanyAmazon AustraliaBarnes & NobleiTunesKobo, Google Play, and Smashwords.

Nadia Moran saved the world and tens of millions of lives.

All it cost was her sanity.

But sane or not, Lord Morvilind has work for her to do. This time, he wants her to work with the brutal and murderous Rebels.

And unless Nadia is clever, the Rebels will start their revolution with her death…

-JM

another CLOAK GAMES: TOMB HOWL excerpt

Editing CLOAK GAMES: TOMB HOWL. Let’s have another spoiler-free excerpt! In this discussion, Nadia engages in a discussion about mental health with a concerned co-worker:

I couldn’t stop myself. I did laugh that time.

“What?” she snapped, glaring at me.

“We’re all idiots, you know that?” I said.

“You’re insane,” she said.

“Well,” I said. “You’re not wrong.”

“Oh, shut up already.” 

-JM

CLOAK GAMES: TOMB HOWL book description

Here’s the official description for CLOAK GAMES: TOMB HOWL.

Nadia Moran saved the world and tens of millions of lives.

All it cost was her sanity.

But sane or not, Lord Morvilind has work for her to do. This time, he wants her to work with the brutal and murderous Rebels.

And unless Nadia is clever, the Rebels will start their revolution with her death…

-JM