Category Archives: Mask of Dragons

How many DEMONSOULED books?

In today’s mail came a question asking how many total DEMONSOULED books there are.

Right now there are ten DEMONSOULED books in two series, and both series are finished.(So, no waiting for it to be finished! 🙂 The first series, the DEMONSOULED series proper, has seven books. The second series, MASK OF THE DEMONSOULED, is a trilogy with three books.

The first book DEMONSOULED is free on all ebook platforms if you want to give it a try.

-JM

15 years of DEMONSOULED

It just occurred to me that I started writing DEMONSOULED in August of 2001.

Fifteen years! Man. A lot has changed since 2001.

One of those changes is that unlike in August 2001 in August 2016 someone bought at least one copy of a DEMONSOULED book every day worldwide. I like to consider that a good change. 🙂

Thanks everyone! When I started DEMONSOULED in 2001, I had no idea I would still be working on the series 15 years later.

-JM

FROSTBORN spiders versus DEMONSOULED spiders versus GHOST EXILE spiders

Reader Kenneth noted that both the FROSTBORN books and the DEMONSOULED books have spider monsters, the urdmordar of FROSTBORN and the soliphages of DEMONSOULED.

This is true. I do like the idea of spider-monsters, though both the urdmordar and the soliphages are different implementations of that idea. Though I do think that in a fair fight, the urdmordar would utterly crush the soliphages.

And it may not be obvious, but GHOST EXILE has its own version of a spider monster.

I suspect the Red Huntress is what a creature like Shelob the Great would be in human form. 🙂 This quote about Shelob from THE TWO TOWERS always makes me think of Kalgri:

“Little she knew of or cared for towers, or rings, or anything devised by mind or hand, who only desired death for all others, mind and body, and for herself a glut of life, alone, swollen till the mountains could no longer hold her up and the darkness could not contain her.”

Of course, since Kalgri was human, she did need to care about towers or rings from time to time, but only service to her greater goal of death for all others.

-JM

publishing plans for the rest of 2016

Now that GHOST IN THE WINDS is done, here’s what I’m planning to do for the rest of 2016.

-First, I’m going to finish MASK OF SPELLS. I started it way back in June, but due to reader demand I first wrote FROSTBORN: THE FALSE KING and GHOST IN THE WINDS. I’m on Chapter 5 of 20, and I hope to finish writing that sometime in September or October.

-After MASK OF SPELLS, I will start on FROSTBORN: THE DWARVEN PRINCE, and that should be done before the end of 2016.

-I’m also going to start CLOAK GAMES: SHATTER STONE and work on the book on the side while I finish MASK OF SPELLS and FROSTBORN: THE DWARVEN PRINCE. I think CLOAK GAMES: SHATTER STONE will be the last book I publish in 2016. (Nadia’s dealt with the Elves for the last four books – in this one she will encounter the dwarves.)

Then on to 2017!

-JM

MASK OF DRAGONS now available!

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I am pleased to report that MASK OF DRAGONS is now available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon AustraliaBarnes & Noble, iTunesKoboGoogle Play, and Smashwords.

Click here to read the first chapter of MASK OF DRAGONS. 

MAZAEL CRAVENLOCK is the last of the Demonsouled, and has defeated every enemy who ever challenged him.

Yet in the sinister Prophetess of Marazadra, he faces a subtle foe unlike any other adversary.

And unless Mazael’s masters the Prophetess’s deadly game, the dark goddess Marazadra will rise in blood and terror…

-JM

the description for MASK OF DRAGONS

Here’s the official description for MASK OF DRAGONS:

MAZAEL CRAVENLOCK is the last of the Demonsouled, and has defeated every enemy who ever challenged him.

Yet in the sinister Prophetess of Marazadra, he faces a subtle foe unlike any other enemy.

And unless Mazael’s masters the Prophetess’s deadly game, the dark goddess Marazadra will rise in blood and terror…

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Also, the third and final book in the MASK OF THE DEMONSOULED trilogy will be called MASK OF SPELLS, and it will be out either in late summer or mid-fall 2016. The first book, MASK OF SWORDS, came out in November 2014, and MASK OF DRAGONS will come out in March of 2016, a gap of nearly sixteen months.

I don’t like to have such a big gap between releases. 2015 was an “interesting” year in a lot of ways, but I came out the end of it with the ability to work on two books at once, which is something I had never been able to do before. Because of that, if all goes well we shall have two new DEMONSOULED books in 2016 – MASK OF DRAGONS and MASK OF SPELLS!

-JM

how long did it take to write MASK OF DRAGONS?

How long did it take me to write the rough draft of MASK OF DRAGONS? The chart below shows.

Actually, I wrote the first 19,000 words of the book while finishing up FROSTBORN: THE HIGH LORDS. In 2015 I got into the habit of working on two books at once, which has proven useful.

So I started MASK OF DRAGONS in January while mostly working on FROSTBORN: THE HIGH LORDS. Then in February I switched focus entirely to MASK OF DRAGONS, which let me finish it in a quick burst.

Chart

-JM

MASK OF DRAGONS rough draft finished

I am pleased to report that the rough draft of MASK OF DRAGONS is finished at 94,000 words.

Next up, THE BRONZE KNIGHT, the short story I’ll give away to newsletter subscribers when MASK OF DRAGONS comes out next month. Like most of the other DEMONSOULED stories, THE BRONZE KNIGHT is set in Mazael’s twenties, when he was younger, more truculent, more belligerent, and generally more antisocial all-around.

So it will be good fun to write. 🙂

-JM