Hey all, just poking my head in to say I am getting close to finishing. And to say I am fully committed to completing LADY Part 2 by Christmas so you’ll have something to read over the holidays.
Also, I am hoping to step up my writing game after the first of the year, so you don’t have to wait as long in between books.
Thanks for being patient!
I have had a few requests in regards to the second revision timing of LADY Part 1. As most of you know, the first revision commonly has a few proofing errors and misspellings, and some people prefer to wait for the second revision. Typically, four months is the common lead time for when the second revision is released, so … probably somewhere around August 2014.
As previously mentioned, it’s another long one, a complete trilogy in one volume, so you will in essence be getting three books for your money to keep you busy until Part 2 comes out (possibly Christmas 2014 but no promises).
Don’t rush it! Take your time and enjoy it; it’s going to be a while until Part 2.
I am taking a short break, and then fulfilling my promise to return to Professor Diaries to complete the next installment in that series (#2). PD readers have been waiting patiently for a long time and I am long overdue.
I needed some minor but unexpected back surgery that set me back a few weeks. Don’t worry about me, I’m now fully recovered, totally fine, and back at the writer’s chair. Now looking at the end of March for release (or early April at latest).
Well it’s official, Book 8: LADY will have to be released in two parts. The story has ballooned into a much larger tale than originally planned; so much so that I have surpassed the allowable size that Amazon will consent to publish. It’s just too dang big. Therefore, I have no choice but to release it in two parts. Part 1 is nearly complete and is already as big as CURSED, which was already huge. I hope to release Part 1 to the public by the end of February. Essentially, LADY Part 1 will deal with her early childhood years, whereas Part 2 will be the growing up years, and how she does in fact become the infamous Lady of the Lake. And yes, a lot of stuff does indeed happen during those early years which sets it all up. As for Part 2, it is unlikely it will be ready until early summer.
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For those who have been anxiously waiting for my promised preview of the upcoming story of the Lady of the Lake, I have just posted the first 9 chapters online.
Of course, this is assuming you have already read Book 7: CURSED. If you haven’t, don’t even think about it; God won’t love you any more.
Good news and bad news. The good news is, the story of The Lady of the Lake is coming along very well. It is already at 100,000 words in length, the size of a Hunger Games novel. The bad news is, it’s less than a third of the way through. Yup, it looks like I’ve done it again and have bitten off more than I can chew. This is going to be another long one. Probably not unlike CURSED the trilogy.
I have in fact, divided the book into three parts: “Part One: 7 Weeks” deals with the first seven weeks following the arrival of the Judge. That alone is a full-length novel. “Part Two: The Early Years”, obviously deals with a certain someone’s earlier years. That will be another full-length novel. “Part Three: White Heaven” will be the third and final part.
Needless to say, it ain’t gonna happen by Christmas. My revised estimate is now February. Maybe. However, so as not to disappoint you too much, as a little Christmas present, I will post the first few chapters online by Christmas Eve. They won’t be spoilery nor will they ruin the story for you. They will however, be intriguing and eye-opening, fun and fascinating, and will give you a nice little introduction to where we will be going in this next lengthy episode. As I have mentioned before, this story has been in my head since the beginning. I just didn’t realize how much was in there. It’s kinda scary if you think about it. But I digress.
Until February then,
Historical scholars have been divided on this for centuries. However, possible evidence of the existence of Arthur has been found at Tintagel in Cornwall. A Cornish slate with sixth-century engravings was found in July 1998 on the eastern terraces of Tintagel on the edge of a cliff overlooking the place traditionally known as Merlin’s Cave. It was discovered under broken pottery and glass from the late sixth or seventh centuries during the re-excavations of an area last dug in the 1930s.
The 8 inch by 14 inch slate bears two inscriptions. The older, upper letters have been broken off and cannot be deciphered. The lower inscription, translated by Charles Thomas of the University of Glasgow, reads “Pater Coliavi ficit Artognov–Artognou, father of a descendant of Coll, has had this built.” The inscription is basically in Latin, perhaps with some primitive Irish and British elements, according to Thomas. The British name represented by the Latin Atrognov is Arthnou. Geoffrey Wainwright of English Heritage says that the name is close enough to refer to Arthur, the legendary king and warrior.
After several decades of scholastic pursuit, there is one theory that has managed to name a founding individual consistent with Arthurian literature and the chronological time he would have had to occupy. This man was Riothamus, the “King of the Britons” sent by Leo I in 467 to retrieve the crumbling British Isles from Saxon invasions. His Christian or baptismal name was Artorius. Nevertheless, scholars are still divided on this as well.
As for a historical Merlinus Ambrosius (Merlin Emrys in Welsh), some scholars point to a sixth-century writer and seer named Myrrdin, who went mad and took refuge in the Forest of Celydon when his king Gwenddolau was defeated at the Battle of Arderydd in 573. Merlin first appears in the “History of the Kings of Britain”, (1135) a classic work by Geoffrey of Monmouth (c. 1100-1154). In Geoffrey’s “Vita Merlin” (Life of Merlin), in 1150, his is the only text mentioning that Merlin had a wife.
However, while there may or may not have been a real King Arthur or Merlin, Camelot – along with Guinevere, Lancelot and the Round Table, has generally been considered by most to be fiction; a creation of twelfth century literature.
That is, until the archaeological discovery of the 18-acre Cadbury Hill Fort in the 1950’s. Cadbury Hill was not a castle, but a heavily fortified headquarters for some great king, dating to around the 5th or 6th century.
Further discoveries inside the fortress in the 1970’s were incredible. A timber hall built between 460-500 was revealed from post holes in the ground, measuring more than 60 by 30 feet in its dimensions. Since the Cadbury Hill-Fort was such an unusually large fortress for post-Roman-defended-hill-settlements in sixth century Britain, it probably housed more than an individual king and his war bands – it was large enough to hold an entire army. Only a king powerful enough to unite the neighboring kingdoms against the Anglo-Saxon threats could amass such a large army. King Arthur is said to have done exactly that before he led the British army to nearby Mount Badon.
Glastonbury Abbey is one of the best supported sites for King Arthur and Guinevere’s burial tomb. In 1191, the monks at Glastonbury Abbey claimed to have found the grave of King Arthur. On the stone burial was an inlaid lead cross with the inscription, Hic iacet sepultus inclitus rex Arturius in insula Avallonis (“Here lies the famous King Arthur, buried on the Island of Avalon”). The claim was not taken seriously until 1278 when Henry II ordered the grave to be exhumed. A man’s body was found with a cracked skull from a heavy blow. A female skeleton was next to it, as well as the original lead cross. The remains were transported to the main Abbey church, but all signs of the bodies and cross mysteriously disappeared.
Archaeology has sifted through the literary assertions surrounding King Arthur’s lifetime and, while not proving them, has at the very least strengthened their validity. Only time will tell what new discoveries will unfold. Tintagel Castle, Cadbury Hill-Fort and Glastonbury Abbey seem to be strongly-supported sites in connection with a historical King Arthur, but without more specific artifacts and literary accounts, their importance remains at a standstill.
For all intents and purposes, archaeological excavations have only produced new hypotheses, but no new proof. Until this can be achieved, King Arthur will remain on the misty Island of Avalon, awaiting the time when he can finally resurface in the British Isles as the “Once and Future King.”
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After Book 2 and before you get to Book 3: CHAMPION, you might be interesting in knowing about one book in particular from my other series, Second Chance. If you want to take a side trip and spend more time with Gwen and Arthur and friends, grab a copy of Second Chance Book 3: PROPHET.
Why? Because PROPHET is a crossover book with a large portion of the story involving a visit to Camelot, shortly following the events of Gwen and Arthur's wedding in Book 2: CAMELOT. Plus it importantly sets the stage for what will take place in Camelot Book 3: CHAMPION. As an added bonus you will also get to learn more about Elias and Shira's background and is the first introduction to Kemuel's character.
There is a brief synopsis of Books 1 & 2 at the beginning of PROPHET; should you decide you have no other interest in the Second Chance series.
But ... if you are anxious to continue on to the next Camelot book CHAMPION, then go for it, as I also include a brief synopsis in CHAMPION's beginning as well.