Category Archives: chapters

Posted in DAW, Essalieyan, chapters.

ETA: First­born will be avail­able in ebook and hard­cover on the 19th of February, 2019. This is a hectic release month, the first time I have ever had two books published at essen­tially the same time. No, this was not partic­u­larly smart on my part, but I didn’t want to push either book back a month. It’s been three and three quarter years since the last West novel was published, and in the main, as a reader, I don’t care if two books I want are published in the same month. My pock­et­book might whine a little, but I am gleeful, because that’s just the way I am as a reader. Of other people’s books. Most authors can’t read their own books as if they’re readers, sadly. I posted the prologue … Continue reading 

Posted in Essalieyan, writing, chapters.

I’ve been going back and forth with myself (and possibly fret­ting at other people in my house­hold who were foolish enough to vacate the room after the first sentence). About what, you ask? About posting a preview chapter – in this case, the prologue – of War. I haven’t had the revi­sion discus­sion with my editor yet; I hope to do that after the holiday break. So the fret­ting is mostly whether or not what I post will survive in the published book. I mean, it’s not much of a preview if it doesn’t actu­ally serve as a preview of the book itself. It’s kind of a hopeful preview, but uncer­tainty abounds. Since the book is very very long in its current state, there are words that might not survive to … Continue reading 

Posted in Cast, Elantra, writing, chapters.

To those who cele­brate, Happy Holi­days! I have been writing, but at the moment, have very little to show for it; my short Severn story is now 28k words and not finished. I hope to finish it before the New Year, but in the frenetic, panicked busy work of holiday prepa­ra­tions, I am not sure how feasible this is. Chapter one of Cast in Decep­tion is here: Cast in Decep­tion 01. Re: audio­book versions: there appears to be a phys­ical box of 13 CDs, but the down­load­able version doesn’t seem to be avail­able on iTunes yet, or rather, the link to it doesn’t seem to be avail­able there. I’ll update those links when we’re closer to pub date. So the audio­book links look … Continue reading 

Posted in DAW, Queen of the Dead, covers, chapters, Cliff Nielsen.

On February 7, 2017, the third and final part of The Queen of the Dead will be published. It’s longer than either Silence or Touch by about 40%. But everyone expects that from final volumes, right? >.> It also has my favorite of the three covers, all by Cliff Nielsen. *** I couldn’t choose a single chapter as a starter. I mean, I could, but I couldn’t. So there are sort of three chap­ters in the sample chapter, which is here.

Posted in DAW, Essalieyan, chapters.

March and April were very trying months. Not just because of the endless snow, but because, having finished Cast in Honor, I then had to go back and revise for length. (Yes, yes, I know this will not shock anyone — but it’s easily the longest of the books to date. It’s like I’m getting worse at the whole length thing, not better). The upside, for a variety of up that made me pull out half my hair, is that I actu­ally have a chunk of cut stuff that reads more or less contin­u­ously, which I will post much closer to the book’s pub date. And I am just getting back to Grave, and in theory, it’s another 10 – 20k words to the end, but it’s been just long enough … Continue reading