As is probably evident by now, my publisher isn’t putting out the sequel. First week sales weren’t good enough to consider continuing the series, and therefore I’m no longer with them. Which leaves me with an incomplete story, something that rarely makes people happy!
Therefore, I thought I’d let people know I DO have a plan.
Due to some niggling contract issues, I could not immediately launch into producing the sequel. (If you run into me sometime, I’ll explain that, but otherwise it’s too complicated.)
I had the old sequel that I produced after I originally wrote Dreaming Death…but that was no longer valid*. And as I didn’t want to rewrite the whole thing with no guarantee that my publisher would even look at it, I worked instead on outlining and producing The Horn series. Those novels are set in the same world, but in a very different province, one that holds more knowledge about that world itself.
The first two books of that series are out now, and I’m hoping to finish up Book Three by the end of the summer.
THEN I’ll be working on the first of the Dreaming Death sequels. Now, admittedly, I have a bunch done. I’ve been working on that intermittently this year, so I’m hoping to get the first sequel out by the end of 2017 or early 2018.
I have not yet decided on the titles for the three books*, but as soon as I do, I’ll be getting with my cover artist and working on the covers.
I will probably not use the series title that the publisher did (Palace of Dreams Novels) because it doesn’t quite work for me, so I may have a new series title. I’ve actually been calling these the Dreaming Death World online, and may stick with that, or I may call it something totally different. Titles aren’t my thing, so it will be a struggle to decide what’s best.
(FWIW, the original short version of The Golden City was called “Of Ambergris, Blood, and Brandy“. The publisher bought the book with that name, but later changed it to Of Blood and Brandy and then finally to The Golden City.)
But back to the topic…as soon as I have made decisions on that, I will post about it here, and will definitely let you guys see the covers as soon as my artist (Kate Marshall) can grind them out.
So don’t give up! I’m typing as fast as I can…
*Because of changes that my editor asked for in Dreaming Death, the original sequel that I wrote long ago (2005?), is no longer valid. Its name was The Sins of the Fathers, mostly because it dealt with the lingering death of Shironne’s father.