Hint of What’s to Come

Scrub Jay Spreads the News

Last week, while looking up something for another project, I discovered that my forthcoming novels, Library of the Sapphire Wind and Aurora Borealis Bridge, are now available for pre-order at several on-line booksellers, including Amazon (here and here) and Barnes and Noble (here and here).

Since the news is out, I thought I’d share the jacket copy for Library of the Sapphire Wind, which will be available February of 2022.

Instead of Mentors, They Got Monsters…

That’s what Xerak, Vereez, and Grunwold think when three strange creatures shimmer into being within the circle of Hettua Shrine.  Their conclusion is reasonable enough.  After all, they’ve never seen humans before.

As for Margaret Blake, Peg Gallegos, and Tessa Brown—more usually known as Meg, Peg, and Teg—they’re equally astonished but, oddly enough, better prepared.  Age and experience have accustomed them to surprises.  A widely varied course of reading material has intellectually prepared them for the idea that other worlds, even worlds where people with traits more commonly ascribed to “animals,” may exist.

Then there is the mysterious verse that Teg speaks as they arrive, words that seem to indicate that the Shrine must have been at least partially responding to the request made of it.

Despite doubts on all sides, the three unlikely mentors join forces with the three young “inquisitors” and venture out into the world Peg dubs “Over Where.”  First they must find the Library of the Sapphire Wind, destroyed years before.

Will they find answers there or is this only the first stage in their search?

The second book, Aurora Borealis Bridge, comes out April of 2022.  Since a sequel, by definition, can contain spoilers, skip below, but as jacket copy goes, this is relatively spoiler free.

Can It Get Any Stranger?


When Peg, Meg, and Teg were first summoned Over Where, vast and varied life experience (along with wide reading choices) helped them to adjust to a world where they were the only humans, magic was real, ships could fly, and reincarnation was a confirmed fact.

In the company of the “inquisitors,” Xerak, Grunwold, and Vereez, the three newly appointed mentors rediscovered the Library of the Sapphire Wind, and, within it, revelations that transformed the young people’s pasts into a vast tangle of lies and half-truths.

But there are still questions to be answered.  Before they are done, Meg the retired librarian, Teg the archeologist turned mage, and the multi-talented, ever surprising Peg will deal with kidnappings, betrayal, arcane artifacts, romantic intrigues, and the inescapable reality that past lives cast long shadows.

Together, the three mentors and their young allies will uncover the startling truth about what lies on the other side of the Aurora Borealis Bridge—a truth that holds the secret of Over Where, and that will change all their lives forever.

These books were a terrific amount of fun for me to write. I love the characters and setting ridiculously much, and I’m very excited about them finally becoming available.  Cover art is by Tom Kidd, and I’ll show it off somewhere closer to release.

And what’s that other project?  I’ve been working on new e-books for my novels Artemis Awakening and Artemis Invaded.  As with all my reissues of my own work, these will include extra content in the form of essays about the work.  Artemis Awakening is nearly ready, and we’re working hard on Artemis Invaded.  I also plan to add the hard covers of these to the Bookshop that’s part of my website. 

Additionally, I’m messing around with some new story ideas, but nothing has quite jelled as of yet.  That’s the way with stories, or so I find.


3 Responses to “Hint of What’s to Come”

  1. @JayDzed Says:

    Woot, this sounds like a very interesting series to get hold of. Looking forward to it!

    (Presumably early next year, and not earlier this year like teh tyopmonster is saying.) 😉

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