Book One of "The Sword" Redux Project is now live!
Sergeant Brian Clausen is a straightforward man. He's a soldier. His team solves problems, stops bad guys, and goes home victorious. But his newest mission is not what it seems. Beset by deception and hidden grudges, this mission will threaten far more than his life.
Join Clausen and his team as they suit up for combat in "First to Fight". Click the image to get to get the book.
Just popping in with an update. You may notice some revisions on the website as I prep for the Redux Project release.
What is the Redux Project, you ask?
It is a complete remaster of my debut novel "The Sword", expanded and revised. The first book was way too large, being near-impossible to print and dangerous if dropped from height. It got great reviews and responses, but the most common criticism was "this should be a series". (The second most common criticism was "I threw my back picking this tome off the table, could you find lighter paper?")
While at NASFIC 2019, I spoke to several veteran authors, who lent me invaluable advice on improving the text as a multi-volume work. Combining this guidance with the growth I'd had as an author since that book's release, I began to lay out a complete rework of the material, and this is the result.
So, let's run through a couple common questions:
Why a series?
To be honest, it always should have been. As a first time author, I focused way too hard on getting everything into one text, and that resulted in a book which sacrificed integrity for space, and was still too big to print. By splitting it into multiple volumes (ranging from novella to full novel), I can cover the depth and breadth of the novel with far greater detail.
There is a dramatic expansion in content. Entire previously cut-for-space characters, concepts, and plots have been re-added, now with room to breathe. This is the same story as the original book, but told in far greater fidelity.
Just about every damn word. I've come a long was as an author since that first book, and one of my first decisions was that if I was going to remaster this book into a series, I was going to put 110% of those lessons into bringing this world fully to life. When I published The Sword, I was giddy at the thought, "holy crap, I have a book". That giddiness led me to accept compromises that I now would not. The Redux Project will be the story I always wanted to tell.
What about us who bought the original?
I would never forget about my earliest supporters. You mean the world to me! Once the Redux Project is completed, and all volumes released, I will re-upload the original work, updating the material within to the newest standards. This will be for sale as large digital file for new readers, but those of you who already purchased the original need merely update your files. Unfortunately, this new version of the series will be impossible to print without inventing new book-binding methods.
It's big, ya'll.
I think that covers everything. The link to the first volume "First to Fight" is now up for pre-order. All files will be DRM free, so purchase if you want to support, and be sure to leave a review!