Here are some chapters, excerpts and snippets from books in progress. They may be near to publishing, in which case they will disappear when published. They may be isolated chapters, the start of books, or even short stories. They may be edited beyond recognition by the time they are published, or even excluded entirely!
I’ve put my favourite chapter from Book 3, The Princelings and the Lost City, back on display, simply because I like it. It’s mainly based at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness, but nearly every main character goes through in a 24 hour period and I love how it came together! It’s called All Roads Lead to Rome. I like the chapter illustration for it, but it now looks shabby. It’s one of the candidates for redrawing.
Chapters 1 & 2 of the fifth book I wrote, which turned into the sixth book, Bravo Victor (again in his own words). Victor’s style is unique! Flying machines take centre stage again in this book.
A chapter from my Camp NaNoWriMo project in August 2012. This is a web challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. My books are usually a little less than this, although Lost City is about that, so it may need quite a lot of editing to get it to publishing standard. I took the Prologue of Lost City as my starting point and decided to write a story about Humphrey’s adventures after he left Arbor. I originally called it The Way West, which was a title with no other books on Amazon when I finished the first draft. By the time release day came, there were two others! So I changed it to The Talent Seekers. I’ve picked a chapter early in the story for you.
The start of a later book, which may be book 9, although I originally thought of it as the start of the last one. I had written about three chapters of this one, but went back to examine my overall timeline for the history of this world, and decided I didn’t want to introduce these two characters this late. Now I’ve done Humphrey’s story I have to work out how he gets so downtrodden between his story and this one. So I may never use this story, we’ll see.
Dylan and Dougall have short stories in the BookElves Anthologies, but star in book 8, The Princelings of the North. There’s an excerpt from that which has had a few outings including Jemima’s #Flashback Friday bog feature.
I also recommend you check though the Yuletide stories on the website, and also on Jemima’s blog. My plan is to incorporate them in the anthology-style book 9.
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