When I originally plotted Golden Hills of Westria, I had intended to write a book approximately twice as long. However the 150,000 word limit required me to stop when the first part of the story had been told.
Anyone who reads history knows that winning the peace can be harder than winning the war. At the end of the book, the Sun army has been defeated, and Jo and Luz are engaged. But there are still a few questions. What can they do about the Sun garrisons that are still in Westria, Elaya, and Aztlan? Where is the Iron General? Will Jo and Luz ever make it to bed?
Not only do I have a vocal group of fans asking me what happens next, the characters themselves are demanding to be heard. Scenes keep downloading in my head, and I need a context in which to place them.
So, for all of you who have been asking, here is the first draft of the Prologue and Chapter One of the next book, whose working title is The Turquoise Scepter. I don’t yet have a contract for this one, though there are some small press possibilities. If after reading this chapter you want to know more, let me know via the forum. If enough people are interested, I might be able to let you have it chapter by chapter by subscription.