Book 5 of Raven of Iskandar, ‘The New Season’ is now available in hardcover.
As you can tell, this is a shiny, laminate cover (textbook style to me). Here is shown one of the proof copies that just came in.
In the coming weeks I will making the rest of the series available in hardcover but first I have to finish my re-edit and expansion of Book 1, ‘Raven: The Call from Central’.
One added piece of information, if you’ve manage to read this far. Book 6 is in process. The working title right now is ‘All-Star’. As a teaser, one character from Book 3 is returning plus two characters that have only appeared in Book 4.
Book 6 is now sitting at 15,000+ words with maybe another 5000 words in random chapters still to be added. I’d expect to top out over 100k words again (since I don’t know when to stop 😉 ) and the plan currently is to get the book out this year.
You can find ‘The New Season’ and its hardcover here:
Last year after ‘two weeks to flatten the curve’ extended into months, all sources of Cherry Dr Pepper disappeared, at least in Connecticut. My last can was drunk about August (yes, I gave it away).
However, there is hope for fans of Cherry Dr Pepper. Here’s what I do to recover the taste.
You’ll need a 32 oz cup, two cans of Dr Pepper and a bottle of Reese Maraschino Syrup (available on Amazon) and a standard teaspoon.
Fill the bottom section of the cup with ice (up to the first ridge from the bottom). This is for ice cubes, if it’s crushed ice, don’t fill it so high, otherwise you won’t fit two cans of soda in the cup. Now empty one can of Dr Pepper into the cup. Now add 3 to 4 teaspoons of the Maraschino Syrup. The exact amount depends on your taste. To me, about 3 1/2 teaspoons is just about right.
Now stir the syrup in and add the 2nd can of Dr Pepper. Stir again.
Now drink! The color is not exactly right, but for me, the taste is exact.
The only reason for adding the syrup in between cans is so that the syrup mixes in easier and you don’t have to stir so much.
This ‘formula’ is a result of my own experimentation. Other cherry syrups may do just as well. You’ll have to figure out how much syrup to get the right taste. The Reese is a bit on the expensive side (14.95 for two bottles) but works for me.
I have no idea of this ‘Reese’ is the same one that makes all the peanut butter stuff. And, no, I don’t work for them or are paid to endorse them.
The Tournament is entering a new season and the assassination attempt on Grabby has caused the Committee to call all the players back early. Tournament Champions Iskandar Prime, with their star forward, Raven, vow to prove to the Tournament that last year was not a fluke. However, the conspiracy against Iskandar continues even in the first match. Down at double-A Bestmartin, Vysse is beginning her career but will be embroiled in the next attack by the conspiracy, right at Bestmartin itself. Meanwhile, the investigation of the assassination attempt takes a weird turn and Raven ends up in court. There are new teams and new problems to unravel as the season gets off to a roaring start. Things are getting complicated!
I’ve just uploaded the Kindle version of Book 5 of the Raven of Iskandar saga – The New Season. It’s currently in review but you can anticipate it will be available on Amazon on Monday, February 15th.
The paperback is now in the works. I’ll let you know when it is uploaded. It’s mainly a change in formatting and it takes a bit of work to make everything look like the Kindle version. It’ll be a 6×9 trade paperback like the previous books in the series.
The writing for Book 6, currently unnamed, is already in process. I’m anticipating releasing Book 6 around November.
The website for the series, http://www.ravenofiskandar.com, will probably be moving hosting services sometime before August. The address will be the same, but I plan to make more use of the site by providing downloads and special members areas.
For the moment, if you sign up at the bottom of the page to follow the blog, you’ll become a member. So far there are two short stories in process for members only. Until the move, you’ll get the stories as pdf by email.
After the move, we’ll be talking merchandise and even free merch along with the free short stories.
In case you are wondering about the cover of Book 5, it’s a picture of Central City in the afternoon with both suns setting, the main sun, Tlarron, is off to the right which is giving you the long shadows. The smaller sun, Minimus, is shown floating in the purple sky behind the clouds.
I wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year with the additional wish that we will get back to normal sometime this year, 2021.
Book 5: The New Season, seems to be in its last round of edits. I have to read through one more time and see how the story flows. While I still want some things to be a mystery, you can’t just make things totally obscure. It feels awkward referring to the ‘older man’, but giving his name too soon would be a major revelation.
Here’s what I’ve come up with for the cover:
If you recognize the city, it’s from the home page of the website.
There you can also see pictures of the team members in action and a gallery of the vehicles they encounter in matches. At some point I’ll be adding some biographies of the players, obviously with the ‘spoilers’ caveat.