I owe readers of the the first book in The Wandering King series a sincere apology. It was a huge mistake on my part to think I would have the second book done by the end of 2014.
As you may well imagine, a book is, quite simply, finished when it is finished, nor will that conform to a set date. Rather than rushing out an inferior story, I felt it was more important to get the job done right.
Book two, subtitled, With This Shield, is a longer than book one, Summer, Harvest, War, by two chapters. Which I did not anticipated when I started writing back in the summer of 2013.
Book two is a more complex book. Not that you need an engineering degree to read it, it’s just that the story line and characters are more multifaceted. Whereas, book one was at its core, an adventure story, book two continues in the same vein, but also gets into areas of Greek philosophy, politics and religion, that I hope readers enjoy.
Too, I have also been remiss in keeping up with this blog. When given the option of working on the book or creating a blog post, the choice was easy. I devoted all of my free time and put all of my efforts into finishing the book.
So I hope my readers will forgive me. The good news is: the book is done. It was placed on Amazon this afternoon. By Monday, it should have been approved for sale by Amazon. If book two is received half as well as book one, I will be immensely satisfied.
Several thank yous are in order. A shout out to my friend and mentor, Dr. James Morris, for assisting me with the proofreading. Though I probably gave him an ulcer by spelling many names using the Greek form when he preferred the Latin, such as Heracles for Hercules, and Asclepius for Aesculapius, I appreciate his ability to back off when needed.
Sincere thanks to Jean Cauller, at Green Eye for Design, for helping me with the book cover.
In addition to producing the cover for With This Shield, I also asked Jean to redo the cover for Summer, Harvest, War. The primary change was to enlarge the book title, so that it’s easier to read as a thumbnail on Amazon’s website. Jean did a great job, and will be assisting me with the paperback covers as well.
While the book might be up for sale June 29, you might want to hold off for a few days. My intention is to offer the book for free for 5 days. When I do, I’ll tip people off here in my blog.
It’s my small way of attempting to repay my loyal readers and thank them for being patient with me. Can’t wait to see how the story is received.