Elf Mastery Blog
Piers Anthony once again agreed to read my book! Here is what he had to say:
I read Elf Doubt by Bryant Reil. I read the author's first novel in this series, Elf Mastery, in 2016. My aging memory is not what it once was, and the details of the first book have faded, but I remember liking Kyla, the perky and sometimes headstrong tree-dwelling elf girl. In this sequel Kyla quickly gets on a new mission and into serious trouble. It is a restless time, politically, with threats against the existing order, and she discovers that it's hard to trust anyone else, including the queen herself. Details are complicated, with many intertwining threads, and violence and death strike all around her. She seems to have been selected for some special purpose, but she doesn't know what it might be, and her friends may not really be her friends. By the end the king and queen have been dispatched, and Kyla is chief of one group and queen of another, without much notion what she should be doing or whether she is likely to survive long enough to find out. In fact the story becomes grim, and it is not yet done, as this book ends in the middle of the action. So this is no sweet gentle innocent girl story. I suspect that much anguish remains before it ends.
Amazon.ca has the ebook but not the paperback. If you live in Canada and would like to order the paperback, I have listed Elf Doubt on Blurb.ca
The Paperback version of Elf Doubt is now ready at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1987624890/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1529254840&sr=8-2&keywords=elf+doubt.
The paperback has been submitted and is awaiting review, so should be available within a few days. In the meantime, I will post the picture of the full cover.
That's Kyla falling with the flying city of Aeolis in the background on the back cover.
The ebook is now available through Amazon!
Paperback should be up and ready over the weekend.
Everything is still looking good for a June 15 release. I thought I might as well post the new front cover here (the ebook cover).
I've committed to a release date of June 15, which means I have until June 11 to get the final manuscript and artwork uploaded to Amazon. I have a few changes to make to the text and we are still working on the cover, but expect to be done by then.
Can't remember if I mentioned it earlier, but I did contact the original artist from Book 1 to redo the picture for Book 2. I think the original art for Book 2 looked fine but was getting a lot of comments that Kyla didn't look like Kyla from the first cover.
Clearly I didn't make my hope for a May release but am very close so should be June. I have formatted the book for print, but not yet for ebook format. Just getting a (hopefully) final proof to check through, and still waiting on the cover, as I have asked the original artist to contribute.
Just keeping you posted!
Beta readers are returning their feedback and I am doing an edit to look at their suggested changes. So far there are no major problems, so it shouldn't be long. The hold-up is the cover, as we may be making some changes. While the cover drawing is nice enough, the beta readers felt Kyla on the cover didn't look enough like Kyla on the cover of the first book. So, I got in touch with the original artist and she will draw Kyla and use the second artist's background. (Well, we will compare the two Kylas at that point and decide which to use).
Will I be able to release by the end of the month? Possibly, but it will be tight, so it is possible I may not be able to release until early June. Things never go as smoothly as planned.
Now doing an edit based on beta reading feedback. Fortunately no sweeping changes need to be made, so shouldn't take too long! So far on track to release by the end of the month.
I recently finished several years of employment with the Canadian government to pursue a Master's degree. My secret goal is to become a self-sustaining author. This blog is dedicated to the first book I have ever put on the market.