There is a madness to all of the last minute prep work that goes into publishing a book. Fixing hundreds of typos and badly written paragraphs, converting the book to its electronic form and making sure all the maps and appendixes are legible, creating the paperback and making sure all the headers and footers are accurate, that the cover actually fits, and getting it all done in time so that A God Among Thieves is ready to be released on 22 April.
I have a great sense of relief with this book finally being published. It's part of a grand series of tales that has been kicking around the back of my mind for years. It helped to keep me sane while I was working a mindless job as I problem solved one crisis after another, trying to figure out how Kes and Lazden get out of this tricky situation, how the empire is going to make life even worse for everyone around them, and so on. By then I hadn't even written a single line of the book, I was simply trying to plot out a series of interconnecting threads and hoping that it would all fit.
It also looks like this series will be with me for years. I got burned out writing the Kingston Raine books, which still has one more to be published (the first draft is done, but it's gathering dust on my hard drive). So far, the God Among Thieves series is shaping up to be 3 or 4 times longer than the entire Kingston Raine adventures, so you might hear me cry out a year from now that I will never, ever do another series.
If I was in Hollywood I would describe the story as: In a war between gods and man with muskets and swords, an unlikely team of soldiers and thieves is sent across the continent, behind enemy lines, to convince a god to defect to their side.
Anyway, enough with the teasing, here's the first chapter to see if this book is your kind of thing. Enjoy!
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