At 52,000 words, Mermaid Precinct is, at last, a completed book. It’s been five years since the last novel in the series (Gryphon Precinct), it’s been a year and a half since I ran the Kickstarter to support this book, as it was kinda between publishers, it’s been three months since I started it, but now it’s a completed book! Go me!
Next step is for me and my editors (my wife and my mother, and before you snort, both women are excellent professional editors of many years’ standing) to read it over and make sure it all hangs together. Then it goes into production. Hoping to have it be an actual book by the new year.
Here once again is the back cover copy for the book:
Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded port city of Cliff’s End, to say nothing of the tourists and travelers who arrive by land and sea, passing through the metropolis on matters of business or pleasure—or on quests. The hard-working, under-appreciated officers of the Cliff’s End Castle Guard work day and night to maintain law and order as best they can.
As Cliff’s End struggles to deal with a massive influx of refugees following a devastating fire in the neighboring city-state of Barlin, the docklands are rocked by a stunning tragedy: the legendary Pirate Queen has been murdered! Long the scourge of the Garamin Sea, the Pirate Queen’s death has ripple effects beyond Cliff’s End. Even as Lieutenants Danthres Tresyllione and Torin ban Wyvald investigate her murder, they find themselves embroiled in conspiracies, politics, and the arcane law of the sea—and of the land!
An all-new adventure of the Cliff’s End Castle Guard!
As a bonus for y’all, here’s the opening two paragraphs of the novel:
The early-autumn breeze blew through Lieutenant Danthres Tresyllione’s blonde hair as she stood impatiently on Albin Way wishing Lord Doval would hurry up and finish his speech.
As he’d only just started talking, Danthres was less than optimistic that its end would come any time soon.
The plans going forward for the “Precinct” series are simple. I’ve got two more novels under contract, Phoenix Precinct and Manticore Precinct, the creation of which are established in Chapter 1 of Mermaid Precinct (which takes place a year after Gryphon Precinct). In addition, there’s a bunch of stories still to be told, both from the past — Danthres and Torin’s taking down of the crimelord Quanto, as mentioned at the end of “Baker’s Dozen” — and from the one-year gap between Gryphon and Mermaid — which are mentioned in the latter novel. Those stories will likely be supported via Kickstarter, as that model has worked well for “When the Magick Goes Away,” “Baker’s Dozen,” “Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty,” and “The Fall of Iaron.” Those stories (along with “The Midwinter of Our Discontent” in the upcoming Release the Virgins!)will eventually be collected in More Tales from Dragon Precinct.
Meanwhile, I’ve got a bunch of other things to take care of……………………………………….