Fracture (The Machinists, Book 1)

Allyn Kaplan’s life is anything but magical. As a first year associate at a prestigious Portland law firm, his professional life is on the rise. All that is turned upside-down by a mysterious attack on his life by strange people with stranger abilities. Thrust into an underground world of magic where rival Families are on the brink of war, Allyn wants only to return to his normal life and thriving career.

But distancing himself from this new reality is nearly impossible. Haunted by the attack and questioning why he was targeted to begin with, Allyn's questions only deepen with the sudden disappearance of his sister. The only place to turn for answers, and for help, is a Magi Family whose agenda he wants no part of. Yet with his sister's life on the line, he may have no choice but to pick a side.

April Writing Update

Today’s update is, unfortunately, a mixed bag of good and bad news. Starting with the good; Fracture continues to sell better than I ever hoped. It remains in the Kindle Top 25 for Contemporary Fantasy, and is in Amazon’s Top 100 for both Urban and Contemporary Fantasy. This is great because it allows me to hire someone to build my website, funds giveaways and promotions, and inches me closer to writing full time–which would mean more books in a shorter time frame.

Unfortunately, and this is the bad news, I’ve had to push back the release date of Splinter, Book #2 of The Machinists. There’s a multitude of reasons but it really boils down to these three: it’s longer than I anticipated at about 20-25% longer than Fracture, which means it takes 20-25% more time to write; my March writing goal took a hit as I acclimate to a new job and a new schedule (though with this, I eventually expect to end up with MORE time to write, not less); and lastly, I didn’t want to rush it. Book 2 is very important to fulfilling on the promise of Book 1, and turning casual readers into fans. It’s also very tricky. By design, the second book of any series is supposed to expand the world, make it feel larger, and deepen the reader’s relationship with the characters, but Splinter is a much smaller story–though with large scale implications–so balancing the two expectations has been tricky. Rest assured though, Splinter will have many of the same elements that made Fracture so fun: action, suspense, and a fast moving plot, but it’ll also have deeper characters, larger conflicts (personal as well as large scale), and a more defined setting. Basically, this is all to say that I want to get it *right*.

All of that said, I’ve only pushed the book back by two months, so we’re still looking at a new release this year, and who knows, this may mean a shorter wait between book 2 and book 3.

As always, thank you for reading, and thank you for sharing. I promise that I’ll continue to work my butt off to write the best books I can.

-Craig

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