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.

End of Year Update

Hello from the gloomy Northwest!

2016 has been a crazy year for a lot of people, and I’m no exception. After managing the logistical nightmare of writing, editing, proofreading, approving design and proofs, while simultaneously planning my launch strategy for two books, Martyr and Heritage were released on October 18th. The reviews continue to come in and they look like they’ve been pretty well received (whew!), and are selling consistently. Since then I’ve been hard at work on a couple of different projects, and this post will act as a primer of what you can expect in 2017. Before I get into that though, let me take a quick step back.

This was a big year for me as it marked the first time in nearly two years that I released a new book. To help make up for the delay, I released a novella set in the world of The Machinists which is free to anyone who signs up for my mailing list, but the two year gap was something I vowed to never let happen again. Because of this, I’m already well into a couple new projects and have a big year planned for 2017. How big? Well on my plate I have:

Exposure, Book #4 of The Machinists – My first draft currently sits at about 45% done (14 chapters out of 30), and with the holidays behind us and some PTO from my day job coming up, I expect to have the first draft completed by the middle of February. The book goes into the editor at the end of April, putting us with an expected release in the Summer of 2017. Beyond that, The Machinists will be concluding with Book #5 (still untitled), so you can expect quite a bit of fireworks with this one. I’m very happy with how the outline turned out, and I can’t wait for readers to dive in.

The Machinists Box Set – A box set including the first three books in The Machinists will be released in February 2017.

The Forgotten Fleet – Before I jump into Book #5 of The Machinists, I’m taking a step back and tackling a science fiction series that I’ve been dreaming about for years. Right now the series, titled The Forgotten Fleet, stands at a trilogy, and includes the books Wings of Honor, Wings of Mourning, and Wings of Redemption. My goal, and plan, is to have all three books done and ready for a quick, successive release by the Winter of 2017.

Things could obviously change, but right now I’m confident enough that I can make this happen that I’ve already commissioned a cover artist who will begin working on the three covers in July. So that’s where we’re at. After not releasing a book in 2015, I’m working hard to release four novels in 2017. I’m going to need your help, support, enthusiasm, and a lot of caffeine!

Have a safe and happy new year, and as always, thanks for reading!

-Craig

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