The Elysian Chronicle: October 2008

M. B. Weston's Author Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 5

(If you've kept up with the blog, you already know most of this, but since I post these when I send them out, her it is.)

BREAKING NEWS

Wandering Sage Picks Up the Rights to The Elysian Chronicles!
Wandering Sage Publications, Inc. (the company who is making A Prophecy Forgotten into a graphic novel) has picked up the rights to the entire Elysian Chronicles series, which brings me to my next bit of news:

A Prophecy Forgotten is Now Available in Paperback!
Long story short: Wandering Sage has released A Prophecy Forgotten in trade paperback. I think most of you received an e-mail from me regarding that, but it’s news, so I included it here. You can purchase your copy at any bookstore (use the ISBN #1-933300-09-4) or at these links:

Here are some changes in the paperback second edition that are not in the hardcover first edition:

  • An added scene in the prologue.
  • A few changes here and there for continuity’s sake.
  • Grammar corrections (not too many, but a couple)
  • A map of Elysia

The A Prophecy Forgotten Limited Edition is Also Available…
…but only through me. Wandering Sage made a limited edition print run of A Prophecy Forgotten for DragonCon, and I’ve still got a few left. If you are interested in purchasing one (signed, of course), please e-mail me at mbweston@elysianchronicles.com.

New A Prophecy Forgotten T-Shirts are Available!
They come in black and red, and I’m starting to run out. I used some of Adam’s artwork for the back, and they are pretty sweet. They cost $15, which includes shipping. I’ve posted the pictures of the front and the back below. If you are interested, e-mail me at mbweston@elysianchronicles.com. Be sure to thank the TSME (Top Secret Military Expert) for the T-shirts, as they were his creation!

The Elysian Chronicles: Out of the Shadows Publication Timetable
A change in publishers means a change in timetables. Originally, Wandering Sage and I were thinking Out of the Shadows would come out this month (October), but I wanted to fix a few things. It…um…took me a little longer to fix things than I thought it would (but it was worth it, trust me). Long story short, we’re looking at January/February, but we might get it out by Christmas. No promises, but we are working on it. I will keep everyone posted on my blog.

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Meet Two New Characters in Out of the Shadows!
My friend, Sandy Lender–author of Choices Meant for Gods, asked for short stories, poetry, etc. about dragons to post on her blog, Today The Dragon Wins. Because Out of the Shadows has dragons in it AND because I refer to something that happened before the Out of the Shadows begins, (a story involving one of the dragons, Kinole, and the dragons' king, Rhys—hint: See A Prophecy Forgotten's "Chapter 19: The Hero Returns" for more information on Rhys.), I decided to write the actual story for Sandy's blog. The story’s tone makes it sound more like a children’s story (I was thinking of a cherubian grandfather telling his grandchildren the story by the fire.) I also had a 1,000 word limit, so it took a lot of finagling to squeeze all of my ideas into that few words. The story gives you a slight preview to a whole new group of creatures in Out of the Shadows and a chance to get to know a few new key players in The Elysian Chronicles saga.

Kinole of the King's Guard

Kinole’s serpentine body soared through the air, and he ignored the raindrops pelting his eyes and sizzling the moment they touched his searing, blue-green scales before evaporating. His heart pounded. Would the other dragons attack him? They were only Tatsu—the smallest of the dragon races, but Kinole was the slightest even of them. He glanced over his shoulder and saw a dragon with deep plum scales gaining on him.

Kinole crashed into a tree trunk and plummeted to the ground. The purple dragon landed on top of him and climbed on his back, digging his claws into Kinole’s shoulder. “Don’t tell a soul what we’re planning, Kinole,” he growled…

For the rest of the story, click here, and be sure to leave a nice comment.

Contract Negotiations Have Begun for The Elysian Chronicles: Book III!
My agent is currently looking over the contract. We’re using The Sword of the Vanir as the working title, but that is subject to change. Keep checking my blog, www.mbwestonblog.com, for up-to-date information.

Listen to A Prophecy Forgotten the way I intended it to sound.
I’m podcasting a chapter every few weeks. These are the current chapters I have uploaded so far:

Hopefully, I will get Chapter 7 out sometime this week.

AUTHOR EVENTS

  • The Final Cut Radio Program: Every Saturday from 8:00 to 9:00 am & pm, catch me on The Final Cut in Movies radio program at www.adastraradio.com.
  • Saturday, November 15th, Southwest Florida Romance Writers’ Association. I’ll be on a panel there, speaking about…something… I think it’s either on character development or plot.

I don’t have that much going on this month, which is good because Wandering Sage wants the Sword of the Vanir manuscript by April 2nd. Eek! Lots to do!

Fantasy novelist M. B. Weston is the author of The Elysian Chronicles, a fantasy series about guardian angel warfare and treason, which is being adapted into a graphic novel series by Wandering Sage Press, Inc., with Weston penning the script and KISS comic book artist, Adam Black, doing the art. Weston is also the host of The Final Cut, an internet radio talk show about science fiction and fantasy movies on Ad Astra Radio, which can also be heard as a podcast on M. B. Weston's Podcasts site or on iTunes. Weston is a speaker who talks to children, teens, and adults about writing and the world of publishing. For more information on M. B. Weston, visit her personal blog, To Elysia and Back Again, at www.mbwestonblog.com. Find out more about The Elysian Chronicles at www.elysianchronicles.com.

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About M. B. Weston

Award-winning author M. B. Weston is one of the fantasy genre’s new, emerging voices. The Elysian Chronicles, her flagship fantasy series about guardian angel warfare and treason, has been referred to as, “…filling a big part of the void that will be left by the final Harry Potter,” by award-winning author, Vincent O’Neil. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. The Elysian Chronicles is being adapted into a graphic novel, and her newest book, The Sword of the Vanir (working title), is due out in Spring 2013. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and ImagiCon. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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