It Would Be a Cover Reveal, Except…

Posted: April 7th, 2023 under Collections, Deeds of Youth, E-books, Life beyond writing, Progress, the writing life.
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…I don’t yet have permission to reveal it, and I can’t figure out how to make it show up in an email (did a test with a friend…got the link but it did not work)  and clicking on the image itself, with this computer, doesn’t yield the “copy image” choice.  It just enlarges or goes back to the other size.

What cover? you ask.  The cover for Deeds of Youth.  Tara, the designer, found a really good green-leather background for it, that will go with the dark red of Deeds of Honor.  Cover uses the same font for the title, the gold stuff is all gold just as it was, and between the change of title and a II  added to the line “paksenarrion world stories” people should not confuse I and II.  When I get permission to share, and when I have loaded Paint Shop Pro into this computer so I can play with images in the software, I’ll post it.  I like it a lot!

Meanwhile, the busy (but not organized) brain has worked out why King Mikeli’s being so stubborn about something in Horngard I, and who can unstick him a couple of weeks earlier, thus not having a long, long stretch that my agent thinks is dull for readers rather than tedious for one of teh characters.  Of course Dragon’s quick idea to mmph the ;ukmph into the xzllz is still a bit of a problem….and creates other problems, which is always good for the plot unless it convinces readers it’s totally impossibly stupid and a creature like Dragon would never think of it.  (Oh, yes he would.  Did.)

Will there be other exciting news over the next few weeks?  Probably not, but not *certainly* not.  Agent is headed for the London Book Fair later this month for a couple of weeks of connecting with his foreign (to us) fellow agents in Europe and getting their input.  He’ll be at the Nebulas in Anaheim not long after he gets back.   I’ll be working on that little blobby bit  in Horngard I and also posting more.



  • Comment by Annabel Smyth — April 8, 2023 @ 6:21 am


    Well, we know that Dragon is not perfect – look how he treated Stammel, forgetting that humans need to eat, sleep and pee every so often! So I don’t suppose readers who are familiar with the universe will be in the least surprised if he makes a terrible mistake, even though he is normally very wise.

  • Comment by elizabeth — April 9, 2023 @ 5:38 pm


    I’m beginning to think that Dragon talks a good “wise old magical creature” more than IS one. Aris now thinks he asks if everyone is wise because he’s looking for an instructor. The story may prove me wrong. Had a plot bomb fall into my brain this morning–a story I hadn’t even vaguely thought about yet.

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — April 10, 2023 @ 9:39 am


    I think Dragon was wise to listen to Paks when she was called to visit him. We may never hear that story but it did show that the god(s) were looking after Dragon too in all the shaking and shattering that sending Paks out to do “stuff” knocked loose.

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