If I were talented, I’d do this with my insomnia. Instead, I shall point out a coincidence.
I’m chugging along with my next publication, final edit’s done, title’s chosen (Bastard’s Grace), tentative date is set for Feb 2010, I’m pleased with the uniqueness of my musket-totting part-hero, part-renegade male lead character in his 1700s world…
And then I spot this bad boy in a bookstore.
A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans. Musket-totting part-hero part-renegade male lead character. More than that, an earthy, sardonic antihero male lead character! Great title! Great cover! Sounds like a great story beyond the usual epic fantasy mill, even if it is the first book in a trilogy, and has elves and high magic in it, and also a main character with a weird name. All of which are usually warning bells for me but I’m happy to give it a go anyway. [Um. I suggest you don't look at my first book right now. At least it's not a trilogy!]
On the one hand, damn!
On the other, whoo, look at me – on trend for the first time in my life…
So if you are a fan of the new wave in the fantasy genre, musket fantasy, watch this space.
For my book also has some muskets in it.
And therefore should appeal to the exact same audience.
Unless you’re actually expecting militaristic epic fantasy rather than an adventure-romance-bromance.
Then it might be more accurate to say mine appeals to the exact opposite audience.
It’s 2am over here, cut me some slack.