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2020 Issue #17




We're in the endgame now, to quote...was it Dr. Strange? The next time you hear from me, it will be to celebrate the release of DEMON IN WHITE! The next chapter of Hadrian's story lands on American shelves on 7/28, and yes, that includes the audiobook version (I know the pre-order button hasn't appeared on Audible yet...they're just running a little behind, but the producer assures me it'll be out on time). It has been delayed until 8/13 in the UK and Commonwealth territories due to the pandemic, I'm afraid, but rest assured, Hadrian is on his way.

Just as a reminder, I'll be livestreaming the release party right here on the Sun Eater Youtube channel,

You can sign up for reminders (and don't forget to subscribe). I'll be talking about the book, doing a bit of reading, and taking your questions LIVE in the comments! I hope you'll join me! (And in case you missed it, SIGNED copies of DEMON IN WHITE and my other books will be available during the signing through my local bookstore, info in the video description)!

Thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered the new book. I hope each of you knows how much it means to me that you've stuck with Hadrian this far, and I can't wait to share the next chapter in his journey with you all.


We have 12 days to go before the release of DEMON IN WHITE!
I am beginning to suspect I'm cursed. Since my last letter, my home air conditioning has failed five times AND we had a plumbing leak that destroyed the upstairs bathroom (hence the slowdown on video content). Despite this, I managed just about 15,000 words. Here's the data:

Word Count: 107880 / 264000
Chapters: 31 / 77
Percent Complete: 40.3%

The good news is that I DID cross the 100,000-word mark (always a major milestone) and the 30-chapters mark. These next 15 chapters are big ones, too. It's a little surreal being so deep into the series, finally writing down plot points that have been in my head for the last 10 years or so. 

And you're all going to hate me for them. Ha!

With the DEMON IN WHITE release coming up, I'm not expecting any major breakthroughs on progress in the next couple weeks, but I'm going to keep plugging away at it. These later books are heavy stuff, and it's better to take things slow and get them right. But never fear, we're still on track for a summer 2021 release!

What's more, once DEMON IN WHITE is out, we'll have a title reveal to look forward to in the coming months. So stay tuned!

Spotlight On

A Space Pirate Anthology


The latest in the line of short story anthologies I've put together for Baen Books, COSMIC CORSAIRS is all space pirates, all the time, featuring stories from legends like Larry Niven, Fritz Leiber, & James Blish, as well as original stories by Carysa Locke, Sarah & Robert Hoyt, and--of course--myself.

This book features my story, "The Night Captain," which follows a Red Company junior officer as he tries to save our heroes while Hadrian & co. are in cryonic fugue. 

It's out August, but Baen makes advanced copies available at a premium, so you can read today if you just can't wait!
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Crispin's Solo Novel


Crispin Marlowe grew up in his brother’s shadow, but Hadrian is gone, and his grandmother—the duchess of Delos—is dying.

Answering her summons, Crispin takes off on what should be a routine flight to the ducal palace from the castle at Devil’s Rest. But he is flying into a trap. 

With no one coming to save him and only his sister, Sabine, and a few injured guardsmen to protect him, House Marlowe’s least famous son must make his heroic stand.
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Photo Update

This is sort of half showing-off, half-gratitude post. My brother, Matt, works for my uncle, Peter, who did the cover art for THE LESSER DEVIL and who runs an industrial design company, and Matt surprised me by making these posters of the four book covers for my office. They're vinyl on PVC tablets--and they're going up in the office here really soon. 

Thanks Matt! Thanks Uncle Pete!
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