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2020 Issue #19


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Thank you to everyone who's bought and read/is reading DEMON IN WHITE. I've gotten so many pictures and messages in the last few days, and given the year I've had (to say nothing of the year we've all had), I just want to say thank you. As I said on my stream, it is an honor to get to write for each and every one of you, and I hope that it's something I'll have the privilege of doing for many years to come. I hope you all know how grateful I am--there are a lot of books out there, and for you to pick up mine is really something, and it's something I will work to remain worthy of for the rest of Hadrian's adventure--and beyond!

A special thanks to everyone who joined in on the YouTube livestream. We had maybe 40ish people going for about 2 hours, and some really great questions about the series and the world--and about writing in general. I'll be doing another livestream Q&A later this month (I plan to make them a more regular thing), and hope to see some of you there!

The next bit of Sun Eater content from me is a short story called "The Night Captain," that tells the story of the pirate attack at Nagapur that Hadrian references in DEMON IN WHITE. It's in an anthology I helped edit called COSMIC CORSAIRS, and you'll find a link to that down below if you want to check it out!


You all might have noticed I've been having a pretty difficult couple of months, and I think I finally found the bottom. Between another personal crisis and the release of DEMON IN WHITE, I've gotten very little done on BOOK FOUR since the last newsletter, a mere 6400 words. I'm not happy about it, believe me, but if you look back to the last progress report, you'll see it's about what I expected would at least there's no surprise. Here's the data:
Word Count: 114265 / 266000
Chapters: 32 / 77
Percent Complete: 41.6%

The only positive spin I can put on the slow progress is that the chapter I'm currently writing is 1. awesome, and 2. the last in another arc in the book, and starting a fresh arc of chapters always comes with some renewed momentum. I was hoping to get back into it today, but I think I'm going to take this last day here to get my bearings and square up for tomorrow. 

I hope this update doesn't discourage you all. The point of these newsletters has always been to be as transparent as humanly possible with you, my readers. The AC repair saga is finally over, and the bathroom flood repairs are underway. Hopefully this next week will be more normal. 

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

Thanks again to everyone who joined in on the DEMON IN WHITE release livestream. In case you missed it, you can watch it at the link below (don't forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel, I'm doing a video about unused EMPIRE OF SILENCE cover art here in the next week or so). If you want to purchase signed copies from Quail Ridge Books, YOU STILL CAN! Just follow the instructions in the video description. My signing deal with the bookstore is always in effect, so you can buy signed books at ANY time. 

Video here:
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