Legends: Fifteen Tales of Sword and Sorcery

I’m in a new bundle!

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One of the great things about the indie author community is the air of collaboration and cooperation among peers. If you are reading this email, chances are pretty good you’re already a fan of The Book of Deacon and its series. Recently K.J. Colt approached me and asked if I would like to contribute that story to a collection of other series starters. As soon as I heard the names of the authors involved, I knew I had to join in.

Legends is available FOR FREE on Amazon, Google Play, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, Scribd, and Inktera, so if you’ve got an eReader.

It features the first chapter of fifteen epic fantasy series, each written by one of the most talented indie authors in the genre. When you download this free title, here’s what you get:

C. Greenwood – Magic of Thieves
In a province where magic is forbidden, young Ilan, born with the powerful gift of her ancestors, has only one hope for survival–concealment.

Daniel Arenson – Requiem’s Song
Weredragons, men call them. Monsters. Cursed ones. People who can turn into beastly reptiles. Together they will forge a nation.

Megg Jensen – Hidden
Tressa ventures into the fog surrounding her village, vowing to unravel the foul magic holding Hutton’s Bridge captive. What she discovers endangers the lives of everyone she loves.

Joseph Lallo – The Book of Deacon
Myranda Celeste is a woman adrift while her world is at perpetual war. The chance discovery of a precious sword makes her a wanted woman, but could just lead her to the fabled heroes who can bring peace.

David Adams – Ren of Atikala
Humanity is found in the inhuman when a “monster” is forced out ofher home and into the world of elves, humans, and dragons.

K. J. Colt – Concealed Power
Adenine has been isolated for being the last carrier of a plague that killed thousands, but when trouble strikes, she is forced to leave her sanctuary and enter a world full of secrets, enemies, and plots.

Morgan Rice – Rise of the Dragons
Kyra, Merk, and Alec, three different stories delicately woven into this tale of fate and destiny where each must leave their homes and protect the kingdom against trolls and an invasion of epic proportions.

Michael James Ploof – Talon
For years, Talon has dreamed of growing big and strong like the giants that surround him, but as the day of measure draws near, he begins to realize that he will never be named a Vald, and will be cast to the village of the Skomm to live a life of slavery.

Michael G. Manning – The Blacksmith’s Son
A journey to discover the secrets of his past reveals a magical heritage and embroils a young man in a deadly battle for the future of mankind.

Nick Webb – A Gift of Shadow
In Terremar, the world of magical masks, men have hunted Tarsha, the dreaded wyvern of the north, for years. All have died trying. But now Tarsha, through her wyvern mask, senses a looming shadow that intends to take the prized mask–and then her life.

M.S. Verish – Dawning
Though he has been torn from his inherent Shadow, a nameless Demon must combat his own inner darkness to survive in a world of Humans.

K.F. Breene – Forged in Blood
Before Shanti was the most wanted woman in the land, she had yet to master her sword and the potent Gift with which she was both blessed and cursed. But the threat won’t rest, and her people may pay the price.

Dima Zales and Anna Zaires – The Sorcery Code
Blaise’s magical creation is not an object of sorcery, but rather a beautiful woman who’s unlike anything their world has ever seen.

Annie Bellet – Witch Hunt
A cursed elven archer and her ragtag group of adventuring friends battle witches to stop a deadly plague and save a small village.

Lindsay Buroker – Balanced on the Blade’s Edge
A sorceress wakes from 300 years in stasis to find that magic is feared,”witches” are killed on sight, and her sentient sword–her only remaining friend in the world–is buried under a mountain.

That’s one heck of a lineup! And if you’ve enjoyed The Book of Deacon, I’m sure you’ll love the other stories in the bundle. So if you’re interested, pick up your FREE copy of this LIMITED TIME bundle today at Amazon, Google Play, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, Scribd, and Inktera.

Happy 2016! Looking Back and Looking Forward

Well, it’s the beginning of a fresh new year! As usual, I’d like to take this time to look back at the year behind us and see how 2015 treated me.

Looking Back at 2015

The first notable thing was that 2015 was my first full year as an author. I left my job on Sept. 4th, 2014. It’s been a little unnerving. I don’t know if you’ve ever left an (ostensibly) safe job in favor of something completely subject to the whims of the free market, but it is not for the faint of heart. Even with my unreasonably good fortune in finding fans like you and a steady income, I still spend a fair amount of time each month fretting that I might not have what it takes to stay a full time author. So far, that anxiety has been unfounded. The coffers are still full, the money is still flowing, and I continue to live the dream. THANK YOU!

Book Releases

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Back in March I released my first novel of the year. It was a NaNoWriMo project, and a sequel to the surprisingly popular (in Australia and New Zealand) steampunk story Free-Wrench. Folks seem to like it, so another one is on the way. More on that later.

The Book of Deacon Anthology

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The next release was in June. I didn’t give it much of a push since it was an anthology, and thus most of the stories within were previously released and of little interest to the people who were already following me. Mostly this was to give new fans an easy way to get their hands on the Book of Deacon Series, as well as give me an item which could be more flexible in promotions and other book biz stuff that’s too boring to go into here.

The D’Karon Apprentice

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This was the big one. A direct sequel to the Book of Deacon trilogy, it was released just a few weeks ago. The D’Karon Apprentice was easily my longest pre-order, and had a number of other distinctions, including a timed exclusivity with Apple, and introducing the most hideous monstrosity ever to steal the hearts of my readers, the abominably adorable Mott:

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Our villains, lady and gentleman.

Those are the major releases, and honestly, three releases in a year (technically two, since one is a collection) is less than I would have liked to achieve. That does, however, ignore some of the side stuff I did. Let’s look at those.

Between

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Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t abandoned, just on indefinite hiatus. Which is different, for reasons. It was my first attempt at a serial, and it ran for a while. I’ve got another chapter or two written, but at this point I’m not likely to put the rest of it out until I’ve composed a complete story arc.

Blackguards

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This was a traditionally published anthology, backed by a Kickstarter… which I suppose doesn’t make for an overly traditional publication, now that I think about it…. Anyway, I was asked to contribute an original story. You folks just recently got your hands on that story, Seeking the Shadow. It’s actually up for a Stabby Award!

Ayna

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Despite Ayna being one of the more… reviled characters among my supporting cast, I went ahead and wrote a short story detailing her origin. This was released as a newsletter perk in May, and then included in the Anthology.

Desmeres Serial

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In July, some author friends got together to release a “Chapter 1 of Serials” collection, so I decided to experiment with a possible ongoing serial about Desmeres. I wrote it, released it in the collection, and then made it a newsletter perk. Folks seem to have enjoyed it, so once I wrap up my current projects, I might spend some time on this one.

Other Achievements

Oh, there were plenty! Apple ran a major promo for The D’Karon Apprentice, for one. I also finally answered the call for paperbacks, see!

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I’ve also set the wheels in motion to fill out my audio book catalog. The same narrator from the Book of Deacon Trilogy has agreed to return to narrate The D’Karon Apprentice, which is the first audio book since Jade that I’ll be personally producing.

Easily the most impressive achievement of the year, though, is the success of Der ewige Krieg, the German translation of The Book of Deacon. It was released in November, and it spent 26 days in the Top 100 of Amazon’s German storefront! I’ve got nearly thirty review now, and all but one is very positive!

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I was evidently something called a “Kindle All-Star” over there. Neat!

Looking Forward

So that’s what 2015 did for me. What have I got in store for 2016? Let’s see.

Temporal Contingency

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The first official release scheduled for 2016 is the fourth book in the Big Sigma series. I announced it just a few days ago, so no sense going over that again. Just check the earlier post if you’d like to learn more.

Ichor Well

This NaNoWriMo Project, which is still in the cleanup phase, is yet another entry in the Free-Wrench series, a story called Ichor Well. It has, as so frequently happens, grown unmanageable large, but it will almost certainly be released some time next year, so keep your eyes peeled.

Continuing the Serials

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As I’ve said, then next project will probably be the return to Desmeres’ exploits in The Redemption of Desmeres. I’ll see if I can round it out to a 13 chapter arc. I’m also interested in working on Between to a satisfying conclusion.

Pizza Dragon?

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This here’s Blodgette. She’s sort of a collaborative character between myself and an artist called ProjectENDO. I’ve got a little bit of a story written, and with any luck/some dedication, I’ll finish that up.

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I’ve got a mostly edited story set in the Book of Deacon setting that’s been waiting for over a year. This is one of those stories where I just can’t decide if it’s good enough to release. As my friends know, I tend to think that everything I write is mediocre, so for all I know this is just as good as anything else I’ve written. But still I wait… Someday, little book. Someday.

Other Doodads and Whatnot

I’ve got the perpetually rotating list of “maybe” projects which are still in a holding pattern. There’s an original comic in the works. A children’s book has been considered and discussed. Various merchandise ideas. I’m going to be getting a laser. Etc, etc, etc.

So that’s that, folks! Here’s hoping I can keep my head in the game, and keep giving you folks books you’ll enjoy, and as always, Thanks for Reading!

A Very Merry Temporal Contingency Pre-Order

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

This has been a curious month for me. After NaNoWriMo, in which I wrote 50,000+ words in a third Free-Wrench novel, I’ve taken a few weeks to handle some book biz and smaller projects. I had a great big release for The D’Karon Apprentice (thanks for reading it!), I released a German translation of The Book of Deacon which became one of the top 100 books on Amazon.de for nearly a month, and loads of other stuff. And now, on Christmas Eve, what do I find myself doing? Revealing what’s been lurking in the background that whole time.

THIS!

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Temporal Contingency, the fourth book in the Big Sigma Series, is available for pre-order on AmazoniBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Google Play. It is in the hands of beta readers right now, and I’ve decided it’ll be available March 24th, 2016. The character on the cover is Ziva, and if you’ve really obsessively followed the fan art and commissions I’ve received over the years, you probably have an idea of who she is. As always, the art is by Nick Deligaris, and the visual design of the character is by Lily Coyne.

Here’s the blurb:

Temporal Contingency is the fourth book in the Big Sigma Series.

Trevor “Lex” Alexander’s life has been less than blessed. In the past year he’s had to battle corrupt corporations, deranged techno-terrorists, and a robotic scourge. Now he’s received the opportunity to finally return to the racing career that had been cut short by some poor decisions. One could excuse him for not wanting to be embroiled in another insane adventure when he is so close to returning to his life’s calling. Sometimes the call of duty will not be denied.

Karter Dee, a certified lunatic responsible for many of Lex’s recent woes, has discovered a threat on an unprecedented scale. He and Ma, his AI caretaker, know their plan to solve the problem will take a special mixture of competence, improvisation, and disregard for personal safety. Reluctance aside, Lex is the only man for the job. Even with the skilled pilot on the team, the scope of the problem has grown so massive that it may be unsolvable in its current state. Some would consider the situation hopeless, but any good engineer knows if you can’t find a solution, you have to change the problem.

To give human society a chance at a future, Lex, Karter, and Ma, will have to venture into the past.

Sound good? I sure hope so! And to coincide with this announcement is another fun thing. Big Sigma is finally available in paperback!

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You can find them all together with the Kindle editions on Amazon and the Nook editions on Barnes and Noble too! And stay tuned, because I’ll be taking orders for autographed copies at some point!

If I don’t do a fresh post tomorrow, have a Merry Merry and a Happy Happy! And thanks for reading!

The D’Karon Apprentice Release and a New StoryBundle!

The D’Karon Apprentice is available Now!

As promised, The D’Karon Apprentice is available everywhere now!

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I already tooted the horn about this last week, so I’ll just give you the short version. The D’Karon Apprentice is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, Smashwords, iBooks, and just about anywhere else you can think of! So if you like The Book of Deacon, pick it up and find out how the story continues.

StoryBundle!

I’ve curated a “name your own price” sci-fi bundle!

Of those of you who are fans of my science fiction stories, many first discovered them as a result of my appearance in StoryBundle’s inaugural bundle, The Big Bang Bundle, which featured the first two installments of my Big Sigma. Well today, I’m happy to say I’m back again! And this time I’ve been asked to curate my favorites of their massive list of submissions. We’re calling the result, The Sci-Fi Spectrum Bundle.

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If you’re not familiar with StoryBundle, it’s a site that runs short promotions in which you can name your own price for a bundle of books following a theme. This time, for as little as $3, you can get five great books!

  • Terminal Mind by David Walton
  • The Serpent’s Head by Bryan Young
  • The Lead Cloak by Erik Hanberg
  • The Debt Collector Season One by Susan Kaye Quinn
  • The Genehunter by Simon Kewin

And if you pay the $12 price for a bonus, you can get four more stories

  • Operation: Montauk by Bryan Young
  • Artificial Evolution by Joseph R. Lallo
  • The Ruins of Karzelek by Ruby Lionsdrake
  • The Debt Collector Season Two by Susan Kaye Quinn

I picked these stories to cover a wide range. We’ve got dystopian thrillers from Phillip K. Dick Award winning authors, rollicking adventures with a steamy side, and even book three in my Big Sigma series!

Head over to StoryBundle to check out the bundle!

Seeking the Shadow

As a special treat for reading this far, here’s your latest newsletter perk!

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As featured in Blackguards, here’s Seeking the Shadow! Another Desmeres story, but this one takes place between The Rise of the Red Shadow and The Book of Deacon. To download it, check your mailbox for this update in newsletter form, or sign up for the newsletter now!

 

The D’Karon Apprentice Launch Week

Ladies and Gentlemen, if I seem a little frazzled, it’s because I’m dead center in a week that is threatening to drive me utterly insane in the best possible way. What’s the source of the madness? All of the festivities surrounding the long awaited release of the next Book of Deacon story The D’Karon Apprentice. Let’s take a look at what’s cooking.

iBooks Exclusive Early Release

The first and most important of the promos is this one. If you’re an iBooks user and a Book of Deacon fan, you may be reading The D’Karon Apprentice right now! That’s because I worked out a deal to release the story a week early on iBooks, and they’ve been kind enough to mark the occasion with some promotional goodness. If you were to check out the sci-fi/fantasy section of that store, you’d see this.

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How cool is that!? My deepest thanks to Apple for the feature. And even deeper are my thanks to you, because it was the pre-orders of fans like yourselves that got The D’Karon Apprentice into the top 10 on the sci-fi/fantasy list on launch day. You can naturally still find the book on iBooks if you’ve not picked it up, and it’ll be available everywhere else on November 10th.

Three for two sale on Kobo

In another astounding turn of events, Kobo and Smashwords have partnered on a 200 title, 159 author sale and they have selected me to be a part of it. The Book of Deacon Anthology, which contains just about every Book of Deacon story except The D’Karon Apprentice, is the book they’d selected. You can find the full list of books for sale here, and my specific page is here. If Kobo is your supplier, this is a great chance to stock up on quality reads.

NaNoWriMo once again

And finally, that month is upon us again! I’m writing another Free-Wrench novel. This one’s called Ichor Well, and I’m about 20,000 words in. That should be just shy of halfway finished. I don’t suspect I’ve paced it correctly, so it probably is going to overshoot the 50,000 word intention. Big surprise, huh? Anyway, if you’d like to follow along with me, my NaNoWriMo page his here.

That about does it for today, but I’ll have another post soon, because I’ve still got the official release coming up, plus some goodies to share. Until then, thanks for reading!

The D’Karon Apprentice Launch Week!

The long wait is over! As evidenced by the URL of this website, despite my many series, The Book of Deacon is still my most successful and most beloved series by a wide margin. And while I’ve danced and played around quite a bit with prequels, spin-offs, and inbetween-quels (they’re apparently a thing), the time has finally come for an honest to goodness, real deal sequel. And so, I present to you…

The-D'Karon-Apprentice-final-textThe cover is as always by the inimitable Nick Deligaris. Featured are the principle additions brought by this new story, Turiel and Mott. Early readers really seem to be enjoying this story, and if you’re an iBooks user you can pick it up right now! For the rest of you folks, you can pick it up Nov. 10th or pre-order it now on your storefront of choice.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and Smashwords!

 

NYCC and The D’Karon Apprentice

Once again I will be attending the New York Comic Con at Jacob Javits Center in New York City. I’ve been going since roundabout 2010, I believe. Last year I was lucky enough to meet four fans, and that was with barely a heads-up to folks about where they could find me. This time I’m going to try a little harder to arrange a place to meet, but only if there are people who want to meet me.

The convention is sold out, and has been for a while, so if you don’t already have tickets I’m afraid you won’t be able to get in. Those of you who do have tickets, however, speak up! If you would like to meet me, let me know. Last year I lingered in Artist’s Alley for much of one day. This time I’d narrow it down even more, and maybe even sort of flash-mob an artist I know who will be attending.

As for those of you who don’t have tickets, but will be in Manhattan on Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday, I’m sure I could see my way clear to wandering out of the building for an hour or two to try and meet folks elsewhere. Again, however, that will only happen if people are interested. I don’t know if you’ve ever made plans to show up someplace to meet people only to discover that literally no one actually showed up, but I have, and it’s not a nice feeling. At the show there will be plenty of stuff to see and do, so a lack of turnout for me won’t be so bad. If I wander out to a bar with my whole convention rig and then just nurse a diet coke and look anxiously to the door for an hour, on the other hand? That’ll stick with me for a while.

Let’s see… what else should I be talking about… Oh yeah!

The D’Karon Apprentice is a month away!

That’s right, after a long, long time, the next book in the Book of Deacon series is finally on the way. This isn’t a prequel. This isn’t a short story or a collection. This is a brand spanking new tale that comes shortly after The Battle of Verril. If you’re on iBooks, you’ll be getting it a week early, Nov. 2nd. The rest of the world will get it Nov. 10th. Review copies are in the hands of some lucky subscribers to my newsletter, and the sprinkling of early opinions seem to be fairly positive (except for the two typos that they’ve found, which will be fixed in the final release).

If you want to guarantee you have it on release day, there are plenty of places to pre-order, including Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Google Play.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

Catching Up and Weighing Anchor

As usual, I have been remiss in my updates of my page. There will be MAJOR page updates in the future, but as I realized when I did a podcast earlier tonight about websites that I really ought to give mine a poke.

So what’s been happening with me? A few things. The D’Karon Apprentice is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

The-D'Karon-Apprentice-final-textThe release date is Nov. 10th, 2015, so if you’d like to make sure you get your hands on it as soon as it becomes available, feel free to hop over and pre-order.

I’m also about 100,000 words into the next Big Sigma story, and it’s coming along pretty well. It’s my hope that I will have that thing finished up sometime next month. I know a lot of you folks are eagerly looking forward to reading about the further exploits of Lex, Karter, and Ma.

Last but not least, I’m going on a vacation! I don’t do that very often, but the family talked me into going on a cruise up north, so on Thursday morning I’ll be off on a trip to Nova Scotia and a few ports of call along the way. Here’s hoping it turns out I’m not the seasick type!

A New Desmeres Story

I suppose it’s rather strange that, back when I was working a day job and pulling my hair out, I would post something here on my blog practically once a week. Now that I’m a full time author, I’m lucky if I remember to do it even once a month. BAH! No matter. I’m here now, you’re here now, and that’s all that matters.

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So what news have I got for you? Well, first up is a new story! Experiments and Enchantments is an anthology put together by Moira Katson. It’s got eleven stories by eleven authors, and it spans the width and breadth of science fiction and fantasy. Check out this lineup!

Starship’s Mage by Glynn Stewart
Saira & the Magic Sword by Moira Katson
Twenty-Five Bombs Fell by A.K. Meek
Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun
The Dust Job by Aimee Kuzenski
Rebel Captive by S.K. Emory
The Redemption of Desmeres by Joseph Lallo
Memories Stirred by Colin Mobey
The Wanderer by Vincent Trigili
Voyage of the Orca by David Bruns
Gaslight Carnival by Tracy Cembor

Tucked in the middle there is a short addition to The Book of Deacon Series. The Redemption of Desmeres is a spin-off of sorts, or what I like to call a Sidequest. It follows Desmeres as he finally puts some thought into just exactly what he’s done in his life, and inparticularly what he did as a part of the events of the trilogy. Right now only this first chapter exists, but if folks are interested I’ll probably try to flesh out a 10 or 12 chapter set and release them on a monthly schedule. That’s the dream, anyway, my limited productivity potential might get in the way of that.

But until then, you can find it here!

Let’s see… what else… OH! Right. The autographs…

Myranda Book PlateAt long last, I’m all set up to start handing out these book plates. They’re stickers, 3×4 inches. To get yours, just send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the following address:

Joseph R. Lallo
PO Box 190
Colonia, NJ 07067

Please include a note letting me know who to make out the autograph to, and if there’s any special sort of message you might want. It’d also be handy if you’d send me an email to let me know your letter is on the way, so I can be sure to check the PO Box regularly.

INTERNATIONAL FANS: Since trying to supply postage on an international self-addressed envelope is a giant pain in the butt, you don’t have to include postage on your envelope. Instead, just send a self-addressed envelope and I’ll handle the postage. HOWEVER! If you’d like to send me something cool, or maybe write me a nice letter, that’d be cool.

 

iBooks Book of the Week!

The good folks at Apple iBooks have selected The Book of Deacon as the Book of the Week

As even the previous post on this site suggests, the people at Apple have been great friends to the indie author community in general, and myself in particular. They are a great group of people who take a very real interest in the enjoyment of customers and the advancement of authors like me who do our best to give those customers something to enjoy.

Well, they’ve done it again. Users of iBooks in Australia and New Zealand are opening iTunes and iBooks today to find my very first book, The Book of Deacon, sitting proudly at the top of the page, their selection for book of the week! Knowing I’m not in either of those regions, the promotion organizers were kind enough to share some screen shots of the promo. Check them out!

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Can you believe it!? I’d really love to say I’ve got some sage and profound words to share on the subject, but right now the only words that are coming to mind are “astounded,” “flabbergasted,” and “floored.” Seriously. To know that folks at this massively successful company have repeatedly given me their trust and support is a huge boost to my confidence. It’s also a little nerve wracking, because now that they’ve put their trust in my writing, it’s time to hold up my end of the bargain. My book has got to capture the imaginations of readers and prove to iBooks and Apple that their trust in me was well placed. Myranda and the Chosen have gotten me this far, so I’ll just have to believe that they’re up to the task!

If you are an iBooks reader who discovered me as a result of this promotion, welcome! I thank you for taking a chance on me, and I hope to continue to have stories and characters to share with you for years to come. And if you are reading this because you’ve been a fan of mine for years, thank you! It is because of you that I’ve been able to come this far. I owe you everything,

Thanks for reading!