Banshee Worm King: Book Five of the Oz Chronicles is now available for Kindle.

The Banshee worms are here, and they are ready to feed!

It’s amazing how fast things work.  I literally uploaded the file for BWK yesterday and then made a change an hour later.  By the time I went to be bed, it was (and still is) availble for download on the Kindle store.  If you’re one of the early readers, thank you for your feedback and very kind comments.  If you have the energy and an Amazon account, feel free to share your thoughts about Book Five on Amazon in the form of a review.  But remember please, no spoilers.

Here are some more comments from a few more early readers:

Loved the Worm King, great job… I tried to read real slow and check everything (typos), but couldn’t contain myself and got caught up in the story too much. I guess you should take that as a good sign. – Peter

I have to say that it is probably my favorite installment of the Oz Chronicles to date… Oz is learning that the important decisions in life are rarely black-and-white propositions. You have presented his unique moral dilemma in a manner that young adult readers (and not-so-young readers, like myself) are sure to find highly intriguing and entertaining. – Scott

The series has really drawn me and I couldn’t put this one down. It was pretty heartbreaking when you know who died. – Greg

Thanks for the chance to read Oz 5! That was great! It wasn’t as dark and creepy as the last one (good!! Book 4 went places that were too scary!) but suspenseful enough where it needed to be & kept me up past bedtime.  Oz seems more torn in this one, not just with Lou but his whole role. He’s growing up! – Danielle

The print version will probably be ready in a week.  A few more proofs are being shipped my way.  I’ll look them over for any printing errors and if all goes well, I’ll approve them by Wednesday.  If you’re an Oz fan, thanks for your support and keep spreading the word!

The description for Banshee Worm King: Book Five of the Oz Chronicles

Coming soon!

For those of you who’ve read/received an ARC of BWK, you may notice that this description isn’t what is on your copy of Book Five.  I hastily threw that description together so I could get the ARCs out ASAP.  Some of you pointed out that you thought it revealed too much.  It did.  So, I’m spending this weekend tweaking it.  My plans are to release the Kindle version of the book this coming week.  I got some great feedback from early readers that included typo alerts.  I’ve addressed those so I’m ready to move forward.  If you’re still reading an ARC and find some typos, please feel free to bring them to my attention.  I may have already fixed them, but you never know.

Here’s the second version of the description:

Oz and his intrepid warriors have survived their harrowing ordeal in the Biltmore House only to find themselves fighting for their lives in the surrounding mountains of North Carolina. A new species of giant worm has evolved in the twisted world of the Storytellers, and they are hungry. A grizzled stranger provides the band of survivors refuge in his labyrinth of treetop walkways. But, they become pawns in a battle between the worms and Myrmidons, and one of them will betray the others. Oz and company will see their numbers dwindle and their hopes for ever making it back home virtually slip away.

What do you think?

UPDATE:

Thanks to my wife, Mia and Peter Ayre – Here is the newer and improveder description:

Oz and his intrepid warriors have survived their harrowing ordeal in the Biltmore House only to find themselves fighting for their lives in the surrounding mountains of North Carolina. Giant worms have evolved in the twisted world of the Storytellers, and they are hungry. A grizzled stranger provides the band of survivors refuge in his labyrinth of treetop walkways. But are they still fighting to return home or have they simply become pawns in a larger battle? Oz and company will see their numbers dwindle and a betrayal from within will see their hopes for ever making it back home virtually slip away.

On a completely self-indulgent note, which author photo do you think I should use?

Part of an author’s life these days is the sometimes torturous task of branding.  Which really translates into, how can I present myself in a way that won’t make people want to punch me or look away in disgust?  Nobody wants to buy books from people they hate.  That’s the first rule of author branding.  So along those lines.  I need your help choosing an author photo for Banshee Worm King: Book Five of the Oz Chronicles.  Using minimal photoshopping to hide nose and ear hairs, I’ve come up with these two possibilities.  Which version of me would you buy a book from?  BTW – As long as it’s conversational, I can totally end a sentence in a preposition.

Me and my old Underwood

Just me

Banshee Worm King ARCs

Banshee Worm King ARCs

I believe I’ve contacted everyone who expressed an interest at some point in receiving an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of the Banshee Worm King: Book Five of the Oz Chronicles.  If you haven’t heard from me, and you did send me a request at an earlier date let me know. I may be able to get a few more.

The final version of Banshee Worm King; Book Five of the Oz Chronicles?

Could it be? Should it be? Will it be?

Are you looking at the final version of Banshee Worm King; Book Five of the Oz Chronicles? I don’t know.  I have to do another read through.  I’m thinking there might be a few minor tweaks here and there, and then I’ll do a couple of rounds with advance readers.  But, one thing is certain.  We are getting much, much closer to the release date!

First edit of Book Five is done

The first edit of Book Five is done. Now to move onto the second round of editing. It’s never ending, but I’m not complaining!

I will be making an announcement in the next week or so about advanced readers. I want to enlist a couple of trustworthy Oz fans to read advanced reader copies of Book Five and provide me feedback. I’ll send you paperback versions of the book to read free of charge. All I ask is two things in return.

1. You can’t leak any of the plot developments, including which character dies.
2. Provide feedback for the final, final edit.

That’s it. Like I said, look for an announcement next week sometime. I’ll aslo be announcing the winner of the Kindle Fire very soon!

Books to come

The Biltmore on a dark and stormy night

I finished my first read through of The Banshee Worm King: Book Five of the Oz Chronicles over the holiday break, and I’m happy to say I didn’t hate it. This is probably the most action packed installment of Oz’s journey, so I’m anxious to get it edited and on the shelves as soon as possible. The ending still needs a lot of work, so I’ll be tackling that particular stretch of the story over the next couple of weeks.  I did have a dream about the giant worms in the book after the first read through, and it was horrifying.  I can’t remember if I’ve ever dreamed about one of my books after reading it, so I’m taking it as a good sign… as terrifying as it was.

In the mean time, I vacationed in lovely Ashville, NC over the Christmas break with my even lovelier wife, and had a great time. In the paraphrased words of Liz Lemon, I want to move to there. I toured the Biltmore mansion which is the setting for Book Four of the Oz Chronicles. I described the mansion in the book based on photos and descriptions available on various online sources. I got some of it right and some of it wrong. The main hiccup in my depiction is the scale of some of the rooms. Some were much smaller than I imagined while others were much larger. The property itself is immense, and I missed a lot of opportunities to take the story even further. Oh well. That’s what other books are for.

Speaking of other books, I came up with an idea for another possible series for young adults while in Ashville. Apparently, vacations are good for my writer brain. Last vacation while in Vegas, I came up with the idea for The Man Who Saved Two Notch. At any rate, the new series has to do with aliens and transdimensional beings. It is tentatively titled Field Trip. That most likely will change because I’ve noticed a few books with field trip in the title.

I have an ambitious plan to write five books and one screenplay in 2012. I’m also going to be working on a teacher’s edition of The Takers. As always, I’ll keep you posted on it all right here. Happy New Year!

Current word count of next book project: Field Trip