As I promised yesterday, the sample of Gleam Upon the Waves is now live! If you’ve been hankering to know what’s next for our intrepid caravan master and the crew of Bell Caravans, you go read it right now and dive into the story a little early. Just click the link, and you’ll be whisked back to the streets of Lovat. I think you’ll find it’s as crowded as ever—apologies in advance about the smell.
But that’s not all! There’s much more on the way. I’ll be live-streaming a reading of another chapter from the book later this month, and if there is enough interest, we can do a small Q&A session as well. Details on all that is coming soon, so stick around. I’ll be announcing it here. (I’ll give plenty of notice.)
In the meantime, eBook preorders are live! Use any of the links below, preorder, and your eBook will magically appear on your e-reader on launch day.
Based on emails I’ve gotten over the last few years, I suppose this is the moment many of you had been anticipating. I’m very proud to announce that Gleam Upon the Waves is done and will be arriving on March 30th, 2021. Nope, that’s not one long typo. It’s actually happening, and I can’t stop smiling about it. In twenty-seven days, you’ll be able to return to Lovat and the world of the Territories and join Waldo Bell and the crew of the Bell Caravans on their next adventure.
eBook Preorders are live!
You can already preorder the digital edition of Gleam Upon the Waves should it strike your fancy. (And it should.) Use any of the links below, and your eBook will magically appear on your e-reader on launch day.
Paperback editions will land on launch day and they’re looking really good. Currently, the book is sitting at the 450-page mark, making Gleam Upon the Waves the longest book of the series (so far). I think all you paperback readers will be pleased.
Read a Sample Chapter Tomorrow!
Tomorrow I’ll be releasing a sample from Gleam Upon the Waves. So for those interested, you’ll be able to dive in a little early and discover what’s happening in the city of Lovat. As before, this will be the Prologue. It’s a little different from the previous prologues—I think you’ll dig it. [Update: It’s live! You can read it over here.]
But wait, there’s more!
I can’t tell you how great it feels to finally announce this. I hope you’re as excited as I am.
There’s lots more coming over the next few weeks, as well. I have all sorts of stuff planned between now and the 30th. New swag and bookmarks are on their way. I’ve assembled a themed playlist to tantalize your ears, and I’ll be sharing that soon. There will be new Old Haunts to visit. Plus, I’m planning on doing a live reading from the book—just need to figure out when to do it and where I want to host it. Pull up a chair and stick around. Gleam Upon the Waves is nearly here.
It’s been a few years between Red Litten World’srelease and the forthcoming release of Gleam Upon the Waves. Since it’s been so darn long, I decided to build some new resources for my readers. I’m happy to announce that the first of these is launching today. The Glossary of the Territories can now be accessed from that link or the main menu above—just mouse over “My Books” then “Reader Resources.” The intent is for it to cover all the slang, terms, phrases, and nuances of the Territorial patois.
This isn’t the only resource I’ve been working on. I have plans for a page dedicated to the species of the Territories (which is why they’re not currently listed in the Glossary) and a resource page for Territorial Maps. I’ve also given Echoes of the Wasteland a more permanent home. Until now, it only existed as a blog post. Even if you aren’t playing the ARG, I think you’ll still find it quite interesting.
If you see anything missing from the Glossary or want me to add or address something, please contact me and let me know. I want this to be a living document that expands as the series continues to unfold. (I’ll always keep it spoiler-free.)
As it was foretold in bygone days of yore, August 27th has arrived. As prophesied, the cover for Gleam Upon the Waves will be revealed. Let’s begin, shall we?
You can see a bigger version below. Click on the image to view it larger.
In the lower depths of the city of Lovat, a King Tide rises. On the mantle of this aberration rides a vile stench that permeates the city from root to crown. When a job comes along for Caravan Master Waldo Bell and his crew offering a chance to slip away, it’s easy to be interested. When it comes from the city’s newly elected mayor, it’s impossible to ignore.
Outward bound on an enormous floating casino Wal finds himself out of his element. This won’t be routine caravan work. This job is more diplomacy than delivery, taking Bell Caravans out of the shadowed warrens and off dusty trails to the canals of Empress, the mysterious capital of the hermit-nation Victory.
But, things are never simple in the Territories. As the situation grows increasingly complicated and sinister forces begin to circle, Wal will discover darkness runs deeper than he ever thought possible; reality is not what it seems, and a new apocalypse is closer than anyone predicted.
I’m sure you noticed that like all the previous Bell Forging Cycle covers, the background image was another piece by the late 19th-century French artist, Gustav Doré. I love Doré’s work. Here I used the Plate I engraving from Doré’s illustrations for La Grande Bible de Tours entitled: The Deluge it depicts a scene from the story of Noah’s Ark as humans and animals struggle to save themselves as floodwaters rise. Tides. Floodwaters. Waves. Boats. Lots of nautical themes happening here. Wonder what that means? Hmmm.
Funny enough, Jon Contino nailed down the lettering for this coveryears ago—way back when we were locking down the look for Red Litten World. I fell in love immediately, and it’s been hard to stay quiet. Jon’s distinctive approach to typography has always worked perfectly for the Bell Forging Cycle. His visceral and emotional approach to design has helped capture the sense of unease in the series and solidify the tone in a way that helps it stand out. He outdid himself with this one.
From a design perspective, I think it settles perfectly within the series as a whole while maintaining a unique voice of its own. Look how great it looks in the lineup:
Huge thank you once again to Jon for helping me out with this. (Also, he’s got his own book out now and you should go buy it.) There will be more to come in the future. Gleam Upon the Waves is due out later this year (hopefully!), so expect more announcements with launch dates and the like and a sample chapter for you to read. I cannot wait to get this one into your hands. It’s been a long time coming, and I think you’re going to love it.
What do you think of the new cover? Which cover is your favorite? Why? Leave a comment. Let me know!
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Howdy, roaders. This has been a long time coming. So, set your watches and mark your calendars. I am excited to announce that on August 27th, 2020, I will reveal the cover for Gleam Upon the Waves, Book IV in the Bell Forging Cycle.
“The sea can bind us to her many moods, whispering to us by the subtle token of a shadow or a gleam upon the waves, and hinting in these ways of her mournfulness or rejoicing.”
— H. P. Lovecraft & R. H. Barlow, The Night Ocean
I can’t wait to show you. Once again, Jon Contino lent his incredible lettering skills, and while Gleam Upon the Waves aesthetically fits within the series as a whole, it’s got something a little different going on that sets it apart. I think you’ll dig it.