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I've spent the last couple days working on an idea for a new cover for Labyrinth of Souls. What do you think?

I love the new cover. It is more exciting, and show Raih, Jodhaa, and Sathi. It will take a couple days for it to filter through the Amazon machine, but I didn't want to wait so I created some wallpapers for your computers and phones to celebrate.

As I continue to write The Raven's Song, I am starting to think about how I can do a similar cover for it so every book in the series feel good together. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.

Never did I ever think I would be so proud of art, I made. This world has brought me to life in an exciting way. I hope you are enjoying the stories as much as I am. Just writing this post, I have the biggest grin on my face. Me smiling... It is a good feeling.

If you need a different size, let me know. There are so many phone and tablet sizes, it is hard to find out what sizes to make. If you need a different one, let me know.

What kind of magic is in the Labyrinth of Souls

When Unen Anchin contracted with the Vazra to construct the Labyrinth of Souls he stationed many adepts throughout the cave to monitor their work. 

The aether in the cave was thick and full on account of the Fox Warren within. So many spirits in one place calls the aether to it like metal to a magnate. 

Three Vazra entered the center of the chamber: one in red robes, another in blue, and the last in black. The color of the Vazra's robes may or may not have anything to with the arts they practice or if it is a mere whim, but none of the white clad specters entered the cave.

Their rite began with a red robed Vazra lighting a stone brazer in the shape of a dragon's head with flames gathered from the great wyrm Galyn Surgalt. As the red Vazra gathered the aether above the flame, a black robed Vazra chanted a Bibliothecary incantation for secrets to be revealed.

Twenty-four Vazra in total wove their enchantments into the stone of the cave. Noble metals of ever type were brought into the cave and wrought into the mechanism at the heart of the labyrinth.

Kitsune, tanuki, and all manner of spirit and yokai entered and left the cave in the six days it took them to build their magical wonder. Some believe they added their magic to the construction, while others think they simply looked about to see what the Vazra were doing.

In the end, only the Vazra know for sure, and they refuse to share their knowledge with any so none my devise a method to circumvent their discernment.

Other than the magic to read the hearts, minds, and spirits of the students, the labyrinth has produced the weapons and magical implements they would need to pursue their education. Something of the artificer's art must be built into the labyrinth for it to manufacture the equipment it leaves to those who find them.

Many who spent time in the labyrinth claim that it spoke to them in their dreams. While many of these stories are undoubtably apocryphal, the idea that the labyrinth is alive persists. Some have even claimed to see it wander the warren in the form of a ghostly blue lady.

In time, we many learn what secret arts produce such wonders. Until then, our pale speculations will have to suffice.

Announcing The Raven's Song, the second book in The House of Blood and Flames

The very last thing I expected to do an Friday was start writing a new book, but Percy weighed heavy on my mind and wanted his story to be told so I started writing.

Unlike the follow up I still have planned, The Raven's Song begins over a year before the events of Labyrinth of Souls and tells the story of how Percy ended up at Sunsuulyn Academy.

I thought his story would be told in flashback and memory, but now that I've started writing it, I can't imagine it being told in any other way.

Like so many in the World of the Ash Dancer, Percy's story is filled with tragedy and adventure. The pains he suffered forged him into the man he will become. 

As I have done with the last two books, I will post the draft chapters to Wattpad as they are written if you would like to follow along with the writing. If you want to wait for the final draft, I will let you know when the book comes out. 

Are you ready for this tale of piracy and lies? Join me as we explore the amazing early life of Percy Waldron.

Announcing the House of Blood and Flames

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When I started writing Labyrinth of Souls, I knew it would be an introduction to a series about life at Sunsuulyn Academy, but I didn't expect to announce the name of the series so soon. 

House of Blood and Flames

The House of Blood and flames, also known as the Silver House, is the residence hall at the Academy where our characters will live.

Students began to call the Silver House the House of Blood and Flames after the inscription over the door which reads, "In the End, all we are is blood and flames."

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The inscription was the motto of the Silver Khanzada Khotyn Od who endowed and supervised the construction of the building. In the original Nadibhasha, the words Blood and Flames are related to Courage and Honor. 

Residents of the House are carefully chosen. I don't want to say anymore about that just yet it might be seen as a minor spoiler of events in future books.

I hope you enjoy this series, and I can't wait to hear your thoughts about it.

How the Labyrinth of Souls was made

When Padishah Dakhin Torokh commissioned the construction of Sunsuulyn Academy in 773 ME, Unen Anchin, the school's first Grandmaster, knew they needed a way to quickly discern the calling of the new students so imperial funds weren't wasted instructing in all twelve branches of magic until a student's natural talent and temperament revealed themselves.

Arriving on the Mount Atma, Unen discovered a Kitsune Fox Warren running between the Mt Atma and Mt Ulaan. He humbly invited the spirits of the Warren to aid in the task.

The Vazra agreed to help. They constructed a labyrinth infused with the essence of each of the aetheric arts. One by one, students would enter, and the labyrinth read their soul as they walked down the passage into the first room. It would then configure itself for each student with a series of tests designed to test their aptitude for the arts best suited to them.

It was a controversial decision to allow the Vazra to have so much influence over each new class, but in the debates between the original faculty, no valid reason was ever given for why they shouldn't take them up on their offer.

Twenty-four Vazra built the labyrinth in six days. The Grandmaster and the original faculty were the first to walk the labyrinth. Each completed in a different amount of time.

Only the Vazra know the mechanisms at work with the labyrinth, and continue to maintain it to this day.

Many have theorized about the true nature of the structure. Some believe it is a series of rooms, one for each student, that morph and change as the tests progress. Others believe it is a portal to construct in the netherworld where the tests are conducted. Various sages have attempted to test their theories, but none found evidence to prove or disprove their ideas.

The Labyrinth of Souls is one of the true marvels of the magical world, and regardless of how it was constructed or how it determines the tests, the resulting proficiency of the adepts who passed through it cannot be doubted.


Join Raih and Jodhaa on their journey through the Labyrinth of Souls as it tests a new class of Sunsuulyn students.


What mysteries await in the first novella in the World of the Ash Dancer?

Shine Like Thunder is coming to the World of the Ash Dancer!

I am thrilled to announce that my novel Shine Like Thunder is coming to the world of the Ash Dancer! This book has long been a fan favorite, and I always felt like there was something wrong with it. After a series of discussions with Brian, we have decided to make a new edition of the book to bring it into the World of the Ash Dancer.

What does that mean?

The vast majority of the story will remain intact, while certain elements will be enhanced and others will be altered to bring the story into this epic fantasy world. 

Most of changes will be the names of empires and places, but the one I am most excited about is that Izumi's story will be brought out in a fresh new light.

If you have any questions about this new edition, I would love to answer them. Drafts of the second edition will be posted on Wattpad as usual. This is just the beginning. More exciting news is coming soon.

Why I'm writing Labyrinth of Souls (LoS)

Labyrinth of Souls is one of those stories that you don't intend to write, and then you realize you are doing it.  

While I was working on the back stories for several characters and groups, I just started writing more and more about them and their back stories.  At a certain point, I realized, I was really making an outline for a series about them and their history.  It had all of the drama and twists and turns I like to put into a story, so I asked, why don't I just write this real quick?

It hasn't been easy to set Dragon in the Snow aside while I write this novella, but they will both benefit from the project.

With Labyrinth of Souls, I'm testing out a few new ideas about how to tell the story and especially how I want to get into the characters themselves.  The result has thrilled me, and I hope you enjoy it too.

Jodhaa is one of those characters who has wandered around in the back of my head for years. I've tried to find her story for all that time.  When I started work on Dragon in the Snow, I knew this was the story for her.

So Why write Labyrinth of Souls?

Raih and Jodhaa are such fresh characters for me.  They each have qualities I admire, and that scare me a little.  Most importantly, I haven't read anything with characters like them. They are more vulnerable than the typical fantasy character, and have such different personal histories. That makes them even more interesting together.

My biggest concern about writing this story is that I cannot stop comparing Sunsuulyn Academy to Hogwarts, and since I am making those connections, I know other people will too. Magic in Ash Dancer is so different from Harry Potter, as is the history of the world. That makes these two magic schools so different from one another. That comparison falls apart quickly.

The real reason I chose to write Labyrinth of Souls is that I love to write, and I want this world to be so much bigger than just a novel, or series of novels.  So many stories are swirling around in my head, and I want to tell them all.  That isn't realistic, but I want to tell as many as I can.

This world is so full of life, I only hope I can do it justice and bring it to life in a way that people will enjoy reading. Welcome to the world inside my head. Let's have some fun.

You can read Labyrinth of Souls as I write it on Wattpad.