Ask the Author: Michael J. Sullivan

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Michael J. Sullivan Hey Mia,
I'm thinking of doing that. I'm not sure how they'll be without the "context" of the chapter - but it might be fun to "flip through them and remember what's about to happen in the story.
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Nina, thanks for asking. So, for years (more than a decade actually), I was dead set against writing "further" in the timeline after the Riyria Revelations. I was really proud of how the series wrapped up, and I didn't want to risk ruining a good thing.

That's one of the reasons why I went "back in time" when people wanted more of Royce and Hadrian. Since they had been together for ten years before the pages of Theft of Swords opened, I figured going back would allow more visits with the pair - without "screwing up things" by going further in the timeline.

Okay, so then I went even further back in time - before the first Great War. 3,000 years in fact and in the Legends of th First Empire series I was able to delve into the bedrock of my world (and even expose some of the lies that people in Riyria's time believe about the past). In so doing I fully exposed the origins of two of Riyria's most mysterious characters. In so doing, I realized that to fully play out the ENTIRE tale, it probably does need a post-Riyria book (or series).

Now the big question is how far in the future does one go? I have several options and have been "playing them out in my head." Once I wrap The Rise and Fall series (which falls between Legends and Riyria), I may just write that post-Revelations story after all....but...no promises. Until I have the whole thing worked out I don't want to box myself in.

In any case, I guess you could say that I've moved from "absolutely not" to - "probably so." I hope that helps.

And thanks for reading!
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Ina,
Thanks so much for reading the books, and I'm glad you enjoyed them and the Galantians. So I always have "other books" in the works. Let me fill you in on where I am at the moment because then I'll be better able to answer your question.

Now that Legends of the First Empire are all "out there" - I'm working on what I call my "bridge series" (The Rise and Fall). You see I started with the RIyria tales, then went back 3,000 years in the past to show how the First Empire was formed, and since that empire has gone the way of the dodo by the time the Riyria books come into play, I thought it was important to show how it all came tumbling down.

Right now, I'm in the middle of writing Esrahaddon (the last book in my new trilogy). I just launched a Kickstarter for Nolyn (book #1) - a character you should know a bit about from Legends, and the second book (Farilane is already finished and waiting for edits.

After those books are "wrapped up" - I have another Riyria tale that I have to write (because it has been so long since I've visited with Royce and Hadrian (the main male protagonists from hat story). Once that is finished I have nothing "on my plate."

Yes, I have a lot of ideas for other books - more ideas than I'll ever have time to write before I leave this world, but because I have so many "possibilities" I don't want to comment on what might be next because I don't know what that will be - it's too far off for me to see.

So, I guess the best way to answer your question, is yes, I have other stories in mind, and even a few that might have to do with the Galantians, but if I say "yes absolutely" then I'm locking myself in and I don't want to do that until I have a book written.

That's a long way of saying, "Yes I have ideas for more stories along the lines you are asking, but until I actually start...and more importantly finish...I can't say more than that.
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Grace, the "official retail release date" for all the formats: hardcover, ebook, and audio is the same date - August 3, 2021, and pre-order pages are already posted for them. Paperback editions will follow about a 9 months to a year later).

But...on 02/09/21 (@12:00 noon EST) - we are launching a Kickstarter for Nolyn and people who purchase through it will receive the ebook version in April (so several months before the retail release).

People who purchase hardcovers from that Kickstarter will have them ship a few days after they come off the presses (I don't know that date yet, but it will certainly be before the retail warehouses have their copies).

The Kickstarter DOES NOT have an audio version (because those rights were purchased by Audible.com and so we can't distribute them outside of that partnership). So, there is no "early way" to get the audiobook edition.

I should also note, that for people who visit the Kickstarter in the first 15 minutes, there will be "Early Bird Specials" which offer 20% off the following reard levels:

* D(EARLY BIRD): ebook - $8 rather than $10
* H(EARLY BIRD): ebook + hardcover- $28 rather than $35
* L(EARLY BIRD): ebook + limited edition faux-leather hardcover: $60 rather than $75.

Thanks for asking! I hope that clarifies things.
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Phil, thanks for asking.

• Yes, there will be a Kickstarter (it launches Feb 9 at 12:00 noon EDT)
• Yes, Grim Oak Press will also be doing distribution
• Yes, you can get signed editions from GOP site, our site, or through the Kickstarter
• Yes, there will be a limited edition as part of the Kickstarter (and those versions WILL NOT be for sale through the retailers.

I should note that there are a number of "early bird specials" where you get 20% off but those will ONLY be available during the first 15 minutes of the Kickstarter, that doesn't sound like much time, but if this Kickstarter is anything like the past Kickstarters, that will give people a much better chance a "snagging an early-bird" (which have historically sold out in just a few minutes.

So, mark your calendar, and I hope to see you there!
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Andrew. I'm so glad you have enjoyed the Riyria tales. So, Orbit ONLY produced trade paperback editions for the Riyria Revelations (and the first two Chronicle books. Now, they DID sell the bookclub rights to the Scifi-Fantasy Book Club and that organization printed some hardcovers (which is probably what you are referring to. I've asked Orbit on numerous occasions to print hardcovers but they refuse, and since they own the print rights (and won't let me buy them back) I'm a bit powerless to do anything. That said, they did sell to me the rights to print up some limited edition hard covers, but tye have limited the numbers that can be printed. We have people waiting in line for copies so I doubt there will be any left over. That said, I do need to print up some extras (to account for damaged books or books lost in the mail, so if there are some left, I can see what I can do about getting them to people. I wish I had a better answer. This is one of the downsides about having a publisher. They have the rights and I as the author can't do anything even though it's my work.
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Chris, so I've not done a page count to see how big that will come out to be. Right now I only have 12 and that may be too small of a page count for a printed book. But maybe after I get a few more shorts under my belt I'll do it.

By the way, for you (or others reading this). I have made all my short stories free as part of my Winter sale. No purchase of on-sale books is required to get them. People can add them to their cart and check out with a $0 balance. If you want to pick them up that way, you can go to this link.
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Ana, I'm so glad you are enjoying the story. I know how hard it is when you get toward the end of a series and you run out of things to read. The good news is that more is coming soon. My new series (The Rise and Fall) fits between the Legends of the First Empire and the Riyria novels. The first book (Nolyn) releases in August, but for those that pre-order through Kickstarter (launching Feb 9th at 12:00 noon), they'll get to read it in April.

As to your question. Unfortunately, I don't have a soundtrack of popular songs for the Legends stories, like I did for the Riyria books. That said, I did commission some original music to be created by a great composer (Will Muser). You can access these songs from my dropbox at this link.

The songs include:

- The Legends of the First Empire (all books)
- Suri & Madga (Age of Myth)
- Grin the Bron (Age of Myth)
- When Gods Colide (Age of Myth)
- The Keenig (Age of Swords)
- The Battle of Grandford (Age of War)
- The Dragon (Age of War)
- Exodus (Age of Legend)
- The Tetlin Witch (Age of Legend)
- The Gilarabryn (from Riyria)

Let me know if you have any problems accessing them. And I hope you enjoy the listens!


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wirzxqe4fz...
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Daniel, I'm so glad you love Raithe and Persphone. I'm always on the lookout for ideas for shorts that can give people a little "more" of what they love. But until the idea is fully formed and the story is written, I don't like to make any promises that I can't deliver.

I will say, though, that there is a possibility to see them again in a novel format. Again, until I get it written, I can't say much, but there is certainly a "post Revelations" story brewing in my head and it would feature many characters from both Legends and Riyria. The book is only partially formed but I did come up with a lot of good ideas that do feature both of these characters. Again, no promises, as it's very much in the development stage, but I at least wanted to let you know where my head is at.
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Karen, thanks so much for taking the time to let me know that you have enjoyed the stories. Writing is a reward in its own right, but hearing that people love them takes a good thing and makes it even better. Re-reading is always something I like to see because there are so many Easter eggs that are uncovered because scenes (and characters) take on a new perspective once everything is, well, revealed!

I'm working on the last book in my new series (Esrahaddon), and when that is completed, I'll start work on a new Chronicle (Drumindor). I don't have a release date for it yet, but once I do, I'll let you know!
Michael J. Sullivan A little...but it's really difficult to get the whole story on this because a great deal depends on the contract--which I haven't seen. But...in general...

(a) Publishers have a long-standing tradition of "screwing authors." This occurs for several reasons but boils down to who holds the power - which generally is the publisher.

(b) Authors are so desperate to be published, that they sign crappy contracts (meaning they are highly weighted toward the publisher), and the author is powerless to get certain aspects changed. An example is the term of the contract (how long it is enforced). Publishing contracts are written for the "life of copyright" - meaning the contract is in force for 70 years after the author's death - which is a VERY long time. Too long for an industry where things change. A "good" contract should be for a "reasonable" amount of time (7 - 10 years) after which, the author gets the rights back or the publisher has to offer up a revised contract.

(c) Authors have no power to change the "crappy contracts' into good ones becuase they hold no power. The author's only recourse is to "not sign" - and since there are thousands of other authors waiting in the wings that WILL sign, this situation isn't going to change anytime soon.

(d) There is no excuse for publishers not paying authors what they are legally owed. Period. I remember seeing a case where Neil Gaiman won a suit to get royalties from SPAWN (which he created) and even though he has won the lawsuit, he still hasn't been paid any of the money owed him. This is wrong on so many levels.

(e) There are a lot of really exploitive contracts out there. And many authors sign them without knowing what they are getting into. For instance, the woman who created the "Vampire Diaries" did so under a "work for hire" contract which meant the intellectual property for the characters and world belonged to the publisher, not the author. So, at some point, they "fired her" from the series she created and had someone else write the books. This is 100% legal. Is it fair? No. But I wouldn't have signed such a contract and this author should have become better educated before putting the pen to paper. If you sign a bad contract, then you have to accept the reality you signed on to, even if you didn't' understand what you were doing. In this case, the publisher is abiding by the contract...it's the author's fault for agreeing to the contract in the first place.

(f) Alan Dean Foster wrote books in "intellectual property spaces" that were not of his own creation (Star Wars, Star Trek, Aliens, etc). Now, I don't believe they were done under "work for hire" like the Vampire Diaries, but I have no idea WHAT the contracts DO say, and ultimately it's going to be what's in the contract that dictates this. I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't language in the contract that essentially says "As long as we own the rights you will earn xx per book." And that they have the right to sell the intellectual property to others "unencumbered." This would mean that by the terms of the contract he isn't owed money once the rights transferred from Lucas to Disney. Is this fair? No. Is it legal? Yes, IF that is what the contract says.

There are many things about contracts that can change over time, which may result in an author earning less. For instance, lets look at royalty rates a bit more. In my contracts (and probably 99% of all contracts), there are two royalty rates: one for when the physical books are sold to distributors below a certain margin and another when sold above a certain level (the so-called high-discount sales). In my case, this means I earn $4.20 for each Age of Myth book sold at the standard royalty rate, and when sold at "high discount" I earn $0.63). Which price is paid is 100% dictated by the publisher as they negotiate the margin that books are sold at. So, let's say the margin is 55% for example, and the royalty rate at that margin is 15% meaning the publisher earns $12.60 on each $28 book sold. But...if they change the margin to 56% they'll receive $12.32 from the distributor ($0.28 less) -- but they actually end up keeping $3.57 more from MY SHARE. So they go from earning $12.60 - $4.20 = $8.40 to $12.32 - $0.63 = $11.69. Is this fair? No. Is it legal? Yes. It's what's in the contract that I signed said, and the publisher is doing something that is within their legal right to do...which is essentially seal from Peter (me) to pay Paul (them).

Why didn't I get this clause changed before signing? Because I couldn't. The publishers have a hard-and-fast rule on the subject and while they may adjust the margin where the "high discount" triggers. They won't remove it completely. In fact, I walked away from a deal over exactly this issue.

So, there are all kinds of pitalls like this in contracts and as many times we sign contracts and cross our fingers that "the worst won't happen." In the case of high discounts - for many, many years there were very few books sold under this "high discount" royalty rate, now my royalty statements show thousands of books sold where I'm losing tens of thousands of dollars. I think Mark Lawrence mentioned that almost all of his sales are now at these lower "high discount" rates. And, yes, it sucks. But at the end of the day, I (a) knew what I was getting into, (b) got paid "good money" for a number of years, and (c) now that things have changed (more books bought at a high discount), I can't do anything about it. I'm taking a financial kick in the teeth, but the publisher is operating within the terms of the contract that we both signed. Am I happy about it? No. Can I do anything about it? No.

Because Disney isn't paying, it makes me think there was something in the contract that said that the royalties are only due when the IP was owned by Lucas (a clause that was likely added so they COULD easily sell the property at a later date). The contract may have been written that way so Lucas could sell the IP to their world "unencumbered" (making it more attractive to any future would-be buyer). I could definitely see a clause of this nature added (especially when dealing with companies who are primarily in the film rather than book business). These companies have VERY aggressive language regarding not only what they bought but future works that be developed at a later date. If that is what the contract says, then Dean is probably like me in that times changed and his income is going down through no fault of his own...but the contract dictates those facts.

Again, I don't know if that clause is in the contract, but if it is, then Dean won't be paid now that Disney owns the property, and they are under no obligation to pay him. Does that suck for Dean? Sure. But if that is what is in the contract, it's what he "signed up for" and just because he "earned money previously" doesn't mean he will now.

Now, it's possible that there isn't such a stipulation in the contract, and Disney is just taking a position because they think they can get away with it. If that is the case, then absolutely they need to cough off Dean's money and probably pay him extra for trying to pull such crap.

The bottom line...a LOT depends on what the contract Dean signed says. It may be crystal clear that he isn't owed anything once the IP changes hands and that's just an unfortunate consequence of what occurred, but something he agreed to when he signed.

Most contracts have provisions for "successors and assign" and USUALLY that means that the new party just steps in where the old party was which would mean that Disney owns both the rights to sell the products and the OBLIGATION to pay the author. If this is the case, then see my statement above regarding them not only owing Dean his standard royalties, but they should compensate him additional fees for having to fight for what he was owed.

So, my position...whether Dean is owed money is 100% dependent on what the contract says. A contract which I (and I suspect others who are commenting on this situation) haven't seen. If I had seen the contract, I could speak more definitively. But I wouldn't be surprised if the contract did indeed indicate that the obligation to the author DID not transfer with the ownership of the IP. It's just one in a long list of ways that the "little guy" (author") gets the short end of the stick when it comes with dealing with the "big guys" (publisher).
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Andrew. I know a bit, but definitely not the "whole story." Here's what I know. The publisher (Ragnarok Publications) ran on hard times and I think they now cease to exist. There was an announcement made in November 2017, and hhere's an excerpt from that announcement.

"It’s time for a hard decision. In order for us to get our feet under us again, we have to reboot in a way. It’s extremely unfortunate and we wrestled with this decision, but for now, we’re closing down the majority of our novel contracts. We feel like the authors we work with are family and this is the last thing we wanted to do — hurt our family. We love and believe in all the novels we’ve published, but we simply cannot afford to keep them in print, nor can we afford to put out new novels at the level of quality that we are known for.

And according to an article on the BlackGate blog, they were removing their titles. Here's what they said in their 11/17/17 post:

"In addition, Ragnarok will not be keeping their existing books in print — so if there are titles you’ve had your eye on in their catalog, we suggest you move quickly."

I think it was "absorbed" into Outland Entertainment (I'm not sure if it's the same people running it). The announcement about that said they were keeping some existing titles (including Blackguards) but it doesn't look like that happened. Here is a portion from the March 4, 2018 announcement.

"When we announced last year (2017) that we were making changes to Ragnarok Publications, the intent was to maintain Ragnarok as an imprint of Outland Entertainment. But as we started to move forward, it became more and more obvious that there was just too much negative press associated with Ragnarok. None of which really had anything to do with the current team behind the company as it stands.

So, rather than try to continue publishing with one arm tied behind our back, we’ve made the decision to absorb Ragnarok into Outland. It also helps to bring everything under one banner in terms of management and production."

It looks like the audiobook version still exists, and some people are "reselling" the paperback at astronomical prices. But as far as the ebook is concerned, I don't think it can be purchased any longer.
Michael J. Sullivan So, author contracts are pretty terrible with regards to protecting the author. Their "term" (the period of time for which they are in effect is the life of copyright, which means 70 years after I'm dead. A pretty long time ;-). There is another way rights can revert to authors but only if the sales are really, really bad. For instance, on my contracts, if the books sell less than 9 copies a week for a year straight I can make a request to get them back.

I don't see my sales going down to that small level anytime soon. My first book Theft of Swords came out in 2011 and its still selling well. But I keep a watch on them and if/when the sales drop to that level, I'll snatch them back.
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Lily, thank you for the very kind words. So, there are a few techniques I make use of.

* The "iceberg approach" -- this means that although there is A LOT of information about my world, I keep 90% of it under the water so it's not written about directly. I only expose that small fraction, and I only do so when there is sufficient "context" to do so.

* I spread things out -- because I write multiple books (and usually entire series) before the first book is released, it lets me "dole things out" across multiple titles rather than "info-dumping" everything in one place. I tend to get bored when I'm exposed to too much "world-building" in the fantasy books I read, so I plan what I'm going to "expose" and when.

* I have a lot of books -- Currently the number of books based in Elan is 16. There are 6 Riyria Revelations (sold as three two-book omnibus editions, 4 Riyria Chronicles, and the 6 books of the Legends of the First Empire. That allows me to "segment" the information. For instance, the history of the gods is only very lightly touched in Riyria (and it is filled with lies), but in Legends, I was able to do a "deep dive" on that subject (and tell the truth). If I only had a trilogy in this world that would be A LOT of information to fully explore all the aspects I eventually get around to. By having a lot of books and having different information come out in various series, that helps to keep it "light."

In many ways, world-building and fantasy is like walking a tightrope. For some you'll be too light, for others you'll be too heavy. All I can do is try for a level that I enjoy and hope others do as well. It seems like my choices were pretty much in the "Goldilock-zone" for you - and I'm glad that was the case.
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Jessica, thanks for asking. I'm thinking it will be released around the end of 2021. Right now I'm writing Esrahaddon, and I'm hoping to have that book (which is the last in a series) wrapped up by the end of the year. I'll probably have to do a little review/editing on Nolyn (first book of Rise and Fall in the early part of 2021. But that book will pretty much be "wrapped" by March. That's when I'll start writing Drumindor.

All that said, I don't want to give a definitive date until the book is written (you never know if you are going to run into some "bumps" when writing. But the outline is done and I like that the connections with some of the other books that are being added. Putting in Easter eggs is one of my favorite things to do!

Once I start writing, I'll update the status on the book so people know it's underway.

I'm glad you are excited for it - if you haven't already, please consider adding Drumindor to your shelf. Goodreads will send you an email when it is released.
Michael J. Sullivan I'm sorry to hear you are having problems. We are currently working on our official website (to combine multiple sites from Riyria, Legends of the First Empire, and Hollow World. What address were you using?

We have a few URL's that redirect to blogspot (which is a secure site). I suggest you use the following link: https://riyria.blogspot.com/ directly (rather than the www prefix). This site is secure (as indicated by the https) header. If you are still having a problem, please let me know.
Michael J. Sullivan I'd love to, but can't. Orbit owns the publishing rights to all the Riyria books so only they can do that. I have been able to buy rights for a limited edition version (faux leather covers and linen covers) but they severely limited the number of those books could be produced under that sub-right transfer and the demand for those books is far greater than the allowable number of copies they have allowed.

Michael J. Sullivan Hey Megan, thanks for writing - and no worries...there are a lot of questions - and I love answering them for people. There are actually many "places to start" Let me go through them with you.

Theft of Swords - is book #1 and #2 of the Riyria Revelations this was the first book I published and it's where many people start. It starts out with a "simple tale" about two rogues who are framed for the murder of a king and by the time the series ends stakes have ramped up and gone "epic" such that their deeds may very well change the course of history.

The Crown Tower - is book #1 of the Riyria Chronicles which is a "prequel" series to the Riyria Revelations. These four books were written because people missed Royce and Hadrian so much after they finished the Riyria Revelations that I provided some more stories with the pair. At the start of Theft of Swords (mentioned above), the pair had already been together for 10 years so the first two books of this series explain how the pair met and how they started their thieves-for-hire enterprise. For people who like reading chronologically - this would be a better place to start than Theft of Swords. But personally, I prefer reading the Riyria tales in order of publication: Theft of Swords | Rise of Empire | Heir of Novron | The Crown Tower | The Rose and the Thorn | The Death of Dulgath | The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter)

Age of Myth is the first book in the Legends of the First Empire series and it is based in the same world as the Riyria tales, but it takes place 3,000 years in the past. It's really not a "prequel" because there is a whole different cast of characters, and it explores a very different time in history. For instance, in Legends, magic is pretty common among the race known as the Fhrey, but in Riyria magic is practically non-existent. Unlike Riyria it is epic from page one as the events happened during a watershed moment in history. It also has a much larger cast of characters than Riyria does. So if you like "small intimate" stories - Riyria might be to your liking, but if you like large epics with big casts, then Legends might be the best place to start.

All told, there are 16 books based in Elan and that's daunting to some. So I'll give you one last recommendation. If you want to try out my writing style to see if it's to your liking, then The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter is a good place to start. Yes, it's technically the 4th book in the Riyria Chronicles, but books #3 and #4 of that series are written as standalone tales similar to a Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie such that you can read that book without prior knowledge from the others.

So, as you can see there are plenty of options. The good news is I've heard from people who have read them in several different orders and the response I hear back most often is, "The way I did it was the RIGHT way" even though the people saying that started with different books! In other words, all of the "starting points" seem to work to one degree or another. So start at the book that seems to match your reading preference best after reading the descriptions above.

I do hope you'll enjoy them no matter where you begin - and please let me know what you decided!
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Mike, Thanks for writing. So, here's my take on the various series.

Riyria Revelations was a carefully planned series created in an unusual way. It starts as a "fun romp" with two guys framed for the murder of the king. The intention was that with each subsequent book, I'd roll out a bit more about the characters, the world they live in, and weave mysteries while ramping up the stakes. The goal was that by the time the series ends it'll turn "epic in scope" and finish in a really satisfying way. Because I wrote the entire series before publishing any of the books, it allowed me to start deceptively simple, but once the whole tale was told it's revealed to be a story of redemption and how any person can change their life no matter how reprehensible they are. While it appears to be centered on a bromance, I've always thought of the book as having 4 leads (2 men and 2 women). Arista and Thrace/Modina don't really start their arcs until halfway through the series, but they have a much more dramatic growth trajectory than their male counterparts.

Legends of the First Empire was also completely written before the first book was published, but it was designed to be epic in scope from the first page. Unlike Riyria, which exists in a world dominated by a single race (humans), I wanted to explore two civilizations (one rather primitive and the other with significant advantages such as a long-live span, advanced technology, and access to magic). The Legends series starts at a pivotal time in Elan's history when the oppressed humans (Rhunes) revolt against their Fhrey (elven) rulers. Where Riyria has 4 main protagonists, Legends has an ensemble cast with different people stepping up to the plate to provide their contribution to Elan's history. Speaking of history, it also allowed me to tell the truth about various people and events from Riyria's past. History, after all, is written by the victors so there were always two realities in my books. The actual history which is chronicled in Legends, and a false narrative which had usurped the heroic deeds of several ordinary people.

Okay, with that foundation I can now answer your question. Yes, I intentionally wrote Legends differently than Riyria. There are several reasons for this. The first being that I didn't want to tread the same ground I had already walked over. So we exchange witty-banter between two highly skilled swordsmen with people (many of whom are women) who have to use their brains rather than brawn. The second is Legends was less "fun" and "more serious." It's a watershed moment in Elan's history so the "light hand" of Riyria didn't seem to be the right fit. Third, in Riyria, the "world" is merely a stage where the action plays out, but in Legends we get to look at the iceberg below the waterline and learn about the gods in ways that we just couldn't delve in Riyria.

But...as far as "life lessons" are concerned - if you want to call them that. Both series has them in equal measure because they are a part of my writing style. I think if you went through the two series and tallied up these little "great lines" you'd see a similar number of them in both.

TL:DR: Yes, I intentionally wrote Legends different than Riyria, but, no, the "thoughtful quotes" can be found in both series.

I hope some of this makes sense.
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Mike, Thanks so much for the very kind words. As for the email. I will admit there are times we fall behind, so it could be lost - Send me a personal message with your email address and I'll see if it got buried.

I think you'll be glad to hear that there will be at least one more story with Royce and Hadrian. It'll be called Drumindor, and I don't have a release date yet....I'm hoping for it to be started early next year. But I want it fully written and edited before I start talking about a reliable release date.

As for the Dark Room - yes, of course, you can have an invite to it. Again, send me your email address via a private message and with that I can get you an invite to it.

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