Yes, Exodus: Empires at War: Book 11: Day of Infamy is finally out. I had originally planned to have this out by the end of May, but factors beyond my control caused a delay of three months. But it’s finally here.
First off an explanation, and an apology. I found out in January that I had sleep apnea, or at least that’s what I was told by my primary physician based on my symptoms. I was tired all the time, and my blood pressure had been going up for the last six months. My pharmacist had been increasing my BP meds and adding new ones. In the past I haven’t had much problem with blood pressure, but I had gained weight since blowing out my right shoulder in the gym several years ago. The workouts went out the window, but the eating I had been doing to keep my weight up didn’t, and the pounds starting piling on. I had a sleep study in April (this is the VA, where hurry up and wait is the rule) and it was found that I had severe sleep apnea, eighty-seven interruptions or cessations an hour. I looked up the condition and found that it could be deadly. Your heart struggles at night to get enough blood to your internal organs, since the blood is not fully oxygenated. You wake up with an oxygen debt. Eventually, it can lead to major complications. I was tired all the time, I had no motivation, and I stopped going to the gym altogether. The book I had planned to release in May kept getting put off as I was doing only four or five hundred words a day, when I did any. Finally, after another sleep study, this one in the hospital, and numerous threats to write my legislators and the newspapers, I finally got my CPAP machine. And while everything is not wonderful, I feel much better. I can go to the gym and I can work. At least a couple of thousand words a day, and the motivation is back. So I finally completed Book 11, and am hard at work on Book 3 of the Machine War saga. And now I am back to blogging.
So I have another book out, my thirtieth on Amazon. I listen to my readers, and this book is back on track with the main storyline. And the Empire is again in danger from the Cacas. I have been asked how long this series will be going on. From the beginning it was meant to be a long saga, much like a real war. Imagine World War two, but over distances that can take half a year to traverse. Throw in new technologies by each side, and counter techs to defend against the new. Logistical problems, the times needed to build new vessels, to train more warriors, and you might see the scope of this kind of war. I wasn’t going to give one side a miraculous counter that would win the war in a day. So I had originally planned on doing twenty books in the main series, then rethought that to fifteen. Now? I just don’t know. It will end when it needs to end, when one side or the other finally brings its opponent to its knees. About the time Empires at War wraps up I should be finished with Machine War as well, and some of the short story anthologies I will put out to cover other facets of that Universe.
And then I will go back to the beginning and tell the story of the Empire as it was founded and struggled on its way to dominate its region of space. And maybe some stand alone novels set during the war. I have in mind an alternate WW2 history with more of a science fiction flare than most. And a post-apocalyptic series that’s a little bit Fallout and a bit of Robert Adams’ Horseclans, with some original ideas thrown in as well. And of course, finally finish my gunpowder fantasy, hopefully in time for the workshop cruise I will again be attending in December. I want an editor to take a look at it, and talk with an agent about possible representation. So the coming months and years will be busy ones, and hopefully now my health will cooperate, and I can work on these projects the way I want. I have a lot more stories in me, and I hope my fans will come along for the ride.