Karavansara

East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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New Year’s Resolutions, Part 2 – … and put some mummies in it!

You know what?
I really miss Aculeo & Amunet – the guys are like old friends, I like hanging out with them and writing their stories.
And, granted, right now I have a lot of stuff on my plate – so much to do and write, and other things too, actually, that I am afraid I stretched myself too thin.

But yesterday, you see, I saw this on a friend’s blog…1

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It’s by Carlos Valenzuela, and it’s gorgeous (in case you didn’t notice).
And I said to myself… Continue reading


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New covers for Aculeo & Amunet

One of the best features offered by ebooks is the option of updating the files.

In the last few days we’ve been hard at work on some new covers for my Aculeo & Amunet ebooks.
Reader feedback has been pretty consistent in the past months – the readers love the stories, but they don’t like the covers.

And we know it’s the covers that sell the stories.

So, in a few hours the ebooks will be up with new artwork1 – the work of Italian graphic master, Luca Morandi.
And the readers of Karavansara can take a glimpse at the first of the three new covers, right here and now.

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Riding the Leviathan

World-building.
So far I’ve had it easy – most of my fantasy is historical fantasy, after all, and the action takes place in historical settings or pretty close to them.
World-building means a good history reference book (or five) and a few pages of notes on what’s hiding in the cracks of what we consider historical.

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I’ve worked like that on the Aculeo & Amunet stories (set in the Third Century AD), on my novel The Ministry of Thunder (set in 1936 China), and on my current Le Corsaire project (set in the Mediterranean area, in the 1950s).
And the Corsair stories are not even fantasy – they are action thrillers.
Yes, even on my science fiction novel, The Hunt for Tethys1, I did most of my worldbuilding on a handful of post-its. Continue reading