Saturday, November 10, 2007

Witch of Talera

I'm stoked. After quite a long wait, Witch of Talera has been published. This is the Amazon link. I can't find it up anywhere else yet. I'm a tiny bit disappointed that the cover isn't shown. I'm assuming it is the same cover format as the other two, but I was curious about the color scheme. For some reason I'm thinking it's going to be green but I really don't know.

I'm very happy, though, to see this book in print. As some of you know, the first two Taleran books were serialized and so have been previously published, although in somewhat truncated form. Witch was supposed to be serialized as well but it didn't happen. I had to take a four month break in the middle of writing it because of family issues, and by the time it was done the magazine was getting ready to fold after something like 12 years. So, in a way, it's nicest to see this one ushered into the world.

Here's the opening paragraph of Chapter 1:

It is a custom on Talera for those about to be married to spend the last hour before the ceremony meditating alone. Thus, I was in my apartment within the great pile of Jystral Castle when the assassin came for me.

29 comments:

Church Lady said...

Congratulations!
Great opening paragraph too!!!!
:-)

steve said...

Church Lady is right--a great opening paragraph. If the rest of the book follows in the same vein, you should get some good reviews.

Congratulations!

Kate S said...

Woohoo! I've been waiting for it so I could get all three at once. :)

Cheri said...

Hell yeah on getting published!

JR's Thumbprints said...

I can only imagine being in your shoes. Congrats!

the walking man said...

Way to go doc!

Bernita said...

YES!
I love it when opening lines give me that chill!

Leigh Russell said...

Well done blogbuddy! Exciting news indeed! Your opening paragraph certainly hooked my attention.

In all the thrill and following the link to Amazon and all, I almost forgot why I came by.... to thank you for visiting my blog. I've just been hit by Amazon and it's an amazing feeling. Cut Short is my first book and I didn't really believe it until now. Does that thrill diminish for an established writer like yourself?

I answered your comment on my blog, where I could see what you'd written. I'd really like to hear more about your internal dialogue and see if it's the same as mine.

I love the freedom of your writing - not bound by any type or genre, but just following wherever the inspiration takes you.

Keep in touch.

Angie said...

Charles, that's awesome! I'm so happy for you! [hugz]

And that's a great first para. I'm going to have to dig up the first book in the series and check it out.

Congrats!

Angie

SzélsőFa said...

Congratulations, Charles!

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks, Everyone. Once I get copies of the third book I plan to run a contest here on the blog. I don't know how long it'll be before I get my author copies, though. I'll keep everyone informed.

Thanks so much for your suport.

Julie said...

Believe it or not, I know of someone this actually happened to...

(1st para) though in this case it was on honeymoon!

Case of mistaken identity, and a lot of common surnames in the phonebook!!

Congratulations....!

Travis said...

I like the opening paragraph.

Congratulations!

Jeff B said...

I've seen your comments on travs site a few times so I thought I'd come by and see what your blog was about. Very impressive.

Leigh Russell said...

I'm also bogged down with school work (which you mentioned in another blog). I could do with a couple of extra days in the week. Plus I'm spending far too much time blogging... I don't understand people who complain they're bored. There aren't enough hours in the day!

To be fair, I used to get bored before I started writing. That's one of the (many) things I love about writing, the idea that I need never feel bored again. Wherever I am, stuck in traffic, waiting in a queue, invigilating exams (the most boring task on earth) there's always something to think about - why might a particular character do an action required by the plot? what happens to someone else? how can I link up two unconnected plot lines? etc.

Congratulations once again - and again!

Michelle's Spell said...

That's fantastic! Love the opening paragraph. I'll have to check it out right away.

Charles Gramlich said...

Julie, I guess they'll have a memory to last a lifetime. Wow.

Travis, thanks.

Jeff B., thanks for dropping by. I appreciate it.

Leigh, thanks. And yes, I don't really understand boredom either. SO much to do. Blogging can also be time consumming for sure. But it's quite rewarding as well.

Greg Schwartz said...

congrats Charles! nice opening paragraph.

Julie said...

They laughed about it afterwards!

Er- for the sake of discretion the husband was from a small country just off the end of the toe of Italy, and his surname was as common as 'Smith' is in Britain...I'll leave you to figure the rest out...the boys wanted to 'ave a word with 'im....at 3am!?

left you a reply on war stuff on my blog - I've seen a fair bit and known informed people through contacts.

My war veteran witnessed Mussolini after the execution while she was in Italy.
J

H.E.Eigler said...

YAAAAAAYYYYYY!!! Super Duper, way up there, mega high fives for you!!!

Shauna Roberts said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to read it!

I agree with the others--great first paragraph!

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks, Greg, H.E., and Shauna. Julie, I'll check it out.

Josie said...

...when the assassin came for me.

Whoo, what a great opening line. I'm hooked. I'm going to go and read it.

Congratulations!

Julie said...

In passing - don't know if this is familiar territory for you but I've just stuck a review to
'Proust was a Neuroscientist'on my blog - nature of consciousness, divided mind theories etc. (J Leh(r)man? on Amazon)

Have invented a new blogger protocol for busy writers - DNA

(Don't need an answer to this one!)

Lana said...

*Grabs his hands & dances him around, jumping up & down.* Yayyyyyyyyyyyy! Now for the promotional efforts! *Stops dancing. Goes & gets them each a stiff drink.*
(BTW, thought you might be interested in this; http://sttammanywritersgroup.blogspot.com/ )

Middle Ditch said...

Sugar! Another crime writer! I'm trying to find scriptwriters amongst you lot, but not a dicky bird. Anybody there!!!

Rachel said...

Cool opening!

writtenwyrdd said...

Great news!

Avery DeBow said...

Congratulations. Great opener; slams the readers right into the action.