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I’ve been sitting on this news for a while. I wanted it to become more official, but the contract has been signed, so I guess it’s really happening.

The Song of the Shattered Sands series has been optioned by Artina Films for movie/TV adaptation. Artina Films is an independent film and television production company. Founded in 2005 by Robert Salerno and Naomi Despres, the company has made over a dozen feature films. They have expertise in all aspects of filmmaking, from script development and casting, to production and post production, to film financing and marketing.

My primary contacts have been Angela Robinson and Naomi Despres. We aren’t closed to the idea of movies, but for now, we’re primarily focused on making this a TV series of some sort, a la Game of Thrones. We think the market is ripe for a broad, sweeping, desert-fueled epic that focuses heavily on a kick-ass heroine like Çeda.

One caveat. Like anything Hollywood, this is just one of many, many steps that need to take place to adapt a series to the small screen. It takes a long time for these things to become reality, and there are no guarantees. The simple truth is things may never go beyond this point. That said, I’m terribly excited about the possibilities. I’d love to see this series adapted, not only because it would be a personal thrill, and not only for, ahem, the Benjamins, but also because I’d love for more people to experience Çeda’s grand tale. It’s become very personal for me in the writing of it, and I think others would enjoy experiencing it as well, both in live action and prose form.

So, here’s hoping. More news as I have it, of course, but for now, I’m dancing on air.

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Okay, okay, I’ve known that I’ve needed a glossary for a while, but I’ve been, ahem, a bit slow in putting one together. I finally did so for Book Four, Beneath the Twisted Trees. Like my previous series, The Lays of Anuskaya, I want to have it online as a reference for anyone reading the earlier books. So, without further ado, I give you the Shattered Sands Glossary.

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The publication process for Beneath the Twisted Trees is in full swing, including for the audiobook, which should be available next week. In the meantime, I thought you might like to hear an audio sample from book. The voice actor is the wonderful Kate Reading, who brings her considerable talents to the world of Sharakhai for the first time in this new book. I’m wild about it, and I hope you will be too.

http://quillings.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/00_BeneathTheTwistedTrees_Sample.mp3
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Beneath the Twisted Trees releases July 2nd in the US and July 4th in the UK. In order to help spread the word about this latest exciting installment in the series, I’m offering a pre-order incentive!

From now until July 4th, 2019, if you pre-order a copy of Beneath the Twisted Trees, anywhere in the world, whether its in electronic, physical, or audio formats, I will send you free stuff.

Where can you find the book?

What do you get for pre-ordering? You get your choice of one of my new novellas set in the Shattered Sands world:

How do you enter? Just fill in the information below, upload a picture or screen capture of proof of purchase, and click send. On receipt, I’ll send you a coupon code for the Quillings Store to download a free electronic copy of your choice of novella in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats.

Thank you to all of you who pre-order! I very much appreciate your faith in me and the book.

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Now that the release of Beneath the Twisted Trees is upon us, I thought I’d hold a signed book sale. Use the SUMMER-READING coupon code as you check out to receive a 20% discount on all print books. This sale excludes the US and UK editions of Beneath the Twisted Trees, but all other books are on sale, including:

  • Shattered Sands series
  • Shattered Sands novellas
  • Lays of Anuskaya series
  • Short story collections
  • Limited edition hardcovers

All books will be signed with my patented calligraphy signature:

How do you use the code? Just go to the Quillings Store, add books, and apply the SUMMER-READING coupon code in your cart before checking out.

Now go forth! Buy! And remember, books make great gifts! Sale ends July 31st, 2019.

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Today I’m pleased to announce that Absynthe, a novel set in a reimagined Roaring Twenties Chicago, has sold to DAW Books. Here’s a teaser for the novel:

Absynthe is a standalone decopunk novel set in an alternate reality America. The Great War has been over for years. Prohibition is in effect, especially for the near-mythical liquor, absynthe. Visions of a future promised at the turn of the century have come to fruition. Monorail flashtrains connect mega-cities, medicine grants wondrous biological effects that seem nothing short of magic, and incredible technological advances like wireless power, automatons, and even teleportation have arrived.

And yet, however perfect the surface of this brave new world, hints abound that it’s crumbling from within. Absynthe is Inception meets Metropolis, a tale of hidden realities, unchecked technology, and the unforeseen costs of utopia.

As with all of my novels in recent years, I keep a Pinterest board to collect ideas. If you want to get a better feel for what the book is going to be like, check it out:

https://www.pinterest.com/bradbeaulieu/absynthe/

Absynthe is a standalone novel, but I hope to write more in this world. More on this, obviously, as we work on proper cover copy, covers, and more. The plan is to have this out in the fall of 2020. Which means I need to get cracking on finishing up the manuscript!

Today is a day for celebrating, though. I’m extremely pleased that this story is going to be out there in the world. It became very personal for me while developing and writing it, and I can’t wait for you to read about Liam the fallen war hero, the mysterious Grace, and Alastair the automaton.

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To celebrate the release of A Wasteland of My God’s Own Making, which comes out on February 26th, I’ll be giving away three free e-copies each week until the release. How to enter? Just sign up for my low-volume, unsubscribe-at-any-time newsletter. Already subscribed? Great! You’ll automatically be entered!

The story features Djaga, Çeda’s mentor in the pits, who we first meet in Twelve Kings in Sharakhai. Djaga is a driven woman, and has been since she emigrated from the Thousand Territories of Kundhun to Sharakhai. What Djaga has revealed to no one is why she left Kundhun in the first place. That secret is brought back to the fore when her sister tribeswoman, Afua, comes to Sharakhai unannounced and threatens to reveal her shameful past and upend the life Djaga has built for herself in the fighting pits of Sharakhai. It’s is a story about the demons we hide within ourselves and how, no matter how we might hide, we’ll one day have to face them.

Want to know more? Check out my Shattered Sands Novellas page to read the blurb, find pre-order links, and learn more about the other novellas in Çeda’s universe.

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I’ve been working behind the scenes to get my latest Shattered Sands novella, A Wasteland of My God’s Own Making, ready for publication. It releases late next month, February 26th, 2019, and you can pre-order now (you can find the buy links at the bottom of this post).

Here’s the description:

Djaga Akoyo left the grasslands of her homeland long ago and rose to prominence in Sharakhai’s fighting pits as the famed Lion of Kundhun. What Djaga revealed to no one, however, is the terrible secret that drove her to leave Kundhun in the first place. That secret is brought back to the fore when her sister tribeswoman, Afua, comes to Sharakhai unannounced and threatens to reveal her shameful past, a thing that would upend the life Djaga has worked so hard to build for herself.

Djaga and Afua’s pasts are linked. Afua tells her that with one final bout in the killing pits, both their demons will be excised. But Djaga has more to worry about than Afua’s demons, or even her own. She has Nadín as well, a woman she hopes to share a life with once she’s left the pits for good. But how can she start a new life with Nadín when the terrible acts she committed in her homeland still haunt her?

Djaga must decide once and for all whether she’ll face them, but in doing so she may lose the one she loves.

I also promised I would reveal the full wrap cover. Here it is in all it’s glory:

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I’m pleased to announce that the book is now available for pre-order. The buy links will always be available on the Shattered Sands Novellas page, but here they are for your convenience:

Buy Direct from the Author:

Also available from these fine booksellers:
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Order the new, action-packed Shattered Sands novella now!

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Today I’m proud to reveal the cover for A Wasteland of My God’s Own Making, my fourth and latest Shattered Sands novella. The story features Djaga, Çeda’s mentor in the pits, who we first meet in Twelve Kings in Sharakhai. Djaga is a driven woman, and has been since she emigrated from the Thousand Territories of Kundhun to Sharakhai. What Djaga has revealed to no one is why she left Kundhun in the first place. That secret is brought back to the fore when her sister tribeswoman, Afua, comes to Sharakhai unannounced and threatens to reveal her shameful past and upend the life Djaga has built for herself in the fighting pits of Sharakhai.

This is a story about the demons we hide within ourselves and how, no matter how we might try to hide, we’ll one day have to face them.

Without further ado, here’s the cover. The artwork is from René Aigner.

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I love the feeling of action that Djaga has in the cover. René captured the pent-up anger in her so well. It shows the sort of woman she is in one quick snapshot. She’s an emotional woman and isn’t afraid to show it. She’s also protective. The scene itself captures Djaga in the tale as she… Well, let’s just leave that to the story itself.

If you’re a reviewer and would like a copy for review purposes, please contact me via my contact page.

I’ll have more news soon, including a definitive release date. In the meantime, you can check out my other Shattered Sands novellas.

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