Still updating your summer reading list?

You’re in luck! I’ve decided to put The Emperor’s Horn on sale for only .99 cents this weekend. Please share and spread the word.

Meanwhile, there are several writing projects that keep me busy this summer. Book two of the Magic in the Imperium series is well underway. I’ve put up a progress bar on my website so you can check in and see how it’s coming. Deciding who lives or dies is no summer picnic, I can tell you that much! Then again, I’m not as gleeful as George R. R. Martin when it comes to gutting my characters.

I’ve also been working on a few sci-fi pieces. The first, titled “Indenture,” is a lighthearted adventure with rogues, thieving, and some good, old fashioned blackmail. It’s with my beta-readers now. With their feedback, I’m hoping to decide whether I will expand it into a full novel, or stick with a series of short stories.

The second is a more serious piece. Space exploration with some nostalgic Rad Bradbury style thrown in for good measure.

Yesterday, I picked our first ripe tomato of the year. Our basil is so happy that soon it will be no longer an herb but a tiny forest. Herbert would be proud of all the edible greenery, that’s for sure.

Hair clip for scale, naturally

As for my own summer reading, I’ve been tearing through The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe and wow, it’s exceptional. One of the best fantasy books I’ve read in years, and I don’t say that lightly.

Hopefully you’re able to fit in some vacation time to relax and do some good reading. Make sure you add some fantasy and sci-fi books to that list.

Fair weather and happy adventuring,

Jordan R. Murray