Sunday, April 30, 2017

April Update

Well, it looks like my foray into SF has been a success. To date Perilous Waif has sold almost twice as many copies as Extermination did in the same period, and the Kindle Unlimited readership is up 400%. So there are definitely going to be more Alice Long books on the way.

For those of you who prefer other formats, Perilous Waif is also available in print and audiobook versions. I must admit the sales of the print edition have been disappointing, but the audiobook (narrated by Mare Trevathan) seems to be pretty popular.

But I haven't forgotten all you Daniel Black fans. I took a bit of a break in February, and then spend several weeks struggling to convince my subconscious that this isn't the right time to start yet another new series. That left me with a collection of opening scenes and first chapters that will probably end up as Patreon rewards at some point, but I did finally manage to get my muse back on track.

At this point I've just started chapter 7 of Thrall, which is threatening to end up a bit longer than Extermination. If I had to guess at a release date right now I'd go with early fall, but as usual that may change depending on how the writing goes. If you don't want to wait that long, I'll be posting advance chapters as usual on my Patreon account over the next few months.

87 comments:

  1. Ok so just curious is thrall the new name for Daniel Black book 4 or is that possibly a 5th book

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  2. longer is always better and longer of daniel black series is even better, so yeah, longer please

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  3. Yaaayyy!!! You're alive and writing! Whoohoo!

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  4. Am eagerly awaiting the new book for Daniel Black. I was nervous with your branch out in SF but was very happy with the results perilous waif was smart and a great read.

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  5. Good to hear back from you! As for your books longer is better! Take all the time you need..

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  6. Longer is not a threat but a promise.

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  7. I love the Daniel Black series... but... I'm pretty sure when scaling them together I like the Alice Long series a bit more now. It could be because I just finished Perilous Waif and the story stands out more, but I don't believe that's the case. I am very interested in seeing where the next book goes and anxious to know how long I'll have to wait.

    Now, I know it's probably a bit forward to ask - but are you planning on alternating books, or focusing on one more than the other?

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    1. I actually have reread Perilous Waif multiple times and LOVE it. I am totally enthralled by the story so far, and cannot wait for the next one!

      Part of what I like is the humor mixed in with the action, so it doesn't feel too heavy and Brown's handling of a young female character is top notch.

      Mr. Brown, any chance of a second book by Christmas???

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  8. As though it meant anything, but I wish another Alice Long book was next. I love that girl and can't wait to read more of her adventures as she learns more about herself.

    I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of the Mirai battleship, Emperor's Hope, Strange Loop Sleuth, or Alice's mother.

    Bring her back SOON!

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  9. I haven't read Perilous Waif yet although it is in my reading queue. I would however love more of the Daniel Black series. I just recently finished the last installment.

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  10. I've been hooked on your Daniel Black series from the start. I've read them each three times,and I'm about to start them again. I am feeming.
    On a side note,you seem to have created a new genre with Daniel's magic cheat for enchanting,the Selfless Hero trilogy comes to mind,and as the pioneer you should coin a term for it. I hope you view imitation to be the sincerest form of flattery, as I see you enduring quite a bit of flattery in the future. :)

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  11. I've been hooked on your Daniel Black series from the start. I've read them each three times,and I'm about to start them again. I am feeming.
    On a side note,you seem to have created a new genre with Daniel's magic cheat for enchanting,the Selfless Hero trilogy comes to mind,and as the pioneer you should coin a term for it. I hope you view imitation to be the sincerest form of flattery, as I see you enduring quite a bit of flattery in the future. :)

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  12. I'm wondering if part of the reason for the print version of Perilous Waif not doing so well is the quality of the book.
    I read the Kindle version, liked it a lot, and so I did something I rarely do these days--I ordered a physical copy to keep on my shelf.
    And when I got it, and opened it, my immediate reaction was "Ugh."
    Because it's ugly.
    I have it with me now, as I type this, and seriously, looking at the pages inside makes me sad inside.
    Big, wide margins, vast bands of white space at the top and (especially) the botton... and yet the text is on the small side.
    I can't tell if the font is really as horrible as it looks, or if it's only the small size that makes it seem that way, but regardless, it hurts my eyes to look at it.
    I get that it's a long book, but using more of the page would have allowed a bigger, more comfy font size for no extra cost, which certainly wouldn't have made the print LESS readable.

    I hate not loving the physical copy; I like dead-tree books just fine. I grew up with them, and the fondness will never go away, even if I seldom read books in that format these days. I especially love the oversized floppy-cover paperbacks; for some reason those are just nice to handle, and I love reading them.
    But....
    Sigh.
    It looks pretty enough from the outside, I guess?
    I do like the cover art you got for it.

    Oh, and I've just read all the Daniel Black stuff over the course of a weekend, and liked those quite a bit as well, so I'm looking forward to anything new in either series.

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  13. Found you on a website chat board so i read the Daniel Black books after i was done , i picked up waif it rocked liked it better then the Black books and your body mod idea is friggen fantastic cant wait to see what happens next , so drop what ever your working on a do that series please .

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    1. Hey man he'll do what he wants, don't be a pushy jerk.

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    2. Oh you are the decider of which series is better? I think not. Do us all a favor and stop posting stuff on the internet.

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  14. Woohoo an update. Thanks for filling us in Mr Brown. I look forward to the fall now. I will keep up with both of these series as you put them out.
    As for having other stories clamoring to be written any author knows how that goes.

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  15. Perilous Waif was the first book of yours that I read and I have not been as excited about a book since I read Peter F Hamilton work for the first time.

    It is a true SF book asking questions that really need to be asked in a fun way. What does the meaning of artificial intelligence and augmented intelligence mean. How will it shape society and what will pervasive nano tech mean as well. Especially when it is used to augment humans.

    I like how you also addressed issue like if you can upload your mind into a computer will people still consider you human? If you can interface with your computers mentally will you still need counsels? I think these are all questions that need to have people thinking about them and SF is the format to do that in. Thank your for taking a stab at it.

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  16. I so so SO need a new Daniel Black book. Ive read the three too many times.

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  17. Eagerly awaiting the next Daniel Black book. Already listened and read to all three several times. Jonesing for my next hit

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  18. So Thrall is the new book title for certain? because it was originally Revenant right? looking forward to it coming out in Fall then, I've been getting super impatient to find out what happens after Extermination. Hope Daniel Black keep getting consistent updates in future. Happy writing.

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  19. Congratulations on your branching out Alice books it was good but i LOVED your Daniel Black books. Most enjoyable series i've read for years. Will you be alternating releases from now on? Im so looking forward to Thrall :)

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  20. Thrilled to see you post, and I'm looking forward to the next installment of Daniel Black. Perilous Waif was good, but I prefer good old-fashioned fantasy to sci-fi anyday.

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  21. I liked both series but I found perilous waif to be better written. Daniel black is my preferred story type but every book you but out is easier to read. So i hope both series continues.

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  22. Do not know if you read these, but two opinions for you:

    Perilous Waif was a fantastic read. I say this as a Daniel Black fan, and a non-Sci-Fi reader.

    Longer books are not a bad thing for me, personally. Longer the better, I do not like the story to end... just opinions!

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  23. Can't wait :) I'm not surprised Perilous Waif is doing so well. Your Daniel Black fans are the ones buying those Alice Long books after all. Just please don't ignore Daniel Black! It's my favorite book series of all time and is be sad if I had to go 2+ years before I got to see another one.

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    1. Oh you are the decider of which series is better? I think not. Do us all a favor and stop posting stuff on the internet.

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    3. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, guys. For some, the Daniel series is your cup of osuno, for others Perilous Waif. Each to their own. I haven't read the Daniel series ... Perilous Waif was an Amazon suggestion, which I'm glad I took. So, no, not all of the copies is PW have been bought by Daniel fans.

      It is totally legitimate to hope/wish/beg for the next in the series you like to be the next published, but that is totally the decision of the author (and perhaps the publisher).

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  24. The Daniel Black books are fantastic. I just haven't been able to gain traction with perilous waif. I have read each book several times and listened to the audio books a couple time too. The wait fir the next book is killing me

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  25. I'm having trouble getting on to Patreon. When entering Patreon I get a huge icon covering the whole screen. How do you pledge?

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  26. Any of your Daniel Black fans undoubtedly purchased Perilous Waif. Don't trust sell numbers alone when it comes to indicating interest. I like both and look forward to both continuing.

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  27. The Daniel Black series by William E. Brown, The Demon Lord series by Morgan Blayde, The Dresden files series by Jim Butcher, and The Good Intentions series by Elliot Kay, are the only series on amazon, That have managed to keep me coming back to them, for the last 10 years give or take a few, and out of all of them, the blog I F5 the most is this one.

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  28. Just listened to the audio book of Perilous Wait. What a fun listen! I haven't read any of your other series, but this one definitely has my attention. Can't wait for book 2!

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  29. Regarding paperback sales part of the problem may be distribution. I went to Barnes and Noble and the Perilous Waif doesn't even exist in their database, neither as a paperback nor e-book. We even checked using the ibsn number.

    I finally bought the paperback on Amazon. Read it as an ebook and loved it

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  30. Would prefer Daniel Black over Perilous Waif, though Alice is fun, too.

    Your Patreon page is failing to load correctly.

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  31. While you work out your structure/storyline for the next (dozen?) DB-books….

    Could you feed us some background / information-tidbits?

    Some background information like you did with your sf-project (in July 2016)?

    In September 2015 we got some Information about nature spirts (the tree-fairies) and in March 2015 we got some answers about magic and magic users.

    There are so many more topics for info-dumps…

    Information about magic, monsters, persons, organisations, history, countries, cities, geography……..

    Or even better some (Kindle-)short stories to keep the readers interest and shorten the waiting period for the next book(s).
    What about recounting the story from the perspective of the wolfen/Gronir (transformation / formation of the pack / fights / interpack dealings / spy stuff with Cerise / basically book 1-3 through Gronir’s eyes / or only some short highlights….)?

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    1. I am not sure what the difficulty for doing this would be, but I would pay $3.99 for a collection of something like 5 short stories from alternate viewpoints. Examples being something like the adventures of a previous black coven, a story of Steelbinder(? its been awhile since my last reading I might not have his name right) either before or during his rise to power, A story of a goblin's or a giant's daily life, a story from the Bast and her last acolyte, A little bit of what life is like for the civvies within the Black Citadel and how they actually feel about him, and other things like that

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  32. Perilous Waif really surprised me. I expected a compelling tale but not such well designed science fiction. Combined with the action and the memorable characters this was a book I could not put down. Easily the best book I have read all year. I am really looking forward to more books in this series and I have bought the books in the authors other series as I also enjoy good fantasy.

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  33. thank you so much. I love the Daniel black books. been waiting forever for book 4. glad to know my waiting will come to and end. Keep up the good work

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  34. Somewhere in book 3 or 4. Alice meets Queen Victoria.

    Queen Victoria: Daddy, who is this?

    Captain Sokolov: Vicky meet Alice. Alice, my daughter Vicky.

    QV: Daddy, is Alice my sister?
    CS: Sweety, do you want Alice to be your sister?

    QV: Daddy, I am always happy to see you. I am not sure why this young woman is here. Why don't you send her back to the ship or where ever.

    A naval officer with lots of gold braid rushes in and has an intense whispered conversation with the queen.

    QV focuses on CS and asks: Daddy, system pickets have spotted a Mirai battleship on fast aproach. Do you happen to know anything about it?

    CS: I might.
    CS looks at Alice, then returns his attention back to the queen.

    CS: Sweety, you see... Alice has this "little yacht" that she calls when she feels that she is not welcome.

    QV: I think I see... Yes. I do believe I see now. Daddy, sister, I was going to have a cup of tea and the kitchen promised me some wonderful pastries. I would be delighted to have you join me.

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  35. please hurry up with the Daniel Black book. i can only reread and listen to the audio books so many times before i go crazy form ack of another book.

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  36. outstanding efforts on both of your series, like one of the posters stated, I love the writing style and it is getting better as you go. We are all waiting for your books to pop up in Amazon. Do you follow your forum often? You have quite the fanbase. We even promote you on one of our LitRPG forums on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGGroup/?ref=bookmarks
    I know you were saying you had some other series floating around in there, I'm sure we would LOVE if you wrote a series for LitRPG. ok ok, I'm sure we would love it AFTER we get our DB fix! :) just sayin :)

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  37. I'm not really a sci-fi fan, so I can only curse your good fortune. It really seems to be a success, even to my eyes. My own method is to look at the reviews on goodreads.

    Reviews of any volume past the first are completely worthless as any truly critical reviewers drop the series after the first volume. So volume 1 is the absolute best way to judge the success of a series.

    When compared to volume 1 of Daniel Black, you have a higher average rating 4.4(Alice Long)>4.1(Daniel Black).

    Alice long only has about a thousand less reviews than Daniel Black, but that is fairly meaningless. A lot of people only pick up a book after a few volumes have been released for it. So Alice Long will probably have great longevity so long as you keep releasing good volumes for it.

    Sigh, now Daniel Black has to share writing time with this series.

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  38. Is the Daniel black series continuing soon? Read the perilous waif twice. I injoyed both series.

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    1. Per the post: At this point I've just started chapter 7 of Thrall, which is threatening to end up a bit longer than Extermination. If I had to guess at a release date right now I'd go with early fall, but as usual that may change depending on how the writing goes.

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  39. Wow, just finished book one of Perilous Waif, really incredibly good.
    Begging for the next book. Will do a review a for u here in a bit as well.

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  40. Just re-read Perilous Waif for the 3rd time...it's really great...I've never run across anything like it. Can't wait for more...

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  41. Request: Please add a battle scene where Alice is in command of of the "Speedy Exit", ripple-firing missiles, wreaking havoc on the enemy, and making Beatrice afraid the ship will break up.

    New skill for Alice: microphone array. ***

    The bar is rowdy, and my eyes are drawn to an old spacer in a corner. I've read about wrinkles in Xenopedia, of course, but it's still a shock when I zoom in on the speakers' face. The old man is talking to an audience of rookies, who are hanging on to his every word, and I decide to listen in. It's not a big deal. The tactile sensors in my skin all double as microphones, turning my skin into a big microphone array, and picking out a single conversation from all the sounds in the bar is just math.

    The old spacer lowers his voice, and begins: "Aye, son, they bombed the Mirai home world until the crust melted all the way to the mantle. But have you ever heard of the last of the Mirai? The only survivor of that bloodthirsty race, a woman capable of taking on a cybertank single-handedly? A woman, wandering around in space, desperately looking for her lost child, killing anyone and everything that stands in her way? No? Well, when I was just a young cabin boy, the tramp freighter I worked on received a signal of an emergency beacon on a derelict spacecraft..."

    I look the captain in the face. "I suppose it would be poor form to ask around if someone has seen mom?"

    ***

    The microphone array idea is illustrated in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuENIkgd-Ig


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    1. What you are describing would be an easy upgrade of her passive sonar to give her selective directional pickup.

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  42. First. I like it.

    The bad part. If I recall right. The war with mirai took place 8? Years before the events of P waif. Alice herself is 6 years old So. I do not see how that spacer got old.

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  43. I'm afraid us DB fans will be left with a half done story for our next installment of the Daniel Black series. Their are not many authors who can pull off a two series storyline without one or both suffering with either being rushed or the stories seem to blend. Of late a number of my favorite authors have fell into one or the other of these situations where there latest story has not come up to the standard of it previous stories. Many things have made these author next installment seem either not the same as what came before or the author has added a new style to their story telling that throws the whole series upside-down. This doen't happen to New Author's only but veteran authors as well a good example of this is the David Webber series Safehold. It starts off with the reader following the main character throw each book but by the end of the series the reader was jumping all over the place. I was so disappointed with the latest book I couldn't even give it a review.

    I'm really hoping Mr Brown has not fell into this trap with DB and the wait is worth all the speculation and stress us readers have to put up with while waiting for the Next installmant. It doesn't bowed well for the series when the title changes and the time for the next book has been put back.

    Here's hoping and praying we get a great new book to add my collection.

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    1. Well, as far as I know there are quite a few authors who can do just that.(Little-PuffMay 29, 2017 at 11:33 PM) you should not be so quick to be pessimistic. Have not read the DB series yet but the Alice Long Series is starting off great. Obviously any Author thst bothers putting that kind of intellectual effort behind a SciFi storyline. Should in my opinion be given the benefit of the doubt. Seriously though any series reader worth their salt has more than one series thry are reading. I personally am reading 50 or more at present series not books, that's in the thousands. The only way a series suffers from an authors endeavors is because the publisher put too many time constraints on the author's ability to write the way they want. However with self publishing being easier thsn ever publishers would not be smart to do that too often. E. William Brown seems intelligent enough to know his limitations. So stop worrying, As long as there is no storyline bleed over we are good.

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    2. Whats that Quote "Hope for the Best,Plan for the worse".

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  44. I bought perilous waif because of your Daniel Black series. Yes. It is a good book. I am looking forward to others in the series. But I am mostly waiting for the next Daniel Black book.

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  45. I honestly did not enjoy Perilous Waif even half as much as Fimbulwinter. It didn't net my imagination as much either and in all honesty the first 3rd of Perilous Waif was the better part of the book.
    The subsequent two thirds of the book kinda went down hill like a snowball gaining fatal mass. If the story can be resuscitated with a second book great, but I think it would take some doing.
    @E.WB, I really hope you stick with the Daniel Black books tho, knowing another volume will be out kinda makes life bearable between releases.
    /Thx

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  46. sweet! more! give us more! yay!

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  47. After rerere…rereading the Daniel Black books yet again I really hope for an early continuation of the series.
    Now I just have to respam some older posts because I think about that every time I read DB.

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    1. Things I am looking forward to / hope will happen / would like to see in the next book(s)

      - Daniel will levelup/alter/improve himself with flesh magic, the help of the empowered dryads, the mystic banana (= stronger, faster, more resilient, better senses, can channel his unlimited magic-mana better, more charisma, has a higher intuitive awareness of the supernatural…..one step nearer to the demigod/superhero weight class)

      - Improved personal magic items (additional ones? / adjusted to Daniel’s new power level…and that of his foes)

      - His entourage will grow in power (stronger coven members/spells, more and mana-pimped-out dark elves and dryads, more (stronger?) wolfen, perhaps a slight powerup for the pack-leader Gronir)

      - Fully developed Black Island/Citadel with thousands of inhabitants (OK….not fully developed…reading about upgrading the home base is too much fun, so give it to us continually in small pieces…new home/cave system for the dark elves?…evolved dryad-groves after unlimited mana infusion? Will this continual nature magic beacon in the middle of the citadel effect the living conditions/environment?…fleshed out barracks in the corner towers?…new housing blocks for influx of new inhabitants?…is the water/habour access -protected only by a portcullis- still there?..........)

      - A storyline with Daniel and Eline travelling to the summer fairy court / Elines mother (England?/another dimension?/isn’t that the same?) resolving her shapechanging issues and family problems; perhaps gaining some allies/magical help. This would be an opportunity to explore exotic places and beings apart from the Black Isle / Kozalin locus.

      - A storyline with Benito Runesage the -then- risen from the dead founder and master of the Red Conclave, builder of iron castle and bad-ass wizard. What will he do now? (Probably doling out generous amounts of bloody revenge while taking over “his” shop again.) Can Daniel overcome this foe? What about the artifacts “Skyhammer” and “Sleeping Giant” (Are there more? And why do I think about bombing and a battle mechs?)? Can Daniel field them against the ever increasing threats to mankind? How is High Adept Boris Ward playing into this? Daniel offered him a rejuvenation and he declined because it would jeopardise his “bargain” (?). Why does he avoid Brand (the demigod)? Or is this a totally independent narrative hook? This would be a good opportunity to shine a light on a major power faction (Red Conclave) and magic and local history.

      - Perhaps some short stories to keep the readers interest and shorten the waiting period for the next book. What about recounting the story from the perspective of the wolfen/Gronir (transformation / formation of the pack / fights / interpack dealings / spy stuff with Cerise / basically book 1-3 through Gronir’s eyes / or only some short highlights….)?

      - (hell of a lot) more soldiers/military personel…perhaps some elite units with exceptional officers (i.e. individual “knights” or “heroes” with superior abilities and magical equipment); more wolfen (!); other exotic individuals/heroes/groups/races

      - More (types of) interesting defence emplacements, personal weapons and armor, new skimmer-tank variants (+ civilian hover trucks/trailers?), a second airship(?), radios, telescopes/scrying devices, bags of holding, skill items ….gadgets ….shiny thingies ….moremoremoremore (insert megalomaniacal Count von Count laugh here).

      - More worldbuilding/background (description of different factions and individuals in Kozalin, relations between them, political/economic/social interaction with Daniel/Black Island… is there a world outside of Kozalin?)

      - More magic background knowledge!! (let us learn with Daniel: new spells, exploring/using new materials better suited for enchantment like gold, platinum, rhodium, iridium….pearls, diamond, ruby, sapphire…. Tartarus steel, adamantium, orichalcum, badassium… other mystic, legendary materials and/or magic formulars/traditions/spells …How does it work?)

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    2. speculations/thoughts about Daniel’s (assumed) future selfimprovement

      In book 1 Daniel already did a basic self-upgrade….so take that to the next level (with the help of the empowered dryads and the magic banana).

      The tree-fairy-dryads on unlimited mana-feed do an epic power of nature blessing ritual and bestow the potency of the legendary sabre-tooth tiger, quickness of the cheetah, senses of the lynx, cunning of the fox, virility of the rabbit….

      Throw in Daniel working with his flesh magic integrating those blessings , perhaps improving/channeling them with his modern knowledge… on top of a shit ton of mana…and the groundwork already laid by the mystical god-banana….

      All while we hear his inner monologue translation into modern (medical) terms …genetic modification / optimized genetic constitution…stronger bones, increased muscle/sinew strength, enhanced lung/oxygen absorption and heart/circulatory system, optimized reaction rate, higher resistance to trauma, sharp senses like 20/5 vision, night sight, sensitive hearing, the capability to process all these detailed sensory impressions superfast….perhaps some other mental boni he will perceive subsequently….like enhanced memory….higher awareness of his environment and/or the supernatural….heightened multitasking abilities….strengthened coven bond (telepathic communication?)….

      His body is now hardy enough (and has the right “pathways”) to withstand massive mana-boosting (=temporary strength, speed, resilience boost….like Matrix-style bullet time).

      As a further toughness-indicator he could also gain some resistances…

      …like elemental resistance. Can endure extreme meteorological conditions (from Antarctica to Sahara) without harm. Not a combat protection…more a general hardiness-effect.
      ….like resilient skin. Minor armor effect. Of course without ugly byeffects (visually or tactile)!!

      I’d also like some visible changes as a sign for Daniels upgrade.
      Here some examples:
      - he grows some inches
      - he looks healthier
      - he has the elegant, efficient, always balanced step of lifelong martial artists or dancers
      - his eye colour is striking, very intensive
      - he has an eye-catching white streak in his hair
      - his piercing glance can intimidate the weak-minded
      - ….you get my drift….just as a statement…..for a cool pre-post comparison…… ;-)

      Daniels empowerment could be part of the hinted at dryad-orgy (=even more fun).

      Something like this described on a couple of pages (with some extra pages for the orgy) and the next book is already a sure-fire success with me. ;-)

      PS: Perhaps some diluted benefits will filter through the coven bond to his girls…? Not that they need it. Physically they are already stronger than Daniel.

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    3. Did I mention those great magical bags of holding of the dark elves this month already?

      Great dimension-space-compression-magic!

      A small belt pouch with the capacity of a locker (for example)…. you have space for ALL the plunder/trinkets/equipment.

      Does it even have to be a container or could you just have an extra dimensional storage space you can access from everywhere?

      Every gamer can tell you: An unlimited inventory is priceless!

      Okaaay…on second thought…Daniel Black having a small or veery big bag will probably have no impact on the story….but it is still such a cool conception! And who knows maybe he will need a bag big enough for an apple tree or two….??

      Or put the enchantment on bracers (or Cerises fingerless gloves) for instant access to the personal weapons stockpile.

      2 dozen throwing daggers, 4 dozen throwing stars, 1 dozen javelins, dwarven battle axe, gun, twohanded sword, 2 longswords…. and the barbeque tongs for the after-battle snack…….no problem, it is all right here in my sleeve!

      Put it on boxes, cabinets , rooms or even buildings to multiply storage and living space manyfold without changing the physical building dimensions.

      This is a fairy tale classic….a small hut on the outside and once you are inside you walk for hours through a grand palace!

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    4. I'd like to see Daniel look into the teleport spell the conclave uses and come up with a alternative, also look at the bags of holding the Elf's use and create a weapons bag, pocket or holster where he can store his weapons at all times an won't need to worry if he brought the right weapons with him all he does then is just think about the weapon he wants and its in his hand and automatically locks on a target, his own personal armoury.

      Can always dream hehehe LOL

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    5. I was reading over what you had said, and I definitely agree with a lot of what you were saying.

      Also i drive a lot, so i listen to the audio books, and am not sure of the spelling of the characters names

      As for Ward, i think you likely believe what He and Benito are one and the same, as you mention them in the same paragraph.

      The bags of holding have to have some form of rules for capacity. Likely a multiple of the container the enchantment is attached too, small bag would equal a couple of hundred pounds, where as the crates loaded onto the intrepid could hold many more. It would be interesting to know if the goods placed in a "bag" of holding decayed, also whether it could be used to further expand the keep, or the holds on the airships.

      I'm interested to hear about what happens when he attempts to destroy the Mithril market and the Dwarves come to punish him.

      By the description of Benito Runesage I'm thinking, he and Daniel have quite a fair amount in common. Its entirely that they both have a misinterpreted reputation. I also assume that Brand thinks Daniel is Benito's reincarnation, or whatever.

      Some of the things that I suspect will occur in the next book;

      The Summer Court will be visited, possible setup an embassy in the Black Citadel.
      -How will this sit with currently expatriated dryad's and such.

      The Fallout from Gia's Wrath will be felt.
      -Will she blame Bran or will the question about Mara's lover point toward Daniel.
      -Will she unleash the tidal wave of forces, as they will all die soon anyway?

      Mara's final trial will test the ability of the group to cope.
      -will the trail be set against Daniels Coven directly?
      -Will Mara then give up immortality to join the Coven? (which isn't really giving up immortality)

      The Red Conclave will likely unleash the Sky Hammer or the Sleeping Giant with the power that Daniel has given them.
      - What do they do? Are they pseudo Sentient?
      - If they can be awakened, can they be controlled?
      - Was Benito another traveler from Earth, like Tesla or Niche? (Unlikely, but who knows)

      Will Daniels constant modifications to himself ie, Night vision, dense muscle fibers and such, be passed onto his children? And will there be an other child to follow shortly? Avilla perhaps?
      -What would a construct and a demigod level mages' child be like? Vast power storage from mom, and intense power output from dad? not to mention naturally immortal.

      There is a lot more that can be questionned like will Tavrins Daughter (cant remember her name) join the coven?

      But, lastly suspect that Daniels Fortress will be tested by a great beast.
      -Will it be a great beast from mythology?, if so whom? Fenrir? a lot of Felwolves have died there, and maybe Fenrir will have sway over the wolfen?

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  48. I've had a couple of ideas for Daniel Black which I'd like to share. The first relates to the magical guns he's created. Instead of plugging them into a power-stone, each gun could have a removable mana battery (either in the stock, or under the barrel) which would power it. When the battery is used up, just switch it out for a fully charged replacement. The empties could either self-destruct, or have re-charging options via ambient mana (slow) or power-stone (fast). How many shots these magazines would contain is up to the author of course, but soldiers so equipped wouldn't have to stay anywhere near a power-stone.

    Second idea: wall-seeds. Enchant something like the Earth Talisman, plant it, plug it into a power-stone and let it go. The seed sends out subterranean shoots laterally until it's enclosed a given (pre-programmed) area, then it sends down "roots" to secure it in place, then it sends up brambles which grow and grow and merge into one another until you've got a wall of arbitrary dimensions. Needless to say, all this growth is Nickle/Iron. No supervision needed. Tunnels would be built in, and would be secured with push-button enchantments which summon or banish NiFe plugs at either end.

    As with the ammo/mana batteries, the feasibility of this artifact would be determined by the author, but it all seems consonant with the various types of enchantments which Daniel has already created.

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    1. Standardize. He should have a common format for batteries, receivers and full power stones. And he might look into powering a device from the metabolism of the operator.

      It seems to me too large and too deep a wall would run into issues with groundwater.

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    2. Kozalin is on the coast, so water isn't likely to be an issue. If you're thinking of subsidence or undermining issues, I'm sure there'd be a workaround. The undergrounds parts of the wall could be porous enough to allow water through, ala a root network.

      Standardizing the mana-batteries is a good idea.

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    3. That carries its own dangers. I am wondering for example what good a portcullis would be if an enemy could just use space expansion magic on it. The same would actually go for a city wall. With dwarves and goblins who control earth elementals around undermining is much more of an issue than in our world.

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    4. There are probably no perfect solutions. That said, walls are commonplace defenses in the setting, so being able to magically manufacture them en masse, especially if they were self-repairing, would be helpful.

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    “I'd like to see Daniel look into the teleport spell the conclave uses and come up with a alternative,….”
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    Bags of holding - space expansion magic leading to dimensional travel, gates, teleportation seems to be a natural continuation of this subject-matter.

    I am not sure how to feel about “travel-magic”.

    The ability to travel far away would be a great opportunity to explore exotic places and beings apart from the Black Isle / Kozalin locus. That would be pretty cool!

    But as a reader I would prefer Daniel dramatically slugging it out with his antagonists (or witness a nearly hopeless flight while his enemies are gaining ground) and not having an instant teleport escape door ready.

    So an elaborate, mana intensive, hours-long ritual for a gate to reach some ulterior region (for Daniel…perhaps with a small party?) would be a good solution from my point of view.

    Permanent gates to exotic places are also a great notion. Trade routes to other continents right in your front yard. Thousands of miles bridged with a few steps. Legends are made from stuff like this!

    But how do you keep the undesirables out?

    And how to keep your people from leaving?

    Then again…with the whole world going into the crapper and Black Island steadily shaping up…that may not be a big problem?

    …complicationscomplicationscomplications….

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    1. I thought about the gate idea, and it is a natural segway from the Space/time magic that the elves seem to have already.. It is very likely that it will make an appearance shortly, if not the next book. Having the ability to travel to say Egypt or China to to touch on the other story ideas that have already been mentioned will likely be a necessity. but it will have to be handled carefully. I can see Daniel having access to this ability with his seemingly limitless power getting out of had rapidly. As he said before, he likes to think out of the box with his ideas that drove his DM's insane. That being said, he will likely gain access to some form of it. Maybe it will be deal with the Fey to travel the "ways" or some such.

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  50. ==>
    from Little-Puff (June 13 at 04:46)
    “….also look at the bags of holding the Elf's use and create a weapons bag, pocket or holster where he can store his weapons at all times an won't need to worry if he brought the right weapons with him all he does then is just think about the weapon he wants and its in his hand….”
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    Probably my wording wasn’t clear (I’m a not a native speaker).

    That’s what I meant to say with
    "Or put the enchantment on bracers (or Cerises fingerless gloves) for instant access to the personal weapons stockpile."

    Look up the B-movie action flick “Ultraviolet” with Milla Jovovich. She had the scifi-hightech version of “bracers of holding”. She had dozens of guns, blades and other killing implements in her bracers that she could summon directly and instantly into her hands.
    In this film Milla Jovovich has a lot in common with Cerise.
    She plays supernaturally strong and fast killer babe (in tight outfits) mowing a gory swath through dozens (hundreds?) of opponents.

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    from Unknown (June 13 at 05:31)
    “…As for Ward, i think you likely believe what He and Benito are one and the same, as you mention them in the same paragraph….”
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    Nearly so….

    Benito was mentioned by name, a (very) short description of his deeds was given and we know of some of his greater creations (Gate, Sky Hammer, Sleeping Giant). In addition to that Black made joke about evil wizards not staying dead.

    I’m far too weak-willed to ignore this possible story hook (or red herring?)!

    My current tinfoil hat theory:

    It was mentioned that Benito disapproved of the gods in general.

    So to ensure none of the smug meddlers gets his soul in case of his demise he made a pact with some unspeakable primal evil entity even the gods tiptoe around (and made the soul devouring teleportation gate).

    The pact stipulates that his soul goes to this entity for safekeeping but after “paying” some souls (100? 1.000? 10.000? ...) it is sent back.

    The gate burns the life force of the sacrifices to power the teleporting and sends their souls straight to Benito’s keeper to pay off his mortgage.

    High adept Ward could be his “soul-anchor” (Thrall?). He gets a rejuvenation out of this deal.

    Okaaay…while thinking about his idea for longer than 20 seconds the words: very thin…tinfoil hat theory cubed…full of holes…bollocks…12-year-old-anime-crab-theory… etc. begin to appear in my mind.

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    1. Ah, interesting idea. I think it could also be a Full Metal Alchemist kinda thing. souls to make an Alchemist Stone. If you don't know the reference, i apologize.

      but it may be something similar then in that regard. Benito was obviously a necromancer and powers his on magic with souls. Not an earth shattering revelation i know. Mind you i wonder what advantage a necromancer would have over the rest of the conclave when it came to gain power from sacrifices. I does seem as though he was getting a significant power increase, else he was getting power though an alternative source.

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    2. It would seem that a normal human sacrifice makes available the whole life force of the victim at once. But the victim's soul goes on into the afterlife. If you have soul magic, you can use the soul as a power source. What that would mean is unknown.

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  52. I found Perilous Waif first, and absolutely loved it. Will be trying the Daniel Black series next.

    I absolutely loved Perilous Waif, and after this I'll be throwing out positive reviews wherever I can.

    I really hope after you complete the next Black book you can start on a new Alice Long book as I am incredibly eager to find out what happens next.

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  53. Any news on a new update its been awhile would like to hear anything about how the writing is going?

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  55. Enjoyed both Perilous Waif & the Daniel Black Series. Would love it if you continued both series (provided the proper inspiration hits of course and that they are selling enough to make it worth being an author)

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  56. Loved them read DB then read PW and found it wonderful. Thank you for sharing these worlds.

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  57. It would be awesome if the book was ready for this summer... I've reread the whole series 5 times already.

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    1. I just hope he is still on track for fall release I've re-read extermination so many times now and I really really wanna see what's next for Daniel and co.

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  58. I wonder if Alice is going to come back to felicity and find her friend brainwashed or dead and go on a vengeance fueled murder spree start burning down the enhanced seed grown treehouses........ I just realized they're the kids next door!

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  59. You have to remember that "orphan program" on felicity is run for fed navy. A better story is what fed navy is up to...

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  60. I am really looking forward to the next books in either the Alice Long or Daniel Black series. I have audible copies of all current books and I have gone through them multiple times. You have a knack for world creation and storytelling.

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