Monthly Update – November 2018

Greetings, friends!

Another month has come and gone, and we’re one step closer to the end of the year. What a crazy thought. It feels like yesterday that I started writing seriously, and already it’s been almost two years and seven books finished.

2018 has been a big year for me. It’s seen my first books published and my first reviews received. But I plan for 2019 to be even bigger.

But more on that next month 🙂

We’re gearing up for Thanksgiving festivities here at the Peel house, so I’ll keep this short and sweet. “Prince of Darkness”, the fifth and final book in the Arc of Radiance series, will be available for purchase on December 1st. You can preorder it here for 99 cents. After December 1st, it will go up to its normal price of $2.99.

Here is the cover art, for reference (sorry that it’s fuzzy):

Prince of Darkness Cover

I’m currently working on a couple of projects that I am excited to unveil soon. They are fantasy stories that are a bit different than what you’ll find in Arc of Radiance, but will nevertheless scratch your fantasy itch 🙂

Not much else to report! Things have been pretty busy here with family and work, but rest assured that I’m still making writing a priority.

Have a great month, everyone! Send me a message if you want to talk!

-Blake

Monthly Update – October 2018

I can’t believe that it’s already October. Where does the time go?

Here’s a quick update on what I’ve been up to:

The rest of the year will see the final two volumes of Arc of Radiance published. “Exiled” will be released on November 1st and “Prince of Darkness” will be released on December 1st. The next books coming out will be an anthology and a two book fantasy series.

The anthology will be released in early 2019 and is unnamed as of today, but it is with other authors in the podcast/Facebook group Keystroke Medium! I’m excited and honored to be a part of this, and excited to be associated with those other fine writers.

The two book fantasy series is based on a setting I created for Dungeons & Dragons. In fact, it will read much like a campaign from classic roleplaying games, and will feature an assassin, a fighter, and a mage as the main characters. This will also come out in early 2019 and will be under the name Tears of Eternity.

The main project I am working on is a large epic fantasy series similar to Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere in that it spans many different character on multiple worlds. It will feature a variety of unique magic systems and have the same overarching villain. I plan for this series to be no less than twenty books. I am very excited about this project, and will be looking for beta readers soon to provide feedback on the first book (email contact@blakearthurpeel.com if you are interested).

Expect more details and cover reveals soon!

Aside from work, I’ve been reading my way through George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire in preparation for the final season of Game of Thrones. Currently, I’m two-thirds of the way through “A Clash of King’s”. He’s an amazing writer, and these books are a pleasure to read.

I’ve also been working my way through the RPG Pillars of Eternity, a callback to old school isometric RPGs like Baldur’s Gate. I’m enjoying this as well, as the world building and storytelling is on par with my favorite books.

If only there were more hours in the day so I could read, play video games, and write in great amounts… *sigh*

Anyway, enough prattling. Time to get back to my WIP. Hope ya’ll are doing well, and let me know if you ever want to chat.

Blake

Monthly Update – September 2018

Another month, another update.

War Echoes, Arc of Radiance book 3, launched this week on Amazon to a handful of positive reviews. It’s always fun seeing a new book go live – I love getting feedback when people read my stories. It still amazes me that anyone would want to read about the worlds I’ve created in my head. It is one of the most humbling things about being a writer. Exiled, book 4 in the series, is now available for preorder. Like the other books, you can grab it for 99 cents, but come November 1st, the price will jump up to $2.99. Secure your copy by clicking this link!

With Arc of Radiance in my rear view mirror, I have begun working on several new projects. I’ve mentioned some of these on my blog, and I look forward to begin the beta reading phase. The first is a two book story arc titled Tears of Eternity, and will launch in early 2019. It is loosely based on Dungeons & Dragons, and takes place in a campaign setting I created for me and my friends. I wanted to write about a group of adventurers that included three main archetypes: the fighter, the mage, and the rogue. As stated previously, the first book will be a collection of short stories and the second will be full-length adventure.

In addition to the Tears of Eternity series, I am also working on a much larger, much more ambitious story. It is called The Living Worlds, and it is an epic fantasy series involving up to (and possibly exceeding) 20 books. I’ll be posting more about these in the future, along with cover reveals and detailed descriptions of the lore. More to follow 🙂

In other, less literary news, my wife and I have just started watching a new show on Netflix called “The Dragon Price”. It is reminiscent of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, and it is actually really good. Excellent writing and really cool animation. What can I say? I’m a sucker for anything fantasy.

Not much else to report. I’m hard at work trying to bring my stories to life. Please, if you haven’t yet, leave a review for my books. Your feedback is invaluable to making me a better writer. Plus, your kind words can buoy up my spirits when I’m having a rough day.

Until next time,

Blake

Monthly Update – August 2018

Greetings, friends!

It’s August! Can you believe it? It feels like this summer has absolutely flown by. So much has happened in the last two months that my head is spinning!

First thing’s first – Bringers of Doom has officially launched on Amazon. This is the second installment in my Arc of Radiance series, a young adult epic fantasy. So far, it’s been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, which of course makes me very happy. I love hearing about what readers think of my stories. For those of you who have reached out, thank you. Your words of encouragement keep me going whenever I get discouraged.

War Echoes, book three in the series, is now up for preorder. Grab it now on Amazon for only 99 cents! The price will increase to $2.99 after the book launches on September 15th.

Speaking of the Arc of Radiance series… I have officially finished writing the fifth and final book! This is a big milestone for me – not only because it’s my fifth full-length novel, but because it’s the first time I’ve ever wrapped up an entire series before. It feels… strange, if I’m being honest. Part of me is excited and ready to move onto the next project, but another part of me is just a little bit sad. This world that I have created, these characters… it’s almost like I’m saying goodbye. That’s one of the weird things about being an author. You grow attached to your stories in a way that’s hard to describe.

Expect book five, Prince of Darkness, to release sometime at the end of this year.

In other news…

My wife and I are still in new parent mode (which basically means it is chaos in our house 24/7). We’re still getting used to having a newborn in addition to our rambunctious two-year-old. Still, it’s not all bad. Being a parent is extremely satisfying. I only wish that I was able to have more time to write. And sleep. Yes, I miss the whole sleeping thing.

During my (brief) paternity leave from work, I was able to finish the Witcher 3, and my only reactions is, “Wow”. That game is a masterpiece of storytelling. It made me feel things. Seriously, if any of you haven’t had a chance yet, I’d highly recommend you play Witcher 2 and then Witcher 3, particularly if you enjoy RPG-style video games. You will not regret it.

With the end of the Arc of Radiance book series, I’ve also been planning my next great adventure, which includes revisiting another world of mine. Some of you have probably read my novellas Cycle of Blades and Sellsword. These stories take place in the same world, and I’m excited to announce that I will be combining these and other short stories into a fantasy anthology releasing early next year. Shortly thereafter, I plan on releasing an all-new, full-length fantasy novel involving those same characters. That’s right, Jasper Aurelio, Camdyn Taurus and others will be joining forces in a new D&D-style adventure called Tears of Eternity. I’m really excited about this new project. Be on the lookout for more information about this story in the coming months.

Other than that, I’m just working, eating, commuting and sleeping. Who knew building an author platform was so much work? 😉

Thank you all so much for your continued support. Without you readers, none of this would be possible. I’m encouraged by your kind words and emboldened by the trickle of book sales I am receiving. Hopefully one day I will be able to turn that trickle into a mighty river.

Hope everyone is doing well! As always, feel free to reach out to me at contact@blakearthurpeel.com. Until then, happy reading!

-Blake

Monthly Update – July 2018

Hello my friends, and happy July!

The last month has been a whirlwind, and my writing has unfortunately taken a bit of a hit. But the lack of productivity is not without good cause…

Baby boy #2 was born at the end of June, bringing with him all of the love and accompanying exhaustion one could expect. He and mom are healthy and in good spirits (though, truthfully, everyone could do with a bit more sleep).

Now, this isn’t to say I haven’t been writing at all – I’m actually about 80% done with Arc of Radiance book 5 – but my daily word count has gone down a little, something I plan on remedying in the coming weeks.

At any rate, here’s what you can expect from me for the rest of the summer:

  1. I plan on finishing Book 5 by the end of July.
  2. “Bringer’s of Doom” (Book 2) will launch on August 1st.
  3. In August, I will officially begin working on a new secret project (more details on that later).

There’s always stories brewing in the back of my mind, and I’m super excited to share them with you. Patience, though, is necessary to bring them to fruition.

Aside from babies, diapers, sleepless nights and working a full time job (on top of writing), I’ve tried to take a little “me” time in the wee hours of the night. I’m still grinding through the Witcher 3 – though grinding is probably not the right word. This game is without a doubt one of the best RPGs ever made, hands down. The writing is impeccable, the gameplay is enjoyable, and the story is downright amazing. I haven’t had this much fun playing a video game since “The Last of Us” (honestly, I wish I had more time to play).

Video games are one of the ways I de-stress, but I also consider them ‘research’. I know, I know, this is probably something that every writer says, but that doesn’t make it any less true. That’s why I love RPGs – the rich worlds and characters give me ideas for my own stories and help to make the books I write better.

Enough about games, though.

We’re just plugging along here at the Peel House. Every day brings with it new challenges and opportunities. I’m very excited to share with you some of the things I’ve been working on, but again, patience is (unfortunately) required. The Arc of Radiance saga will be published throughout the rest of this year, and then we can delve into new worlds and storylines.

Please let me know if you have any thoughts/questions. I’m always happy to hear from the readers!

Best wishes in all of your endeavors! Until next time…

Blake

Monthly Update – June 2018

Greetings!

I hope everyone is doing well. Summer is in full swing here at the Peel house – the air is hot and muggy and everyone is outside swimming while I am sitting in front of a computer screen. This isn’t a complaint, it’s just a simple fact of life (okay… maybe it is a little bit of a complaint).

Ranger’s Oath officially launched fifteen days ago, giving me a good start to my author career. It has been met with mostly positive reviews, and I’ve even managed to sell a handful of copies (yay me!). The first step we take is often the most important one, especially on such a long and ambitious journey, and I consider this the first major milestone. With persistence, hard work, and perhaps a little bit of luck, I hope to make a full-time living off my writing, enough to support me and my family.

Bringers of Doom, book 2 of the Arc of Radiance series, is now up for preorder on Amazon. Check it out here!

I’m still hard at work on book 5. Hopefully, I will have it done by next month. I am also hard at work outlining a two book series called Tears of Eternity, as well as a much larger series that I’m not quite ready to reveal yet. For now, I’ll just say that it is a much larger project than I have ever worked on before, and will likely be more than ten books long (80-100k words, epic fantasy).

In my personal life…

I’ve been enjoying spending time with my family. My two year old and I love wrestling each other, and my wife is due to have another little boy here in a couple of weeks. Exciting stuff, but also pretty stressful. We’ve mainly been trying to prepare ourself for the arrival of the new little tyrant… erm, baby.

In my (limited) free time, I managed to beat The Witcher 2 and have now moved on to The Witcher 3. This is a much larger game, and will probably take me the better part of the summer to complete. However, the story is excellent, and it gives me plenty of inspiration when working on my own fantasy worlds.

I’m almost done reading the second in Daniel Ford’s Paladin Trilogy, and am currently looking for a new series to dive into. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Other than that, not much more to report. The life of an entrepreneur can be exhausting, but it is definitely rewarding. When people read my work, it fills me with immense satisfaction. It is one of the best feelings I have ever experienced in my adult life.

Thank you for reading and for your continued support. You folks mean the world to me!!

Until next month,

-Blake

Why Andrew Lincoln needs to play Lan in the Wheel of Time TV series.

img_0095

Alright, before you say, “Really? The guy from the Walking Dead?” just hear me out…

Andrew Lincoln would make an incredible Lan. In fact, he is exactly who I pictured when I read the entire Wheel of Time series nearly four years ago. He is talented, rugged and experienced, and he knows exactly how popular these kinds of shows can be. Here are the reasons why I believe he would be the perfect candidate:

1. Looks

Andrew Lincoln has “the look”. Now, I’m not talking about the indescribable quality that makes someone look like an actor – I mean that he bears an uncanny resemblance to the character himself. Just take a look at these two photos side by side:

Lan is described as tall, lean, and wolf-like in appearance, with an angular face and dark hair tinged with grey. Lincoln is about the same age as Lan is in the books, and he has proven that he can pull off the ‘tough yet stoic’ archetype of an aging warrior.

Not only that, but Lincoln is British, which means he can naturally speak like a denizen of the Middle Ages (unlike some actors… *cough cough Kevin Costner*).

2. Experience

Long-running tv shows are not new to Lincoln. The Walking Dead just finished its 8th season, and as the show’s leading actor (and with the success of fantasy series’ like Game of Thrones), he understands how lucrative this market can be.

Even though he may be looking to get into a medium other than tv (theatre, voice acting, or even the big screen), a fantasy epic like The Wheel of Time may just be enticing enough for him to sign a contract.

Besides, this would be a no-brainer for the casting team. Lincoln would bring with him a legion of fans that could help bolster the show’s ratings.

3. Looking for a change

This one is by far the most important reason on this list.

Recently, news broke that Lincoln will be leaving The Walking Dead after the next season, stepping away from the role as Rick Grimes to search for other opportunities. Coincidentally, The Wheel of Time tv series has found a distributor (Amazon) and is actively being plotted for a first season.

The timing is perfect. Just as he exits one iconic tv series, he could step right into another, taking on a new role and an entirely new character in what is sure to be an incredible successful new show…


This sort of thing is extremely important, especially for a brand new series. The nature of the industry is fickle – if it doesn’t come out with a bang, it has a very real chance of being canceled.

I believe that Andrew Lincoln would be a slam dunk – not only for the character of Lan Mandragoran, but for The Wheel of Time series as a whole.

I’d love to hear what you think! Comment below, or give me a shoutout on social media.

-Blake