Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome back! March has been a very strange month for us all. I'll leave it at that as I'm sure we've all seen and heard plenty about the virus.

Big News:

Author Updates:
  • I have commissioned a special illustration related to "The Other Magic" by the very talented artist, Jeff Brown. You'll find out why later. Work begins in early May.
  • The award-winning narrator, Greg Patmore, has officially begun recording Podium Publishing's audio adaptation of "The Other Magic". I'm told that there may be a promotional behind-the-scenes production video to share in the near future. I should also have a firm release date soon!
The writing of "The Other Way" continues to move forward. I'm now 185 pages into the story and it is really beginning to open up in some exciting ways. The original skeleton remains intact but a few new plot markers have grown in ways that exceed even my own expectations for this second story in the series.

Currently Reading/Listening to:
"Age of Death" by Michael J. Sullivan. This is the second to last book in his Legends of the First Empire series. The way he weaves historical inventions, customs, and linguistics into his stories is masterful.

Help for Aspiring Authors:
Ever wonder why some fight scenes are great while others fall flat? Watch this video for some fantastic insights into the components of the engaging fight scene. You critics out there will find this particularly interesting because it will provide you with the ability to finally articulate the problems you see in poorly devised fight scenes as opposed to simply walking away with a "that was awesome!", or "that was meh".

That's it for now. Be safe.

If you enjoyed, "The Other Magic", and have not already done so, please pay it forward by posting an Amazon or GoodReads review to help ensure that others like you hear about this book. It is also incredibly rewarding and helpful for me to know what you enjoyed about the story! Who was your favorite character? What are you hoping to see in the second book in the series? Anything from a few sentences to a detailed analysis is welcome. Please follow one or both of the below links to leave feedback.

Leave your Amazon review here.
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If you're not into leaving reviews, but would like to share your thoughts or ask a question, send me an email.

Thanks again for reading!


Derrick Smythe
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