You know you’re really, really, really busy when a pub date for a book actually sneaks up on you.
I’ve been so engrossed in Arthas’s dark journey that I only just found out that my collaboration with Aaron Rosenberg, Beyond the Dark Portal, is actually out now!
This is the second time I’ve done a collaboration, and both times it was because of a time crunch. Aaron wrote the first draft of the novel and to get the book in on time I was invited in to do the second draft. Readers of my Warcraft fiction know that thus far, I’ve dealt primarily with the Horde, specifically orc, side of things. Well, BtDP deals with both Horde and Alliance, and as I play both Horde and Alliance, I found that a great deal of fun.
It actually brought about kind of a warm and fuzzy feeling to revisit Ner’zhul and Grom Hellscream. And it was a kick to get to play with famous characters like Danath and Khadgar and Terenas. Things are starting to interweave now, and it’s pretty cool, because I am getting to write these characters repeatedly with different takes on them.
Long time readers know that much as I love action and strong storylines, even more do I love my lovers. 🙂 I’ve always woven a romance into my stories to a greater or lesser extent. Hey, even with Rise of the Horde–Durotan and Draka were definitely in love, even as they kicked ass together. And here I got to flesh out the relationship between elven ranger Alleria Windrunner and the human paldin Turalyon. It’s such a big story and there’s so much to relate that I couldn’t focus on them as much as I might have liked–too much else needed to be told!–but what I did have a chance to do I enjoyed.
Amazon.com’s carrying the book, and it should start popping up in bookstores any day now.
For the Horde! And this time…also, For the Alliance!