Therefore, I give you Orestes: The Outcast on Smashwords, with all its various formats (iBook, .pdf, .mobi, etc.) Now go out there and BUY, so I can comfortably settle into working on The High King.
In other news, I am outlining the forty-nine year period that will make up Orestes: The High King. As I do this, I'm having to calculate everyone's ages. Right now, I'm on Year 22.
This book will feature the Herakleidai and the Dorians, who have been mentioned in passing in the previous two books. Nestor of Pylos and Telemachus will make appearances, but not Odysseus. And yes, there will be battles and hunting scenes. I haven't yet included those in the trilogy.
Seven years have passed since Orestes witnessed the savage murder of his father Agamemnon and fled for his life.
Now, aged twenty, he is ready to reclaim his birthright as king of Mycenae, and avenge his father’s murder—by killing his own mother, a crime that will label him a matricide. He will be shunned by all men, and hounded into madness by the demonic Erinyes, the relentless Daughters of Night. Orestes’ only hope of redemption lies in trial by sanity, an ordeal which will take him to the very edge of terror. Will he survive as a whole man, and receive ritual purification in order to claim his throne, or will he perish in the attempt?
Note: I'm just coming up for air after this book, so be patient for the third and final book, The High King. That one will be as large as the first two books put together.
First news of the New Year: the first draft of Orestes: The Outcast is finished, at 78,000 words; it is a short book, with The High King, the final book in the trilogy, set to be much longer. I am now combing through The Outcast, weeding out typos and editing for content. It should be ready by late January or early February.
November and December were great months for Helen’s Daughter. Somehow, this book is selling far better than The Young Lion. Do readers simply prefer novels with female protagonists? Don’t shy away from the Orestes Trilogy! Plenty of Mycenaean pageantry, adventure, and intrigue to soak up!
On an end note, some recent cartoons: Orestes and Hermione holiday shopping at IKEA Corinth, and the pair on Christmas morning. The latter will be a diptych image, with Elektra and Pylades facing.
Note: if your eyes are good, you might be able to make out the Snake Goddess on the tree.