I have begun work on the third and final installment of the Hobohemia series - tentatively titled "Knight of the Open Road". This one will concern the hoboes. Right now I am working on the first draft and hope to be finished late in 2018.
"Storm Child", my next Hobohemia novel after "Tracks", has been contracted with Champagne Books. In "Storm Child" you will meet a troubled steam child named Red who must face the demons within before confronting the monsters without. While a stand-alone novel, you'll get to see several characters and a pivotal piece of history mentioned in "Tracks". There was a lot of things that Timepiece never told Vincent. Red was one of them. Release date brought forward to Feb, 2018.
The con was a tad smaller when it came to major vendors this year (probably due to it being on Memorial Day), but this allowed those of us in Artist Alley to shine. While other conventions are raising prices for both visitors and vendors alike, this convention remains reasonable for everyone. In other words, the con goers have a lot more money to spend. This translates to more sales and smiles all around.
Me? I arrived with a full crew - both the wife and daughter helping to man the table. Beyond offering my books, we also sold our "clip dragons" which introduced a line of brooches as well. The copper sculptures and pins did their job and paid for the majority of our stay in San Antonio. I got to see a few of the other authors who also do the convention circuit. As usual, got to see some fantastic cosplay.
Sales, you ask? How about "the best all year"? Naturally, my fantasy novel "Tracks" pretty much pulled away from the pack, with "Blade Dancer" following. Had one fellow purchase the entire series along with "Waiting Weapon", the prequel. "Siren's Song" saw some buyers as well, but my daughter Andrea Tolan absolutely *loves* "Tracks" and was chatting it up like a storm. Hence, she nearly sold us out (grin).
Andrea's all squeals because an actor stopped by (plays "Lucifer" in "Supernatural") and she saw through his attempt to be incognito. Mark Pellegrino is his name, I believe. I was too busy selling to notice her going all fan girl on him (grin). Got herself some great pics.
So now it's back home. Ordering supplies to make more dragons. Preparing a huge order of books from my publisher. Picking up where I left off on "Storm Child". Glad I decided to add another novel to the same universe as "Tracks" considering how much that book outsells everything else. And yes. Best believe I'll be going to the next Alamo City Comic Con too. Cheers, all!