Let's get the good stuff rolling first. Book 4: Consequences was sent off to the editor about an hour ago. So, that book should be out by the end of the month, providing something terrible doesn't happen between now and then. In total, book 4 is sitting at 68k words so I was close in my 70k estimation. It'll be priced around the same price as the rest of the series and will be available everywhere the others are: amazon, itunes, kobo, nook, smashwords, etc.
Because of a 4 day head cold that kicked me around, nothing was accomplished as far as writing is concerned. Not a huge problem, but it does mean I have to buck up and kick some arse for a few days to compensate. The plan is to get the Five Man Midget Death Squad book done by Feb, writing here and there on book 5 of the main series, which I'd like out around March, maybe April. It's all pretty up in the air at this point, but at least you know I'm doing something!
The mockup down below is roughly what the cover of book 5 will look like. Initially I was going to revamp the covers of books 1-3 with something more consistent with book 4, but I've changed my mind. Book 1 is selling, people seem to be cool with the cover and according to my absurdly detailed stats, about half of the paying customers who pick up book 1 continue on to book 2. So, the story is keeping people interested.
At the moment I'm playing with the idea of Book 5 being called "The Lord Wars: Part 1" but I haven't decided. I do know that book 5 and 6 will have nearly identical covers, with some very obvious differences that allude to the story itself. I'll just leave it at that for now.
Give me your thoughts on the cover, it's all done on the computer, so I'm happy to toy with it.