If you flip around the website, you'll see a number of changes have been made. It's all aesthetics at this point, but I think it's for the better. If you've never been here before (shame on you) then make sure to check out the pages. Artist Alley is a slowly growing section of artists that I know and have taken an interest in, as is the Other Authors section. Don't know anything about my books, check out the About section. Okay, on to the good stuff.
For the past couple days I've been cranking away at the Death Squad book. I believe the title will be "The Five Man Midget Death Squad: A partial history of the Tungri Clan". I decided to add another layer to the writing that I think will be very entertaining for fans of the CoM series, as well as newcomers.
Throughout the first third of the book, which is all pre-Death Squad stories: why the dwarves moved from ancient Germany, how they met Balor the Evil Eye... I have introductions written by the author of the book, Charles Uhler. These intros do a couple of things. They explain the slight changes in writing style from one story to the next (think of it as going from old folk tales to more historical accounts) and to also explain just how he got the information.
The rest of the book, where the Death Squad takes over, the introductions have been replaced with Q&A sessions with the Five Man Midget Death Squad. As far as the man CoM series goes, they will become important characters from book 5 on. Not simply because they help the main characters to deal with situations, but also their importance to the Tungri clan and their impact on human culture as well. These Q&A sessions also open something else.
To the reader who has never read the CoM series, this will seem simply like a documentary style concept. Think of World War Z (book), or Band of Brothers, where through the present day interviews the reader gets a better grasp of the past, which is really the meat of the story.
To those people who've read the series, this not only explains this book's stories a bit more, but it also hints at the direction the main series will be taking. We aren't talking spoilers here, but more of a...a light sketching of the background to the world canvas that is CoM.
So, what you have here is a book, written by a main character from CoM, about another set of main characters and their race, written from the future (for the CoM series as it stands), about situations that happened from pre-Germanic tribes to modern day (which is ~2025AD in the CoM series). It sounds far more confusing than it really is. Just think of it as a History Channel special about...idk...World War 2, with interviews from the people who lived through it.