Long Island Athanate – the Warder’s Court

Quick roundup first.

Vampires of the Caribbean went up to #1 in the Zon for anthologies in UF. Thank you all! I hope you liked Enzili, and I would love to get your feedback in reviews (Amazon or Goodreads) or messages here, Facebook or to the usual email.

Angel Stakes audiobook – I’m still waiting for the *last* audio file before I can press the button to send everything into ACX/Audible’s internal processing. The technical problems with the studio (not with our actual recording) have been terrible on this project, but the actual work is the best yet that Julia has done. This is an *awesome* audiobook, I’m just so frustrated that unrelated bits keep delaying it.

Writing progress on Bian’s Tale and Bite Back 6 (Inner Game? Inside Straight?) – slow. This was a disrupted week, what with the book launch, my wife’s birthday and the first episode of Iron Fist airing. I really enjoyed Iron Fist Ep1. I was always going to love seeing Jess as Colleen Wing, of course, but I actually thought the whole episode was very well done.

Long Island Athanate

I really have to reorganise the blog to make this episodic story easier to access. I will be publishing this as a novella once it’s complete. There are a couple more chapters to run…

I started this at what became chapter 1 as an unrelated scene with characters that don’t appear in the Bite Back series, but affected by what was going on in the Athanate world. It was just a little Christmas present for readers. It was popular, so I wrote another scene… Then I started to put it together with some doodles that I wrote on my visit to Brooklyn last fall. I thought it should be entirely stand-alone, then I realised that there’s too much back-story if I did that. I only write these scenes on Friday evening or Saturday, so there’s a limit to the planning and plotting and ‘crafting’ of it. And so on. Anyway, I hope you’re still enjoying it, and it serves to keep my mind fresh and my writing skills exercised, so I’ll continue posting novellas in episodes on this blog. We’ll have to see what comes next; there was no definitive preference expressed by lots of readers for what I should write next in this fashion. Maybe I’ll do a little survey. Tell me what you individually want, and we’ll see if there’s a consensus…

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Thank you for visiting one of the posts from Change in Regime. This novella is now available on Amazon, and to also make it available on Kindle Unlimited, I have to remove these posts from my blog.

Anyway, here is the cover copy and link:

Like an electric current, arcing from ear to ear through the New York underworld, the word comes; he’s here. The city has a new Master of vampires, House Altau, and the existing, unaffiliated community is now facing a sentence of death.

The storm builds, and one of the leaders of that community, Livia or Julius, must chose to be the lightning conductor to save the rest from destruction. But will that be an acceptable sacrifice to Altau?

And if so, which one of them will it be?



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About Mark Henwick

I was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often. An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, I ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified me to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing. When not working, I get high by the slightly less conventional means of a small light aircraft. My first books are available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Henwick/e/B008SBO5YK/

14 responses to “Long Island Athanate – the Warder’s Court”

  1. Tony C. says :

    So you will be publishing this as a book. I was wondering.

  2. Justin says :

    house Flavia? House of the Rulers may become the House of the Honorable Rulers

  3. Shannon says :

    My god daughter walked into the room just after I finished reading this:

    Shannon, did you just “squee”?

    Uhh, no?

    I heard a “squee” of delight from in here and you are the only one in here.

    You must be mistaken, I am constitutionally incapable of squeezing in delight, especially about something I read.


    • Mark Henwick says :

      Absolutely no sqeeing! I hope the concluding chapters will make you say “my goodness! that’s rather good!”

      • Michael Orton says :

        I think you will have to fumble this tale rather badly to avoid that effect.

        In terms of this appearing at the 99c rate, the only really annoying thing is the way Amazon use £1 to $1 as their exchange rate.

        Or do US buyers get charged their sales tax afterwards while UK VAT goes on up front?

  4. bretthumphrey says :

    I just bought the Vampires of the Caribbean, I can’t wait to read it. I’m enjoying Iron Fist, especially more because I know your daughter is playing Colleen Wing. I can’t wait for your next book! Brett

    Sent from my iPhone, please excuse any tyops


    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thanks Brett!

      My wife, youngest son and I are watching Iron Fist an episode at a time, 2-3 a week to stretch it out. We’re enjoying it, despite the critical reviews. My eldest got across for the premiere in NY, which was great. We hope to go out to New Orleans in the next couple of months to see the set for Underwater. Jessica’s there already – she had no real time off between Iron Fist, The Defenders and now Underwater.

      I hope you enjoy Vampires of the Caribbean!

      Bite Back 6 and Bian’s Tale are coming along slowly.

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