I’m about to start recording the audio for Whale Mail, now that the pool guys have finished making noise in the back yard.
Whale Mail is a standalone novel in the Bureau of Magic Abuse world.
In the first book, Dragon Soup, which went up for a Kickstarter last year and is available only on my website, we have met the slightly hapless Perrin, who, through misfortune finds himself in need of a job. He’s been a “kept man”, partner of a nobleman, for years. He’s managed the business but knows little about working for a regular employer.
But because he has contacts (even if they’re ignoring him), he knows things his new colleagues don’t, and that’s both an advantage and a problem. Especially when he realises that both the city’s ban on magic is little more than a veneer, and the very real dangers magic poses to the city.
Picture this: you’ve somehow come into the possession of a dragon (long story–you can read the previous book if you really want to know, but it’s kinda embarrassing, so you don’t need to).
And you need to return that dragon to the place it came from.
You’ve tried putting it on a truck–but it destroyed the truck.
You’ve tried putting it on the train–but it destroyed the carriage.
Now you’ve put the dragon in a warehouse while you figure out what to do, but–
You guessed it: the dragon destroys the warehouse.
Tell me, why wouldn’t you trick some rich merchant into lending you the only thing you haven’t yet tried: a boat.
Trouble is, the merchant’s price is that you return an old artefact to the whale kingdom along the way.
Whales are not nice. They’re very big. They’re cranky. And, here is a secret: they hate dragons.
They especially hate dragons.
Whale Mail will be available first through Kickstarter and my website. When this Kickstarter is done, both Dragon Soup and Whale Mail will go onto the retailer sites, but these will be plain versions, not the illustrated version that will be available through Kickstarter and my website.
On a different matter, here is another phone case that arrived in the mail. This one is for my new phone (the seastars are my daughter’s favourite). The geckoes pattern is available in my art store where you can also see this phone case and other items.