WIP Update 001 – Netherearth

I had to take a break from the Mahtradors, I just had to. Smack in the middle of the Bitch King I just decided I need a break. Then the question begged – “Well then, what the hell do I do?”

The answer, of course, was “demons”.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still writing for the Mahtradors and The Age of Waking Death series is NOT on an indefinite hiatus. Alongside this WIP I have continued writing the Bitch King but my inspiration well was running dry. I did not want to finish it just for the sake of it being done. I want the damn thing to actually be good.

I have found my salvation in my latest WIP entitled “Netherearth”. My story content has returned with renewed richness, my characters feel alive again, and I might actually have a plot to this one. (LE GASP).

There are a few things about this story that I feel my faithful readers will connect to instantly. For instance…

  • It takes place in Dragoloth
  • There is a Mahtrador character (a brand new one)
  • It is as dark and intricate as my former works, just served up in a new way
  • It features some characters you have met / will meet in The Hollow Living / The Bitch King / Baron of Blood.
  • There is, of course, all of the gay relationships.

In other words, the territory is not entirely unfamiliar. This is not another one of my alien, standalone projects. It is relevant to the Age of Waking Death timeline and to Dragoloths’s history.

What I think will appeal to both faithful and new readers alike…

  • You see a different side of Dragoloth (I actually ventured out of the castle for this one)
  • Almost none of the characters are noble or royal (only 2 so far, I believe), a brand new experience for me in this universe.
  • Only one of the characters is Verian. There is much more racial variety amongst this cast (faeries, elves, humans, demons, etc…)
  • At least three characters so far are transgender. While I myself identify as trans*, this is the first time I have ever written for trans* characters in Dragoloth so explicitly.
  • It is full of surreal dreamscapes and hellscapes, something I’ve never before explored my full potential for.
  • DEMONS!
  • As I have ventured from royalty in this book, I have also ventured from the mainstream pantheon. Saldon, Morre, and Azrael have brief mention in this work. But there is more mention of minor more folklorish gods (i.e. Tieres, the god of the sea).

So there you have it. I will try to keep better progress updates about this story here, since I haven’t had a lot to talk about lately and I’m completely obsessed with this story now that I’m nearly past that initial first 20,000 word hump. By the way, I feel it worth mentioning that I have been maintaining a consistent writing pace through an elaborate (not really) connection between my computer word documents, Dropbox, and Jotterpad on my phone. So once again, if you’re an especially busy author (or you’re just like me and you don’t feel like toting your computer around the house or juggling it while feeding a baby) then consider Jotterpad for your phone or tablet.

It may sound like a joke but I have seriously clocked in 1,000 words on my little Android phone in a sitting, so it’s a legitimate tool for making serious progress.

AND BEFORE I FORGET you can keep track of my progress further by reading all of my chapter updates for free on Wattpad . I will be updating it at least once a week if not more often. Cheers!

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COVER REVEAL – The Queen of Nothing!

I know I just announced the pending pre-order status of “The Bitch King” about…. ten minutes ago… but it’s never too early to do another cover reveal! Especially since the covers for books #5 and #6 are already complete. Because they are special puppies however, they get their own reveal posts. Want a sneak peek of Queen of Nothing content? Don’t stop here – keep scrolling!

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Queen of Nothing sample – Copyright © C.N. Faust 2014-2015

It had to have been fate, Anthony reasoned. There was no way that a woman as rare and lovely as this had just fallen into his lap by chance.

After his conversation with Pheseus had started to turn sour, Anthony had decided to step out into the garden in hopes that the fresh air would cleanse his palate. It eased his mind, but not his nerves. The past few days’ worth of apprehension was not so easily shrugged off his shoulders. Roses could only accomplish so much.

Of course, that was before he saw them – a pair of fine girls like decorative songbirds hardly a leap away, and she the prettiest of them. Their skin was the color of roasted almonds. Their necks were long and they had the same delicate, slender fingers. Yet it was there that their similarities halted. The one had admired had hair the color of cobalt, and rather than fine it was coarse like a horse’s mane. Her eyes were a deep, dark brown – almost black. The other girl, who he could only assume to be her sister, was the exact opposite. Her hair was the color of pale morning sunlight and her eyes were bright, dewy green. Neither girl spoke very much. That, he liked.

“Your pardon, my ladies,” he greeted them as he approached. “What a sight for sore eyes you are. Here I was, about to compliment my gardener on his exquisite taste in decoration. You must imagine how pleased I am to see that you are not painted statues – but flesh and bone nymphs. And I am endlessly enchanted.”

AUDIOBOOK Progress Report!

Wow, it’s only been a few days… and I can’t believe I have progress to report on these audiobooks!

Baron of Blood and Mr. Fingers officially have readers. If you want to check out the voices behind the projects, check out the pages of Matt Butcher (Mr. Fingers) and Martin Esposito (Baron of Blood). Baron of Blood is already WELL underway and will hopefully be finished by the first two weeks of February. Mr. Fingers will probably be done sooner than that. As you can imagine… I am very excited and grateful to have this opportunity to reach out to even more of my readers!

The Dragon’s Disciples, The Heretic Priest, and The Hollow Living are still in need of readers. If you are interested in auditioning, it is not too late! I am open to both male and female auditions (and it’s FREE to make the account!)

“The Bitch King” is going to be up for pre-order soon. Have I mentioned that? And by SOON I mean the NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS soon! Of course, just because it’s up for pre-order doesn’t mean that it’s going to be released that quickly. I want to give myself at least a month or two to build up some orders before I launch the book itself. You only have to wait a little bit longer!

What is next? After “The Bitch King” the Age of Waking Death series will continue with “The Queen of Nothing” and then, lastly, “The Final Knell”. Cover releases will be here shortly (and by shortly, probably within the next fifteen minutes as I procrastinate on business).

Audiobook Auditions Open!

Hello my darlings! I currently have 5 of my titles up for audiobook auditions! I’m encouraging both male and female voices. The audiobooks will be sold through Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.com – and the best part is, you get paid for it. We split the royalties! Interested? Click the title below to be taken directly to its audition page!!

The Dragon’s Disciples (Age of Waking Death, book 1)

The Heretic Priest (AoWD, book 2)

The Hollow Living (AoWD, book 3)

Baron of Blood (Dawning Era, book 1)

Mr. Fingers (a Vile Novella)

I hope to hear your amazing voices!

Hello Dragoloth, 2015!

A new year means a new makeover! I know I’ve re-done the covers about 20 times since this series has been released, but these are my favorite thus far.

October Interviews: Austric

What was is your relationship with Domenico like when the two of you are alone?

*snorts* What would I like it to be, or what is it in actuality? Domenico is as infuriating in private as he is in public. The only difference is that in private he sees no reason to be polite. He’s a rogue, and that is what I love about him, but it is also what drives me crazy behind closed doors. Believe it or not, he is quiet for the most part. Unless you get him talking about one of two things he cares about (politics or poetry) and then he will go on and on without stopping for hours. I don’t think he actually needs me to be present for him to continue a conversation, he answers himself often enough. I’ve napped before in his presence and he’s never noticed.

What was it like growing up as an Ercole?

I have never really felt like “an Ercole” growing up. As he likes to mention often enough, Adriel became everything that father and aunt Nerissa wanted. Most days I was alone. I actually became very fond of reading, and I enjoyed fairy tales. When I was little I would act them out until one of my nurses stopped me for my ‘frivolous and ridiculous’ behavior.

Give us some dirt on your brothers.

You mean my cousins? I remember how Adriel used to disappear for hours and none of the attendants could ever find him. I stumbled across him, one day, on all fours romping around with the hounds and kissing them. I was too busy laughing to confront him at the time, but I will forever cling to the hope that he has some deep-seated “special love” for dogs.

Benito has a weak bladder. He had to wear napkins until he was almost seven. To this day he cannot go a full hour without having to relieve himself. I used to tease him about it, but there was one day when he held me face-down in a rain barrel and wouldn’t let me up until I swore to never mention it again.

What was the most difficult thing you experienced growing up?

I would say the distinct absence of love and affection, but how can you miss something you have never before experienced? Perhaps the most difficult thing I experienced was finding ways to catch up to my cousins. Talk about an insurmountable hill.

October Interviews: Nerissa

Is it hard to be a mother and a ruler?

It is not difficult when you know how to maintain balance in your household. I was a mother long before I had to step up and take over the barony for Cyrano. Most of my children are grown, and even Cappi, who is young, knows how to conduct himself like a man. My children are not burdens, they are assets, and we know what to expect from each other. A successful family dynamic is key to alleviating the pressure that other responsibilities present. So, no, it is not difficult, but it is not necessarily easy.

What were your aspirations as a young girl?

I grew up being very well educated about my family history.  I wanted to the first and the best – I was always competing with Cyrano academically and in every game was played. Of course, of the three of us I was the middle child – my younger sister, Belinda, was not very useful and did not have the same aspirations as my brother and I. According to tradition, I had to marry before she could receive and suitors – so my father ended up arranging a marriage between me and a weak, but wealth lord because she was the far more ‘desirable’ daughter. It was never my goal to be a mother so young. I wanted to be baroness first.

Did you always want to be head of your family?

Of course I did. I was the only one who had any common sense. Cyrano is… was… a brilliant man, but he has no head for the finer politics. He doesn’t understand the nuances quite as well, but he is successful because he knows when to listen to someone who has better strategy. Because of how he and I worked together, I have always felt like the head of the family despite what the census said.

What do you admire in a man?

I admire creativity. I enjoy men who are inspired, even the young insipid poets who run around clinging to their maidens. I need a man to be able to create his own ideas, or at least steal the ideas of others in a tasteful way. If he isn’t creative, he isn’t truly intelligent.

What do you wish more women would do?

I wish more women would realize that being in control is more than just stepping on the heads and hearts of every man in their path. Many want power but they don’t realize the responsibility that comes with it, or they don’t want to work for it. Women in this day and age are not born to privilege, so they need to go in not expecting anything. If I had to advise any woman who had aspirations towards title or power… I would tell her to capture a man’s inspiration before you conquer his bed. Don’t sleep your way to power… and don’t come across as a threat. Don’t be afraid to be seen as a pawn in the early stages, don’t ever take a small victory for granted, and don’t ever run out of patience.