I just finished reading the whole series! I started off with the first book because it was free on my kindle app. Good chose for me. I can't wait for the sixth book!
Book Six is over half done now, so you shouldn't have too long to wait!
Mark W. .
Just finished reading the series, unfortunately I finished in under a week (a testament to your skill) they were so engrossing that I could not put them down! I can't wait for book 6!
Wow, that was some week! I hope you had time to eat! Working hard on book 6 now.
Just finished The Conquered Shore. A great read, love the potential futures apsect. Any hints on when book 6 will be published ?? :)
Book 5 has fertile ground for all sorts of spin-offs - very exciting.
Firefly was good - shut down too soon - but Serenity does wrap things up nicely.
Babylon 5 would have to be my favourite Scifi series - a good stroy arc over several seasons, with good interveaving stroy lines - like a quintology.
Fantastic work Mark, please keep it coming.
I'm thrilled you enjoyed Book 5. Book 6 expands on the possible futures aspect, tying the series together. It's over half done. When I get over halfway it always feels downhill from there! I'm looking at a summer 2014 release. It's editing slot is booked for August, but indications are the full draft will be finished some time ahead of that.
Serenity was great, but I couldn't watch Wash's death a second time. I get very caught up in some movies. Silent Running was a great movie, but i couldn't watch it again!
B5 was great, but I didn't like it when the Vorlons turned nasty. Loved the interplay between Londo and G'Kaar though.
Still trying to decide which of my projects to attack when lodestone wraps up...
I read book 5 as soon as it was released on Kindle . Love these books and hate it when I have finished one because I want to read more !! Looking forward to book 6
Thanks. Hope you'll spread the word! Book 6 is now close to 2/3rds done!
Just finished book 5 .. love the series Mark, kinda puts me in the mind of Indiana Jones meets Avatar in the Matrix while flying through the cosmos .. sorta ;)
Curious if you're bringing Shann back into the mix since the first three more or less centered on her. Really look'n forward to your next installment .. patiently waiting .. ;)
Great to hear from you! To answer your question, yes Shann will be coming back in Book Six, along with all your old favorites. I planned Book Six to be a celebration of the series, as it's the final one. That said, there's a lot of new stuff, new characters and a number of surprises along the way.
I am leaving a window whereby I could do another, but at this stage I feel I've pretty well explored the original lodestone concept, so I'd have to have some fairly strong new ideas to continue with it.
The good news is that I'm only 3 or 4 chapters off the end of the sixth book now, so look out for it soon!
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I'm not fully decided on my next project. Again if click on the "Other Books" tab you'll see a few of my ideas that I haven't had time to develop owing to the "Lodestone" project. Lodestone has been a blast, but I have a lot of of other stories to tell, and I want to devote some time to those.
I LOVE your universe and your characters in the Lodestone series. I've been reading sci fantasy for most of my life (started with sci fi before sci fantasy became a genre); since I'm 68, that's a lot of reading. I will read before I watch a movie every time - when the author is good my imagination does a whole lot better than any movie could possibly be (except maybe Avatar - I found myself transported in that movie). Your series easily transported me to another universe that I throroughly enjoyed. Can't wait for Book 6 and the Prequel. In the meantime, I will be purchasing your other books to see what else I've been missing! Thank you for all the time and effort - it means a lot to me that authors work so hard to entertain me and others like me :)
Great to hear from you. I have good news. Book Six is now finished! I'm pretty excited about it. It's being edited in July, so I'm looking at a release date of late July or August. The name has changed to "Eternity's Shadow:., I hope to post the updated cover soon.
In the meantime, I'm working on "Arc of the Universe". It's not part of the Lodestone series, but it's a cool story I've wanted to tell for some time. It's going really well. I hope to release that one too before the end of this year.
I hope you'll keep reading!
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if Eternity's Shadow is the last book what happened to the prequel;the children look up? when is the movies going to come out? if they are half as good as the books - you can forget star wars and lord of the rings
I have left a couple of openings in Eternity's Shadow for the series to continue. but whether I do so or not frankly depends on reader response. The same applies to the prequel.
In the meantime, I am working on "Arc of the Universe" which is a great story I've wanted to tell for some time, though it's not in the "Lodestone" universe..
Haven't had any movie deals yet, but I'm open to offers!
11/21/2013 - Lodestone Book Five: The Conquered Shore is released today on Amazon Paperback! HERE