Thursday, August 25, 2022

Volume Six Proof!

The proof copy of Volume Six is here! And Boots approves of it! has that new book smell. Official launch date coming soon, so stay tuned!

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Vancouver Brewfest 2022

We interrupt this series of Volume Six-related posts to say a few words about the Vancouver Summer BrewFest that took place this past weekend, where my band Second Player Score performed.
And those words are: Fun! Beer! Music! Seriously, though, we had a great time. It was our third BrewFest (the first two being in 2016 and 2017) along with being our first full electric performance (we did a casual acoustic jam at last month's Autism Empowerment picnic) since you-know-what (starts with a "C" and rhymes with "Ovid").

We'd like to thank Matt and Eric from the Washington Beer Commission for having us and being awesome hosts, Al Jones from A&L Productions for being a super cool and proficient soundman, Cody Gray for hooking us up with the gig, all the breweries and food vendors, and everyone in the crowd who enjoyed our hour-long set of nerd-punk rock.

Speaking of the set, here's the list, for posterity's sake:

Liberty's End
Game On
Demon's Kiss
Winner Takes It All
Eye of the Needle
Death and Glory
The Fear
Level Up
The Flow
Ragged Town
Falling Forever
Anything, Anything

Hoping to be back next year!

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Volume Six Cover Reveal!

Here it is, courtesy of artist extraordinaire Jill Colbert of Manfish Inc.
And here's the back cover copy:

(WARNING - Contains spoilers for Volume Five)

"With the help of an enemy-turned-ally, Joel Suzuki has returned to the magical, musical island of Spectraland. He's ready to learn the licks and riffs he needs in order to stop his nemesis from conquering all of existence.

But after an unexpected betrayal, that plan is no longer practical - if it was ever possible. Joel's only choice is to embark on a hazardous journey through alternate realities, gathering the energy of multiple Songshells through a perilous process that jeopardizes not only his own life, but the integrity of the multiverse itself.

Meanwhile, another threat has emerged as forces from faraway worlds conspire to destroy both Spectraland and Earth. Faced with foes on all sides and racing against time, Joel must find a way to complete his mission while dealing with romantic distractions, fading memories, and - maybe the biggest danger of all - the corrupting influence of his own growing power."

Next step: the proof copy! Stay tuned...

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Volume Six Title Announcement!

We are getting very close to finalizing Volume Six of the Joel Suzuki series! And so, here's the official subtitle:
That's right, the official subtitle is "Dance of the Darkeye." Those of you who are familiar with the series might be thinking, "Wait - Darkeye, as in the character Darkeye? That old dude who was mostly a bad guy throughout the first four books but then [SPOILER ALERT] became a good guy in the fifth book?" And the answer is: yes, that Darkeye. And yes, he's the only character (besides Joel, of course) to get his name in a book title (so far).

Coming next: the cover reveal!