Supreme Editor Demi-Precentor John Helfers, said I should show you more of the ‘Mech in this tease…and tell you the title and the release date. This is one of those rare moments were I am more than willing to comply. Which caught him off-guard.
As a sidebar; My wife and I have sold our house and started construction on a new home near Fredericksburg VA, and are moving into an apartment in the next two weeks – so my time on social media will be hindered. For those of you taking note, I will be living closer to Tex from the Black Pants Legion and that alone should make you all worried or delighted – your choice.
Behold, more of the mystery BattleMech! It’s a new model – this book will introduce a few new ‘Mechs. This one we will be releasing the stats on in the book – grin (at least they were there before editing.) This one is called the Dominator. I violated my long-standing self-imposed rule and created this new BattleMech. Originally I wanted to go with Dominatrix but that opened up a whole bunch of kinky issues and frankly, I did not want to stat out the ‘Mech-sized cat of nine tails and other kinky items that the fans would ultimately demand. There IS some sexiness to this new model, which you will see when they show the full cover.
I miss the old days when we put art in the back of the novels. In this case, I figured, let’s do the full tech write-up and stats. Brent Evans took my design and tweaked it. I identified the other new ‘Mechs – like the Goliath C. Brent worked out the stats on those and some other new ones that are forthcoming, and hired a great artist to work on the tech drawings. Will they be coming out soon? That question is best leveled at Ray Arrastia. I do know the art is done.
Yes, that is a rear firing laser behind the head.
The story is called, “Divided We Fall,” which was not the first or second title for this project, but is, well, perfect.
One thing I love about this story is that it is new fiction. In other words, the events you will be reading about have not taken place in some sourcebook. This is the fiction back behind the steering wheel of the BattleTech universe. Yes, you can argue that the sourcebooks are fiction – but I am talking meaty, extra-beefy novel fiction. The stuff (including key characters) in Divided We Fall feeds into my ilClan books that are forthcoming.
Yes, it is all about Wolf’s Dragoons. Yes, I am going to take them in some new and interesting directions. If you don’t like the Dragoons, don’t buy this book. Life really is that simple.
So when will it be out? John has authorized me to tell you that it will pop on or near May 18, 2020. I am not responsible if it comes out late. Which brings us to…
It’s available for pre-order! Preorder Divided We Fall
Don’t be Bob. Don’t ask when it will be in paperback or some other format because you want it that way for your collection. I have no idea – I just write this shit. Don’t ask if it is going to be an audio book. I don’t know or care. Don’t nag me about when the new ‘Mechs will be out with stats – I don’t know, ask Ray. Don’t ask when the next book will be out – I don’t manage the schedule. Don’t ask me to read your Clan Wolverine screenplay, I won’t. Don’t ask me if I have included you as a canon character or if you ended up on the cutting room floor. The fact you think I keep hundreds of characters and their individual fates in my head is both complimentary and drunkenly delusional. I know nothing about the schedule when products will come out – so don’t bother me with that. Don’t ask me about the Kickstarter – I’m not in the loop. Don’t ask me for a free copy of anything, I’m not a “giver.” In other words, don’t be Bob!