Updated September 2012
September 8, 2012 – Wow! It’s been FIVE years since I have updated this page. In fact, it’s been three years since I updated the entire website.
The problem began when I started The Enclave on March 1, 2007…
Three days later, my computer crashed. It took a week to get things going again.
Then I got new glasses and couldn’t wear them for more than an hour without getting a headache. So I couldn’t see. It took two weeks for me to adjust so I could wear them consistently.
After that… Return of the Guardian-King released. Then there was a blog tour (which takes up most of my time before and during the week it runs). In June 2007, I broke my leg, falling off a horse. In August, I broke my arm, falling off the walking path. It was 8 weeks before the cast came off. Then months of rehab during which I developed trigger finger on my right hand.
In January 2008 we got a puppy. His first week with us we had to take him to emergency for a possible foreign body obstruction that turned out to be gas. Three months later a speck of plant matter was blown into his eye requiring emergency eye surgery and two weeks of wearing an E-collar. Not fun…
In May, our son graduated from college and moved to a new job in California. That same month my mother discovered she had cancer, and for the next three years we dealt with chemo, radiation, surgeries, and endless doctor’s appointments.
Somehow I managed to keep on writing Black Box, though I didn’t turn it in until three months past deadline. It released in summer 2009, , no longer “Black Box” but The Enclave. The following year, 2010, it was nominated for a Christy Award, but that barely registered with everything else going on.
Mother died a little over a year ago, and I had the estate to deal with which included selling her house. During all that time I kept trying to progress on my latest novel, The Other Side of the Sky, but it’s been very slow going. I think it may be about to pick up some steam, however.
This last summer, Bethany House re-released my first novel Arena with a new cover, as noted on the home page here. And this month, September they are offering the e-book version of The Light of Eidon for free. Also noted on the home page.
July 14, 2007 – With Return of the Guardian-King released and the Legends of the Guardian King series brought to an end, I am now working on a new book. It’s a stand-alone, more like Arena than Guardian-King and right now I’m calling it Black Box. Here’s my blurb:
When Lacey McHenry accepts a prestigious research fellowship at the world-renowned Kendell-Jakes Longevity Institute, she sees it as a new start on a life shattered by an abusive, now-ended marriage. But when a disturbing late night encounter with a psychopathic intruder leads to an unexpected cover-up by Institute authorities, she soon finds herself in over her head, a lone mouse in an elaborate game of deception and seduction whose purpose she cannot begin to guess.
Set in bizarre world that is part of our own, yet separate from it, Black Box uses cults, cloning, ancient civilizations, aliens, and the nature of perception and deceit to explore the greatest mystery of all – human volition.
April 5, 2007 – Return of the Guardian-King has released! First reviews and reader responses are starting to come in and so far readers are pleased. You can order it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or Bethany House. And April 16 – 18 the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour will be featuring it. Drop by www.csffblogtours.com for reviews, commentary, interviews, giveaways and fun. And you can always visit my blog at www.karenhancock.blogspot.com for up to the minute (day… week…) information.
February 11, 2007 - I’ve turned in the revised galleys of Return of the Guardian-King, and they’ve gone to typesetting. The book is set to release on April 1, 2007 (or before... or after...) and the first review is already out at Infuze Magazine
8, 2006 – 2006
Christy Awards Banquet,
July 7, 2006 – I completed the first draft of Return of the Guardian King and delivered it to my editor.
May 2006 – Inauguration of my first ever fan forum, very graciously set up for me by reader Riley T. to enable fans to gather together and share their thoughts and opinions about my books. I will be making occasional visits to chat with readers as well. Please take the time to pop on over to Kiriathan and King to say hello, offer your comments in response to one of the discussion questions or to others’ posts. Riley’s done a beautiful job on it.
2006 – Received
the happy news that Shadow Over Kiriath is a finalist in the Visionary
Category of the 2006 Christy Awards. Winners will be announced at the Christy
Awards Banquet in
March 2006 – The name of the fourth and final book in the Legends of the Guardian-King series has finally been decided and finalized (you may have seen it here listed as Light out of Shadow). It will henceforth be called Return of the Guardian-King. I’ve also turned in descriptive information for the artist’s use in designing the cover.
February 2006 – I started my weblog, a writing diary chronicling the process of writing the fourth and final book in the Guardian King series. You can access that here.