Some of you may live in parts of the world where ’tis always winter, but never Christmas. Or the end of school and the beginning of the summer holidays is at least another fortnight away. Perhaps even two. But it’s summer time at camp in Texas. And those of you who’ve followed this blog for any length of time know what that means. The beginning of silence. For those of you who scratching your head in bewilderment over the correlation between summer and silence, let me explain. When I’m not creating fantasy worlds, I work full time as a ministry specialist and equine program manager at a Christian youth camp. As you might imagine, summer time is on time for us. Fourteen plus hour days spent in the summer haze, full of activities and kids and behind-the-scenes-work and most important of all, the chance to share the Gospel … it’s my dream job! One of them at least. At night, I’m busy working on book two of the Song of Leira trilogy. It won’t be long before I’m squeezing edits for both Out of Darkness Rising and Orphan’s Song in there too. That said, I fully intend to pop over here at least once a week to keep the conversation going—whether it’s through a fantasy reflections post, updates, or something of either a heroic or villainous nature from the respective academies. But for once know that silence is a good thing. It means I’m working hard on polishing my books so you can read them. So if the silence ever gets too much for you, imagine the clicking and clacking of the keyboard as I type through the wee hours of the night to get the Song of Leira trilogy into your hands.