Dakota Says Hello


Things are getting closer and closer on various fronts. LIQUID FIRE has gone through page proofs and we’re close to picking a release date. I’m closing in on a rough draft of SPECTRAL IRON (#4) for Camp Nanowrimo, and am also making progress on PHANTOM SILVER (#5) as I write details in SPECTRAL that affects PHANTOM and vice versa.

And I’ve started character drawings again! Above you see Dakota. She says hello! Below is Jewel Grace, a fire magician and Dakota’s love interest in LIQUID FIRE. I’m working on drawings of Cinnamon as well, but don’t have one as ready to go as these two are.

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Hopefully soon I’ll have some announcements about LIQUID FIRE!


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I’ll be at the Clockwork Alchemy conference this weekend


Clockwork Alchemy is steampunk, but I’ll have copies of FROST MOON and BLOOD ROCK for sale. Also, the editor and I have begun discussing LIQUID FIRE, which we will dive into in earnest after Memorial Day Weekend.

Hope to see all you Dakota fans there!

-the Centaur

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LIQUID FIRE is on its way to Bell Bridge books


(NB: crossposted from The Library of Dresan, just to see if I can figure out how to make that work).

So, at long last … I have sent LIQUID FIRE to Bell Bridge books.


This has been a long time in coming; the book that became LIQUID FIRE started with some florid philosophizing about the nature of fire and life by my protagonist Dakota Frost – 270 words written way back in 2008:

Liquid Fire

A Dakota Frost, Skindancer Novel

Dr. Anthony G. Francis, Jr.

Started: 2008-04-19
Rough Draft: 2012-09-26
First Draft: 2012-10-23
Completed Draft: 2013-10-19
Beta Draft: 2013-11-01
Gamma Draft: 2014-04-05

Along the way, the story became something very different, an exploration of Atlanta and San Francisco and Hawaii, of learning and science and magic and mysticism. My obsessive attention to realism led to endless explorations and quite a few set pieces.


Now it’s in the hands of Debra Dixon, who’s already started to send me feedback. Feedback I’m going to do my best to shelve until May 1st, so I can focus the rest of April on SPECTRAL IRON, which is due early next year. Aaa!


But for now, my labors, I rest. If only for a little while.

-the Centaur

P.S. This is is my fifth completed novel, and the third Dakota Frost. Only 18 more Dakota Frosts to go in the main arc!

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Dakota in the Bay


I’m hard at work on LIQUID FIRE, the third Dakota Frost novel, which reintroduces Dakota to the San Francisco Bay Area. This is a location that will be increasingly important to the Dakota Frost novels – in part because I live here now and I’m always thinking about how my Atlanta native magical tattoo artist will deal with the crazy of the Bay – but mostly because this place, on this one random trip from Dakota’s perspective, will introduce her to many new friends, enemies and settings that will be with her for the rest of her life – or at least for the next several books.


Pictured: the courtyard of Nola, one of my favorite restaurants … and yet another real location I’ve managed to work into a Dakota Frost book.

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BLOOD ROCK on its way to Audible

I’ve heard back from Traci Odom, the audio reader and BLOOD ROCK is on its way! I have to send in a pronunciation key, but hopefully not too far in the future BLOOD ROCK will be on Audible!

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Burning that liquid fire…

Back at work on LIQUID FIRE and it’s progressing well. From a recent scene:

“Does … does every tattoo use a brand new needle? For health or something?”

“Every time,” I said. “For health reasons, of course, but for the art too, and most of all for the magic. You don’t want some scratcher muddling your hide with a worn-out needle filled with stray mana traces it picked up from half a dozen other pigments.”

“You don’t like scratchers, do you?” She leaned closer to the horn, still not touching it.

“I love my work,” I said, standing, oddly irritated. I sat down on the edge of the butcher’s block, the cabinet to my back. “No, that’s not it. I care about the people getting tattoos. They’re permanent marks. Every time you pick up the needle, you have to give it your A game.”


-the Centaur

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Detroit and Los Angeles

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For some reason, FROST MOON and BLOOD ROCK sell more physical copies in Detroit and Los Angeles than anywhere else … as far as Amazon and Book Scan are concerned. It could also be selling at Barnes and Noble or other independent bookstores, I don’t know. (And this isn’t meant to slight Denver or Grand Rapids, which are next on the list, but Detroit and LA have been this way for a while).

But it’s very intriguing! Any fans from LA or Detroit? Should Dakota visit there in the future?

-the Centaur

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Audio Notes Away – Audio Book Coming


Well, thanks to an unexpected trip to deal with a family emergency, I had enough downtime to go through the audio notes for FROST MOON for Traci Odom. I really loved her reading and even got teary eyed at one point (guess when) She’s got the notes now and hopefully that means FROST MOON will be coming to Audible.com sometime in the next few months!

-the Centaur

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Dakota Frost on the web…

I know I’ve been a bit slack updating this blog recently … the most frequent updates to Dakota Frost’s status can be found on her Facebook page or on her Google+ page, whereas updates on my own writing life can be found on The Library of Dresan blog or on my Google+ page.

The biggest Dakota Frost news, of course, is the upcoming audio book, read by Traci Odom. I really like it (and so does my wife … especially Cinnamon’s voice) and am working to get my feedback to Traci within a week so she can finish it up and we can get the book out there!

The next biggest news is that I’m gearing up to work on LIQUID FIRE, the third Dakota Frost book. I’ve already got 80,000+ words with a target around … uh … 120,000 words? Hopefully a bit less. While I’m doing that I’m also trying to finish editing the draft of THE CLOCKWORK TIME MACHINE to send to my beta readers, but when that’s done LIQUID FIRE will be the top of my pile.

Keep inking,
-the Centaur

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Skindancer: Magisches Tattoo

FROST MOON is out in German as SKINDANCER! I don’t read or speak German, but it’s a handsome looking book and skimming through it, it seems like they nailed it. Michaela Gutowsky has done a video review which translates pretty positive:

With Skindancer. Magic Tattoo is Anthony Francis is a wonderful prelude to a new Urban Fantasy series succeeded. I look forward to more works from him and am excited to continue as it is.

Similarly, it’s getting pretty good reviews on Amazon:

Skindancer is actually not in my usual target group. But from the first to the last page of this book captivated me. Exciting, entertaining, a compelling world filled with attractive, interesting characters.

So, if you’re a German language speaker, please check it out!

-the Centaur

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