The Ogre Apprentice Update

Hey, folks. I know that many of you have been on pins and needles waiting for news for quite some time.

Please believe me when I say that I have been wanting to be able to tell you more. Here’s the deal. Every time I have given a date on this project, I have done so thinking there was no way I could miss it. Each time, something has come up to completely derail me. I could list each event here, but why deal out excuses.

This is where I stand right now.

The book is mostly complete. I have a handful of chapters left, the big ending of this third book in the series, and I am writing fast, back in the zone right where I have wanted to be the last few months. I have already done several editing passes on the chapters that are finished and my lovely wife/editor is doing her final pass. The hope is that I finish this thing early in the week and have it done with a couple days to spare in February.

Fingers crossed, but even if we miss that, it won’t be by much, a day or two. Barring an act of god, (Fingers crossed against power outages here in Tennessee) we are golden.

Without spoiling anything there is one fact I can share. Even though the number of chapters will not be many more than the last two books, they have been long chapters. By my current page count, I expect this one to exceed Protector of the Grove by 100 pages.

So there we are. And I am off. I still have twenty pages to edit before I sleep so that my wife can have a new chapter to read in the morning.


Trevor H. Cooley

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20 Responses to The Ogre Apprentice Update

  1. Jeremiah says:

    *Happy Dance*

  2. sig says:

    Precious! My Precious!!!!!!!!!!!¡!!!!

  3. FrChris says:

    Don’t sweat it. Release the book when it’s done.
    You probably shoudn’t give us a deadline anyway, it’s only additional stress for you.
    If you were published by a big firm we would have to wait at least a year for each book…

    • Good point, Chris. The thing is, I want to give you guys something to look forward to. Give you tidbits to keep you excited. But you are right. This time I think I just gave myself an ulcer.

      (BTW I don’t really have an ulcer . . . I don’t think.)

      • FrChris says:

        Cut yourself some slack, you can’t rush ART 😉

        For my part, I will wait patiently for amazon to notify me when it’s done…

      • Rena says:


        It does not only stress you, but also disappoint us. It is good that you want to build a little tension but not this way.
        With time, give infos about some chapters or post a part of one. Keep us updated about your writing status, but no deadlines or anything else

        So long!

  4. King says:

    Just read all your books in a week only to find out the next one isn’t far off? Can’t complain, keep up the amazing work.

  5. Clark says:

    Great news! Don’t worry about missing the dates we all understand. Love your books.

  6. Mike says:

    I love to binge read through a series, especially those that are as good as the Bowl of Souls. It ends up being just one very long, engrossing tale.

    But I also am willing to wait as I want the author to produce a story of quality…

    No I lied. I want it all now!

  7. Edwin says:

    thank you for the update and i cant wait to read it. Good luck

  8. Ashley says:

    I am in the middle of a few series of books that are unfinished. It is hard…I just fall in love with these characters and want to continue their story. That being said – you pump out quality books at a very fast pace (far quicker than most of the series I am following). Don’t sweat the deadline – we are all just excited to stay in the world you created. If fans get a bit cranky, meh, they will get over it by the time they are into the book. Just enjoy the process and know that we will be just fine. Sorry – meant to just say YAY but the social worker in me came out. I hate to think that the pressure of deadlines might be getting to you. Good books take work – most of us are well aware of that. So anyway, YAY! Can’t wait!

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