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September 24, 2005

Dear Friends,

Sorry for the long delay, but things have been very hectic with the Carr household. Since my last post, we sold our house in Granada Hills (a MAJOR undertaking in time and effort!) and as of September 1st, moved to Centre County, Pennsylvania, aka Piper Country.

Victoria, myself and our two cats (Holstein, named for his cow markings, and Little Girl) all made the flight from LAX to State College in good order, considering we left on the Washington DC red-eye out of LA! After arriving, we spent the next two and a half weeks waiting at the State College Motel 6 (where they let us keep our cats) for our 'stuff' to arrive from Granada Hills...

It was an interesting time. The cats were very well behaved, I won't say as much for the humans involved...

However, while waiting, we were able to accomplish some minor repairs to the house, as well as paint and put in new carpet. The movers arrived last Friday with some 500+ boxes, not including furniture, which took them 7 1/2 hours to unload. To this day, I'll never understand how I survived for so many years without a basement. However, it is true that we hadn't used our garage for parking cars since the Northridge Quake!

We have a nice home in Hyllos Town, with a great view of Nittany Mountain. As I drive though our densely wooded neighbourhood, I keep waiting for Sarrask of Sask to ride out of a copse of trees on his destrier waving his sword, or a tankard of ale!

The new address for Pequod Press is P.O. Box 80, Boalsburg, PA 16827.

I've been fighting off a virus so I haven't been able to set up my office or do much work, yet. However, we are still on target for spring publication of the revised and expanded hardcover edition of "Great Kings' War." Alan Gutierrez has completed the expanded cover for the new wrap around dust jacket and I couldn't be more pleased with it! It should be posted at the website shortly for your enjoyment.

I do agree with a number of readers that "Siege of Tarr-Hostigos" is the best of the "Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen" sequels, although "Kalvan Kingmaker" will always be a favourite, like middle children, middle books have it rough. I've always seen these 3 books, starting with "Great Kings' War, as the first of 3 Kalvan trilogies. I've rustled up a devilishly good plot for the next 3 books, starting with "Gunpowder God," and expect them to fully live up to the standard we set with the previous volumes.

Without the entanglements of LA traffic and my former 8-to-5 job, you can expect to see a lot more progress on the Piper/Kalvan front!

Yours, at last in Piper Country,

John F. Carr