The Pealsong Refounding fantasy trilogy by Michael Warden. Gideon's Dawn, The Waymaker, The Word Within.

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12 comments | Posted: Book-Update, by Michael D. Warden

I’ve been waiting a long time for this day…the day that I could tell you, finally, at long last:


Wow. I think I’m just going to have to keep repeating that over and over a while before it sinks in.

It was just a few years ago that Waymaker was under contract with another publisher, and I was happily plugging along writing the story. But then, family tragedy struck: My dad passed away, and I was called from the mountains of Colorado to return to my childhood home in Austin to grieve with my family and assist them in what proved to be a difficult transition for all of us. In the months following my dad’s passing, my mom encountered many serious health challenges of her own, and it wasn’t long before my work on the novel got overrun by other more pressing, and frankly, more important matters.

The publisher was very patient. They waited many months past my deadline in hopes that I would be able to get back to the work. But it wasn’t to be, and by the end of 2004 they made the difficult decision to cut me loose, and cancel the contract. I don’t blame them a bit; in fact, I honored they held on as long as they did.

Over the next few years, as my family normalized again and I slowly got back into the writing, I began the slow, arduous work of finding the novels (both Gideon’s Dawn AND Waymaker) a new publishing home. But I learned a difficult lesson in that process. Traditional publishers don’t like to take risks. And anytime a book has been taken out of print before the story is complete—whatever the reason—publishers run from it like the plague. Again and again, I heard the same message from editors and agents alike: “Love the story, but I can’t sell it to the marketing department.”

So finally in December 2007, I made the decision to quit trying to find a publisher, and just publish the books myself. Within a week of making that decision, I was contacted by Josh Tilton, a terrific graphic artist, book cover designer and web designer (yes, ALL that and more!) who offered his expertise to design new covers for the books and create a website to help sell them online. And all this, if you can believe it, for free. A gift. I was blown away. I didn’t know Josh before he contacted me. He had read Gideon’s Dawn, and the story impacted him so much, he just wanted to help. Amazing. So you see the book covers for both novels? That’s Josh’s work. And this website? That’s him too. Awesome.

But Josh wasn’t the only miracle that appeared on the scene. Kristin Goble, an awesome typesetter, offered to prepare the book interiors for a fraction of her regular fee. And my friend Lisa Lauffer, a professional editor, along with her husband Karl, offered to served as editorial consultants on Waymaker. AND (I know! The blessings just keep coming!) two different marketing/publicity gurus, Marcy Bojrab and Edie Surtees, have offered to help with the promotion of the books.

So six months later, here we are. The books are out—both of them. And I’m working on the third book in the series, The Word Within, with a view to publish it in the summer of 2009.

What a journey, huh? And you’ve all played a part. Thanks for your patience, your support, and your continued interest in Gideon’s story. In the end, it was your emails of support that kept me going.

Enjoy Waymaker. It’s for you.

(And…if you like it, please spread the word. You’re the only marketing department I’ve got!)

Arlene Bradshaw Says:

I am SO happy this book is ready. I know it was a long long road getting here. I tried to buy it but the link is broken!


Eric Wilson Says:

Michael, I am SOOO happy to see this coming together at last. I’m happy for you as an author, and for me as a reader. I’m buying these suckers now!

Lisa Lauffer Says:

Congratulations on the birth of the twins! What a long, arduous labor this was…but totally worth it! You have two beautiful babies! Can’t wait to tell everyone I know!

Wendy Balman Says:

Hey Michael, congratulations on this huge accomplishment!!! I’m buying both books now. Will you sign them in October? :)

Michael Warden Says:

Thanks, all! And yes, absolutely, Wendy, I’d be honored to sign the books for you.

Abby Musgrove Says:

Thought you might get a kick out of this. I was just walking around town the other day and a guy from the local newspaper came up and asked me if I would answer a question: “What are you reading?” – my answer made the sunday edition. Free advertising for Gideon and Waymaker!

James Baird Says:

I’m so excited. Because I liked the first book so much, I spent a small fortune supplying everyone in my family with a copy. This just made my birthday shopping list much easier for this year.

Liadan Says:

Hi all,
I can only add my happiness and & thanks that Waymaker is FINALLY out! And happily, I got to be the first (and so far only) person to review it on barnes& Happily, I’ve been able to put Waymaker (and Gideon’s Dawn) on all the books I review for that site, so hopefully that will help guide people to Gideon and the Remnant. Thanks so much M. Warden for all your hard work. It is well worth it. These books are incredible. I hope someday you get the recognition you deserve.

Michael Warden Says:

Thanks so much Liadan! That means a lot.


Kranthi Says:

I read Waymaker today and loved it. I kept on reading till 5 in the morning, could not keep it down till I completed it. Can’t wait to read the last book in this trilogy.

Adrian Leigh Lennie Says:

I just had to let you know how much I love your novels! Well done I say! Can’t wait till the thired one gets here! I hate leaving them in the middle of war, but WOW! Truly a wonderful read and adventure that I can’t wait to read again!

Michael Warden Says:

Thanks Adrian & Kranthi!

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Michael D. Warden has been working professionally as a writer and editor since 1989. After several years as Managing Editor for a large publishing house in Colorado, he stepped into the adventure of writing full time. In addition to his fantasy trilogy The Pearlsong Refounding, he has written several non-fiction books, and contributed to more than 150 other books and magazines.

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