My Latest Novel: The Legacy Enslaved

Have you ever noticed that as soon as you say you’ll never do something, you end up doing it anyway? I’m experiencing that right now.

In 2015, I signed a deal to publish my Knights of the Saltire 7-book series with my new publisher, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. In my mind, this was a complete series spanning three generations of modern-day knights who were dedicated to helping others obtain justice but without becoming vigilantes in the process. I was convinced that I’d never write another book for the series, even though I had created a vehicle for a book series that could have dozens of volumes. I felt that I had taken the characters as far as I could.

However, in October 2016, an idea came to me for an eighth book in the series. In the first seven books, I had dealt with thieves, murderers, stalkers, rapists, drug dealers, smugglers, corrupt politicians trying to take over the government, arms dealers, mercenaries, foreign and domestic terrorists, crooked cops, and counterfeiters. But there was one crime that I had never written about, and it’s such a scourge on humanity that I believed it was the perfect material to include in the series: human trafficking.

After months of research on the subject, I put the project aside to let the ideas percolate in my mind. Over the next year, I periodically revised my outlines and notes until I felt that I knew what story I wanted to tell. Then in January 2018, I started writing. The first draft took twenty days to write (one to two chapters a day for three weeks). I have to admit, I was proud of the first draft. To my surprise and delight, the integrity of the first draft survived the next two months of revisions with my editor and critique group members, and the final draft was completed and submitted to my publisher this week.

While I am very proud of every book in the Knights of the Saltire series, this new book may be the best. I have matured as a writer since I first began writing the series in 2009, and the feedback I have received on this volume reinforces my belief that my writing has improve significantly.

So without further fanfare, I am pleased to announce that The Legacy Enslaved – Book 8 of the Knights of the Saltire Series is complete and should be in publication soon. Watch for announcements regarding the release date.

About wbspeirjr

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962. His first published work is the 2015 "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors." In addition to his artillery manual, William has published 19 novels, including a 9-book action-adventure series ("The Knights of the Saltire Series"), five historical novels ("King’s Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," and "The Besieged Pharaoh"), one fantasy novel ("The Kingstone of Airmid"), one science fiction novel ("The Olympium of Bacchus 12"), one geo-political thriller ("The Trinity Gambit"), and a stand-alone action-adventure novel ("Shiko Unleashed"). William is a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for "Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12." William currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC. For more information about William Speir, please visit his website at
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