A long, long overdue announcement

Hello, my beloved blog readers. I have published several adventure novellas without announcing them — who’d have thought? I usually badger you as soon as something comes out. These novellas all feature cursed elves/druen/vampires — an idea which seems to intrigue a lot of people.

The fifth one will be finished soon, completing the series hopefully next month. At that point I will set the first to free, since Fell Winter has been producing sales since its freebie debut.

Thank you again, blog readers. I couldn’t do this without you. Feel free to share and comment.

36554dc10618e4706af66955acc81283cb4c2cbaArmy of Darkness

Seeing the great darkness within the elven prince’s heart, the High God cursed his descendants with a thirst for blood…

The first vampires, driven from their home, find themselves locked in a struggle for survival. The King of the Elves sends an army to destroy them, and the only escape is north. Their last hope may lie in the walled frontier town of Dundari, or beyond in the White Wastes: a land of ice and snow completely empty of life… or so everyone thinks.

Told through five viewpoints, from sociopaths and opportunists to the lone altruist whose benevolence may prove his undoing, this novella chronicles the origin of the vampires – elves weighed down by a dark curse – and the story of the ultimate dysfunctional family.

Buy for $3.99 (soon, free) at AmazonKoboNook, and Smashwords.

Vampire Blade

vampire blade

Timeline: circa 210 Y.B.E.
LocationsNardur and Lamdar

Seeing the great darkness within the elven prince’s heart, the High God cursed his descendants with a thirst for blood…

A century has passed since the vampire race settled in the arctic north. It seems all is well for Druthor the Great, King of the Vampires, sitting uncontested on the Crimson Throne, when an iron sorceress arrives from the southlands. With her tales of war and tumult, she brings memories of what Druthor does not have: a national heirloom, an ancestral treasure, Lifedrinker, the ancient blade of the vampires. But recovering it will prove more dangerous than any could possibly imagine.

Vampire Origins novella.

Buy for $3.99 at Amazon, KoboNook, and Smashwords.

Crimson Throne

Crimson Throne

Locations: Nardur
Timeline: circa 80 Y.B.E.

In the vampire nation, there are no heroes, only villains…

Druthor, the ancient king of the vampires, sought to cheat death with alchemy but only quickened his demise. His sudden death throws Nardur into civil war as the lesser lords vie for the CRIMSON THRONE.

In the north, the Black Zealots of the Lonely Temple remain neutral but – in time – everyone must pick their allegiance; and choosing the wrong side means death.

A Vampire Origins novella.

 Buy for $3.99 on AmazonKoboNookSmashwords.

Prince of Dread

prince of dreadTimeline: circa 1 Y.E.
Locations: Nardur and Londor

From the ashes of civil war, the vampire nation emerges stronger than ever. Homar son of Homar, whom history will know as the PRINCE OF DREAD, musters his troops to avenge a nearly forgotten wrong.

Caught in the wake of the vampire king’s ambition is Malirias, an escaped slave who would rather die than lose his false freedom. But the vampire nation does not forgive, and in the end he may perish in the tumult threatening to remake the world.

Vampire Origins novella.

Buy for $3.99 on Amazon, Nook, and Smashwords.

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Shadow and Flame, now available

Shadow and FlameThe third installment in the Imperial Chronicles has just been released. You can find it now on Amazon and Kobo. Other ereading sites will have it soon. Until then, head to Smashwords.

The Empire has reached its zenith of power and prosperity, but things are rarely as they seem.

As shadow spreads across the world, the Revered Order of Hunters scours the provinces for demon shrines and their fiendish worshipers, all while an eerie silence south of the Imperial border hints of a gathering storm. The emperor Severus struggles to maintain the recent peace and harmony, though he knows the growing dark touches all strata of society, from the highest official to the lowliest street actor, and no one is worthy of trust.
Far away, unbeknownst to the southron King of Kings and the Imperial government, the brother-sister heirs to the Red Throne of Haroon lay in hiding. But as a dark faith spreads by the sword across the Southern World, plunging ancient nations into chaos, not even well-born monarchs will escape these trials of SHADOW AND FLAME.

The third novel of the Imperial Chronicles.

To start at the beginning, read Unconquered Son and the sequel, Red Empire.

A little bit about writing this book:

Like most books I am happy with, I sat down and wrote this straight through. I took a lot of inspiration from both current events and from the ancient Greco-Roman world, as well as the parallels between the two. None of my readers so far have picked up on these, but I’m hopeful that one day people will. I have two more novels in this series planned (it will have five installments) with one due for November/early December and another set for January or mid-February.

Thanks to all my blog readers and those who have gone on to read my books. Just so you know, you can read a free book here.

Red Empire available now

I am excited to release RED EMPIRE, the sequel to Unconquered Son (though you can read it out of order). I had such fun writing it, though I miss the characters dearly. I hope you will enjoy my latest epic fantasy novel.

Without further ado…

Red empireThe second book in the Imperial Chronicles, a series of related stand-alone novels.

Setting: The Empire
Time Period: circa 1049-1051 YE

“Trust no one. To survive to my age, you must judge men’s character well. Fear your enemies, yes. But fear your friends even more.”

With the death of Claudio-Valens Adamantus, many fear the golden age will come to an end. In the Imperial Palace, his wife Anthea struggles to survive conspiracies and assassinations. Her only ally is Melorra, priestess of the mother goddess, whose commitment to nonviolence may prove her undoing.

Though barbarians attack from beyond the northern wall and power-hungry councilors do their best to achieve the White Throne, the greatest threat may come from far away. Scarlet-cloaked refugees and their queen Lidda arrive on ships and defame the gods, proclaiming the Devil has been reborn on the Red Mountain.

The Empire’s only hope may lie in the cryptic words of Anthea’s dreams: “The blood of the god, and the body of adamant.”

The second novel of the Imperial Chronicles can be read as a stand-alone or as a continuation.

Buy for $5.99 on AmazonKoboNook, or Smashwords.

UNCONQUERED SON: Coming June 2013

Unconquered SonAfter a bit of blog silence (writing under another name) I’m back with great news. My new novel, UNCONQUERED SON, will be available in June 2013.

The Empire teeters on the brink of collapse. A hedonistic teen assumes the throne under false pretenses while a slave rebellion erupts in the north. The southern King of Kings, sensing weakness, sets his eyes on his vulnerable foe.

In the midst of the growing tumult, a young man from the Empire’s hinterlands grudgingly heads to Imperial City. There, Claudio-Valens sees firsthand the weak, treasonous Imperial Council that aids foreign enemies, and finds himself at the center of the fight to save the country he loves.

What follows is a tale of desert queens and legionaries, of mad girls with great gifts and scheming highborn ladies, of gods both human and divine, that will forever transform the world they know.

I’m still making tweaks to the cover, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up!

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Dragon’s Son (final book of the trilogy) released

DragonssoncoverAs newsletter subscribers already know, I recently released the final book of the Ulfr Crisis trilogy. I had a blast writing it, and am happy to lead the story to its inevitable conclusion, but at the same time, a bit sad about leaving the characters and the world. Either way, here is the description.

Buy at AmazonKobo, and Nook:

The Ulfr conquest is complete. The towns of Badelgard lie destroyed, abandoned, or suffering under the rule of Fell Lords and their dark ladies. Against all odds, Kai Riverhall—the Dragon’s Son—seeks to put an end to the Great Witch and her eternal winter.

The final book of the Ulfr Crisis trilogy narrates three distinct lives.

In MY BROTHER THE MORGUIS, a man meets his long-lost sibling but begins to question his true identity. In QUEEN OF NOTHING, the new High Queen attempts to evacuate all survivors to another land. And in DRAGON’S SON, Kai makes one last effort to defeat the Great Witch before the statue of her goddess is fully pulled from its icy tomb.

Enchanted Forest, Volume 1 — now complete

I’m happy to announce that the first volume (episodes 1 to 5) of Enchanted Forest is now complete, available for purchase at all ebook vendors (except Smashwords… the slow reporting and slow uploading procedures currently frustrate me to no end, but I’ll get around to it soon).

Sales on this series started out (very) tepid, but are slowly picking up. Go forth, buy, and read, and give me the encouragement to start Volume 2! My mind brims with ideas for more episodes.

The first episode is free on Kobo.

I also made a profile of Kalamar, for those interested.