It’s time to reveal the full cover on the upcoming Galactic Mage Series prequel Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild. I figured since my editor is done, and I’m getting it delivered to proofreaders now, I’m close enough to release to bust out with the whole cover.
As usual, Cris Ortega rocks it with this new fantasy novel book cover, and she’s really captured the feel and flavor of the story. The story takes us back before Altin Meade is even born, and it follows Ilbei on his adventures as a sergeant in Her Majesty’s army. I’d say more, but I don’t want to spoil anything, even by accident, so with that, I’ll just show it:
Alien Arrivals is the title of the new Galactic Mage Series book four, which is expected to be released in late spring or summer of 2014. I had planned on putting it out sooner, but I am working on the whole second trilogy of the series at once, so I really want to get through the end of books five and six before I go back and polish out book four. However, Alien Arrivals is written, and as soon as I get the prequel novel I’ve just about got ready to release out (Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild), then I’ll be off like a shot for the rest of the year trying to get the fourth, fifth and sixth books out. I’ll be posting short, periodic updates on the Alien Arrivals page in the bookstore section of my site: here. And, of course, more blog posts to come.
If everything goes smoothly—unlike December and the first ten days of January— Continue reading
The Rift in the Races audio book is now available on Audible.com. It will be up shortly on Amazon and iTunes as well, they just take longer to process. Woot! Go get one, and buy like twenty more and give them to your friends. If you have a hundred friends, that’s even better. Continue reading
Question: What lasts for 3 minutes and 24 seconds, is full of lies, and damn sure won’t please my wife?
Close, but that’s not it.
Answer: The stupid goddamn “how to” videos I watched that said changing a freaking garbage disposal is easy.
I’m serious. I watched two of them. One of them was only 3 minutes and 24 seconds. The other one was like 5 minutes and 10 seconds. One was from Lowe’s, the other from Home Depot. Continue reading
Well, here it is, two goddamn days before Thanksgiving and people are falling all over themselves to shit on American history. I’ve just seen my third Facebook version of the old: “Oh, those poor Native Americans were so nice when they showed those evil Pilgrim assholes how to hunt and plant corn, and yet, wow, look how that backfired!”
Do people think all four hundred years of history happened in the same damn week?
John Frederick Andersen – my grandfather – Navy pilot (image from Life magazine, Nov. 1940)
As I sit here in my study this Veterans Day, writing sci-fi and fantasy like I usually do, it struck me how fortunate I am to be, well, sitting here in my study writing sci-fi and fantasy like I usually do. Something was bugging me as I worked—making stuff up, dreamy, silly stuff in the greater scheme of things—and I felt like I ought to write something else today. Continue reading
Once upon a time, two Americans fought in a burning house. Flames raged all around them, crackling and roaring, pine studs in the walls popping explosively, furniture engulfed and hissing fumes of heated chemistry. The human voices of the belligerents harmonized with the noise of the fire, their shouts of hate and rage. They blasted each other with their fists and their feet and their profanity, fury risen in them to degrees like unrelenting piety. Continue reading
I first noticed her by the dull rumble of her smoker’s voice, low enough that the words disappeared in the same way that whatever a river is saying is lost upon us as we stand upon the bank. But the sound was there, and so I glanced up, saw her, her iPhone wrapped in Malibu pink, rumbling away in a Winston cigarette whisper to whoever was on the other end. And that is fine; this is not to cast aspersions on either cell phones or those who smoke—lord knows in California we’ve got laws to asperse those folks in volumes as it is, the poor bastards standing fifty feet from buildings in the sleet and pouring rain (damn them for their vices, for they surely needed a better lobby for their habits like, thank God, all mine have). No, it was not to judge her that I watched, but simply awareness of the distinct and common rarity of such a throaty temblor of a voice, its incessant nature like an earthquake underway, and it attracted my attention as such things will do. Continue reading
The first draft version of the fourth book in the Galactic Mage Series is done (first draft, not finished novel). As I have mentioned before, the series will be done in trilogies, so basically book 4 is the first of the second series trilogy. Hopefully that makes sense. My plan is to write first drafts of the next two books in the series before going back and revising the one I just finished. Additionally, I have started a prequel that I’ve been talking about doing for the last year and a half, which is dedicated to one of my favorite characters, Ilbei Spadebreaker. I’ve gotten lots of very positive feedback about him (sometimes awash in rage lol), and he’s just fun to write. I’m hoping to finish that story this month if at all possible, while I am working out some stuff on the outlines for books 5 and 6 in the main series. Continue reading
I’m writing this as an official declaration to all my family, friends, neighbors, business associates, acquaintances, fans, foes, elves, orcs, pets and anyone else I can’t think of to put on this list. This is my official declaration that YOU ARE OFF THE HOOK when it comes to reading my book(s). You don’t have to read it to be my friend, family, acquaintance, etc. And you certainly don’t have to apologize or feel guilty or do that awkward excuses thing when you see me for the first time in a while. I can see how uncomfortable people are, and it’s frustrating, because, well, nobody should feel awkward just because I wrote a book. I don’t feel awkward about not visiting you at your job. So you don’t have to feel awkward about not participating or visiting my work, so to speak. And I know it happens, because I see it all the time. I know that in your head, you just know the book is going to come up somehow, and you still haven’t gotten to it yet, or you really, really don’t want to read it at all, but saying so seems mean or something. It’s not mean, nor should you have any guilt about it. Continue reading