Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mask of the Kravyads

It is my pleasure to announce that my novella, Mask of the Kravyads, has been published by Silver Blade Fantasy Magazine. And my story served at the basis for the cover!

You can read the story here!

I am particularly proud of this story. When I set out to write Mask of the Kravyads, my goal was to pen a piece of Grimdark Heroic Fantasy that starred a female protagonist who was NOT a warrior, but powerful in her own right, set in a fantasy version of India with monsters straight out of Hindu myth. It is my hope that I was able to write a compelling hero that could stand alongside Jishnu and The Grinders Sellsword Company, but I will let you all be the judge of that.

I would like to thank my editor for this story, Les Weil, who was more than patient with me during a long editing period that taught me a lot. Working with editors is such an important part of getting better as a writer, and I can say without question that Les helped me a lot in that department. Of course, I need to thank Darin Kennedy, Matt Saunders, Caryn Sutorus, who critiqued the work, and of course, my fiance Margo.

And of course, thank you for continuing to come to this blog. My goal with this site has always been to help other writers find their way without making the same mistakes I did, and hopefully show you that if I can do it, so can you.

In closing, I want you all to stay safe, happy, and enjoy the story!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ambrose's Hope, Wizards, and Beer!

Expect these every time now.

I am proud to announce that the first story of my wizard, Ambrose Knighton, has been published by Aurora Wolf! My story, Ambrose's Hope, tells the story of a fallen wizard exiled in the wilderness. Faced with brooding loneliness, a spirit and a beer will enter his life, changing it forever.

I have loved wizards, even since I was little, raised on Arthurian Fantasy authors like T.A. Barron and T.H. White, or luminaries like Le Guin, Anthony, and Greenwood, so I always wanted to write one of my own. Once again, I cast beer as a divine liquid. There will be an occurring theme in Ambrose's tales where a beverage of some sort plays a part in the story, even if it is a trifling one. I have about twelve of these stories in me, so we'll see what kind of drink list I'll come up with!

As always, thank you for coming to this blog. The readership this past year has been amazing, varied, and I am always happy to be able to do what I'm doing and have you all involved. Please enjoy the story, and I'll see you next time!

Eden Royce interviews me about The Gem of Acitus!

I am more than delighted to say that I sat down with the immensely talented Eden Royce, whose work I previously reviewed here on the blog. We talked about The Gem of Acitus, writing "The Other", and publishing.

Swing by the Dark Geisha to check it out!

And go get Eden's amazing collection of Southern Gothic Shorts, Spook Lights!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


And here we are again! A few weeks ago I sat down The POPRIKA Podcast to discuss my two recent releases, The Gem of Acitus and REEFER SNAKES!, with Darryl Seed Mansel, as well as other goings on within the pop culture world!

Listen here:

As always, stay safe and I'll see you soon!

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Holy double-exclamations! A few posts ago I revealed the cover for my upcoming Grind Pulp Press release, REEFER SNAKES!

I am happy to announce that it is available today!

Get it at Amazon!

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Gem of Acitus is available TODAY!

Review: Nightborn by Lou Anders

It's very rare that I enjoy a sequel as much as I enjoy the first part. Sequels usually rest on the laurels of the first work, expecting the audience to follow along without any help given to shore up some of the more confusing points of a narrative. You see this in comic books, video games, and novels all the time, so it was with real pleasure I finished Nightborn by Lou Anders, a stunning addition to what had been an auspicious debut of his Middle Grade Fantasy hit, Frostborn (which I reviewed here). Safe to say, he followed through.

Art by Justin Gerard

Reintroducing us to the half-giantess, Thianna, and a barbarian gamer named Karn, Nightborn picks up right where the first book picked up as well,  with the two friend being swept up into an unexpected adventure that introduces us to new lands, new thrills, and most importantly, new characters that grab the reader from page one.

World-building plays a huge part into Anders' writing style, often making up a good chunk of his narrative. There is a loving amount of detail injected into Nightborn, and for a second novel, it opens the world of Norrengod to places beyond its Viking-trappings. I was delighted by the multiplicity of cultures, creatures, and settings this one book held. The Uskirians, for example, take tried and true tropes of D&D orcs and really does something wonderful with them, making them flamboyant in a way I had not imagined. Whether it was a Flittermouse, a Chimera, or Anders' brilliantly classical interpretation of dragons, there is so much to digest, even for the most jaded adult reader.

With his world broadened beyond Karn and Thianna's original borders, Anders ups the thrills from last time as well, with new games, properly balanced riddles, and exciting action that you can only find this side a MANTICORE race! Whether it's swooping wyverns, climactic sword fights, or the well-place chase, the real wonder of Nightborn isn't in its action, but in the presentation of its action. Save for a few snafus here and there, where the text is sometimes a little murky, there is a true mindfulness to the madness. This reader never felt that Karn and Thianna were in dire threat, but the weight of what was going on was real enough to keep me turning pages. In a genre filled with carefully choreographed sequences that often flop, sometimes it was just fun to sit back and enjoy the ride!

Yet the real gem of Nightborn is Desstra, a spunky dark elf who Anders weaves into his series as if she had been there all along. As many of you may know, I have a certain affinity for dark elf characters, but she completely caught me off guard. Both sweet and able, she adds so much to the Karn-Thianna dynamic that I was bursting with joy when I finally reached the end. "A half-giant, a barbarian, and a devious little elf" stole the show together. I love stories where friendship, trust, and empathy take the forefront of fantasy, and Nightborn gives me a trio I want to read more of in the future.

Heavy on the Lloyd Alexander when sharpened with Rowling, Lou Anders has hit his follow-up to Frostborn right out of the park. With a new games, challenges, and adventures, Thianna and Karn have returned for a rollicking good time in Nightborn!



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