Language of the Bear ON SALE NOW – Historical Fiction for Just $0.99

Where else can you get assassination attempts through hostile wilderness for just $0.99?

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Just this weekend, get the first book in the historical adventure Tomahawk & Saber series for Kindle for less than a buck!

(You can read the full description for the book on the Amazon link above – and a billion other places on my site. So please check it out and it might just be the summer read you’re looking for!)

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Giveaway: Enter on Goodreads for a Free Signed Copy of Language of the Bear

If you like free stuff, historical fiction, signed books, or just winning in general, this is for you.

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Celebrate the release of Book Two of the Tomahawk and Saber series aNdola enter the giveaway of the book that ignited it all!

 

P.S. Watch out for another upcoming giveaway for the impending paperback release of Through the Narrows.

 

Read Chapters 1 & 2 of Language of the Bear Here

Language of the Bear, a historical adventure set on the frontier of Colonial Pennsylvania is now out in ebook and paperback!

The first shipment of finalized paperback editions of Language of the Bear

The first shipment of finalized paperback editions—they’re so pretty.

People have been reading the ebook since May, and for all of you who prefer print, the paperback edition is now available at Amazon (check it out here). Within a few weeks, all other stores like Barnes & Noble and your preferred independent store will be able to order them for you. Yay!

So to celebrate, I’m still giving away a signed, free copy to one person who’s joined my email list (hurry – the drawing is on July 23rd!), and I’m posting chapters 1 and 2 from the book to give you a taste.

I hope you enjoy it!


 

One – An English Messenger

Wolf Tongue pursed his lips in a small, crooked smile even while his fingers tightened on his knife. He looked to his right through a gathered crowd to the young woman who stood beside her father and winked.

Fox’s Smile did not reflect his confidence. Instead of her usual, teasing grin, she stared back with a tightness around her lips that spoke more of concern than jovialness. Her eyes, darkened by lowered eyebrows, darted to the strange man who’d come to their village from the English before coming back to Wolf Tongue.

She was beautiful even when she was worried.

Read the rest of Chapter 1 and 2 here …

 

Giveaway: A Free, Signed Copy of Language of the Bear

The final proof has been proofed and the paperbacks are coming!

The final proof has been proofed and the paperbacks are coming!

We just submitted our final files for printing the paperbacks of LOTB, and what better way to celebrate than to give one away?

Thank you to everyone who entered our Goodreads giveaway and added Language of the Bear as to-be-read. If you didn’t win one of the copies, I’ve got one more autographed copy to give away to the awesome folks who’ve joined my mailing list.

If you’d like a chance to win, just add your email here.

It will only take about 7 seconds. And I promise you won’t get be awash in a bunch of emails—I don’t email often, and you’ll get some special discounts on books, free stuff, and exclusive, subscriber-only writing.

If you’re already on my mailing list, thank you, and you’ll be entered for the random drawing on July 23.

Thanks, and good luck!

P.S. If you REALLY want this free signed copy, every time you share this on your favorite social media sites, I’ll add your name in for another chance to win. 

 

Potential Cover Art, Vague Updates for Tomahawk and Saber, and Other Writing

Last weekend was a storm of writing, outlining, raunchy jokes, planning, beer, and an actual, literal storm.

So after doing some fun work with great friends, I thought I’d give just a quick update. Here’s what’s shakin’:

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Lego already made a Wolf Tongue and Pyke set!

Lego already made a Wolf Tongue and Pyke set!

OK. No, it’s not. But it was a pretty funny find when we were just browsing stock photos. And if not for LOTB, there’s always book two. Speaking of which …

Through the Narrows is almost done! Yes, a little later than we planned (sorry!), but we’re taking a little extra time to make sure it’s just right. And so far, the reactions we’ve gotten are that this book is even more suspenseful and faster-paced than LOTB.

So the release is coming soon and if you want a sneak peek at the cover art and jacket copy, we’ll be releasing that to our mailing lists before anywhere else—so please make sure I’ve got your email.

Tomahawk and Saber books 3 and 4 are going to knock your moccasins off. Evan and I did some semi-detailed outlines for the next few books, and as much as I think TTN is upping the tension and thrills, the ones that come after are going to keep that momentum going. No spoilers, but suffice to say I’m very excited to start putting our characters back into harm’s way. This, of course, means lots of writing.

My solo project hit half-way. As I’m writing novels with Evan Ronan, I’m also typing away on solo projects. I’m not in the habit of talking too extensively about works in progress until they’re completed, so this isn’t a pitch. Just me letting you know that I’m still writing. And also that I’m really enjoying the scenes where Rammstein is the perfect soundtrack and that I’ve only got about another 50,000 words until I write “The End.”

The End.

Win a Signed Paperback of Language of the Bear Before you Can Buy It

Language_of_the_Bear_coverLanguage of the Bear is coming out in paperback!

And to celebrate, Evan Ronan and I are giving away 5 autographed copies!

To enter to win your own free, signed copy, just visit the giveaway page on Goodreads and click “Enter Giveaway” by Saturday the 20th. 

*Insert Arnold Schwarzennegger voice: Do it! Do it now!*

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Yes, there actually is. Here are those more things:

1) We’re offering 100 free ebooks to people willing to post an honest review on their favorite site. If you’re on LibraryThing, there’s a current offer for reviewers of LOTB.  These reviews are extremely helpful for us, and I hope you’ll consider entering for one of the books.

You’ll need to click this link and then search the text for “Language of the Bear” to find and request it among the gargantuan list of giveaways. While you’re there, why not search for other keywords to find some other books you might like to read?

2) The second book in the Tomahawk and Saber series, Through the Narrows, is coming out at the end of this month.

We’re keeping pretty close-lipped on the description and cover art for a big reveal just before the launch, though if you join my email list, you’ll get a peek before anyone else.

We’re pretty sure that if you liked LOTB, you’re going to like TTN, too. Here’s a teaser from Evan’s blog:

In the second book of the Tomahawk & Saber series, Wolf Tongue and Pyke find themselves defending a less-than-deserving small town on the Pennsylvania frontier against a vastly superior force of Mingos who are out for blood.

If you’re a fan of history, adventure, and good old-fashioned character-driven action stories, then you should check these books out. They’re fast, fun, violent, and at times brutal.

Go forth and win lots of books, people!

It’s Book Release Day for Language of the Bear!

Brace yourselves, dear readers, for duels, battles, scalping, backstabbing, blackmailing, broken hearts, and general mayhem, because …

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Language of the Bear is available now!

This is the first book in a historical fiction series written by me and Evan Ronan. We like to say it’s Lethal Weapon meets Last of the Mohicans. (You can see the full description and sample chapters on the Amazon link above.)

Fun, right? Well, we thought so. I had an amazing time and learned so much working with Evan on this book. We had so much fun, in fact, that we’re already almost finished with the next in the Tomahawk and Saber series, Through the Narrows, and looking down the barrel at a third.

You can find Language of the Bear on Goodreads here and for purchase at Amazon.com.

Language of the Bear Cover Reveal!

The artwork is here and it’s fantastic!

Many thanks to our great designer for all the effort she put into making this beauty:

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I could go on at length about how much I love the cover and why I think it captures the vibe and feeling of Language of the Bear. But instead, I’ll just leave this here for you to check out … what do you think?

By the way, LOTB will be out as an ebook tomorrow! Watch for a link to get your own copy as soon as it’s officially available!

Historical Fiction Research and Chapter One for Language of the Bear

Language of the Bear is THIS close to publication! We had some back and forth with our editor for a bit, and are now finalizing edits and cover art.

And because publication is so close, I want you to start reading it.

I’ll be sending out the first chapter free to you lovely people on my mailing list. If you’re already on my it (thank you!), you’ll get an email in the next few days. But if you’re not,

click here to get on my list before the book comes out and I’ll send you chapter one of Language of the Bear.

And don’t worry about getting hammered with emails—I don’t send newsletters often or bombard you with nonsense. I’ll generally only email you when there’s actual news, special announcements or deals.

LOTB is getting so close I can smell the campfires, but the writing goes on for other projects. And everything that goes along with the writing, like the research so key in historical fiction.

Here comes the summer reading.

Here comes the summer reading.

LOTB is the first novel in the Tomahawk & Saber series and it takes place in the days just before the French and Indian War. And then the second book, Through the Narrows, brings our heroes even closer to the actual war. (It’s sometimes called the Seven Years War, which is odd because it’s generally marked as 1754 – 1763. You do the math).

Then the untitled THIRD book … well, I won’t tell you exactly. But suffice to say, I’m redoubling my efforts at research for the French and Indian War and all the goings-on around it.

Of course, I’ve been reading books about Colonial history, Native American tribes of the eastern woodlands, and all that goes along with that era for a long time. Especially during the writing of LOTB, there was a lot of digging for historical details again.

But that book largely takes place on the frontier, away from much of what makes it into history books. Now, though, as Evan Ronan and I are finishing the plotting for the third book, we’re both refreshing our history and getting some additional research in to really make this era and story come alive.

I’ve got a stack of books to start with. Some I’ve read before, others not. And the research begins in earnest as soon as LOTB is published.

(I say that as if it’s an onerous task. Really, I get to sit and read about exciting history and people. … Good work, if you can get it.)

My Book’s Coming Out Next Month! Wanna Know What it’s About?

You guys! Guess what! I have a book coming out!

(You can tell I’m excited because I almost never use exclamation points.)

To make a long story short, I wrote a historical adventure with my friend Evan Ronan, and after a few near misses at traditional publishing and lots of good, personal feedback, we decided to publish it ourselves.

Right now, we’re doing the final polish of the manuscript after receiving comments from our editor, and our very talented designer is working up cover art—I’m sure I’ll show that off quite soon.

That means we’re on the final leg of producing the novel, and …

Language of the Bear will be available through Amazon in ebook in April, and print in May.

The genesis of the book and our decision to publish it ourselves is a long story that I’ll get into another day.

But for now, here’s what our book’s about:

In the hostile wilderness of Colonial America, a young Native American warrior and a British officer are forced into a secret assassination mission. But when they learn their prey is more dangerous than they feared, can they complete their mission, protect a dying tribe, confront a madman, and still survive?

With war rumbling on the horizon, Lieutenant Hugh Pyke arrives in the Pennsylvania Colony hoping to prove himself against the French. Instead, he finds himself blackmailed into a dishonorable mission to assassinate the cousin of the woman he loves.

Wolf Tongue, a brash warrior of a dying tribe, volunteers to guide Pyke through the dangers of both the landscape and its indigenous nations. Even as he fights to protect his people from European and Native invaders, he struggles to earn the respect of those he would save.

An action-filled, old-fashioned adventure, Language of the Bear is the first novel in the Tomahawk and Saber series.

And yes, this is the first novel in the series. In addition to working with final edits on Language of the Bear, we’re also wrapping up the second book (tentatively titled Through the Narrows), which is slated for release in May.

If you’re on Goodreads and this sounds like something you might dig, please add it to your to-be-read list, because it’ll certainly make these two guys smile.