“Prerogative of Gods” – a New Short Story Available at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

I wrote a short story (yay!), and now it’s published at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (double yay!), and you can read and/or listen to it for free (even more yays!).

Here’s HFQ’s succinct blurb:

“Prerogative of Gods” – A servant of the God of Justice learns that the boundary between justice and revenge can be thin indeed. Audio version read by Karen Bovenmeyer.

Please take a minute to check it out. Of course, I’m excited to see my writing shared again, and I’m especially excited to hear the lovely voice and delivery of Karen Bovenmeyer narrate the whole thing for the audio version as well!

And while you’re there, definitely read some of the other great work in their archives and from their current issue, including the beautiful “The Bells of Bel-Hazir” by Michelle Muenzler.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Ways I’m Keeping Myself Sane(ish) in 2017

These aren’t New Year’s resolutions because January first is an arbitrary date and YOU CAN’T CONTROL ME, GREGORIAN CALENDAR!

But these are little things I’m doing to make me feel better about how I interact with the world. Take a look, one might be helpful to you.

Delete Twitter from my phone.
The problem is that I like Twitter. I spent a lot of time finding interesting articles, keeping up with interesting people, laughing at funny threads, and chit-chatting with friendly writers and writer friends who are far away. I like that. A lot.

What I don’t like is how much of my time was spent there. Time I could be doing the things I claim I want to do and don’t have time for. And I didn’t like how much of what I saw in my feed was inflammatory nonsense, or how people I like and respect were trolled.

I’ll still use Twitter. Just not on my phone. And that, I hope, makes me a little more purposeful about what I use my time for. Like …

Write every day.
This is one I’ve tried before, but it didn’t stick well. I still wrote, and a fair amount (see launched book here), but it was often in fits and spurts.

I find when I write every day for any significant stretch, I feel good. I’m a happier person when I write frequently. And when I write frequently, the writing comes easier. And consequently, I’m even happier.

Being happier and more productive is nice. So I’m going to do it more.

Read more.
I used to eat books like they were Girl Scout Thin Mints. (No, not straight out of the freezer; this is a metaphor, people.) But in the past few years it was life and work and blah, blah blah … we all know the things that go here because we all have those things.

And of course I’ve been reading, but not as much as I once did. And I probably won’t read as much as I once did until I retire, but I’d still like to read more than I did in 2016. So I set up a Goodreads challenge to read 40 books in 2017, but that might only happen if reading The Gruffalo over and over counts toward the total. (If it does, I definitely hit at least 100 in 2016.)

Pay for high-quality news.
I want analytical, insightful, well written information from someone who’s studied journalism. I want news that informs first, rather than entertains or placates or agitates. And I understand that to get that kind of quality, I have to pay for it. My particular choice is The Economist – it’s exceedingly well written, it’s analytical, they pay their writers as far as I can tell, and they make their slight bias clear. (All journalists and news outlets have a bias. If they tell you they don’t, they’re either lying or ignorant.)

Plus, supporting good, analytical news is important for at least two reasons:

  1. I get clear, sometimes challenging knowledge about what’s important in the world because a for-pay news service is necessarily focused on the quality of their reporting and information. (I’m trying to avoid GIGO for my brain.)
  2. Paying for news out of my pocket helps journalists focus on news. In order to keep turning a profit, “free” news services often need to focus more on keeping advertisers happy and appealing to the most people possible for good click rates and stickiness of their sites and apps. This is not conducive to thoughtful, challenging reporting.

Support causes I believe in.
I don’t have specifics here. More research is required in this, an ongoing effort to be engaged in what happens to our world and the people I care about. But a few of the many things that are important to me include supporting libraries and spreading the availability and quality of education. Certainly, there are many just and wonderful causes. But it seems to me that all those just causes will do much better when lots of people are informed, thoughtful, participants.

 

And you? What are your secrets for clinging to your sanity in 2017?

New Book Release! OUT OF THE FIRE is … um, Out!

So much going on, including celebrating the release with Evan Ronan, planning the final arc of the entire Out of the Fire series, and seeing Rogue One, that here’s just a very quick notice:

The first in a new urban fantasy thriller series is available now!

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This is a little different from our historical series (clearly), and I hope you enjoy all the adventure and danger we put these new characters through. Check it out at Amazon and let us know what you think!

 

Cover Reveal and Giveaway for a New Urban Fantasy Thriller – OUT OF THE FIRE

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Step 1: check out that gorgeous cover!

Step 2: enter to win a FREE SIGNED COPY at Goodreads!

Out of the Fire is what Evan and I call our post-apocalyptic, urban fantasy thriller. It’s the first book in a new series and will be available in print and ebook on December 16th. We’re so excited about this new cast of characters, setting, and genre, and I hope you’ll enter to win an autographed copy and add it to your to-be-read list.

Here’s the teaser:

After magic floods into the world, bringing with it unimaginable power, ex-rock star Tucker Ambrus and firefighter Andrew Byrne’s city is nearly destroyed by a devastating storm of fire.

Now, as the unlikely leaders of a desperate band of survivors, Tucker and Byrne struggle to unite and protect what’s left of a panicked, lawless public—both from themselves, and from new supernatural terrors like the mysterious eruptions of churning gray that devour everything in their path.

But when influential leaders begin disappearing and chaos splits the survivors into warring factions, Tucker and Byrne must race to uncover a secret that links a crazed murderer to the deadly surges of magic and halt them both before it’s too late … though if they succeed, they risk igniting another firestorm and tearing their homes, and their friendship, apart.

We hope you enjoy it, good luck in the giveaway, and watch for Out of the Fire on December 16th!

 

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!)

Get Your Hands on 226 Pages of Kidnapping, Backstabbing, Bloody Mayhem (and Maybe Even a Bit of Romance)

Surprise! The paperback version of book 2 of the Tomahawk and Saber series is out a few days earlier than scheduled. So you can literally get your hands on this book now.

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In this book, which some of the early readers thought was even more suspenseful than Language of the Bear, we go along with Pyke and Wolf Tongue as they … well, I’ll just give you the jacket copy:

Wolf Tongue of the Susquehannock and Lieutenant Hugh Pyke of the British Army barely survived their first mission together. Now with the French and Indian War beginning to flame around them, the frontier of the Pennsylvania Colony is restless.

When they’re called back to protect Millers Town from Indian raiders, Pyke and Wolf Tongue discover the settlement is outnumbered and there is no militia to reinforce them. Even worse, Pyke and Wolf Tongue fear the townsfolk harbor secrets just as deadly as their attackers.

As Pyke tries to build a haphazard defense with a band of farmers and children against an almost inevitable slaughter, the mysteries of the town begin to unravel. Pyke realizes his life is in danger from the very people he is duty-bound to protect—perhaps, even from the beautiful French outcast who seems to know more than she should.

With a final, crushing attack imminent, Wolf Tongue hurries to rescue a kidnapped girl who might be the only hope for the town’s survival while Pyke struggles to protect the innocent. As they carve away layers of deceit, both men must confront the terrible truths behind Millers Town to survive the dangers to their lives, their peoples, and their honor.

Through the Narrows continues the historical adventure of the Tomahawk and Saber series, filled with suspense and action that captures the deadly brutality, danger, and history of Colonial America.

So, you know. If this is the kind of stuff you like, please check it out.

And if you do like it, you’ll be happy to know there are more stories coming—Evan and I are hard at work on the next Tomahawk and Saber adventures. I think you might be surprised at some of the twists coming down the, ahem, pike.

ANOTHER Giveaway: Advance Copy of Through the Narrows

I just put a signed copy of the first novel in the Tomahawk and Saber Series in the mail to our lucky winner from New Jersey. But if that’s not you, don’t despair—you could win a paperback of the second book before it’s released!

Enter here for your chance to win a signed copy
before it’s on sale on November 3rd!

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Thanks and good luck!

P.S. If you’d like to take a peek, check out the ebook, which is available now, for a free preview.

Book Birthday: THROUGH THE NARROWS is Available Today!

Through the Narrows, the new historical adventure in the Tomahawk and Saber series set during the French and Indian War, is available in ebook from Amazon today!

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This is the second book in the tales that began with Language of the Bear, and some early readers have told us that they enjoyed this one even more than the first.

(By the way, if you prefer paper you can hold, paperbacks will be available very shortly—stay tuned.)

 

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Wolf Tongue of the Susquehannock and Lieutenant Hugh Pyke of the British Army barely survived their first mission together. Now with the French and Indian War beginning to flame around them, the frontier of the Pennsylvania Colony is restless.

When they’re called back to protect Millers Town from Indian raiders, Pyke and Wolf Tongue discover the settlement is outnumbered and there is no militia to reinforce them. Even worse, Pyke and Wolf Tongue fear the townsfolk harbor secrets just as deadly as their attackers.

As Pyke tries to build a haphazard defense with a band of farmers and children against an almost inevitable slaughter, the mysteries of the town begin to unravel. Pyke realizes his life is in danger from the very people he is duty-bound to protect—perhaps, even from the beautiful French outcast who seems to know more than she should.

With a final, crushing attack imminent, Wolf Tongue hurries to rescue a kidnapped girl who might be the only hope for the town’s survival while Pyke struggles to protect the innocent. As they carve away layers of deceit, both men must confront the terrible truths behind Millers Town to survive the dangers to their lives, their peoples, and their honor.

Through the Narrows continues the historical adventure of the Tomahawk and Saber series, filled with suspense and action that captures the deadly brutality, danger, and strength of Colonial America.

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Thank you to everyone who’s enjoyed the first book and I hope you like Through the Narrows just as much!

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.