The Age of Magic is Released!

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Purchase: Exclusive in Wrath and Ruin Box Set (ebook: Amazon | Apple | Nook/B&N | Kobo)
Series: The Age of Magic (1)
Genre: High Fantasy
Release: January 2nd, 2018 (Release Week @ 0.99, after which is at the mercy of the publisher)
Word count: 60,000
Status: Preorder
Maps: Surdel (Black & White | Color)

Amidst the darkest days of antiquity, mankind discovers a new kind of hero.

For thousands of years, mankind warred without magic. Peculiar abilities were buried in history along with the storied paladins and the mysterious dark elves who rarely ventured into human towns.

That all changes at the end of the Tranquility Era, when a young man named Ashton accidentally raises his murdered best friend Clayton from the grave. Because of his mistake, Ashton becomes the focus of manhunts, armies, and the King’s judgement, but Ashton is not the biggest problem in the Kingdom of Surdel.

The golden age of man is coming to a close and enemies surround the civilized world. Lulled into a false sense of security by isolation and pervasive peace, human lords hatch petty schemes to weaken their rivals and gain favor with the throne. Meanwhile, an ancient darkness stirs beneath the Great Northern Mountains and the orcish hordes grow restless just beyond the Southern Peaks. Out of the chaos at the end of the Tranquility Era, a new breed of hero arrives to forge an age of sorcery and mayhem. And into this chaos comes the Necromancer!


The second book in the Age of Magic series, The Dark Paladin, is almost through first drafting. The expected release date is late April or early May 2018. Here’s the story summary for The Dark Paladin:

Sometimes, you have to fight fire with fire. Or demons with demons.

The paladins have a storied history, but one tainted by a twisted sacrifice. To fight the demon lords intent on taking over their world, they had to make a deal with one.

Under this pact, paladin Cedric Arrington is forged into a weapon. Wearing his signature black armor to signal to all of Nirendia his dark allegiance, he is a man beset by shadow on a quest to send all demons back to the Abyss.

As a demon lord named Orcus emerges from the underworld, the foundations of the human kingdom of Surdel begin to fracture and weaken. Undead rise without the Necromancer. Demons pour out of Mount Godun at the heart of the tranquil realm, and no one but the paladins can smite the fiery creatures back to where they came from.

Cedric is joined by Prince Jayden of the dark elven Etyria Empire, who have fought their share of undead and evil creatures under their ancient, fallen cities for thousands of years. They search for hope. They search for a weapon capable of defeating a demon lord.

As King Aethis Eldenwald searches for answers to his demon and undead problem, old enemies from the south seek vengeance for recent wrongs. Meanwhile, in the capital Kingarth, the Necromancer Ashton Geraldson is held hostage by a father grieving the loss of his famous son. When Ashton’s pleas for release fall on deaf ears, he is given a tantalizing choice: stay prisoner while the world burns or make his own deal with the darkness.

The People’s Necromancer Release

PeoplesNecromancer_WrathNRuin_BlueFantasyThe People’s Necromancer is finished and set for release on all vendors as part of the Wrath and Ruin box set. 24 exclusive sci-fi and fantasy novels from award-winning and USA Today Bestselling authors for just 0.99 during preorder. This is a limited edition set that is only going to be available for sale for 3 months (down by April). We are trying to get this out to as many people as we can. Our goal is to hit New York Times Bestselling status, which requires tens of thousands of sales (we’re actually inching our way toward 10,000 total sales during preorder alone). We’re quite a bit short on the Apple and B&N sales though, so if you have $0.99 and you want to help us reach our goal of possibly hitting NYT Bestseller status, we would REALLY appreciate your help! Please, oh please!

Anyway, here’s the final info on The People’s Necromancer, my new high fantasy novel which is being released exclusively with this brand new set.  4 cents per novel during the preorder period. Amazon bestsellers, USA Today bestsellers, and award-winning fantasy and sci-fi! It’s an absolute steal. Help us out!

Here’s the info on my novel as well as purchase links to Amazon, Apple, and Nook/B&N!

The-People's-Necromancer - 05Title: The People’s Necromancer
Purchase Preorder in Wrath and Ruin Box Set (ebook: Amazon | Apple | Nook/B&N | Kobo)
Series: The Age of Magic (1)
Genre: High Fantasy
Release: January 2nd, 2018 (Preorder @ 0.99)
Word count: 60,000
Status: Preorder
Maps: Surdel (Black & White | Color)

Amidst the darkest days of antiquity, mankind discovers a new kind of hero.

For thousands of years, mankind warred without magic. Peculiar abilities were buried in history along with the storied paladins and the mysterious dark elves who rarely ventured into human towns.

That all changes at the end of the Tranquility Era, when a young man named Ashton accidentally raises his murdered best friend Clayton from the grave. Because of his mistake, Ashton becomes the focus of manhunts, armies, and the King’s judgement, but Ashton is not the biggest problem in the Kingdom of Surdel.

The golden age of man is coming to a close and enemies surround the civilized world. Lulled into a false sense of security by isolation and pervasive peace, human lords hatch petty schemes to weaken their rivals and gain favor with the throne. Meanwhile, an ancient darkness stirs beneath the Great Northern Mountains and the orcish hordes grow restless just beyond the Southern Peaks. Out of the chaos at the end of the Tranquility Era, a new breed of hero arrives to forge an age of sorcery and mayhem. And into this chaos comes the Necromancer!

Upcoming 4th Novel up for Preorder

wrath_and_ruinMy 4th novel, The People’s Necromancer, is with beta readers and will be released exclusively in the Wrath and Ruin box set (Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo). I’m so excited about this high fantasy and the series it is going to start. As I’ve mentioned on other places, the entire box set is going to be 99 cents throughout preorder, and there are 24 novels in this thing from many USA Today Bestselling science fiction and fantasy authors, several of whom are also including brand new novel releases with me in the set.

I’m extremely humbled to have been invited to the box set. You should definitely pick one up and recommend to friends to pick one up! You’re going to find hundreds of hours of imaginative stories, worlds and characters to interact with. It’s a steal!

Anyway, enough with the box set plug. Let’s talk about my baby, The People’s Necromancer. What is it, and why are you going to love it?

Here’s the skinny.


Amidst the darkest days of antiquity, mankind discovers a new kind of hero.

For thousands of years, mankind warred without magic. Peculiar abilities were buried in history along with the storied paladins and the mysterious dark elves who rarely ventured into human towns.

That all changes at the end of the Tranquility Era, when a young man named Ashton accidentally raises his murdered best friend Clayton from the grave. Because of his mistake, Ashton becomes the focus of manhunts, armies, and the King’s judgement, but Ashton is not the biggest problem in the Kingdom of Surdel.

The golden age of man is coming to a close and enemies surround the civilized world. Lulled into a false sense of security by isolation and pervasive peace, human lords hatch petty schemes to weaken their rivals and gain favor with the throne. Meanwhile, an ancient darkness stirs beneath the Great Northern Mountains and the orcish hordes grow restless just beyond the Southern Peaks. Out of the chaos at the end of the Tranquility Era, a new breed of hero arrives to forge an age of sorcery and mayhem. And into this chaos comes the Necromancer!


Surdel (Map: B&W | Color) is a small human kingdom built on the remains of a catastrophe, a meteor that impacted the world of Nirendia hundreds of thousands of years ago. There is a built-up history involving dark elves, wood elves, humans, orcs, and even demons who are working their way up through the underworld, trying to incorporate Nirendia into the Abyss–the planes of existence that demon lords fight over.

In the coming weeks, I’m going to discuss the major characters and why you’re going to love them, the fragility of heroes in Surdel, and the schemes and quibbles of the southern lords. We’ll dive into the history of the dark elven kingdom of Etyria, and the plight of Prince Jayden and his people. Then, I’ll talk about Cedric Errington, the focus of the sequel The Dark Paladin, which should be released late next year. You’ll find out more about the enigmatic Holy One, and the fight between the three demon lords vying for supremacy in Nirendia.

This is one of the most exciting and fun stories that I’ve ever written, and I think you’re going to enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. If you want to know more, keep following this blog or feel free to ask questions in the comments.

Movie Roundup (Bladerunner and Thor)

My wife and I try to catch a movie at the theater every weekend, when we can. Sometimes, movies disappoint, but Rotten Tomatoes has definitely helped us find the movies that are going to entertain us. I haven’t done a movie review in a while, but I need to catch up.

For now, let’s talk about Bladerunner 2049 and Thor. We’ll start with Bladerunner and why you should see it.

blade_runner_promotionalThe original Bladerunner flopped at the box office and only gained recognition after its box office run, when people began to watch it at video rental stores in the 80s. It gained a cult following and has been consistently named one of the best science fiction films of all time.

What may surprise you is that Bladerunner 2049 beats the original in every conceivable way. Bladerunner 2049 is simply one of the best science fiction films I think we’ve ever seen. It is that rare sequel that is better than the first.

The plot of the 2nd movie was actually surprising to me, while the plot of the original was not. The casting was really well done, and each actor made their characters, even the androids, very relatable. The central theme builds on the premise of the value of android lives but in a new and unexpected way. There are intellectual elements of the movie Her in here, but twisted in a way that relates the issue to how Androids might fall in love with technology. It’s actually quite amazing. This movie is a solid 5 stars. It will make you think. It will make you feel, and if you love science fiction, you are almost certainly going to love the look, feel, and smarts of this film. I know Jenny and I certainly did!


thor_ragnarokThe second movie absolutely worth talking about that is currently in theaters is Thor: Ragnarok. One of my wife’s and my favorite comedies is “What We Do in the Shadows.” It was an absolutely hilarious mockumentary about vampires dealing with the modern age. If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely check it out. Why is “What We Do in the Shadows” relevant? Because the director for Thor is the same one who directed and starred in both films. The guy is hilarious.

And that’s what makes “Thor: Ragnarok” really special. It’s not as deep as Bladerunner. Very few films are. However, it takes the concepts in Thor, especially all of the craziest sci-fi concepts in the Thor universe, and it makes them fun and relatable in a way that the previous two Thor films simply did not do. The first two Thors, I still enjoyed, but they were often very dark and very pure blockbuster format. “Thor: Ragnarok” sticks to the blockbuster format but then makes fun of itself and invites the audience along for the laughs.

Thor gets captured. Busts out. Beats the bad guy. Thor gets captured. Fights with a friend, is betrayed, busts out, and beats the bad guy. Loses part of himself but also gains new power in the process. Formulaic right?

The keys to this film are in the details and its execution. The supporting cast bolster this film even more than Thor does, but Chris Hemsworth also gets to show off his comedic timing–which is spot on throughout. Taika Waititi makes a fun supporting character with a voiceover that is just so wildly different from what the character would usually speak like, and he’s also got the bumbling supercharacter shtick that he had in “What We Do in the Shadows.” Powerful but hopelessly socially awkward and a bit thick. It makes for some very funny stuff.

And Cate Blanchett? Amazing job. Powerful and oddly sensual. She conveys this dangerous, beautiful, and strong bad character that is easy to understand and empathize with (she’s been wronged by Odin).

I’m sure I would have seen this movie, with or without Taika Waititi directing it, but man, am I so glad that Marvel took a chance on him. That risk definitely paid off. I can’t wait to see what he does next!

Definitely another 5 star movie in my opinion, but for very different reasons. Bladerunner is topnotch sci-fi. Thor is fun and very humorous. If you’re in the mood for a comedy, especially, Thor: Ragnarok will not disappoint!


wrath_and_ruinNow, back to books briefly. My fourth novel is in the hands of beta readers. It’s going to be released as part of the Wrath and Ruin limited edition box set, and right now, the set is only 99 cents as a pre-order.

This set has 25 authors and 24 novels in it. Some of these guys and gals are USA Today Bestselling Science Fiction and Fantasy authors. Authors like Isaac Hooke, Nicole Zoltack, Lydia Sherrer, Cortney Pearson, Ali Winters, and Pamita Rao. You can click on the image to the left to find some preorder links to all the major vendors. In case the link isn’t working, here is another page that has links to all vendors as well.

For 99 cents, as it’s priced right now, this is an absolute steal. When I heard about this set, I knew I wanted to be a part of it, and it was a great forcing function for me to finish The People’s Necromancer. I can’t wait for you guys to read this book. If you weren’t able to make the Facebook Launch, you missed a great time. You also missed some fun giveaways (I gave away all of my books for free, for a limited time).

I’m now working on The Dark Paladin, the sequel to The People’s Necromancer. I’m hoping to release it in 2018.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Giveaways

Congratulations to the five people who won full sets of paperbacks of The Primal Patterns series on Goodreads. I ended up personalizing the copies with autographs and messages, and I hope you enjoy the inscriptions :D!

There are a couple of other giveaways going on, and these involve a bunch of great independent Sci-fi/Fantasy authors. The giveaways are going on over the middle of this month, and you should definitely mosey on over and peruse the selection. Let me know if you find anything good, so I can grab something good for my to-be-read (TBR) pile too!

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In the above giveaway, there is also a giveaway for 52 free sci-fi/fantasy paperbacks, including books by George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Hugh Howey and lots of authors. That contest is going on for 2 more months, I believe, and is valued at between 800-1,000 dollar value for the lucky winner.

I do plan on doing another Goodreads giveaway of paperbacks for my own Primal Patterns set, so stay tuned on that if you didn’t win the first full set giveaway!

There are also some really great $.99 deals going on, which includes The Goblin Rebellion out of the Primal Patterns set for a limited time (the duration of this promotion). So, if you want to recommend a friend to the series, take advantage of the free ebook edition of Lucifer’s Odyssey and the $.99 edition of The Goblin Rebellion. Also, check out the list on this site and let me and others know what else you see there that is worth putting on the TBR shelf.

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There’s another promotion I’m involved in on June 19th, but it’s not live yet. I’ll let you know more about that when it goes active.

Enjoy the free and discounted books and have a great rest of the week!!!

The Rise of the Necromancer

So, I’ve started writing a new High Fantasy series. I have outlined enough material for the first book, and I have created rough outlines for the second and third books.  For now, I believe the first book will be called “The Rise of the Necromancer”. The second book is likely to be called “The Dark Paladin”. There are a couple of possible names of the third book rolling around in my head right now, but the first two are pretty solid (imo). I have a feeling the first three books will likely be called “The Twisted Brotherhood” series, and it will involve humans, wood elves, high elves, dark elves, orcs, demons, and armies of undead.

 

I’ve written over 10k words and I’m pretty excited. I have a very tight deadline for the first book and a target of 60k-80k words. I plan to provide the novel with a box set of fantasy and science fiction from 20 other authors that will be released on January 1st, 2018. So, get ready for something different from me. I’m going to do my best to knock your socks off!

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