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July 15, 2019

The Black Resurrection, the second book in my Red Wraith series, is out today on Amazon! Want a preview? The first chapter is below:
 

Da looked away as the Imperial Guards mutilated his nearly completed dragon.
 

He’d had time to finish the body, enhancing its elephantine base by grafting on the necks of a hundred snakes, the bellies of a thousand frogs, and the scales of countless carp. The four legs were done too, ending in tiger paws tipped with hawk talons. And the head was perfect,...

May 12, 2019

Writing update: The Black Resurrection, the second novel in my Red Wraith series, will be available July 15 on Amazon! It's a standalone sequel, so you don't need to have read the previous book or the prequel novellas. (But if you'd like to, my suggested reading order is here.)
 

Isaura’s son has been kidnapped.

Worse, his kidnappers are taking him to Huancavelica, a Peruvian mercury mine so dangerous it’s known as the “Mine of Death.”

Her only ally is Amadi, a runaway slave haunted b...

September 10, 2018

Like Game of Thrones? Then you should check out Knee-Deep in Grit, a compilation of Grimdark Magazine's first two years of fiction.
 

Grimdark is basically what it sounds like: a genre where light doesn't always win out. Might too often makes right. Heroes are flawed and sometimes lose. Idealism gets you killed. I don't want to read (or write) grimdark all the time, but I definitely enjoy some Thrones-style cliché busting now and then.
 

I was fortunate enough to have a short story in th...

April 14, 2018

The Ascenders comes out today! The first chapter is below. Enjoy!
 

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The infernal pig shot out of Chase’s hands, scrabbling further into the woods and away from the colony.
 

Damn it all, but that sow was slippery.
 

Chase, having fallen onto the muddiest portion of the trail when the swine eluded his grasp (again!), picked his stout frame off the ground and sprinted in pursuit.
 

“Mila!” he shouted. “You blasted ball of bacon, come back here!”
 

That was two hours of chasing this pig...

February 24, 2018

The Battle Dancer is out! It's a quick read—only 14,000 words or so. The first scene is below. Enjoy!

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As recently as six months ago, the sight of Dzune’s terraced ingenuity would have taken Tay’s breath away.
 

Each level of the city was set a little farther back than the one beneath it, hollowed out of the desert valley like spoonfuls scooped from thick stew. The buildings were constructed from rich red brick, and everything was connected by a carefully maintained system of ladd...

January 17, 2018

My novella The Battle Dancer is available for pre-order!
 

It's a bit of an odd bird—I built it from some of the 70,000 or so words I cut from The Red Wraith. (That was a bloodbath of a revision, let me tell you.) Consequently, the story isn't self-contained; it's meant as a lead-in to The Red Wraith. But for what it's worth, an earlier version of The Battle Dancer won an honorable mention from the Writers of the Future contest.
 

Here's the official blurb:
 

Everyone in Dzune had always...

November 27, 2016

Hi everyone,


I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and gained less weight than I did:)


Just wanted to let you know that Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing recently released a print version of The Red Wraith. They also let me revise the story a bit and restore the original opening. If you want an autographed version, let me know, and I’ll get it to you for my author's discount plus shipping.


Oh, and the eBook version is updated as well.


Happy holidays!
 

July 31, 2016

Looking for something to read over lunch? The eBook versions of my short stories are all $0.99. Personal favorites: “Branded Faith” (the inspiration for my new novel The Red Wraith) and “Love and World Eaters” (which draws on my time as an intern at the Chicago Field Museum).


Enjoy:)

March 25, 2016

Only two days left to get The Red Wraith for $0.99 as part of Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing's Spring into Spring eBook Sale!
 

Here's a clip of me reading part of a scene from The Red Wraith:
 

 
Note to self: slow down next time:)

March 21, 2016

As part of its Spring into Spring eBook Sale, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is offering The Red Wraith for $0.99 today through Saturday. Check out the sale’s Facebook page for details, other discounted titles, and author extras like the “interview” below I did with Tay, one of the characters in The Red Wraith:
 

Me: So, Tay of the Dzune—what’s with the milky eyes? Can you see out of them?
 

Tay: I was ready for you, wasn’t I?
 

Me: Indeed you were! I hear you’re a fate reade...

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I write mostly speculative fiction. Usually fantasy, with historical elements mixed in. Sometimes there's a bit of mystery too, or (shhh!) even a little romance.

 

But it's weird—it's always weird. Consider yourself warned.

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