My latest book, The Bleeding Mountains, is now available on Kindle. You can get a preview below.
The young Esterblud warrior finds himself involved in a bloody coup of a small kingdom. As he seeks to atone for his mistakes, Urith discovers that his beliefs in honor and trust are seldom shared by the people he meets.
Two new books are coming this month but I wanted to turn my focus over to another project that’s in the works. I’m starting the process to have some of the Clovel Sword stories moved into a comic/graphic novel form. Getting into the younger audience is one reason for this effort. Another is I just think the world of Kamin would look so cool in a manga/anime format. Toward this endeavor, I’ve started scripting for the first web comic and finding artists in line with my vision. I give you some of the efforts below. More updates will continue along this side of my work as well as setting up a crowdfunding model to kick this project into high gear. I’d be interested in your thoughts.
The story lines in the comic/graphic stories will follow the Clovel Sword Saga during the time of upheaval and sorrow for Urith of Esterblud.
With the lock down in our area, I’ve made major progress in my upcoming stories.
The Curse of Blackbane and The Bleeding Mountains: Clovel Sword Saga 4 should be released simultaneously on the first week of May. While I wait for final edits, one cover is complete and another is in final revisions. When I receive the next Clovel Sword cover, I’ll make sure to post it here.
For those interested to get a jump start on the books, you can find the first draft chapters on Wattpad.
I’ve also started another book which might turn into a series. Preliminarily titled Dream Wraith, its a story of a furniture salesman who lives a dual existence within his nightly dreams. Offering escape for his mundane existence, Robert travels into the realm of Cantre’r. It’s a wild land of rival kingdoms and unexplored wilds where he’s a thief and mercenary who fights with sword and flintlock pistol. While his family and friends believe he’s going insane, they and doctors can’t explain how he wakes each morning with injuries from his nightly dream battles. Here’s the link to Wattpad for a taste of the story.
Starting on Friday morning, you can download a FREE Kindle version of my latest Ray Irish novella. Reaper Walks the Garden is hard-boiled pulp story of a rich family with deadly secrets set in the aftermath of World War Two.
With the draft nearly completed on my upcoming work The Curse of Blackbane, I’m looking for Beta Readers among those who’ve an interest in my stories. It’s the first book of a new historical supernatural dark fantasy series.
Set in the 1780s in Europe, a brutal pirate tries to escape the curse of his evil past. Hunted by one of the seven princes of Hell, Blackbane has a vision from an obscure saint which might help remove the curse. Unexpected aid from a man who calls himself the Black Monk finds him an ally. However, the fat man who attaches himself to the pirate captain has secrets of his own. Following a brutal encounter with a demon and its offspring, the men find their loyalty tested. When a French duchess becomes involved, Blackbane learns that his past continues to follow him.
This is Saga #4 and a full book of Urith’s adventures in the time before the Clovel Sword Chronicles. Not long after the death of his wife and father, the Esterblud warrior travels into the kingdom of Rarfell as a volunteer to fight against a tribe known as the Borrs. Before he joins the volunteers, the capital city is overrun and the king killed.
In a series of twists and turns, Urith finds himself escaping with the young queen and a new comrade. However, their freedom is short lived and Urith nearly dies. Returning to kill his betrayer, the Esterblud must grapple with his need for vengeance and the honorable ideals to help those in need. To make things worse, Urith finds himself in unfamiliar waters of diplomacy trying to stop an embittered queen from causing a war between his homeland and the powerful kingdom of Cahmais.
It is a world where the necromancer, Pirwa, extends his power over the remaining kingdoms using the cruel butchery of his undead ‘gravers’. Pirwa plans to unleash his hordes upon the last two bastions of those who follow the ways of the Chara.
The fortress island of Charax is one spot that stands in the way of the necromancer. However, the fortress is much like the society, a decaying symbol of the past. Strict social and economic stratification allows the Chara to control the island along with the help of pirates who dominate the waters.
When an offer of quick wealth leads Hilko, a young smuggler, into his betrayal. The man uses his ability to communicate with ghosts to aid in his escape. Ending up on a ship filled with pirates, Hilko slowly understands the power of the object he’s stolen. In his quest to avoid the ‘gravers’ and comrades with ulterior motives, Hilko discovers that true friendship and loyalty can come from any social class, living and dead.
As part of my efforts to engage my readers more directly, I’ve started using Wattpad to reveal my drafts as I work on a couple of books. You can find some of my finished works out there as well. I’m using just rudimentary covers for the drafts and the editing is a work in progress. However, if you’re interested in my process for writing, just stop by and give me your feedback.
Two pictures from a side project called The Circuit Rider which is a story for a new comic series called Creepsi Twisted Tales. I’ll be posting more as this Indiegogo project of mine kicks off. I’m working on several scripts between my novel writing (Book 4 of the Ray Irish Supernatural Mysteries). For your viewing pleasure, two pictures to get a feel of the story. The updates for this work will be available on the website as well.