• Published Story,  Publishing

    Natural Order Cover Reveal

    by Sticking with the cover reveal theme of the past few posts, today I’ve got one for something that hasn’t actually published yet, at least as a solo ebook. “Natural Order” originally appeared in the 2014 anthology Legends and Lore from Xychler Publishing. Theoretically still available, I haven’t heard anything from the publisher since June 2018, and the publisher’s website hasn’t been updated in even longer, but I’m well outside the original agreement for exclusivity and this is a big enough story to stand on its own. So, “Natural Order” gets to be its own ebook, and the next one I’m releasing, the final check of the manuscript files is…

  • Published Story,  Writing

    “Behind False Doors” Cover Reveal

    by Okay, so “reveal” is only the right word if you’ve noticed that it’s up on Amazon (.com and .ca and others) and the serial version has started on Wattpad. I’m big into minimalist covers right now, and this one certainly qualifies. The mop is relevant, though it doesn’t really speak to the title. While the main character is a vampire, this isn’t a horror story. It’s not even, for the most part, all that dark as our protagonist settles into a new job that fits his undead lifestyle. At 8,300 words, it’s a short novelette, and hopefully a nice read for anyone who picks it up. The “cover” copy:…

  • Published Story

    The Dragon’s Hoard

    by Coming soon to an internet accessible bookstore near you, The Dragon’s Hoard, an anthology of 27 stories and a poem that have two things in common, a dragon and a hoard. Other than that, all bets are off. Consider this a cover and table of contents reveal. As is my custom, I’m reading the anthology, but I won’t review it. At the moment, I’m about half way through and I’m quite willing to say I’m enjoying the book. It’s an eclectic mix of fantasy, with a nice variety of settings and concepts. My own contribution to the volume, “Dragonomics”, originally appeared in audio form a couple of years back…

  • Fiction,  Published Story

    Shamless Self Promotion: Absence of Garlic

    by Way back in the October 2009 edition of Bards and Sages Quarterly, you’ll find what I consider my first modern publication (as opposed to my first paid publication, which happened back in 2003, a post for another day): “Absence of Garlic”. “Absence of Garlic” is a story that’s difficult to classify. If pressed, let’s squeeze it into a box labelled Vampire Noir. At least there are both a vampire and a detective involved in the story, but they’re not the same character. And it’s a short story. Very short. Most places would classify it as flash, but once upon a time, that’s what Bards and Sages published. They still…

  • Published Story,  Writing

    Shameless Self Promotion Day: Strength of Stone

    by Okay, I don’t do this very often, but maybe I’ll start. Say, once each month. “Strength of Stone” appeared in the May 2013 online issue of Sorcerous Signals and in issue 18 of Mystic Signals in print. In SorcerousSignals, it appeared with the teaser line of “Generations after the Bright Ones abandoned the great stone city, the descendants of the servants they left behind discover a dark fragment of their past.” The artwork, a stunning piece by Holly Eddy (whom I wish I could find a website for), beautifully encapsulates the story without actually giving anything away. Mystic Signals 18 is still available on Amazon, collecting all of the…