Possible Future Merch!

Yeah, I know, I’m always talking about making merchandise. But this time I’m serious! Many of you folks will remember Leilia’s Clay Creations, creator of the following beautiful additions to my collection of wonderful things:


Now, there’s a funny thing about figurines. Having one made costs on the order of a few hundred dollars. Having two made is really hard, because most sculptors don’t want to make the same thing twice, and having things molded and cast requires all sorts of other limitations and costs and the like. Also, when people think about figurines, they more or less think about mass produced ones, which cost a few bucks a piece because they are churned out of a factory by the thousand that has set up costs in the tens of thousands of dollars. So figurines of like these of my characters that you can buy? Not terribly likely in the short term.

But pendants? They’re itty bitty, they mold and cast easy, and they can be just as cute. I present exhibits A and B (with hand for reference).


CUTE! Each of these is hand sculpted, cast in small batches, and hand painted. That’s downright artisanal! 

So, now for the big questions.

Let’s assume that you could get one of these adorable doodads for $10 for an unpainted one (you paint it yourself) or $30 for a painted one. Would you want one? And would you want Myn or Squee?

First Annual Meeting of the ULCA

A circle of folding chairs sat on the floor of an old auditorium. To one side of the circle a folding table had been set up, arrayed with snacks and soft-drinks as well as a portable radio on a classic rock station. Over the course of a few minutes, an unusual assortment of figures filtered in and filled the seats. When every seat was filled, a young man in army fatigues stood to address the group.

“Okay, it looks like that’s everyone we’ll be getting today. I’d like to call the first annual meaning of Unpopular Lallo Characters Anonymous to order. Before we get started, I think we should do a roll call of all members present. Starting with me, we’ll work our way around clockwise. When it’s your turn, please stand, say your name, and tell us what book you are most associated with. I, of course, am Non Sequitur, from the Other Eight.”

“Gracias, The Other Eight.”

“Pollinatrix, The Other Eight.”

“Chloroplast, The Other Eight.”

“Bomb Sniffer, The Other Eight.”

“Phosphor, The Other—“

“Wait, wait, wait,” cried a young woman in a red and white latex suit and goggles.

She stood and looked around.

“We’re just the entire cast of The Other Eight!”

“Now Nonsensica, let’s just wait until we get through roll call before we—“ Non Sequitur said.

“No, no. This is bogus. Why are we the ones who never caught on? Superheroes are huge right now!” she griped.

“Yeah… Yeah, that is kind of weird isn’t it?” remarked Gracias. “Like, even the rotten movies are packing the theaters.”

“Maybe no one reads anymore,” said Pollinatrix.

“If no one reads anymore then this whole room would be packed. We’d have that mad scientist in here and his frickin’ computer, and those wizards. There hasn’t been a Lord of the Rings movie in the theaters since that third Hobbit movie and people are still buying those stories.”

“I blame our cover,” Bomb Sniffer said. “It looks more like a Pixar movie than a superhero thing.”

From Left to Right: Nonsensica, Johnny on The Spot, and Non Sequitur

“But Pixar movies are awesome!” Gracias said.

“And there was one about superheroes, and it was the best one!” Nonsensica said.

“I don’t know. The Toy Story Movies were pretty good,” Pollinatrix said.

“Yeah, and Monsters Inc,” Gracias said.

“Does anyone like Cars?” Phosphor asked. “Because I got a kick out of Mater.”

“Look, we’re not talking about Pixar.” Nonsensica said. “We’re talking about how it is lame that superheroes are the in thing and here we are as the only people in the ULCA.”

“Heh, I like how it’s almost UCLA,” Gracias said.

Nonsensica gritted her teeth. “Can we please stay on topic here. We’re trying to figure out why no one likes us!”

“Have you taken a moment to consider that we’re just not that good?” Pollinatrix said.

“It’s true. I mean, we had a whole big scene in a Waffle House. That’s not exactly heroic,” added Bomb Sniffer.

“Whoa, hey now. Let’s not talk smack about waffles. Waffles are probably the most heroic food,” Gracias said.

“That’s just stupid,” Chloroplast said.

“Name one food that’s more heroic.”

“The hero sandwich.”

“… Well played… This is precisely why Team Green shouldn’t face off against one another. We should—“

“FOCUS!” Nonsensica said.

“Nonsensica, please. It just so happens we aren’t the only ones here. See?” Non Sequitur looked to the side. “Excuse me. Excuse me, ma’am? … Er… Ma’ams?”

The group turned to find a large lavender serpent with three heads at the snack table. The rightmost head was entirely immersed in a bowl of cheese curls. Realizing they were being watched, the center head perked up.

“Oh! Uh… Rill, The Between,” said the Rill.

“It’s not The Between, it’s just Between,” Left-Rill said.

Right-Rill’s head burst up from the bowl, sending cheese curls flying everywhere.

“Wha-?” she said, still munching on the snack.

A rather striking demon woman of some sort with red skin and wings snapped open a diet cola and took a sip.

“You ask me, we shouldn’t even be here,” she said. “Our story’s not done yet. For all we know we’ll rocket in popularity around chapter forty or so.”

“Keep dreaming,” said a young man in medieval attire. “If ‘not having your story finished’ is a reason to not be here then I’d be long gone.”

Trixie turned to him. “And who are you?”

“Edge,” he said. “Untitled Second Trilogy.”

“Never heard of you,” Nonsensica said.

“The Beta Readers know who I am… some of them, anyway.”

“Okay, okay. We’re getting off track here. I think we all know who each other are now, so let’s move on to the second order of business, the absent list. Let’s see… Looks like Michella didn’t turn up.”

“Talk about denial,” Pollinatrix said.

“She is on the cover of Artificial Evolution,” Phosphor said.

“And I’m on the cover of The Other Eight. Coverage doesn’t mean squat. The facts are, no one likes Mitch and she keeps getting shoved down the people’s throats and yet we only get one outing,” Nonsensica said.

“Who else… Ayna’s name is crossed off here. Ether too,” Non Sequitur said.

“Yeah, a couple big name fans have kept them off the list,” Trixie said. “That’s the magic of fan art.”

“Again, bogus. I’ve had plenty of fan art!” Nonsensica said. She crossed her arms. “And if we’re going by fan art then basically no one is popular, because we are in a drought for that stuff.”

Non Sequitur shuffled through some papers. “Okay. I’ll just mark down the rest of the names so we can get rolling, since it looks like the rest of us are all here. Let’s get started.” He cleared his throat. “I know it can be frustrating to know that, for what may well be no reason more than bad luck, we’ve been relegated to the bottom of the popularity list. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t good characters.”

“I think it does,” Bomb Sniffer said.

“No. That’s bad thinking. We haven’t been abandoned. Right now notes exist to bring back each and every one of us, and as Trixie, Rill, and Philo illustrate constantly, Joseph R. Lallo is more than willing to dump tens of thousands of additional words into an idea that simply hasn’t caught on.”

“Writer’s pets,” muttered Pollinatrix.

Non Sequitur continued. “And always remember that even if we aren’t the most popular, out there I have no doubt that each of us has a diehard fan praying we get to be the stars of the next NaNoWriMo experiment or Newsletter Perk.”

“Oh! You know what we should get? You know what would turn it around for us?” Gracias said.

“We’re not trying to turn it around, Gracias, we are coming to terms with—“

“An audio book! We’re like the last ones who don’t have one. Let’s get an audio book, and let’s get it narrated by…”

“Morgan Freeman?” Phosphor suggested.

“MORGAN FREEMAN!” Gracias said, raising his hands. “That would be killer.”

“Come on guys. Seriously,” Non Sequitur said. “Let’s just get through this so we can hit the snack table and start the mixer. Let’s do the affirmation—“

“Oh, like in Wreck It Ralph?” Bomb Sniffer said.

“Another great Pixar movie, by the way,” Gracias said.

“No, no. That wasn’t Pixar, it was just Disney,” Chloroplast said.

“Tha-a-at’s right. Oh, speaking of, is that Lain starring in that Zootopia movie?” Gracias said. “If so, that guy’s got range.”

“You know what? Screw it.” Non Sequitur said, tossing the papers aside. “Snacks are on the table. Enjoy the rest of the meeting, folks. Maybe we’ll do another one of these next April Fool’s Day.”


Temporal Contingency is available now!

After a nice long pre-order, the fourth Big Sigma story is available everywhere now!

If you pre-ordered the story, it’s already available and might even be waiting for you on your device! If not, you can find it on Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and everywhere else!


I really enjoyed writing this one. The Big Sigma Crew is great fun to write, and science fiction affords a lot of personality and plot opportunities that aren’t quite the same in the fantasy side of the spectrum. Also, fun story. Back when The Book of Deacon wasn’t really selling any copies, I asked a friend of mine (the real life human to whom we owe the character of Oriech, in case you are wondering) what I should write next. He suggested science fiction. Nothing more specific than that. I had a sneaking suspicion that this guy, who is a massive Back to the Future fan, was after a time travel story. He didn’t say that, so I wrote a story about a race pilot who gets in trouble with both the mob and a mega-corp. Then one where he fights terrorists. Then one about a battle against killer robots. Now, finally, TIME TRAVEL. This one’s for you, Sean.

Here’s the blurb.

Temporal Contingency is the fourth book in the Big Sigma Series.

Trevor “Lex” Alexander’s life has been less than blessed. In the past year he’s had to battle corrupt corporations, deranged techno-terrorists, and a robotic scourge. Now he’s received the opportunity to finally return to the racing career that had been cut short by some poor decisions. One could excuse him for not wanting to be embroiled in another insane adventure when he is so close to returning to his life’s calling. Sometimes the call of duty will not be denied.

Karter Dee, a certified lunatic responsible for many of Lex’s recent woes, has discovered a threat on an unprecedented scale. He and Ma, his AI caretaker, know their plan to solve the problem will take a special mixture of competence, improvisation, and disregard for personal safety. Reluctance aside, Lex is the only man for the job. Even with the skilled pilot on the team, the scope of the problem has grown so massive that it may be unsolvable in its current state. Some would consider the situation hopeless, but any good engineer knows if you can’t find a solution, you have to change the problem.

To give human society a chance at a future, Lex, Karter, and Ma, will have to venture into the past.

All of your favorites are back, some of your least favorites aren’t back. It’s the best of both worlds, if you ask me. So if you’ve got it already, enjoy it, and please leave a review. If you haven’t got it yet, consider picking it up on Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords or elsewhere, then leave a review!

NaNoWriMo Bundle, the Final Hours

All Covers Large

If you’re reading this significantly after the arrival of this email, it may already be too late, but if it’s before Friday, March 25th, you may still have a chance to pick up the NaNoWriMo Sci-Fi/Fantasy Bundle! Seven Books, Six Authors, Name Your Own Price, all that good stuff! Check it out.

Plans for the Future

I’ve got loads of them! The only thing I don’t have is a set of release dates for you. But here’s the state of the pipeline, if you’re interested.

  • Ichor Well (Free Wrench 3) – First Draft Complete, in the hands of Beta Readers
  • Myn’s Family (Book of Deacon Picture Book) – First Draft Complete, awaiting time on artist’s calendar
  • The Redemption of Desmeres – 80% written, soon to reach the beta readers.
  • Between – Still continuing periodically
  • Second Trilogy: Book 1 – On hiatus until the current batch of Book of Deacon stories are complete.
  • The D’Karon Apprentice Audio Book – 50% complete, undergoing editing
  • Temporal Contingency and The Other Eight Paperbacks – Waiting for artwork
  • The Story of Sorrel – Outlined
  • The Lallo Universe Collectible Card Game – Thoroughly brainstormed and then completely abandoned.
  • The Myn Plush – Stuck in limbo
  • The Other Eight Vs. The Icon – Desperately attempting to avoid writing it
  • Pizza Dragon – Remaining mysterious and vague
  • Zombie Story – Waiting for the Zombie Craze to completely die.
  • The Story of Rasa – Conceived of, partially outlined
  • Weird Nothing – Equally mysterious and vague. In development

Honestly, there’s probably more. I’m a little scatterbrained, if you haven’t noticed…

Bundles of Bundles!

Hello folks! I’ve got loads of things to talk about today, so let’s get right to it.

NaNoWriMo StoryBundle Launches Today!

The first and most important thing is the release of the second ever NaNoWriMo bundle. Here’s my official press release on the topic.

Last November, as it does every year, the glorious madness of NaNoWriMo descended upon the literary world. In a business so often defined by its solitude—much of the task of being an author takes place entirely within his or her own head, after all—NaNoWriMo is an annual chance for writers all over the world to be a part of a single collective frenzy. During the event we challenge ourselves to wring every last drop of creativity from our minds and produce 50,000 words in just thirty days. For even the most seasoned author it can be difficult, and for those juggling a full-time day job with their writing habit it can be positively herculean. Every year some succeed and many fail. Even those who reach their goal seldom see their tale resolve into a polished manuscript ready for an eager audience. The elite few who push their project over the finish line deserve special recognition, which is why for the second time I’ve helped StoryBundle curate The Sci-Fi/Fantasy NaNo Bundle!

Writers young and old were invited to submit their sci-fi and fantasy stories from prior NaNoWriMo events, and from that pool of submissions I was tasked with selecting just a handful to feature in this bundle. In addition to one of my own NaNoWriMo projects, I’m happy to bring you stories from some of the most gifted authors with which I’ve had the good fortune of associating. The worlds crafted by these talented writers range from gritty, steam-driven worlds to dystopian societies stretching out into the fringes of space. You’ll read fascinating tales that combine police procedural elements with high fantasy alongside haunting contemporary stories of the paranormal. So what sort of stories can spring to life in a single month? Name your own price and find out!

This time around we’ve got seven books on offer. If you pay the bonus price, you’ll get:

Free-Wrench and Skykeep by Joseph R. Lallo:
That’s right, both of the first two books in my steampunk series. You’ll get to follow Nita, Lil, Captain Mack and the rest through their first two adventures, soaring through the skies in the mighty Wind Breaker! This is a rare second chance at Free-Wrench, which debuted in a bundle a few years ago.

Warrior Mage by Lindsay Buroker:
I’ve been familiar with Lindsay Buroker’s work for quite a while, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with her in multiple capacities over the years. When I started formulating this year’s NaNo bundle, I may have gently nudged her into making a submission. She did not disappoint. Warrior Mage showcases many of the things Lindsay does best. Her characters are brilliantly formed, her dialogue is loaded with personality, and her setting is top notch.

A Magic Dark and Bright by Jenny Perinovic:
One of the things I love about the twin genres of sci-fi and fantasy is just how far and wide the borders of those literary kingdoms stretch. Jenny Perinovic’s story reminded me that the mythic and mysterious doesn’t need the backdrop of a distant extraordinary realm to be captivating. A good ghost story, unraveling the mysteries of a small community in our own world, can be just as enthralling and immersive. A Magic Dark and Bright grabbed me right away with its gothic mood and its skillful blend of romance and horror.

Avarice by Annie Bellet:
Thank heaven for Annie Bellet. I was already familiar with her writing when I picked up her initial entry to this year’s bundle, A Heart in Sun and Shadow. When circumstances conspired to remove that story from contention, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to fill the gap. Her prolific NaNoWriMo track record saved the day with another submission, Avarice. This is a delightful story, and one that proves my “Reese’s Theorem.” If you take two wonderful things and combine them in the right way, they become even more wonderful. Avarice injects a sword and sorcery setting with the elements of a police procedural. It was too brilliant not to include in the bundle.

Bodyguard of Lies by E. M. Hartshorn:
I think E. M. Hartshorn’s submission was the first one I selected for this year’s bundle. I enjoy a good sci-fi story where the nature of society is such that morality is at best vague and at worst a liability. Bodyguard of Lies is as gritty as it is futuristic, and ties its characters in complex and agonizing knots before the end. I was particularly fond of the descriptions of the world itself, a place where the population is divided into color-coded levels that more or less determine the quality of air and water, the nature of employment, and pretty much whether or not a person is allowed to be happy or successful.

Shafter by Margaret McGaffrey Fisk:
Shafter, another sci-fi entry to this bundle. Margaret McGaffey Fisk’s story tugged at my heart strings something fierce. Futuristic elements like planet-hopping mix smoothly with the ruddy gutter-snipes and beggars more commonly found in medieval fantasy. I quite enjoyed it, and was pleased to find it was the beginning of a larger series.

The bundle releases today (March 3rd, 2016) and runs for three weeks. Head over to the NaNoWriMo Bundle Page at StoryBundle to check it out!

A Perma-Free Sci-fi Bundle!

What’s that? Two bundles? Yep. I’ve joined up with a few of my fellow indies and contributed Bypass Gemini to the freshly released Galactic Empires: Eight Novels of Deep Space Adventure. Here’s what you get:


Eight full-length novels of adventure, war, intrigue and survival in the far reaches of space.

The Backworlds by M. Pax
A man struggles to survive in the harsh world of humanity’s outer settlements and prove his father wrong.

Ambassador 1: Seeing Red by Patty Jansen
To look an alien superior in the eye is a deadly offense. To accuse him of a political murder…

Alien Hunters by Daniel Arenson
A scruffy alien pest controller faces an alien threat the likes of which the universe has never seen.

Hard Duty by Mark E. Cooper
Hostile aliens nearly eradicated humanity. Will the next encounter finish the job?

Bypass Gemini by Joseph Lallo
A disgraced racer pilot gets mixed up with a mega-corporation. Now he has to stop them.

Sky Hunter by Chris Reher
Sent to a human outpost to investigate sabotage, a pilot finds more trouble than she bargained for.

The Galapagos Incident by Felix Savage
A genocidal AI attacks the solar system, and a Space Corps agent has one chance of saving a bunch of asteroid squatters she was sent to evict.

First Conquest by David VanDyke
To find a home and keep humanity safe from hostile aliens, Task Force Conquest must fight to seize a new star system.

A pretty good value for the low, low price of free. So head over to Amazon to check it out!

Legends: Fifteen Tales of Sword and Sorcery

I’m in a new bundle!


One of the great things about the indie author community is the air of collaboration and cooperation among peers. If you are reading this email, chances are pretty good you’re already a fan of The Book of Deacon and its series. Recently K.J. Colt approached me and asked if I would like to contribute that story to a collection of other series starters. As soon as I heard the names of the authors involved, I knew I had to join in.

Legends is available FOR FREE on Amazon, Google Play, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, Scribd, and Inktera, so if you’ve got an eReader.

It features the first chapter of fifteen epic fantasy series, each written by one of the most talented indie authors in the genre. When you download this free title, here’s what you get:

C. Greenwood – Magic of Thieves
In a province where magic is forbidden, young Ilan, born with the powerful gift of her ancestors, has only one hope for survival–concealment.

Daniel Arenson – Requiem’s Song
Weredragons, men call them. Monsters. Cursed ones. People who can turn into beastly reptiles. Together they will forge a nation.

Megg Jensen – Hidden
Tressa ventures into the fog surrounding her village, vowing to unravel the foul magic holding Hutton’s Bridge captive. What she discovers endangers the lives of everyone she loves.

Joseph Lallo – The Book of Deacon
Myranda Celeste is a woman adrift while her world is at perpetual war. The chance discovery of a precious sword makes her a wanted woman, but could just lead her to the fabled heroes who can bring peace.

David Adams – Ren of Atikala
Humanity is found in the inhuman when a “monster” is forced out ofher home and into the world of elves, humans, and dragons.

K. J. Colt – Concealed Power
Adenine has been isolated for being the last carrier of a plague that killed thousands, but when trouble strikes, she is forced to leave her sanctuary and enter a world full of secrets, enemies, and plots.

Morgan Rice – Rise of the Dragons
Kyra, Merk, and Alec, three different stories delicately woven into this tale of fate and destiny where each must leave their homes and protect the kingdom against trolls and an invasion of epic proportions.

Michael James Ploof – Talon
For years, Talon has dreamed of growing big and strong like the giants that surround him, but as the day of measure draws near, he begins to realize that he will never be named a Vald, and will be cast to the village of the Skomm to live a life of slavery.

Michael G. Manning – The Blacksmith’s Son
A journey to discover the secrets of his past reveals a magical heritage and embroils a young man in a deadly battle for the future of mankind.

Nick Webb – A Gift of Shadow
In Terremar, the world of magical masks, men have hunted Tarsha, the dreaded wyvern of the north, for years. All have died trying. But now Tarsha, through her wyvern mask, senses a looming shadow that intends to take the prized mask–and then her life.

M.S. Verish – Dawning
Though he has been torn from his inherent Shadow, a nameless Demon must combat his own inner darkness to survive in a world of Humans.

K.F. Breene – Forged in Blood
Before Shanti was the most wanted woman in the land, she had yet to master her sword and the potent Gift with which she was both blessed and cursed. But the threat won’t rest, and her people may pay the price.

Dima Zales and Anna Zaires – The Sorcery Code
Blaise’s magical creation is not an object of sorcery, but rather a beautiful woman who’s unlike anything their world has ever seen.

Annie Bellet – Witch Hunt
A cursed elven archer and her ragtag group of adventuring friends battle witches to stop a deadly plague and save a small village.

Lindsay Buroker – Balanced on the Blade’s Edge
A sorceress wakes from 300 years in stasis to find that magic is feared,”witches” are killed on sight, and her sentient sword–her only remaining friend in the world–is buried under a mountain.

That’s one heck of a lineup! And if you’ve enjoyed The Book of Deacon, I’m sure you’ll love the other stories in the bundle. So if you’re interested, pick up your FREE copy of this LIMITED TIME bundle today at Amazon, Google Play, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, Scribd, and Inktera.

Happy 2016! Looking Back and Looking Forward

Well, it’s the beginning of a fresh new year! As usual, I’d like to take this time to look back at the year behind us and see how 2015 treated me.

Looking Back at 2015

The first notable thing was that 2015 was my first full year as an author. I left my job on Sept. 4th, 2014. It’s been a little unnerving. I don’t know if you’ve ever left an (ostensibly) safe job in favor of something completely subject to the whims of the free market, but it is not for the faint of heart. Even with my unreasonably good fortune in finding fans like you and a steady income, I still spend a fair amount of time each month fretting that I might not have what it takes to stay a full time author. So far, that anxiety has been unfounded. The coffers are still full, the money is still flowing, and I continue to live the dream. THANK YOU!

Book Releases


Cover, as always, by Nick Deligaris

Back in March I released my first novel of the year. It was a NaNoWriMo project, and a sequel to the surprisingly popular (in Australia and New Zealand) steampunk story Free-Wrench. Folks seem to like it, so another one is on the way. More on that later.

The Book of Deacon Anthology


The next release was in June. I didn’t give it much of a push since it was an anthology, and thus most of the stories within were previously released and of little interest to the people who were already following me. Mostly this was to give new fans an easy way to get their hands on the Book of Deacon Series, as well as give me an item which could be more flexible in promotions and other book biz stuff that’s too boring to go into here.

The D’Karon Apprentice


This was the big one. A direct sequel to the Book of Deacon trilogy, it was released just a few weeks ago. The D’Karon Apprentice was easily my longest pre-order, and had a number of other distinctions, including a timed exclusivity with Apple, and introducing the most hideous monstrosity ever to steal the hearts of my readers, the abominably adorable Mott:

Turiel and Mott

Our villains, lady and gentleman.

Those are the major releases, and honestly, three releases in a year (technically two, since one is a collection) is less than I would have liked to achieve. That does, however, ignore some of the side stuff I did. Let’s look at those.



Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t abandoned, just on indefinite hiatus. Which is different, for reasons. It was my first attempt at a serial, and it ran for a while. I’ve got another chapter or two written, but at this point I’m not likely to put the rest of it out until I’ve composed a complete story arc.



This was a traditionally published anthology, backed by a Kickstarter… which I suppose doesn’t make for an overly traditional publication, now that I think about it…. Anyway, I was asked to contribute an original story. You folks just recently got your hands on that story, Seeking the Shadow. It’s actually up for a Stabby Award!



Despite Ayna being one of the more… reviled characters among my supporting cast, I went ahead and wrote a short story detailing her origin. This was released as a newsletter perk in May, and then included in the Anthology.

Desmeres Serial


In July, some author friends got together to release a “Chapter 1 of Serials” collection, so I decided to experiment with a possible ongoing serial about Desmeres. I wrote it, released it in the collection, and then made it a newsletter perk. Folks seem to have enjoyed it, so once I wrap up my current projects, I might spend some time on this one.

Other Achievements

Oh, there were plenty! Apple ran a major promo for The D’Karon Apprentice, for one. I also finally answered the call for paperbacks, see!


I’ve also set the wheels in motion to fill out my audio book catalog. The same narrator from the Book of Deacon Trilogy has agreed to return to narrate The D’Karon Apprentice, which is the first audio book since Jade that I’ll be personally producing.

Easily the most impressive achievement of the year, though, is the success of Der ewige Krieg, the German translation of The Book of Deacon. It was released in November, and it spent 26 days in the Top 100 of Amazon’s German storefront! I’ve got nearly thirty review now, and all but one is very positive!


I was evidently something called a “Kindle All-Star” over there. Neat!

Looking Forward

So that’s what 2015 did for me. What have I got in store for 2016? Let’s see.

Temporal Contingency


The first official release scheduled for 2016 is the fourth book in the Big Sigma series. I announced it just a few days ago, so no sense going over that again. Just check the earlier post if you’d like to learn more.

Ichor Well

This NaNoWriMo Project, which is still in the cleanup phase, is yet another entry in the Free-Wrench series, a story called Ichor Well. It has, as so frequently happens, grown unmanageable large, but it will almost certainly be released some time next year, so keep your eyes peeled.

Continuing the Serials


As I’ve said, then next project will probably be the return to Desmeres’ exploits in The Redemption of Desmeres. I’ll see if I can round it out to a 13 chapter arc. I’m also interested in working on Between to a satisfying conclusion.

Pizza Dragon?


This here’s Blodgette. She’s sort of a collaborative character between myself and an artist called ProjectENDO. I’ve got a little bit of a story written, and with any luck/some dedication, I’ll finish that up.

Unnamed Second “Trilogy”

I’ve got a mostly edited story set in the Book of Deacon setting that’s been waiting for over a year. This is one of those stories where I just can’t decide if it’s good enough to release. As my friends know, I tend to think that everything I write is mediocre, so for all I know this is just as good as anything else I’ve written. But still I wait… Someday, little book. Someday.

Other Doodads and Whatnot

I’ve got the perpetually rotating list of “maybe” projects which are still in a holding pattern. There’s an original comic in the works. A children’s book has been considered and discussed. Various merchandise ideas. I’m going to be getting a laser. Etc, etc, etc.

So that’s that, folks! Here’s hoping I can keep my head in the game, and keep giving you folks books you’ll enjoy, and as always, Thanks for Reading!

A Very Merry Temporal Contingency Pre-Order


This has been a curious month for me. After NaNoWriMo, in which I wrote 50,000+ words in a third Free-Wrench novel, I’ve taken a few weeks to handle some book biz and smaller projects. I had a great big release for The D’Karon Apprentice (thanks for reading it!), I released a German translation of The Book of Deacon which became one of the top 100 books on Amazon.de for nearly a month, and loads of other stuff. And now, on Christmas Eve, what do I find myself doing? Revealing what’s been lurking in the background that whole time.



Temporal Contingency, the fourth book in the Big Sigma Series, is available for pre-order on AmazoniBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Google Play. It is in the hands of beta readers right now, and I’ve decided it’ll be available March 24th, 2016. The character on the cover is Ziva, and if you’ve really obsessively followed the fan art and commissions I’ve received over the years, you probably have an idea of who she is. As always, the art is by Nick Deligaris, and the visual design of the character is by Lily Coyne.

Here’s the blurb:

Temporal Contingency is the fourth book in the Big Sigma Series.

Trevor “Lex” Alexander’s life has been less than blessed. In the past year he’s had to battle corrupt corporations, deranged techno-terrorists, and a robotic scourge. Now he’s received the opportunity to finally return to the racing career that had been cut short by some poor decisions. One could excuse him for not wanting to be embroiled in another insane adventure when he is so close to returning to his life’s calling. Sometimes the call of duty will not be denied.

Karter Dee, a certified lunatic responsible for many of Lex’s recent woes, has discovered a threat on an unprecedented scale. He and Ma, his AI caretaker, know their plan to solve the problem will take a special mixture of competence, improvisation, and disregard for personal safety. Reluctance aside, Lex is the only man for the job. Even with the skilled pilot on the team, the scope of the problem has grown so massive that it may be unsolvable in its current state. Some would consider the situation hopeless, but any good engineer knows if you can’t find a solution, you have to change the problem.

To give human society a chance at a future, Lex, Karter, and Ma, will have to venture into the past.

Sound good? I sure hope so! And to coincide with this announcement is another fun thing. Big Sigma is finally available in paperback!


You can find them all together with the Kindle editions on Amazon and the Nook editions on Barnes and Noble too! And stay tuned, because I’ll be taking orders for autographed copies at some point!

If I don’t do a fresh post tomorrow, have a Merry Merry and a Happy Happy! And thanks for reading!

The D’Karon Apprentice Release and a New StoryBundle!

The D’Karon Apprentice is available Now!

As promised, The D’Karon Apprentice is available everywhere now!


I already tooted the horn about this last week, so I’ll just give you the short version. The D’Karon Apprentice is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, Smashwords, iBooks, and just about anywhere else you can think of! So if you like The Book of Deacon, pick it up and find out how the story continues.


I’ve curated a “name your own price” sci-fi bundle!

Of those of you who are fans of my science fiction stories, many first discovered them as a result of my appearance in StoryBundle’s inaugural bundle, The Big Bang Bundle, which featured the first two installments of my Big Sigma. Well today, I’m happy to say I’m back again! And this time I’ve been asked to curate my favorites of their massive list of submissions. We’re calling the result, The Sci-Fi Spectrum Bundle.


If you’re not familiar with StoryBundle, it’s a site that runs short promotions in which you can name your own price for a bundle of books following a theme. This time, for as little as $3, you can get five great books!

  • Terminal Mind by David Walton
  • The Serpent’s Head by Bryan Young
  • The Lead Cloak by Erik Hanberg
  • The Debt Collector Season One by Susan Kaye Quinn
  • The Genehunter by Simon Kewin

And if you pay the $12 price for a bonus, you can get four more stories

  • Operation: Montauk by Bryan Young
  • Artificial Evolution by Joseph R. Lallo
  • The Ruins of Karzelek by Ruby Lionsdrake
  • The Debt Collector Season Two by Susan Kaye Quinn

I picked these stories to cover a wide range. We’ve got dystopian thrillers from Phillip K. Dick Award winning authors, rollicking adventures with a steamy side, and even book three in my Big Sigma series!

Head over to StoryBundle to check out the bundle!

Seeking the Shadow

As a special treat for reading this far, here’s your latest newsletter perk!


As featured in Blackguards, here’s Seeking the Shadow! Another Desmeres story, but this one takes place between The Rise of the Red Shadow and The Book of Deacon. To download it, check your mailbox for this update in newsletter form, or sign up for the newsletter now!


The D’Karon Apprentice Launch Week

Ladies and Gentlemen, if I seem a little frazzled, it’s because I’m dead center in a week that is threatening to drive me utterly insane in the best possible way. What’s the source of the madness? All of the festivities surrounding the long awaited release of the next Book of Deacon story The D’Karon Apprentice. Let’s take a look at what’s cooking.

iBooks Exclusive Early Release

The first and most important of the promos is this one. If you’re an iBooks user and a Book of Deacon fan, you may be reading The D’Karon Apprentice right now! That’s because I worked out a deal to release the story a week early on iBooks, and they’ve been kind enough to mark the occasion with some promotional goodness. If you were to check out the sci-fi/fantasy section of that store, you’d see this.

iBooks Banner

How cool is that!? My deepest thanks to Apple for the feature. And even deeper are my thanks to you, because it was the pre-orders of fans like yourselves that got The D’Karon Apprentice into the top 10 on the sci-fi/fantasy list on launch day. You can naturally still find the book on iBooks if you’ve not picked it up, and it’ll be available everywhere else on November 10th.

Three for two sale on Kobo

In another astounding turn of events, Kobo and Smashwords have partnered on a 200 title, 159 author sale and they have selected me to be a part of it. The Book of Deacon Anthology, which contains just about every Book of Deacon story except The D’Karon Apprentice, is the book they’d selected. You can find the full list of books for sale here, and my specific page is here. If Kobo is your supplier, this is a great chance to stock up on quality reads.

NaNoWriMo once again

And finally, that month is upon us again! I’m writing another Free-Wrench novel. This one’s called Ichor Well, and I’m about 20,000 words in. That should be just shy of halfway finished. I don’t suspect I’ve paced it correctly, so it probably is going to overshoot the 50,000 word intention. Big surprise, huh? Anyway, if you’d like to follow along with me, my NaNoWriMo page his here.

That about does it for today, but I’ll have another post soon, because I’ve still got the official release coming up, plus some goodies to share. Until then, thanks for reading!

The D’Karon Apprentice Launch Week!

The long wait is over! As evidenced by the URL of this website, despite my many series, The Book of Deacon is still my most successful and most beloved series by a wide margin. And while I’ve danced and played around quite a bit with prequels, spin-offs, and inbetween-quels (they’re apparently a thing), the time has finally come for an honest to goodness, real deal sequel. And so, I present to you…

The-D'Karon-Apprentice-final-textThe cover is as always by the inimitable Nick Deligaris. Featured are the principle additions brought by this new story, Turiel and Mott. Early readers really seem to be enjoying this story, and if you’re an iBooks user you can pick it up right now! For the rest of you folks, you can pick it up Nov. 10th or pre-order it now on your storefront of choice.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and Smashwords!