• Realm Makers

    Happy February, everyone! I have a lot of new blog posts planned for this month, but this one’s just going to be a quickie.

    I’m excited to announce that I’m going to be at the Realm Makers conference in Reno, Nevada this year (July 27-29).

    Given that I’ve met a lot of fellow writers recently who are regular RM attendees, I’m really looking forward to meeting them there in person. I’ve reserved a table to sell paperback copies of The Beast of Talesend, as well as a couple of other books I may happen to have published by that point. I’m allowed to sell three, and ideally I’d like have at least three done by the end of July, so we’ll see.

    In addition to selling books, I have been asked by the leadership of the conference to give lessons in the Official Plot Hole Resolution Happy Dance (patent pending). Please contact me if you wish to reserve a slot in the class. Hurry, though, because those slots are going fast…

    Okay, maybe they didn’t ask me to teach a class. Not THIS time, anyway.

    If you’ve never heard of Realm Makers, it’s an opportunity for Christian writers of sci-fi and fantasy (even SFF that doesn’t fall under the “Christian fiction” label) to get together, learn more about the craft, and have fun. I’ve never been before, but it sounds awesome. If you’d like to join in, you can register here. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

  • Beaumont and Beasley Announcements!

    I want to thank everyone who has responded so positively to the launch of Book 1 in the Beaumont and Beasley series, The Beast of Talesend. I'm thrilled that people have enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to sharing more stories in this universe.

    So, without further ado, it's time for some announcements!

    The world of the Beaumont and Beasley series is big. Really big. Pretty much every classic public domain work of fiction is real there, and the consequences of all those stories have played out and mixed together to form a rich, intricate universe. As a result, there are a lot of new stories to tell – some about the characters and settings introduced in The Beast of Talesend, and some about completely different people and places.

    Today, I'm happy to announce two spin-off series of short stories which will interweave with the core Beaumont and Beasley series, expanding on the world-building details the main books introduce. The first of these series, Tales of the Afterlands, will delve into the history of Nick and Cordelia's world by retelling old stories in new, sometimes surprising ways. These works will serve as prequels to the Beaumont and Beasley books. For example, the first installment is set hundreds of years before The Beast of Talesend, and describes crucial events that lead up to that story:

    Tales of the Afterlands, Episode 1:

    The War of the Three Bears

    Pippa Devereux has three main goals in life. First, to get people to stop calling her "Goldilocks." Second, to avoid getting turned into anything by the evil fairy Ariane. Third, to keep from starving to death. Even if it means eating some very cold porridge she finds in a seemingly abandoned cottage in the woods.

    However, someone stops her before she can take a bite – a bear. A talking bear named Benno. Who says he used to be human, and begs for her help to save his family from a terrible curse.

    Pippa usually doesn't help people, and she definitely doesn't help bears. But thanks to the intervention of a conscience she never knew she had, she ends up reluctantly using her skills in thievery to steal from Ariane herself.

    But the fairy is not ready to relinquish her hold on Pippa's land, and her dark schemes are more far-reaching than anyone realizes.

    Goldilocks is about to start a war…

    The second spin-off is called The Adventures of Crispin Beasley, and will revolve around the escapades of Nick's younger brother. The events of The Beast of Talesend have left Beasley Investigations without a detective. This series seeks to answer the question, "Can Crispin manage to fill Nick's shoes now that Nick isn't capable of wearing shoes?" The first story ties up some loose ends from The Beast of Talesend and gives Crispin a new and rather unusual sidekick.

    The Adventures of Crispin Beasley, Episode 1:

    Crispin Beasley and the Waters of Yesterday

    Crispin Beasley has only ever had one lesson in magic. Despite this, he's pretty sure he's ready to use his powers as the new face of Beasley Investigations, defending the city of Talesend from the forces of magic and mayhem.

    His brother Nick, however, disagrees. And given that Nick is eight feet tall with very large fangs and claws at the moment, challenging his opinion is not the wisest choice.

    However, when a plan by Nick's new partner Cordelia to restore his humanity goes horribly wrong, Crispin finds himself Talesend's sole defender against a surprising and formidable enemy.

    Fortunately, he does have one ally.

    She calls herself Death…

    And finally, here's the synopsis for Book 2 in the Beaumont and Beasley series:

    The Stroke of Eleven

    The Palace of Basile is not haunted by ghosts. It is a ghost – drifting through space and time, appearing at random, and leaving unexplained disappearances in its wake.

    Nick Beasley and Lady Cordelia Beaumont have some experience with mysterious, dangerous castles. However, they have no interest in investigating Basile. After all, it's got nothing to do with their ongoing quest to turn Nick from a monster back into a man.

    But when an ancient and powerful society called the Nevercircle takes Nick and Cordelia prisoner, they are plunged into the mystery of Basile against their will. They find themselves honored guests at a most unusual dance, along with various other investigators of magical phenomena – most of whom really ought to be dead by now.

    Before long, Nick and Cordelia discover a terrible truth behind the tale of Cinderella. A truth which threatens to tear time itself apart and destroy the Afterlands completely.

    Because in the Palace of Basile, midnight never comes…

    These synopses are subject to change as I finalize some plot details. Watch this space for more announcements in the coming weeks, including release dates, cover reveals, and additional story teases. Thanks for reading!

  • I’m on Goodreads! Also, have a free book! And cookies!*

    *digital downloadable cookies only, sorry.

    Just a reminder that the 5-day free promotion for The Beast of Talesend starts today! You can download and permanently own the e-book at no cost to your personage if you buy it at any time before January 23. After that, it will go back to the regular price of $2.99, but it will still be available free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
    I’m still working through some technical difficulties with regard to my author page on Amazon, as well as linking the Kindle and paperback versions on the same page. However, I do now have an author page on Goodreads! It’s a little bare at the moment; but you can still connect to me on that site now if you want. I’ll be updating it very soon with more stuff.

  • The Beast of Talesend – Now Available!


    Sorry, that’s the best thing I came up with after hours of thinking about how to phrase this blog post. “Behold, my fiendish creation” was a very close runner-up.

    The Beast of Talesend, Book 1 of the Beaumont and Beasley series, is now available on Amazon! Due to some technical difficulties, the 5-day free promotion will not actually start until tomorrow (January 18). Sorry about that. For the time being, however, if you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can still download it for free right now. The Kindle and print editions of the book still need some time to get linked together, so for now they’re on separate pages. You can access the Kindle version here and the paperback version here

    If you like the story and decide to write a favorable review on Amazon, I will be extremely grateful. If you do not like the story and decide to write an unfavorable review, I will hunt you down and banish you to an alternate dimension ruled by vampire aardvarks.
    Okay, I don’t actually know how to do that, so if you write a negative review, I guess I’m just going to have to live with it. Actually, I welcome constructive criticism! (He said, through clenched teeth, with an insincere smile on his face.) Just so long as you write something more substantial than “It sucked,” I will not complain. I know there’s room for improvement in my writing, so if you see an element that needs polishing, feel free to let me know.
    That being said, I am hopeful that you’ll enjoy The Beast of Talesend. I like it, personally, and I’m looking forward to continuing the series. As always, you can follow me on this blog or on Twitter to stay in the loop about my future projects.
    Thanks everyone, and have a great day!