Lord of the Inferno is Out!

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Lord of the Inferno, the long awaited sequel to War of the Fathers is finally out. It should be available online wherever books are sold. Here are a few links where you can purchase it: Amazon, B&N, Apple, Smashwords, Kobo, trade paperback

Immediately after Adar Rahid activates an ancient weapon that kills the Hunwei in Zecarani, he discovers the Hunwei have humans fighting for them. As he fights these traitors and tries to capture his wife’s murderer, he finds death waiting for him wherever he turns.

After Adar kills a human in Hunwei armor, he realizes he still doesn’t know the full extent of the Hunwei technological capabilities. His blood boiling with rage over the death of his wife, he barely thinks about the consequences as he rushes after her murderer.

Adar’s character is put to the test as he is forced to choose between seeking revenge or the very fate of the human race.

Adar goes through the fires of hell as he struggles with his own demons while fighting off an enemy that has no mercy and unclear intentions in this tale of epic fantasy and science fiction. This action packed story is the second volume in the War of the Fathers series. Buy your copy today!

As you can see from the image below, the cover of War of the Fathers has been updated so there is a uniform design across the series. I’m really excited about the cover change and the new novel and would love to hear feedback from any of you.

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Blood of the Redd Guard is out!

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I’m glad to finally have Blood of the Redd Guard out in the wild. It’s been done for awhile and has been gathering dust for almost a year, it’s about time that I finally release it. It should be available online wherever books are sold.

Here are a few links where you can purchase it: Amazon, B&N, Apple, Smashwords, trade paperback

Here is the book’s description:

Adar Rahid has only been a general for two months, but his problems are already multiplying. He has his hands full with a father who wants to kill him and Helam Morgol, another general who is secretly laying plans to take over the Rarbon city government.

When Adar encounters a gang of bandits brazenly robbing and murdering merchants in his territory he suspects that there is more going on than just a simple robbery. His fears are quickly confirmed when a murder perpetrated by a hidden organization known as the Kopal pulls him into a conflict with Helam where the future of the city is at stake.

While events unfold Adar Rahid struggles to find a distinction between his methods and those employed by Helam Morgol as both take drastic actions to gain the upper hand.

Readers are taken on an adventure between dueling generals in this tale of epic fantasy and science fiction. This action packed story is based in the War of the Fathers universe and happens twenty three years before the events in War of the Fathers.

Don’t wait, pick up a copy today!

It’s available at: Amazon, B&N, Apple, Smashwords, trade paperback

Free Book and Updates!

It has been a busy couple of months but I have a number updates.

The first is that the above ebook is going permafree.

Second, readers that have been paying close attention have noticed that the Black Brick covers have changed. I really like this new cover and hope that it will be more eye catching than the previous version.

Third, the Black Brick Omnibus ebook is out (this contains Parts 1-4). You can find it on Amazon. For the moment, this and the other Black Brick parts are in KDP Select, which means it is part of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program.

Fourth, I’m also very close to finishing the sequel to War of the Fathers. I hope to be done with that before too much longer. Once it’s done I will be getting it to beta readers and began the publishing process before the end of the year. I’ll be releasing this book in parts as well with the omnibus coming out at the end.

But for those of you wanting to read more about Adar….

I wrote a prequel to War of the Fathers titled Blood of the Redd Guard that I’m going to start publishing as parts in September.

Blood of the Redd Guard occurs several decades before what happened in War of the Fathers. Adar is the main character and it was a fun story to write. It has lot’s of action and intrigue. I can’t wait to get it out into the world. It will also feel good to have another monkey off my back.

Black Brick Part One is now Free, Part Two is on sale!

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I have a new story available: Black Brick – Part One which is free today and will be through the end of the week (the sale ends on March 27) and Black Brick – Part Two which is $0.99 through the same time period. Part Three and Part Four are both up for pre-order. Here is the description for the story:

After Jake Ramsey survives a shootout in a dark alley while trying to protect an executive from a powerful and well connected government contractor, his suspicions began to grow that the covert government organization he works for has been subverted by somebody that doesn’t have the country’s best interest at heart. The deeper he digs the more that everything he believes about who he is and where he came from is called into doubt.

 

Reminder that War of the Fathers is Free Today & Tomorrow on Amazon!

Just a reminder that the War of the Fathers ebook is available Free on Amazon at the moment. Currently it is ranked #35 in Science Fiction free ebooks! For those that don’t know, War of the Fathers is a post apocalyptic alien invasion story. More information and links to free chapters below:

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After twenty years of war, the Hunwei left suddenly. Many called it a victory, few believed that they would return.

When the war between the Hunwei and the humans ceased without warning, not many people had survived. Those survivors lost much of the technology that had been commonplace in their society, sending them back to the dark ages. More than a thousand years later, when most thought the Hunwei to be a myth, Adar believed that the Hunwei would return and resume the fight. Adar and his reluctant son Jorad continued to search for a way to defend their people. This time, without that technology, there will be nothing standing between them and the entire capture or destruction of the human race.

 

Free Chapters:

Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

It is available at:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Trade Paperback

War of the Fathers Ebook will be Free on Amazon April 9-10.

The War of the Fathers Ebook will be available Free on Amazon April 9-10.

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After twenty years of war, the Hunwei left suddenly. Many called it a victory, few believed that they would return.

When the war between the Hunwei and the humans ceased without warning, not many people had survived. Those survivors lost much of the technology that had been commonplace in their society, sending them back to the dark ages. More than a thousand years later, when most thought the Hunwei to be a myth, Adar believed that the Hunwei would return and resume the fight. Adar and his reluctant son Jorad continued to search for a way to defend their people. This time, without that technology, there will be nothing standing between them and the entire capture or destruction of the human race.

 

Free Chapters:

Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

It is available at:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Trade Paperback

War of the Fathers Sample: Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

The sun blinded Jorad when he stepped out of the shadow of the boarding house onto the road. It was just peeking up over the top of the Jagged Mountains. He ignored the chill as he took a deep breath, the air held a hint of pine from the nearby forest. He hadn’t slept much during the night. Between Ruder’s claims and the way Soret’s parents had treated him last night, there had been too much on his mind. As he tossed and turned, he’d hoped that the morning would bring greater clarity. It hadn’t. He still didn’t know what to think about any of it.

It had been dark long before they’d finished their walk the night before, so Jorad had walked Soret home. That had been a mistake. Barc Tedenhel, Soret’s fathers, had met them at the door. One look from Barc had been enough for Jorad to know that he needed to make himself scarce.

The balding short man had pretended that Jorad wasn’t there when he’d addressed Soret, demanding to know where she had been. Soret’s mother Hira looked over Barc’s shoulder—she was a head taller—and had glared at Jorad. Neither had spoken to him during the exchange and talked of him as if he wasn’t there.

Jorad had spoken up a few times, raising objections to being classified as a scoundrel, but he went unheeded.

Before going in, Soret had whispered a quick apology explaining that her parents still hadn’t gotten over her break up with Erro. Jorad wasn’t so sure that her explanation made sense. They’d treated him as if he had a terrible disease and that their daughter was at risk of catching it. There had to be more to it than what Soret had said.

“What did Soret do now?” Adar asked. A slight breeze disturbed the leaves of a nearby tree and Adar flicked at a bug that landed on the back of his neck. Afterward he touched the hilt of his sword. That particular nervous habit had sometimes landed them in trouble. There were places that if a man reached for his sword and didn’t follow through he’d be dead.

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War of the Fathers Sample: Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

The last rays of the day lit upon the trees of the forest causing the leaves to glimmer. Some of the leaves were already turning orange and yellow. Even though a majority of the leaves still held their original color, the reminder of the approaching fall wasn’t lost on Jorad Rahid.

His father Adar would get itchy feet soon and want to leave Neberan. In fact, Jorad was surprised it hadn’t already happened. They’d been in Neberan for six months and that was unusual. The longest they usually stayed somewhere was less than three. Jorad hoped Adar would be able to last another couple of months. Things were just starting to get interesting with Soret.

Jorad looked through the forest to the large clearing ahead. Clearing wasn’t the right word since it was quadruple the size of Neberan but he couldn’t think of another way to describe it. Little grew in the open area because it was covered with paved rock.

The pavement showed little in the way of wear, despite the fact that Jorad believed it to be well over a thousand years old, maybe from even before the Severing. That wasn’t what drew Jorad’s eye though; it was the tower in the center. He was certain it—people from Neberan called it Vigorock—was from before the Severing. At several places in the clearing, rocks had been mounded up in various formations, the largest of which was several stories high and shaped like a pyramid. These formations looked much newer.

“We need to get back. It won’t be long before my dad notices I’m gone.” Soret was a step or two behind Jorad and moved carefully, trying to keep her dress from brushing up against the bushes that were crowding the path. Her dress had been made for festivals, not for moving about the woods. Jorad figured she was getting colder, but didn’t want to say so.

“Besides Vigorock gives me the creeps,” Soret said. “Wish it wasn’t so close to Neberan. I hate seeing it every day.” Soret fidgeted, her green dress shimmering and Jorad couldn’t help but notice her figure as she shifted, her long black hair twisting around her. She caught him looking and he returned his attention to Vigorock, a much less impressive view and perhaps less mysterious.

Seeing Vigorock from this close, and it was still almost a mile away, was something else. A big metal spike that was similar to a pyramid at the base, but instead of four sides it had eight. The sides twisted around the length of the tower giving Vigorock an unearthly look. How could anybody live within sight of this and not wonder what it was? More than a thousand years old, and the metal hadn’t rusted and its reflected light would have been visible from Zecarani if there wasn’t a mountain range in the way.

Adar was convinced the tower was a weapon and had spent a lot of time trying to puzzle it out. Jorad had wondered about Adar’s sanity when they spent an afternoon circling the tower, stopping so Adar could swipe his thumb along the base. Jorad had asked for an explanation but of course hadn’t received one.

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War of the Fathers Sample: Chapter 1

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Part One

1,192 YEARS SINCE THE SEVERING

Chapter 1

The Neberan town square had been decorated with every imaginable color. Strips of red cloth covered the ground before the sacred boulder where the couple had sworn their oaths to Veri—the local god—and then cut each other. The red strips represented blood and life. To Adar Rahid blood always represented death, and not because of a religious ceremony.

“Thing is, you look familiar,” Neare Paler said, his face barely visible in the setting sun. He’d approached Adar from behind as Adar had been watching the wedding celebration. Adar had chosen to ignore Neare’s approach because he didn’t like the man.

Neare wiped a small amount of sweat from his brow with the back of his hand. The heat of the day was dissipating with the evening and Adar welcomed the chill. Before long, it would become cold enough that most would head home. He’d stayed on the outskirts of the celebration for a reason. He wasn’t big on social gatherings and had hoped to avoid speaking to anybody. He’d only come to check up on Jorad.

“Can’t quite recall from where,” Neare continued. “A poster perhaps?” Neare had a cup in hand that he looked ready to drop so he could grab the gaudy sword that hung from his belt. It wasn’t as fine of a sword as Neare supposed. Adar could see that without having to handle it, but no doubt, the blade was sharp.

Adar wasn’t worried about the threat Neare posed. Should Neare move to draw his sword, Adar could have his sword out of its sheath before Neare’s was halfway. Adar wore his blade on his back in true Radim fashion. It wasn’t Adar’s favorite weapon, but it wasn’t as recognizable as his Radim sword.

Poster? Adar thought. That shouldn’t have followed us here. He turned his full attention to Neare. As usual, Neare was dressed in clothing more suited for a big city than that of a small town like Neberan. His shirt alone had probably cost Neare half a gold piece and his sword was the ugliest weapon that Adar had ever seen. Adar wondered how much Neare had paid for the travesty.

Surely, Neare wasn’t brazen enough to draw his sword at a wedding. If the rumors around town were true, Neare knew how to use it. Adar had almost been forced to learn firsthand when he’d come across Neare roughly evicting a man and his family. The spat had ended with Neare leaving for the mayor. Neare was a fool, perhaps a moderately dangerous one, but a fool nonetheless.

“Hear you’re doing a lot of business with Polaer recently,” Adar said, turning back to the celebration. Adar had figured that the rumors about Neare and Polaer’s wife were just that, rumors. However, if Neare was going to make accusations, Adar would make some of his own.

Neare’s face tightened and it looked as though he was going to drop his cup. Adar kept his arms folded and resisted the urge to reach for his sword. If Neare reacted, it would be as good as an admission. Neare must have known the stories that were told of him. There was similar gossip about his son Erro.

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War of the Fathers Sample: Prologue

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Prologue

TWO YEARS BEFORE THE SEVERING

“Melyah take my eyes!” Rend Rahid shifted on the loose terrain, uncertain if he could trust his vision as another ship departed from the valley below. He could feel heat from the glow of the engines and the roar was deafening, forcing him to let go of his rifle so that he could shield his ears. The belly of the Hunwei destroyer was soon overhead. It was capable of holding over five hundred people. Rend resisted the urge to try to scoot deeper into the bushes that were covering him. He’d spent several minutes picking his position so that he couldn’t be seen from the air. If he’d messed up in selecting his hiding place, moving now wouldn’t do him any good.

Out of instinct and old habit, Rend aimed his rifle at the ship, preparing to fire but the ship had already begun its ascent. After it was clear that the ship hadn’t zeroed in on their position he lowered his rifle. It was the tenth ship he’d seen leave during the last two hours. Rend and his team had arrived in the late hours of evening, intending to raid one of the Hunwei encampments. They’d been hoping to rescue some of the captives but instead they were witnessing an unprecedented event. As Rend watched the ship disappear into the sky, he wondered how many captive men, women, and children it held.

The thought made Rend think of his youngest son. How many years had it been since little Lief had disappeared? He felt moisture forming in his eyes. He didn’t think about the rest. It had been long enough that he’d been able to accept the deaths of his wife and two other sons. He’d never been able to put Lief’s memory to rest. Lief’s body hadn’t been with the others and there hadn’t been anybody left to answer questions.

Tira, who lay next to Rend, let out a sigh as the ship disappeared. She had pulled her brown hair into a ponytail to keep it out of the way. She’d refused to cut it short like many of the other women. Perhaps that was the reason why he’d been so drawn to her. Call Rend old fashion, but he liked a woman with hair.

The others in their group murmured and Rend resisted the urge to tell them to be quiet. The noise from the ships in the valley more than covered the noise they were making. One of the nearby metalmen–Rend hadn’t bothered to learn its name–reported that this was happening all over the world. The Hunwei were leaving.

“It’s true then.” Tira leaned over, shifting her blaster so she could put her mouth to his ear. “We’ll live.” She was always cautious. This was why he loved her. It was hard enough to find a good woman when the world wasn’t being torn apart by war. Most people didn’t bother to form attachments these days. Rend couldn’t blame them, given the present mortality rate of humanity. He’d fought his feelings for Tira for a long time before he’d succumbed.

“They’re quitting,” Rend whispered. In a way, he was almost disappointed. When he’d set out on this mission, he’d been convinced they wouldn’t survive. The rescue attempt had been a fool’s errand from the beginning. Rather than cower in Rarbon waiting for the inevitable end, he’d decided to face it head on. The unfilled expectation left him baffled; surely, he’d prefer to live? He wasn’t ready to give up on life.

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