Final Cover Art for The Hammer and the Blade

Final cover art for the The Hammer and the Blade (Amazon, B&N) is below.  I am most definitely chuffed/pleased/ecstatic/ensqueed.

I’ll also add that if you were to pre-order the novel, I’d either (a) kiss you full on the mouth, if that appeals to you, or (b) refrain from kissing you full on the mouth, if that appeals to you. Either way, a pre-order means you win.

Oh, and read excerpts here, … Read the rest


What effect do blurbs have on you?

I came across this article on blurbs and blabs today and it made me wonder what effect, if any, blurbs have on potential readers.  You mind helping me answer that? Has a blurb by an author you enjoy piqued your interest in another author’s work?  Has a blurb influenced your decision to buy or not buy a book?

To be clear, I plan to continue asking for blurbs and giving them when asked (assuming I … Read the rest


What’s New in February?

The monthly mentions continue, by God!

So what’s new in February in the Forgotten Realms and from Angry Robot Books (no new Star Wars fiction releases this month, it seems)?  Let us see.

First, we have Carpathia, from friend and colleague Matt Forbeck.  This book has gotten a lot of great reviews, so I encourage you to check it out.  The description:

It’s Titanic meets 30 Days of Night.

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Fourth Excerpt from The Hammer and the Blade

It’s February, which means a new monthly excerpt from The Hammer and the Blade (B&N, Amazon, Powells), the first novel of my forthcoming sword and sorcery series featuring Egil and Nix, and published by Angry Robot books.

For those just joining the fun, previous excerpts can be found here, here, and here.  They’re all about one-thousand words or so, just bits to give you a feel for the … Read the rest


Crossing the Streams Contest

Myself and a whole slew of other speculative fiction writers have gotten together to create a huge, multi-genre, multi-author book giveaway contest.  We’re calling it Crossing the Streams and here’s how it works:

Each author involved is running a contest on his/her own site. The specific details vary from author to author, so the particulars of the contest I’m running may differ somewhat from the particulars on another author’s site.

But each contest has a … Read the rest