I’m going to make a longer post later about this book when I have a little more time, but I’m currently trying to launch it high while getting Galand #7 in on deadline, so I’m going to have to be brief right now. Forgive!

But I’ve got a new book out. It’s a new epic fantasy novel, in a brand new universe, unrelated to anything else I’ve done. And I need you to know about it right now.

It’s cool as hell. And it’s out simultaneously on ebook and audio. And the audio is narrated by… Michael Kramer.

SOTO-audiobookI hate begging, I think the work just speaks for itself or it doesn’t, and that’s been the case for my books for the better part of a decade now. But. I really want this book to get off to a great start. Because great starts are vitally important to the series itself, and thus my ability to continue writing as hard as I try to.

So. If you like my work. If you’ve been reading me for a while. Go pick this one up, too. Get it off to the races. There is a lot to like in this book. It’s both a little more traditional fantasy and a little more not—we’ve got dragons and dwarves, but we also have orcish rifles and mechanical dragons—this is definitely pure epic fantasy, but with some Western influence as well. It’s something you’ve read before, but it’s also nothing like anything you’ve ever read before.

It’s really fun, in other words. I think we could all use some of that right now. So go smash that “BUY” button, and let’s get this thing soaring. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled series shortly.


The wait is over! THE BLACK BOOK: The Cycle of the Scour #2 is out on audiobook right now. You can pick it up on Audible and Amazon.

If you haven’t read the first book, then what is wrong with you? It is about the life of young Cally, set 100 years before he and Dante ever met. I (quite literally) couldn’t think of anything more fun in this world than that.

I mean, uh, you can get it on Audible and Amazon too.

As for what’s next: I am within a month of finishing the first draft of Galand #7. Normally that’d mean it’d be out mid-January or something, but I’m going to start releasing them at the same time Podium puts out the audio. So look for the ebook and audio to go live in March or April.

…and for a completely unexpected surprise before then.

In the meantime, thanks for reading/listening/osmotically absorbing these, everyone.

freefall-audiobookI feel like the last one just came out—probably because it did—but there are no brakes on the Rebel Stars train. FREEFALL, #4 in the series, is now out on audiobook! Get it on Amazon or Audible, your pick.


If you haven’t gotten into the series yet, some incredibly generous person (wait, that was me!) has made the first three books available for just one credit (Amazon, Audible).

There’s just one more in the series after this, and it’s slated for release later next month. So as a completely disinterested third party, it sounds to me like you would have to be completely insane to not start listening to this now now now now.

Updates? Sure, some updates. Cally Book #2 should finally be out on ebook next month, with Tim recording the audio in September and a planned release date in November. I should have Galand #7 out on ebook right around that same time or a little thereafter (with the audiobook next spring).

Wait, what’s that? And I’ll have something else coming out by the end of the year, too? And it’s a secret that I’ve kept secret for the last couple of years, but which is finally about to come to life and could be mighty cool?

Well, that’s the word on the street, anyway. I suppose the only way to wait out the suspense is to go and listen to FREEFALL.

Good news is here! RONIN: Rebel Stars #3 is finally out on audiobook! Get it on Audible or Amazon.
ronin-audiobookNow is an especially good—or if I might be so bold, perfect—time to start the series, because the first three books (#0-2) are available in a bundle for a measly one credit (also on Audible and Amazon). And the final two books are coming to audio in the next three months.
Set a thousand years in the future from the BREAKERS series, a team of misfits backed by a billionaire unravels a decades-old conspiracy—one that could bring humanity to the brink of extermination for a second time.
For those of you who’ve been waiting on this, sorry it took so damn long. Circumstances, uh, ensued. But it’s here now, and Ray Chase is back in the fold as our narrator. Hope it was worth the wait.

It isn’t live quite yet—that happens at the end of March—but if you want to make sure you don’t miss the release, you can preorder the audiobook for WHAT LIES BEYOND: The Cycle of Galand #6 right here.

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Just in case you somehow missed the title of this post yet clicked on it anyway: yep, THE SPEAR OF STARS (The Cycle of Galand #5) is now out on audiobook. You can get it on Audible, Amazon, and Apple.

The Spear of Stars AudioA VERY IMPORTANT NOTE THAT YOU MUST READ IF YOU ARE GETTING THIS: Many people are reporting experiencing a very charming technical error from Audible, which is that the audiobook’s chapters are out of order.

This isn’t impacting everyone, and in fact they might have fixed it already, BUT—if your version starts in the middle of a big huge battle with the Blighted, or if chapter 1 seems normal but chapter 2 jumps into a big huge battle, YOUR COPY IS OUT OF ORDER.

Fortunately, the fix is very simple: just delete your copy and redownload it. That”s worked for everyone I’ve spoken to.

That out of the way: as always, the book is narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds. I hear that people like this book, especially in audio format. If you liked the previous books, chances are you’ll like this one too. As with the rest of the series, the audiobook is WhisperSynched to the ebook, meaning that if you’re buying it with cash rather than a credit, you should be able to buy the ebook and then get the audiobook at a discount (about $7.50) that comes out to about the total cost of an audiobook credit. If that’s your thing.

Using my magic powers, I foresee that many of you are now asking when book #6 will be out. Well, I’m currently in the “think through the plot enough to not totally screw myself two-thirds through the book” stage. This phase is especially important to me on this one because I intended to put significantly more plot into THE SPEAR OF STARS but then more and more unexpected details kept cropping up and some of that plot got pushed into book #6.

In short, not quite as much happened in #5 as I intended. The danger here is if, in resolving the leftover plot that got squeezed from #5, then I have to likewise squeeze intended plot from #6, and the series veers into the dreaded “fantasy series grappling with the scope of its increasingly large and detailed world bogs down under its own weight and spins its wheels for several books until finally, mercifully, regaining traction.” Especially since #6 is taking place in a new environment/society, which always takes a goodly number of pages to flesh out and explore, and so you can see how, well…

WELL NOTHING! For there are three things that must happen in book 6, and by its end, those three things shall be done.

I just have to spend a little extra pre-writing time thinking them through. But I hope to start writing within a week. It’ll take me 5-6 months from there to have the book finished and ready to publish, so expect the ebook this spring, with the audiobook following that summer.

But hmm…this raised another question, doesn’t it? The question of what the lazy author has been doing since June when his last book came out and why he did not start Galand #6 months ago.

Well the answer is I wrote another book. A book about Cally, Dante’s old mentor, when Cally is a young man just learning the ways of the nether. It’s set a little over a century before The Cycle of Arawn, and it’s all written and finished. Just needs some proofreading and a cover. It should be out sometime in November or December.

Which raises one last (two-part) question: audiobook? Tim?

Yes: there will be an audiobook, yes it will be published by the same team as the others (Podium), and yes they’re in the process of scheduling Tim to narrate this one as well. It will be a kick to hear him de-age Cally’s voice from Arawn. As busy as Tim is, I’m not sure how soon he can get to it, but I’m thinking it’ll probably be out sometime this spring.

All right: this is getting long. In summary: audiobook out, next book not too long from now, surprise prequel book very soon. Over and out.

The savvier among you might have noticed that it’s been taking me an unusually long time to finish my current project, the next REBEL STARS book.

Well, that’s because I wasn’t writing one Rebel Stars book. I was writing two of them. And I’ve finished the series.

Oh, and if you haven’t started the series yet, I’ve also put the first three books in a box set on both ebook and audiobook. And the ebook box is temporarily just $0.99. And all of these are available everywhere.

If you’re completely unfamiliar with the series, Rebel Stars is a space opera set 1000 years in the future of the BREAKERS series, where a motley crew must come together to expose—and fight back against—a deep conspiracy that threatens to destroy the human species.

Without further ado, let’s get started on the insanely long list o’ links!

freefall-ebook-2MB First is book #4, FREEFALL:


Amazon UK




Google Play


Next up is STARDUST, book #5 and the grand finale:



Amazon UK




Google Play

Fun thing about this book: when I start a series, I usually have no idea how it’s going to end. But one of the very last scenes in STARDUST, right before the epilogue, is something I’ve had in mind since before I wrote a single word of these books. Finally getting to write it after three and a half years of waiting felt pretty special.

Onto the box set! This includes books 0, 1, and 2 of the series: REBEL, OUTLAW, and TRAITOR. Like the others, the ebook can be found on Amazon, Amazon UK, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and Google Play. The audiobook’s on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

(I was hoping to have RONIN out on audio by now, too, but I ran into a snag in production. But I’ll try to get the remaining three in audio over the course of 2018.)

In hindsight, I’m really happy I decided to write these back to back. I knew FREEFALL was going to end on a cliffhanger and I really didn’t want to make everyone wait another 12-18 months until I could clear out the time to write and publish the final novel. One of my chief goals is to always deliver the end of a series in a timely manner. I hope I’ve done so for you once again.

This has also cleared the decks for me to focus on the CYCLE OF GALAND in 2018. I have nothing else major going on, so I’ll have two new Galand books out year, likely one in the spring and one in late summer/early fall, which means the respective audiobooks will probably be out in the summer and late fall. I’ve already started plotting book #5 and will start the actual writing after I’ve had a few more days to recover from the last six months of work!

Is that it? Yes, I think that’s it for now. I very much hope you enjoy the rest of the series.


For reference, here’s the complete REBEL STARS series in order:

REBEL (Book 0)

OUTLAW (Book 1)

TRAITOR (Book 2)

RONIN (Book 3)



I’ve mentioned this elsewhere, but forgot about here. Oops.

As the title says: THE LIGHT OF LIFE, The Cycle of Galand #4, is out on audio! Find it on Audible, Amazon, and iBooks.

TLoL AUdioTo anticipate a few questions: Yep—Tim Gerard Reynolds is still narrating.

As for when the next one’s out, as if getting two audiobooks within the span of three months isn’t awesome and great and satisfying enough to last through the rest of the decade: I’m currently working on new REBEL STARS. After that, it’s right back to Galand #5 (and #6), so expect the ebook version of the next installment next spring—hopefully early next spring—and the audiobook two or three months after that.

Authors are rarely the best judge of their own work, but I really like how this one turned out. Hope you guys do, too.

Good news, everyone! THE WOUND OF THE WORLD: The Cycle of Galand #3 is now out on audiobook! You can find it on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

As always, it’s narrated by the inimitable Tim Gerard Reynolds. If that’s not enough to convince you to pick it up, I don’t know what will. Threats of violence? No, too far. I’ve got it! Threats of threats of violence. Yes, that should do nicely.

Anyway, I know book three had some delays getting into audio, so the double-extra good news for the day is that book four, THE LIGHT OF LIFE, is already being recorded by Tim as we speak. Based on previous production times, I’d expect it out sometime this fall.

For the ebook and paperback for #4, I’m still waiting on the cover art, but I’m hoping to have it out mid-late May.

That would appear to be all for now. Except for you, who can go pick up 21+ hours of entertainment that is THE WOUND OF THE WORLD all for one measly Audible credit.

Sweet news, people of discerning taste. The wait is over. CAPTIVES: Breakers #6 has come to audiobook. You can find it on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

captives-audioWant some even better news? Book #7 is scheduled to hit audio in December. And Book #8, the finale, should be out early next year. I expect that the only people more excited to have the full series on audio than I am is you all.

If you’re new to BREAKERS, it’s a post-apocalyptic series about a small cast of characters who struggle to survive as the world ends — not just once, but twice. The first three audiobooks are available together on Audible for just one credit. That’s 42+ hours of listening. At the moment of this post, the set has 1010 ratings and a 4.3 average. With the remainder of the series on the horizon, now’s a great time to jump in.

Gosh. With sales pitching like that, just imagine how good the writing in the books must be!

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