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Welcome, new folks!

Hi, there. I've had a number of people join the mailing list recently. I want to make sure everybody gets their free Frosthelm book, Traitors Unseen. If you haven't gotten it, you can get it free here (the site will ask you to sign up for this newsletter, which you're already getting) or here from Smashwords. It's also on Apple BooksKobo, and Barnes & Noble. Please, enjoy with my compliments.

Happy New Year!
(or, let's try this again, but better this time)

I hope you made it to 2022 in good shape. I did not, or not entirely. I'm writing you from my basement, where I've been sequestered since Dec. 24th with a breakthrough case of COVID that I suspect I picked up at improv practice on the 21st. I had a rough few days with pretty serious flu-like symptoms, and since then I've been cycling between cruddy and OK. I hope to get free of my subterranean prison when my ten days are up on the 3rd. My wife has been so supportive through all of it, and she never got it, so that's great, but it sure put a damper on holiday fun and activities. On the minus side, I didn't do any writing, so I need to get all of that going again. On the plus side, the year has potential to improve a great deal from where it started. I'm grateful for my vaccine and booster, which I suspect kept my symptoms from being far worse.

The Woeling Lass - A Cover (or part of one)

I did manage to get some cover art done for The Woeling Lass. My Inquisitors' Guild books all have a unique color theme, a medieval city in the background, and a central piece of art that represents an object important to the story. For Flames Over Frosthelm, that's the mysterious Faeran amulet. For The Outcast Crown, it's the crown itself. for Traitors Unseen, it's a magical ring that becomes important in the story. And for The Woeling Lass, it's a dagger one of the characters uses. I also wanted to include the titular Woeling Lass herself, and my artist (Serene at did that by including her as a reflection in the dagger's blade, which I think is very clever and looks cool. I hope you enjoy it.

In people suck news, I had hired another illustrator initially, but he sent me something that didn't fit my request at all, which I later realized he copied from the Internet and modified only slightly. I was able to get my money back, but that was pretty disappointing. Serene did a great job, and I should have gone with her to begin with. She's also the artist for the Daros cover, which I love.

I've got my cover designer working on the full cover, so hopefully I'll have that to share soon.

Next up

I've got two projects in the works now:

The Woeling Lass - The fourth book of the Inquisitor's Guild seriesChristina's given me a lot of notes, so that's ready for a detailed editing pass, and then sharing with a few early readers for some more input. If all goes well, then it's off to the copy editor and available soon after.

The Thriller - As yet unnamed. This is a new thriller set in the modern world with some very light sci-fi elements. I've got some great technical advice on physics and guns and biology to implement (most of it already done, actually), and some feedback on a couple of spots that need some work in the story, but I think this one is close to being in pretty good shape. I am planning on seeing if there's any interest from agents for this one, but I won't spend a lot of time with that, and will publish it myself if there aren't any nibbles within a month or so.

After that, I want to start a new project. I haven't figured out exactly what that will be, but another shorter fantasy story is an option, or maybe another sci fi novel.

Some stories to try

I'm part of several author collectives, and we share each other's work to try to help all of us reach more readers. In many cases, the books we share are are free or discounted. Sometimes, they ask that you sign up for a newsletter like this one.

First, I have a new release from Melinda Kucsera (as in, it came out literally yesterday). It's called Tempted, and it's the fourth book in her highly-regarded His Angelic Keeper series. This series follows a hero who's died and returns as an angel to battle evil forces acting in the world. This fourth book is on sale for a limited time for $0.99, and you can get the first book of the series, His Angelic Keeper, for free on Amazon.


Next, I have a set of epic fantasy stories that are all free. These range from stories to novellas to full novels. Some of them will require you to sign up for a newsletter like this one. There are 57 to choose from, all epic fantasy, high fantasy, and/or sword and sorcery.

Third, I have a huge set of fantasy books and series to explore, all epic fantasy. There are SOOOOoooo many monsters and swords and glowy women here. There are over a hundred entries here, so you're sure to find something of interest.

Finally, I have a group of fantasy books for the new year! These are all free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. There is a wide variety of books here. See if something tickles your fancy!


Thanks so much for subscribing to my newsletter. I hope you're staying safe and healthy (unlike me!) and that you have a happy and rewarding 2022. If you have any ideas for what my next project should be, I'd love to hear them. Don't hesitate to write anytime - I love hearing from readers.

May the Bloodmother watch over you - 

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