Cover Reveal – YEA THOUGH I WALK

Hello, all you Fistful Faithful!

I have something quite sexy to show you today… as many of you know, I have two novels coming out in 2016. THE CURSE MANDATE, the third book in the Dark Choir series will release this December, but first, something darker…

I spent half of last year writing what I felt was a more personal book. It was deeper, more ambitious, and tested my storytelling abilities. It was a long, hard slog, but I’m absolutely obsessed with this book. I think it came out just right, personally, and come July 11th, you will too!

And today, I’m happy to reveal the cover for YEA THOUGH I WALK…

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Here’s the cover copy:

“Never leave a devil without puttin’ it in the dirt.”
~ First Law of the Godpistols.

Gunning down the heathen monsters of the untamed West is the calling of the Godpistols, and may be Linthicum Odell’s only path to redemption. A Union Army deserter, Odell figures he has plenty of sin to atone for. As he has yet to earn the Godpistols’ trust, they send Odell on a thankless errand to Gold Vein, a mining town with two afflictions: a corrupt local justice named Lars Richterman, and a horde of cannibal wendigo in the surrounding hills.

Half-dead from a wendigo attack, Odell is nursed back to life by Denton Folger, a righteous press man from the East Coast. Intent on settling debts, Odell takes up Folger’s cause against Richterman and his schemes on the land surrounding Gold Vein. Odell soon realizes that Richterman and the wendigo in the hills are not the only monsters threatening the town. His greatest ally comes in the form of Folger’s ferociously capable wife, Katherina, who holds the secrets to the intrigues of this valley. To save Gold Vein, Odell must pry loose these secrets, though her dark allure may prove too much for Odell’s loyalties… both to his Godpistol dogma and to Folger.

When Odell discovers the truth of what brought him to this valley, and why Katherina keeps this truth buried, will his virtue fail? Or will a bag of silver bullets be enough to survive this war between devils, virtue be damned?

Keep your eyes open this summer for this horror-western, and spread the word!

Double Cover Reveal – Of Scions and Men & Gyre


Today’s the day for a dual cover reveal: OF SCIONS AND MEN by Courtney Sloan and GYRE by Jessica Gunn! Both books are in the New Adult category and are being published by Curiosity Quills Press.

Here’s a bit about each book:

OF SCIONS AND MEN by Courtney Sloan (February 22nd, 2016)

Geopolitical babysitting while arresting preternatural killers, it’s just the daily grind for Scion Rowan Brady. Brash and sarcastic, Rowan has sold her life, her career and her very blood to the controlling paranormal ruling class of America, all to make sure her kid brother can eat. Now she uses her powers as a scion to kick the ass of any preternatural creature idiotic enough to break the rules and prey upon humanity without a license. All it costs her is her freedom and a pint or two per week to her new Master.

But juggling her job and duties becomes even tougher when she is tasked with keeping a contingency of diplomats from Canada from getting gnawed on. However, negotiations for an International Blood Exchange are interrupted when bodies start showing up.

Now Rowan must rely on her talent and wit to defend the society she despises to save the lives she’s sworn to protect. But as she stumbles into the truth, she chances becoming a target of not only these killers, but of her own government. With shifters, ghosts, vampires and psychics all watching her, can she stop the killings before she is silenced?



GYRE by Jessica Gunn (February 1st, 2016)

Trevor couldn’t believe his eyes when Chelsea teleported onto SeaSatellite5. The miracle is Trevor’s absolute worst nightmare. Chelsea is Atlantean, which would be fine if Trevor’s family weren’t Lemurian—enemies of Atlantis.

Then SeaSatellite5 uncovers Atlantean ruins and stumbles into the crosshairs of an ancient war. The Lemurians want the artifacts inside the ruins, and Trevor’s the only one onboard who recognizes the relics for what they really are: Link Pieces, tools used by ancient civilizations to wage their time-travel war.

Chelsea and Trevor must brave the gyre of lies surrounding them. If they can’t, Atlantis will be destroyed forever.



Are you ready to see the covers?


Here we go!





GYRE & OSAM Covers





Courtney SloanA New Orleans native, Courtney Sloan relocated to the hills of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina. There she lives with her husband and fellow author, J.P. Sloan, their son and their crazy German Shepherd pup. Adding to her writing life, Courtney is also a professor at the local college and enjoys learning a world of new ideas from her students as she teaches them about writing and communicating. Courtney’s New Orleans upbringing has left her with a love for the macabre and a flare for the next to normal. She writes speculative fiction with a variety of horror and sass mixed in for flavor.

She loves taking the world of politics that haunts us now, and adding the supernatural to create a gumbo of thrills to keep you up at night. A self-proclaimed lover of way too many fandoms, Courtney also loves crafting. From blankets to jams to stories, it’s always better homemade.

Author Links: Twitter | Website


Jessica GunnJessica Gunn is a New Adult author and avid science-fiction and fantasy fan. Her favorite stories are those that transport the reader to other, more exciting worlds. When not working or writing, she can be found binge-watching Firefly and Stargate, or feeding her fascination of the ancient world’s many mysteries. Jessica also holds a degree in Anthropology.

Author Links: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Website

Freefalling into Fall – More News from Sloan Acres

Crumbs, it’s been a while since I’ve updated Ye Olde Blogge. And there’s been stuff, man.

First of all, Summer is officially over, and I have zero clue where the Hell it went! I blinked and missed it, basically. Alas. I’ve kept busy this summer with several things including:

  • starting karate classes with the family
  • a merger at my day job, which came with a new office
  • coordinating the homebrew competition at the local county fair
  • lots and lots of writing

One of the highlights of my summer was attending the Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writer’s Institute Conference in Hagerstown, MD.

A wild Sloan appears...

A wild Sloan appears…

What a gem of a conference this was! I sat on two panels and co-hosted a seminar on Paranormal and Urban Fantasy. The keynote speaker was the estimable Tess Gerritsen. The panels were lively and diverse, and the signing event afterwards was the best I’ve ever experienced! I actually sold out all my copies of The Curse Merchant.

Speaking of signing events, I had the pleasure of joining Jen Estes at the Winchester Book Gallery for a book signing in the lovely burg of Winchester, VA.

A wild Estes appears...

A wild Estes appears…

What a lovely book store it was, too! If you’re in the area, I highly recommend taking a few hours to walk the streets of Winchester.

Okay, so, writing news!

Last time I emerged from the salt mines, I announced that my horror/western YEA THOUGH I WALK was signed with Curiosity Quills Press. I wrote that novel in the back-half of 2014. Since that time, I haven’t been idle! I’m happy to report that THE CURSE MANDATE, book 3 of the Dark Choir series, is now complete, and in the hands of beta-readers for a good shaking-down. It’s… well, it’s a big book. Many of my readers have been asking for more world-building in the Dark Choir series, and they will receive that in SPADES! It’s twisty, it’s turny, it’s full of ups and downs and more than one oblique slant directly into the Byzantine world of hermetic turf wars. Add to it some Brad Meltzer-esque conspiracy theory, and you’ll be ready for Curse Mandate.

Having wrapped up that project, I have an opportunity to dust off one of the projects in my bullpen. I’ve chosen to pick up one of my independent projects, an upmarket science fiction novel with the working title HINDSIGHT. Not knowing how the flow into a completely new genre would work, I’m happy to find that I’ve hammered out 6600 words in two days. I think this one’s gonna take, you guys!

That’s enough from me for now. Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements regarding a short story submission of mine, a book festival I’ll have to drive a day-and-a-half to attend, and an online Fantasy Con which requires significantly less travel…

Cover Reveal – FIND ME IF YOU DARE by Vicki Leigh

Quick break from my fabulous self… I wanted to share a cover reveal for one of my book cover cousins, Vicki Leigh. Like me, she benefits from the horror-oeuvre genius of Conzpiracy Digital Arts. She’s also a fantastic person and has great taste in acquiring authors. *cough* Courtney Sloan *cough*

The second book of Vicki Leigh’s Dreamcatcher series is coming out October 23rd (hey, that’s one day before my birthday!), and the aforementioned genius of Conzpiracy Digital Arts has hammered out one skull-smashing cover for it! Are you ready for this? Because I’m not.

Here it is, anyway…

FMIYD Cover LGjpgWant to know more? Here’s the blurb:

They may have won the first battle, but the Apocalypse has just begun.

Five weeks have passed since the battle that left Rome and Columbus in ruins. Sheltered in the hidden city of Caelum, Daniel and Kayla train alongside over one hundred Magus and Protectors, hoping that their unified ranks will be enough to take down their greatest threat yet: Richard, his followers, and his horde of Nightmares. Then a fallen comrade is returned to Caelum with a message carved into his chest and a note referencing the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Daniel knows their time for training is over.

Finally understanding Richard’s plans for Kayla and the three other Magus born on Halloween, Daniel and the rest of Caelum’s volunteers scout the U.S. in a desperate attempt to stop their enemy before he can unleash his first Horseman. But when massive attacks claim thousands of lives, people all over the world begin to fall ill—including those Daniel and Kayla care about the most.

With the Horseman of Pestilence released, Daniel knows it’s time to step aside and let Kayla take the lead. Only she has the power to rival her father’s. But when Richard’s plot turns out to be darker than they imagined, their fight is met with more death and destruction—and an enemy who might be unbeatable, after all.

Still not enough, you greedy little rapscallions? Well you’re in luck, because Vicki’s holding a giveaway on her Tumblr page. Up for grabs:

  • 20 copies of CATCH ME WHEN I FALL (Book One of the Dreamcatcher Series)
  • a signed copy of CITY LOVE by Susane Colasanti
  • a The Vampire Diaries wall poster of Damon Salvatore
  • a copy of SHADOW STUDY by Maria V. Snyder
  • 5 handmade dream catchers
  • a poster of the SORCERER HEIR series, signed by Cinda Chima
  • 2 posters of the cover of DOON, signed by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon.
  • a poster of the cover of DAMSEL DISTRESSED, signed by Kelsey Macke
  • a poster of Melissa Lander’s ALIENATED cover

So, y’know… go jump all over that!

Big News from the Sloan Salt Mines

Happy summer, everyone! I’m sitting on a deck on a Delaware beach watching the waves and ships lining up to make their way into the Delaware Bay. I spent Father’s Day in the surf on a boogie board and drinking Dogfish Head beers. Not… y’know, not at the same time. That would be irresponsible. It’s too easy to spill beer that way.

I might have taken a tour of Dogfish Head Brewery. So...much...pipe...

I might have taken a tour of Dogfish Head Brewery. So…much…pipe…

I have news for all of you Fistful Faithful… As many of you know, I spent several months at the end of 2014 writing a standalone novel while The Curse Servant approached its publication. Well, turns out the book was a winner, and it was just picked up by Curiosity Quills! You can expect to see Yea Though I Walk next summer from CQ.

Today’s Publisher’s Lunch Daily Deal entry:

JP Sloan’s YEA THOUGH I WALK, in which a Union Army deserter seeks redemption by defending a mining town in the Wyoming Territory caught between a corrupt land baron with undead minions, and an army of ravenous Wendigo on a tear for human flesh, to Alisa Gus at Curiosity Quills Press, for publication in Summer 2016 (world).

So, if vampires vs wendigo vs cowboys sounds like your bag, keep your eyes open next summer!

In other news, the third Dark Choir novel, The Curse Mandate, is underway, roughly 64K words deep into its first draft. I’m definitely waltzing into Brad Meltzer’s dance floor with this book!

Personal appearance notes:

I’ll be sitting on three panels during the Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writer’s Institute’s annual conference in Hagerstown, August 7-9. Check out the info here.

I’ll also be joining Jen Estes at the Winchester Book Gallery on August 1, 11am – 2pm, for a joint book signing. Swing by scenic Winchester, VA for a ripping tour of the Shenandoah back slopes!

And finally, for the Faithful in the Deep South, I’ll be appearing at the Louisiana Book Festival this year, October 31st. Come by and say hi before you hit the streets for tricking and/or treating.

Alright, the beach is calling again… I’ll have to obey its eldritch allure and summon Father Lying Deep. Take care and see you soon!

Writing Mama(s and Papas) Blog Hop

Today I’m contributing to the Writing Mama Blog Hop, curated by the inimitable Sharon Bayliss, whose December People series is burning up the Amazon charts at the moment (see what I did there?).

I’m a parent. Yeah, that’s a heavy thing. Kids, man. They have to eat, sleep, and learn to read and perform higher mathematics. It’s our job as parents to make sure that happens with minimum injury. We’re occasionally successful, but the price every parent pays to keep their children on the path clear of natural selection is the most precious commodity we possess. And that commodity is time.

Which sucks when you’re trying to foster a career as a full-time writer. It’s hard enough making a living writing full-time. I know I can’t cut it just yet. Bills are too big, and it’s not just me I’m trying to support. So I have to work harder to get my books out if I ever plan to quit the day job and fulfill my passion. More like a life plan, really. But it’s not the money that presents the greatest obstacle as a writing parent. As I said, time is an enormous drain.

As a writer, I have to create a far more rigid schedule. I can no longer write on whim. The morning is utterly consumed with getting ready for work, packing the boy’s lunch and making him breakfast, getting him out the door in time for me to leave. Then there’s the day job, which is necessary at the moment. That kills the lion’s share of my creative window, which for me is late a.m. into the early afternoon. Then it’s another hour-long commute home (thanks so much, crappy economy) and the boy’s already at home doing homework. Thus begins dinner-making, exercise, karate and other extra-curricular activities. And if I want to be a parent who is more “present” than “absent”, some quality goofing-off time with the family.

The boy’s in bed by 8:30pm, which leaves me my golden period of time to squeeze in as much word count as I can before either my brain completely goes numb, or the pull to spend time with the wife intervenes. This is basically one hour per day. That’s not much. It’s not as much as I want.

But them’s the breaks when you’re a parent. The child is priority. The family is a very close second. And society pressure is such that men must work full-time at the expense of all avocations. It is certainly frowned upon when a man announces he’s quitting work to pursue [insert hair-brained scheme here]. It’s the stuff of sitcoms, and has been the rocks upon which many dreams have been dashed.

I’m not here to complain about my life… but if you’re an author and a parent, particularly a father working full-time while trying to convert a career into writing, you might take comfort to know that your frustrations are shared. The only way to crank out quality writing in this intense time-squeeze?

1) Keep your belly-fire stoked. If you constantly crave the writing process, the need to spin that yarn, the inexorable siren call of that completed first draft… then you’ll find a way to get your butt in the seat at the end of the day.

2) Kill the Mood Fairy. Your writing can no longer be dictated by mood. You have a small window to create, and thus your muse must punch her clock on your schedule. Be vicious. Ruthless. Unforgiving. It’s your time… guard it with your life.

3) Keep your family happy. You’ll need complete support from the spouse and the children. Otherwise they’ll find benign yet corrosive means of undermining your writing drive. They’ll want you to come watch TV, spend all weekend with them, manage to insinuate that you can always put it off until later. You can, technically… but procrastination has a vicious kind of momentum that’s hard to reverse.

Sometimes they tempt me with beer, because they know my weaknesses!

Sometimes they tempt me with beer, because they know my weaknesses!

Best of luck, comrades, with balancing your family life and your need to write. There’s no magic wand yet that I’ve found. I am lucky in a way that most others don’t share. My wife is also a novelist, and we tend to share our Word Count Power Hours. We appreciate goading one another toward writing. It’s a lifehack, I’ll admit. AND IT’S ALL MINE! HA HA HA HA!!!

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Spring has Sprung… well, it’s slithering out of its coil anyway…

Ehrmegerd! Ert’s Sprerngterm!

At least in theory. We’ve finally reached manageable temperatures outside, and I spent the weekend mostly out in it. Which is nice, because I’ve fostered a mild degree of Cabin Fever this winter. I needed to soak in the sunlight, and Nature obliged. To a point. It was still blustery and cold, wind slicing through my outer layers to ravage me like Nordic invaders rampaging across the fjords.

Sunday, at least, was mild, warm, sunny… perfect time for a brew day!

Nothing like a little liquid sunshine out of the mash tun!

Nothing like a little liquid sunshine out of the mash tun!

I took advantage of the weather to hammer out a double-batch of an American Wheat recipe. I’ll be adding some fresh ginger and grated lime zest in secondary to create what I hope will be a nice summer-sipping beer for the Frederick Beer Week‘s anchor event, the Beerfest at Stillpoint Farm. My homebrew club sets up a tent, and we pour tasting samples of various homebrews for event goers. It’s a great time (when it’s not raining).

Brewing is good for my soul, especially when I’m given the opportunity to shake off the gray blanket of winter and breathe in a little pollen fresh air.

...and by "breathe in" I mean "drink heavily."

…and by “breathe in” I mean “drink heavily.”

That right there is my last brew… a marzen I made in early January. That was a bitter cold day… gray, snow still on the ground. It’s nice to revisit the fruits of labor months down the road. That said… I’m also getting into the spirit of Spring by setting up an expansion to our vegetable garden. We’re still waiting for the threat of frost to pass, but soon we’ll be building our soil with our compost (hey, that spent brewday grain has to go somewhere!), and set up our pollinator garden.

We added a quaint little fence, because our German Shepherd is kind of a dick.

We added a quaint little fence, because our German Shepherd is kind of a dick.

So I wish all of you a warm and welcome Spring, great success in the projects you’re sowing, and a merciful hand when the tempestuous cascade of allergies storms inside your respective sinuses.