Fall Update, Dark Choir Series & Ballgowns

Happy Fall, one and all!

Jesus… I really didn’t mean for that to rhyme.

Now that the weather is chilling off rapidly (I’m currently shivering in my office, because the space heater by the window has elected in an abundance of caution never to actually operate), I thought I’d touch on the last few months around these here parts.

I’ve had the opportunity to join fellow Curiosity Quills authors at a benefit gala for the Fairfax County Library Association. It was a Hollywood-themed event, and we all dressed to the nines! We met several interesting folk, had some wine, and generally geeked out over books… and all of it benefited the mission of supporting the public libraries.

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Later this month, I’ll be manipulating the minds of future writers guest speaking at Frederick Community College to discuss life as an independent author. I always enjoy a microphone. Getting me to shut up is the trick!

Aside from that, I’m looking forward to a holiday season which bears down upon us like an avalanche. I honestly still feel as if it’s July.

Writing-wise, I am still hard at work on Book 5 of the Dark Choir series, THE DARK PRINCIPLE. There’s a lot of action in this book, and I’m folding elements from each of the previous novels in addition to a few new characters. This process proves to be time-intensive… so bear with me!

Having just rounded 50k words on the manuscript, I feel I’m a little more than halfway there. My goal is to have a cleaned-up copy to send to beta readers by Christmas. Beta readers love distractions during family get togethers!

Alright all… stay safe and warm out there. Go to a public library and show them your support, and maybe ask them to order in some of my books. Cheers!

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The Dark Interest, Book 4 of the Dark Choir Series

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The paperback and Kindle eBook editions of The Dark Interest are now available for purchase on Amazon! Continue Dorian Lake’s journey into darkness as his search for his soul becomes mired in a post-Presidium world of nascent cabals vying for dominance, and a sinister force that seems hell-bent on destroying the city of Baltimore.

In other news, I now have a brand new book page, powered by WishKnish. It’s very, very shiny!

If you’re an old school Dark Choir reader, jump on book 4! If you’re new to the series, swing on over to The Curse Merchant, Book 1, and introduce yourself to the double-world of grimy city streets and hermetic practices lying just beneath.

The Dark Interest – Cover Reveal

Welcome to the #SummerOfDorian, folks! This is an action-packed August for yours truly. In just a few days, the audiobook edition of The Curse Mandate will be available for purchase on Audible… rounding out the first three books of the Dark Choir series as narrated by Neil Hellegers.

And if that weren’t enough… on August 22nd, the much-anticipated Book 4 of the series will hit Amazon. Well, today I have a treat for you… the cover art just came in from the publisher, and I’m happy to show you the glorious, scorching-hot cover for The Dark Interest.

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And thus begins the “back three” of the Dark Choir series. Dorian navigates a post-Presidium world as nascent cabals and Netherworkers come of the woodwork. When a powerful dark force brings the city of Baltimore to the brink of chaos, Dorian must fully embrace his powers… and his identity as The Curse Merchant!

My Author Ruckus in New Orleans

Happy July to all my Fistful Faithful!

I’ve just returned from a sojourn back in the Big Easy. Too often in recent years, I’ve had to take trips to my home state of Louisiana for official business, or other less pleasant affairs. Thus it was refreshing to take a genuine vacation for a change. The family did the whole tourist thing… we stopped by Commander’s Palace for brunch, took an airboat tour of the bayou, fed alligators marshmallows, and had more than our fair share of fried seafood.

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We also arranged a book signing and author meet-and-greet through our publisher. The Garden District Bookshop hosted us for an evening event down on Prytania Street. My wife and I signed books, and had a surprisingly vibrant Q&A with those gathered.

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A fine affair!

Now for my latest author news…

The audiobook for The Curse Servant is officially online at Audible.com. Once again, Neil Hellegers dropped a bomb of awesome with his narration. The audiobook for The Curse Mandate is in-process, and is scheduled for release August 15th!

Speaking of August… Book 4 of the Dark Choir series has been bumped up for early publication! THE DARK INTEREST will release on Tuesday, August 22nd.

If you’ve read any of my books, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. These really help… no matter if it’s 5 star or 1 star. I appreciate anyone giving my books a read!

Now for future news… I’m wrapping up pre-production of Dark Interest with the publisher, after which I’ll return to writing Book 5. My aim is to push on until I wrap up the Dark Choir series with Book 6. After that, I’ve already begun the pre-writing and world-building process for my next series. I expect to dive straight into it… and fans of the Dark Choir series will be happy to hear that I’m not wandering far. The Veil Guard series will be a true spin-off of Dark Choir. Same setting, same world, new characters, new conflicts. So stay tuned for that!

Stay cool, everyone. Drink a lemonade or limon cielo for me!

Divergent Fates Anthology & Other News

Near the beginning of the year, I posted about my 2017 publishing plans, which included two short stories. Since then, my first short story “Fail House” has been published in the Darkscapes Anthology released in January.

Plus, new developments have sprung to life… a series of Dark Choir audiobooks has been optioned by Tantor Media. The first, The Curse Merchant, has been out for a few weeks, now. The audiobook edition of The Curse Servant will release on Audible.

And the latest announcement has been that The Dark Interest, Book 4 of the Dark Choir series, has been bumped up to an August 22nd release date! So, you’ll be able to continue Dorian Lake’s journey into darkness sooner than expected!

But what about that second short story I’d already mentioned? Glad you asked!

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I’ve contributed a short story, “Snake Oil: a Tale of the Badlands”, to the Divergent Fates anthology. This is a themed anthology of tales all told within Matthew Cox’s Divergent Fates universe. I love this sort of project, as it allows us to stretch our muscles and take on new genres and viewpoints. “Snake Oil” is a particularly grim, post-apocalyptic tale of homesteaders trying to protect their tiny slice of the Badlands from roving warlords. It’s a tale of love, guilt, wholesale slaughter, and psychotic telepaths.

Be sure to pick up a copy of this anthology… it’s quite diverse in setting, though all told within the same settings as such of Cox’s bestsellers as Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and the Awakened Series.

And once you’ve done that, remember to keep your ears peeled for the Curse Servant audiobook this June!

The Curse Merchant Audiobook is Here!

Big news today, me hearties! After several requests over the past couple years, and some hard work by the good folk over at Tantor Media, the audiobook for The Curse Merchant is now available on CD or Audible!

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The audiobook edition is narrated by star of stage and screen, Neil Hellegers. You’ve seen him in shows such as Gotham, Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and is a veteran audiobook narrator. I listened to the first four chapters on my way to work already, and I seriously thought about calling in “booked”.

Guys… you gotta snatch this up! It’s fantastic.

So, that’s the big news for today. The audiobook for The Curse Servant will come out June 20th.

In the way of future news… the release date for Book 4 of the Dark Choir series, The Dark Interest, has been bumped up to August 22nd! So, you won’t have to wait so long for the next outing of Dorian Lake. I’ve begun writing Book 5, The Dark Principle. This one promises to be one hell of a ride. Literally.

 

My Author Update for Spring

Hello there, all you Fistful Faithful! Happy spring, and gesundheit. Cherry trees are blossoming in my neighborhood, my apple trees are showing leaf buds already, and I fear I may need to get my lawn mower out of storage and ready for another season of leafy-green beatdowns.

I’ve had a surprisingly active first quarter of this year. Book 3 of the Dark Choir series, THE CURSE MANDATE, published the week before Christmas, and has been very well received so far. The six-book arc of Dorian Lake’s journey into darkness moves forward, and the publisher has completed two editing passes on Book 4, THE DARK INTEREST… which will be available next January.

I also had a short story, “Fail House”, published in the Curiosity Quills anthology DARKSCAPES. As usual, the CQ anthologies are like samplers of their in-house authors. This story is a bit of a change from my usual subject matter… a near-future dystopian view of America in economic collapse.

This February, The Curse Merchant was featured on a BookBub promotion, and we saw tremendous response there… leading me to my next exciting announcement. The first two books of the Dark Choir series have been picked up by Tantor Media to create audiobooks! They will be narrated by veteran actor of stage and screen, Neil Hellegers. The audiobook of Curse Merchant will be available May 23rd, in audio CD and on Audible. This is kind of a big deal for me, since having audiobooks available was a big item on my professional bucket list!

Pursuant to all of this fervor and hubbub, I’ve put my “putting my plans on pause” plan on pause, and have begun outlining Book 5 of the Dark Choir series, THE DARK PRINCIPLE. Thus far, the outline is action-packed!

One last item, I’ll be making a public appearance on April 15th, signing books alongside my wife Courtney Sloan at the Fairfax Library Foundation Book Fair. The event is facilitated by Barnes & Noble, and all proceeds for this event benefit the Fairfax Library Foundation. This is super-important to me, as I feel that libraries are a vital part of any civilized society. They are islands of learning and knowledge made available to all. They are community centers, shining beacons in a society that appears more and more dedicated to forwarding ignorance. What’s more… libraries are often safe spaces for youth who need a place to be, particularly in troubled neighborhoods. Anything we can do to forward the mission of public libraries is time well spent!

Immediately after the Library Foundation event, we’ll be heading over to Social Eatery Bar for a mixer, so join us there and get yourself a nice fruity beverage with one of those little umbrellas while you crack open one of our books!

That’s enough excitement for now… keep your eyes open for those audiobooks, and see you in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 15th!