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!

Cover Reveal – Darkscapes Anthology

I teased you folks last week about my latest offering, a short story titled “Fail House.”

Well, the publisher has revealed the cover for the DARKSCAPES anthology!

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Suitably creepy, eh?

Here’s the write-up on the offerings:

Curiosity Quills Press explores yearning, regret, and fear with the Darkscapes Anthology — a spellbinding collection of dark fantasy, sci-fi, cyberpunk, horror, and detective fiction.

Delve into worlds of terrible family secrets, unexpected doppelgängers, a home invasion on an alien planet, androids and assassins, places and people who aren’t as stable as they seem, frustrated musicians going to desperate lengths — and more.

Jordan Elizabeth and W.K. Pomeroy – EXLEY AVENUE
In 1920s upstate New York, a tormented girl learns that her family’s new stone castle was built on a former cemetery, and in 2014, a former police detective uncovers horrible secrets

Benjamin Sperduto – LENA’S SONG
In the near future, two frustrated musicians and creative partners get in on the ground floor of neural firestreaming — but an old guitar creates an unexpected effect

Mark Woodring – SORRY FOR THE MOUSE
A veteran back from Afghanistan develops a strange hobby to stay sane — but it doesn’t work as well as he had hoped

J.R. Rain – SKELETON JIM
A skeleton detective who leads a double life as an Internet sensation takes a beautiful woman on as a client — and gets more than he bargained for

S.E. Bennet – OF LUSHER AND SLEEP
In this modern, alternative imagining of Romeo and Juliet, a veteran from an old-money family returns to London for his mother’s funeral and is confronted with a toxic history of two warring families — and a lost love

B.C. Johnson – ROOMIES
Housemates experience something deeply unsettling during an earthquake

Piers Anthony – IN THE SHADOW OF THE SONG
An American’s car is rear-ended by a lost Muslim traveler with diplomatic immunity; the traveler sings in the American’s place at his daughter’s school recital — with surprising results

Robert J Defendi – THE GIOVANNI EFFECT
A man who lives alone with his family on a terraformed wind turbine farm receives a disturbing visitor

J.E. Anckorn – FOUR HUNDRED EYES, SIXTY-FOUR HUNDRED TEETH
An existentially anxious former star of a London goth rock band, missing fame and creativity, regains something he thought was lost

Darin Kennedy – CIRCULAR ARGUMENT
A severely dehydrated man is trapped in an endless loop on an external tram-shuttle around his base — and his patience with the on-board AI is fraying

Andrew Buckley – MOSES AND THE TALKING BUSH THAT WAS INCONVENIENTLY ON FIRE
An exhausted Moses herds sheep for his father-in-law until a burning bush gives him a holy quest he’s rather reluctant to do

J.P. Sloan – FAIL HOUSE
On the night the Chinese land the first mission to Mars, unemployed roommates in a crumbling American city navigate through riots to their government-subsidized housing — but is it the safe place they thought it would be?

James Wymore – ICU
A workaholic lawyer wakes up in an intensive care unit with painful regrets

Tegan Wren – BOOTHEEL
An aged German soldier returns to the Missouri Bootheel where he picked cotton as a POW, digs up an old mirror — and dares to look at his reflection

Nathan Croft – SECOND SENTIENCE
In this New Weird goat fantasy, two caprifauns explore a lost city — and their possible past lives

Rena Rocford – LANDING A JOB IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR
When an Imperial assassin’s Keeper betrays the Empire, the assassin goes off-planet — to transition out of government work as fast as possible

Ann M. Noser – TRAPPED
A woman is trapped inside a body with Alzheimer’s disease

Matthew S. Cox – OUT OF SIGHT
Unwanted kids wake up in an escape pod after years in stasis, and an AI bracelet is their only chance to make sense of a wild uncharted planet

Randy Attwood – A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
A processing plant worker on a cattle farming planet boards an interstellar ship to bring back a wife — and learns a hard lesson

Katie Young – THE ONE YOU FEED
A wolf hunter offers his services to a professional steer roper, hoping the cowboy will be his champion at the right time

Richard Roberts – HEART OF THE HARVESTER
A boy’s father sends him to a dangerous city populated with machines in order to bring back the heart of a harvester — but will the boy pass his test and become a man?

There are some serious best-selling authors in this anthology, and if you’re into dark fantasy, sci-fi and thrillers, you’re guaranteed to find a story to scratch that itch!

Darkscapes publishes on January 31st, so get your mouse-fingers warmed up!

New Covers/Fiction for the New Year

Happy New Year, all you Fistful Faithful!

Now that the glowing embers of that dumpster fire that was 2016 are behind us, we look ahead to 2017, hoping beyond hope that it has a kinder, gentler disposition.

On the Dark Choir front, we have some shake-ups on tap. First of all, you’re aware that the third book in the Dark Choir series, THE CURSE MANDATE, is available for purchase. Even better, the paperback edition is finally online at Amazon, and you can hold the real deal in your hands!

Furthermore, the publisher has decided to re-brand the cover for THE CURSE MERCHANT to align with the latest entry, effectively giving Dorian Lake a sexy makeover.

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And the latest in Dark Choir news… I have officially signed the contract for Book 4, THE DARK INTEREST, which is tentatively scheduled for release January 2018.

But what about 2017, you ask? This will be the year of short fiction for me, as I have two short stories publishing this year in their respective anthologies. If you hop over to my Books page, you’ll note that the short story prequel to the Dark Choir series, “Bait & Witch”, appeared in the Curiosity Quills CHRONOLOGY anthology. Well, CQ is releasing a new anthology this year called DARKSCAPES, and I have an entry waiting for your hot little hands. It’s a short titled “Fail House”, which follows two unemployed Americans in a near-future dystopia as they attempt to survive a labor riot. DARKSCAPES releases at the end of this month… I’ll keep you posted!

And coming later this year, I joined a collaboration of authors penning short stories within Matthew Cox‘s Divergent Fates supersetting. It’s a diverse world incorporating sci-fi, cyberpunk, a gritty post-apocalyptic milieus. My contribution, “Snake Oil”, takes place within the Badlands, a setting you’ll find in one of his best-sellers, Prophet of the Badlands. Stay tuned for a release date on that one!

In the meantime, I have a huge… YUUUUGE… project I’m getting ramped up for, and I’m looking forward to seeing it take shape. I might have to keep that under wraps for a bit, so take care and keep reading!

Cover Reveal – THE CURSE MANDATE

Six days! That’s all we have until the release of THE CURSE MANDATE!

I’m cooking up an online release party, and all of the Fistful Faithful are expressly invited. I’ll post up details as they come.

But in the meantime, I’m sure you guys are wondering about the cover for Mandate? You are? I KNEW IT…J’ACCUSE! Here you go, my friends…the cover for The Curse Mandate.

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And the cover summary:

War is coming…how much hell will Dorian Lake unleash when the gloves come off?

Saddled with both a new pupil and a bar to run, Dorian has to pick his battles carefully if he is to find his soul. When the Dark Choir bargains with Dorian in exchange for his loyalty, the power they offer may be too valuable to refuse…for a new menace threatens the hermetic order in America.

Members of the Presidium are being outed in the press, and the formidable cabal’s response is swift and brutal. But Dorian has no time to hide from the Presidium’s fury, as the new Deputy Mayor taps him to investigate a string of occult crimes. Dorian soon uncovers an ancient enemy of the Presidium, which threatens to plunge America into a lawless era not seen since the Dark Ages.

To sway Dorian to their cause, the Presidium gives him free rein to practice Netherwork. But even if the man without a soul can survive this conflict, if he can protect his friends and allies, if he can mean the difference between order and chaos… will this mandate save Dorian Lake from the schemes of the Dark Choir?

For those of you who were wishing for more world-building in the Dark Choir series, this one is for you! It’s a meaty book at 450 pages, wherein I lens out the focus from Baltimore to the national stage. There’s inter-cabal politics, a centuries-old conspiracy dating to the founding of the nation, and the Dark Choir has now arrived in the flesh!

Releases Monday… keep your eyes open, and spread the word. I’d LOVE for this to be a big release!

Holiday Sales Notice

Hey guys… just a quick note for some limited-time holiday sales on my titles!

Dec 11th & 12th, YEA THOUGH I WALK will be on an Amazon Countdown deal for $0.99 (Kindle Edition).

Likewise, THE CURSE MERCHANT and THE CURSE SERVANT hit the ninety-nine cent sale on Dec 17th & 18th. This is a good opportunity to bone up on Books 1 and 2 of the Dark Choir series before Book 3 hits Amazon on the 19th!