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!

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!