Happy Merry Post-Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Even if it’s a day late and a dollar short!

What I’ve Been Doing

Not a whole lot. I saw Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, which was an absolutely fun movie. It was my favorite Spiderman movie, and it was also one of my favorite superhero movies of all time.
I’m pushing hard on William Wilde, book 5.
Speaking of William Wilde, some news!
William Wilde and the Sons of Deceit, book 4 in the series, releases on Jan. 8. It’s up for preorder, including the audiobook, which is narrated by Nick Podehl once again. Here’s what it’s about:

The raid on Sinskrill was a success, but the battle is only just beginning. William realizes the stakes at hand. He still has to find a way to prevent Lord Shet, the god of the mahavans, from returning to Earth from the faraway world of Seminal. If he doesn’t, Arylyn will be destroyed.
But strange visions plague his mind: an albino monster who infects William with anger. It is Sapient Dormant, the Overward of the necrosed and tasked by Shet to recover a long lost talisman of power. The Servitor of Sinskrill also advances his own plans. He’s learned Arylyn’s location and will do whatever he can to bring a crippling blow to the magi.

Serena struggles with her own path, torn between loyalty and love for William and a desire to see her family safe. Rukh and Jessira seek to provide balance to the magi. Only they have the skill and training to keep Arylyn safe, but their memories of their shared past life on Arisa remain fragmented, and their greatest allies, their Kesarins—Aia and Shon—are nowhere to be found.

And on Seminal, Lord Shet schemes, certain of his coming victory.

I also created a boxset for books 1-3 of The Chronicles of WIlliam Wilde and it’s only $0.99 from now until I feel like ending the sale.

What I’ve Been Reading
The Disaster Artist. My boys asked me to read this, and I’m in the middle of the book. Tommy Wiseau is impossible to describe, and his movie The Room is hailed as the best, worst movie ever made. Listening to my kids talk about it reminds me of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. As for The Disaster Artist, it’s a behind the scenes look at the making of this simultaneously hilarious and weird movie.

I’m also reading Unsouled by Will Wight and absolutely loving it. It reminds of leveling up games and is as fun but better than his House of Blades trilogy.

Grab a book! Deeply discounted and all that!

The good folks at Fantasy Bridge Crew are doing another audiobook giveaway. Enter for a chance to win free audiobook code. And the grand prize winner wins a code as well as a few other cool things, like an Amazon gift card.

Fables from a Lost Land by Aaron Hodges

Three first books in three epic fantasy series. It’s on sale now for only $0.99

December Newsletter

What I’ve Been Reading
Mike Shel is a fantastic author. I’ll start with that because while his debut, Aching God, is a quest book, which sounds 1980s, and it’s definitely an homage in that sense, it’s a quest book in which the characters are older, wiser, and have earned their rest. Unfortunately, the world turns and calls them back to action. In this case, it’s Auric Manteo, a one-time adventurer. In the beginning we learn some of Auric’s past, and Mike’s descriptive prose, his ability to insert backstory is so seamless that it’s a joy to read.
Then comes the meat of the story, the steady sense of increasing dread. The quest that feels like a horror movie with tension driving the plot. I won’t say anymore, except to say that it’s a wonderful book.
What I’ve Been Doing

I saw Creed 2, which was a lot of fun. In a lot of ways, it’s like a merger between Rocky III and Rocky IV but waaay better than both. It’s about Victor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago, the Russian juggernaut who killed Apollo Creed in Rocky IV and of course, Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo. The two are destined to repeat the tragedy their father’s started. It starts out like Rocky III with Adonis winning the heavyweight crown, and like Rocky III, instead of Clubber Lang, we have the menace of Victor Drago looming in the background.
Adonis and is fiance are expecting their first child, and instead of celebrating the upcoming birth of his baby as well as the fact that he’s the heavyweight champion of the world, he has Victor on his mind.
The actor who plays Victor, Florian Munteanu, doesn’t get to say much, but he has a presence that can’t be denied. He dominates the screen when he’s on. It was surprising, but I’m looking forward to seeing him in other movies.

Other things that happened. Hmm. Let’s see. My van was totaled when I was heading north for Thanksgiving. Luckily, no one was hurt, including the other driver, who simply took his eyes off the road and crashed into us at a stop light. We were a 1/2 mile from our destination, Paula Deen’s restaurant, in Pigeon Forge. Oh well. After it was all said and done, the insurance covered the van, we eventually replaced it with a newer vehicle with less miles, and we still went to Paula Deen’s.

Grab a book! Deeply discounted and all that!

The Gryphon Riders Trilogy Boxset by Derek Alan Siddoway

A land under magical siege. An elite band of warriors flying to its defense. To save their kingdom, a quiet blacksmith must fulfill her destiny.

3 books. 600+ pages of page-turning YA epic fantasy for only $0.99!

The Buried Goddess Saga by Rhett Bruno and Jaime Castle
A cunning thief. A stubborn knight. Only together can they save a broken kingdom. 

Self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Thief”, Whitney Fierstown, and the steadfast knight, Torsten Unger, are thrown together. This unlikely duo must overcome the Queen’s treasonous brother, steal back the prince’s missing soul, survive the horrifying monster lurking in the darkness . . . or die trying.

Book one, Web of Eyes, is on sale between Dec. 4-6 for only $0.99.

Book two, Winds of War, releases on Dec. 4, and is on sale for $2.99 between Dec. 4-Dec. 9.

Both books are also available as audiobooks and narrated by the awesome Luke Daniels. With WhisperSync, they’re only $7.47.

I also write, and here are my books (so far):

The Castes and the OutCastes: An Asian Indian Epic Fantasy Trilogy

The Chronicles of William Wilde: A YA Epic Fantasy Series