Monday, November 30, 2020

DAWNRISE Release Date (Revisited) - and Graphic Audio Adaptations!

I've got another update on the last book in the Chaos Queen Quintet. Unfortunately, DAWNRISE has once again been delayed, this time until April 2021.

Print, ebook, and regular audio version of DAWNRISE have been delayed until 6 April 2021.

I know a lot of people are not happy about this, and honestly, neither am I. This book ahs been completely finished since March (2020), but, well...COVID. I'm not really sure what else to say about it. My publisher furloughed a number of folks due to the global pandemic, and while they've hired a lot of them back on, it jammed quite a wrench into their production schedule. While I'm disappointed ya'll won't get to read Book 5 sooner, the situation is what it is, and I hope that when you DO finally read DAWNRISE in April, you'll be as happy about the ending to the Chaos Queen Quintet as I am.

There is a bright side to all of this, however. It seems George RR Martin and I will have at least one thing in common in that the adaptations of our work will be produced and available before the print versions ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. (In my defense, once again, the book has been finished for some time, it just...isn't being printed, yet.) But Graphic Audio, the company that produces the fantastic audio adaptations (full cast, soundtrack, sound effects, etc.) of my work will be releasing Parts 1 and 2 of DAWNRISE in DECEMBER! So, if you just can't wait for the print version, you should definitely check out the Graphic Audio versions! Or, even better, get them both :-). I genuinely love Graphic Audio's adaptations, and I think they've done an excellent job with my entire series.

Part 1 of Graphic Audio's adaptation of DAWNRISE comes out December 8th!

Part 2 of Graphic Audio's adaptation of DAWNRISE comes out December 30th!

Anyway, a huge thanks to all of you who read my books, and I hope that, however you experience the ending of the Chaos Queen Quintet, it will be awesome on every level. 🖤

Monday, August 17, 2020

DAWNRISE Release Date

 Many have been asking, so let me give ya'll the good and bad news about book 5.

Good news: It's still coming out this year!

Bad news: Due to COVID-19-related delays, it won't be available until December 8th.

That said, I think the good outweighs the bad. The Chaos Queen Quintet's conclusion is nigh, and I'm excited for book 5 to FINALLY be in your hands!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019


I don't know what you were up to last week, but I finished the final volume of a five-book dark epic fantasy series.

Perhaps I'll do a longer post about the process of writing book 5 at a later date, but for now let me just say that it was, in a word, tough. Dawnrise is right up there with Dark Immolation as far as the difficulty of the process goes, and perhaps even more difficult, although for different reasons.

However, it is now DONE. Or, at least, a revised-ish draft is done; as usual, I'll do another big revision and edits early next year. But the bones are there, and despite how much I hated myself as a writer and how much I hated this book as I was writing it, I (again, as usual) was pleasantly surprised by most of the book in the quick pass I did before sending it to my editor. That first-draft insecurity is pretty typical for most writers, it seems, including myself, but I was really feeling it with this book.

I am really glad it's done.

Also, I think you'll really like the ending.

Anyway, let's get some of the details out, as I do:

  • Title: Dawnrise. This title has pretty much been written in stone since I titled the first novel of the series Duskfall. I'm a sucker for symmetry, so...yep :-).
  • Version: 2.2.
  • Total Word Count: 141,051. That's on the lower end of the other books in the series; the first-draft lengths of each of the previous novels were 162,000 (DF); 177,200 (DI); 131,600 (BR); and 187,000 (FtS).
  • Chapters: 41, not including a prologue and an epilogue.
  • Viewpoint Characters: Yeesh...let's see. All told, I'm looking at about 10 viewpoint characters. Some of them have smaller parts than others, but they're all pretty significant to the story.
  • Start Date: January 2019
  • End Date: 17 October 2019
And there you have it. If you're curious about some of the stats of the previous books in the series, here are some links:

DUSKFALL (also, incidentally, the first-ever post on this blog!)

And, for now, I've got a few other projects calling my name that I've been really looking forward to tackling, so, if you'll excuse me...!

Tuesday, October 08, 2019


Title says it all! Get your hands on this bestselling short story anthology today!

Okay, fine, I'll tell you a little bit more. I have a story in this awesome anthology available TODAY, along with some other awesome and bestselling authors, including but not limited to Jim Butcher, Jody Lynn Nye, Dave Butler, LJ Hachmeister, Christopher Ruocchio, and others! Seriously, there are a lot of fantastic stories in this one, so if you have a chance, you should check it out. It's available electronically now, and print should be available soon.

(My story is an original, non-Chaos Queen thing, presented as the blog of a young woman trying to survive in a zombie-ish apocalypse. I like it a lot.)

So check it out now!

Friday, September 06, 2019

PARALLEL WORLDS Anthology giveaway!

In case you haven't heard, a story of mine is featured in the upcoming--bestselling!--Parallel Worlds: The Heroes Within short story anthology!

The anthology contains other stories from such awesome authors as Jim Butcher, Dave Butler, Christopher Ruocchio, Jody Lynn Nye, and LJ Hachmeister. It's going to be a phenomenal collection of tales, and you should totes check it out.

Incidentally, Dave Butler is hosting a giveaway for 11 pdf copies of the book and 1 hard copy, signed by Jim Butcher! If that sort of thing interests you, get on over to his website and sign up! (Bonus: you don't even have to get added to a mailing list to do it!)

What are you waiting for?? Get on it!

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

CHAOS QUEEN books 1-4 on sale at Graphic Audio!

The audio adaptations of my books are on sale at Graphic Audio! Use the SET30 discount code to get 30% off your purchase of the entire set! Sale ends on 8 September! Here's the link for the page to purchase the full set.
(Alternatively, if you'd rather just check out the Graphic Audio version of the first book, go here and use discount code FALL25 for a 25% discount until the end of September!)
Note that these are the audio adaptations--slightly different from the regular audiobooks. These have a full cast, soundtrack, and sound effects. More along the lines of a radio play than an audiobook. For what it's worth, I think they are AWESOME. I love these adaptations of my books, and I think they've portrayed almost every single one of the characters very accurately.
The set for sale right now includes:
FEAR THE STARS Part 2 (not out yet but will be soon)
So it doesn't include the forthcoming DAWNRISE adaptations, which aren't scheduled for release until late 2020.
Check them out!

The WK/FtS/HD West Coast Book Tour!

Dave Butler and I are once again heading out on a west coast book tour--and this time we're going international! The awesome sci-fi author Christopher Ruocchio will also be joining us for the duration of the tour, and we'll have a few special guests in various cities as well. It's shaping up to be an awesome tour, and it starts NEXT WEEK!

Here's the official schedule--see below for more info on the authors and their books!

Sunday 8 September 6:00 pm (PDT) - Space Cowboy Books
Joshua Tree, CA

Monday 9 September 7:00 pm (PDT) - Mysterious Galaxy Books
(Featuring Luke Tarzian!)
San Diego, CA

Tuesday 10 September 5:30 pm (PDT) - Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeeshop
(Featuring Luke Tarzian!)
La Cañada/Flintridge, CA

Wednesday 11 September 7:00 pm (PDT) - Concord Barnes & Noble
(Featuring Griffin Barber!)
Concord, CA

Thursday 12 September 6:00 pm (PDT) - Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA

Friday 13 September 7:00 pm (PDT) - Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Portland, OR

Saturday 14 September 11:00 am (PDT) - Vancouver Indigo
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Sunday 15 September 3:30 pm (PDT) - University Bookstore
Seattle, WA

Monday 16 September 7:00 pm (MDT) - Rediscovered Bookshop
(Without, regrettably, Christopher Ruocchio)
Boise, ID

Dave is promoting the third book in his American alternate history fantasy series, Witchy Kingdom:

An encounter with her father’s goddess has not turned out to be the end for Sarah Elytharias Penn. Now, with the Imperial fist tightened around her city of Cahokia and the beastkind of the Heron King ravaging across the river, she must find a way to access the power of the Serpent Throne itself—a feat, she has learned, that her father never accomplished. To complicate her efforts, Cahokia’s Metropolitan, a beloved and charismatic priest who despises the goddess as a demon, returns from a long pilgrimage and attempts to finalize the Wisdom-eradicating reform that dogged Sarah’s father when he was king.

Meanwhile, Sarah’s brother Nathaniel and her brilliant but erratic servant Jacob Hop find their steps dogged by the Emperor’s Machiavel, Temple Franklin, as they hunt in New Amsterdam for the third Elytharias sibling. As Simon Sword’s destroying storm threatens from the south and west, and New Orleans is thrown into deadly turmoil when a vodoun priest and mameluke assassins contend for ultimate power and control of the Mississippi, the chance for a unified New World teeters on the brink. Sarah Penn understands she may face a hard fate in the final reckoning. But she also knows that only she can access the power of the Throne—if she can find the Wisdom inside to unlock it.
Christopher is promoting the second book in his epic sci-fi space opera, Howling Dark:
Hadrian Marlowe is lost. 

For half a century, he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos, hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alien Cielcin. He has not succeeded, and for years has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenaries.

Determined to make peace and bring an end to nearly four hundred years of war, Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians who dwell between the stars. There, he will face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace, but contend with creatures that once were human, with traitors in his midst, and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankind.

If he succeeds, he will usher in a peace unlike any in recorded history. If he fails...the galaxy will burn.
And, of course, I'm promoting the fourth book in the Chaos Queen Quintet, Fear the Stars!

All parties converge on the capital city, Triah - Cinzia and the Odenites to establish their new religion and appeal against a charge of heresy; Knot and Astrid to find answers in the vampire girl's past; and Winter has come to conquer the city, at the head of a tiellan army. But Winter is still struggling with her addictions and anger; Knot's efforts to be reunited with her can only lead to disappointment. Cinzia cannot free herself from a terrible bargain. And as the battle lines are drawn, the true nature of the goddess Canta, and the Odenites' final purpose, will soon be revealed...
Luke Tarzian, author of the awesome dark fantasy novel Vultures, will be joining us in San Diego and LA!

And Griffin Barber will join us for our event in the new Barnes & Noble in Concord, CA!

It's going to be an awesome tour!