03/4/16
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The Scourge, Giveaway!

A quick note to let all of you know that I am giving away five e-book copies of The Scourge. The raffle is being carried out with the Amazon Giveaways tool, and simply requires that you follow me on Amazon to enter.

Here’s the link to the giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/6be1876300ba5a1d

If you haven’t read The Scourge, now’s your chance to get it for free. And if you have, now’s the chance to spread my plague far and wide by giving it to your friends and family. Or something.

I’m giving this raffle thing a try, and if it does modestly well (or better) I’ll start giving away other merchandise in the future (including this Scourgeware I designed but have never printed).

Thanks, and, if you enter, may you contract The Scourge!

 

 

 

10/14/14
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Comic Con – Sunday (and Book Signing!)

 Hello peoples,

Sunday was another exhausting but amazing day at the Jacob Javitz Center. As promised, Belle and I donned our Edward and Elizabeth costumes and paraded around the conference. I also did my book signing in armor, which is not as easy as it sounds. And what a wonderful book signing it was. We gave away 50 copies of the The Scourge to 50 of the coolest people on the planet. Big Thanks to Courtney Miller of Skyscape for running the signing and making sure everything went smoothly (and humorously). Thanks to Ben from 47North for making the entire event happen, Britt for organizing it, Alex for supervising and being a wonderful human, and Justin for everything else. Oh, and a *huge* dollop of gratitude to Preston Ray, owner of the armor I was wearing. He was kind enough let me carry off his $2000 baby to New York without a second thought. Thanks!

Things I learned:

1. Wearing armor for three hours is not as fun as it might seem.
2. Signing books in armor is tricky.
3. There are some mentally deranged people at Comic Con.
4. I am one of those mentally deranged people.
5.  Parking in New York is ridiculous.
6. Breastplates look similar from the front and back.
7. Never buy a pretzel from a roadside vendor.
8. Fed-Ex Kinkos has got your back when you need last minute printing.
9. Did I mention the mentally deranged people at Comic Con?

And now, a gallery of images from my signing and the madness that is Comic Con.

 

09/20/14
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New York Comic Con

Hello, peoples of the world. Just a quick note to let you all know that I will be at New York Comic Con this year (October 9-12). Please stop by the Amazon Publishing/47North booth on Sunday, October 12, at high noon, for an old fashioned book-signing! I’ll be signing copies of The Scourge and waxing philosophical about knights, swords, history and why supermarkets put the freshest and softest Twizzlers at the back. But the signing is only for 30 minutes, so get there by 1230!

Hope to see all of you there!

 

06/11/13

Cover Reveals: Scourge and Scourge: Nostrum

Hey there,

So, big news on the artistic side of things. 47North has given me two birthday presents on this fine June 11. They finalized the cover for The Scourge:Nostrum (Book 2 of The Scourge), and they have re-released The Scourge (book 1) with a brand new cover. Can I just say that 47North is the best publisher in the world? Yes I can! And I will! They worked with me tirelessly on the Nostrum cover, accepting suggestions and re-designing over and over again until we reached something that both the publisher and I liked. Big thanks to my editor, David Pomerico, for his tireless work on this.

First up, The Scourge: Nostrum (release date June 18):

This cover clearly shows what the book is about. The knight in the foreground is, ostensibly, Edward. Nice dynamic pose with suitably battered and weathered armor. Flailing hands in the background indicate to the viewer that this is not a typical historical fiction. Blood-spattered environment tells readers that this might have some gore and violence. The helmet on the knight is not a greathelm, but I think we can live with it. I can, at any rate =)

 

 

 

 

The Scourge (book 1) underwent a facelift as well. Those of you with the print version might notice that the background image for this is basically the same artwork from the back cover. Although I truly love the first cover, and prefer it artistically to this one, this design has a certain elegance and mood that I like. The cover also clearly depicts what the book is about: Three knights on a journey, with supernatural enemies standing between them and their destination. I think this will more clearly define the book for shoppers and steer the novel into the hands of the people who will love it most.

Big thanks to everyone at 47North!

 

 

 

 

 

03/28/13

The Scourge, Book II, Coming in June!

Here we go…

I’ve just signed a contract with 47North, the best publishers in the world, for book II of The Scourge.

*Crushes beer can and pumps fist in a manly display of excitement*

The novel will be called The Scourge: Nostrum and it will start life as a serial, just like the original. The first episodes should be available for Kindles, iPads, computers, phones, and large rocks with good reception, in early June. And the print version will be available after the serial runs its course, in August.

The novel begins two days after The Scourge ended and, to avoid spoilers, I can’t really reveal much more than that. The novel will still be told from Edward’s point of view, and there may be a love interest for Tristan. What kind of woman could possibly hold her own against Tristan? Read the book, silly! I’ll tell you!

I’m really excited to write about Edward and his knights again, and to hear back from my reader friends on the Amazon discussion boards (and this blog). Thanks for making The Scourge so successful. I hope Nostrum proves to be equally entertaining for all of you.

Oh, and a quick question, what do you think of the title? Let me know! Thanks.

 

03/27/13

The Scourge is Upon Me!

I must admit, I rolled in these and cackled for ten minutes before this picture was taken.

The UPS man gave me the plague today. And I love it!

Twenty-five print copies of The Scourge. I is a happy man. Don’t let the subtle smile fool you. My heart was doing handsprings as the photo was taken.

The first two people to respond to this blog post who don’t live in Connecticut or New York, will receive a free signed copy. That’s just the kind of mood I’m in =)

Let the games begin!

03/17/13

Interview on MarcusTrowerEditor.com

Hi everyone,

Marcus Trower, Copy Editor Extraordinaire

My copy editor and friend, Marcus Trower, interviewed me recently and posted the results on his site today. He explored some interesting subjects about writing serials and The Scourge. Please have a look at the interview. And if you are looking for a copy editor, I don’t think there is a better one out there. He has a wealth of knowledge, is a brilliant fact-checker, and knows more about the English language than Noah Webster. His work on The Scourge made the book significantly better. You can’t ask more than that in an editor.

Click here to see the interview.