The Wages of Sin: A Short Story
December 4, 2013
The haunting story of a man in fourteenth-century England who exists in the moral hinterland between life and death.
Francis, stricken by the plague, is absolved of his sins by a priest and pronounced dead. But when he inexplicably comes back to life, his friends and family see him as an abomination without a soul. He is chased from his village and begins a new life doling out deadly justice on behalf of a vengeful bishop. Francis is a man more dead than alive until a beguiling woman in an alehouse cuts through the numbness. Alicia is a highborn redhead who brings light to his darkness and makes him question everything he believes.
The Wages of Sin by Roberto Calas examines the often blurry line between right and wrong, and love’s remarkable ability to bring us back to life.
The Beast of Maug Maurai: Feeding the Gods
In the second book of the series, Grae Barragns, an officer in the Laraytian Standards, leads a squad of misfits into the forest of Maug Maurai to slay the marauding Beast within. His soldiers fight with one another and the civilians on the squad refuse to follow military decorum, but Grae’s greatest struggle is with himself. The secret secondary assignment he was given shreds his conscience, and the beautiful archer that joined his squad keeps him unfocused.
As the squad of Standards marches ever deeper into the lethal forest, the hero Black Murrogar struggles to lead a group of lords and ladies out. The contentious Sir Wyann continues to challenge his every decision and the nobles all but lose their will to live. But Murrogar’s greatest threat is a creature from his worst nightmares; a monster that stalks the group, killing them one by one and reveling in their terror. Home is a only a dozen miles away for Murrogar, but to reach it he must get past the Beast of Maug Maurai.
Kingdom of Glass
Publisher: Kindle Worlds
“The previous winter was the coldest in memory, a bitter frost that swept across the plains of France and into the heart of Sir Myles Stapleton. Frozen blackbirds fell upon the roads of Normandy … There was word that even the mighty Thames and its estuary had frozen back in England. It was glacial cold. One that turned Europe into glittering glass. And somewhere in that savage winter, Sir Myles stopped wearing his sword …”
Sir Myles Stapleton has had his fill of war. And so he throws his sword into a French forest intending to head back to England. Myles’ brother, Sir Bryan of Crispings joins him on the long, dusty ride home. They stop at a French village to attend to one last duty.
The Scourge: Nostrum
The journey north ended with The Scourge.The journey for a cure has just begun…
Sir Edward Dallingridge survived his journey through the anarchy that is now England, leaving in his wake the bodies of mad lords, foul invaders, friends, and the risen dead. There was nothing on earth that could keep him from the woman he loves.The Scourge: Nostrum is the follow-up to The Scourge, continuing the harrowing quest of Sir Edward in a world that knows no God, no laws, and no hope.
A mysterious plague descends upon 14th century England, ravaging the country and trapping the souls of the afflicted in eternal madness. The feudal hierarchy–and even the church itself– slowly crumbles as the dead rise to feed and the living seek whatever shelter they can. The bishops of England call for calm and obedience, but one man isn’t listening.
Sir Edward of Bodiam has been separated from the woman he loves and nothing on heaven or earth can stop him from seeking her out.
The Beast of Maug Maurai: The Culling
Grae Barragns is no hero.
He knows there isn’t a man alive who can fulfill the promise of such a word. But when a caravan transporting a noble family is savaged in the haunted forest of Maug Maurai, Grae is ordered to be a hero. And a villain. It’s a handful for an officer whose last assignment was capturing runaway orchard pigs. Such is the fate of a commoner among the high-born officer corps of the King’s army.
Grae is ordered to lead a small squad into the forest to kill the legendary Beast of Maug Maurai. It’s a suicide mission, but if he succeeds he will reap glory, a noble title, lands, and, most importantly, respect. All he has to do is slay the most dangerous creature in the kingdom with the help of a squad of misfits and criminals, and a philosophical female archer who chips away at his deepest convictions.