My Stories

 

The Wages of Sin: A Short Story
Publisher:
StoryFront
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.

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The Beast of Maug Maurai: Feeding the Gods
October, 2013
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.

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Kingdom of Glass
Publisher: Kindle Worlds
June, 2013

“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.

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The Scourge: Nostrum
Publisher: 47North
June, 2013
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.

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The Scourge
Publisher: 47North
November, 2012
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.

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The Beast of Maug Maurai: The Culling
August, 2012
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.

28 thoughts on “My Stories

  1. Hi, just finished the first book of the Beast of Maug Maurai, and I bet I’m not the first person with this question: Where’s the next book?! Don’t leave us hanging!

    • Hi Mitch,

      Thanks very much for the kind words and the interest in The Beast. We’re hoping to get Book II out in March, so you wont have to hang there too long. *fingers crossed*

      Thanks again!

        • Hi Chris,

          Thanks very much for your interest in The Beast! I’ve had a downpour of commissioned pieces that I’ve been working on, but Beast is at the top of my priority list. I will be working on it while I write Scourge2, so should have it soon. Can’t give any dates at the moment, but will provide an update as soon as I can. Thanks so much. I’m sorry I’ve kept you guys waiting so long.

    • Hey Phil. My editor would pull his hair out if I wrote 1000 pages, and it’s possible that I would too =). Really glad you enjoyed the novel. Will add a few pages to the next one for you. ;)

  2. Hello Roberto,
    great stories, all of them, really great, i am eagerily looking forward to read rest of the Scourge and Maug Maurai. I just bought also your Foreworld novel and i have noticed, that the book is not listed on the Kindle World Foreworld page, why is that? Anyway, dont let be distracted from writing the rest of the stories by this :p

    • Hi Ondrej,
      Thanks so much for the support! Nothing helps me write more than positive comments from readers. Kingdom of Glass is listed on the Foreworld page, currently the third on the page. All those covers are very similar so sometimes it’s hard to see it. I scrolled past it myself when I looked just now. Awesome to hear from you! Please let me know what you think of Glass.

        • Thanks Ondrej. Yeah, I see now what you are talking about. Not sure why it’s not there. Might drop them a note to see if they can add it. And the Internet door swings both ways; it’s awesome to hear from readers!

  3. Hi Roberto,
    so, i am finished with the Foreworld saga. I like it, but there is one thing i am curious about. [warning for other readers, spoiler inside] How Guillame knew, where to spill the lamp oil ? He had only 12 casks, right? Now, imagine, the area around the monastery is huge one. Sure, only part of the surroundings is suitable to position this big canon, but anyway, with so few oil, you have to know almost the very exact spot to cause this damage.
    Another point is about stained glass. I know, that this particular technique was used during medieval times, and that there are stained glass windows from 14th century. But are you sure that suncatchers were made back then? For suncatchers, mostly tiffany stained glass technique is used, and this one was not known back then.

    Beside those minor things, i enjoyed it quite a lot. 100 year war is great period to write and read about.

    • Thanks so much for reading Kingdom of Glass, Ondrej. I appreciate the feedback!. To answer you first question, a cask is actually really big. Casks can hold 250 gallons. If you use the example of paint, one gallon of paint can cover about 200 square feet of area. I know this isn’t a perfect comparison, but its the one I used when plotting it out in the story. So, if you have 250 gallons, that would be 50,000 square feet of coverage for just one cask. If and 500,000 for ten casks, assuming he used up the other two casks on the bridge. The monastery had orchards on one side, which would have interfered with the cannon, and a slope on the other side. Myles and Guillaume gambled that the gunners would not want to put the cannon on the hill, and that the gunners would want a location that would allow the best vantage to the monastery. On reviewing the calculations of oil again, I think that probably the entire army would have been engulfed, not just the gun. But I thought it a little more dramatic to have the powder explosion than just the simple burning. It’s an excellent point though. Without the entire field going up, it seems like a big coincidence that they picked the right spot. I’ll think about possibly changing that part of the story. Appreciate the feedback.

      As to the suncatcher, I just wanted Ete to make beautiful ornaments. They were of stained glass, and they caught glimmers of the sun, so I just made up a term she would have used. I know it’s a bit anachronistic when compared with the Tiffany suncatchers of today. I have a half-written piece about etymology in historical fiction explaining a lot of my decisions in word choices. I’ll try to get that post up soon.

      Your feedback is priceless, though, on both counts. It gives me different perspectives on what I have written and will make my future works even better. Thanks again! Really appreciate it!

  4. My wife and I just got done reading The Scourge and Scourge Nostrum. We both loved it and can’t wait to follow more of Sir Edwards adventures.

    • Hi Randy. Really happy that you contacted me, and thrilled that you enjoyed the Scourge series so far. I’m still in talks about book 3, but should have something to announce within the next few weeks. Which book did you enjoy most? What were your favorite scenes?

      • I am not sure if I have a favorite I really liked both of them but if i had to pick one it would be the first one. The reason being is I really enjoy the banter between Ed, morgan, and Tristian when there are in dire situations. I enjoy the humor they use to couter the stress of those situations. It was a very powerful sence when they had to say goodbye to Morgan. I must say I enjoyed the dungeon escape from the monastery. Hallelujah!!! Can’t wait for book 3. You should make this into a movie or let AMC make it a TV show. :)

        • Hi Randy. Thanks very much for the input. The garderobe scene was fun to write. I had a lot more to it that had to be cut, but I think it ended up okay. I really wish someone would turn it into a movie, although I would worry that it wouldn’t be done right. Book 3 should be more like book one. I have it plotted out already, and will begin writing soon, whether 47North picks it up or not. Thanks again for the encouragement!

          • I just saw an email that you replied to Alisa post about your kickstarter for book 3. I had no idea this was going on but thanks to Alisa (thanks Alisa) I was able to jump in and contribute. My wife and I love this story so we are very excite to help out and hope you get what is needed. Good Luck

  5. Just contributed to your kickstarter. Can’t wait for Nostrum book 3. I thought publishing it as a serial was a lot of fun, although it was hard to wait for each episode! Good luck and keep writing!

    • Thank you so much for your support, Alisa. I’m really looking forward to releasing Emaculum. It won’t be a serial this time, so you can read the entire thing in one sitting if you want. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am enjoying the writing of it. Thanks again!

  6. I just finished the two Maug Maurai books. I enjoyed them very much and am hoping for a third to complete the story. Any idea if or when that might happen.

    • Hi Randy. Very pleased that you enjoyed the Maug Maurai books. I’m currently finishing the third book in the Scourge series. When that is done (hopefully in March) I’ll move to Maug Maurai book 3. Can’t give a set date yet, but large sections of it are written already, so it shouldn’t be too long. Thanks very much for your interest in my books.

    • Hi Becky. Thanks so much for letting me know. These sorts of comments are the fuel that writers need to keep them plugging away, hour after hour. Which was your favorite book? What do you like most about them? Thanks again!

      • Mr. Calas, my favorites have been The Scourge books, with The Beast of Maug Maurai books next. I am completely and utterly fascinated with all things 14th and 15th century. I love the humor that you’ve included in the Scourge books, and the way you seem to be able to make it easy to identify with the characters in your stories. I can so see Sir Edward riding the cow…
        I would like to thank you also, for giving me such a wonderful time while reading your books!

        • Hi Becky. That’s absolutely wonderful to hear. It makes all the hours at my desk worthwhile when readers tell me they enjoyed my work. I’m always curious to see if the people who like Scourge also like Maug Maurai, so thank you very much for the feedback. If you read Emaculum, please write back and let me know what you thought.

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