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Release Day: The Scourge: Emaculum!

It’s here! The final book of the Scourge trilogy! Please buy early and often. And if you like what you read, don’t be shy! Please post a review on Amazon. Oh, and we’re having a book launch celebration on Facebook in ten minutes! Come on by, between 5 and 1030 EST for banter, trivia contests for prizes, historical facts and general rollicking!

 

 

Thanks again for all your support! Hope to see you at the party.

 

06/17/13

Great Helms

On the cusp of The Scourge:Nostrum release date, I thought it might be helpful to provide a few details about the helmets that Edward and Tristan wear (or should I say, the helmets that Edward wears and Tristan is always losing).

A Germanic great helm.  No “none shall pass” jokes please.

Both Edward and Tristan wear great helms. Edward’s, I imagine, is something like the example to the left. In the late 14th century, Great helms like these were slowly being phased out by bascinets and sallets. The great helms were clunky, provided poor visibility, and the visors couldn’t be raised. Even worse, the flat tops were catastrophically bad when struck by warhammers or the spikes on polaxes. But Edward was an old-school knight. And he would have shunned the new styles for as long as possible.

Many knight helmets of this period had crests on them, and we know from historical records that Edward’s bore a unicorn. (I’m not certain he would have worn the crest while questing, but I thought it added more personality and detail.) Knights wearing these sorts of helmets occasionally wore a bevor or gorget as well. This was a metal or leather collar that would protect the throat, although a chain mail coif was probably more common.  Below are some examples of what Edward and Tristan’s helmets might have looked like when new.

This one has a rounded top and a little more flash. Tristan would be more likely to wear it than Edward.

The helmet I displayed at the top of the page might have looked more like this when it was newly forged, although I doubt the air holes and cross would have been so cleanly cut.

The decorative fabric on this helmet looks nice, but is the last thing you want when facing a horde of clutching plaguers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A nice side view on a short great helm. I like the squatness of this helmet. It doesn’t seem quite as cumbersome as the others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back (hopefully tomorrow) to talk about the release of The Scourge: Nostrum tomorrow. If you buy it, please drop me a line and let me know what you think of the first episode. I hope to see all of you on the Amazon Discussion Forums!

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.

 

11/13/12

Launch

The Scourge launched today. I am excited and thrilled and a little sentimental. I feel like I’ve given birth. Triplets. Edward, Tristan and Morgan. They’ve been a part of me for so much of these last months. It’s an anxious time letting them out into the world, to breathe and take their first steps.

If you read their story, I hope you enjoy it as much as I am enjoying the writing of it. If you have any positive thoughts on the tale and want to express them, I welcome comments, and welcome positive reviews on Amazon even more. If you have negative thoughts on it, please go away. Kidding. If something about the story bothers you, or if you think something can be improved, please let me know. As writers, our journey never ends. We must always seek to be better, go higher. And the next stair-step in our eternal climb can come from anyone.

For those of you who have bought The Scourge, or are planning to buy it, I thank you. Just as writing is a never-ending journey, so is it a lonely one. And only when others read our work does the loneliness of it fade.

Here’s to Edward, Tristan and Morgan. Happy birthday, guys.