by Sam on August 16th, 2018

What's up, gang? It's been a few weeks since I last updated everyone on what's happening (and there's been quite a bit). In March, I started writing my next novel, a supernatural mystery story set in Victorian England. It's a world I've had in my head for quite some time (though, once I think of it, there are seeds in this story that were planted in my childhood). It combines elements from a lot of different influences. Here's the brief blurb to give you an idea for the story:

Autumn 1887. Demons and humans live side by side in unstable peace after a bitter war between Earth and Hell that ended fifteen years ago. Solomon Green, bodyguard and former Buffalo Soldier, arrives in London searching for his charge and love, Abigail Treadway, who has disappeared.

After an explosive incident at a local police station, he forms an uneasy partnership with the human/demon half-breed, Jonathan Hellgate, best tracker in all the city (self-proclaimed). Tasked with stopping a dangerous substance threatening the streets of London in exchange for help in his search, Solomon and Jonathan find their limits tested like never before. The men must work together against the prejudice, corruption, and monsters—human and otherwise—of a dark and uncaring city if they hope to save the people they care about.

I just finished the second draft last week. Getting to that point within a 6-month period is a personal best for me. It's a great milestone, especially considering I haven't completed a novel manuscript from scratch since Project R in 2011 (plenty of trunk novels and false starts in the meantime).

What's more, thanks to my wonderful wife, Michelle, and my writer friend (and an all-around excellent dude), DJ Butler, I now have a cadre of beta readers for the book, something I had always hoped to have. 

All this is shaping up to make for an awesome book. I can't wait to show it to everyone once it's ready. 

by Sam on July 13th, 2018

I'm excited to announce that the second edition of The Island of Istburn is now available on Kindle. You can snag it here.

We ran into some delays and issues with the paperback version of the book with CreateSpace. Hopefully, we'll get these issues worked out promptly and I will let you know when it becomes available.

In the meantime, to celebrate the ebook release, you can snag copies of nearly all of my other books for super cheap or even free! Click here for the listing of all my books on Amazon.

by Sam on July 10th, 2018

That's right, folks! Just 3 days before the second edition of The Island of Istburn releases. I'll have some special sales for my other books going on starting the day of release, so it'll be a great time to catch up on the Black Armor Tales or to snag one of my other stories. Can't wait you guys!

by Sam on June 23rd, 2018

​Hey everybody! I'm excited to announce the release date for the second edition of the second book in the Black Armor Tales series, The Island of Istburn! And here it is:
July 13, 2018
I can't tell you how pumped I am to moving this series along. It's the one that started me down this path of writing and the books that have taught me the most.

Here is the blurb for the story:
The journey continues as Satchel and company explore the Armendr Sea aboard Sebastion's ship, Vagabond's Madness, searching for clues about the nefarious Order of Arx Niveus and the mystical spyglass. Amon is still after the red mandolin, only this time he's not alone. The elven bounty hunter has teamed up with a psychotic killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants: Satchel's magic armor. Hastiand the bard learns to survive after being stranded on a deserted island. When he ventures into the island's dark woods, he comes across an abandoned manor, one that holds secrets that go back hundreds of years. Secrets connected to the creation of the red mandolin. All paths lead to the island of Istburn where the actions of a few will change the lives of thousands.

If you haven't read book one yet, you can learn where to get it here.

by Sam on March 13th, 2018

Hello, All! Long time no chat. Down to business.

Don't be fooled by the lack of news posts. I currently have several irons in the fire including one very exciting book draft in work as we speak. I am just over 42,000 words with an end goal of 65,000 words (though the book may be a bit longer). I won't go into too much detail about the book just yet except this: Victorian. Demons.

I am genuinely excited about this book and the potential for an ongoing series. Stay tuned for more news on this front in the coming months.

Other things in the pipeline include another, different novel draft and a novella, both within their own, distinct universes.

2018 Cons
This year, we'll make our third appearance at Wichita's ICT ComicCon. The event will be held March 24 and 25 at the Century II building downtown (bigger digs this year!). Adults (+12yr) are $10/day or $15 for the weekend. 12yr and under are free.

We've enjoyed this convention immensely. It's been fun to watch the con grow over the years. 

We will also attend Smallville ComicCon in Hutchinson, KS June 23-24. Last year, we had a booth there for the first time and really enjoyed everyone we met.

I'll be signing and selling hard copies of pretty much everything I have in print at both conventions. We hope to see you guys at either one or even both!