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10 Serial Installments up & running!

The first ten installments of ‘A Stolenworld Serial’ – based on the ‘Stolen’ trilogy, but divided into novella-sized segments – are up & running, Kindle only. 24,000 – 31,000 words per book, for those who prefer reading their fantasy in bite-sized chunks. Best spot to get all the links is to go to my website and go to the Stolenworld Serial page – link below!

Stolenworld Serial Page on

OR visit Stolenworld, the website, the location of all things Stolenworld – maps, documents, gifs, trailers, and art, including some NEW art:


Here’s one of the covers:

‘The Twisted Trees’ cover

The Snow Deer – new cover!

I’ve never been particularly happy with the cover for The Deer and Other Stories. Sure, it’s a nice picture of sunset with moonrise over the Vermillion Cliffs, but it doesn’t have a lot to do with the stories inside, nor with the title. So now, here’s a cover that relates more closely to the title story – original art by Viper Cider.

Cover of book The Snow Deer

One Wet Dog cover

New cover – and more coming!

Finally, a not-so-generic, personalized cover for my Kindle Single ‘One Wet Dog’, the stand-alone short story featured in ‘Happy Endings 1’ and ‘The Snow Deer and Other Stories’. An updated ‘Snow Deer’ cover and new covers for the serialized Stolen collection are also coming soon.

One Wet Dog cover

Ali’s Friday Fiction: featuring Cornerstone: The Delving

‘Cornerstone: The Delving’ (the sequel to ‘Raising Rook’) is being featured on author Ali Isaac’s Friday Fiction blog! Head on over to the link below for a sneak peek, review, and other goodies, and don’t forget to take a look at Ali’s wonderful Conor Kelly series and other works!

‘Cornerstone: The Delving’ on Friday Fiction

Free for Halloween

Now through Halloween – free downloadable short story (in pdf) available exclusively through my website! Creepy but not too scary, in the tradition of campfire stories. This story was originally written for the 2014 version of ‘Of Words And Water’, the annual charity anthology.

Click here to go to the website:


Congratulations to the 10 winners of the Stolen/Crypt of souls Giveaway on Goodreads! Your books are in the mail!

Crypt Cover 600

Cover of Stolen

New Fantasy paperback giveaway!

August 5 (midnight) – September 5 (midnight), 2016:

This giveaway includes the first TWO volumes of the ‘Stolen’ fantasy series (both published by Malachite Quills/Chimera Tales) PLUS the ‘Companion’ booklet, which features maps, documents, family trees, word origins, philosophy and religion, extra history, and more! All three signed by author.

You’ve got a whole month to enter – don’t forget! Follow THIS LINK to the giveaway.

Note: these two volumes are first editions, no longer in print. They include original cover art by Andrae Harrison.

Cover of Stolen

Cover of ‘Stolen’ – first edition

Cornerstone: The Delving released

I’m pleased to announce that Cornerstone: The Delving (the sequel to Cornerstone: Raising Rook) has been released for Kindle (click the link). Paperback version should be coming soon; watch here for updates.

Don’t forget that Raising Rook is available for Goodreads giveaway through the 31st AND there’s a Kindle Countdown going on as well! Get your first book free or cheap, then continue with The Delving.

And don’t keep Rook waiting. He’s getting…impatient.

Cover for The Delving

Goodreads Giveaway: Cornerstone: Raising Rook

Five copies of the paperback version of Cornerstone: Raising Rook (Book ONE in the series) will be available for giveaway at the link below starting May 15 and ending May 31.

Cornerstone Giveaway

You’ll need to be a Goodreads member or sign up (free). The giveaway is in anticipation of the release of the second book in the series, Cornerstone: The Delving, on May 25th. In addition, there’ll be a Kindle Countdown sale starting the 25th and ending the 31st if you’d prefer the ebook version of Raising Rook – starting at just .99!

The Cornerstone books are modern fantasy fiction, geared for adults but suitable for teens and up, featuring a unique set of circumstances and characters. Reviewers appreciate the fresh ideas and approach. See the description on the book page, and get your name in soon!

Raising Rook book cover

Raising Rook book cover

Review: In the Name of God

In the Name of God Book Cover In the Name of God
Cameron Stauth
True Crime

When I purchase any book, but particularly one from an author with a number of works to his/her name, I expect it to be reasonably edited. This one was chock full of distracting errors, from people whose names changed from page to page (as one example, Patrick’s son went from Paul, to Pat, to Paul, to Pat, and back to Paul again), to extraneous commas, misplaced periods, find/replace errors, and others. Even a good run-through with Word’s grammar/spelling check could have found some of these.

The story itself was eye-opening and revealed a hidden world I had very little knowledge of prior to reading the book. I’ve certainly got more knowledge now. However, somewhere between a third and a half of this book was fiction, not true crime. Now, all good true crime authors take liberties to create a more engaging story by re-creating short dialogues and thought patterns. These are generally based on careful interview and often on tapes. Here, the author creates entire sections of internal dialogue and conversation, chapters long, of which he could not possibly have knowledge. No one can remember in that much detail what he or she was thinking or the course of a long conversation, especially years later, to relay it to the writer, and some of it was frankly condescending. The longer it got, and the more tangents the author went off on (history of various locations, for example), the more it bugged me. I’m sure the author could write a great mystery with his gift for dialogue, but that’s not what I thought I was getting.

Towards the end, it also got repetitive. I found myself saying, “Yes, I know. You’ve already told me that twice before,” on more than one occasion. Once again, a good edit could have fixed those issues. I also didn’t know, or didn’t remember, who the author was or how he was connected to the crimes in question when he suddenly appeared towards the end of the book. All at once there were sections narrated by ‘I’ instead of he/she/they. Here, some introductory detail would have been nice.

All in all a fascinating subject and a good writer, but with issues that bugged me too much to rate the book any higher.


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