Old Haunts — Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

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Martello Warren, Level Four, Mid-Day

“I leaned my head against the monorail window and watched buildings flash past. I felt sick, lost, and lonely. I was terrified. I had started to shake after collapsing into my seat. Too focused on fleeing, I had skipped buying a ticket. I hoped the conductor was feeling lazy and wouldn’t pass through the car.”

—Waldo Bell, The Stars Were Right


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A Telegram Has Arrived

A Telegram Arrived

Time spins outward. Old doors close. New gates open. What worked in the past turns to dust in the future. Those who seek must learn to adapt.

An urgent telegram has arrived for you, its source seems familiar and I think you’ll find its message fascinating.


A telegram has arrived


There are portents hidden in plain sight, revealing much to those brave fools willing to study the signs. The repository is the simplest way to track those elements which have come before, but there are other sources as well. Take heart, my friend, in time much will be revealed.

See you soon, roader.


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It's National Read A Book Day!

#NationalReadABookDay

Today is National Read A Book Day! (Slightly different from Book Lovers Day celebrated on August 9th, or World Book Day observed every April 23rd.) Yeah, it’s an unofficial holiday, but it’s a great excuse to ignore the news, avoid social media, and spend some quiet time reading a book. I’m currently reading Jen Howard’s Clutter: An Untidy History and Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians and would recommend them both.

Need a book to read? Read one of mine! You can get physical copies pretty much anywhere, and ebook copies are available wherever people sell ebooks. To make it as easy as possible to nab one of my books, I’ve included direct links to purchase below, as well as handy links to sample chapters. With Gleam Upon the Waves coming soon, now is an excellent time to jump into the world of the territories.


Book I: The Stars Were Right

The Stars Were Right
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📱 eBooks: Kindle • Kobo • Nook • iBooks • Google Play
📖 Click here to read the first chapter!

Book II: Old Broken Road

Old Broken Road
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📖 Click here to read the first chapter!

Book III: Red Litten World

Red Litten World
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📱 eBooks: Kindle • Kobo • Nook • iBooks • GooglePlay
📖 Click here to read the first chapter!

If you’re wanting to add to your TBR pile, the fine folks over at World Without End put together an incredible list that serves as a historical crash course of Black Science Fiction and Fantasy over the years. It’s an excellent resource and absolutely worth checking out.

Happy National Read A Book Day, everyone! Enjoy all your reading.


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Gleam Upon the Waves Cover Reveal

Gleam Upon the Waves Cover Reveal

As it was foretold in bygone days of yore, August 27th has arrived. As prophesied, the cover for Gleam Upon the Waves will be revealed. Let’s begin, shall we?

You can see a bigger version below. Click on the image to view it larger.

The Gleam Upon the Waves cover
The cover for Gleam Upon the Waves
In the lower depths of the city of Lovat, a King Tide rises. On the mantle of this aberration rides a vile stench that permeates the city from root to crown. When a job comes along for Caravan Master Waldo Bell and his crew offering a chance to slip away, it’s easy to be interested. When it comes from the city’s newly elected mayor, it’s impossible to ignore.
Outward bound on an enormous floating casino Wal finds himself out of his element. This won’t be routine caravan work. This job is more diplomacy than delivery, taking Bell Caravans out of the shadowed warrens and off dusty trails to the canals of Empress, the mysterious capital of the hermit-nation Victory.
But, things are never simple in the Territories. As the situation grows increasingly complicated and sinister forces begin to circle, Wal will discover darkness runs deeper than he ever thought possible; reality is not what it seems, and a new apocalypse is closer than anyone predicted.

 

He is coming. Can't you smell it on the wind?

 


I’m sure you noticed that like all the previous Bell Forging Cycle covers, the background image was another piece by the late 19th-century French artist, Gustav Doré. I love Doré’s work. Here I used the Plate I engraving from Doré’s illustrations for La Grande Bible de Tours entitled: The Deluge it depicts a scene from the story of Noah’s Ark as humans and animals struggle to save themselves as floodwaters rise. Tides. Floodwaters. Waves. Boats. Lots of nautical themes happening here. Wonder what that means? Hmmm.

Funny enough, Jon Contino nailed down the lettering for this cover years ago—way back when we were locking down the look for Red Litten World. I fell in love immediately, and it’s been hard to stay quiet. Jon’s distinctive approach to typography has always worked perfectly for the Bell Forging Cycle. His visceral and emotional approach to design has helped capture the sense of unease in the series and solidify the tone in a way that helps it stand out. He outdid himself with this one. 

From a design perspective, I think it settles perfectly within the series as a whole while maintaining a unique voice of its own. Look how great it looks in the lineup:

The Bell Forging Cycle Books I–IV
The Bell Forging Cycle Books I–IV

Huge thank you once again to Jon for helping me out with this. (Also, he’s got his own book out now and you should go buy it.) There will be more to come in the future. Gleam Upon the Waves is due out later this year, so expect more announcements with launch dates and the like and a sample chapter for you to read. I cannot wait to get this one into your hands. It’s been a long time coming, and I think you’re going to love it.

What do you think of the new cover? Which cover is your favorite? Why? Leave a comment. Let me know!


Need to Get Caught Up?

The Bell Forging Cycle

If you’ve only read a few of my novels, now is the perfect time to nab my previous books and catch up on the series before Gleam Upon the Waves drops. Order from any of the retailers below or support your local indie book shop and have them order it for you.

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