Category Archives: The Stars Were Right

Post related to The Stars Were Right, the first book in the Bell Forging Cycle, K. M. Alexander’s Lovecraftian urban fantasy series.

Happy 4th Birthday to The Stars Were Right

October Begins: A Month of The Bell Forging Cycle

Hey! I’m back from the green hills of Scotland and look: it’s October 1st—the start of the best month. Here in Seattle that means the nights grow longer (more time for reading), summer is behind us (more time for jackets), and the days are getting cooler (more time for uh… coffee).

This October 1st also marks the fourth anniversary of the arrival of The Stars Were Right. For those who somehow found their way here without knowing the details, Stars is the first novel in my dark cyberpunk post-post-apocalyptic dystopian weird-western cosmic-horror urban-fantasy adventure series: The Bell Forging Cycle. (It’s hard to pin down, okay.) Since the launch, it has been my most successful book, and I’m still really proud of it. I’ve sold thousands of copies and garnered hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. (I could always use a few more if you’re feeling particularly generous.)

If you’re looking for a new book, you can pick up eBook copies for only $2.99! It’s the perfect companion to the cool fall evenings (or warm spring mornings for those in the Southern Hemisphere.) Links to purchase can be found right here.

For those who prefer reading paperbacks, all month long you can pick up a signed version of any of my books and receive free shipping from my store. (US only, sorry.) Just use the code: BFCMONTH on checkout. The code expires Halloween at midnight.

October is a big month for The Bell Forging Cycle series, and I’ll have more fun stuff to post throughout the month. So stick around there is more to come, and for the long-time roaders out there who are itching for more, I still suggest you: Look West.


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The Stars Were Right only 99¢

The Stars Were Right for 99¢ FINAL WEEK

An Egg McMuffin costs $2.79, a latte is about $3, going to a movie will set you back $15. Buying a hardcover book is $35, easy. This is the last week you are able to nab eBook copies of my first novel, The Stars Were Right for only 99¢! The sale ends on Saturday, January 7th. Start your new year with an adventure in the seedy warrens of Lovat. Links to purchase below.

Kindle • Kobo • Nook • iBooks • GooglePlay • DRM-Free ePub

The holiday season is nearly over, but if you’re interested in gifting a copy (which is a brilliant idea, I must say, you’re very smart), there are a few stores that make it really easy. I’d recommend consulting my post from earlier in December: Gifting the Bell Forging Cycle for the Holidays. It has details on how one can buy eBooks as gifts.

It's a Festivus Miracle! Buy The Stars Were Right Only 99¢

It’s a Festivus Miracle! Buy The Stars Were Right Only 99¢

No sense delaying the announcement so let’s get right to it. From today until January 7th (Auseil Day in Lovat) you can purchase eBook copies of The Stars Were Right for only 99¢. Yup, less than a buck. So telegram your friends, shout it from the rooftops, add it to your wish-lists, and tattoo it onto your pets. (Also, go leave a review.) Links to purchase below.

Kindle • Kobo • Nook • iBooks • GooglePlay • DRM-Free ePub

If you’re interested in gifting a copy (which is a brilliant idea, I must say, you’re very smart), there are a few stores that make it really easy. I’d recommend consulting my post from earlier this week: Gifting the Bell Forging Cycle for the Holidays. It has details on how one can buy eBooks as gifts.

Not bad, eh? Happy Holidays, roaders. Remember, Look West.

Story time!

Quick Stock Update

I’ve gotten a few emails from readers, so I figured it’d be easiest to address this here. Yes, I’m still out of stock of both signed paperback copies of The Stars Were Right [I sold out at Lilac City Comicon] and it’s  associated Swag Pack over in my store. Typically I’d be replacing them ASAP. But, I rolled right from the convention into a week and a half of travel [which you can read about here], and it delayed things a bit. Ah, the joys and perils of running your own storefront.

But, the good news is more books and swag materials are on the way! Hooray! I should have copies of The Stars Were Right by next Monday, the Swag Packs a week or so after that. I’m sure I’ll announce the arrival over on Twitter when they show, so make sure you’re following me there. If you just cannot wait (bless you,) you can get unsigned paperbacks from any of the following stores:

AmazonBarnes & Noble – PowellsBAM!

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Cybill by John Martel

Fan Art Highlight – John Martel

Over the weekend I was able to watch the evolution of some fan art from illustrator John Martel. John took a crack at Cybill, the monstrosity from my book The Stars Were Right. Since the book has been out a while I think we’re past the moratorium for spoilers but to be on the safe side I hide his illustrations beneath a break.

If you haven’t read the book yet you can nab it for less than $2.99, however if you have continue onward…

Continue reading Fan Art Highlight – John Martel

A Spring Update

A Spring Update

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a news update. Looking back the last time I updated everyone on the progress was back in December. So yeah, time to rectify that. A lot of things have been happening and I am excited about 2015.


  • The Bell Forging Cycle, Book III — Red Litten World

    We’re so close! I can almost taste it.

    • TEASER SITE IS LIVE

      The teaser site for Red Litten World has been live for a while. But I haven’t really called attention to it. You can see what’s happening over on redlittenworld.com. We’re going back to Lovat, people.

    • COVER REVEAL IS COMING

      You read that right. I have finalized the cover of Red Litten World and we’ll be doing a big ol’ cover reveal very soon. I’ll be making a bigger blog post around the coming cover reveal and revealing the date a little later. Subscribers to my newsletter get the first glimpse. So if you’re not a member, sign up today. Just click here to sign up →

    • MANUSCRIPT HAS MOVED TO EDITING

      We’re getting close! As of a week ago I handed the manuscript of Red Litten World over to my editor. Now the hard/fun part begins. The manuscript topped out at 105,823 words which makes this the longest in the series so far. But, I’m sure a big chunk of those will get cut. (That’s a good thing.) Really excited getting into this portion.


  • CthulhuCon Next Weekend

    I’m planning a post about my CthulhuCon schedule later this week. But since it’s coming I did want to hit on some highlights.


  • Another Vague O.D.E. Updates

    So I have been pretty quiet on O.D.E.. So quiet in fact I haven’t really revealed the title! But that’s all going to change real soon. I’m nearly finished with the first draft, and the cover is coming along, and I am pretty excited about the project as a whole. It’s refreshing to write a standalone story.

    As I have mentioned in the past, this is much different from The Bell Forging Cycle but it’s a cool world with some engaging characters wrapped up in an intense story, I think you’ll dig it. More to come later.


  • Introducing: The Faults of Man, A Bell Forging Novella

    If you’re a watcher of my project tracker, you’ll have noticed that I am working on a novella title: The Faults of Man. This is intended to be a short story set in the Territories but not told from Wal’s perspective. I’m keeping a lid on the plot right now (you’ll have to wait until Red Litten World arrives) but the idea is this will take place during the events of Red Litten World and will focus on some familiar characters.


  • Tuesday Tales? Wednesday Words?

    So over the weekend I did a reading. I had a lot of fun doing it, and got a pretty warm reception. Kari-Lise suggested I keep doing it, and I thought it’d be fun to make it a weekly thing. Maybe read through The Stars Were Right. I mention it here to really judge the reception of that. If you think it’s something I should do, shoot me an email or leave a comment below. If there’s enough interest we’ll make it a regular thing.


So there’s the spring update. My writing is all in a weird spot, as you can see there is a lot of things coming, but nothing is quite here. That said, a big part of writing is pushing through, and I’m going to keep on pushing. Thanks to all my readers and fans for sticking around, it’ll be worth it.