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Zhichao Cai

Visual Inspiration: Zhichao Cai

I’ve been ramping up my research for The Bell Forging Cycle, Book IV and while browsing through my Pinterest boards, I kept coming across the work of Chinese illustrator Zhichao Cai also known as Trylea. Since I found his work inspiring, I figured it’d be worth it to take a moment and share some of my favorite pieces with you.

When it comes to mood boards, I tend to like grimy and dank cityscapes occasionally interrupted with bright splashes of neon. So my eye is always drawn to pieces that show clusters of humanity. Trylea’s work has that, but it also differs significantly. It’s mainly due to his use of color. Even his densely packed cities are awash with a vibrancy that captures a unique and frenetic energy—it makes his work stand out, and his pieces serve as a good reminder that even in concept art we don’t need everything to be grim.

I included a small gallery of some of my favorite work below.

You can check out much more of Trylea’s work on his Zcool page, that seems to be where he shares most of his work. He also posts high-resolution versions as well as some process shots. It’s worth spending some time on his page. You can also find him on Behance, and he has some work on Art Station. If you’re not a member of any of those sites, I encourage you to join and give Trylea a follow.

If you like Zhichao Cai’s work be sure to check out some other illustrators and concept artists I’ve shared in the past:

Red Litten World arrives October 6th, 2015

Red Litten World, 1 Week Old

It’s Tuesday, that means my latest Lovecraftian urban fantasy novel, Red Litten World, has been out for a week. So far it’s been a great launch, better than Old Broken Road which is impressive. I’ve already seen a few people post reviews on Amazon, iTunes, and over on Goodreads which is always exciting. And, early feedback suggests people are loving Wal’s return to Lovat. If you’ve finished the book, please help me out and leave an honest review either where you purchased the book or over on Goodreads. (Or both!) Reviews help a lot.

If you’re new to the world of the Territories or just need a refresher, check out some of the amazing fan art on my Fan Art Pinterest Board. A lot of very talented artists have shared work they created inspired by The Bell Forging Cycle. If you have your own art, please, send it to me I love sharing fan art with the community.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Red Litten World, there are plenty of ways to do so! You can pick up paperback copies at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, or direct from My Store. If you’d like to pick it up via eBook, you can get it from the usual suspects KindleKoboiBooksGooglePlayNook, and of course from My Store.

For those who ordered paperbacks from My Store last week, I owe you an apology. There was a slight delay. I received a shipment of books last week, but they weren’t up to my standards quality-wise. So I had to return them and get a new batch printed and it’s delayed my shipping a bit. While they were readable, I made the decision that they weren’t something I was willing to put out on the market. I have a fresh batch coming today and if all goes according to plan, I should have your books in the mail this week.

Finally thanks again to you, all of my amazing readers. I appreciate your excitement and passion about this crazy little series. It means a lot, it keeps me going. Thanks for making Red Litten World one of the books you’ve chosen to read this year. Enjoy your time with Wal back in the warren of Lovat. We’re not done yet and it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Red Litten World now available on Nook

Red Litten World Now Available For Nook

Just a quick update for those Nook readers out there. Red Litten World is finally listed on the Barnes and Noble site as available for your Nook devices. (I have no idea why it took a few days to list.) Both redlittenworld.com and kmalexander.com have been updated with links, or you can just click here to go directly to the Nook product page. Have at it!

This has been my best launch yet, and a large part of that is thanks to my amazing readers. Y’all are wonderful. I hope everyone is enjoying Red Litten World. Make sure you mark it as the book you’re reading on Goodreads. If you need to familiarize yourself with the Territories remember there’s a map available. Also, some amazing artists have done some incredible illustrations of the races and creatures, so check out my Fan Art Pinterest Board and take a look at what they’ve created. (Email me to submit your own sketches, illustrations, and drawings.)

Welcome back to Lovat, Nook readers. Enjoy your time in Lovat! Only time will tell where we go next.

Old Broken Road Coming Soon!

Old Broken Road, 1 Week Old

Well, Old Broken Road has been out for one whole week! I’ve seen a few reviews crop up and that is always exciting. I hope everyone is enjoying the book. If you’ve finished, help me out by leaving an honest review either where you purchased the book or on Goodreads. (Or both!) Reviews help. A lot.

Those of you waiting for the Nook edition, fret not, the Nook version is out now. Yay! Eventually you’ll be able to buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble. It takes time though.

If you missed it yesterday, I now have Bell Caravan patches in my store. They’re  so incredibly awesome, you should get one for your jean jacket or bag or whatever. Check ’em out.

If you need a refresher on the places and people of the Territories universe you might want to consider hitting up the Fan Art board on Pinterest. A lot of amazing artists have taken the time to illustrate their vision of the world. (If you have your own art, send it to me!) Likewise check out the inspiration board I put together for Old Broken Road, it’ll give you a glimpse into the imagery I was inspired by as I wrote the book.

Finally, if you haven’t picked up your copy there’s a bunch of ways to do so! See the list at oldbrokenroad.com. Just click the button for your favorite eBook platform, or order a paperback. Paperbacks ordered through Amazon and on my store also include the eBook version for FREE, that way you don’t have to wait for the book to arrive to start reading.

I really appreciate you showing me so much support and I hope you are enjoying the book! Thanks for taking the time to take a trip down the Old Broken Road. There’s a whole lot more to come.

Visual Inspiration by Nivanh Chanthara

Babel by Nivanh Chanthara
Babel by Nivanh Chanthara

If you follow my Pinterest Boards or have read The Stars Were Right you know I love epic megalopolis cityscapes. When I came across this piece from Nivanh Chanthara I had to share it here and figured it’d be great visual inspiration for someone out there. (Some of his work already appears in my board for Stars.)  There’s something so otherworldly yet ultimately approachable about his work, both futuristic yet grounded.  It’s good stuff. Check out his latest work on Deviant Art or see a larger version of “Babel” here.

Friday Link Pack 11/22/13

Pause by Kyle Thompson
“Pause” (2013) by Kyle Thompson

It’s time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! I’m always looking for new stuff so if you have any suggestions, let me know.

Note: Due to travel and American holidays I won’t be posting a link pack next week. So I have made this one extra big.

Philippines Relief:

As with last few week I want to keep the focus on providing aid for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Please take a moment and donate what you can to the Red Cross disaster relief or find another relief charity of your choice. Any help you give goes a long way.


English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet
I love following the evolution of language. It’s fascinating to see how to words we use on a daily basis change over time, especially when influenced by something as profound as the internet.

The One Thing You’re Doing to Block Your Writing Success
Lauren Sapala discusses how not personally recognizing what you do is a hindrance to success as a writer. You can replace “writer” with anything: designer, chef, singer, it doesn’t matter. If you have a passion recognize it and be proud of the work you’re doing.

The 8 Most Influential People in E-Book Single Publishing
HuffPo compiles a list of CEOs, editors, and reporters who make up the world of E-Book single publishing. If you’re an indie author, this is good info to know.

C. S. Lewis Reviews The Hobbit, 1937
“For it must be understood that this is a children’s book only in the sense that the first of many readings can be undertaken in the nursery.”

Write What You Love, or Write What Sells?
Speculative Fiction author Chuck Wendig answers a question posed to him by a reader about writing to the market. As usual, I agree with his answer. (NSFW language, but you should know that because it’s Wendig.)


The theme this week is photography. To start things off…

The Surreal Photography of Kyle Thompson
I really like the mood evoked by Thompson’s work. It has a fantastical and ethereal quality a lot of photographers strive towards and few ever achieve.

“Air Drive” Series by Renaud Marion
One part classic cars. One part futurism. One part elegant photography. Mix.

All the Queens Men: Photographing a Man’s World in NYC’s Outer Borough
I love photojournalism. This series by Katie Murray examining the male blue-collar residents of Queens, New York is a stunning picture of modern Americana.

Fan Art Pinterest Board!
I have a new board up on Pinterest where I am displaying the fan art surrounding my stories. It’s awesome seeing different artists take on my worlds. I love seeing this stuff and I love sharing it with everyone. If you have a piece let me know!


Snakes Wearing Tiny Hats
Exactly what it says, it’s snakes wearing tiny hats. Why, because snakes.

Apollo Spacesuit Cutaway
This old Apollo A7L Space Suit cutaway is really interesting. I love the level of detail.

8 Ruined Cities That Remain a Mystery to This Day
io9‘s list of ruined cities is not only fascinating but also a great way to awaken your inner Indiana Jones. (Like your inner Indiana Jones was ever asleep anyway.)

Timelapse of the Imperceptible Effects of Aging Created from Family Portraits by Anthony Cerniello
We have seen these sort of things done before, but I don’t think I have seen it done as well. Watch the whole thing. All the way through.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Alchemist
Lovecraft’s first short story told in the first person and following the last surviving member of a long family line that is staring death in the face.

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:

Good ol' Ford__________________________________________________________________

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