Live in the saddle. Die on the hog. High action, vulgar humour, and sexy half-orcs. That’s right, this book is funny and sexy. And, well… it actually makes slimes and gelatinous cubes cool too. Described as the fantasy version of ‘Sons of Anarchy’, ‘The Grey Bastards’ is the tale of Jackal (Jack) as a young … More Review: ‘The Grey Bastards’ by Jonathan French
As we unravel the world of Calus Rukan for you, I thought I’d share a little bit about one of Mirias Deil’s cities and its people. I’ve given the first looks at the city of Tyrant in my novella ‘Grim Drifts of Sand & Fate‘ and in the short story ‘The Sullen Feather‘, but there … More Tyrant – The City of Masks
I started this post as a “Top 10” list of my favourite fantasy villains. I wanted a quick sum up of my favourites, something to try to explain what I like in a good villain. I wanted a quick post that would generate some hits, and maybe even some senseless ire from people whose favourite … More Why do we Crave a Good Bit of Villainy?
Well, here it is, I’m pleased to announce that a short story of mine is in this new book. Lone Wolf is an anthology of 11 different short stories from 8 fantastic writers. Each story focuses on outsiders, the anti-social, or the misunderstood. Characters on the fringes, outside of the norm, and in most cases, … More the Lone Wolf Anthology
Here is something I’m thrilled to be a part of. Peter of Booknest.eu has put together a great raffle to raise money for Doctors Without Borders (aka Médecins Sans Frontières). Every £1 (GBP) you donate gets you 1 ‘ticket’ in the raffle. (Yes, that’s a £, but don’t worry the currency differences are handled through the site.) … More Booknest’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser!
It’s been a while since I’ve read anything as original (and yet still somehow familiar) as ‘The Vagrant’ by Peter Newman. Set in a futuristic dystopia where unnatural, abstract demons prowl a broken landscape in search of…food? No, not just food…living beings to inhabit and manipulate? The seven angelic beings who are the last hope … More Review: ‘The Vagrant’ by Peter Newman
#amwriting James and I have been relatively quiet recently as we put the finishing touches on the very first Legacy of Ash anthology, featuring several exclusive tales by each of us. Each story will be set in and around Serpentine, City of Orphans, a sweltering port city struggling to outgrow its lawless reputation. You’ll encounter … More Serpentine, City of Orphans
So, I recently went on a little vacation across the pond to London, England. While there, I knew that one of my missions was to finally get my hands on a copy of ‘The Copper Promise’ by Jen Williams. I’ve been hearing about her for quite some time, though none of her books are available in Canada (yet). … More Review: ‘The Copper Promise’ by Jen Williams
An adrenaline-fueled ride through a darkly-imagined present or near-future setting in which anyone can manifest proscribed magical abilities. Myke Cole’s military and security contracting background serve as fertile ground for this opening novel in the Shadow Ops series, which follows an Army aviator whose budding magical talent pits him against a magic-averse military bureaucracy. Cole … More Review: ‘Shadow Ops – Control Point’ by Myke Cole
Alright, I think enough time has passed that we can talk about a certain character’s death without needing to say SPOILERS…wait, maybe not. I’m going to mention some pretty beloved characters’ deaths in this one. You’ve been warned. **SPOILERS – Star Wars, Game of Thrones, & Shannara (books, and possibly season 2)** Alright, still … More Heroes Die Trying