Category Archive for: Fiction

Sneak Peek Teaser for Great Fantasy Cover Art

I am excited to announce I’ve been working with artist Patrick Arrasmith for the cover of my novel, The Conjurers.

Great fantasy cover art can make all the difference for a novel’s success and I am thrilled to be working with Patrick for mine. He has created covers for such notable publishing houses as Random House, Tor, Nightshade Books, Macmillan, Scholastic and Viking Press.

A Great Fantasy Cover Artist

Patrick works in a medium called scratchboard that gives his images a unique, fantastical and otherworldly feel. I was specifically drawn in by a dark, mysterious cover he did for J.D. Horn’s horror novel, “The Void.”

I’m looking at a release date around the beginning of May for the novel, with preorders available well before that. In the next couple weeks, I’ll give you insiders a sneak peak at its spectacular Arrasmith cover. Until then, let me tantalize you with a few images from Patrick’s portfolio. These provide just a hint of what he can do.

Arrasmith produces great fantasy cover art and much, much more

Eaglepus

Bagan

Bagan

HauntingSilhouette

Hauntings (Silhouette)

To see more of Patrick’s amazing artwork, visit his website at PatrickArrasmith.com.

I Love Me Some Writing in a Scottish Accent

The Scottish accent is an evocative, wind-tousled thing. Those fortunate enough to visit or live in the land Romans dubbed Caledonia know it well. Unfortunates such as myself who’ve never been must get our fix reading “Kidnapped!,”  watching “Brave,” etc. But when it comes to being transported to a different time or place, readers are at the mercy of the author. Good […]

Historical Fantasy, New Orleans Style

I have been fascinated with 19th century New Orleans as a setting ever since reading Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice. Today’s post is a sample snipped from a little ways into my recently released short story, Wicked and Loving Lies. This historical fantasy follows Lalin Pasquet, the daughter of a quadroon named Clemence, who lives […]

Writing Historical Fiction: Obscene Language

WARNING: This post is about the use of adult language in historical fiction and in actual history. You should stop reading if you find profanity offensive. Naughty, Naughty Write the dialogue of drunken Medieval sailors in a seedy brothel and you will be hard pressed not to use salty language. You may be even harder pressed to write profanity that […]

A Brief History of Poison

Murder, passion, treachery. Poison. These things go together like laundry and lint, sugar and spice, Bill Haley and sock hops. The history of poison is macabre, but filled with drama, so naturally I’m drawn to it. The nefarious use of poison is old, old, old. Socrates and Cleopatra come to mind, but the list of […]

My Short Stories Now Available On Amazon!

I am excited to announce that the first of my short stories are now available online! Click either image below to view more information on Amazon. Wicked and Loving Lies In 1876, ten-year-old Lalin Pasquet is content, if lonely, within her protected corner of New Orleans. The daughter of a scandalously celebrated quadroon, she leads what seems a […]

Writing Style, History and Forgotten Emperors

How’s this for a name? Al-Sultan al-‘Azam wal Khaqan al-Mukarram, Jam-i-Sultanat-i-haqiqi wa Majazi, Sayyid al-Salatin, Abu’l Muzaffar Nasir ud-din Muhammad Humayun II Padshah Ghazi, Zillu’llah [Jannat-Ashyani], Emperor of India. We’ll just call him Abu’l Muzaffar Nasir ud-din Muhammad Humayun II Padshah Ghazi, Zillu’llah [Jannat-Ashyani] for short. He was a 16th century emperor of the Indian Timurid […]

Author Earnings, Book Marketing, and the Evasiveness of True North

I was pittering through Amazon looking at various book rankings and I came across a list of top 100 fantasy titles right around the time that Diana Gabaldon’s novel series, Outlander, began to air on the Starz network. I almost fell out of my chair when I saw that books she wrote occupied more than […]

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Go BBC

There is historical fiction and there is fantasy fiction and I love them each separately. Rarely do the two meet in the sub-genre known as historical fantasy, but when they do it has the potential to create a synergy of awesomeness that surpasses even Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Of course, I am partial to historical fantasy because […]