Shattered Dreams – Ulff Lehmann

About the Book Epic Fantasy filled to the brim with Grimdark Reality If one looks too long into the abyss, the abyss looks back. Drangar Ralgon has been avoiding the abyss’s gaze for far too long and now he turns to face it. For a hundred years the young kingdom of Danastaer has thrived in…

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Ten Mini-Reviews of some Great Nonfiction Books

As you may or may not know, when I’m really deep into editing, I tend to only read nonfiction history. There are a few reasons for this. First, I don’t want to “cross streams” between what I’m editing and what I’m reading. Secondly, I have to get so into whatever I’m editing, that I just…

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Deep Dive | The Early Oil Industry

Ah, friends, I’ve got a new book I’m writing, and therefore a ton of new world building research I’ve been doing. Of Honey and Wildfires is not set in the same world as my Bloodlands trilogy. This is a story all its own, with characters all their own. It’s set in a sort of Wild…

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SALE | Grimtober Fest

Every October, a bunch of dark fantasy authors get together and kick off the Grimtober Fest. What this is, is a gigantic sale wherein a bunch of grimdark fantasy books are marked down to $.99 for a week. There are some fantastic books on sale this week as part of this little event, and I…

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Brief Reviews of Select Great Courses Lectures

This year I discovered the Great Courses lecture series on Audible, and it’s basically been my brand new addiction. I decided to briefly highlight some of my favorites, and a few short (very short and informal) reviews of each of them. If you like the Great Courses, I’m always looking for new ones to listen…

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Guest Post | Jesse Teller on The Pristine Moment

About the Author Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre….

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Smoke and Stone – Michael R. Fletcher

About the Book After a cataclysmic war of the gods, the last of humanity huddles in Bastion, a colossal ringed city. Beyond the outermost wall lies endless desert haunted by the souls of all the world’s dead. Trapped in a rigid caste system, Nuru, a young street sorcerer, lives in the outer ring. She dreams…

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What to Consider Before You Hire an Editor

Over the weekend, I taught a class on things to consider before you hire an editor. This is one of my favorite classes to teach. I’ve taught it a few times, and each time people really receive it well, and I really love doing it. There’s always a good amount of conversation and back-and-forth, as…

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Book News | MASSIVE book sale

So, as you may or may not know, I am part of the SPFBO this year. One Emerald Dodge was kind enough to navigate through the headache-inducing waters of organizing a gigantic sale for all of us SPFBO5 authors who wanted to participate. Therefore, between today, August 16, and August 20, a bevy of SPFBO…

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