Chapter One is up!

Orbit has posted chapter 1 of Sins of Empire over on Facebook. You can find it here. Those among you who have read Ghosts of the Tristan Basin will immediately recognize the locale. Don't forget you can read the prologue here. Less than two weeks left until release!

A couple contests you can enter:

  • I'm giving away two Sins of Empire paperbacks over on /r/fantasy. All you need to to do enter is write a haiku about your favorite character. You have about 24 hours from the time this post goes live to enter.
  • Orbit is giving away copies of Sins of Empire over on Goodreads. You've got until the end of February to enter.

If getting a copy of Sins is too dear for you right now, head over to your local library and put a hold on it. You can even request that they order more copies!

Prologue is up!

My publisher has posted the prologue for Sins of Empire over on Facebook. You can find it here! Sins will be out in just three weeks, so I'm just counting down the days now. A couple of common questions I've been getting:

Q: Will you go on tour?
A: Yes! Orbit is sending me on a small tour that includes Cleveland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and Tuscon. My event page is here.

Q: Will there be a hardcover in the UK?
A: Unfortunately, no. My UK publisher decided to go straight to paperback to try and reach a wider audience. I am selling US hardcovers on my website and will ship internationally, but for most people the cost of international shipping is prohibitive.

Q: Will Sins of Empire be translated in my language of choice?
A: I don't know. If the first trilogy was translated into your local language there's a good chance they'll buy the second series, but it's not guaranteed. Keep an eye on my website for announcements.

Fan Art Winners!

It took me a couple of days, but I finally picked the winners of the fan art contest. And because I couldn't decide between my favorite two, I went ahead and awarded two first-prize winners. Congrats to Allison Whitley and Mariah Lynn Holman. You both will receive a signed ARC of Sins of Empire.

I'll also be sending signed hardcovers of Promise of Blood to A.E. Coggon, Josh Buker, Peter Holland, and Spencer DeShon. Thanks for all your awesome entries, everyone! The winners are below:

Bookplates for Pre-orders

As you all know, I can only go so many places on a tour - and not everyone can afford to order signed hardcover from my store. But if you still want my signature to put in your copy of Sins of Empire, Orbit has you covered. Go to their website, fill out the form, and attach an image of your pre-order receipt and they'll send you a bookplate with my signature. The bookplate has a sticky backing, so you can slap it onto the title page of your book, or on your kindle, or over the face of your greatest enemy in your high school yearbook!

Fan Art Contest Entries!

Hey everyone! The Powder Mage fan art contest has come to a close, and I want to show you all the awesome entries we had this time. Per usual, Taniel was the fan favorite, but we also have great range of characters showing up, from Ka-poel and Vlora to Major Buker and Lady Winceslav. Thanks for all the awesome entries! I'll post the winner and runners-up tomorrow morning, and send them their books.

Which do you guys like the most?

From left to right, entries are by A.E. Coggon, A.E. Coggon, Allison Whitley, Constantina Natsiou, Daniel Wheatley, Josh Buker, Mariah Lynn Holman, Meenu Samaraweera, Meenu Samaraweera, Meenu Samaraweera, Peter Holland, Spencer DeShon, and Veronika

The Importance of Pre-Orders

I've got a new book coming out in four weeks. Sins of Empire, the first book in Gods of Blood and Powder, will hit shelves on March 7th and because of that I've been a little pre-occupied with getting people to order the book ahead of the release.

A lot of people ask me if pre-orders are more important or make me more money than if, say, they waited until the book has hit the shelves and bought it then. All things being equal, they do not make me more money. They are, however, more important for a couple different reasons.

The most obvious reason are bestseller lists. Pre-orders count toward first week sales that often determine whether a book winds up on a bestselling list, a possibility that can be huge for any author.

Pre-orders also affect what happens behind the scenes. A large number of pre-orders can cause a vendor (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million) to go back to my publisher and ask for another order of books. That's before the book is even out. How cool is that? That order could be 200. It could be 2000. Doesn't matter how small it is, another order is fantastic. In addition, notes will be made about how well these books seem to be selling. My publisher can go to their other vendors and say "Hey, X just ordered another 300 copies of Y, which means you'll probably have a high demand as well. Can we send you more?"

It's a snowball effect. It can cause sales to grow before the book even hits the shelves, which gets booksellers and the publisher excited for it, and they'll turn around and push it even harder to the book-buying public.

What I'm saying is: if you plan on buying a book, head over to your favorite vendor and put your money down ahead of release. It really does make a difference.

You can pre-order Sins of Empire from the following links:


LTUE Schedule

If you live in Utah, I’m going to be at LTUE in Provo over the weekend of February 16th. You can come listen to me yammer on about writing fantasy novels, or get a book signed, or just stop by to say hi. There will be a huge number of awesome authors there, so be sure to check out the whole lineup. Here’s my schedule:

  • Fri  1:00 PM: So You Want to Write Fantasy...
  • Fri  2:00 PM: Choosing a POV Character
  • Fri  3:00 PM: Narrative
  • Sat  3:00 PM: Plot - The Beginning, Murky Middle, and End

There should also be a signing time, but I don't think I have mine yet. I'll update when I do. You can get more details about the panels by going here.

Sins of Empire Goodreads Giveaway (US only)

Orbit is currently giving away 5 copies of Sins of Empire over on Goodreads. In order to enter to win, all you have to do is head over to this page and click “Enter Giveaway.” This giveaway is US-only and goes until February 27th.

Sins of Empire comes out March 7th, and can be pre-ordered from all your favorite vendors (including me, if you want a signed hardcover). Only about five weeks left!

Birthday! Free Stuff! Yay!

Hello friends! The 25th of January is my thirty-first birthday. It also coincides (plus or minus a week) to the fifth anniversary of me becoming a full-time author. To celebrate, I'm giving away the ebook of my Powder Mage short story collection, In the Field Marshal's Shadow, to anyone who wants it! You can get it for free from my website store here until the end of the day on the 25th.

If you'd like to do something for me, you can pre-order Sins of Empire (or a signed copy), or tell a friend about my books, or just leave a review of one of my works on Amazon or Goodreads. Thanks for being the best readers an author could ask for!

Newsletter Drawing #4

This month's newsletter drawing is finished, and I have five winners who will each receive an audible code of my Powder Mage Novella Collection. I've sent you each an email, so make sure you check your spam folders. The winners are:

  • roysangah@*.com
  • messagemeplease@*.com
  • delightfulwoman4964@*.com
  • knutguettler@*.com
  • capt.irascible@*.com

As for the rest of you, I'll do another drawing next month! If you haven't signed up for the newsletter yet, you can do so on the sidebar of the website or by clicking HERE.

Powder Mage Fan Art Contest

As many of you know, Sins of Empire, the first book in the new powder mage series, will kick off March 7th, 2017 (you can pre-order now, including signed copies). That's just a tad over two months away. To celebrate the impending arrival of my fourth novel, I'm holding a powder mage fan art contest!

Here are the rules:

  • Produce a piece of visual media (painting, photoshop rendering, drawing, photos of cosplay, whatever) that has something to do with the Powder Mage Universe, whether it be the books or the short fiction.
  • Send it to me as a link to Imgur or, somewhere you've posted it on social media, via email to brian (at) brianmcclellan (dot) com. Put the words POWDER MAGE ART CONTEST in the subject line. Please be sure to include a mailing address so I don't have to chase you down later if you win. Your address will not be used for any other purpose.
  • You have until the end of the day February 7th to enter. I will select my favorite pieces and inform the winner and runners-up within a few days. Winners will be announced on my website.
  • By entering you've agreed to let me show off your art via social media and my website.
  • Multiple entries are allowed!


  1. Grand prize will be a signed Advanced Reading Copy of Sins of Empire
  2. Four runners-up will be awarded with signed hardcovers of Promise of Blood as well as the ebook bundle of all my self-published Powder Mage short fiction.
  3. I reserve the right to award no prizes (say, if the only entry is a hand-drawn stick figure with a gun or some other good reason).
  4. This contest is open internationally.

Thanks for reading everyone, and have at it!

Newsletter Drawing #3

Hi everyone! So I may have lost track of the last ten days and not ever done the newsletter drawing I promised. But don't worry, because I have now! There is one lucky winner, who will receive this Adran Flag Pendant in bronze from Badali Jewelry. Congratulations to cifebo@*.com. I've sent you an email, so please check your spam folder and get back to me with your mailing address.

As for the rest of you, I'll do another drawing next month! If you haven't signed up for the newsletter yet, you can do so on the sidebar of the website or by clicking HERE.

December's Newsletter Drawing

The next newsletter drawing is coming up later this week. I'll be giving away one of these brand-new Adran Flag pendants in bronze from Badali Jewelry to a single lucky winner. To enter, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter using this link by Thursday and then keep an eye on your inbox or check back here to see who was announced as the winner.

New Powder Mage Jewelry!

I'm very pleased to announce a new piece of the Powder Mage line from Badali Jewelry!

Do you ever find yourself far from your homeland on campaign or a tour of the continent, and want an emblem to remind you of the mountains of Adro? Like most soldiers, Privileged, and powder mages you should carry with you a pendant or pin of the Adran flag.

The new Adran flag is available as a pendant in sterling silver, antiqued bronze, and yellow bronze. It's also available as a pin in sterling silver.

You can order direct from Brian with this link, or for more options head over to Badali's website!

Cyber Monday Signed Book Sale

Everyone elbow-deep on their holiday shopping? Because I'm here to announce this year's Cyber Monday Signed Book Sale! Like last year, I've gotten together with a group of my authors friends and we're all offering holiday pricing on signed books directly from our websites from now till December 15th. This means you can get signed books at a discount, and also send a little more money toward your favorite authors during this holiday season.

The authors this year include Bradley Beaulieu, Brent Weeks, Jason Hough, Kevin Hearne, Micheal Sullivan, Wesley Chu, and myself! To see a master list of everything on sale, click here.

As for my own books, here's a list of what I've got for you this year:

If you want to pre-order the next Powder Mage book, Sins of Empire, as a holiday gift for that special someone, I'll send them a personalized letter letting them know about their present. Just include instructions in your order (who it's to, who it's from, etc).  Just get your order in before December 15th.

Happy holidays everyone!

Newsletter Drawing #2

The second newsletter drawing is finished, and we have five winners. Each will receive an email with an audible code for the Powder Mage Novella Collection, so check the list below (or your email) to see if you got one!

  • leburgan@*.com
  • lpavilonis13@*.com
  • mimac.ns@*.com
  • daniel.norton5@*.com
  • Koryo1233@*.com

As for the rest of you, I'll do another drawing next month! If you haven't signed up for the newsletter yet, you can do so on the sidebar of the website or by clicking HERE.