Siege of Tilpur

People have been asking me for quite a while where they can get their hands on Siege of Tilpur, a Powder Mage story that has previously only been published in the UNBOUND Anthology. Well here's a little surprise for you: get it free, now! More details below.

Siege of Tilpur will be free for the next couple of weeks, after which you can pick it up on the usual channels for $2.99. It's a short story of about 11K words that takes place decades before Promise of Blood and follows one of Tamas's adventures during the Gurlish Wars while he was just a sergeant.

For those curious about my website store: you don't have to input any credit card info to pick up the free item (and you can enter a fake address if you want). I do it this way so that people have the chance to opt-in to my newsletter, which feels like a pretty good deal for a free short story. Hope you all enjoy!

Wrath of Empire Cover!

I've been getting a lot of questions about book two lately, and I can finally give you all a bit more of an official answer! I'm pleased to announce that Wrath of Empire will be in stores on March 6th, 2018. Here is the cover copy, pre-order links, and finally the damned awesome cover!

The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint's soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not.

Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michael may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he's trying to undermine.

Meanwhile, Ben Styke is building his own army. He and his mad lancers are gathering every able body they can find and searching for an ancient artifact that may have the power to turn the tides of war in their favor. But what they find may not be what they're looking for.

Signed copies

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

SLCC 2017 Schedule

Hello everyone! This week is Salt Lake Comic Con, which is my biggest convention of the year! I'm foregoing my usual individual booth this time for a spot at Bard's Tower. You'll be able to find me hanging out there (booth 301) for most of the weekend. The full convention schedule can be found here. Otherwise, here's my dedicated schedule:

Thursday

Friday

  • 2:30PM - Signing at Bard's Tower at Booth 301
  • 4PM-8PM - Worldbuilder's Party, ticket required

Saturday

August and September Newsletter Drawing Winners

Hey guys! Lost track of time again, so here's the winners for the newsletter drawing for the last two months. I just doubled up, so there are two winners of a signed hardcover of Sins of Empire

  • a.j.kniveton@***.com
  • eliphasthemighty@***.com

The winners have been notified, and you can keep an eye out for the next drawing in October. To enter, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter here!

THE MAD LANCERS is now out!

The Mad Lancers, the latest addition to the Powder Mage Universe, is now out in ebook! Head on over to your favorite ebook vendor and give it a look!

Pre-orders are also open for the hardcover version, which will ship November 7th, 2017.

*If you backed the Powder Mage RPG Kickstarter, please check this update before purchasing The Mad Lancers*

THE MAD LANCERS early release

Looking forward to the new Powder Mage novella based around a young Ben Styke? It'll be out for general release on September 6th... OR you can pick it up right now by buying direct from my website! Your download will come with an epub, mobi, and PDF file of the new novella.

For those curious why you should buy direct, here's a breakdown of where your money goes depending on where you purchase a $2.99 novella:

  • My Website: $2.60 goes to me, $.39 goes to store fees
  • Amazon: $2.06 goes to me, $.93 goes to Amazon
  • Nook: $1.94 goes to me, $1.05 goes to Nook
  • Apple: $1.78 goes to me, $1.21 goes to Apple and Draft2Digital

A difference of $.54-$.82 doesn't sound like much, but it adds up to a lot of Chipotle over a few thousand sales!

The Mad Lancers

After a long wait, the next Powder Mage novella is almost here! The Mad Lancers is the story of a young colonial lancer named Ben Styke. It will be released September 6th, 2017. You can pre-order now!

  • Amazon
  • Kobo
  • iBooks
  • Nook - forthcoming
  • Hardcover - forthcoming
  • Audiobook - forthcoming

 Here's the cover copy:

In the colonial cities and towns of Fatrasta, peace has never been easy. Immigrants fight amongst themselves or turn on the native population, while the governing power of the Kez Army steps in only to enforce the will of apathetic local governors assigned by a distant crown.

Young war hero Ben Styke commands a colonial garrison in a sleepy frontier suburb. When the governor’s cruel brother stops for the night, rising continental tensions force Styke to protect the people of his town in a brutal escalation that threatens to destroy everything—and everyone—he has fought for.

Occurs twelve years before the events in Sins of Empire.

Newsletter Drawing #5 Winner

This month's newsletter drawing is finished, and I have a winner who will receive a silver powder keg pin from Badali Jewelry. I've sent you an email, so make sure you check your spam folders. The winner is: 

demarcigny@*.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.

Newsletter Drawing #5

It's been a long time since a newsletter drawing, so let's get back at it, shall we? Later next week, I'm going to give away one of these silver Riflejack pins from Badali Jewelry to a lucky winner! To enter, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter using this link by Wednesday, July 19th and then keep an eye on your inbox or check back here to see who was announced as the winner.

Dni Fantastyki 2017

Polish fans! I will be at Fantasy Days 2017 this weekend. This is my first trip to Poland, and I'm super excited to come out and meet all the fans there. If you're in the area, be sure to drop by!

Here is the program for the whole convention, and below is my schedule for the weekend:

  • fr 3 pm - Brian McClellan - spotkanie (meeting). Moderatorka: Agnieszka Hałas
  • fr 4 pm - Brian McClellan - signing
  • fr 6 pm (2h) - Fantasy without limits (Lazare Gvimradze, Brian McClellan, Angus Watson, Graham Masterton, Agnieszka Hałas)
  • st 1 pm - My wonderful fantasy world (Lazare Gvimradze, Brian McClellan, Graham Masterton,Angus Watson)
  • st 2 pm - Brian McClellan - signing
  • st 8 pm - Kill`am all - how to kill the hero? (Brian McClellan, Angus Watson, Graham Masterton, Agnieszka Hałas)
  • sun 11 am - Bringing a magic world to life with Brian McClellan (Brian McClellan)
  • sun 12 pm - Brian McClellan - signing

Also, my publisher Fabryka Słów has posted the cover for the Powder Mage short fiction collection, to be released in Polish on August 30th. Check it out!

GenCon Powder Mage RPG Play-Through Available

EDIT: *THESE SPOTS ARE ALL GONE NOW. IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED AS A BACKUP, DROP ME AN EMAIL AS MENTIONED BELOW*

Hey guys! Back when we did the Kickstarter for the Powder Mage RPG, we had five spots in the "Privileged Cabal" level of funding that you can see at the bottom of the Pledge levels here. This pledge level gives the backer an opportunity to play the Powder Mage RPG with me and Alan during GenCon and costs $250. It also includes the following:

  • Softcover Powder Mage RPG
  • Hardcover Powder Mage RPG
  • Powder Mage RPG PDF
  • Powder Mage Action Deck
  • Set of Powder Mage Dice
  • Set of 15 Powder Mage Poker Chips

The slots were all filled to the very end of the Kickstarter, at which time two people dropped out of their pledges. This means I have two extra spots at the game table the Friday night of GenCon. If you're going to be there and would like to upgrade your old pledge or get on board late to the game, please get in touch with me at brian (at) brianmcclellan (dot) com. Thanks!

Powder Mage RPG Pre-orders

For those of you not in the know, game maker Alan Bahr and I kickstarted a Powder Mage RPG. It's currently in production and heading toward an August 2017 release date. If you'd like to see the updates regarding writing and production, check out the kickstarter page linked above.

A lot of people have asked if they can still get in on the project before release, and the answer is yes! You can do so through the Backerkit, which will allow you to pre-order the RPG books, components, and other powder mage stuff. We'll be charging shipping and pre-orders through Backerkit around the end of June, so if you want to get in on it early you should do so by then.

If you miss out, you will still be able to order the RPG through my website store once the kickstarter has been delivered.

Phoenix Comicon Schedule

Hey everyone! I'll be at Phoenix Comicon next week doing signings and panels and generally carousing all about the darned hot place. If you want to find me, here is a link to my schedule for the weekend. You can also find me at Badali Jewelry Booth 1696 from 3-4 PM on Saturday.

If you live in the area but are NOT attending comicon, you can find me on Wednesday (May 24th) night from 7-8PM at the Hilton in Scottsdale, AZ. It's a mass author signing so you can find all sorts of awesome authors there. Hope to see you there!