LTUE 2019

Utah fans! This coming week (February 14th, 15th, and 16th) is Life, the Universe, and Everything. It’s a small convention taking place in Provo, Utah. Every year it has a boat load of awesome authors and other creative folks and includes book signings, panels, meet-and-greets, and all sorts of other fun stuff. As usual, I will be in attendance.

Note: the bookstore will purportedly have my novels. If you would like to purchase any of my self-pubbed stuff direct from me (novellas or RPG), please get in touch and let me know—I will bring a handful of copies that you can get any time during the convention.

Here is my schedule:

Thursday

Swain's Scene-Sequel: Keeping an Emotional Rhythm Arches (Marriott), 10am - 10:45am

Institutionalized: Writing an Ensemble Cast Bryce (Marriott), 11am - 11:45am

The Invention of Genre Bryce (Marriott), 1pm - 1:45pm

Friday

Begin at the Beginning: Finding a Compelling Opening Arches (Marriott), 10am - 10:45am

Grudges, Risks, and Strong Opinions: Characters with Believable Motivation Arches (Marriott), 3pm - 3:45pm

Making a Protagonist Lovable Cedar (Marriott), 5pm - 5:45pm

Book Signing Exhibit Hall C 7pm - 8pm

Uncanny Collateral Newsletter Giveaway!

Starting next Wednesday (February 6th), I’m going to give away four early copies of Uncanny Collateral every week until the book is released on April 2nd. These will go to randomly chosen newsletter subscribers. If you’d like to be entered in these drawings and haven’t yet done so, please sign up below. Good luck!

Week One (February 6th) Drawing Winners:

  • mromano1886

  • fantasymuser

  • john.justin.green

  • auctoritas

Week Two (February 13th) Drawing Winners:

  • pmiglino2

  • tjwheeler

  • liamselby

  • n.cancro.54

Uncanny Collateral

I’m pleased to announce Uncanny Collateral, the first book in my new urban fantasy series.

This is an idea I've been throwing around since my brief stint at a collection agency. It's based in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio near where I was born and raised. I wanted to evoke that rust-belt, blue collar feel with a main character who just has a job to do. The book is much shorter than my normal epic fantasy novels—a fast, relentless read that’s meant to be devoured in a sitting or two. Here’s the blurb:

Alek Fitz is a reaper, a collection agent who works for the supernatural elements of the world, tracking down debtors and solving problems for clients as diverse as the Lords of Hell, vampires, Haitian loa, and goblins. He’s even worked for the Tooth Fairy on occasion. Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, Alek is the best in the game. As a literal slave to his job, he doesn’t have a choice.

When Death comes looking for someone to track down a thief, Alek is flung into a mess of vengeful undead, supernatural bureaucracy, and a fledgling imp war. As the consequences of failure become dire, he has few leads, and the clock is ticking. Only with the help of his friend Maggie—an ancient djinn with a complex past—can he hope to recover the stolen property, save the world, and just maybe wring a favor out of the Great Constant himself.

It’s a hell of a job, but somebody’s got to do it . . .

Release date is April 2nd. Pre-order below!

Hardcover

Ebook

Audiobook read by Luke Daniels

  • Audible (forthcoming)

  • iTunes (forthcoming)

Art by Shen Fei. Design by Shawn King.

Art by Shen Fei. Design by Shawn King.

Brian's Year-in-Review

My birthday is today! Another year come and gone. Another mile closer to the grave. Another step in the march into infinity. Another meaningless milestone for a single speck of this immense universe we live in.

Yay!

So what did I get up to last year and what’s going on in 2019? Well, I’ll tell you.

Brian’s Year-in-Review:

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I started off 2018 by releasing a powder mage short story, Siege of Tilpur, at the end of January. It was originally part of a larger SFF anthology and people had been asking me to put it out as a stand-alone. It’s a quick read about Field Marshal Tamas taking risks to make his bones in the early era of his career.

I followed that up in March with the release of the long-awaited Powder Mage RPG. To be perfectly honest, writing the RPG was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Content is such a different beast than prose. But it finally got finished and I was very pleased with the result! Thanks to everyone’s patience as I finished that bad boy up.

May was the biggest month for me. It started off with Badali Jewelry unveiling the super cool Ben Styke’s Mad Lancer Ring and moved straight into the release of my fifth major epic fantasy novel. Wrath of Empire is the middle book in Gods of Blood and Powder and the fifth powder mage novel overall. If you don’t really care that much about my side-projects but want to keep on task with the main series, this is the latest piece you need to catch up on.

The end of August saw the release of my first non-powder mage published piece ever. War Cry is a quick, short read published by tor.com. It follows a shape-shifting army ranger on the high plains fighting an endless war. This piece is very close to my heart, and if you like my stuff I hope you’ll give it a try.

The year ended with a handful of foreign language releases, and a semi-finalist spot for Wrath of Empire on the Goodreads Choice Awards, all of which was very cool. Over all, it was a very busy and successful year. Thanks to everyone who picked up one of my works and helped make that happen!

What to Expect from Brian in 2019:

Lots of travel happening this year, so keep an eye on my event list (I’ll update it frequently when I have confirmed conventions and signing dates). Please do keep in mind that I generally don’t choose where I go—I rely on invites from conventions/festivals/bookstores.

My first release of the year will be a side-project I’ve talked about on Twitter quite often. Uncanny Collateral is an urban fantasy romp about a collection agent in Cleveland, Ohio who works for the supernatural elements of the world. It should be out in April, with pre-order links going up over the next couple of weeks.

The only other planned release is the sixth and final powder mage novel, Blood of Empire. Pre-order links, as well as a cover reveal, will probably be up by the end of February. The first draft of the book is finished and I’m currently churning through edits. It’s slated for a release date of November 26th.

As for the rest of the year, there are things I would like to do but have no idea whether I’ll get to them. This includes one (or maybe two) more powder mage novellas, as well as the sequel to Uncanny Collateral.

And finally, the big one: I’ve been working on a proposal for my next epic fantasy series. I won’t say too much because I haven’t sold it yet, but this is a completely new universe; a flintlock fantasy with industrialized magic. The basics of the world have been floating around my head for a good two years now so I’m very excited to be working on it. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to announce a sale at some point during 2019 and give you guys some idea of when you’ll get to see the first book.

 That wraps up my year-in-review. Thanks again for your continued patronage!

Birthday Giveaway!

Happy January everyone! Tomorrow (January 25th) is my 33rd birthday. It’s also roughly the seventh anniversary of me becoming a full-time author. To celebrate, I’m giving away an ebook copy of Ghosts of the Tristan Basin, This is a stand-alone novella that takes place within the powder mage universe, roughly a year before the beginning of Promise of Blood. Anyone who wants a copy can get it 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 review one of my books on Amazon/Goodreads/wherever, and maybe sign up for my newsletter via the sidebar so I can keep you in the loop for future releases.

For a year-in-review and an update on what’s coming next, check back here tomorrow!

A Little Housekeeping

Hey everyone! A handful of small items to let you know:

First of all, I’m dropping the “and dated” as a default for books in my website store from here on out. If you order signed books from me and you do want them dated, just request it in the box when you check out and I’ll still do it.

The trade paperbacks of Wrath of Empire are now listed on my website. If you’re a trade paperback collector and you’ve been waiting to get a signed version, head on over!

I’ve had quite a few people ask me if they can buy the Powder Mage playing cards (from the RPG add-on set) separately from the rest, and the answer is finally yes! They are now listed in the store. If you’re interested in other merch, I’ve also added more RPG add-on sets, as well as restocked on the silver Powder Mage Keg Pin.

Brian's Holiday Sale 2018!

Thanksgiving here in the US has passed and we’re on to Black Friday (and then Cyber Monday and Quad Wednesday and whatever other fun days there are to be had before now and Christmas). Around here, that means the holiday sale is on! All these books come signed and dated. Personalized requests will be honored as long as their not too outlandish.

FYI, if you want your books to arrive by Christmas I’d recommend ordering by Dec 1st (international) or Dec 15th (US). I’ve put quite a few items on sale but here are the main deals:

I’m also releasing 5 copies of the RPG in hardcover. I have a very limited number of these left so they will not be on sale. They are first come, first serve.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Fall Play: Powder Mage RPG

I still get a lot of people surprised to find out there’s a Powder Mage RPG, so I thought I’d dash off a quick post here. The RPG comes in the form of a Powder Mage content book that uses the Savage Worlds system and fills out the world significantly between the two trilogies. You’ll get tons of extra details on the magic, peoples, lands, and history. Even if you’re not normally an RPG fan, it’s a great way to dig deeper into the Nine and beyond.

You can pick it up from my website here in either paperback or PDF, or you can go to DrivethruRPG.

Goodreads Choice Awards 2018!

Hello fellow humans! I’m very pleased to announce that Wrath of Empire is a semi-finalist in the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards. It would be super awesome of you to duck over and cast a vote. Besides my own, there’s a boatload of good novels out there. Be sure to check the other categories as well! I believe these votes need to be in by Monday, November 12th.

Salt Lake Comic Con 2018

Utah friends! I'm going to be at Salt Lake Comic Con this weekend, selling books at Bard's Tower (just like last year!). I should be in and out of booth 401 through all three days of the convention, but if you want to be certain to find me I suggest you hit up one of my signings or panels. Here is my full schedule:

Thursday, September 6th

  • 4-5PM: Signing at Bard's Tower, Booth 401

Friday, September 7th

  • 12-1PM: Makers of Stories, Writing Novels and Short Stories, Room 151D
  • 3-4PM: Old Magic and New Magic, the Evolution of Magic Systems, Room 251A
  • 7-8PM: Signing at Bard's Tower, Booth 401

Saturday, September 8th

  • 10-11AM: What Makes a Lovable Villain, Room 255B
  • 12-1PM: Signing at the Printed Garden, Booth 801
  • 6-7PM: Writing in Revised History, Room 251A

The Powder Mage Trilogy on Mega Sale!

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Hey everyone! Funny story here: when Amazon decided to put The Autumn Republic on sale for the month of July, Orbit followed up by saying "huh, that's kinda weird to have just book three on sale... so let's do them all."

Which means that the entire Powder Mage Trilogy is just $2.99 per book right now (ebook, US only). This is across all sales channels, from Amazon to Google Play, and it will last until the end of July. Yes, I'm aware that everyone living outside the US will be frustrated by this. No, I don't have any say over it. Yes, I'm sorry.

Here are some links:

Promise of Blood

The Crimson Campaign

The Autumn Republic

War Cry pre-orders!

War Cry, a story of shapeshifting army rangers on the high plains, is going to be out on August 28th! It's a novella being published by Tor.com and will be my very first non-powder mage work to be published. I'm super excited for you guys to check it out. Also, this frickin' sweet cover:

As usual, pre-orders are a huge boon to any author and this is no different. Thank you to everyone who gets in on this before release date. Here are the links:

Signed Copies

United States

United Kingdom

Audiobook

London Comic Con!

My schedule for London Comic Con this weekend. Come find me and say hi!

Friday:

15:15pm – 16:00pm: Authors of Action – Best-selling authors Brian McClellan (The Gunpowder Mage series Wesley Chu (Time Salvager) and Kevin Hearne (A Plague of Giants) Jen Williams (The Copper Cat trilogy) and Heather Child (Everything about You) discuss what makes a great action scene in fiction.  Bloody violence or rated PG? How much does other media – films, television, video games – influence an author when it comes to crafting their action beats? Moderator – Alasdair Stuart

17:15pm – 18:00pm: Once More with Meaning – The great speculative fiction stories throughout the years have always held a mirror up to our society’s own turbulent history.  Just look at the works of JRR Tolkein, George RR Martin, Gene Rodenberry, or Stephen King to name a few, to see evidence of this.  MCM chats with authors Brian McClellan (The Gunpowder Mage series) Jen Williams (The Copper Cat Trilogy) Wesley Chu (Time Salvager) Lucy Hounsom (Worldmaker Trilogy) and Sam Miller (Blackfish City) to find out how they take real world concerns and stories ripped from the headlines and create engaging speculative fiction around them.

Saturday:

15:00pm – 15:45pm: To Grim or not to Grim – Grim Dark is one of the many sub-genres within fantasy fiction, having enjoyed a massive surge in popularity over the last two decades, thanks in no part to works from authors like George R.R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie.  It’s a genre that’s bold, brash and bloody, and it’s got legions of fans.  But, like any good sub-genre, it’s also got its detractors.  Join fantasy authors Brian McClellan (Powder Mage Trilogy) Scott Lynch (The Gentleman Bastard series) Jen Williams (The Copper Cat Trilogy) Lucy Hounsom (Worldmaker Trilogy) Peter Newman (The Vagrant) and Mark De Jager (Infernal) as they debut the pros and cons of “going dark”. Grim Dark, that is. Moderator: Jared Shurin

Sunday:

11:00pm – 11:30pm: Orbit Presents: Brian McClellan – CJ and the Live Stage gang sit down for a chat with award-winning fantasy author Brian McClellan (Wrath of Empire) and discuss the latest novel in his acclaimed Gunpowder Mage series. 

14:00pm – 14:45pm: World-Building Blocks – No matter whether you have dragons on every street corner, demons lurking beneath the shadows of our ordinary world, or sentient computers plotting to take over star systems, all good fantastical fiction requires strong world building.  Authors Scott Lynch (The Gentleman Bastard series) Elizabeth Bear (Ancestral Night) Liz De Jager (Blackhart Legacy) Lucy Hounsom (Worldmaker Trilogy) Brian McClellan (The Gunpowder Mage series) and Mark de Jager (Infernal). Moderator – Anne Perry