Wrath of Empire fan art contest!

Just eight weeks to go until Wrath of Empire hits shelves! To begin the countdown, I've got something special for the artsy types among you: a contest to win a signed advanced reading copy of the book. Here are the rules:

To participate: you must submit a piece of powder mage fan art, created by you, by April 19th, 2018. That gives you just over four weeks from today to plan and execute. I'm leaving the definition of "art" fairly open: anything creative in a visual media of some kind. 

To submit: Post the art somewhere online, tagged with #powdermage, and be sure to let me know via email brian at brianmcclellan dot com with the subject line WRATH OF EMPIRE ART CONTEST. Please include your mailing address for in case you win. If I don't see it, your piece won't be considered for the contest! By entering you agree to allow me to post the piece on my website (it will not be used commercially and the art still belongs to you).

  • Multiple entries are allowed
  • The contest is open internationally

To win: I'm gonna pick whichever piece I like the best, plain and simple. I'll probably ask my wife for a second opinion if it's close. Here are the winners of a previous contest. A hint for those of you with no artistic talent: making me laugh counts for a lot.

Powder Mage Roleplaying Game - PDF

Hey everyone! I'm delighted to announce that the PDF of the Powder Mage RPG has been delivered to Kickstarter backers. If you're a backer and haven't gotten your update email, head here to learn how to collect your copy.

For those of you who missed the Kickstarter: you can pick it up either from DrivethruRPG or direct from my website here.

Quick update on the physical version: our original printer fell through at the last moment and we're scrambling to get proofs from a new printer. Once we've seen and approved the proofs, we'll let everyone know that printing is a go. You can pre-order the softcover here. Huge thanks to Alan Bahr for helping me get to this point, and once again, thanks so much for your patience.

Sins is a Kindle Daily Deal!

Sins of Empire, book one in Gods of Blood and Powder, is just $2.99 today (US only). If you've read the Powder Mage Trilogy and are looking for the next fix, this is the follow up! Tell your friends. Buy it for a family member. Get an extra copy for your phone because you don't understand how ebooks work. Go wild! Here are the links:


War Cry Cover Reveal!

Hey everyone! I am delighted to announce that War Cry, my WWII-esque epic fantasy novella from tor.com (coming this August!), now has a cover. I'll give you a little tease right here, and then send you over to Barnes and Noble's scifi blog where I talk more about the story and show you the whole cover.

As always, I'm hugely grateful to those of you willing to pre-order my books. Here are some links:

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The Mad Lancers Won a Stabby Award!

I am delighted to report that my latest powder mage novella, The Mad Lancers, won a Stabby Award! For those of you that don't know, the Stabby Awards are the yearly tradition of my favorite online community, /r/fantasy. They give out Stabbies for a bunch of different categories, including Best Debut Novel, which was won by Promise of Blood in 2013.

The Mad Lancers, a story that explores the history of the Fatrastan war hero Mad Ben Styke, won Best Novella this year. I couldn't be happier or more grateful to the fans. Thanks guys!


Wrath of Empire Pre-orders!

Wrath of Empire, the next powder mage novel, is out three months from today! If you've enjoyed my books so far, I'd mightily appreciate it if you put in a pre-order through your preferred vendor. Pre-orders determine marketing budget, size of first print run, a possible second print run, and so many wonderful things.

Thanks a ton! Links below:

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Upcoming Event: LTUE

This weekend (February 15th, 16th, and 17th) is LTUE; a small science fiction and fantasy convention in Provo, UT. I will be in attendance for all three days. Because of the absurd concentration of authors in Utah, it might be the highest author-to-fan ratio of any con so it's a good chance to come and meet cool people and maybe learn yourself a thing or two at one of the many panels. You can see the guest list here.

My schedule is as follows:


  • 2PM; Effective Networking for Authors and Artists in room Zion
  • 3PM; How I Got My Agent in room Arches
  • 7-9PM; Mass Author Book Signing in Exhibit Hall A


  • 4PM; Making Money on the Side in room Elm

Siege of Tilpur for Sale

Hey all! Siege of Tilpur, an old powder mage short story of mine that was originally only available in the UNBOUND Anthology, is now available for individual purchase. Chronologically, it's the very first written event in the Powder Mage Universe. Here's the cover copy:

It is the height of the Gurlish Wars. Sergeant Tamas, a young infantryman in the Adran Army, struggles to keep his squad alive despite the blundering incompetence of their superior officers. Not only does Tamas have the curse of being an ambitious commoner in an army where rank is purchased rather than earned, he is also a powder mage. His magical ability to manipulate gunpowder is frowned upon by officers and feared by Privileged sorcerers.

When the Adran Army is about to give up on the siege of an enemy fortress, Tamas seizes upon the opportunity to prove his worth as a strategist and mage. But breaking the enemy on his own won’t be easy, no matter how strong he is.

Find your links below.

A note on pricing: some of you will notice that Siege is only about half the length of my normal novellas, but still priced at the same $2.99. I waffled on this a lot, but the fact is that any self-pubbed books sold on Amazon for less than $2.99 make only a 35% royalty, rather than a 70%. Pricing Siege at $.99 (for instance) would have meant it made 1/6th the amount of money, rather than 1/3rd. After paying for cover art and ebook conversion, it just wouldn't have been worth it. Hope you guys understand!

Cyber Monday Signed Book Sale 2017!

It's time for the annual Cyber Monday Signed Book Sale! As in previous years, some author friends and I have gotten together to offer holiday prices on signed books directly from our websites. 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. *My sale ends Wednesday, 12/13*

This year, the participants are Bradley BeaulieuJason HoughMicheal Sullivan. Check out their sales!

As for my own books, here's what I have for sale this year:

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.

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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:



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


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!