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Free Stuff!

April 2, 2014 in Bookplates, Free Stuff, The Crimson Campaign by Brian

Pre-order The Crimson Campaign and get a signed bookplate!


We’re now just five weeks away from the release of book two in the Powder Mage Trilogy, The Crimson Campaign, and Orbit Books is giving away a little swag to those who pre-order.

In case you don’t know, bookplates are large stickers that you can put on the title page of a book. This is great way for your to get your book signed in absentia and the map art from TCC used on them is gorgeous to boot. Heck, they’re so pretty that I kept one for myself when I was signing the giant stack (shh, don’t tell my publisher).

More information can be found here.

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Hope’s End Now on Audio

April 1, 2014 in audiobooks, Short Fiction by Brian

You’ll remember that last month my powder mage short story “The Girl of Hrusch Avenue” came out as an audiobook via Audible’s ACX program. Well now you can get the second short story, “Hope’s End,” as well!

“Hope’s End” is narrated by Julie Hoverson and available on Audible, iTunes, and

You can also get Promise of Blood or pre-order the audiobook of The Crimson Campaign, both narrated by Christian Rodska


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Two Weeks Until PoB Paperback

March 25, 2014 in Promise of Blood by Brian


Hey guys! Just two weeks left until the Promise of Blood trade paperback hits shelves in the US. As some of you may have seen on twitter and Facebook yesterday, the UK paperback has entered it’s second printing (it’s been out since January). That doesn’t necessarily mean that the same will happen in the US but it certainly bodes well, so if you want to be certain you’ll get your mitts on a first edition of the trade paperback you should pick it up ASAP. Pre-orders are always the best!

And speaking of pre-orders, only six weeks until The Crimson Campaign comes out in the North America and the UK! Woohoo!

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Weekend Buys 3/21/14

March 22, 2014 in Weekend Buys by Brian

“Each weekend I recommend three books. Some are books I’ve read and some are books I want to read. Some have been written by my friends. Or maybe I’ll just post a good deal I saw online. Just a little something to expose you to the kind of books that interest me.”


Hounded by Kevin Hearne. I had the pleasure of meeting award-winning author Kevin Hearne at World Con in San Antonio last fall. He’s one of the most genuine, delightful people that you’ll ever meet. His first book is just $.99 right now so if you enjoy urban fantasy, or even if that’s not normally your thing, you should pick it up.


This is a collection of the first three books in the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. I’ve only read the first two, and quite a long time ago, but I remember them as wonderful, unique books. Most authors I know seem to have fond memories of reading her novels. This whole collection is just $1.99 right now on ebook so it’s a pretty dang good time to grab ‘em.


Ice Forged by Gail Z. Martin is one of those books I heard a ton of good things about and bought forever ago but which has not yet reached the top of my mile-long to-read list. Fortunately for you guys, it’s just $1.99 right now.



Yes, I know I recommended Myke Cole’s books just a few weeks back and that I’m supposed to only do three books on this feature, but I thought it wise to let you know that Control Point: Shadow Ops recently went on sale for $1.99. If you had been thinking of trying to out the series you should do so now.

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Book Launch Party for The Crimson Campaign

March 17, 2014 in Signing, The Crimson Campaign by Brian

For my local friends and readers: I now have a time and date for the Crimson Campaign launch party!

It’s going to be on May 10th, 1-3PM, at the Barnes and Noble in Mentor, OH. There will be copies of both Promise of Blood and The Crimson Campaign available for purchase. There is also likely to be punch and cake because, come on. It’s me.

If you’re a Facebook kind of person, you can add the event to your calendar here. Hope to see everyone there!


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Weekend Buys 3/15/14

March 15, 2014 in Weekend Buys by Brian

“Each weekend I recommend three books. Some are books I’ve read and some are books I want to read. Some have been written by my friends. Or maybe I’ll just post a good deal I saw online. Just a little something to expose you to the kind of books that interest me.”


Yet another book on my to-read list, Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone follows a necromancer tasked with resurrecting a murdered god, which sounds fairly fun and different to me. It also has a really cool cover and is only $2.99 right now. The second book, Two Serpents Rise, is already out.



I got to meet Cargill and his lovely wife at the San Antonio Worldcon. There may or may not be a video of me and Robert Jackson Bennett doing a rain dance in Cargill’s hotel room at 2AM but really that’s beside the point. C. Robert’s book Dreams and Shadows is just $1.99 right now, so give it a go.



Here’s something a little different: a nonfiction book first published over 100 years ago. The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: from Marathon to Waterloo is the book that first got me into military history. It’s a little dense, but incredibly fascinating. While well worth owning the hardcover or paperback and making yourself look all sophisticated to guests perusing your bookshelf, the ebook is free.

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Weekend Buys 3/7/14

March 7, 2014 in Weekend Buys by Brian

“Each weekend I recommend three books. Some are books I’ve read and some are books I want to read. Some have been written by my friends. Or maybe I’ll just post a good deal I saw online. Just a little something to expose you to the kind of books that interest me.”


Some of you may remember my post back in December where I talked about what I read in 2013. Among those books was Partials, by Dan Wells. It’s a fantastic book and pretty much a must-read for anyone who likes post-apocalyptic science fiction. It’s also currently $1.99. The second book, Fragments, is already out and the third book, Ruins, will be out in just four days.


Looking for something a little different? I’ve heard amazing things about Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig. It’s been on my kindle for some time now and like so many other of the weekend buys, I just haven’t gotten to it yet. Some of you might know Chuck from his expletive-filled writing advice on Terribleminds (which I’ve been a huge fan of for almost two years now). The books won’t break the bank at on $4.89, and the next two books in the series, Mockingbird and The Cormorant are already finished.


Let’s be honest. If you read epic fantasy and you don’t know who Brandon Sanderson is, I would find that a little bit shocking. But hey, maybe you haven’t gotten around to reading him yet. In which case you should check out The Way of Kings which is currently on sale for $2.99. It’s the first book in Brandon’s immense ten book series, the second book of which just came out this week. If you want to start with something a little smaller (and finished), you can begin with The Final Empire, which is the first in the three book Mistborn series.

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The David Gemmell Legend Awards

March 6, 2014 in Awards by Brian

Hey folks! Every year, the David Gemmell Legend Awards are handed out to heroic, epic, and high fantasy novels that came out the previous year. Here’s the big deal: these awards are voted on by the public without need of registration (like Goodreads) or a paid membership (like the Hugos or Nebulas).

Promise of Blood is eligible for all three Gemmell Awards. Right now the voting is in the “long list” stage, so we’re just trying to get past the first of two rounds.

The Morningstar Award for Best Newcomer/Debut.

The Legend Award for Best Novel.

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Book Jacket/Artist.

If you read at least one fantasy novel last year that you’ve enjoyed, please go to the links above and vote!


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“Hope’s End” now on iBooks Store

March 6, 2014 in Short Fiction by Brian

Just a quick note to let you all know that the powder mage short story “Hope’s End” is now available on the iBooks Store (in addition to Forsworn and “The Girl of Hrusch Avenue” which were added a couple weeks ago. Get it here!

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The Girl of Hrusch Avenue on Audiobook!

March 5, 2014 in audiobooks by Brian

In January I began the process of turning my Powder Mage Short Fiction into audiobooks via Audible’s ACX program. The first one of those is finally done!

You can now get your hands on “The Girl of Hrusch Avenue” narrated by Julie Hoverson via Audible, iTunes, and

For those of you that don’t know, Promise of Blood is available via audiobook as well, narrated by Christian Rodska.