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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.


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Last day of ebook sale!

March 3, 2014 in Promise of Blood, Sale by Brian

Promise of Blood has been on sale in North America for $1.99 for many moons now and that sale is finally coming to an end. If you have not yet gotten your copy (or gotten a copy for a friend or three), do so today! Follow this link here to locate all your favorite online bookstores.

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Weekend Buys 2/28/14

February 28, 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.”


Miserere is the debut novel of Teresa Frohock. I’ve been intrigued by this book since I first laid eyes on it. Maybe it’s because of the strikingly gorgeous cover. Maybe it’s because it looks like supernatural, crusader-type fantasy which I think is awesome. Regardless, I picked it up because it’s only $2.99 right now on Amazon. You should do the same.


You know how every week I name at least one book on my to-read list that I really want to get to? Yeah, The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley Beaulieu is the one for this week. I like to think of both Brad and his goatee as good friends of mine, ever since he taught me how to say his last name properly. I’ll give you a hint: it looks like there isn’t an ‘r’ in his last name but there is. Anyway, The Winds of Khala… The Winds of Khal… Brad’s book is just $.99 right now so you should get it. Oh and as it turns out, Brad has put all three books on sale. So go ahead and pick up books two and three, The Straits of Galahesh and The Flames of Shadam Khoreh for $.99 each as well.


I’m going to guess that most of you have seen The Princess Bride. If not, you should buy it immediately, because it’s one of the best adventure movies ever made. I’m also gonna guess that most of you have not read the book upon which it is based. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman is an absolute gem. I won’t go on about how the book is better because it’s honestly a coin toss for me, and they are two very different experiences. It should immediately go near the top of your to-read list.

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Three Ducks in a Row

February 27, 2014 in Promise of Blood, The Autumn Republic, The Crimson Campaign by Brian

Or, you know, just three awesome covers.


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A Powder Mage Subreddit!

February 26, 2014 in Reddit by Brian

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The latest bit of coolness to come to the Powder Mage Universe? It’s own subreddit! Over on /r/powdermage they’re already planning a Powder Mage wiki and a Promise of Blood reread in anticipation of The Crimson Campaign. It even has it’s very own Reddit Alien Powder Mage! I think that’s very cool. Special thanks to Peter Keep, the guy who’s putting it all together!

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The Autumn Republic – Cover Reveal

February 24, 2014 in The Autumn Republic by Brian



I absolutely love this cover. Huge props to Gene Mollica (the artist), Lauren Panepinto (Orbit’s art director) and all the other awesome folks at Orbit. They’ve knocked it out of the park with every single cover in the trilogy. I couldn’t be more happy.

Don’t forget that The Crimson Campaign comes out in just ten weeks! If you haven’t pre-ordered yet you can do so by finding your preferred bookstore on this page here. If you’re in the Cleveland area keep your eyes on this site because I’ll be announcing the launch party sometime in the next few weeks.

If you’re new to the powder mage universe you can still get the ebook of Promise of Blood for just $1.99 in North America and if you’re waiting for the trade paperback of Promise of Blood, you only have six more weeks until it hits shelves. Don’t forget to pre-order!

If you’re looking for something else to read while you wait for The Crimson Campaign, you can also get your hands on the powder mage short fiction: Forsworn, “The Girl of Hrusch Avenue” and “Hope’s End.”

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Weekend Buys 2/22/14

February 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.”


I’ll be honest, I’m still a little mad that Leviathan Wakes didn’t win a Hugo. This is an absolutely stellar book. It’s space opera, so it has the pacing and complexity that I love in epic fantasy all in a science fiction setting. The science is well-thought out and it doesn’t have the mysticism/magic you’d find in Dune or Star Wars. If memory serves, the series is meant to be five books of which Leviathan Wakes is the first. The next two, Caliban’s War and Abaddon’s Gate are equally as awesome. The fourth, Cibola Burn, is due out in June of this year. Do yourself a favor and pick up all of these books. You won’t regret it.


The Desert of Souls is another on my to-read list. I have heard literally nothing but praise for this book and I’ve met the author, Howard Andrew Jones, on several occasions and you will not hang out with a nicer guy. I had the chance to exchange books with him at ConFusion last month, and picked up his second, Bones of the Old Ones. These books are a sort of Arabian Nights fantasy, which to me sounds wicked cool.



I absolutely love the Chronicles of the Black Company. I remember picking this up at the 2008 Worldcon in Denver, starting to read it on the bus to the airport, and pretty much not putting it down until I finished it the next day. It follows the adventures of the titular mercenary company as they fight for, and this is my favorite part, the big bad guy of their world. This is a collection comprised of the first three books in Glen Cook’s Black Company series and at just $7.99 for the ebook it’s an absolute steal.

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Update on Book Three

February 21, 2014 in The Autumn Republic by Brian

The final book in the Powder Mage trilogy is approaching it’s finish. Most, if not all, of the remaining chapters are summarized and ready for writing. One of the four POV’s is just 2-3 short scenes away from being finished. Three whole books almost under my belt. Boy howdy. That’s amazing. The other day I skipped head and wrote the final scene of the book and it honestly gave me chills.

But maybe I was just being dramatic.

The big news today is that book three has a cover and a title. Orbit will allow me to release the cover right here on my little ol’ blog on Monday. Until then, take a look at a sneak peek of the cover for The Autumn Republic.


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New Fan Art!

February 18, 2014 in Fan Art by Brian

I’m pretty dang excited, because last night I got an email containing my third piece of fan art ever (and the first piece done by someone who doesn’t know me personally). How dang cool is that? Have I mentioned how much I love fan art? Because I do. It’s makes me all giddy.

Ka-Poel by Will Stermer

Ka-poel, art by Will Stermer

Thanks Will! It looks fantastic. You can find Will at his Tumbler.

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Sword and Laser

February 18, 2014 in Podcasts by Brian

This evening at 7PM EST, I’m having a Google Hangout with the cool folks at Sword and Laser. I imagine I’ll be talking about writing, epic fantasy, Promise of Blood, The Crimson Campain, and any number of other fun topics. I’ll post on my Twitter when the hangout goes live. In the meantime, you can head over to their Goodreads page and leave a question for me to answer during the hangout. Looking forward to seeing you there!