Wrath of Empire, the next powder mage novel, is now out! If you've enjoyed my books so far, I'd be hugely appreciative if you'd pick it up this week (first week numbers are a big deal). If you haven't read my books, head over and get Sins of Empire, which is still just $2.99 in ebook. Thanks to everyone who continues to support my writing!

Here's the synopsis:

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, Michel 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



Worldbuilders Auction

I'm very excited to let you know that Badali Jewelry has recently finished the super dang cool Mad Lancer Ring, as worn by Ben Styke in Sins of Empire and the soon-to-come Wrath of Empire. As part of the launch of both the new book and the new ring, I've teamed up with Badali and Worldbuilders to auction off the first production piece of each of the three different versions of the ring. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Worldbuilders Charity, which is awesome. The auctions end at 6:30PM MST on 5/17/18.


Fan Art Contest Winner!

Sorry for the delay on posting this, but things have been a bit bonkers around here. I'm happy to announce that we have a winner in the Wrath of Empire Fan Art Contest! There were a bunch of awesome entries, and thanks so much to everyone who participated. First up, here are the submissions:

Here are a couple more on FB and Instagram that I can't figure out how to download because I'm bad at this sort of thing: Tamas Miniature by _sperry_, Taniel by ikazn, and Ka-poel by Cliff Green.

Picking the winner was tough, but I had to go with the Vlora cosplay and digital photo manipulation. Check this out!

Vlora by lardacil

Vlora by lardacil

The Importance of Preorders

I've got a new book coming out in seven days. Wrath of Empire, the second book in Gods of Blood and Powder, will hit shelves on May 15thth and because of that I've been a little pre-occupied with getting people to order the book ahead of the release.

A lot of people ask me if pre-orders are more important or make me more money than if, say, they waited until the book has hit the shelves and bought it then. All things being equal, they do not make me more money. They are, however, more important for a couple different reasons.

The most obvious reason are bestseller lists. Pre-orders count toward first week sales that often determine whether a book winds up on a bestselling list, a possibility that can be huge for any author.

Pre-orders also affect what happens behind the scenes. A large number of pre-orders can cause a vendor (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million) to go back to my publisher and ask for another order of books. That's before the book is even out. How cool is that? That order could be 200. It could be 2000. Doesn't matter how small it is, another order is fantastic. In addition, notes will be made about how well these books seem to be selling. My publisher can go to their other vendors and say "Hey, X just ordered another 300 copies of Y, which means you'll probably have a high demand as well. Can we send you more?"

It's a snowball effect. It can cause sales to grow before the book even hits the shelves, which gets booksellers and the publisher excited for it, and they'll turn around and push it even harder to the book-buying public.

What I'm saying is: if you plan on buying a book, head over to your favorite vendor and put your money down ahead of release. It really does make a difference.

You can pre-order Wrath of Empire from the following links:

My very first UK signing!

I've just been given the information about my very first UK signing and thought I'd pass it on over to you guys! It'll be at the Hatchet Inn Bristol (hosted by Books on the Hill) from 12-2PM on Saturday, May 19th. It'll start with a panel including three other authors -- Joanne Hall, Peter Newman, and Lucy Hounsom -- after which we'll sign books and hang out and chat. You can respond to the facebook event here.

As mentioned, this is my first event in the UK (as well as my first time ever in the UK) and I couldn't be more excited! I'm hoping locals can make it over to say hi and get your signed copies of Wrath of Empire!

For those of you who can't make it, I will be at MCM London Comic Con the following weekend. My schedule hasn't been announced yet, but I'll post it here as soon as I find out.

Newsletter Giveaway

Six weeks until Wrath of Empire hits the shelves! *runs around screaming*

As part of the countdown, I'm giving away six signed copies of Sins of Empire in trade paperback. To enter, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter by midnight, April 9th. If you're already signed up, then you don't have to do anything--you're already entered. The giveaway is open internationally. Winners will be chosen at random from the entire mailing list. You can sign up for the newsletter here.

Instagram Giveaway

Seven weeks left until Wrath of Empire hits the shelves! As this week's part of the countdown, I'm giving away something cool and unique over on Instagram: the signed cover proof of the powder mage RPG. Head on over to my Instagram page to see the cover proof and how you can enter to win it! #powdermage

Head's up: the giveaway for next week will require being signed up for my mailing list, so make sure you're on there!

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.