World Building Panel at Germantown Library August 16th

Every story happens someplace and on the evening of August 16th I will be with fellow Dark Oak Press writer Pat Sawtelle at the Germantown Library to discuss tips on how to make those someplaces.

We’ll be covering how to make your world believable, how to work in the details, how to prioritize what you share about the world to best serve your story, what kind of things to avoid, and how to get started (hint – there’s more than one way).

Whether you’re writing a fantasy, a science fiction story, a modern thriller, or bizarre horror story,  you’ve got a world to build. We hope to help you do that.

It all begins at 7 pm on the 16th at the Germantown Community Library: 1925 Exeter Road. Sign up thru the Germantown Community Library website. Show up. Have fun!!!


Now available:

The Artifice Conspiracy

After a spy sabotages the demonstration of an experimental magical airship, the resulting explosion kills nearly a hundred people. Among the dead are an imperial princess, a bishop, and most of the family of the wizard Lord Harlow Tammadore – cousin to the airship’s designer and himself an arcane consultant on the ship’s ground breaking propulsion artifice.

Teaming with the Imperial Knight Zorrah Pestle, charged with bringing the perpetrator of the deaths to justice, Harlow seeks revenge for his family’s death. Together, Harlow and Zorrah uncover a conspiracy involving a rebellious prince about to undergo a ritual that will make him an undead of unspeakable power, a mysterious dragon with a secret agenda all his own, and the development of the most powerful weapon of magic the world has ever known.

Available in Memphis at The Book Juggler on South Main, and Two Rivers Bookstore in Cooper-Young. Also available via Amazon (including e-reader formats).

Read the first chapter for free right here!



Coming soon:

The Treasure Betrayals

The logistics of transporting a dragon’s treasure hoard across thousands of miles are daunting. The logistics of stealing it are even more complicated. When a late night attack slaughters most of the treasure caravan’s security escort, Imperial Knight Fanderlin Redbranch and Imperial Battle Wizard Karisa Camorhil begin a chase of the perpetrators. Those perpetrators have prepared. Redbranch and Camorhil must see through the misinformation and false clues to discover who has killed so many of their fellows, and what it means for the dragon’s treasure. There have been betrayals already, and with a hoard of riches at stake, there are more coming!


(Since this hasn’t gone to the publisher yet, I might change the names. I already changed the title. If you have one of the fifty first chapter preview pamphlets I distributed at MidSouthCon, you’ve got something with the original title!)