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Welcome to 2020. 2019 was a really good year for me. I started a new job over the summer which I really love and was still able (thanks to a robust backlog of finished books and stories) to publish two novels in my Legionnaire series, two novels in my Winterhaven series, and three short stories--not to mention publishing the first three books of the Legionnaire series as audio books thanks to the brilliant narrative talents of Will Hahn


2020 is also off to a good start. The first three volumes of Legionnaire are now available as a book bundle titled Marcus Takes Command. Will Hahn has finished recording the audio book for Legionnaire 4 The Battle for Amatista and we are waiting for ACX to approve it. He's already moved on to Legionnaire 5 The Centinela Gambit and it sounds phenomenal. To make things even better, Will has agreed to slip into his publishing schedule my novel, Forever After, a story about a man who won't let death stop him from coming back to be with his family. 


Blood, the second volume of my Preternatural series, is now available pretty much everywhere. It shows the Hadrian's Well sheriff's department dealing with the disaster that struck them in volume one, The Devil's Caverns, while trying to resolve a new preternatural threat to their town.


In the meantime, I've just finished writing the ninth volume of the Legionnaire series, Flood of War.  In it, Marcus has his hands full as he struggles to overcome the curse of Madre Tierra and the army of Granate, but the forces of Diamonte are not politely waiting for him to overcome his problems in the north. The war over Amatista is about to begin in earnest. It's just been set up for pre-order at Amazon and Smashwords and will be available to read on April 9.


And now that it is March, don't forget to check out my new promotion--March to Other Worlds--where in I will spotlight on my blog and my Facebook Author Page great military fantasy and sf stories. 


Finally, it's just been determined that Written Gems, in honor of March to Other Worlds, will read and discuss Roger Zelazny's classic, Nine Princes in Amber, this March. You can find the Written Gems group on Goodreads. I'll put more detail here as soon as I have them. 


The Sea of Grass

Fan Chris Grady sent me this video of him receiving his copy of The Sea of Grass

What Am I Working on Now?

1. I'm revising Legionnaire 9 Flood of War and plotting Legionnaire 10 The Defense of Amatista. In both volumes, the war is getting nasty as Marcus and his Legionnaires fight against the despotism of Diamonte and its allies. 


2. I'm also playing around with a complete rewrite of the first novel I ever started back in high school. Circles is the story of three friends--Vikings who died in the ninth century saving the world. Two of them went to Valhalla. The third...well it's not quite clear where he ended up. What's important is all three are coming back to avert a twenty-first century Ragnarok that threatens all the Norse realms.


3. I'm also toying with the third book in my Preternatural series titled Octoberfeast. As you might imagine, Octoberfest will never be the same in Hadrian's Well.


4. William L. Hahn is hard at work narrating the fifth Legionnaire audiobook, The Centinela Gambit. It should become available this spring. 

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Comments about my books? Questions? Please contact me and let me know what's on your mind.  You can reach me at gilbertmstack@gmail.com or through the Guestbook on this site. 

Welcome to My Imagination!!

I'm an author of epic and heroic fantasy, paranormal adventures, historical fiction, and mysteries. I'm best known for my Legionnaire series (military heroic fantasy published online and in print) and my Miss Pandora Parson mysteries originally published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Take a look around and feel free to visit again. If you have any questions you can contact me through the Guestbook or at gilbertmstack@gmail.com. You can also find me at Goodreads.  

Coming in March 2020, I will host the first annual March to Other Worlds event here on my website, on my blog and on my Facebook Author Page, where I will spotlight reviews of great fantasy and science fiction novels and series. Make sure you check in every day of March. 

Legionnaire 9 Flood of War


Days of rain force sane armies to hunker down to wait for dry weather. Yet, no one in the Jeweled Hills would accuse Prefect Marcus Venandus of being sane. Not only has he united the bickering Qing, Gente and Gota in his Black Hat Legion, he rarely embraces conventional military tactics. With three days of drenching weather turning roads to mud, flooding creeks, and bogging down his enemies’ carts and wagons, Marcus seizes the initiative and leads one thousand of his Black Hats on their most daring campaign yet. Can he use the Flood of War to sink the treacherous Thegn of Granate? Or will the rains wash away any chance he has of winning this war?

Flood of War can be pre-ordered for 25% off until April 9. You can find it at Amazon, AmazonUK, and other fine e-retailers.

The First Three Legionnaire Books Are Now Bundled



Looking for a great way to dive into the Legionnaire series? Now you can get the first three volumes in one book bundle and save money doing it. You can check it out on Amazon, AmazonUK, and pretty much everywhere. 

Preternatural 2 Blood Now Available

Preternatural 2 Blood 


With Sheriff Tucker down after the nosferatu attack, it’s up to newly appointed Undersheriff Joanna Donovan to rally her fellow officers. She must discover what new monster is terrorizing Hadrian’s Well and put an end to it before it kills any more of her citizens. Yet how can she do that with her own officers questioning her abilities, the town mayor strong arming her, and a new drug making its presence felt in Hadrian’s Well? Against her better judgment, she’s going to have to reach out to local science teacher, Evan Drake, to help her track down the creature or Hadrian’s Well will be awash in even more blood.


You can find Blood at Amazon, AmazonUK, and many other e-retailers. And don't forget about Preternatural 1 The Devil's Caverns also available at Amazon, AmazonUK and pretty much everywhere. 



Winterhaven 3 The Blood of Torons


Duke Maldon may have suffered the shame of seeing his family's heresy exposed, but that doesn’t mean that the duke and his kin are out of the fight. Launching their most insidious scheme yet, they succeed in transforming a victory celebration uniting the duchy’s leading families into a bloody battlefield that ignites a civil war. And with the great families of Winterhaven doing their best to kill each other, no one seems to notice the far greater dangers arising on the border, threatening to overrun them all. No one, that is, but the weakest members of the tragically divided Toron family. Dhrugal and his brothers saved the duchy once, but can they do so again with the streets of the city running with The Blood of Torons?


You can find Winterhaven at Amazon, AmazonUK, and other e-retailers. 

Celebrate Occult-tober with The Devil's Caverns







Preternatural 1 The Devil's Caverns


If folks had any business living in the small Colorado town of Hadrian’s Well, there wouldn’t be a meadow called Dead Man’s Field outside of it. That’s where Deputy Joanna Dawson finds bloody body parts strewn across the ground. She thought that rural Colorado would be safer than Chicago. She’s about to find out she’s wrong.


You can find The Devil's Caverns for 99 cents on Amazon, Amazon UK, and other e-retailers.  

Pandora's Defense Now Available



From the pages of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine: When bare knuckle boxer Corey Callaghan’s trainer is locked in prison on a charge of murder, the sheriff doesn’t much care if he’s innocent or guilty. That’s because he doesn’t expect the case to go before a judge and jury. You see, the dead man’s son is leading a posse to town looking for vengeance and Corey’s fists aren’t likely to be enough to save the old man. It looks like Patrick’s only chance to avoid a lynching is lady luck, a gambler named, Pandora Parson, and the strength of her defense.


You can find Pandora's Defense on Amazon, AmazonUK, and other e-retailers.


The Fire Islands Surpasses 2200 Sales

The Fire Islands now has a combined total of more than 2200 sales.  This is an incredible milestone and I'm grateful to everyone who has helped me to achieve it! You can find it in electronic, print and audio format. 


Lesser Tribune Marcus Venandus, Legion officer exemplar, was exiled to the disease-ridden hell hole known as the Fire Islands as punishment for the failed political machinations of his father. While the days of the powerful witchdoctor kings throwing skeletal armies against the shields of the legion have faded into history, all is not right at the edge of the world. Unrest is boiling once again as long dead darkness seeps back into the islands. With the legion more concerned with its personal rivalries than with its duty, it will fall to Marcus and his small, highly disciplined, command to put the horrors of the past back in their graves and literally save Aquila from a fate worse than death.

Legionnaire 8 Seneca's Command Is Now Available

The eighth novel in the Legionnaire series is now available.


While Prefect Marcus Venandus struggles with the Curse of Madre Tierra, the Gente of Morganita betray their alliance with the Black Hat Legion and launch a surprise attack on Fort Prime. With all the senior officers in the fort dead, the most junior of officers, Acting Magus Seneca Liberus, finds himself in charge. With thousands of Gente massing to continue the assault backed by the powerful mago House of Victor, it falls to Seneca to measure up to the proud traditions of Aquila and lead his green legionnaires to victory.


You can find it at Amazon and Amazon UK

The Map of Winterhaven

Here is the amazing map of Winterhaven painted by Chris L. Adams. Chris split the final version into two maps so that the detail will be easier to make out on e-readers and phones. It is, I am sure you will agree, extraordinary! You can see more of Chris' art work and poetry and links to his fiction here

Blood Ties Is Here!

My new novel, Blood Ties, is now available! It’s part of my October celebration--Occult-tober. Here's the blurb of the novel:



It seemed like such an easy case. All attorney Liz Dunn had to do was escort Ryan Hart to meet his long lost uncle in the tiny country of Carpathia on the Transylvanian border. Ryan stood to gain a ten million dollar estate. Liz wanted the hefty check that would keep her law firm in the black. But Ryan’s dying uncle, the enigmatic Stefan Carpathios, planned to get something far more sinister in return. In an ancient land where legends come to life, Liz is about to discover that the world is much more complex than she believed and a blood tie can be an exceedingly dangerous thing. In the quest for immortality, a relative is a terrible thing to waste.



Blood Ties is available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, and other fine e-retailers. 


Written Gems

I’m excited to announce the creation of a new discussion group on Goodreads dedicated to the wonderful but often underappreciated works that form the roots of Fantasy and Science Fiction today. This will include such greats as: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lord Dunsany, Robert E. Howard, H.G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.P. Lovecraft, and more—plus the occasional author you may have never read (but will be very glad you did).


These authors not only influenced the development of their genres but are still frankly fun to read today. We want to explore these works together and seek out more—and we’re inviting you to join us in our endeavor.


Joining me in this noble cause are authors William L. Hahn and Chris L. Adams. Will is an expert in epic fantasy and Chris is an authority on the pulp classics of the first half of the twentieth century. Together we’ll explore a new work each month, seeking to understand not only what made the novel fun in the past, but why it has endured, and what it has to offer for audiences today.


If you’re interested, why don’t you take a look at Written Gems on Goodreads where you’ll find more information about our group?


We have two discussion threads now:

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Khaled: A Tale of Arabia by Francis Marion Crawford


We hope you’ll join us.

Two Reviews

My story, Hearts of Ice, and my Pandora Series, each picked up favorable mentions recently.  

Aside from wishing that the novella was longer, Barb at Night Owl Reviews said: "... the ending was a surprise and I was not expecting that... All in all, the story was good."

My Pandora Series at Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine was mentioned in the comments to a Bill Crider blog on western crime fiction at Criminal Element. Richard Prosch said: "Another terrific bunch of Old West mystery stories is Gilbert M. Stack's Pandora series. The new one (Number 10, I think) is in the latest Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine this month." 

 

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