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I'm an author of historical fiction, mysteries and paranormal adventures. I'm best known for my Miss Pandora Parson mysteries published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and my work has also appeared in several electronic formats. Take a look around and feel free to visit again. If you have any questions you can contact me at email@example.com. You can also find me at Goodreads.
Now Available--Winterhaven--The First Book in a Brand New Epic Fantasy Series
Here is a first look at the cover of the first book of my new fantasy series, Winterhaven. This book has been more than 20 years in the writing and I'm very excited to bring it to you in February 2019.
In the far off Duchy of Winterhaven at the edge of human civilization, a young knight investigates a most unusual murder while the Great Lords of the land scheme to expand their borders and take control of the duchy. A decade of relative peace is about to collapse and only young Dhrugal of Edgefield and his brothers and sister stand between Winterhaven and dark-spun chaos.
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.
THE FIRE ISLANDS Passes 1500 Sales
One of the most important things that every great fantasy book needs is a map. When I decided to publish my novel, Winterhaven, I knew I needed a map as great as the story. Unfortunately, I have no real artistic talent to speak of and feared that I was going to fall flat in this area.
Fortunately, painter extraordinaire, Chris L. Adams, offered to help out again as he had with the map of The Jeweled Hills in my Legionnaire series. The first thing he did was color my sketch to distinguish the geographical features and clarify the place name labels. I would have been happy with this improvement alone, but Chris had bigger plans and pulled out the paint brushes. In the image below you can see the progression as the image bleeds from my original sketch, through his colorization and into his masterful painting.
You can see more of Chris' work here.
The Legionnaire Series has now sold more than 4500 Copies!
The Legionnaire Series has now sold more than 4500 Copies!
My sincere thanks to everyone who has supported this series by buying a copy or leaving a review. It is an honor to write for you.
Legionnaire 6: Morganita Burning Is Now Available
Morganita Burning has now sold more than 200 copies.
The long-feared war has erupted and Prefect Marcus Venandus and his newly raised legion are on the front lines of the fighting. After the successful conquest of a fortified border town, Marcus leads his men deep into Morganitan territory, part of a daring plan to secure Amatista’s rear by eliminating its major northern opponent before it’s other foes can join in the fighting. Yet will his new infantry prove up to the task? Despite new weapons and the strategies of far off Aquila to direct them, Marcus’ men are badly inexperienced and riven with the same deep-seated racial prejudices that embroil all of the peoples of the north. With just as many enemies within as without, can Marcus find the path to victory?
The war continues! With your shield or on it, Marcus!
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.
LEGIONNAIRE 2 THE SEA OF GRASS Just Sold Its 800th Copy
The Sea of Grass, the second book, and first full-length novel in the Legionnaire series, just sold its 800th copy.
Forbidden from returning to Aquila, Marcus Venandus responds to a plea from a half-brother he has never met to aid him in the far away land called the Jeweled Hills. When pirates shut down the sea routes, the legion officer and his two trusted companions are forced to join a caravan to make the slower journey north across the treacherous Sea of Grass. Yet this may not prove to be the safer choice. A mysterious shaman has sworn to drench the plains in the blood of foreigners and his mastery over storms gives him the teeth to fulfill his oath. As chaos envelopes the trail, it will fall to Marcus to organize the defense and try to shepherd the frightened civilians of the caravan to safety again.
Legionnaire 5: The Centinela Gambit Just Sold Its 500th Copy
The Centinela Gambit has just sold its 500th copy.
Surrounded by enemies, Prefect Marcus Venandus launches a bold stroke to
eliminate one opponent in the coming war. The key to his plan is the fortified
border town of Centinela—the Sentinel of Southern Morganita. Its fortified
walls are strong enough to delay conventional forces for weeks, giving the
other enemy city-states plenty of time to invade Amatista from the east. Yet,
one thing Marcus has learned in the Jeweled Hills is that the locals do not
understand the full capabilities of legion-style infantry. Can he take
advantage of their ignorance to neutralize Centinela? Or will his risky gambit
cost Marcus and his allies the war?
Sketch versus Painting of the Map of the Jeweled Hills
Just in case there's any doubt as to what an awesome painter, Chris L. Adams, is, I thought I'd show a side-by-side comparison--the original sketch of my map of the Jeweled Cities versus his finished product. At first glance, it's hard to tell they describe the same place.
Thanks, Chris! You can see more of Chris' paintings--not to mention his poetry and fiction--at his website here.
LEGIONNAIRE 3 THE JEWELED HILLS Has Passed 700 Copies Sold!
The Jeweled Hills, the third installment has now sold more than 700 copies.
Tribune Marcus Venandus and his two trusted
officers have gone through hell in their journey north from the Fire Islands
and across the Sea of Grass. Arriving at Amatista in the Jeweled Hills, Marcus
is looking forward to a much deserved rest in the home of his half-brother, but
fate has other plans for the legionnaire. Soon he will be wishing he’d never
heard of his brother’s city. Surrounded by enemies and crippled by internal
divisions, Amatista is already on its knees and ready to fall. Marcus must act
decisively to save everything his brother has built, but without his beloved
legions behind him, can Marcus and his friends survive their visit to the
LEGIONNAIRE BOOK 4 THE BATTLE FOR AMATISTA Has More Than 700 Sales and Counting
The Battle for Amatista, the fourth volume of the Legionnaire series,has now sold more 700 copies.
With the passes to Ópalo forced open again, Prefect Marcus Venandus hoped
to gain a respite to build his army for the war he knows is coming in the
spring. Unfortunately, his enemies understand all too well the threat he poses
to them and are taking steps to kill him before he reaches next year’s
battlefields. Assassins, both mundane and magical, step out of the shadows to
strike at him, while other conspirators take advantage of the intense divisions
within the city to spark riots to bring the government down. Unable to
differentiate between friend and foe, will Marcus and his few trusted comrades
be able to win the Battle for Amatista?
Great New Cover for High Above the Waters
Here's the awesome new cover for my paranormal ghost story, High Above the Waters.
Marcus Hunter won’t stay dead…As
a pregnant fifteen year old, Autumn Fields learned firsthand that the town
ghost was more than a creepy legend. Rejected by her boyfriend and beaten
bloody by her father, Autumn climbed out onto the old railroad bridge to kill
herself, but a mysterious figure talked her into running away instead. Sixteen
years later, she’s come back to Prospect with her daughter to learn if there
really is such a thing as a ghost on Hunter’s Bridge…
Introducing Written Gems
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
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.
Ransom Is Now Available
Winters is a not-too-successful real estate attorney caught in the middle of
the kidnapping of the century in the mid-sized American city of Slate. Apparently
picked at random by the kidnapper to carry his demands to the family of his
young victim, Lynne finds herself hindered more than helped by the efforts of the
police and the victim’s selfish and immature family. Will Lynne be able to
bring the boy safely home again?
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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