A few days ago, I wrote a post describing all my various books/series for new readers/fans/curious
people. The post was going rather long, so I decided to break it into two parts. Before continuing, if you haven’t read the first post, you might want to take a look here.
That out of the way, let’s continue to the next book (semi-series) you need to know about…The Order of the Knightshades.
THE ORDER OF THE KNIGHTSHADES
The first book I ever published, as I mentioned the other day, was Primal Thirst. However, it wasn’t the first book I ever wrote. That distinction falls onto the historical adventure (with a touch of paranormal) thriller, THE DJINN.
The idea for this book came to me in a way that no other book has ever been conceived by me…in a song. It’s no secret that I’m not a huge music lover. I’d rather listen to an audiobook or silence while driving my car, than to have the radio turned on and listening to some tunes. I don’t know why that is. It’s just that music has never really captivated me the way it does most people. However, what I HAVE been a fan of since my childhood was comic books. In particular Batman comics. One day, my best friend send me a link to a song, and told me to listen to it. I did, and was instantly blown away by its sound. It was some strange mixture of Arabian and techno (a music style I normally abhor, I’ll admit), and instantly called my friend up to ask why he’d sent me the song. He told me that when he first heard it, he imagined some Persian version of Batman, running along the flat rooftops of a village, and battling some evil minions. I instantly understood exactly what he meant, and an idea for a story immediately began to form in my brain.
Keep in mind, up until this point, I’d never actually completed a novel. I’d made several false starts with some murder mysteries, but never finished them. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish this one either, but I did. It was my first book I ever completed. However, I wasn’t happy with it. There were some things in it, I just wasn’t satisfied with. And in the meantime, I’d come up with a brilliant idea to write an adventure novel featuring a wisecracking cryptozoologist. So, I put this one on the back burner, and forgot about it.
A few years later, I had a lull in something to write, so I dusted off the manuscript, did a complete re-write, and the Djinn was born! If you like Batman, Zorro, Robin Hood, and any swashbuckling tale, I think it’s a fair bet, you’ll enjoy this one. If you like monstrous clay golems wreaking havoc on Crusaders in Jerusalem, you should love it! Incidentally, don’t just READ this book. Listen to it. Audiobook narrator Wayne Farrell does an absolutely amazing job with this one, and even though I wrote the book, I often find myself just listening to the audiobook version just to hear his amazing voice reading my words. He literally has a knack for making a book come alive in someone’s head. Well worth a listen…so here’s a link to its audible page
Unknown to many people, The Stygian Stone
is the sequel to the Djinn. The reason this is relatively unknown is that it was written by a different author, Candace C. Bowen. You see, after the Djinn, I had a great number of people writing me and asking when a sequel would be written. Truth was, though I certainly left The Djinn open for a series, I’d never really planned on making it one. I just like keeping my options open. I already had too many series I was working on (or wanting to start). I just didn’t know for sure whether I’d ever have time to write anymore books in this series.
That’s when an idea struck me. Why not offer up the world of the Knightshades to other authors? Why not give them permission to play in the Djinn’s sandbox for a while? So, I contacted a handful of author friends, and made them an offer. Candace Bowen was the first to take me up on the offer. I gave her permission to use the themes, the history/legacy, and characters and concoct her own Knightshade adventure, and she did so with such amazing style!
Unlike the first book, which is set between the first and second Crusades in Jerusalem, her Knightshade novel is set at the height of World War II with the Nazis as the big baddie. Anyone who knows me knows that I love a great Nazis-are-the-bad-guys story, and Candace really hit this one out of the park. If you’re interested in picking up The Stygian Stone, just click here
Will there be other Knightshade stories in the future. I hope so! I even have a couple of stories in mind of my own. Plus, I already have the final book pretty much planned out. And it’ll be a doozy! But for now, it’s up in the air and in the hands of my author friends I’ve invited into the series. So just stay tuned!
THE LEGEND OF THE WINTERKING
There is a reason I one day started writing with the intention of doing it professionally. The Legend of the Winterking is that reason. It was one Christmas season several years ago (around 2007, I think). And I was reflecting on how sad it was that the legend of Santa Claus distracted so many people from the true meaning of Christmas. You see, ever since I was a kid, I loved Santa Claus. I loved his legend. The magic. The wonder. I loved the concept so much that once, when a girl I was dating asked ‘If you could be anything in the world you wanted to be, what would it be?’, my answer required very little thought. ‘Santa Claus,’ I said. Oddly, I never went on another date with the girl. I think my answer shocked her. But this is how much I love the legend of Santa Claus. But as a Christian, I also love Christ even more. So it was sad to me that such a wonderful concept of Santa took the focus off Christ at Christmas…especially since Nicholas of Myra, the real life inspiration of Santa Claus, was such a devout follower of Christ (so much so that legend says he punched the heretic Arias in the nose for blasphemy at the Council of Nicaea).
So, one day, I decided to do something about it. I decided to write my own legend regarding how Santa Claus came to be. And while it was not going to be a ‘Christian Fantasy’, per se, it was definitely going to place the appropriate focus on the correct priorities.
|Hardback comes with 8 full color illustrations
So, I started writing it. Remember a few paragraphs above when I said I had a few books I started and never finished before The Djinn? Well, this was one of them. I had written about half of the first book when the horror of horrors happened. My harddrive crashed. Foolishly, I hadn’t backed anything up. I lost everything…including this book. Needless to say, I was devastated. Disheartened. This was a project of such deep love, I couldn’t bare to start from scratch…so I quit it completely. Decided to forget about it, and move on.
But people who knew about this project wouldn’t let me forget it. They kept asking me about it. They kept pushing to see it written. And one day, I miracle happened. One of the most wonderful men in the entire world, my former youth minister, discovered he had a digital MS Word copy of most of what I had written. He sent it to me, and I immediately set to work writing The Crown of Nandur (ironically, MOST of that original manuscript was completely thrown out of the final product).
The Legend of the Winterking is designed to be a trilogy in the classic Lord of the Rings tradition. The first book, The Crown of Nandur, introduces the reader to Krin (who will one day become Krin-Glal, or Kringle), his gifts, and sets the trilogy up. Book Two will feature Krin and his adventures while trapped in Wyndter, a world residing parallel to our own. And Book Three brings it all home again with one major battle to defeat the forces of the Krampus, a Nephilim bent on dominion over all the earth (and the various parallel worlds).
Right now, only Book One is available. To be honest, I’m waiting on sales to improve (they haven’t been as strong as I’d hoped) before committing to write Book Two. So if you want to see the trilogy continue, share with all your friends!
THE JACK SIGLER CONTINUUM SERIES
I’ve already written about this in a blog post a few weeks ago…the thrill of being asked by one of my favorite authors, Jeremy Robinson, to co-write the Jack Sigler Continuum series. I won’t repeat it all here. Needless to say, if you’ve been keeping up with Robinson’s Chess Team series, you may be aware that something happened with the team’s leader, Jack Sigler, that sent him back in time…and immortal. Jack is forced to live out his immortality for twenty-eight hundred years or so until he makes it back to his time. That’s nearly three thousand years of stories to share. And that’s exactly what the Jack Sigler Continuum series is all about. Jack’s adventures through time.
Guardian is the first in this series, and takes place about eight hundred years before Christ, in Babylon. Sigler must protect a prince of Babylon from an evil priest bent on raising the goddess of destruction. It’s a fun adventure, I think with lots of twists, turns, and some gruesome deaths. A few familiar names pop up here and there, and a twist ending, I think, that’s pretty neat.
Patriot is the next book in the series. I can’t go into detail about it yet, because Jeremy hasn’t formally announced it yet. Needless to say, I can tell you it’s set during the Revolutionary War period, and features pirates, voodoo, and a power as old as the earth itself.
|Not official cover
So what now? What’s coming up after I finish Patriot? Well, a few things you should know about. The next book to be worked on after I’m finished with Patriot is my very first non-paranormal forensic thriller-adventure called Clean Exit, the first in the Ajax Clean series.
Clean Exit introduces the character of Ajax Clean, a ‘cleaner’ working for the mob, who specializes in sanitizing crime scenes before the cops begin their investigation. In the first book, Ajax finds himself framed for the murder of his mentor and colleague, and on the run from the cops. Things go from bad to worse when he discovers the culprit is a man from his cop father’s past bent on getting revenge.
I promise you…you guys will love this story. It’s unlike anything I’ve written to date, but it’s so much fun and fast paced. It’s not your typical stuffy forensic mystery. It’s more like one of those old men’s adventure stories…only more cerebral. Kind of like CSI meets the Godfather meets Oceans 11. 🙂
Here’s the good news about Clean Exit…it’s finished. Well, at least, it’s compete. Now I’ve got to spend time making revisions and polishing it up. After that, it’s up in the air because this will be my very first book in which I try to pursue publication by one of the BIG publishers. That means finding an agent first…so who knows when this will be released. Just wish me luck in the meantime.
After I’m satisfied with Clean Exit, I move onto my collaboration with Kane Gilmour that so many people have anxiously waited for…Interstate 0. I seriously don’t want to give too much away about this one, but it should prove one of the most intriguing stories either of us have ever written…about a subterranean world rising up to meet ours in a brutal, and terrifying way. Trust me, you won’t want to miss that!
And finally, depending on how The Crown of Nandur does, my next project after that will be either book two of The Legend of the Winterking: The Children of Maerhaven or it will be Book Three in The Dark Hollows Series, The Night of the Willow Hag. Only time will tell. I just promise you that whatever I do, I’ll honestly try my best to entertain you beyond your wildest expectations.
Well, that’s it. Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll share this post and the other with your friends. Spread the news about me. And thank you so much for your love and support. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all you guys do for me.
FYI, if you’re interesting in finding my books, you can start here at my Amazon Author page.