Amazon tried to stop it, but it got a Dragon Award Nomination anyway!

A few weeks ago I shared the tale of our trials and tribulations in getting Philip Ligon’s The King’s Regret published on Amazon. They gave us the runaround for a full month, and it almost seemed as if they were trying to keep us from publishing it.

Despite that, the excellence of Mr. Ligon’s work has shown through. Yesterday DragonCon announced the finalists for the 2019 Dragon Awards. I’m super excited to add Mr. Ligon to the ranks of Silver Empire’s Dragon Award nominated authors! The King’s Regret received the nomination for Best Young Adult Novel.

This book really is pretty fantastic, and you should check it out. It’s also currently sitting at #3 in YA Steampunk. Because it’s that good. If you haven’t tried this one out yet, you should give it a shot. You won’t regret it. Oh, and to thank all of the fans who helped us get here, we’ve put the book on sale! The Kindle edition is currently only $0.99 (or free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription). The paperback is $9.99, and the hardcover is only $19.99! These prices are good through the end of the day on Monday, August 12th. And the print sale prices are good only at our own online store.

Mr. Ligon and I would like to thank all of you for your support against the incompetence of big business. And we’d also like to ask you to please consider voting for The King’s Regret for this year’s Dragon Award.

The American Budo Society 2019 Clinic Recap

As I mentioned the other day, I spent last weekend at the 2019 American Budo Society annual clinic near Kansas City, Missouri. I’ve already recounted the adventures I had getting there. The seminar itself was pretty good, too.

The great thing about this particular seminar was the huge range of styles and martial artists present. Sessions ranged from Aikido flow drills and shinkendo sword techniques to sport karate kickboxing and jujitsu grappling.

Me and StephenIRL at the 2019 American Budo Society Clinic

For me, personally, the highlight of the seminar, however, was a session taught by a man better known to the world at large as “Stephen IRL.”

Stephen is a two time national gold medalist in Judo. He’s also fought twice in professional MMA, and won both matches. In his day job, he works as a bail bondsman – AKA a bounty hunter. He had some fun stories to tell, but even better is that he actually live streams all of his arrests. His channel is pretty fun – you should check it out.

Stephen ran a course on Judo. I’ve been in the martial arts for almost twenty-five years now, mostly training in a style that combines karate, kickboxing, and judo/jujitsu. I still pick up a new techniques and tips and tricks from time to time. But it’s very rare at this point that I encounter something that fundamentally changes my entire philosophical approach to the art. Stephen managed to do that in about 45 minutes.

I had the good fortune to have Stephen join me at the large group dinner that evening, and got to spend a couple of extra hours picking his brain and swapping stories.

All in all it was a solid seminar, and I look forward to next year’s.

Everything went wrong after Cairo

I should have known the adventure was coming when I ended up in Cairo unexpectedly.

But let me back up a bit.

I spent this weekend at a martial arts seminar just outside Kansas City, Missouri. The seminar itself was great. The travel around it was an absolute adventure – and I mean that in the best possible sense. I spent fourteen hours on Friday making a nine and a half hour drive. Because it was that kind of day.

The first part of the trip passed rather uneventfully, if slowly. I found myself growing even more bored than I usually do when driving long distances by myself. Spotify did little to dull the tedium.

But my trip was not to stay boring!

Somewhere around Paducah, Kentucky, Google Maps informed me that I-57 north had become completely closed due to an accident. For those who care to check a map, this would’ve been between the intersection with I-24 at Pulley’s Mill and the intersection with I-64 at Mount Vernon, both in southern Illinois. By this point, the road closure would’ve been about an hour away – so likely to still be closed by the time I got there.

In its helpful wisdom, Google suggested an alternate route, basically running some lesser highways and a couple of back roads through southern Illinois over to I-55 north, instead.

I should’ve seen the folly of this plan when I ended up in Cairo. That’s KAY-roh, Illinois, not KY-roh, Egypt, for those who have never been there. I’ve been through several times. And let me just say this… if you’ve read the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman, then his description is pretty much spot on. The place is weird. Weird enough to end up in a Gaiman novel.

But my adventures only began in Cairo. Nothing of actual consequence this time actually happened there. Things didn’t get interesting until Thebes, just down the river (I am not making this up; this entire area is actually sometimes referred to as “Little Egypt.”)

At this point I was driving along Illinois 3. Google Maps wanted me to get to the bridge on Illinois 146 so that I could cross the Mississippi River.

What Google didn’t know, apparently, is that there’s been a lot of recent flooding of the Mississippi river. The bridge was fine. But the stretch of Illinois 3 Google insisted that I follow to get to the bridge…

Was closed.

Yes, I had been rerouted to avoid a closed road, only to run into a closed road. Irony. Lovely.

I tried several times to move far enough away from the closure for Google to route me around it. The problem was… Little Egypt is kind of, well, Bum F– Egypt (BFE). Go figure.

The very nice Sheriff guarding the closed road finally had to give me directions. I literally drove down one-and-a-half lane gravel farm roads, 10 miles out of the the way, dodging tractors bailing hay on the road, oncoming traffic (also people trying to route around the road closure, but in the other direction), and irate stares from the local farmers. Also, the car in front of me kicked up so much dust that I couldn’t see a thing – including the car in front of me.

Good times!

Actually, it really was good times. I had a blast. Sometimes life is more fun when it doesn’t go according to plan.

Tomorrow: details of the seminar itself, which was also great.

2019 Dragon Award Nominations close TODAY!

Nominations for the 2019 Dragon Awards end today, friend! The best part about these epic and prestigious awards are that they’re chosen by you, the fans! You can nominate works for this year’s awards here, and I highly recommend that you do so – even if your votes are completely different from mine! Your voice deserves to be heard, friend!

Here are some of my own recommendations this year:

Best Science Fiction Novel

Heroes Fall by Morgon Newquist.

If I were a better man I’d admit to you that my wife’s first novel is better than my own. Thankfully, I’m not that guy!

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

Woe for a Faerie by Bokerah Brumley.

Fallen angels. There you go. Oh, and this book is free on Amazon today.

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

The King’s Regret by Philip Ligon

Every young man I know who’s read this book has loved it. Loved it. A book that gets boys reading again deserves recognition!

Best Military Sci-Fi or Fantasy Novel

A Place for War by Daniel Humphreys

I don’t even like zombie stories and I love this series. That’s how good it is.

Best Alternate History Novel

The Brave and the Bold by Hans Schantz

Hans writes in the best tradition of Michael Crichton and Neal Stephenson’s sci-fi thrillers. This series is fantastic and deserves a nod.

Best Horror Novel

Hell Spawn by Declan Finn

There’s a reason Finn is a 3x Dragon Award nominee already – and a reason he deserves the 4th. This book is also free on Amazon today.

Best Graphic Novel

Flying Sparks by Jon Del Arroz.

Heroes and Villains in love!

Nominations end today so vote now!

New from Silver Empire – VICTORY’S KISS by Bokerah Brumley

True love just got hairy.

Victory’s Kiss
by Bokerah Brumley

Victory has given up on her own happy ending.

So the nerdy chemist makes sure everyone else gets theirs. All of her friends in the Keepers. She can live vicariously through their romances, without all of the emotional hang ups or distractions. Vic can help the world – and the Keepers – better that way.

Portal hopping to Nepal, she’s stepped into a war zone between the local villagers and the Yeti. Over the last year, she’s become the Midnight Witch to them. A magical healer that saves them from the villagers. But the malevolent Beldam that drives the war has taken notice of her work in the mountains and plots her revenge.

Raza, King of the Yeti, cannot thank Victory enough for what she has done for his people. He will do whatever he must to keep her safe from the Beldam that cursed him. Even if it makes her hate him. Because to him, she’s so much more than the Midnight Witch. She’s the woman he would love if he was free to do so.

Victory doesn’t want love, but she finds herself drawn to Raza anyway. Even if he is infuriating and overbearing. Even if they can only speak through sign language. But she sees the kindness and devotion behind his Yeti face, and his come to care for him for it.

Can Victory break Raza’s curse and save the Yeti from the evil Beldam? Will she find a prince inside her mountain beast?

Or will the Beldam destroy the Yeti and Victory along with them? Read Victory’s Kiss to find out!

Read the ebook FREE on Kindle Unlimited or buy it for $0.99 through Sunday. Get the paperback and hardcover versions at a discount by purchasing directly from us!

Please tell me you haven’t screwed your sword, Darius.

An excerpt from the upcoming sci-fi novel Blood Brothers by Nos Jondi:



Blood Brothers by Nos Jondi

“Please tell me you haven’t screwed your sword, Darius,” Chikondi said. The others in the room laughed.

“Please tell me you haven’t screwed your sword, Darius,” Chikondi said. The others in the room laughed.

      “Very funny,” Darius said, replacing his sword in the sheath attached to his back. ‘This is going to be all blood and guts, you heard Mavurama. Ruvuma has brought enough bodies to this little get together to start her own little republic.”

      “I guess she’s feeling the pressure just as bad as we are,” Chikondi said, still checking her weapons. Her Lance-V handgun, the Vamps preferred weapon of choice, tried and tested. It packed a nasty punch, able to knock a grown man right off his feet. Check. As Mavurama spoke, she sensed the urgency in his voice. She saw the anxiety in his eyes. He was very much aware of what they stood to lose during that mission.

       She checked the clips in her assault rifle, the MX-II. It was set to non-lethal, loaded with stun charges.  Check. All their current weapons were upgrades from what they used during the Belt Wars. Under no circumstances were they allowed to inflict fatalities. Mavurama said that would only embolden the Imperial Government and justify their repression.

      “Ok, everyone gather round,” Darius clapped his hands to get his team’s attention.

      “When the planet is within launching range, we are going to air-drop down to the surface. Remember: five sets of jumps before you get to the ground and you should impact the surface without too much of a bump. We have our quota of bodies, let’s make sure we meet it.”

      They put on their helmets, running last minute systems diagnostics checks on their on-person computer software, proceeding down to the loading dock. Chikondi’s heart beat like a jackhammer, its intensity vibrating her chest, the blood pulsating just as furiously in her veins. She remembered this feeling only too well, in the days from the war. Her senses heightened as her adrenal glands dumped adrenaline into her bloodstream.  She looked around and knew that everyone else experienced what she was going through at that very moment. This was what they were created for, the scientist had told her.  To him, she had been no more than a weapon, to be used as the Emperor saw fit.  She felt no sadness as she recalled that memory. Neither a machine nor a tool, but so much more. The reason she left the Belt with Mavurama, was because he convinced her along with hundreds of others, that they all had choices. They could chose the life they wanted. Yes, the war was over, but their meaning in life transcended that.  They would make their own destiny among the stars and all the cosmos would bear testimony to that.

      “Excited?” Darius asked, his visor retracted, his eyes a bright orange-red.

      “I would be crazy not to be,” she said.

      “A lot of the regular troops said we were,” he laughed, throwing his head back and letting out a loud whoop.

      Chikondi laughed and watched as the docking bay doors opened. The bright red and blue-green planet of Basongo loomed up, like a giant glass marble of swirling colours and textures, tattered clouds drifting through its atmosphere. Chikondi thought how beautiful it was and wondered if anything at that moment could compare to its splendour. She sent a command to her helmet and her visor snapped into place. The other members of her fire-team stood behind her, readying themselves. She took a step forward, her toes just behind the redline and looked up at the signal lights, shining above the open doors. They were all on amber; when they changed to green, it would be time to take the exhilarating plunge downwards.

      “Alright people get ready, here it comes! Tir gova!” The second Darius finished his sentence, the light above made a loud mechanical beeping sound and the amber disappeared into green. Chikondi rushed and threw herself forward with complete abandon, like she had done a hundred times before.

      The planet shot up in high definition, her helmet toning down the sound and force of the wind that tore past as she free fell gracefully through the air.

      “Alright, everyone synchronize for the first jump!” Darius said. “On my mark, three, two, one, jump!” She closed her eyes and willed herself to some other place. Based on their calculations, they gauged how many jumps they needed to complete in order to cover the distance between the main ship and the planet surface without landing in a splatter. Teleporting in freefall was not easy as compared to being stationary. It required a great deal of focus and concentration, things she had in spades.

      She teleported in, a cloud of azure smoke peeling away, the planet much closer than it had been earlier. Darius’ voice came loud and clear over the intercom a second time and they jumped out again. Three jumps later found them standing on the hard ground, surrounded by dense trees and bush. The prisons stone facade towered tall over the forest in the distance, powerful searchlights conducting continuous sweeps of the immediate vicinity.

      “Ration up, all that jumping took plenty out of us. Sixty seconds and we move on. Mailer, radio to the other fire-teams that we‘ve made planet surface and are heading out. Don’t give them our position, the Imperial Army is probably monitoring our frequencies,” Darius said. Chikondi sent a command to her suit to dump a litre of blood into her bloodstream through a patch in her left upper arm. It did and she felt rejuvenated a few seconds later. The ideal quota after any jump as intense as the one they’d just completed was five litres. With the Impies in constant pursuit, they were now down to one per every five jumps. Their bodies adapted but a more would have helped.

      “Ok, let’s go, I don’t need to remind everyone to stick to the shadows,” Darius said. They moved quickly and silently through the dark undergrowth. The moon was out and cast deformed shadows all throughout the forest. They avoided the patches of light that cut through the trees, making sure they kept close to the ground. These missions were simple compared to the ones she had run during the Old War. Being spotted during those meant getting lit up by a salvo of missiles and automatic fire. She had lost friends who perished in forest fires, the thick smoke making it difficult to teleport once the infernos started. Captain Ruvuma was fortunately, not adopting the same tactics.

      “We’re approaching the prison now,” Darius said. “Get your handguns and blades ready. Mailer, give us eyes on the surrounding area.”

      Mailer craned his neck forward, his body bent over, almost like he was praying.

      “There are approximately a hundred mobile light units scattered through the no – man’s land that runs right round the prison. Drone planes are patrolling the skies, as well as Pyro-ships directly above the forest and a thousand troops on the inside of the security fence. The no-man’s land is booby trapped with land mines,” he said.

      “They aren’t taking any chances this time. Fifty metres through a mined area is a mindless thing to do and we don’t have the luxury of dying today,” Darius said. “Time for a little weather making guys.”


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Silver Empire and Heroes Unleashed t-shirts

Hollow City t-shirts

Thanks to our friends over at Crypto Fashion, Silver Empire and Heroes Unleashed t-shirts are now available! We have four variations out, and I love them all. But even my banker loved the one with the Hollow City cover! That shirt is totally amazing!

In a few weeks we’ll have these for sale on our own web store, too, for purchase directly from us. But we have some technical challenges to overcome first, since we won’t be fulfilling the orders directly. But they will also always be available straight from Crypto Fashion, and they’re available there today!

Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage – PRODUCT REVIEW

The Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage changed my life. Seriously. But let me start at the beginning.

2017 and 2018 were not kind to me in the strength training department.

First of all, I’ve been having trouble with my hips and knees. The knee trouble is old. About fifteen years ago I had two surgeries on my left knee for a bucket handle meniscus tear, resulting in the removal of 75% of the cartilage in my knee. The hip problems largely stemmed from the knee problems. One night I was doing squats when my knee was hurting, and I compensated poorly (a HUGE mistake), and… hips injured.

My chiropractor was a huge help in getting over that, but then I settled in to phase two of the problem. 2018 was just a bad year for getting to the gym. I’d get in about two weeks of solid workouts, just be starting to get into the swing of things…

And then I’d get sick.

This pattern repeated all year, and even a bit into this year. As a result of not getting regular weight workouts, I’ve put on weight again (not the good kind) and I’d not been getting the work I need to truly get my knees and hips back on track.

So in the late spring, I decided to fix that. Part of the problem is schedule. A big part. I can’t get out to the gym during the day because of my day job. I can’t get out easily two nights a week because I’m at the dojo. The other nights of the week, and the weekends, I’m trying desperately to spend some time with my family in between getting work done for Silver Empire.

Also, my gym is 20 minutes away, and they close at 10PM. That’s a struggle for me, because late at night is when I do actually have time to workout.

To be fair, there are gyms closer to me that are open 24/7. But the local YMCA includes child care in their membership price. And so basically the only way my wife gets to workout is if we keep the Y membership. And I don’t have the spare funds to pay for two gym memberships.

However, I did have another solution in mind. A few years ago I sold off my weight bench and pull-up bar to clear out some space in the garage. At that point – before I started having issues – I’d switched to working out at the Y. We were paying for it anyway, for my wife. It was air conditioned. And it had better equipment. My weights themselves were fine, but the bench was cheap. In order to do squats with it, I’d had to put the entire bench up on cinder blocks (wonderfully redneck of me). And that solution only really barely let me get under the bar. For heavy lifts, it was still a little tough.

The pull-up rack was even worse. It was cheap to begin with and I’d gotten it second-hand off of Craigslist. Whenever I did a pull-up, it flexed. It is amazing how much harder that makes pull-ups – and not really in a good way that leads toward muscle growth.

So the Y was great until it wasn’t. And I’d sold the bench and bar. But what I’d kept was all my free weights – nearly 600lbs worth of bar and plates. They didn’t take up much space in the garage, and they can be expensive to replace (although I got half of those off of Craigslist, too, at a steal of a price).

And when I’d sold the bench and bar, I always knew that what I really wanted was to just replace it with a power cage. The footprint in the garage would be much smaller than a separate bench and pull-up bar. It would allow me plenty of space to do squats properly. And it wouldn’t flex when I did pull-ups on it.

The problem is, decent power cages are expensive. Or rather… they were expensive. I trolled Craigslist for a good while looking for a used one.

The Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage installed in my garage.
The Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage setup and installed in my garage.

And then I found the Fitness Reality 810XLT on Amazon. Here was an actual sturdy looking power cage at a great price. Now, I’d seen other cages in that price range before. But they looked like they’d collapse if I put any decent weight on them, or at least shake. This one actually looked like it could hold the weight. And it had solid reviews.

And it was cheap.

I got the option for cage + bench for $345. The other comparable cages I could find were literally twice that price, and didn’t include a bench. I figured that was cheap enough that I could try it.

Oh, and even though the thing is 148lbs of heavy metal, it came with free Prime 2-day shipping. Yes, seriously.

I have absolutely not been disappointed. Due to having this thing around, June 2019 is the first month in nearly a year and a half that I didn’t miss a single planned weight workout on my schedule, and I feel so much better for it. It’s truly fair to say that this cage has changed my life and for the better. It may not be the absolute best $345 I’ve ever spent, but it’s awfully high on that list.

Granted, any bench could’ve fit that bill in my case. And I already had a bar and weights. But this one is solid, functional, and inexpensive.

Nice things to know:

  • I’m 6′ even. To use the pull-up bar, I have to bend my knees. I don’t love that, but I had to do it on my old pull-up bar, too. I also have to do it on all the pull-up bars at the Y. What are you going to do?
  • I have standard height ceilings in my garage (8 or 9 feet, I’m not sure). It fits just fine, even with the garage door open.
  • There is a dip attachment available. I haven’t bought it yet, but plan to.
  • Extra j-hooks are available, and they look like they’re actually a bit nicer than the ones that come with the cage. They’re absolutely not necessary – the ones that come with the cage are sufficient – but I plan to pick some up in the future to cut down on me having to rearrange things for different lifts. And, more importantly, to cut down on having to rearrange when I’m working out with my wife or son.
  • The bench can be bought separately and is rated at 1000lbs. That’s a really good thing, because my old bench was rated at 500lbs… and I actually broke it while doing a 320lb bench press. Safety first, guys. Me plus the bar will never exceed 1000lbs, so I’m good.
  • Finally, there’s also a lat-pull-down attachment available. At some point in the future I may pick that up, too. Right now I don’t really need it, and the price (another $229) is high enough that I’m not in a rush. There are options to buy it together with the bench, though, and it’s definitely cheaper that way.
  • Some assembly is required, but it took me less than an hour. They supply all the parts and even all of the tools that you’ll need.

This is not a top-end cage of the kind you’d find at a powerlifting gym. Don’t let me confuse you on that at all. But for any serious home lifter that’s not really pushing the limits, it’s well more than you’ll ever need. I can bench in the low 300s, squat in the high 300s, and deadlift in the 400s, and I’m not even coming close to pushing this cage.

I highly recommend the Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage if you’re in the market for this kind of equipment for an inexpensive home gym. You’ll have to spend twice as much to even find another equivalent, and significantly more than that to find a better cage.

The book Amazon didn’t want you to read.

I almost titled this post, “How Amazon set our production schedule back by a full month.” It would’ve been 100% accurate.

We’ve put out enough books at Silver Empire now that the actual process of getting a book live on their store is now pretty routine. Files are ready, we upload them, fill out all the details on Amazon, and punch the button. They say it can take up to 72 hours for the book to go live. But until recently, we’d never had a book take more than 12 hours.

Until the time it took a month.

The King’s Regret by Philip Ligon

I punched the button on Philip Ligon’s latest, The King’s Regret, back in May. As I usually do, I submitted the book the night before I actually wanted it live. Typically, it’s live by the next morning when I do this. Often it’s even live before I go to bed.

This time around, I woke up the next morning to the following lovely e-mail from Amazon’s KDP support:

During our review, we found that the following book(s) contains content for which you may not hold the necessary rights. Some or all of the content within your book(s) is available on Amazon from a different publisher.

The King’s Regret by Ligon, Philip (AUTHOR) (ID: XXXXXXXX)

In order to publish the book(s), reply to this email within 5 days and provide us with documentation and/or verification showing you hold rights to the content. Please submit all documentation you have along with an explanation of any previous editions to help in our review.

Um, WTF?

First of all, I can 100% assure everyone that this was an original work. Mr. Ligon actually lives less than 15 minutes from my house. I know him personally. Great guy.

So I submit our contract to Amazon and wait.

And wait.

And wait.

No answer. So I call them. Get assured that they’re on it, asked to wait just a few more days.

So I wait.

I e-mail them. “What’s the status of this?”

In response to your previous email concerning the status of your book.

The King’s Regret
Ligon, Philip (XXXXXXXX)

Unfortunately, we need additional time to look into the matter. We are sorry for the delay and for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will be in touch within five business days.

Thanks again for your patience.

Um, thanks? That was helpful. So I respond with a very simple question: “Is there anything I can do on my end to help speed up the process?”

To which I received the following lovely response:

In response to your previous email concerning the status of your book.

The King’s Regret
Ligon, Philip (XXXXXXXX)

Unfortunately, we need additional time to look into the matter. We are sorry for the delay and for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will be in touch within five business days.

Thanks again for your patience.

Best regards,

That’s not a typo. I literally got the exact same e-mail in response.

At this point it had been nearly three weeks since we punched the button on the book. So I escalated things a bit further. In my next e-mail, I threatened to get lawyers involved. Somebody out there was clearly violating our copyright, and I wanted it stopped. I also copied Jeff Bezos on the e-mail personally.

(Why would I do that? Because I’ve heard of about a dozen or three other authors who have had similar problems who didn’t get them resolved until they did that. So I figured, “what the hell?”)

It took another two days after that, but we finally started seeing progress. I got an answer back that wasn’t a form letter… but still asked us to wait. Then I got the first truly substantive communication I’d received on the entire affair:

Your book was not published because of the following concerns:

We were unable to establish a match between your account and The Newquist Corporation.

We need some additional time to review the documentation you sent. We’ll be in touch within 5 business days. We appreciate your patience.

OK, this is at least getting somewhere. Although this is still utterly ridiculous, because this is the legal business name on my KDP account, and uses the same taxpayer ID that’s on that account. I e-mailed them back to tell them so. Guess what I got?

Yup, wait 5 business days…

A month after we punched the button, I woke up one morning to find that the book was live on Amazon.

Woot! Victory! Right?

Well, kind of. The book is live, but our launch plan was completely boned up by Amazon’s incompetence. And yes, for the record, I don’t believe this one to be malice, but “merely” incompetence on their part. I wondered for a while, because I know a fair number of people now who have had big corporations smack them down over politics, social media posts, or just violating some small portion of the tiniest fine print in ways they can’t even identify. But in our case, I think it just took them 10x longer than it should have to sort out the problem.

As a friend of mine said at the time, “imagine if they were this evil and competent?”

There’s a hard lesson in this story. In the long term, you cannot rely on any large corporation for your business. Sooner or later they will screw you.

We’d already been aware of this, and have been taking steps to build our own platforms for some time. But it’s not easy to separate from Amazon and still be successful at selling books. They make it that way on purpose.

Want to help us out? The absolute best thing you can do is stop by our online store and buy some books direct from us. Unfortunately, most of our eBooks are in the Kindle Unlimited program and we can’t sell them to you directly. We do have some that are not – including my own works War Demons and Vigil (see the full list of ebooks at the end of this post). But for now, the selection of our books available “wide” will have to stay limited. You can, however, purchase any of our paperbacks or hardcovers directly from us. Best of all, our direct prices are lower than Amazon’s. So you save money and we get a higher cut when you by straight from us.

If you’ve already purchased a book directly from us, thank you! (And thanks if you’ve bought any of our books, whether direct from us or not!) Please do consider leaving a review. Our site only allows reviews from those who have bought the book directly from us, so you can rest assured that they are honest. Or at least someone had to put skin in the game by purchasing it to leave a dishonest review.


We have 31 books available in our online store. You can see the full list here. If you want to help us out, but at a lower price point than print, the following are available in eBook formats directly from us: