Monthly Archives: August 2019

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.