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New from Silver Empire: JUSTIFIED by Jon Del Arroz

The latest release from Silver Empire is out today, and it’s already gone to #1 in Christian Science Fiction, Christian Futuristic Fiction, and Religious Science Fiction! Check out Justified by Jon Del Arroz!


To save a world…
…he must rely on God.

After years of fighting for justice with his deadly nanotech, Templar Drin abandons his post, crash landing on a desert world controlled by a tyrannical alien empire. Its inhabitants are forced into slavery, broken where a once-proud race cultivated its lands.

For the first time in Drin’s life, he has no backup, no support, none of his brothers.

He stands alone against evil.

Drin must face overwhelming odds to liberate millions of slaves from their captors and bring faith to a downtrodden world. But in his way stands the most dangerous weapon in the galaxy.

Can Drin use his Templar training to survive?

Fans of Star Wars and Warhammer 40K will love Justified, the new military science fiction epic from #1 Bestselling author, Jon Del Arroz. Read it today!

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.

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!

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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!

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:

New from Silver Empire – THE GHOST MACHINE by Kristen Brand

If you’ve read our #1 bestselling anthology Secret Stairs, then you’re already familiar with Kristen Brand’s work. And you already know that her story, The Strange Stairs at the Aldebourne Estate, was one of the best in the collection. Now you can continue the adventures of Ella Rosenfeld in Kristen’s latest novel, The Ghost Machine!


Ella Rosenfeld doesn’t feel insane.

The Ghost Machine by Kristen Brand

In fact, she feels quite normal. Exactly how she did before the accident.

Until the sun goes down. Then the hallucinations start…and the ghosts come. Sometimes they speak to her. Sometimes they merely stare. But they couldn’t possibly be real, could they?

Checking herself into an asylum in the mountains of Eastern Europe, Ella hopes the doctor there can cure her. She doesn’t want to be a burden to her family. She doesn’t want to keep seeing ghosts, or whatever they are, every night. Desperate for relief, she’ll try anything to banish the dead.

But there is no solace to be found. Only silence, knitting, and cruelty. Soon Ella realizes that while she could check herself into the asylum, she cannot check herself out. At the mercy of the doctor, her treatments grow more barbarous and agonizing by the day.

Ella must escape before the horrific experiments leave her dead. Or completely mad. But her only hope is the surly and stubborn Baron. Only he can stand between her and the twisted treatments her Doctor insists are necessary.

Will the Baron help Ella or betray her? And what terrible fate is waiting for Ella beneath the asylum?

Kristen Brand’s The Ghost Machine is a haunting page-turner, powered every step of the way by Ella’s determination and intelligence. Fans of plucky, resourceful heroines, ghastly ghosts, and abominable clockwork machines will adore this book.

Check into Auttenburg Asylum and read The Ghost Machine today! Only $0.99 for a very limited time, or FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

LibertyCon 32 After Action Report

Morgon and I spent last weekend at LibertyCon 32 in Chattanooga, Tennesse. LibertyCon is an interesting convention. It’s quite different from any other con I’ve personally ever been to. The founder wanted to keep the small, personal, intimate con feel, so it’s limited by its charter to no more than 750 attendees. This year, it sold out in about four hours.

Photo courtesy of William Joseph Roberts

According to oral history given by John Ringo over the weekend (more details in a bit), the con started out very small, but in its early days it was primarily a bunch of writers and people trying to break into the business hanging out together. Over time, most of those newer people ended up getting published, and the con grew. By Ringo’s count, the con today seems to be about 1/3 published authors, about 1/3 authors who will be published, and about 1/3 readers.

Based on my experiences at the con, that seems about right.

If you’re looking to actually meet your favorite author, and not just sit in a huge panel with 300 other people listening to him, LibertyCon is the place to do it. If you’re a new author looking to make connections in the industry, LibertyCon’s the place for that, too. On the other hand, if you’re an author looking to connect with huge numbers of fans and sell lots of books, it’s not really the place. You’ll sell, for sure – we ran into one fan who’d bought over 50 books at the con – but not like you will at a more reader-focused con.

We go mostly for the networking. As the operators of a small publishing house, we do quite a lot of that there.

I moderated two panels this year. The first was a panel on newsletter marketing aimed at authors. We had solid attendance and rapt attention from the authors. I think it went very well, although we ran out of time. It’s a huge topic, and we only had an hour. But, there you go.

I also moderated the “What’s New at Silver Empire” panel (embedded video below). The short answer: a lot!

Posted by Silver Empire on Friday, June 28, 2019

I also sat on a panel for first time LibertyCon panelists moderated by the John Ringo. I’ve seen Ringo in panels before, and I won’t lie. The man can be a bit intimidating. But he was extremely gracious to the very large number of authors on the panel, and very courteous. I’d also like to give him a tip of the hat for the way he handled the very small number of authors who kept rambling on, not thinking about the other authors on the panel. He was very firm at moving things along, but also gentle about it and somehow managed to not be rude. Very impressive. This is also the panel where he gave his brief oral history of LibertyCon.

Beyond the panels, we sold some books and did some signings. But most of all we caught up with several Silver Empire authors.

Dan Humphreys just finished Come, Seeling Night. He’s currently at work on an anthology of stories set in his Z-Day universe. We don’t publish the existing books in that trilogy, but we will be publishing that anthology. I highly recommend checking that series out. Dan scored a Dragon Award nomination for the first book, and it’s legit. I don’t even like zombie books, but I loved that one (see my review here).

Jon Del Arroz has just finished his Saga of the Nano Templar series, which we’ll be launching later this summer. Wait until you see the covers for those – they’re phenomenally good. This space opera / milSF series is really going to be something.

Declan Finn’s Saint Tommy, NYPD series is almost wrapped up. We’ve got one more book to get out. Kickstarter backers: expect to get the rest of the print books to you in one fell swoop after book 6 is done, so stay tuned. In bigger news: audiobooks for that series are coming! You’ve been asking, we listened. If you want in on that series, now’s a great time. We’ve dropped the price on book 1, Hell Spawn, to $0.99.

We’ve already got drafts on the first three books of Declan’s epic space opera, and we’ll be looking to launch those next after Saint Tommy wraps up.

Other than that, we had a great time hanging out with our friends. This is the only weekend of the year right now that we see many of these guys, and it’s great to catch up.

Until next year!

[Cross posted to the Silver Empire blog.]

Why Spirit Cooking isn’t done yet.

Perhaps the most frequent question I get from my own readers – and even Silver Empire fans – right now is, “When is Spirit Cooking coming?” For those who are new, Spirit Cooking is the sequel to my debut novel War Demons.

I know, it’s been ages.

Currently, Spirit Cooking is very close to half done. It should be further along than that. So what’s happened?

The short answer is that I’ve been way too busy selling other people’s books.

The longer answer: Silver Empire grew 15x in 2018. Not 15%. Not 1.5x. Fifteen fold. That’s borderline on catastrophic growth. And, honestly, it could’ve been catastrophic growth if we hadn’t put a lot of effort into keeping it from becoming that.

2019 growth has been a lot slower than that, so far. Although with that said, the year isn’t out yet. We have 31 books out now. And we’ve got roughly 40 or so left on the docket for 2019. Odds are good we won’t quite get them all out by December 31, although we’re pushing hard for that.

In other words, we won’t get 15x growth this year… but we will still see pretty crazy growth.

The other thing about that growth is that we focused all of our energy internally on infrastructure above and beyond anything else. It was painful in the short term, but will be well worth it in the long term. The result is that although growth in the first half of 2019 has been relatively slow, we’re now positioned to take more and more advantage over new opportunities.

In the past twelve months, we’ve done the following:

  • Switched to a new printer that offers better services, better long-term pricing, and hardcovers!
  • Heavily streamlined internal processes that are helping us to get books out faster.
  • Built out our new online store, which is a pretty solid success. (Don’t miss our 4th of July flash sale on Heroes Unleashed books today only!)
  • We’re building out one last project which will go live soon.

And that’s just the stuff I’m ready to talk about publicly. We’ve got several even bigger projects in the works that aren’t ready for announcement yet. Oh, and we put some books out, too.

But with all of that said, I think I’m finally at a spot where I can devote the time to finish up Spirit Cooking, and it’s moved way up on my priority list. It’s a high priority of mine to finish it by the end of the year at least. I’d prefer to have it finished by DragonCon, but we’ll just have to see.

On the plus side… I also have about a quarter of Unholy Matrimony written. The first book in Peter’s spin-off novel series, it actually takes place between War Demons and Spirit Cooking. It won’t be released, however, until after this trilogy (War Demons, Spirit Cooking, and Sacrifices) is complete.

But rest assured, the book is coming. It’s just been slow.