Category Archives: The Prodigal Son

Blackberry bushes are cursed by Satan

British folklore tells us that when Saint Michael the archangel cast Lucifer from heaven, the devil landed in a blackberry bush. Thereafter, the blackberry bush is cursed.

This Sunday we Catholics celebrate the Feast of Saint Michael (Michaelmas in older English and Anglican traditions). Historically, the date was celebrated on October 10th – traditionally the day Satan fell from heaven. This was adjusted to September 29th after the change to the Gregorian calendar.

To celebrate this year, I’m putting my Peter Bishop books on sale. I mean, I kind of have to, right? The books are about a modern paladin gifted with Saint Michael’s sword and sent out to fight monsters. So it’s only fitting to pay homage to the man… er, angel himself.

From now through Monday evening, you can get the ebooks of both War Demons and Vigil for just $0.99 each.

War Demons

WHEN HE CAME HOME…SO DID THEY!

Driven by vengeance, Michael Alexander enlisted in the Army the day after 9/11. Five years later, disillusioned and broken by the horrors he witnessed in Afghanistan, Michael returns home to Georgia seeking to begin a new life. But he didn’t come alone. Something evil followed him, and it’s leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

The police are powerless. The Army has written Michael off. Left to face down a malevolent creature first encountered in the mountains of Afghanistan, he’ll rely on his training, a homeless prophet, and estranged family members from a love lost…

But none of them expected the dragon.

Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden collides with Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International in this supernatural thriller that goes straight to Hell!

Get the ebook for only $0.99 from the following retailers:

If you prefer print books, you can get those on sale as well, but only direct from the publisher. Paperbacks are currently $9.99, hardcovers $19.99. Finally, War Demons is available in audiobook, but sadly I have no way to discount it for you this weekend.

Vigil

THERE’S A DRAGON IN THE CHURCH

Three months ago, Peter Bishop lived a normal life. Working the construction site. Training in the gym. Going to mass.

All that ended when he picked up the sword of an Archangel and fought a dragon.

And lost. He lost the fight with the dragon, and it got away across the ocean with a girl in its clutches. But Peter is the Knight of the Sword of Saint Michael, and his sacred duty requires that he chase them both. He can’t leave her to her fate.

The Dragon is a terrible beast older than the Flood, and he wants out of his bindings. If Peter can’t stop his plans, the dragon will be freed to rampage all across the modern world.

His first quest as the Knight of the Sword might just be impossible.

Can Peter slay the dragon and rescue the girl before Easter morning? Or will he fail, and unleash an ancient demon on the world?

Enjoy this fast-paced, Catholic romp about a modern-day paladin and his quest to save the girl. Demons, dragons, maidens, faith, and swordfights, Vigil has it all. Read it today!

Get the ebook for only $0.99 from Amazon or direct from the publisher. The paperback is also on sale for only $4.99 direct from the publisher.

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.

Happy Frogs 2018 Dragon Award Recommendations

The excitable amphibians that compose the Happy Frogs crack book recommendation team have been hard at work this year putting together their suggestions for the 2018 Dragon Awards! There are a ton of great recommendations this time around, and I heartily suggest that you check them all out for yourselves.

Robert Kroese’s Dream of the Iron Dragon takes their fantasy recommendation – and really, how can you go wrong with Vikings in space? Trick question – you can’t, so don’t even try to answer. They also suggest a masterpiece in alternate history: A Rambling Wreck by my friend Hans Schantz. Imagine a world in which Al Gore won the 2000 election and a secret conspiracy tries to rewrite the very nature of science. It’s awesome, even if it is about Georgia Tech (#GoDawgs!). And what can I say about The Orville? If you haven’t been watching it, drop everything and start now. It’s that good.

I’m also humbled to find that my own supernatural thriller War Demons has made the list for best horror novel. It’s an honor to be in this kind of company! The full list is below, or you can find it on the official Happy Frogs site.

Remember: the best part about the Dragon Awards is that you get to nominate and vote! Don’t forget to make sure your voice is heard – nominate for the 2018 Dragon Awards today!

  • Best Science Fiction Novel
  • Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
  • Best Military SF Novel
  • Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel
  • Best Alternate History Novel
  • Best Media Tie-In Novel
  • Best Horror Novel
  • Best Comic Book  & Best Graphic Novel
    • Timothy Lim – My Hero MAGAdemia #1
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series, TV or Internet
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
    • Bright
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
    • Doki Doki Literature Club
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
    • Middle Earth: Shadow of War
  • Best Board Game Best Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
    • Star Wars: Destiny – Fantasy Flight Games

[Cross posted to Urban-Fantasy.com.]

There’s A Dragon In The Church

After modern day paladin Peter Bishop and his friend Michael defeated the dragon over the skies of Athens, Georgia, it fled to Europe – with Peter’s girlfriend Faith in tow. Well, she’s a girl. And she’s his friend. And her stunning beauty doesn’t hurt.

Now Peter and his friends have tracked the dragon to France, where it’s living under a church and terrorizing the village. Can they slay the dragon, save the village, and rescue the girl before dawn?

Or will a wayward priest destroy everything they’ve fought for?

The Dresden Files’ Michael Carpenter collides with Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International in this supernatural high-octane thrill ride!


I’m pleased to announce that Vigil, the latest installment in the Urban Fantasy world of Peter Bishop, is now available – and so far it’s been quite well received. But don’t take my word for it. Read for yourself what others have said:

  • Imagine if the 80’s cult classic Big Trouble in Little China was actually Big Trouble under an ancient French Cathedral, and based off of Christianity rather than Chinese Buddhism. Then stop imagining it and pick up this book because it is exactly as hilarious as it sounds. Catholic Reads
  • Vigil is one part action flick, one part horror, one part fantasy, and all-parts fun. Alex
  • The pace doesn’t let up once the action begins, and the splitting of the scenes works very well. The romance and relationships are well crafted. Love the dragon and the gargoyles as well. Alfred
  • Non-stop action and surprises throughout. Jan
  • I read a LOT of sci-fi and fantasy. It takes a really good story to grab my attention and to hold it. I could. not. put. this. down. It engaged from the beginning and kept me there wondering what was next. This is only the second Newquist book I have read so far but there will be lots more. Shugharz

I’m particularly pleased that Catholic Reads picked up on the Big Trouble in Little China similarities, as I literally had that movie in mind while writing the story. If you have half as much fun reading it as I had writing it, then you’re in for a great time.

Vigil is only $0.99 on Amazon through this Saturday, so you’ll want to pick it up now. It’s also free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. If you missed the last installment, War Demons is also only $0.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited through Thursday.

Recommended reading order:

War Demons

Today I’m very pleased to announce the launch of my debut novel, War Demons.

When he came home, so did they…

Driven by vengeance, Michael Alexander enlisted in the Army the day after 9/11. Five years later, disillusioned and broken by the horrors he witnessed in Afghanistan, Michael returns home to Georgia seeking to begin a new life. But he didn’t come alone. Something evil followed him, and it’s leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

The police are powerless. The Army has written Michael off. Left to face down a malevolent creature first encountered in the mountains of Afghanistan, he’ll rely on his training, a homeless prophet, and estranged family members from a love lost…

But none of them expected the dragon.

Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden collides with Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International in this supernatural thriller that goes straight to Hell!

 


 

I’m very happy with how this ended up for my first book. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what early readers have to say:

  • Recommended for anyone who enjoys the more action-packed branch of urban fantasy, particularly if they wish for more explicitly Christian protagonists and story worlds without wanting to inflict the glurge of official Christian Fiction™ on themselves.
  • The twists and turns don’t stop and the reader will rarely, if ever, see them coming. Michael, Peter, Jim, and Abby are all well developed and dynamic characters. None of them leave the tale the same people they were when they came in. Newquist knows how to create tension (every chapter ends with a cliffhanger), but he makes sure you care about these characters before he literally throws them into the fire. War Demons is a fun quick read that will leave you looking forward to more from the world of Michael Alexander.
  • An excellent first novel. It has its own flavor, but I’d compare it favorably to the Monster Hunter Chronicles by Larry Coriea. Guns and monsters, good stuff.
  • Mr. Newquist has delivered a solid debut work in the vein of early Larry Correia or Jim Butcher. Fans of the latter two authors will devour War Demons.

You can get your Kindle edition through Amazon today for only $2.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited. If you still prefer the feel of physical books, you can get the paperback for $9.99.

Podcast Appearance: Geek Gab On The Books with Brian Niemeier

Brian Niemeier was kind enough to have me on as a guest tonight on his Geek Gab: On The Books podcast. We discussed my upcoming novel War Demons, the pitfalls I faced as a first time novelist, and what resources I found to help me get past them. Thanks to Brian for having me!

And the Winner is…

The result’s of last night’s poll are in! Thank you to everyone who voted. I got considerably more replies than I expected. I tabulated all of the votes across Twitter, Facebook, and this blog. The winner – by a landslide – was cover A, the one pictured below.

Final results:

  • Upper Left: 26
  • Upper Right: 3
  • Bottom Left: 5
  • Bottom Right: 11

Thanks again to everyone who voted!

New Title, New Cover And a READER POLL!

After consultation with some experts who sell far more books than I do, I’ve altered the title for my upcoming novel. With it, I’ve also commissioned a new cover design. Both the title and the cover fit the genre far better. However, all of us (including the experts) had one question about the cover – and we decided the best answer was to ask you, the readers!

There are four versions of the cover above (click on the image for a larger version). One has no tagline. The other three have variations on the tagline and positioning. What do you think, dear reader? A, B, C, or D?

Polling is open until the end of this week! Vote here in the comments or on Twitter!