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:

Blood and Flesh Required

Our latest Silver Empire author, Nos Jondi, comes to us all the way from Malawi, Africa. We usually stay in the urban fantasy / supernatural thriller / horror wheelhouse. Sou you could be forgiven for thinking that his military sci-fi is a new genre for us. But it’s not quite as new for us as it seems, because today I offer you…

Werewolves and Vampires

In

Space!

And our crowdfunding campaign has just gone live. Pop over to Kickstarter and help support Mr. Jondi’s new twins!


Blood and Flesh Required

Blood Brothers by Nos Jondi

Rising Star Captain Janet Ruvuma doesn’t know failure. 

Except in capturing Mavurama, the leader of a group of rogue, genetically engineered ex-marines. Every time she springs the trap, he slips through her fingers. Five years of pursuit and still he eludes her. The Emperor is out of patience. Ruvuma has to catch him, dead or alive, or she will taste defeat for the first time.

Mavurama desires only peace and quiet. The Emperor made him and his men what they are. He fought for the Emperor. He won the war for the Emperor. Now he wants to retire. But the Empire won’t allow it, and Mavurama will do whatever it takes to claim his peace. Even escape beyond the edge of the known galaxy.

Ruvuma and Mavurama play a cat and mouse game that stretches across the universe. But Mavurama can’t hide forever. He needs blood, and lots of it, to take with him on his trip into the unknown. Ruvuma can’t let him go. She’ll bring the fury of the empire to bear on him and his soldiers before she lets him disappear.

African Author Nos Jondi bursts onto the speculative fiction scene with his tale of mythic creatures in space, full of colorful characters and wild distant worlds that occupy the furthest reaches of space.

Will Ruvuma conquer her greatest enemy? Or will Mavurama manage to take the suicidal leap into the Dead Space of the universe first? Read BLOOD BROTHERS by Nos Jondi today to find out!


Back Nos Jondi’s Sanctum series on Kickstarter today!

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!

The Shady Rays saga concludes

Somehow, nearly three years after I first wrote it, my review of my Shady Rays sunglasses is still the highest ranked result on Amazon for “shady rays review” that’s not either Shady Rays themselves or their Amazon product listing. I have no idea how my review ended up being picked as The One, but it still gets a crazy amount of traffic.

So y’all deserve to know how everything ended.

In my last update before I dropped off the face of the Earth and stopped blogging, I noted that my Shady Rays broke. So here’s what happened after that.

Shady Rays offers a “lifetime replacement plan.” They’ll send you a new pair, no questions asked, if you break or lose your first pair. I bought two pair of sunglasses originally on a two-for-one plan.

Did I get my replacements?

Yes, and with little trouble. But you do need to read the fine print before you purchase. There are two things in particular you need to know.

  1. You are limited to two replacement pair per original purchased pair.
  2. You have to pay just under $9 in shipping to get your replacement pair.

I knew the first before I purchased, and I suspected the second. But here’s the math:

  • Two pair for $45
  • I paid $6 for expedited shipping. At the time of my original purchase, free shipping was an option.
  • Four replacements available at roughly $9 each = $36
  • Total for six pair: $87 (could be $81 if you opt for free shipping).
  • Cost for a pair of Iron Man sunglasses from Wal-Mart: $15-20 per pair

So here’s the thing. At the end of the day, the Shady Rays sunglasses were essentially a complete wash compared to what I’d been getting. The quality was about the same, the price was about the same.

On the plus side, I had a spare pair around for much of that time. On the down side, the one time I switched from my normal pair to the spare, and then broke the spare, I had to wait a few days to get the replacements, rather than just walking into Wal-Mart to buy a new pair.

In other words, the entire experience was basically a wash.

Do I regret buying them? Not at all – although I would not personally pay $45 for a single pair. If you can get the 2-for-1 deal, then it’s good. If not… well, I personally don’t think they’re $45 sunglasses after 3 years.

Am I going to buy them again?

Maybe?

The honest answer is that it’s such a wash that I can’t decide. My last pair broke a few weeks ago, and right now I’m wearing Wal-Mart sunglasses again. I didn’t want to wait. And I have to admit to being a bit disappointed in how they broke. I literally walked out of a store one day, opened up my sunglasses… and they broke. I wasn’t doing anything rough to them at all.

To be fair, the previous pair had stood up quite a bit better than that. But still, I didn’t love that.

Should you buy them?

If you lose or damage sunglasses less frequently than I do, and if you can get a two for one deal, and if you’re ok with low to mid range sunglasses? Why not? There’s nothing wrong with them compared to other sunglasses in this range.

If you can’t get the two-for-one deal, then no. After three years of use, I can’t recommend them at $45 a pair.

Previous entries in this series:

  1. My initial Shady Rays product review
  2. The first follow-up
  3. When my first pair broke
  4. The finale

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.

New from Silver Empire: COME, SEELING NIGHT by Daniel Humphreys

True story: this one time I went to bed at about two in the morning and I didn’t know if I was alive or if I was dead!

I guess I should probably explain that.

Have you read Daniel Humphreys’ Paxton Locke books? If you like The Dresden Files, they’re probably right up your alley. The first time I read Fade, my honest reaction was, “That’s more Dresden than Dresden.” Fantastic books. So I was naturally pretty excited to get the opportunity to publish the books – and even more excited when Dan decided to write me in to the story with book two, Night’s Black Agents.

He asked for permission first, and I thought it was going to be a really tiny part. And it generally was… until I got the early manuscript of Book 3 – Come, Seeling Night. Somehow my character turned out to actually have a pretty decent sized role.

Because Murphy’s Law is always in operation, Dan sent me the pre-release manuscript while I was finalizing my end-of-year accounting for Silver Empire. I made myself wait to read it, and gave myself the reward.

So after waiting almost two weeks to continue one of my absolute favorite series, here I am, roughly halfway through the boook… and my character is caught up in a giant explosion. I finish the chapter, and check the clock…

And it’s 2 AM. And I have to work in the morning (my actual day job, which has real hours and everything). Somehow I summoned the will to put the book down…

BUT I DIDN’T KNOW IF I WAS ALIVE OR DEAD!

I kept sneaking in moments to read – over my lunch break, between classes at the dojo, etc. And finally, I learned that…

Well, that would be spoiling. 😉

If you want to know whether I ultimately lived or died, you’ll have to read the book for yourself – and now you can! Come, Seeling Night is available in ebook, paperback, and hardcover now from Amazon.com. Buy it today or read it FREE with your Kindle Unlimited subscription.


Paxton Locke’s been in some pretty tight spaces before. This one might be the worst.

Come, Seeling Night
by Daniel Humphreys

Drugged and shipped to who-knows-where on an airplane, he’s locked up by men who seem to be Feds. But they haven’t given him his phone call, and Pax isn’t sure if his cell mates are even human.

This is one cell he can’t get out of, but he’s got to find a way to escape. Mother has his girlfriend, and she wants a redo of the night she killed Paxton’s father. But this time she won’t be interrupted. Paxton’s got to find Cassie, and he’s got to stop his mother.

Or the world might end.

Apocalyptic visions from Mother’s grimoire have haunted him for years. Now she’s close to making it happen. And all Paxton can do is wait in his cell for someone to realize he’s not the bad guy.

Can Paxton escape his magical prison and stop Mother? Or will he be too late, and lose Cassie just like he lost his dad?

The third installment of the Paxton Locke series delves deeper into the meaning of love and forgiveness, while providing plenty of action, magic, and Humphreys’ signature subtle horror.

Will Mother bring about a world on fire, or a dead Earth? Can Paxton defeat her? Find out and read Come Seeling Night today!

Author Philip Ligon joins Silver Empire

Today I’m pleased to announce the addition of another upcoming author – Philip Ligon – to the ever expanding Silver Empire stable. Mr Ligon is the author of the steampunk novesl of The Engine series – This Strange Engine and This Mysterious Engine. Look for Silver Empire reprints of these in the very near future, as well as two all new novels: The King’s Regret, a young adult steampunk novel, and the upcoming third volume of The Engine series.

I met Mr. Ligon some time back at a local book exposition, and we’ve greatly enjoyed his work. My wife Morgon thinks it’s the best stuff we’ve ever published – and given some of what we have for offer, that’s strong praise.