May 2011 News -THE ROAD TO THE CROWN "The Road to the Crown" -- this month's new release -- is a different kind of story for several reasons. First,

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"The Road to the Crown" -- this month's new release -- is a different kind of story for several reasons.

First, it was inspired by current events that touched my state (Wisconsin) and family. Second, it's a "quieter" narrative than I usually write, taking place "between the action" as it were. Third, and maybe most importantly to you, it's the first e-book I've released where you get to set your own price.

That's right, you decide what you want to pay for this e-book (at least if you buy it from Smashwords). You can even decide to get it for free if you want.

So, here's a link to set your own price and buy it from Smashwords. And here's a link if you'd rather buy it from Kindle at the usual price ($1.49).

Whatever you pay, I hope you like the story. Why not drop me a line and let me know?

How's that for a start to this newsletter? Also in this edition, you'll find out about Crimson & Thor on YouTube, an update on Frost Harrow, the ever-popular Appearances and Editorial Calendar. Plus, some links to some new wallpapers as well.

What are you waiting for? Enjoy!

THOR LOSER comes to YouTube!

I'm really proud to have released my first-ever e-book trailer. It's for "Thor Loser" (as if you couldn't guess from the headline), and you can find it on YouTube here (on my channel).

Naturally, after you've watched the video you'll want to buy the book. (At least, I hope you will.) So, here's the links you need:

Click this link to buy "Thor Loser" for Kindle, Nook, & all e-formats on Smashwords!

Click here to buy "Thor Loser" for Kindle on Amazon.

It's a steal at only $1.49 in all e-book forms. Buy it!

Frost Harrow Update

This month's Frost Harrow is a bit racy, so I thought I'd warn you up front (pictures follow).

Frost Harrow is a series of modern-day Gothic horror novels in the tradition of Dark Shadows. As such FH deals with adult issues -- such as language, sex, and violence -- more than my work on, say, Dragonlance or any of the novelizations I've done. (Though certainly some of my Crimson stories have contained adult content and language.)

Because the series features adult content, it requires covers that appropriately convey what readers will find inside the pages (or within the e-book).

So, the covers can be, and probably should be, somewhat racier than normal fare. The question is, how far could/should the cover go? Below are three cover roughs, each showing a bit more skin than the last.

My questions to you, my readers, are:

Which one of the three would most entice you to buy Frost Harrow: Scream Lover?

Frost Harrow #1, Scream Lover, remains on schedule for a summer 2011 release.

Editorial Calendar

Here's the latest update on my upcoming projects. As you remember, I've split the Frost Harrow books out into their own section. I hope you'll join me in this ongoing adventure in the macabre!

Summer 2011 - Frost Harrow #1 - Scream Lover
Fall 2011 - Frost Harrow #2 - Die with Me
Winter 2011-12 - Frost Harrow #3 - Ghouls


NOW: Kidnapped by Saurians (Dungeons & Dinosaurs)
NOW: New "Gift of the Dragons" (see cover below)
NOW: "Thor Loser" with Crimson (see cover above)
NEW: "The Road to the Crown"
June: Hot and Steamy featuring "Automata Futura" (and possible re-release)
July: Time War: Brute Force &/or Crimson story &/or re-release
August: GenCon antho featuring "Time War 2"
September: Six-Gun Crimson (tentative)
October: Steampunk story (tentative)
November: Elf Erotica story (untitled)
December: BK: Swords & Sorcery - Pan-Dimensional Yule Party (tentative)

Still available: Walkabout Publishing's Unforgettable by Paul McComas.

My schedule of one release every month (either a new original or an upgraded re-release) continues! It's been going since August 2010, and I certainly intend to make it through an entire year, at least. Upcoming re-releases include the e-book version of "Martian Knights" (short story -- also available in the collection Martian Knights & Other Tales) and "Shipmates."

Can I keep up this brutal pace? Am I crazy for trying? Hang on to your hats and enjoy the ride!

Dungeons & Dinosaurs Wallpapers!

Remember "Kidnapped by Saurians" the Dungeons & Dinosaurs story I released a few months back? Well, I just put up some cool wallpapers promoting the series on my site. So why not bop right over and spiff up your desktop with one? Click here to go to my wallpaper page and download Tara & "friend" for free!

Appearances Calendar

As I continue my expanded public appearances in 2011, this newsletter will help you keep track of the places and times to see me! Here's what's coming up!

June18 - SE WI Festival of Books, Waukesha, WI - 2 Panels:
2:30-3:30 Writing for SF, Fantasy, & Horror
5:30-6:30 Fanzines
July 30 - Evanston Public Library Sci Fi Fantasy day - Evanston, IL
August 4-7 - Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN - Writing Seminars
Click here for my Gen Con schedule!
August 11-14 - Wizard World Chicago, IL - TBA

Come to these events! You can pick up a new book or two, get things autographed, or just drop by and say "Hi!

Out Now! Get your copy today!


Got Any Free Stories Lately?

My "write a review, get a free story" policy continues -- and some folks are building up quite a free story collection! So, if you've posted something on your blog, or Facebook, or Amazon (or elsewhere), let me know. You can contact me through those services, my website, or just write to

For your efforts, I'll send you a free story in PDF, or a format you prefer. I'll even try to send something you haven't seen before. And, those who put up reviews are also likely to get a first look at my new stuff (like my upcoming Dungeons & Dinosaurs story or even Time War 2.). Such a deal! So, what are you waiting for? Hit your keyboards!!

Coming Soon!


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