Citadel of the Last Gathering Supplemental - First Two Stories Now Available!

I've added a new section to the Short Fiction tab for stories tying to the fantasy series, The Citadel of the Last Gathering. These will be short pieces connected in some way to the books - they'll contain minor characters, settings, or other elements touched on by the novels.

I think this goes without saying, but just in case: none of these will contain information necessary to follow the main story of the novels (if they did, they'd be part of the novels). But they allow me to build out the world a little more and incorporate a few ideas that didn't fit in the books.

The first two stories are now up. Both are intended to be read after the second book in the series, A Tide of Ice, though either can be read out of order or even as stand-alones.

The Truthspeaker is a short piece I originally wrote to get a better feel for setting and voice in A Tide of Ice. It's something of a prequel to most of the book, and it would work read before, after, or even as a standalone. I'm still suggesting you wait until after, but take that as a light recommendation.

The same is true of A Meeting in the Desert: this doesn't feature any characters appearing in the novels, and shouldn't spoil any plot points (though it may change your perspective on a minor piece of one character's backstory).

Happy Belated New Years!

Well, Christmas is finally over (at least by most modern standards), and the cosmic ticker has flipped forward, so I wanted to check in and say, "Hi." Also, in keeping with tradition, I put up a list ranking all the new movies I saw in 2017, from least to most favorite.

Now that the holidays are behind me, I'm back to focusing on revising the next novel. There's still a lot of work to be done, but I'm hoping to have it available before summer.

Hear me!

Lindsay and I put together a pilot podcast for Mainlining Christmas. In addition to a prolonged discussion on the longstanding relationship between the holidays and time travel, you can listen to me reading one of my stories aloud. We're planning at least a few more episodes on some other nerdy topics. Time frame is still TBD, however.

In other news, as I type this, you're anxiously waiting in line to get tickets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I caught it on Thursday night, and I loved it. I typed up some thoughts over at The Middle Room, though I'd avoid any reviews or discussion until you've seen the movie.

Book Sale!


If you haven't read my first novel, the Kindle edition of For Love of Children is only 99 cents this weekend. I started For Love of Children after graduating from college in 2003, and it's still the work I feel closest to emotionally. We're also making A Count of Five free this weekend, so this is a great time to save a few bucks.

Festive Cheer

The Christmas season is upon us once again, which means Lindsay and I have kicked off our annual binge of holiday media at Mainlining Christmas. We're continuing our tradition of posting reviews or articles three times a day through December 25th.

What else?

I suppose this is as good a time as any to announce I've finished a first draft of all nine novels in The Citadel of the Last Gathering. There's still a lot more work to do, but we're hoping to have book 5 edited and released Spring of next year and (no promises) maybe get book 6 out before the end of 2018.

I'll leave you with this picture from our Black Friday party. If you want more context, head over here.


Now Available: A Contest of Prophecies


You can now buy A Contest of Prophecies, the fourth book of The Citadel of the Last Gathering, in paperback or for Kindle. If you haven't read the first three, it's a good time to catch up - Kindle versions of A Count of Five and A Tide of Ice are both free through the end of the weekend, and A Unique Sickness of Spirit is just $0.99.

The Citadel of the Last Gathering is a series of time travel novels ranging across millions of years in a fantasy world where magic drives evolution and culture. The story follows Alaji, a young woman from a forgotten civilization, as she explores a history far larger than she ever thought possible. You can read the FAQ for more about the series.


A Contest of Prophecies - Available August 10th!


A Contest of Prophecies, book four in The Citadel of the Last Gathering, will be available on Kindle August 10th - you can pre-order it now. A paperback version will be released around the same time (give or take a few days).

It picks up right where we left off at the end of A Unique Sickness of Spirit - on a stolen airship circling the world. I think those of you who have read the earlier books will really like this one. As for the rest of you... what are you waiting for?

A Contest of Prophecies: The Citadel of the Last Gathering, Book 4
Not even history can withstand the vastness of time. 
In streets blackened by soot and the shadows of airships, their names were legend. But if they want those stories to survive, Alaji, Phaesha, and Yemerik will need to craft a prophecy that will last for eons.

They’ll need to travel back to a time of dragons, knights, and castles and forge an alliance with a man destined to be king. They’ll need to start a war that will kill thousands and conquer a nation to create a past that matches the future they left behind.

But theirs is not the only prophecy. A spirit has followed them back through time, and it will not rest until Alaji is destroyed. Their war in the past masks a grander contest between forces striving to reshape all of time.

A Contest of Prophecies is the fourth book in The Citadel of the Last Gathering, a time-travel fantasy series following a young woman from an era before history journeying across millions of years, exploring a world of evolving magic.