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.

Summer. FINALLY.

I thought I'd check in, since I haven't posted in a few months. As always, I've been busy writing. I'm still planning to release my next novel, A Contest of Prophecies, this summer - our current target is mid-August.

In addition, I'm hoping to find some time to start getting some new short fiction up. Assuming everything goes as planned, I'll work on those as soon as I'm done revising.

In the meantime, it's summer, so the superhero movies have been out in force. Recently, I went to see Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Click the links for my reviews, if you're curious, but the short version is I loved them both.

Oh, wow. It has been a while since I last posted here. Long enough I haven't mentioned Kong: Skull Island yet. I liked that one, too, though it wasn't on par with the two above.

In addition, I do an annual breakdown of summer movies, along with projections (fancy way of saying 'wild guesses') for how good I think they'll be. Find that here, if you're really bored.

What else? Lindsay and I have been out hiking again this year (hence the picture above). Plus, this is our first summer in our new house, so we've been having fun discovering what flowers pop out of the ground and what animals come out of the woods, such as this guy we saw hanging out on our porch.

I'm not even going to pretend I don't love bunnies. Freaking adorable.

Just Checking In

It's been more than a month since my last post, and I didn't want you guys worrying I'd disappeared. I've been busy revising A Contest of Prophecies, the fourth novel in The Citadel of the Last Gathering, and working on the next three books.

Actually... make that the next four books. I started writing book eight a few days ago. Like I said: BUSY.

If all goes as planned, A Contest of Prophecies should be available this summer.

What else? I've reviewed a couple superhero flicks since I last checked in: LEGO Batman and Logan. Not much difference between the two, aside from the fact one is significantly more violent than the other (the violent one being LEGO Batman, obviously). I thought both were good, though the Batman movie felt a tad redundant compared to other things I've seen.

You'll Never Guess What I'm Getting For My Birthday!

That's right - my birthday's January 20th, and America got me.... a new president who's more or less vowed to systematically destroy everything I love about this country.

Not to sound ungrateful, but I don't suppose you kept the gift receipt.

So. Yeah. I'm not exactly expecting this to the "best birthday ever" or anything. I'll be spending my free time doing what I've been doing for most of January: writing. I've found that to be an especially therapeutic pastime recently. Yup, something about writing a powerful female lead in a fantasy setting where it's possible to jump ahead in time (say, four or eight years, for example) has been even more satisfying than usual.

In the off chance anyone else out there wants some escapist fantasy to help them through the next few days, I'm making A Count of Five and Tide of Ice free Friday through Sunday.

I wish you all the best of luck this weekend. And, you know, however long it takes before our country corrects course.

Happy Holidays and All That

I've been extremely busy moving into the new house and bingeing on Christmas movies, which is why I haven't posted anything here in a while. As I do every December, I've written dozens of reviews over on Mainlining Christmas - it's a good resource if you're ever looking for advice on what to watch and what to avoid like the plague during the yuletide season.

A few highlights include the absolutely amazing holiday album from one of my oldest friends and his collaborators - you can download it free here and read my take here). Also, check out my write-up of the Adam Ruins Christmas special and the pictures of the custom Krampus action figure I put together, if you get a chance - I'm especially proud of these two articles.

If you're looking for something longer to read this Christmas, I'm making my 2009 fantasy novel For Love of Children available free on Kindle between the 23rd and the 27th. It offers an alternative look at holiday icons and modern mythology - grab a copy, if you haven't already.

I haven't made it to the movies much recently, but I did make time for Rogue One. My full review is up at The Middle Room, but the short version is that I loved it.

Interesting Times

The experience of the past month has placed me in a position of being able to offer a piece of advice. It is extremely specific, but in the off chance it's ever relevant to anyone reading this, I'd like to share what I've learned:

For the love of God, never buy a house in the middle of a presidential election.

That's not to say we didn't get a nice house - we ended up with a beautiful place at a good price. However, watching your country flush its future down the toilet really takes the wind out of your sails when you're trying to move. The past few weeks have been among the most exhausting of my life, and we still have to unpack.

As if that's not enough, Christmas is upon us once more, which means it's time to dust off our annual holiday blog and start pumping cheer into our bodies. We briefly considered taking a year off, but... Mainlining Christmas is tradition now. Besides, if we quit the stop-motion villains win. So head on over for an near-endless string of reviews, articles, and perhaps a couple holiday stories.

Now if you'll excuse me, I still have several pieces of IKEA furniture to reassemble before I binge watch seven seasons' worth of Christmas episodes.