…A Book By Its Cover

by Bruce Blake

I know, I know…it’s Halloween and I really should be posting something with a holiday theme: monsters, frights, or favourite horror stories. I considered it, but Scott did such a good job on his post a couple of days ago, What Scares You?, that I thought I’d let that do the Guild’s fright night talking and I’d carry on about something entirely different.

To that end, my Halloween subject? Book covers.

I was at the library the other day, browsing for something to read, when I caught myself doing something…I’d pick up a book, look at its cover and if it didn’t catch my attention, I’d put it back. If it did, then I’d go on to read the blurb and if that sounded good, I’d flip the book open and read the first page. Ultimately, it’s the first page that convinces me to buy or check out a book, but I really do judge a book by its cover.

A big change I’ve noticed in the almost two years since I published ON UNFAITHFUL WINGS is in the quality of book covers found on self-published books. Once upon a time, it was easy to tell which books were put out by a traditional publisher and which were not. The electronic book shelves abounded with stock image covers marred by glued-on fonts that typically didn’t work too well. Sometime in the last twenty-four months, indie authors en masse seem to have realized that people really do judge a book by its cover and most went out and hired professionals to do the work they didn’t have the skills to pull off themselves.

And thank heaven for that.

The cover of ON UNFAITHFUL WINGS has gone through four versions during its close to two year run. It began with the typical novice author mistake…I designed my own. I started with a moody stock image I really liked. In fact, I’d already used it for the self-made cover of a short story called ‘Wave Songs’. I liked it so much, I couldn’t imagine using anything else.

Man leaning towards the sea. Húsavík, Faroe Islands.To this, I added the title, subtitle, and my name in fancy fonts and interesting colours and…voila, a snazzy book cover, or so I thought.

Man leaning towards the sea. Húsavík, Faroe Islands. After a short while, I thought this needed to by snazzed up even more. I delved into GIMP, fished out some special effects, and put my rather limited graphic arts skills to work (I’d like to point out that I am a writer, so please don’t hold my poor visual abilities against me).

Man leaning towards the sea. Húsavík, Faroe Islands.I still have a few paperbacks with this cover lying around the house, so if anyone is in love with it and doesn’t mind the fact the prose needs a little more editing…drop me a line and we’ll work something out.

Sales of ON UNFAITHFUL WINGS boomed, moving a whopping five to ten copies a month for a couple of months (please read a sarcastic tone into that line). Six months after the publication of the first Icarus Fell novel, book number two, ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST, was ready to go, and I decided I’d reached my limitations–it was time to bring in someone who had some real talent for book covers. Enter Travis of Pro Book Covers. We tossed around some ideas and the new look for Icarus was born, along with a theme to be carried through the series.

Icarus Fell, urban fantasy, On Unfaithful Wings, Dresden Files

On Unfaithful Wings Version 3.0

All Who Wander Are Lost, urban fantasy, Hell, demon, devil, Icarus Fell

All Who Wander Are Lost

Much better. I was happy to have covers that didn’t look like a writer decided to try his hand at graphic design. ALL WHO WANDER was published, the KHIRRO’S JOURNEY trilogy came next (covers also designed by Travis) and a year later, it was time for the next Icarus book. Surprise, surprise, the fickle author decided a new book meant a new direction for the covers. Much as I liked these ones, I felt like they were too dark and had too much flame, so Travis and I went back to the drawing board (well, Travis did, really…I sent a few emails). To celebrate the release of SECRETS OF THE HANGED MAN, new covers were born.

On Unfaithful Wings, Icarus Fell, urban fantasy, Jim Butcher

On Unfaithful Wings Version 4

All Who Wander Are Lost, Bruce Blake, Icarus Fell, urban fantasy, hell, devil, demon

All Who Wander Are Lost Version 2

Secrets of the Hanged Man, Icarus Fell, urban fantasy, Dresden Files, Jim Bitcher, demon

Secrets of the Hanged Man

I feel like these covers are eye-catching, give a sense of genre (urban fantasy), and look professional…quite a change from the first version I cobbled together. The best part is, the more I work with my cover artist, the better we understand each other. I really feel like we’ve grown together over the last few years, right up to the production of the cover for my latest book, WHEN SHADOWS FALL, which I think kicks some serious butt.

When Shadows Fall, Small Gods, epic fantasy, fantasy adventure, George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

WHEN SHADOWS FALL
(The First Book of the Small Gods)

So what about you? What are your favourite covers, yours or someone else’s? What do you think separates a good cover from a not-so-good cover?

And for those of you who were disappointed at my lack of Halloween post, here is the nasty little pumpkin who will be meeting all the little trick-or-treaters who darken my door…Happy Halloween!

Halloween, scary, jack o' lantern, frightening, monster, pumpkin—–

Bruce Blake is the author of three Icarus Fell urban fantasies, the KHIRRO’S JOURNEY epic fantasy trilogy, and WHEN SHADOWS FALL (The First Book of the Small Gods). The Second Book of the Small Gods will be out in mid-December if he doesn’t eat too much Halloween candy and put himself into a sugar coma with the first round of editing only partially complete.

What scares you?

Image courtesy Free Music Archive

By Scott Bury

It’s only two days till Hallowe’en, possibly my favourite celebration of the year. Fantasy writers, I think, probably share my enthusiasm. And that leads to writing about spooky and scary subjects. Which in turn raises the question: what is scary?

The writer’s job is to evoke a deep, emotional response in the audience, and fear is a powerful one. The challenge for the horror writer is to somehow make the reader feel that deep general fear over a specific scary thing.

Back in about 1980, the King of horror stories — even though he doesn’t write horror anymore — Stephen, wrote about “ten bears”: things that scared him. King always included at least one, if not several bears in his early horror novels.

His ten bears were:

  • the dark
  • squishy things
  • deformity
  • snakes
  • rats
  • closed-in spaces
  • insects
  • death
  • fear of others
  • fear for someone else.

Not everyone is afraid of the same things. I once read that there are only two universal fears: fear of sudden, loud noises, and fear of getting eaten. However, some fears are pretty common: extreme heights, lightning, public speaking, for instance. Some are rare: clowns, pillows, puppies.

Which means that, sometimes, things that scare the writer don’t have much of an impact on a reader. While I think I have a healthy caution about poisonous vipers and large constrictors, I have no deep-seated fear of serpents. Soldiers, obviously, don’t have a great fear of death.

I asked around: what scares people. Some of the responses:

  • “spiders”
  • “snakes”
  • “the bar running out of beer”
  • “being powerless”
  • “the unknown”
  • “being trapped.”

I asked for some details on the specific items: spiders and snakes. The upshot is that they tend to move fast and silently, and they could even crawl onto you.

I think there’s one common element. Besides being eaten and sudden loud noises, the universal fear is not the unknown, not chaos, but lack of control or power over yourself. The bear in The Shining was insanity — the hero, Jack, lost control of his own faculties to a real or imagined force within the hotel. In Misery, the hero was literally helpless and dependent on his captor.

Who hasn’t had that nightmare where something terrible is about to happen, but you cannot move?

Fear of the unknown, of the dark around the corner, is a fear of not being able to defend yourself against what might come out of it at any time. Squishy things are scary because you cannot predict, or therefore control, where the squishy stuff will go if you press on it.

So, what scares you? What element can you work into your next scary story, and how will you evoke your audience’s fear of it?

The Modern Writer: Research

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m writing a series of posts highlighting different aspects of the modern writer. Today, I’m going to talk about research and how it has evolved in the internet era.

For me, in my recent endeavors, it’s become important to research how flintlock and percussion cap firearms work, how far an army could march in a day, or how much food would be needed for an extended campaign. Each writer is going to research something different, dependent on the needs of their story and the world in which it lives.

When I started writing I didn’t really do much of any research. All of my works were either highly derivative, or created completely without basis or factual evidence.

As I’ve developed as a writer, however, it’s become more and more obvious to me that in order to write a solid story, some level of research is essential.

“Back in the day” research involved reading other books in the genre of your choosing, or going to the library and finding source material on the subject you wished to research.

Taking classes on a subject at a local college might be one way to study a particular field, including the copious amount of notes that would go along with that.

But those things took time and money. And for some situations, you might not even have a chance to read extensively on your

The Internet has changed the way that writers study. A quick scan of the Amazon categories, a Wikipedia article, or even just a quick Google search will typically render enough reading material to fulfill most research needs. topic. Gunpowder Fantasy wasn’t even a thing when I started reading. If I had tried to read other books in the genre, I would have been out of luck.

Not only does this allow a writer a much wider variety of content to peruse and research (some of my reading for Gunpowder Fantasy comes from authors in the UK and Australia) but it saves tons of times. No longer does a writer need to take a chunk out of their day to drive to the library to look up books and read through them.

library

There is, as always, a downside to using the internet as a research tool: the random dredges of society and the sometimes scattershot

approach that Google takes when combing through its massive databases for information.

n-helpful or downright harmful to the honest study of a topic. And if you search for two words, any website with those words anywhere near each other will come back on the results, sometimes creating false positives.Because anyone can have a blog, the search engines will often come up with results from people who are either less-tha

How has the internet changed how you research your work? How has it changed how you find new things to read
?

CHAIN OF SHADOWS is Now Available!

The big day is here – CHAIN OF SHADOWS is now available!

And for a limited time, if you buy a copy of the book you can also enter to win a free coffee cup!  That’s right, sip your java in your very own Cup O’ Darkness!

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To enter, just e-mail your receipt/purchase confirmation to daezarkian@bloodskies.com.  I’ll enter your name into a giant spreadsheet, and on November 8th, using sophisticated technology (most likely consisting of one or more 20-sided dice), I’ll select 1 winner who’ll get a complimentary CHAIN OF SHADOWS coffee cup mailed directly to their home.

To qualify, your CHAIN OF SHADOWS purchase must be made and the receipt submitted no later than November 1st 2013!  I’ll announce the winners the following week and get your cup right out to you!

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The barrier between worlds has been broken, and the invasion is about to begin.

Eric Cross, burdened by the loss of those who’ve died under his command, must lead his recently reunited mercenary team against the shadow wolf sorcerers known as the Maloj.  Bound to dire artifact blades and charged with protecting the Kindred, Cross seeks help from the enigmatic White Mother, leader of the Southern Claw.

But sinister forces bring his vessel down in a strange and distant land, and soon Cross and his allies are beset by undead armies vying for control of the deadly region called the Chain of Shadows.  Trapped in a desert waste where wielding magic is dangerous and nothing is as it seems, Cross’s team will pay the ultimate price in their battle to finally get home…

Return to the world After the Black in this pivotal 6th book of the BLOOD SKIES saga!

Ebook: $3.99

Print Edition: $11.99

Purchase Links:

Amazon US (Kindle)

Amazon UK (Kindle)

Amazon (Paperback)

Barnes & Noble (EPUB)

Smashwords (all Ebook formats)

Defining Evil

by Chantal Boudreau

In honour of Halloween, I’m doing another blog spot on the importance of the presentation of evil in a tale and of the nature of villains. Writers face a difficult challenge with the initial conceptualization of the antagonist of their tale: how despicable should they make that villain – on a standalone basis as well as relative to their protagonist, who might be walking a blurry grey line – and how exactly do they plan on defining evil? After all, evil comes in a variety of forms and what might be considered evil by some might not seem so terrible to others. Do you show bias based on your own experiences and cultural background or do you aim for something more universally accepted? It’s an enigma with no clear answer.

I’ve dabbled with different levels of sympathy in my villains, a variety of perspectives and motivations and a wide array of power levels. A weaker villain can still be effective if they are properly insidious and the protagonist is both malleable and corruptible. Iago, for example, doesn’t wield that much power, but he seizes opportunity to exploit Othello’s weaknesses.

An abundantly powerful villain can appear far too overwhelming, and their defeat improbable, unless the protagonist has access to comparable power to counter their efforts. In my “Casualties of War,” the heroes face an avatar with magic and skills far beyond their own. However, the fact that there exists a lack of balance of power as far as Lady Finesse is concerned does not distort the story for a few reasons. The first, and most important, is the fact that she is not the primary evil. She is merely an offshoot of the main plot, someone who toys with the characters for her own sadistic pleasure, the greater evil being the wizards who initiate the trouble the heroes face and those who perpetuate it by refusing to help the victims of that trouble. Those villains are more human and comparable in power to the heroes.

As well, her interference is offset by the influence of divine beings working on the side of good. This returns the conflict to the hands of the mortals who have to fight it out on more down-to-earth terms.

In “Prisoners of Fate,” where the villain has gained access to the combined supernatural powers of their world as well as a demonic one, instead of reducing the villain’s incredible power level, I chose to escalate the protagonists’ power level by means of access to a divine artefact. This way I could leave the villain’s power as originally defined, but still provide balance, enough to allow the possibility that the battle could swing either way.

I think my preference lies with defining my evil as closer to human. A more alien evil is easier to hate, but is harder to relate to. The best struggles are the one that hit closest to home, where while the reader may not agree with what the villain is doing, they can identify with them to some degree and understand where their motivation is coming from – villains like the bullies in my Fervor series and my Snowy Barren Trilogy, or ones like the twins in my yet to be released fourth book in my Masters & Renegades series, “Victims of Circumstance,” as much victims as villains themselves.

I thought I’d close with a little excerpt to show what I mean, a glimpse at what makes that evil more tangible and real:

“We have received word that there is another heir. He or she doesn’t travel alone, and they are likely three days, or thereabouts, ahead of us,” Regina informed her mentor.

“That will alter your course of action, but only slightly. You must seek out this third heir, find a way to earn his or her trust, and then eliminate this other heir to make sure that their claim does not supersede your own. If they are of a noble mother, you will likely lose your bid to be monarch of Seaforest.”

“We understand, mistress.”

“Where is Stefano?” the dark lady inquired, her violet eyes glowing with supernatural light.

“He is indisposed at the moment,” the young woman replied, her cheeks flushing slightly.

“You remember what we discussed,” Finesse whispered. “If he becomes too much of a liability, you are to dispose of him. I don’t trust him to do what’s required of him. If he proves to be unreliable, as I suspect he will, he will not serve his purpose. He’ll just get in your way.”

“I know,” Regina replied in a hushed voice, struggling to hide her extreme distaste at this idea. As much as she despised his boorish behaviour and his hedonistic tendencies, he was her twin brother and she still loved him. If push came to shove, however, she would do whatever would be necessary to ensure that their plan was a successful one.

“Report back to me as soon as you have more information on the other heir, and it is safe to do so,” the avatar instructed.

“I will, Lady Finesse.” Regina allowed the image to fade. She glanced back at her brother who was lying spread eagle on the bed, the pillow across his face.

“You can’t keep doing things like this, Stef,” she said softly. “You’ll jeopardize everything that we have worked for. I can’t protect you if she ever decides that you have gone too far.”

He pulled the pillow off his face and sat up, giving her an angry stare.

“I never asked for your protection. I don’t need your protection. You aren’t much more than a silly little girl. What would make you think that I would need you to protect me?”

Happy Halloween everyone!

Fantasy book review: Blade of Amber, book 1 of the Woern Chronicles by A.M. Justice

by Autumn M. Birt

Blade of AmberWell before we get started, I think it is only fair to give you the blurb on the book so you know what the heck I’m talking about!

Blade of Amber tells the story of Vic, a young woman who wants vengeance. Taken from her homeland and sold into slavery, Vic soon escapes and becomes the Blade, a soldier renowned for cunning and daring. She also wins the heart of Prince Ashel, a minstrel who prefers drinking and gambling to fulfilling any royal obligations. When Ashel s captured by solder of her former master, Vic sets out on a mission of rescue and revenge. But when the Kragnashias, a mysterious insectoid species, give her the power of wizardry, Vic realized she is being forged into a weapon. The question is, by whom and for what purpose?

I was hooked when I read the description. Reading it again now after having finished the book, I can’t argue with it but feel it barely sketches the story line and the depth of characters running through this novel. I’m impressed Ms. Justice was able to boil down such a complicated plot to one paragraph!

Epic fantasy with a hint of scifi, Blade of Amber is riveting in its detail of new lands and cities experienced through strong characters. This world is unique and not the typical sword and sorcery. Societal customs can be shocking, which deepens the impression that we, along with the main character Vic, are foreigners in a new world. I lovedthe edge of scifi that opens the novel and threads throughout the story with hints of science now felt to be a myth along with magic – another indication of how far this story is from the typical medieval-esque setting. From the first page, this is a journey that author A.M. Justice carefully unrolls.

There is so much to this novel that I’m not sure how to tell you about it. I was enthralled with the world, story, and characters before I reached the mid-point. I admit, the romantic in me wanted more from the ending. But this isn’t romance. This is epic fantasy and a nicely wrapped up, heart-filled ending does not fit this story. In fact, the grit and suffering remind me very much of George R.R. Martin’s writing.  If you love his Song of Ice and Fire series for how it does not shy from pain and its impacts on characters, you’ll find a lot to love in this book.

Perhaps my only disappointment was that Vic may have too much power by the end of the novel. But the power does not alleviate her flaws… and in fact may prove that power does not overcome a broken psyche. A.M. Justice has created a world rife with passions and ruled by strong characters whose need for vengeance spawn wars and destroy lives… even their children’s.

I highly recommend Blade of Amber. The story line, setting, and characters are all refreshing in their depth and originality. In fact, I enjoyed the book enough that I had to ask the author how she came up with the story and if she had any antecedents about writing it. A story this epic and broad had to have a back story!

This is what A.M. Justice said:

The plot and characters of Blade of Amber were developed when I was very young; I wrote the first version of the story when I was in high school, primarily as an escapist adventure about a bookish teen with self-esteem issues who nevertheless wins the heart of the handsomest boy around. The writing in that first attempt is horrid, and I often think I should burn the notebooks containing the original story. But I loved the characters too much to shelve it, so I just kept working to improve the prose and the storytelling. Eventually it evolved into what it is: a warped retelling of Rapunzel in a blended science fiction-fantasy setting. You can find some more of the thought process behind Blade in this blog post of mine: http://www.knownearthworks.com/blog/2012/10/12/getting-to-the-girl-power.html
 
The plot of Blade of Amber came together very smoothly–it was the quality of the writing that needed to be improved over time. However, the sequel, A Wizard’s Lot, was a tough book to write and took me a long time. I’m a pantser and I kept writing the characters into blind alleys and box canyons and had to back up and go down another path time and again. I have learned to never throw out a scene once I’ve written it, and the document file where I dumped the cut scenes from Wizard is longer than the book itself.
 
When I finished A Wizard’s Lot, I thought that was the end for Vic and Ashel, and I never intended to write another story about them. However, when I decided to self-publish Blade, and was going over it a last time to polish it up and get it ready for public consumption, I started to wonder what those characters would be doing “now.” I was roughly Vic’s age (early twenties) when I finished the the first draft of Blade of Amber (the manuscript I wrote in high school was different enough I don’t really consider it the same book). I’m in my forties now, and I wondered what Vic would be doing as a mature adult. The answer came out as Scion of Sovereigns, Book 3 of The Woern Chronicles. That novel is currently in the hands of my beta readers and will be released some time next year. A fourth novel in the series is planned but is back-burnered at the moment because I want to finish another work in progress, a historical novel about a fictional protege of Galileo Galilei.
A little more about A.M. Justice:

Me without mirror.

I’ve been a professional writer and editor in the life sciences for over two decades but have been writing fiction even longer—the first story set in the fictional world of Knownearth was written while I was still in high school. As an avid SCUBA diver, I dream of a future when I have the time to hang out in a dive shop all day, and I fancy the idea that this dive shop might be in Buenos Aires, so I can dance the tango whenever I want. Until that time comes, I live and write in Brooklyn, NY, with a husband, a daughter, and two cats. Although I’m partial to fantasy and historical fiction, I love well-written books—and well-made movies and television—of all genres.

For more information and updates, you can find me on the Web at these locations:

Website: www.knownearthworks.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMJusticeWrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KnownEarthWorks

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6903962.A_M_Justice

CHAIN OF SHADOWS Preview

Book 6 of the Blood Skies sage comes out in less than a week.  Here’s a last snippet before the October 25th release.  This scene takes place later in the book, as Ronan and a band of natives prepare to do battle with an army of ghost-possessed marauders and their leader, the Black Witch.

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They rode hard over shattered rocks and crossed dry riverbeds and bubbling pools of something like tar.  A haze rose over the plains of dead grass, dust smoke fused with grey.

“There they are,” Ronan said.  All around him the desert nomads readied themselves.

They saw the silhouettes of massive horned elephants in the distance, shifting towers of darkly scarred flesh near the low city walls; the great beasts stamped the earth and tore at the ground with spine-covered tusks.  Possessed Skaravae warriors floated in the air like candles on water.

The Sundered shifted the blades and armor on their leonine and lizard mounts.  They readied bows and dipped arrows in caustic and explosive poisons, hammered the hilts of their blades against their chests and pushed forward, eager to expunge the nightmare invaders from their lands.  Unnatural lightning and the stark and massive moon bathed the desert in bone white light.

“I don’t suppose we have a plan of attack?” Ronan asked, expecting no answer, and naturally none came.

The ground trembled.  Small desert animals scattered and fled into holes in the ground, sensing the coming conflict.  Stones cracked and shattered as the Skaravae bombarded the plains using trebuchets and mangonels located just outside the city walls.

There were more than a score of the massive elephantine brutes and easily a hundred Skaravae, men with pale glowing eyes and shifting cloaks of shadow vapor and oily blood.  The smoke wrapped around the advancing horde and made them difficult to see.  The corbelled rickshaws on the backs of the shadow beasts were the size of small boats, laced with barbed perimeters and masked by strips of black cloth and chainmesh veils.  The creatures tore up earth as they started their slow and deliberate charge.

The Sundered surged forward.  The Pale separated themselves from the nomads and spread out in a phalanx formation of spectral white skin and bone blades. 

We’re screwed, he thought.  He still didn’t know where Creasy or the others were.

On the largest beast, a voice told him.  It was her – the Black Witch.  I have what you want.  I won’t hide from you, assassin.  Come to me, and die. 

Ronan found the calm inside of him.  He took deep and steady breaths, felt his chest rise and fall as his heartbeats slowed.  He narrowed his vision.  The already polarized landscape lost its last shreds of color: black and white, noise and silence.  Everything twisted to sharp edges.

He stepped into the Deadlands.

I’ll be right there, he thought to her.  

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Steven Montano is freaking out, largely because he and has family have just decided to move, but also because, well, he’s just a freak.  Find out why at http://bloodskies.com/.

My Giving Gene is Giving

I’ll be running a few free promos and other sales over the next few months because it’s that season. You know: the season for giving. I really don’t want to receive anything (except, maybe, a $2 million book deal).

So here’s the first — FREE from 15-17 October!

The Retribution of Nathan James (Sketches from the Spanish Mustang)

The Retribution of Nathan James

The Retribution of Nathan James

There was no longer a wellspring of tears or a firestorm of rage. The surge of feeling that enveloped Nathan James the last few weeks like a disastrous hurricane had now ebbed and dissipated, leaving only a dull numbness, a grey blanket of cold, emotional isolation. It was a good feeling to have when you wanted to exact revenge.– From The Retribution of Nathan James

Nathan James is mad. Shortly after his wife killed herself, Nathan learns the truth about her affairs of the flesh. With nothing to lose and enough cold rage to fuel his quest, Nathan wishes for nothing more than revenge. Will he find it or is there something more sinister going on?

What are the Sketches from the Spanish Mustang?
The Retribution of Nathan James was the first released novella in the Sketches from the Spanish Mustang series. Combining elements of horror, thrillers, family dramas and fantasy, each novella in the series has been combined into a novel-length work, with each story woven together by a final narrative: that of an artist, her sketchpad and a rather unique ability.

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Cover Reveal: CHAIN OF SHADOWS

Coming October 25th

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The barrier between worlds has been broken, and the invasion is about to begin.

Eric Cross, burdened by the loss of those who’ve died under his command, must lead his recently reunited mercenary team against the shadow wolf sorcerers known as the Maloj.  Bound to dire artifact blades and charged with protecting the Kindred, Cross seeks help from the enigmatic White Mother, leader of the Southern Claw.

But sinister forces bring his vessel down in a strange and distant land, and soon Cross and his allies are beset by undead armies vying for control of the deadly region called the Chain of Shadows.

Trapped in a desert waste where wielding magic is dangerous and nothing is as it seems, Cross’s team will pay the ultimate price in their battle to finally get home…

Return to the world After the Black in this pivotal 6th book of the BLOOD SKIES saga!

E-Book: $3.99

Print Edition: $11.99

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steven Montano keeps writing novels in the hopes that one day he’ll wake up and actually feel like a real author. Maybe it’ll happen tomorrow.

Steven is the author of City of Scars, the Blood Skies novels (Blood Skies, Black Scars, Soulrazor, Crown of Ash, The Witch’s Eye and Chain of Shadows), Tales of a Blood Earth 1 and 2, and something black…. He’s currently hard at work on Blood Angel Rising, a horror novel; Vampire Down, the next installment of the Blood Skies series; and Path of Bones and The Black Tower, the sequels to City of Scars.

He lives in Washington State with his beautiful and intelligent wife, two beautiful and talented children, and a backyard badly in need of some love.

Visit Steven’s official website http://bloodskies.com/