Weekly Update – November 24, 2020

Here’s your final pre-Black Friday reminder that the members of the Superhero Fiction authors group are teaming up for a big 99 cent sale. Head on over to the website to browse all the titles that will be available for 99 cents during the sale, which runs through the end of November.

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Secret Origins: Audiobook on hold until 2021.

Action Figures – Issue Ten: Unintended Consequences: Third draft is underway. Tentatively set for a winter/spring 2021 release.

Action Figures – Issue Eleven: Draft one underway. Scheduled for a winter/spring 2022 release.

The Action Figures Omnibus – Volume One – Stepping Up: The omnibus is fully edited and formatted, and is now awaiting cover art.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Audiobook recording is underway. Tentatively set for a fall/winter 2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Elfish Motives: Second draft of book five undergoing beta-reading.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Nothing scheduled

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – A Series Overview

What’s it About?

Derek Strongarm and Felix Lightfoot are a pair of hard-luck adventurers for hire with an unfortunate knack for landing jobs that pay too little and threaten their lives too much. Erika Racewind is a hardened elven warrior who doesn’t like people, except maybe when she’s killing them. Winifred Graceword is a kindhearted elven priestess skilled in the healing arts. David is a young sorcerer on a path to discover who he really is – and whether that person has a last name, because going by just David is getting old fast.

Together these companions travel across the land of Asaches looking for adventure and the glory and riches that come with it. Mostly the riches, though, because you can’t buy food and beer with glory.

Who is this Series For?

Sword-and-sorcery fantasy fans looking for something a little lighter than most of the fare currently on the shelves. If you want heavy, dark, serious stories with lots of death, destruction, torture, rape, and political intrigue, go read something else because you won’t find it here.

What you will find is a fast-paced adventure filled with colorful characters, rip-roaring action, humor, and gentle jabs at the classic elements of fantasy fiction.

Which is not to say this series is a comedy or parody. There is still drama aplenty, but as a rule I don’t take things too seriously. You can read these books and not feel like you need a hug and a room full of puppies afterward.

Is it Suitable for Young Readers?

Not really. The series is a hard PG-13/light R for violence, language, and sexual content. It is suitable for older teens, but not for the YA crowd.

What are the Books in the Series?

Scratching a Lich: Derek and Felix find themselves entangled in an urgent quest to slay a legendary lich before he can trigger a world-ending apocalypse – as insane undead sorcerers are wont to do. Together with Erika Racewind, bodyguard for a mysterious young wizard named David, and Winifred Graceword, they head out to discover lost cities, recover long lost magical artifacts, and slay great evils in order to fulfill curiously specific prophecies – as mismatched, ragtag groups of adventurers are wont to do.

Assassins Brawl: The companions are hired to safeguard a spoiled brat of a princess targeted for death by the assassin Ruined Isys, but as is often the case, there’s more going on here than meets the eye. Now all they have to do is determine who is behind the plot before they get caught in the crossfire.

Blades of Glory: Derek, Felix, and company are up for a job that seems a little too simple for a payday that seems a little too generous – but unfortunately, so are the famed adventurers of fortune known as the Noble Blades. Which of them will be the first to find a stolen ceremonial mask that is absolutely positively completely normal and not at all some lost artifact possessed of dark power?

Sworded Affairs: The heroes take a job to dispose of a potentially dangerous magical artifact only to become snowbound in an isolated city besieged by flesh-hungry beasts — and under assault from within by a dark conspiracy. Late spring 2020 release.

Elfish Motives: Winifred Graceword is called home under mysterious circumstances, which lead to the company revisiting the lost even city of Wihend. But what do the four clans want with their long-abandoned ancestral home? Tentative late 2020 release.

How Long Will the Series Run?

Unknown, but tentatively ten books.

Are They Available As Audiobooks?

Scratching a Lich and Assassins Brawl are currently available on Audible. Blades of Glory and Sworded Affairs will be available in early 2020.

Where Can I Learn More?

Read can read sample chapters from Scratching a Lich, buy signed copies, connect with me through social media, and get regular updates at my website: innsmouthlook.com

Weekly Update – November 17, 2020

Once again, the members of the Superhero Fiction authors group are teaming up for a big 99 cent sale. Head on over to the website to browse all the titles that will be available for 99 cents during the sale, which runs through the end of November.

One a more serious note, I’m putting out a call to action to audiobook fans, which relates to some recent issues with ACX, Amazon’s audiobook production platform. This will get a little dense, so bear with me.
Because creators have been stuck at home for so long, there’s been a surge in audiobook submissions to ACX, which has resulted in a major slowdown on their end when it comes to conducting their audio quality reviews. Reviews used to take 10 business days, give or take, but now they’re taking 30 business days or more — a LOT more. My last audiobook submission took over two months to review, which resulted in lost revenue for both myself and my narrator.
To atone for this, Audible is giving creators a slight increase in their royalty payments. Anytime you redeem a credit on Audible throughout the month of December, creators will get a 5 percent bonus — which isn’t much in and of itself, but it can add up.
So, call to action #1 is this: if you use Audible, use December to catch up on audiobooks by your favorite indie authors and give them a little financial boost.
The other item is a little more involved.
Audible allows listeners to return credits on audiobooks, even if they’ve listened to an entire audiobook, and use them on something else — which is great for customers, but there’s a negative impact on creators you may be unaware of: when a credit is returned, the royalty payment on that audiobook is revoked.
Yes, we actually lose money if an Audible customer returns a credit on an audiobook they listened to in its entirety, even if we’ve already collected that payment. It’s taken out of the next month’s royalty payment.
A lot of indie authors were unaware of this until recently, and have lobbied Audible to change the practice so we aren’t penalized. A recent ACX newsletter said the company was “looking at” the issue, but we’d love it if you supported us.
All you have to do is tag ACX and Audible on social media and ask them to end their practice of taking away authors’ royalty payments when customers return their credits.
Thanks, everyone!

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Secret Origins: Audiobook on hold until 2021.

Action Figures – Issue Ten: Unintended Consequences: Second draft is finished. Tentatively set for a winter/spring 2021 release.

Action Figures – Issue Eleven: Draft one underway. Scheduled for a winter/spring 2022 release.

The Action Figures Omnibus – Volume One – Stepping Up: The omnibus is fully edited and formatted, and is now awaiting cover art.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Audiobook recording is underway. Tentatively set for a fall/winter 2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Elfish Motives: Second draft of book five undergoing beta-reading.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Nothing scheduled

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

The Innsmouth Look Publishing 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

I’m fortunate to know a LOT of talented, creative people, many of whom rely on their art to make their living, so I wanted to do something to share the love for the upcoming holiday season and maybe drive a little business their way.

Remember, if you’re going to order a physical product that requires shipping, you might want to do so now because the US Postal Service is going to get slammed soon enough!

Since this is my website, I’m going to kick things off with an announcement that the first books in my three series — Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins, The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich, and Well-Behaved Women – Awakening — will all be available for the Kindle for 99 cents starting Black Friday, November 27, through Friday, December 4.

And remember, I still have hard copies of everything available directly from me, and you get free books with every order. This post has all the details.

BOOKS

Children’s Books

Gnome for the Holidays by Jess MacLean – It’s December and Jarle is ready to dive into his favorite holiday eats and treats. Follow him as he shares his adventures with you through the power of social media on InstaYam. Will he try the Christmas delight you like best? Let’s find out. Merry Christmas!

Welcome to Chanu-Con! by Beth Rodgers and Howard Fridson – Join Max and his sister Lila as they navigate their synagogue’s Chanukah extravaganza, “Chanu-Con!” Their day’s highlights include making a human menorah, dipping Chanukah candles, tasting latkes and Chanukah treats, and dancing to festive music. 

Fantasy – Misc.

Swarmed by Renee Mallett – “The first bee she found was dead . . . “

And so begins the illustrated story of a young woman who, inexplicably, one day wakes up to find herself the Queen of a wayward hive of bees. Invoking scientific data, current events, memories, mythology, bad jokes, history and figures as diverse as Albert Einstein and King Solomon author Renee Mallett blurs the lines between the inner and outer worlds of her characters while exploring the confines of narrative, plot, and form.

Horror

Friends in High Places by Rob Smales –

HE ONLY WANTED SOME FRIENDS

He pestered them day after day to be considered one of the guys, but they didn’t want anything to do with him. They ignored and made fun of him, ditching him at every opportunity, but Tommy wouldn’t take the hint. So, they came up with a plan to drive him away.

IT WAS ONLY A HARMLESS PRANK

The House on Smithen Street – Or, From Out the Cellar by R.C. Mulhare – Fionagh Cuneen has recently joined the Montague household as a chambermaid. But the strange events in the cellar of the New England mansion keep her awake at night. Avril, her employer’s young bride, seeks to discover what lurks in the shadows, and the master of the house will stop at nothing to protect his secrets. And Fionagh will do anything to protect her mistress.

Trailer Trash by Scott T. Goudsward – Until the night his parents are murdered, Elvis Taggard’s world doesn’t extend far beyond the Starry Night Trailer Park. He never suspects there’s a secret society of bloodsuckers lurking in the shadows of the main streets and back roads of modern-day America. All that changes one fateful night come dinnertime after a sexy succubus satisfies her hunger by gorging on second helpings of the boy’s momma and daddy. 

Paranormal

Tall TalesVol. One by Tim McLaughlin – Tall Tales follows an amateur paranormal investigator with an immunity to magic, a witch seeking to better understand the paranormal, a priest hunting down a cult that threatens mankind, and a narrator tying their world together as they all move toward a shared fate.

Science Fiction

Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse by Lyn Worthen – It’s time to turn the “man and his dog wandering through a dystopian world” trope on its head, and tell the stories about cats and their women – their badass women! Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse wanders through broken worlds with stories of survival, technology, magic, and sheer determination. But – like their cats – the authors frequently slipped out the upstairs window or knocked things off of countertops, and their stories are stronger for it.

Derelict (Book One – The Halcyon Space series) by L.J. Cohen – When Rosalen Maldonado tinkers with the derelict freighter, she’s just hoping to prove she deserves a scholarship to University. She certainly doesn’t count on waking the ship’s damaged AI or having three stowaways, Micah Rotherwood and brothers Jem and Barre Durbin, along for the ride.

The Wielders of Arantha by Patrick Hodges – The future of the human race hangs in the balance. A powerful alien race called the Jegg has invaded Earth, wiping out half of the Terran Confederation.

Superheroes

Age of Heroes (The Pantheon Saga – Book One) by C.C. Ekeke – Every hero has a beginning. So does every villain. Titan, the world’s greatest superhero, has been murdered by his longtime archenemy Lord Borealis. And from the ashes rises a new generation. Gifted with powers on the night of Titan’s death, fifteen-year-old Hugo awakes to the strange world of superheroes. A world he isn’t prepared for. But with godlike powers and a history of tragedy, will Hugo become a guardian of justice…or agent of chaos?

Ashley Jason and the Superhero Academy by Lucas Flint – She doesn’t want to be a superhero. But she has no choice. Sixteen-year-old Ashley ‘Crafter’ Jason has trust issues. Especially with supers, despite being a super and daughter of two famous superheroes herself.

Axiom Man: Tenth Anniversary Special Edition by A.P. Fuchs – One night, Gabriel Garrison was visited by a nameless messenger who bestowed upon him great power, a power intended for good. Once discovering what this power was and what it enabled him to do, Gabriel became Axiom-man, a symbol of hope in a city that had none.

Baron Steele by Rhett C. Bruno & Jaime Castle (audiobook) – Paul Steele, known to the world as Baron Steele, isn’t your average masked crimefighter. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t even wear a mask. And he doesn’t even fight crime anymore. That’s for the guys with too much brawn and not enough brain.

Becoming Hero by Jen Finelli – Skye is the storm-tossed comic character out for revenge on the author who murdered his family. Jace is the math-loving #blerd trying to escape his father’s deadly legacy. When their worlds collide, Jace must choose between the real world he’s always hated, and the comic book world he’s always loved–and Skye must decide if killing his author will save his world, or damn his soul.

Blood Surfer (Book One, the Thunder City series) by Debra Jess – Hannah Quinn believed she could live a normal life despite her ability to heal people. When her mother murders her stepfather to ensure Hannah continues to do her bidding, Hannah runs away from her exclusive academy into the heart of Star Haven, a city where police arrest supers if not outright murder them. She vows to do whatever it takes to cross Mystic Bay to Thunder City, a superhero sanctuary city.

The Hero Beat (The Conway Report – Book One) by Nick Svolos – Now, one question is on everyone’s mind: How did local reporter Reuben Conway know to be on the scene? On the run from supervillains, the cops and a mysterious assassin, Reuben forms an unlikely alliance with the superhero Herculene as he races against time to learn who was really behind the attack. As they draw closer to unraveling the mystery and the villain’s plan nears completion, one final question comes to the fore. Can they thwart the scheme before it’s too late?

Karma (Silke’s Strike Force – Book One) by Cynthia Vespa – Silke Butters lived within the glamour bubble of the modeling world, until the day that bubble burst. Upon her father’s sudden death, Silke finds out that she is not who she thinks but rather is the product of genetic tampering giving her extraordinary abilities. The revelation puts Silke in the cross-hairs of a ruthless, terrorist organization known as The Sin Squad, endowed with powers of their own.

Menopausal Superheros by Samantha Bryant – “The Change” is difficult for everyone, but for these four women, the transformation is bigger than they ever imagined!

The Persistence of Memory – Book Four: W.I.S.E. Men by Karen Janowski – One man shouldn’t be alive. One man shouldn’t be in love. One man shouldn’t exist. None of them wanted to be a superhero. U.S. Army Lieutenant Kevin Rye is the sole survivor of a missile attack on his helicopter in Somalia. His old friend, Rob Fisher, has created a suit that allows him to function. It gives him superpowers and chronic pain. (Preorder)

Sensation – A Superhero Novel (Kid Sensation – Book One) by Kevin Hardman – Like millions of other kids, Jim grew up wanting to be a superhero. Unlike most of his contemporaries, however, Jim actually had the goods: a plethora of super powers that would have been the envy of any meta on the planet. But when his tryout with the Alpha League – the world’s premier group of supers – goes disastrously wrong, Jim basically becomes an outcast.

Serpent’s Return (The Rise of Heroes – Book One) by T.L. Heinrich – Find her aunt’s killer. Become a powerful vigilante. Release a super villain on the unsuspecting populace. Fall in love with her childhood best friend.

…Yeah, those last two definitely weren’t part of the plan. But in a city of masks, nothing is as it seems. Not love. Not vengeance. And Alice is about to learn that lesson the hard way.

Shadowfox: Dawn of Shadows by Kevin Sorrell – A fledgling superhero faces her toughest challenge yet. Bayou City is a bustling technological mecca—but it’s also drowning in crime. The BCPD has done everything they can to keep things from spiraling into all-out lawlessness, but the appearance of new criminals with strange and unusual abilities threatens to tip the scales in favor of chaos. Enter fifteen-year-old Kysha Jenkins…

Super Starella (Secret Supers – Book One) by Aurora Springer Teen superhero, Starrella, and her flying horse combat vicious villains in the skies of Atalanta. The quiet summer before her freshman year turns frighteningly weird after Estelle Wright trespasses onto an Army base. Blown into the air and knocked unconscious, she wakes with a nascent superpower. Not to mention a winged horse with a snarky attitude and a mind of her own.

Urban Fantasy

Blood Descent by T.L. McDonald – Secrets can’t stay buried forever I’m Indiana Bellamy, your average seventeen-year-old girl living an ordinary life. Or at least I thought I was until the supernatural world reared its ugly head and bit me. Literally.

MISCELLANEOUS GIFTS

Beauty

Fanservice Nails

Handmade beauty for chic geeks

Costuming & Accessories

Eldritch Arts

Handmade screen-accurate costumes, props, weapons, armor, and accessories.

Fabric Art & Clothing

Illora Chelsea

Original designs available on Redbubble.

Shez Glyphs

Unusual clothing and accessories.

Storied Threads

Made-to-order geeky patches and bookmarks, including this year’s best-selling design, the Plague Survivor Geek Merit Badge!

Gaming

MacPherson’s Minis

Custom hand-painted 3-D printed miniatures.

Jewelry

A Bone to Pick

Handmade bone jewelry.

Geeky Gaea Designs

Wild jewelry for untamed spirits – chainmail and gemstone jewelry with a geeky flair.

Miscellaneous

Fallen Craftz

Handmade tumblers and misc. gift items.

Tentsmiths

Historically accurate period tents and accessories.

Station Identification Time

Who Am I?

I’m a writer originally from Falmouth, MA who now lives in Oxford with my awesomely talented wife Veronica, who runs a business called Storied Threads.

After 15 years with the Falmouth Enterprise, where I worked as a general and political reporter, blogger, and editor, I left the news industry to focus on my creative writing.

In addition to my novels (more on that in a minute) I’m a freelance writer, and I’ve produced scripts for Pastimes Entertainment of Revere, MA and the Connecticut Renaissance Faire.

What Do I Write?

Action Figures is a YA superhero adventure series featuring a team of young superhumans who set out to make a name for themselves in the superhero world and quickly find themselves in over their heads. Fun, full of humor and action, populated with likable characters (including some of the villains), and suitable for teen readers and adults who still love superheroes. Oh, and no love triangles. Ever. The first book, Secret Origins, reached the #1 spot on two Amazon best-seller lists, and the ninth book, Hell Hath No Fury, reached #1 on an Amazon best-seller list.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot is my response to all the overly serious fantasy novels out there that have forgotten how to have fun. The series follows two hard-luck adventurers for hire with a knack for biting off more than they can chew and their friends as they explore ancient ruins, fight deadly monsters, go on epic prophecy-driven quests for artifacts of great power hidden in highly inconvenient locations, and cross a lot of rickety rope bridges along the way. The first book, Scratching a Lich, received a gold medal for fantasy fiction from BellaOnline, a resource for women in writing, which also recognizes feminist writers and their work. The first three books are available in audiobook format.

Cheap Thrills Digest is a short story collection featuring introductions to my two series, plus an original novelette-length horror story, Lost Souls, which is exclusive to CTD. If you’re curious about my writing, you can grab this for just $6 in print or 99 cents in e-book format.

Copyright 2018 Tessa Beatrice/Underdog Comics

Freedom Winds is a mini-comic I wrote for Underdog Comics, and you can read it for free at any time here, here, or here.

 

 

Well-Behaved Women is an urban fantasy trilogy for feminist audiences. After returning to work following a near-fatal shooting, Sergeant Rose Booker encounters a woman claiming to be the reincarnation of Julie d’Aubigny, the infamous 17th Century French swordswoman. Things only get stranger from there as Rose and Julie cross paths with a crime boss with a knack for exacting bloody revenge on his enemies. This is more serious and mature than my other projects — not recommended for young readers. Book one, Awakening, is now available. Book two, Transition, was released in April 2019, and book three, Endtimes, was released August 2019. The entire trilogy is available in audiobook format.

The Final Summons is the first anthology from the New England Speculative Writers. The collection features 14 fantasy, horror, and science fiction stories by NESW members, including my story The Going Rate for Penance, which is set in the world of Strongarm & Lightfoot.

What Will I See Here?

I post weekly updates that include progress reports on various projects, cover art reveals, new release announcements, a schedule of appearances and book-signings, the occasion essay on writing, and whatever random bits and pieces capture my attention.

Where Can You Find Me Online?

Official website

Weekly newsletter

Amazon author page

Facebook

Twitter

BookBub

Instagram

Goodreads

LinkedIn

Weekly Update – November 3, 2020

We’re officially past Halloween and rocketing toward the Thanksgiving/Christmas season, which means it’s time to start thinking about your holiday shopping.

In all seriousness, you might want to focus on getting your shopping done ASAP. With the pandemic ramping up again, brick-and-mortar stores might be impacted — or at least, highly undesirable places to be — which means folks will be turning to mail-order again, and the US Postal Service has been experiencing slowdowns in service for a few months now. That’s only going to get worse as the holidays draw nearer.

A further recommendation: do as much shopping as you can with small businesses and independent artists. Major chain stores are better able to endure lean times than local mom-and-pop businesses, and I include indie artists in that category. Every sale is someone’s rent or grocery money, so make sure to spend some of your holiday budget on them.

And remember: throughout the pandemic, you’ve been relying heavily on the arts to keep you going, so perhaps it’s time to pay that back a little.

To that end, next week I’ll be posting a holiday gift guide filled with items created by independent artists, so give that a look and think about picking up a few things for your loved ones. Thanks!

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Secret Origins: On hold until 2021.

Action Figures – Issue Ten: Unintended Consequences: Second draft is finished. Tentatively set for a winter/spring 2021 release.

Action Figures – Issue Eleven: Draft one underway. Scheduled for a winter/spring 2022 release.

The Action Figures Omnibus – Volume One – Stepping Up: The omnibus is fully edited and formatted, and is now awaiting cover art.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Audiobook recording is underway. Tentatively set for a fall/winter 2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Elfish Motives: Second draft of book five undergoing beta-reading.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Nothing scheduled

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

The Best of the Rest

Copyright 2018 Tessa Beatrice/Underdog Comics

Freedom Winds is a mini-comic written by me, illustrated by Tessa Beatrice, and distributed by Underdog Comics and artist Tessa Beatrice. The comic follows the adventures of a crew of renegade pirate women fighting the Triangle Trade.

You can go read it on Underdog Comics’ Facebook page now, as well as on TapasWebToonBecomics and Tumblr. Please support this small press by liking the comic and sharing the link!

The Final Summons is the first anthology from the New England Speculative Writers. This collection of sci-fi and fantasy stories includes The Going Rate for Penance by me, a fantasy short set in the world of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot. Available in hardcover, paperback, and for the Kindle.

Cheap Thrills Digest is a bargain-priced short story collection featuring tales from Action Figures and The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot, the original horror short Lost Souls, and the essay Critiquing Critiques – How to Leave a Review.

Faire Times – A Fantasy Anthology to Benefit RESCU is an upcoming anthology co-curated by me and Lyndsey Luther (Greencloak). We’re currently accepting submissions and expect to release the collection in mid-2021.

Weekly Update – October 27, 2020

Starting off this week with a bit of bad news for folks who have been eagerly and patiently awaiting the audiobook versions of the Action Figures series.

I’m not going to go into the behind-the-scenes details, but the long and short of it is, the project is on hold until next year due to circumstances beyond my control. I’ll be searching for a new narrator so I can in 2021 tackle this long-delayed project in earnest and, hopefully, finally get the series out on audio. Thanks for your understanding, everyone.

Next, my weekly reminder that I am running a sale on print books purchased directly from me while supplies last. You can visit the pinned post on this website for full details, but basically, if you buy print copies of any book from me directly, you’re getting a freebie — a copy of Cheap Thrills Digest if you buy one novel, and a copy of any full-length novel of your choosing if you buy two or more. And of course, they’re all signed!

Please remember that US Postal Service is already on the slow side, and will only get slower between the upcoming election and the holiday shipping season, so if you’d like to get anything as a gift, buy now and beat the rush!

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Secret Origins: On hold until 2021.

Action Figures – Issue Ten: Unintended Consequences: Second draft is finished. Tentatively set for a winter/spring 2021 release.

Action Figures – Issue Eleven: Draft one underway. Scheduled for a winter/spring 2022 release.

The Action Figures Omnibus – Volume One – Stepping Up: The omnibus is fully edited and formatted, and is now awaiting cover art.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Audiobook recording is underway. Tentatively set for a fall/winter 2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Elfish Motives: Second draft of book five undergoing beta-reading.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Nothing scheduled

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

Weekly Update – October 20, 2020

AT LAST! It took a LOT of waiting and no small amount of harassing ACX to get off its collective ass, but the audiobook version of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Blades of Glory is finally available! My narrator Heather did an awesome job once again, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear what she’s doing with the next book, Sworded Affairs.

Hopefully, this is the beginning of a trend of getting things that have been sitting on my plate forever off said plate.

Next, a reminder that I am running a sale on print books purchased directly from me while supplies last. You can visit the pinned post on this website for full details, but basically, if you buy print copies of any book from me directly, you’re getting a freebie — a copy of Cheap Thrills Digest if you buy one novel, and a copy of any full-length novel of your choosing if you buy two or more. And of course, they’re all signed!

Please remember that US Postal Service is already on the slow side, and will only get slower between the upcoming election and the holiday shipping season, so if you’d like to get anything as a gift, buy now and beat the rush!

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Secret Origins: Audiobook recording continues with narrator Jennifer McPherson. Release date TBA.

Action Figures – Issue Ten: Unintended Consequences: Second draft is finished and with beta readers! Tentatively set for a winter/spring 2021 release.

Action Figures – Issue Eleven: Draft one underway. Scheduled for a winter/spring 2022 release.

The Action Figures Omnibus – Volume One – Stepping Up: The omnibus is fully edited and formatted, and is now awaiting cover art.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Audiobook recording is underway. Tentatively set for a fall/winter 2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Elfish Motives: Second draft of book five undergoing beta-reading.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Nothing scheduled

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – A Series Overview

What’s it About?

Derek Strongarm and Felix Lightfoot are a pair of hard-luck adventurers for hire with an unfortunate knack for landing jobs that pay too little and threaten their lives too much. Erika Racewind is a hardened elven warrior who doesn’t like people, except maybe when she’s killing them. Winifred Graceword is a kindhearted elven priestess skilled in the healing arts. David is a young sorcerer on a path to discover who he really is – and whether that person has a last name, because going by just David is getting old fast.

Together these companions travel across the land of Asaches looking for adventure and the glory and riches that come with it. Mostly the riches, though, because you can’t buy food and beer with glory.

Who is this Series For?

Sword-and-sorcery fantasy fans looking for something a little lighter than most of the fare currently on the shelves. If you want heavy, dark, serious stories with lots of death, destruction, torture, rape, and political intrigue, go read something else because you won’t find it here.

What you will find is a fast-paced adventure filled with colorful characters, rip-roaring action, humor, and gentle jabs at the classic elements of fantasy fiction.

Which is not to say this series is a comedy or parody. There is still drama aplenty, but as a rule I don’t take things too seriously. You can read these books and not feel like you need a hug and a room full of puppies afterward.

Is it Suitable for Young Readers?

Not really. The series is a hard PG-13/light R for violence, language, and sexual content. It is suitable for older teens, but not for the YA crowd.

What are the Books in the Series?

Scratching a Lich: Derek and Felix find themselves entangled in an urgent quest to slay a legendary lich before he can trigger a world-ending apocalypse – as insane undead sorcerers are wont to do. Together with Erika Racewind, bodyguard for a mysterious young wizard named David, and Winifred Graceword, they head out to discover lost cities, recover long lost magical artifacts, and slay great evils in order to fulfill curiously specific prophecies – as mismatched, ragtag groups of adventurers are wont to do.

Assassins Brawl: The companions are hired to safeguard a spoiled brat of a princess targeted for death by the assassin Ruined Isys, but as is often the case, there’s more going on here than meets the eye. Now all they have to do is determine who is behind the plot before they get caught in the crossfire.

Blades of Glory: Derek, Felix, and company are up for a job that seems a little too simple for a payday that seems a little too generous – but unfortunately, so are the famed adventurers of fortune known as the Noble Blades. Which of them will be the first to find a stolen ceremonial mask that is absolutely positively completely normal and not at all some lost artifact possessed of dark power?

Sworded Affairs: The heroes take a job to dispose of a potentially dangerous magical artifact only to become snowbound in an isolated city besieged by flesh-hungry beasts — and under assault from within by a dark conspiracy. Late spring 2020 release.

Elfish Motives: Winifred Graceword is called home under mysterious circumstances, which lead to the company revisiting the lost even city of Wihend. But what do the four clans want with their long-abandoned ancestral home? Tentative late 2020 release.

How Long Will the Series Run?

Unknown, but tentatively ten books.

Are They Available As Audiobooks?

Scratching a Lich and Assassins Brawl are currently available on Audible. Blades of Glory and Sworded Affairs will be available in early 2020.

Where Can I Learn More?

Read can read sample chapters from Scratching a Lich, buy signed copies, connect with me through social media, and get regular updates at my website: innsmouthlook.com