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Announcing Raven’s Shadow

The pilots of Sparrow Squadron are back. Raven’s Shadow, Book 2 of Aelita’s War, coming soon!

OK, it’s not a pre-order announcement, or even a cover reveal (although check out the sneak peek of Daria Tikhomolova’s awesome cover artwork above.) It’s more like an announcement of an announcement, but yes, I am just about ready to release the sequel to Sparrow Squadron, entitled Raven’s Shadow! And anyway, in a world that’s still waiting on The Winds of Winter, I think that counts for something.

The manuscript has finished copy editing and is just going through formatting. Keep an eye out for lots more exciting news on the way including:

  • A full cover reveal
  • Pre-order availability
  • Preview chapters
  • A free prequel short story, “The Education of Roza Gromadina”
  • Giveaways of Sparrow Squadron e-books and ARC copies of Raven’s Shadow

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Riding the Dragon: Roleplaying Games, Writing, and Life

Sorry for the momentous sounding title, I really just want to talk about rediscovering roleplaying games while isolating 

Up until recently, my kids’ experience of roleplaying games (RPGs) was limited to one particular Teen Titans episode:

Ha ha! Now that song’s going to be stuck in your head too!

Maybe it’s because I thought they were too young, or maybe I’m just a lazy, inattentive parent, but I never thought about introducing them to RPGs. Now that I have, I’ve discovered a number of benefits, both as a writer and a parent.


2020: A Look Ahead

Yes, it’s time for another hiatus ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but hey, that means I’m doing lots of fiction writing

The past year was pretty rocky in terms of getting writing done. But the good news is that it ended on a high of productivity. I managed to squeeze a bunch of content out of one book series that I read (seriously, you should check out The Accursed Kings.) I published another short story. More pertinent to this new year, I finally got untracked on the long promised sequel to Sparrow Squadron. And best of all, I’ve sorted out a leave of absence from my day job, which I’ll be using to go full speed on a number of long simmering writing projects: finishing up the Aelita’s War series, introducing my newsletter, moving into the fantasy genre and starting up a whole new series.

Of course, all of that is a long way of saying I may disappear from this blog for a while. Longer than usual, I mean.

If you’re interested at all in new material that may come down the pipeline, please sign up for my newsletter. I post very infrequently, and only when there’s important news that I think you’ll be want to hear about. Keep an eye out on an exclusive Aelita’s War short story ahead of the launch of Book 2.

Thanks for reading and I hope to be back at it sooner than you think!


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