Preorders are now available for MURDER MONDAY, arriving March 27th! The third Dane Monday novel, it gives you your fill of ridiculous investigations, dark magic, and murderous puppets!
The past has come back to haunt Dane Monday! A master of murderous puppets has returned - ten years after Dane defeated him and sent him to prison. Immediately kicking his usually trusted partner Abby off the case for her own safety, Dane prepares to deal with the villain and not make the same mistake he made all those years ago. However, Abby refuses to be so easily cast aside and continues to work the case, uncovering secrets but also placing herself in harm's way. But the puppet master is not the only past that's returning and someone else has taken an interest in Abby's fate - particularly her demise. Can Dane and Abby stop the villains without losing their lives? Or will this be an unhappy Halloween for Dane Monday? Find out in Murder Monday!
For the next few days you can get DAMNED LIES STRIKE BACK for just $.99! New to the series? You can get the first book, DAMNED LIES! for free! Now you too can read about snarky and unlikely adventures of a horrible liar!
In addition, this weekend you can get my novel, VOICES OF MADNESS, for free!
Damned Lies is the true story of things that never happened. It is a fictional memoir of fantastic events. It is a chronicle of self-cloning, of adventure, of magic, of bare-fisted hobo boxing tournaments, of zombies, and more. It's the autobiography of a wild summer adventure out beyond the fields we know. It's the secret of what's hidden in a government bunker, it's the story of helping a nun with a crossbow hunt a vampire, it's the explanation of why you can't have that death ray you really wanted. It's a cautionary tale of just why cloning yourself is a really terrible idea.
Damned Lies is a big fish story for those who don't fish. It's a shaggy dog story for cat lovers. It's the scifi fantasy humor memoir we'll all wish we dictated on our deathbed. It's why we can't have nice things.
Damned Lies Strike Back
Damned Lies Strike Back follows in the great tradition of sequels in that it is bigger, bolder, and dripping with franchise potential. Like a good sequel, it answers all the unanswered questions of the original (except for the ones it doesn't). It is exactly the sequel this world needs.
This time around, our intrepid hero and friends battle the evil apocalyptic plans of his homicidal clone and a dangerous cult. At the same time he is facing his clone in the present day, he recounts the story of his first year in college where he formed a mystery gang to stop the nefarious plot of evil college professors. It all leads to a climactic sword fight and then a desperate epic battle against a true evil that we all know well...
Voices of Madness
Compelled by screaming voices, sorcerer William Drake travels across America in a desperate attempt to free himself from his misery. But the end of his pain may mean the resurrection of a god long banished from our world. Ripped apart and trapped, this god has gone mad over the centuries.
As Drake carries out his plans, there is collateral damage. People die, prized possessions are stolen, vengeance is sworn. His actions disrupt the lives of four unlikely heroes who band together in an awkward alliance to stop him. Armchair occultist, Taoist exorcist, college dropout, and punk rock musician - they are a strange set of companions, but they're all that stand between Drake and the mad god.
Will these four heroes stop Drake in time? Or will the voices spur Drake on to the resurrection of a cosmic madness?
First off, go get DANE MONDAY SAVES CHRISTMAS (WITH HELP) like I mentioned in the last update. It's free and you'll love it.
Now let's talk about Kickstarters. There are people doing cool stuff out there. I happen to know two of them, and they're looking for help funding this projects.
First is Yarr, the Pirate ArrrPG hardcover. It's a pirate themed pen and paper roleplaying game. I did a review way back when of the rules system. It's a fun light rpg, suited to playing with kids or drunk (or both together!) The rules have been out there digitally, but this is supporting a hardcover run. If this is your sort of thing, check it out!
Second is the Banner Saga 3. The third in a trilogy of video games with a viking theme. The first two games are out there to play, and this campaign is for the final chapter. The project is already funded, but you might want to slide a few bucks their way to reach the stretch goals.
BANNER SAGA 3 KICKSTARTER
Have a great weekend!
More Dane Monday sales as we prepare for the third book, MURDER MONDAY, next month! First, from today through the 15th, you can get the second book in the series, BURNING MONDAY for only $.99! Get your fix of Dane Monday ridiculous villains, including pyrokinetic martial arts, werewolf bikers, and a giant serpent!
Already read BURNING MONDAY or just looking for something shorter? Then check out DANE MONDAY SAVES CHRISTMAS (WITH HELP) which will be FREE from 2/16 through 2/20! This holiday-themed short story is set after BURNING MONDAY, and sees the return of an old familiar face from MANIC MONDAY. Haven't ready any Dane Monday? That's okay! While readers of previous books will find familiar faces, the story stands on its own merits.
Fan of the Nowak Brothers? Then you might find DANE MONDAY SAVES CHRISTMAS interesting as well, as it features Szandor Nowak teaming up with Dane Monday! This short story occurs in between JABBERWOCK JACK and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MONSTER HUNTER, and may answer a question or two from the latter.
DANE MONDAY SAVES CHRISTMAS
Dane and Abby ride again - in a modified El Camino using experimental rocket boosters! And that's not even the main story! After a brief stint of ghost drag racing, Dane follows a lead which brings him far below the city where he and Abby escape the jaws of death to find a strange device. Before they can find out what it is, the device is stolen by an outlaw motorcycle club who are harboring a violent secret. Meanwhile, their friend Wong's long buried past is coming back to haunt him with an explosive vengeance. In this Dane Monday adventure there's fire, a gigantic beast, mystical martial arts, a long buried past, and howling enemies. Chinatown is ready to burn - can Dane and Abby stop it? Find out in Burning Monday!
DANE MONDAY SAVE CHRISTMAS (WITH HELP)
In this New Avalon Holiday Special, Szandor Nowak (I KILL MONSTERS, JABBERWOCK JACK, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MONSTER HUNTER) and Dane Monday (MANIC MONDAY, BURNING MONDAY) team up to save the city of New Avalon from a nefarious plot on Christmas Eve! A strange legion of charity collecting Santas that have popped up around the city with the aim of carrying out a plan that could be deadly come Christmas morning. This leads our two heroes on an adventure involving robots, bombs, energy weapons, and a rocket powered sled! Can they save the holiday in time? Will Szandor discover the true meaning of Christmas? Find out in DANE MONDAY SAVES CHRISTMAS (WITH HELP)!
Get MANIC MONDAY, the first Dane Monday novel, for free for the next few days!
Dane Monday deals with weird stuff. Mad scientists, sorcerers, robots, time-travelling cats, cyborgs learning the concept of love, and more. Whether it's a death ray, a doomsday ritual, or simply magic gone wrong, Dane Monday is there to stop them. He's even got a rogue's gallery of megalomaniacal villains who want revenge. Armed only with his wits, some reluctant allies, and a satchel full of gadgets, Dane steps forward to save the city of New Avalon.
While investigating an abandoned building, Dane encounters the remnants of a magical ritual shortly before the building explodes in spectacular fashion. Narrowly escaping this destruction with his new ally, the aspiring journalist Abby Connors, Dane follows the threads of this mystery while evading a menagerie of homicidal robots, kidnapping thugs, and the wrath of a mad scientist. At the bottom of it all is a scheme to destroy New Avalon involving a century-old architect, a historic hotel, and something not of our world.
Can Dane and Abby brave the dangers and the strangeness to save the city of New Avalon? Find out in Manic Monday!
For the next few days, you can get my mashup Lovecraftian mythos and hardboiled detective novella, CTHULHU, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR, for free on Amazon!
Cthulhu's partner, Dagon, has been found floating dead in the water at the docks. The Elder Gods have given him three days to find Dagon's killer, or Cthulhu is going to take the fall for it. Starting on the trail of a femme fatale that had hired Dagon, Cthulhu begins searching for the Pnakotic manuscripts and finds himself on everyone's hitlist. Navigating a web of lies and betrayal, he becomes involved with a rogue's gallery of untrustworthy Old Ones who are after the coveted Silver Key. As things hurtle towards their inevitable conclusion, he discovers to what deadly lengths the others will go to obtain the Key.
Get the third Nowak Brothers novel, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MONSTER HUNTER, for $.99 through the weekend!
Support your local monster hunter! And specifically, support Szandor Nowak, because he needs help. After an unfortunate and unwilling break from monster hunting due to debt and poor health, Szandor is getting back into the business, riding along with older, more experienced hunters to get a feel for the work. This should have been easy and boring, but instead it all goes wrong. In a dark alley, Szandor finds a man hidden in trash. When he tries to help, the man's head explodes bloodily and spontaneously... and all over Szandor. This seems a horrible but otherwise anomalous encounter, so with no leads or reason for the man's death, Szandor continues on with his reckless life and hunter ride alongs. But when he encounters a second man whose head also explodes, Szandor's life starts to fall apart - his relationships, his friends, even his chance at hunting again. He even finds his brother Mikkel turning his back on him. But in the blackest night of loneliness, he finds a new hope - a mentor and a friend. But with this comes a hidden secret of Avalon's darkest places, a hidden underbelly he didn't know about. Things are going to hit the fan in Szandor's life - an army of monsters, a police homicide investigation, and his back against the wall. When all doors are closed, when he finds himself all alone, can Szandor fight a war he knows he can't win?
Until next weekend, you can get the first Nowak Brothers novel and my first book set in the city of New Avalon, I KILL MONSTERS, for only $.99!
Mikkel and Szandor kill monsters. They're not government funded, they're not from a time-honored lineage of hunters, nor are they rich kids with lots of toys. They're two twenty-something brothers from the poor side of town who have taken it on themselves to rid the streets and underground of creatures who would prey on the innocent. Donning gas masks and using makeshift weaponry, they delve into the labyrinthine sewer system of New Avalon to grapple with snarling zombies, flesh-eating ghouls, insectoid hive creatures, and more. It's a dirty job and it rarely pays, but someone has to do it.
Hired by a woman from the rich side of town who believes she's being stalked by monsters, the two brothers think they've finally gotten an easy job that will pay well. But as they follow the clues, things are not adding up. Kidnappings, jackbooted commandos, and mysterious emails are just the beginning. Soon they find themselves involved in something bigger than monsters. It's anybody's guess whether they'll come through it alive, much less get paid.
I Kill Monsters is an exciting punk rock urban fantasy for those who enjoy their protagonists with a mouth on them and a weapon in their hands.
Through Sunday, you can get my novel of dark choices, COWARDS AND KILLERS, free on Amazon! Imagine if you will - one day you wake up dead (it will happen to all of us one day). A phone you don't recall having rings and when you answer, there's a knowing voice. Its offer is simple, you will go to Hell unless you kill the people it tells you. As long as you do this when it tells you, you can hold onto life a little bit longer. What would you do?
"In the end, most of humanity are one of two things: cowards or killers."
When Michael died, there was no Heaven waiting for him, no eternal rest. There were only two choices: Hell or killing his fellow man. Waking up after death in his own bed, he began receiving calls from a mysterious voice. The voice offers a simple option: become an assassin and kill those it designates. Refuse and the power that keeps him in the world will be removed... and he'll go straight to Hell.
Coward or killer, he accepts the deal. In a black suit and tie that conceals his identity with a black gun that never runs out of bullets, he is their assassin. But he is not alone: there are other tortured souls who have agreed to the same bargain. They are all Hell-bound; only by killing their targets before the timers on their phones count down do they postpone their fate.
But this is a fate Michael won't accept. Together with other agents, he plots to rebel against the mysterious voice and the blood-soaked deal. But can they really win this fight when the voice holds all the cards? With each kill, his humanity slips away. Is there a way to escape, or do all roads lead to Hell?
Here we are finally at the end of 2016 - and what a tumultuous year it has been! I don't need to tell anyone how the world events have been rocky and ever changing, feeling more like a scripted show during sweeps than the more consistent and predictable years that preceded it. Lots of celebrity deaths too - famous people die every year, but somehow those who passed on felt even more meaningful than others. Or perhaps with the crazy see-saw of a year, we just tried to hold onto stability, and the death of those we love and idolize hurt so much more. Many would like to dismiss the whole year, saying nothing worthwhile came of it and to never speak of 2016 again. I'm not someone who can say that. This was the year my daughter was born, and I wouldn't trade that for any change to the year. In addition, on a more professional level, I put out some good work during 2016.
First in February was the second Dane Monday book, BURNING MONDAY. How do you follow up a quasi-ridiculous story with a manic investigator, robots, some magic, a megalomaniac, and two giant creatures fighting in a city? I don't have a definitive answer to that, but I did it with an occult Chinese fire cult, quasi-Daoist mysticism, some werewolf bikers, a giant serpent, and some mystic kungfu. Did it work? That's for better men and women than I to decide.
Next in May was the second New Avalon Case Files novel, THE CASE OF THE GHOSTLY RUNNERS AND THE TALL MAN. This mouthful of a novel title was the continuation of the mystery gang's encounters with the strange war of light versus darkness. It also turns into a haunted house novel in the last third, as if that is ever a bad thing. Interested readers will notice it has a tie in to MANIC MONDAY, but it is not essential; Dane Monday readers will not feel lost if they don't read this novel, Case Files readers don't need to have read Manic Monday.
In August came the third Nowak Brothers novel, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MONSTER HUNTER. Szandor resumes the narrating reigns as he details getting his life back together after the events of JABBERWOCK JACK. Of course, this doesn't work out so well as people's heads keep exploding, not to mention encounters with insectoid monsters, murderous revenants, and exploding trucks. And those sometimes feel less dangerous than his own failing relationship. However, rest assured, there's the same amount of cursing and Szandor hitting things with a lead pipe - these are franchise staples, after all.
December brought us the surprise of the year - and I mean I was surprised too, albeit earlier in the year than you. I hadn't intended to write a sequel to THE LOST AND THE DAMNED this year. Oh, I had notes and a partial draft, but I didn't think I'd be getting back to writing it anytime soon. But sometimes inspiration has a mind of its own, and I found myself pushing back the next Dane Monday novel to write PAPER MOON. The further adventures of John Keats, this novel has him back in Austin, searching for a missing person connected to a PBS studio puppet show. That itself is a path to dark things, but John's life is further complicated by the blackness that spoke to him in the bowels of Bellingham during The Lost and the Damned. And then of course there's an apocalyptic prophecy concerning him, which is just never good and a source of even more trouble.
What's 2017 going to bring? In general, I hope it brings a more stable year, maybe one where things aren't so chaotic and things going right for people. What can you expect from me? I've already announced the third Dane Monday book, MURDER MONDAY. Expect to see that possibly in March. There will be another Nowak brothers novel in 2017. You can bet on that. Beyond those, who knows what else? Perhaps I'll even be surprised at what else the year brings.
I want to say thank you to all of you who have read my books this year. I'm going to keep putting out the novels I have in me and I hope you enjoy reading them. I wish you all the best in 2017 from my family to yours!
Dec 31st, 2016
P.S. Want some free books? Until the end of today, you can get THE CASE OF THE DEAD GIRL IN MY APARTMENT! And thought Tuesday, you can get THE DEVIL TAKES HIS CUT!