Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cover Reveal: Blood Reign

Korsten fell into water red as blood.  He sank slowly from a surface that appeared translucent and pink beneath moon or sunlight; he couldn’t tell which.  The tinted waves churned the view above him as he drifted further and further from it.  At first the liquid enveloping him felt cool, but soon it was hot against his skin, seeping determinedly beneath it as blackness rose in the corner of his vision.  Dark arms passed him along, ever downward...into Hell’s depths.

Blood Wars Trilogy Book 3
Coming Soon from Raventide Books

Friday, August 8, 2014

Character Portrait: Micah

Barukh ata Adonai…” he murmured, touch-up smudging the heavy liner near the corner of his eye and the bridge of his nose.  “…Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam…”  He dabbed the soft point of the pencil along the edge of his lower lid, putting more shape than he needed at the outer corner.  “…who creates this eyeliner.”

Micah Steinberg
Appearing in the forthcoming Immarcescible series
Coming soon from Raventide Books

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Snippet No. 6

          Rain rolled off the rim of his hat in narrow ropes, like strung glass beads, slipping one by one off a broken strand.  Raindrops bounced off the pavement as if those same beads were spilling onto the ground…flung carelessly into the varying paths of an oblivious crowd.  Koichiro watched the feet of several splash through quickly formed puddles, making tiny waves that disrupted the reflections of Hong Kong’s many colorful lights as the city turned itself gradually on in preparation for nightfall and the early darkness of lingering clouds.  Still a half hour at least to go before sunset.  This was the time the world shifted, slowing down and nearly falling still for a span that went almost unnoticed by most before speeding up again.  Koichiro always noticed it.  He always felt it in the air, like the static of a pending storm.

Snippet taken from the Immarcescible series
Coming Soon from Raventide Books

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Faerie Wall

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
                                                                                    ~Lewis Carroll

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Snippet No. 5

              A single step changed the woods around her.  The boles narrowed as if shriveling in on themselves.  The boughs remained twisted overhead, but filled with blackbirds.  The looming creatures cocked their heads and sidestepped along their perches to look at the woman below.  Estelle should have been alarmed by the amassing of them and their leering presence, but somehow she was not.  And when she started to walk again, into the blackened forest, it did not surprise her that the birds took flight—all of them, all at once.  They flew ahead, swelling toward the eerily lit sky, then circled back and found temporary perches, waiting for Estelle.  

Snippet taken from Masque of Shadow

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Dark Fairy Tale, Randomly Released

Have I gone mad?  Why, yes, I have. A long time ago...which is beside the point.

There are many little stories creeping around the attics and cellars of my mind. These smallish beasties don't get the deliberate focus of a novel(the type of consistent nurturing alongside characters with the full intent that one day it shall be unleashed upon the world). Rather, the short stories escape more in the way of outbursts.  Suddenly, there they are...loose and in need of sustenance. Do I collect them and return them to their cages, or pretend not to notice their escape? In this instance, I definitely looked the other way while it skittered out the door on spidery legs.  Well, I do have a decent excuse; I was busy painting an image inspired by the story and couldn't be bothered to look after the words themselves(see cover art <---).
Monsters aside, this tale is quite grim, a tad dismal, a bit horrific, abundantly surreal, and more than a little psychological(this did escape one of my cabinets, remember). Don't despair.  There are stars in this darkness.  You'll have to read to catch a glimpse of them.

On that note, I shall leave you with a description and some breadcrumbs a link to follow.

"Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction."
                                                               ~Lewis Carroll

Masque of Shadow
Heartbroken over the premature death of her young sister, Estelle conceives a dark plan to recover Lunette's innocent soul from the thief she witnessed taking it.  The price is higher than she anticipated, reaching far beyond the loss of her own innocence when she enters voluntarily into the realm of the Lord of Shadows, into a theater of madness constructed by the souls of the dead.

Available from Raventide Books

Sunday, July 6, 2014


…like sunlight raining into the depths of a darkness that weighed like time.
~Luka, Darkside