Book Review: Kings of the Wyld

Rating: 5 stars

Kings of the Wyld could be described as the genetically engineered offspring of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, David Gemmell novels (Winter Warriors springs to mind), and the Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual.

Kings of the Wyld book cover

A quick note: If you are offended by the frequent use of the “F” word and similar, this book is not for you. It comes up a lot in character dialogue. Considering the setting and characters, it does not feel excessive.

Kings of the Wyld presses my buttons on many levels. Let me start by saying I’m 47 and a portion of my youth was spent playing and “dungeon mastering” the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Today, I have what you might call a normal life (wife, children, career) aside from the fact I’m also a fantasy author (you can take the man out of the game, but you can’t take the game out of the man). I have a few minor aches and pains, and I’ll never fit in those clothes I wore as a teenager again. This is relevant because…

Kings of the Wyld is about a band (Dungeons and Dragons style adventuring party) of middle-aged overweight and often drunk ex-mercenaries that emerge from what passes as normal retirement to get the band back together.
Their mission – rescue their front man Gabriel’s daughter from inevitable evisceration by almost the entire contents of the Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual besieging the city of Castia where she is trapped.
The monstrous ensemble is called the Heartwyld Horde led by the sympathetically tragic Lastleaf – a Druin who seems to be a bit like an elf except with bunny ears. And he rides a Wyvern. I should point out here that this book does not take itself at all seriously except for a few genuinely poignant moments (wipes tear from eye at the memory of the closing scenes). This book has given me so many laughs!

Who are the band?

The hero of this tale is Clay whose inner monster was tamed by a loving wife and a darling daughter. He has long since hung up Blackheart – a wooden shield made out of a Treant – and retired. Then Gabriel comes calling.

Gabriel – divorced father of the damsel in distress and would be wielder of a potent magic sword except that he sold it to the cad now married to his ex-wife.

Then there is the wizard Moog who mourns the loss of his husband to the incurable “rot” disease from which he also suffers. One of the hazards of wondering the Heartwyld. He makes a living as an alchemist selling “Phylactery” which is best described as Viagra in gaseous form. And he lives in a tower that is almost exactly the same shape as a “thingy.” If you wonder what I mean by “thingy” just go back to that Viagra reference and I’m sure you’ll get it. The knocker on the door to his tower is a particularly amusing character named Steve who struggles to speak due to the brass ring in his mouth… and I thought I was cool having a brass dolphin on my front door.

Matrick is the band’s drummer, sorry, knife-wielding warrior thief that somehow became King. The Queen has managed to produce 5 heirs to the throne, none of them fathered by Matrick himself and, oh yes, the Queen wants him dead. Extracting him from his former life to reform the band is trickier than you might think…

Lastly, there is Ganelon who is remarkably forgiving of the fact his former bandmates left him in a quarry turned to stone by a Basilisk for 20 years.

Other characters help and hinder them on the way, and I shall always remember the Ettin Dane and Gregor with fondness. (An Ettin is a two-headed giant in case you’re wondering).

After suffering the indignity of being robbed by a band of girls named the Silk Arrows (twice!), the band’s expedition takes them through the Heartwyld that is still remarkably full of trouble considering so many of its denizens surround Castia for the whole story. The trip is complicated by the fact Matrick’s wife (the Queen) hired a bounty hunter to assassinate him. Is the bounty hunter a shadowy figure in a hooded cloak? Bobba Fett’s twin brother? Nope. A bad-ass Daeva – false god nightmare of a winged woman with her own band of red-robed monks held in her thrall all riding in a skyship!

This story is chock full of humour, monsters, magic and magical weaponry, more monsters and touching moments. And touching moments with monsters (some of them wielding magical weaponry). If you’ve ever wished you could read a story with a wondrous variety of monsters all doing their worst, Kings of the Wyld is like a bowl of every flavour ice cream with a chocolate flake stuck in it plus syrup and those little coloured sugar tubes on top (I know them as hundreds and thousands). There are probably some marshmallows jammed in there somewhere too. Pure indulgence.

Of course, none of this would be worth our reading time or the 5th star if it were not woven into a compelling story. Make no mistake; this is not a regurgitated video or role-playing game. As a student of story craft myself, I know a well-structured story when I read one, and they are not found in the fantasy genre often enough. Nicholas Eames knows his stuff – the story twists, turns and pinches in all the places it must to cast its spell over any fantasy fan even if they never played Dungeons and Dragons. It’s been a very long time since I last enjoyed reading a book this much. Count me in for the sequels.

If all this were not enough, Kings of the Wyld asks one of life’s most compelling questions. The answer to which the wizard Moog and every child under the age of 8 already knows…
Do owlbears actually exist?

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F101: Intro to Fantasy

Some time ago I wrote my “gate way to the fantasy genre list”. Here is another such list from an author who’s debut novel I’ve almost finished (more about this in a future blog post). I dare not tell you how many of the books on this list I’ve not read lest Nicholas sends the denizens of the Heartwyld after me – and I have no skyship to escape in!

The Heartwyld

Good morning, class.  My name’s Nicholas Eames, but don’t call me Mr. Eames–that’s my father’s name!

*Crickets chirping*

Okay.  Moving on.  We’re all here for one reason: we love fantasy books, and it is absolutely imperative to us that others like them too.  You might liken us to a horde of theocratic zombies who won’t rest until everyone we know is, as the saying goes, one of us.

Alas, convincing others that fantasy books are head and shoulders better than books from any other genre (excluding sci-fi, but we’ll get to that later) isn’t always easy.  I mean, you’d think it would be obvious, right?  Writing is, after all, an exercise in creativity, and fantasy books, by their very nature, are more creative than plain old fiction.  Now don’t get me wrong–fiction is great, but except for a few notable exceptions (aka. Salman Rushdie’s magic realism) it remains…

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Magic Through the Ages: An event for fantasy readers


6 May at 10:0022:00 US MDT (check your timezone here)

I will be online 10pm to 11pm UK time, 3pm to 4pm US MDT.

To celebrate the release of the new novella, The Fall of an Overlord, by Kevin Potter, we have 19 fantasy authors (ranging from dark and epic fantasy to urban fantasy and everything in between) who will be around to hang out, answer questions, and give away some awesome books.

All authors involved have at least one book available during the event for 99c or less!

Come join us for a day of great conversation, awesome giveaways, and if luck holds, a bit of insight and a few sneak peaks into their writing worlds, methods, and some extra backstory behind the characters, plots, and settings you love.


Richard A. Bamberg
“Wanderers 2: Apprentice”

Christine Church
“Beyond Every Mirror”

Meg Cowley
“The Tainted Crown”

Susan Faw
“Seer of the Soul”

Adrian G Hilder
“General’s Legacy”

KK Jacobs

Julianne Kelsch
“A Dance of Crystal and Flame”

Alisha Klapheke
“Waters of Salt & Sin”

JT Lawrence
“Grey Magic”

Russ Linton
“Pilgrim of the Storm”

M.M. Perry
“Whom the Gods Hate”

Kevin Potter
“The Fall of an Overlord”

Kylie Quillinan

Sandra Seymour
“Breed: Slayer”

Lydia Sherrer
“Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus”

Jack Simmonds
“Alfie Brown: The Boy with Purple Eyes (Who Discovered He Could Do Magic)”

Cameron Wayne Smith
“The Holtur Enigma”

S.C. Stokes
“When The Gods War”

Steve Turnbull

See you there!

A plea for reviewers – can we open up a dialogue about self-published books?

Becasue a self-published book taken through the right publishing process can be as good, or even better than, traditionally published books…

Nail Your Novel

So I find a lovely-looking review blog. The posts are thoughtful, fair and seriously considered. I look up the review policy and … it says ‘no self-published books’.

Today I want to open a dialogue with reviewers. If you have that policy, might you be persuaded to change it? Or to approach the problem in a different way?

I used the word ‘problem’. Because I appreciate – very well – that in making this policy you are trying to tackle a major problem. Your time as a reviewer is precious – and let me say your efforts are enormously appreciated by readers and authors alike. You get pitches for many more books than you can read and you need a way to fillet out the ones that are seriously worth your reading hours. A blanket ban is a way to fend off a lot of substandard material and save you…

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Why do you love fantasy fiction?

Over a year ago I conducted a survey and published a blog post titled 6 reasons why we love fantasy fiction with the results. It has proven to be one of my most often tweeted and otherwise shared blog posts. It’s time to refresh this post with your opinion!
So here it is – The 2017 Love of fantasy fiction survey. Please click here to complete the survey – just 4 questions:

The results will be posted here at the end of July 2017 and shared with everyone in my readers group mailing list that you can join at the following link and get a free copy of The General’s Legacy – Part One: Inheritance as a gift:

Dragon drama in America with Kevin Potter

When I was surveying reader opinions for what proved to be one of my most popular blog posts 6 reasons why we love fantasy fiction one of the comments I received was “As soon as you put a dragon in a story, it’s a fantasy.” I don’t write about dragons (yet), but I have an interview guest here who pointed out in our email conversation that there are many stories with dragons that are not strictly fantasy. Now that he mentions it, I do recall there is a World War II story somewhere with Spitfire fighter planes battling dragons over the skies of London…

Kevin Potter

Today, we have dragons in America with Kevin Potter and his prequel story The Fall of an Overlord. You may have come across this story in recent months, but the story behind the story is all new. Onward to the interview:

Hi, Kevin! The first thing I’d like to ask is, when did you first know you wanted to write and why did you begin?

Well, I was probably twelve when I decided I was going to be a professional author. Everyone told me “Writers don’t make any money” and “There’s no way you can make a living doing that,” but I never listened.

Heh. Do I ever listen? To anyone? Probably not.

The honest truth is Dungeons & Dragons got me into writing, ha ha. My first stories (aside from a short story about a magical pair of shoes when I was nine) were the background stories for my D&D characters, which averaged about ten times the length of any of the other players, and the first adventures I wrote when I started running the games. But before long, it grew into a whole lot more than that. I was probably fourteen or so when I started writing stories just for the stories, and I suppose I did that purely for my own enjoyment.

I can certainly identify with that last sentiment. What are some of your biggest influences, both starting out and in the present?

Anyone who knows me can attest that I was (and still am, truth be told) a huge fan of Dragonlance. As such, my first influences were Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, and Richard A. Knaak. Knaak’s The Legend of Huma was easily my favorite book of all time throughout my teen years. And speaking of Richard Knaak, just recently he became one of my twitter followers and has been helping to promote the release of The Fall of an Overlord! When that started, I had to sit down and take some deep breaths and force myself not to go all fanboy about it!

As an adult, I’ve taken a great deal of influence from the works of Celia S. Friedman, John Marco, and (to a somewhat lesser extent) Anne McCaffrey. Like most fantasy readers, I had a hard time getting into Tolkien. The Hobbit was easy, but it took me three tries to get past the first hundred pages of Fellowship. Once I did, though, I was hooked. I even read the Silmarillion.  I admire his worldbuilding, and in many ways, I’ve tried to emulate the depth of his setting. Frank Herbert as well. The amount of depth and history he put into Dune is phenomenal. I greatly admire David Gaider for his work on the Dragon Age novels. Much like Stephen King, his stories are wonderful.

Others… Drew Karpyshyn, Dean Koontz, R.A. Salvatore, Terry Brooks (later works only, I hated the original Shannara trilogy. It felt like a blatant rip-off of LOTR), and Robert Jordan. Quite recently, I discovered Brandon Sanderson (I know, I know. As a fan of the Wheel of Time series, I should have read Sanderson a long time ago. But, to be honest, I never got around to finishing WOT) and Dan Wells. Both are wonderful authors, but Dan keeps my attention so much more effectively. Sanderson is a wonderful epic fantasy author, but the pacing of his books tends to leave me bored and begging him to “Just get on with it!”

I will admit, I’m also among those that started but never finished The Wheel of Time series.
How do you spend your time as a reader?

This answer has changed greatly over the years. When I first started reading heavily, I was an exclusive fantasy reader. Actually, ha ha, at the time I was exclusively a Dragonlance reader! However, I have branched out over the years. It started with picking up Dan Brown’s The Da’Vinci Code, then I progressed to Ann Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and then to some of Stephen King’s books, and then the floodgates were open. Since then, I’ll read almost anything. I don’t really do romance (I read the Twilight series to appease my wife, but that’s about all), and I do still tend toward fantasy more than anything else, but I’ll give pretty much anything a chance. I always give a new book at least 30 to 50 pages to get my attention before I put it down.

That said, these days about 90 to 95% of my consumption is audio, and I try to read at least one non-fiction writing craft related book for each five or so fiction books I read.

What was your main drive and inspiration for The Fall of an Overlord and the larger series?

This is a tough one, as these are two very different questions.

In the “about” section of my website, I state that the idea literally fell into my lap. This could not be more true. In 2009 I came to the conclusion that I wanted to create a fantasy roleplaying world for use with Dungeons & Dragons or something similar, so it was off to the races creating new species, landscapes, histories, a magic system, etc.

In the beginning, I never intended it to be more than that. I had no intention of writing stories in the world, I just wanted a great world for my friends and I to roleplay in.

Well, what I wrote as a 10-page overview of a cataclysmic event to add flavor to the world’s history, later became a 7-page short story to introduce the antagonist of said event. Later, that 7-page story was expanded to about 25 when I went backwards to how he got on the path he was on.

And now, after a few years of working on other projects then coming back to it and revising it again, it has grown into the 100+ page novella that I have in final editing as we speak.

And remember, this is just a prequel novella. The main series, entitled The Calamity, is going to be rather long.

What was my inspiration? Well, as you may have guessed, certain parts of it (such as the nature of the world and the proportions of the dragons) were absolutely inspired by Dragonlance. Some of it comes from real history and mythology. Some of it is a conglomerate of other fantasy writers I love, and the rest is just out of my own head.

As for my drive, I really think it was just the need to get the damn story out of my head! As with so many writers, I have more story ideas than I know what to do with, and I need to get as many of them as I can out of my head and onto paper. And if I can publish a few of the better ideas, allowing others to enjoy the insanity my subconscious comes up with, all the better.

So, I have to ask, why dragons?

The Fall of an Overlord

So, I have to ask, why not dragons?

Dragons are amazing. They have always held a powerful place in my imagination. One might even call it an obsession. Plus, this series is giving me the opportunity to really explore the inner workings of the dragon mind, which I’m hoping will be as fascinating to my readers as it is to me. You don’t often see a book written from the perspective of a dragon, and I’ve never seen one that features only dragons as characters. I’m hoping that idea will appeal to my audience.

Additionally, I really wanted to do something different, something that you don’t see in every fantasy world. And the way my dragons have developed is allowing me to do that.

Dragons of a scale much larger than is normally done is not unique, of course, but dragons on the scale of my antagonist is unique (as far as I am aware). Nor has the evolution and life cycle of my dragons been done before (again, so far as I am aware). It’s all ideas that I personally find fascinating, so once again, I’m hoping that my readers find it equally so.

How much real world influence is there in your fantasy?

Very little.

I realize that anyone who really analyzes the story of Overlord will see a lot of parallels, and they are welcome to make those comparisons. But the truth is that I wasn’t consciously intending to do that. I wrote the story I saw in my head, and that’s about it. It’s not meant to be some thought-provoking tale about the dangers of monarchy or the power of the many when they band together. Those are certainly facets of the story, but it’s not an intentional parallel.

What has the writer’s journey been like for you?

Long and slow, with many false starts.

For some years, I stopped writing altogether. Around seventeen or eighteen, I think, I took a promotion at my job and didn’t have the time. And then life got in the way, and I almost forgot about writing.

Fast forward to 2009. My personal life was in an uproar, and I found myself with more time on my hands than I knew what to do with. So I started writing about a character I’d had in my head for a while. And by a while, I mean about 15 years.

There was a problem, though. This character exists within the Dragonlance world. His story is intrinsic to Dragonlance. Without that exact setting, the story falls apart. I didn’t see an issue at first, as I was writing mainly for myself. But as I got into it, I realized more and more that I wanted to publish. I wanted to be a professional author. The old dreams were rekindled almost overnight.

What did I do, you ask?

Well, I quit.

Not the best response, I admit. It occurred to me, 117 pages into this story, that I would never be able to publish it. Not only was it written within the Dragonlance world, which is completely off limits to anyone not in the employ of Wizards of the Coast, but it was also written in a time period within Dragonlance that had been completely abandoned by WotC.

So it was a no-go, even if I could find a way to get onto WotC’s radar.

In 2010 I had this great idea for a contemporary story built around the Apocalypse described in the Revelation of St. John in the Bible, but with several facts twisted from real world belief. I went on to write the first chapter, solidifying the main character in my mind.

And then, can you guess? I got bored and gave up the project… for a time.

Fast forward again. Now it’s 2013, my life is more stable, but still in tatters. I started working the graveyard shift and had a lot of time on my hands. The Apocalypse story had been burning in my mind for so long, I had to let it out. So I started writing again.

My original vision was a complete story in a single, standalone book. However, by my fourth month of writing this story, I realized that it simply was not going to work. I was writing by hand, so it’s hard to say definitively, but I’d guess I was sitting on about 250,000 words. That was when I decided to break the story into parts. I figured three parts at first, but now I’m thinking it’s going to be four. I mostly stopped working on new material for it, and have been revising and honing my craft since then.

Let’s talk genre. You mentioned this series based on the Apocalypse. I’m guessing that’s not fantasy?

Ha ha. No.

Okay, there are definitely some fantasy elements to it, but those are quite vague until later in the story. I would categorize it as supernatural suspense. Which, funnily enough, I didn’t realize was an actual genre until quite recently. I originally envisioned the book as a thriller, but the pacing and story have turned out to be much more in the vein of suspense than thriller.

My main series that I’m working on, however, is most definitely fantasy. I call it dark epic fantasy. It gets very dark at times, not quite to the tune of horror, but close. And I’ve noticed that among almost all of my writing, suspense is the overall feel, so I’m running with that. Plus, I think adding fast-paced suspense to an epic fantasy is a wonderful way to make the books more exciting and draw readers in.

Fast-paced fantasy sounds good to me!
How do you find the time for writing alongside family and work commitments?

Um, I don’t sleep, ha ha.

Yes, I laugh. I’m sure you’re laughing too, but that’s the truth of it. See, my wife is disabled, but we don’t qualify for disability benefits (doctors can’t figure out what it is, so no diagnosis. And no diagnosis=no disability benefit here in the US). So I have to work two jobs just to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. I probably work about 60 hours each week. I get home between 10 and 11pm, and I go straight up to my office to work on the writing every night. Some nights I only get in an hour, others I can keep going for three or four.

I don’t write while my children are awake on the weekends, so those nights/early mornings are my only writing time.

That sounds rough. How do you stay motivated to keep writing?

Honestly, I don’t understand how any writer can not be motivated to write. Writing is my passion, my lifeblood. If you take away writing, I’m not sure what would be left. Probably just a family man who lives for nothing more than his children.

I don’t remember who said it (might have been Salvatore), but there’s a quote I see floating around Facebook all the time. It goes something like, “If you can quit, then quit. If you can’t, then you’re a writer.” That’s me exactly. Yes, I go through phases when I don’t have the mental energy for it, I have times I just want to veg and not do the work. But in the main, I write because I have to. Because I’ll go mad if I don’t get these stories out of my head.

So, would you describe yourself as a “plotter” rather than a “panster” [seat of the pants writing]?

Truthfully, I hate those terms. “panster” feels so derogatory to me. Then again, so does “plotter.”

I know what you mean. Not terms I invented, I assure you 😉

I’m a big fan of how Brandon Sanderson puts it (and thinks about it). You have outliners, and you have discovery writers. And I think there’s a huge misconception that discovery writers don’t plan anything. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Discovery writers plan all the time, they just don’t write outlines. They don’t plan out the details of each scene before they write it. They don’t know every little detail. But many discovery writers do put a lot of time into figuring out roughly where the story is going to go before they write it.

Now, personally, I think I’m about as close to a “pure” discovery writer as anyone who actually finishes a novel can be. I usually start only knowing one or two characters and a rough idea of their situation or a basic idea of where I’d like the plot to go. I don’t control what happens, I don’t try to force my characters into anything. I let the story flow naturally and see where it goes.

In many ways, I think of myself as more a chronicler than a writer.

I change things in the rewrite, of course. You have to. Sometimes you need to censor a character, or extrapolate an event, or add details. But on a first draft, I’m never the guy in charge.

On a side note, I’ve noticed there are exceptionally few resources to help discovery writers in their journey toward publication (or even finishing a novel, for that matter). Giving a natural discovery writer the advice to “write a detailed outline,” is not effective. Yes, the vast majority of people who think they are discovery writers could benefit from learning to outline, but some of us simply can’t write that way. So I’ve decided to make it my job to correct this. I’m just getting started with it, but when I feel I’m successful enough to be taken seriously, I plan to start publishing a series of writing craft books geared toward discovery writers.

You’ve mentioned Dragonlance, history and mythology as being inspirational for you, but are there more sources of inspiration for what goes into your stories?


That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it?

Ask me what inspires my poetry, and I can answer that easily enough. That’s 99% life experience. But my fiction? Let’s call it one part life experience, one part the fiction I love, one part real history (I love Celtic, Greek, and medieval history), one part wishful thinking, one part conspiracy theories (all my stories have at least one aspect of history that is radically different than our reality), and one part delusion brought on by sleep deprivation.

Scared yet?

I’m not sure about scared, but the idea of Celtic and Greek mythology combining with conspiracy theories in a world of dragons is shaping up to be quite some dramatic concept!
ince you’ve had experience with Inkitt, I’d like you to share what your experience there has been like.

Truthfully, not very good.

I mean, at first, it seemed like a really cool idea. But then it started to hit home, it’s really just a popularity contest. Stories on Inkitt don’t get voted up because they are good, they get voted up because they are popular. And, unfortunately, I’ve seen evidence that it’s very easy to cheat the system, using artificial accounts to upvote your own work.

It didn’t bother me that much at first. See, I originally joined Inkitt solely to enter into one of their writing contests with an award of publication. When I didn’t win, or even place, however, I figured I’d leave the book up since it might be a good way to get feedback on anything I might need to change or correct.

But here’s an interesting fact: in the roughly five to six months I had a book up, I had more than 13,000 reads (a “read” roughly equals a chapter, I think, though that’s not really clear), but only one rating and review. No one else even bothered to rate my book, much less review it. That’s a large part of why I deleted my book and am no longer active on the site.

I never thought I’d say this, but more and more I’ve been considering giving wattpad a try.

You mentioned there are more stories in the works. What does the future have in store for your writing?

A lot, ha ha.

With my writing process it’s hard to say definitively, but at this point, I’m expecting The Calamity to span roughly thirteen volumes of novella length, though that may change. The story could easily grow bigger or shrink smaller than my expectations.

I’m also still working on my Apocalypse story. I have to do one or two more revisions, but after that, I’m going to begin the long process of trying to procure an agent to represent me with the traditional publishers. I’m not really expecting to get a good enough deal to go traditional, but we’ll see. You never know.

You mentioned pursuing a traditional deal with your Apocalypse series. So where do you stand on the traditional publishing vs. indie debate?

Very middle of the road. I have every intention of being a hybrid author.

I hear a lot of arguments about this, and I’ve seen a lot of data about it. So here’s my take:

If you want to be in control and do everything yourself (whether through outsourcing or not), then indie is the way to go, especially if you have the skills and/or financial resources to secure your own formatting, editing, cover art, audio recordings, translations, marketing, etc.

However, if you just want to sit in your office and write, then traditional is your only option. Even then, though, unless you get a mega-deal (at least mid-six or seven figures), you’re still going to be responsible for your own marketing. That’s the main point that makes me lean to indie publishing.

Here are a few fun facts.

Fact 1: on average, indies (especially new authors) make at least 50% more money than traditional authors.

Fact 2: indies make between 4.3 and 10 times the royalty rate of traditional authors.

Fact 3: indies represent more than 50% of all ebooks sold.

Also, if you take out the mega-bestsellers on both sides, indies make approximately 3-4 times more total income than traditional authors.

Seems like a no-brainer, right?

Well, I’m vain. I’m also into diversification. I don’t want all my chickens in one basket. That’s why I’ll never be exclusive to any retailer (not even Amazon, with their 90%+ market share). All that retailer has to do is change one little algorithm and my income disappears. By the same token, indie publishing could disappear tomorrow. True, that’s highly unlikely, we’re making Amazon (and other retailers) truckloads of cash, but it could still happen. So, the more places I’m making money from, the better off I’ll be. But, back to the point, as much progress as we’ve made, there’s still a lot of stigma for indie authors. This is where the vanity comes in. If I can say, “Hey, I was published by TOR. They put my books into the hands of thousands of readers in hundreds of countries and dozens of languages.” that’s a big thing for me. That’s validation. However, I won’t do it for anything less than a large enough advance to guarantee the publisher will push sales of my book. Is that arrogant? Probably. But it’s a fact. If I have to do all my own marketing anyway, I’d much rather get the bigger slice of the royalties for it.

Watch out – there is a long hard road on which an indie author continues to spend more on marketing and producing more books than is made in royalties. And many never leave this road.
Where can readers follow you to keep up with what you’re doing?

My newsletter signup is at (Get a free copy of Fire and Ice when you sign up)

My website is

I’m trying to correct it, but I very rarely blog. Readers will be much better off to connect on social media or email me with questions or comments at kevin at

I’m on facebook at

Twitter at

I’m much more active on twitter, but facebook is more personal for me. I post infrequently there because I only post things that are personally important or relevant, while on twitter I constantly share things that are geared toward the business and craft of writing.

Thank you, Kevin!
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Whiteland King is here


Dendra Castle is under siege by an army that never sleeps and time is running out.

Prince Cory resolves to lead a black operation right to King Klonag’s throne to do what was forbidden for his grandfather – end the reign of the Whiteland King.
To conquer a Kingdom, Cory leads just thirty Special Operators, the Silver Warrior, the Archmage of Valendo and his daughter with questionable battle magic ability and the Scout Commander who is rarely in sight.
Is it a desperate fool’s quest? Or has Zeivite truly come up with a plan to defeat Magnar and the ‘dead mage’ with his limitless magic?
Even Cory does not know.

One way or another, the decades-long war between Valendo and Nearhon must end. Klonag has more pieces to move in this game of war, and Princess Julia is one them. And if she does not cooperate? There are worse fates than death when dealing with Klonag and Magnar, and more than one way to ensure her… unfailing obedience.

The General’s Legacy – Part Two: Whiteland King is the second book in The General of Valendo series that concludes the enthralling story of The General’s Legacy. The stakes escalate, revelations come, and even the souls of the ancestors gather over the Whitelands to witness the epic conclusion that is sure to thrill.

If you want your fantasy action-packed, laced with mystery and running at a pace that refuses to let you put it down – The General’s Legacy delivers.

Grab your copy of Whiteland King and start reading today!

Hello from Four Marks in Hampshire,

I hope you’ve enjoyed the adventure with Prince Cory so far in part one of The General’s Legacy – Inheritance.

It is time (as the old general used to say before battle) to conclude The General’s Legacy tale in Whiteland King. You can find it in your country with the following two smartlinks:


Apple, Kobo, Nook, Tolino and many others

 The reaction from advanced review readers so far:


When I launched Inheritance on November 30, 2016 I had no readers’ group and no sales outside friends, family and some Goodreads friends. Inheritance was all but invisible to the world and it took two months to get two reviews. This time four out of the five reviews above appeared within 10 hours of release – my sincere thanks to the Special Operators review team. Hopefully, a few more reviews will appear soon.

My hope for this release is that Whiteland King can make it into the top 100 of the chart for the category “Witches and Wizards” – a modest goal since I don’t expect to unseat Brandon Sanderson, Mark Lawrence or John Gwynne anytime soon 🙂
Even if you are reading something else right now, buying Whiteland King today will help to kick this book up the charts and it will be on hand to start reading straight away when you are ready.

Will I get rich? No chance! Earning enough in royalties to cover the monthly ongoing expenses would be a good first goal.

I hope you love the conclusion of this story. I think you will and I know it has had some readers on the edge of their seats.

Happy reading!

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