Voyages of Fortune Book Two is Out!

The second book in the Voyages of Fortune Trilogy is finally available on Amazon

Get it at the discounted price of $0.99, before the price goes up to $2.99 on September 2nd.

The cover and the synopsis are below:

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Three eras. Two Orders. One gambit. Zero margin for error.

In California, 1921: Stranded more than thirty years into his future, time traveler Henry has joined forces with adventuress Alma Karlin. They must make their way to another continent if Henry is to return to his own era, as Alma continues her quest to keep the world safe from the Urumi, and the Society’s plans to control time itself. Then, a message from Henry’s long-dead parents reveals his true identity and entrusts him to pursue a different, more dangerous mission. He will have to start working against Alma if he is to accomplish the true ends of the Order of the Dragon. The only trouble is: can he hide his betrayal in plain sight?

In Russia, 1889: Her grandmother kidnapped and her gypsy camp under siege by its worst enemy, Natalia has resolved to reach a mystic object that could save her people. Facing starvation and defeat, her troop loses faith in Natalia’s untested leadership. Then a shocking development puts Henry at fault for their dire circumstances. Can she find the inner strength to save her embattled camp from extermination?

In the Indian Ocean, 2005: Castaways Mark and Mei Hua question their place in the world after the actions they were forced to take during the deadly raid in Somalia. The situation on board the ship appears calm, yet the entire crew is in more danger than they realize. The Urumi’s demon Order has set out to destroy them, but the biggest threat may come from the vessel’s violent and secretive captain, who is willing to sacrifice the rest of the crew to achieve her dark purpose.

Trapped in foreign lands and in a gambit larger than they can imagine, the only way forward is to trust the one mysterious voice that binds their paths together – even when that voice tells them to betray those they hold most dear.

Sometimes, the only way out is to make promises that are made to be broken….

Get Voyages of Fortune Book Two: Promises Betrayed  now!

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Hidden Truths is Out!

Hidden Truths, Book One in the Voyages of Fortune historical fantasy series successfully launched  earlier this week and is currently in the #1 spot for new releases in YA Pirate Adventures!

Grab your copy here for $0.99 over the next two days before the price goes shooting up to #2.99!


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Divergent times. Distant lands. Different missions. One gambit.

In Austro-Hungary: 1898: a sickly girl discovers a bundle of instructions addressed to her by a legendary nobleman, who lived centuries ago. He entrusts her with a powerful ring and mission to protect the world from the ambitions of both factions of a mystical power struggle. It will require her to embark on a quest that will cause her own culture to reject her; the girl knows she has to accept. Now an outcast, she must outwit the Society’s and the Urumi’s evil designs as she attempts to alter a series of magical devices that can give anyone the power to control the world.

In Thailand: 2004: Mei Hua and Mark, two unvalued interns, are swept out to sea by a giant wall of water. They are rescued by a space-folding sailing ship, crewed by a gang of pirates. To survive, Mark and Mei are required to join forces with the mercenaries and fight to retrieve another powerful object that — known only to the ship’s enigmatic captain — can make the world descend into chaos. Trapped on the strange ship, Mei and Mark must find it within themselves to keep this artifact from falling into the wrong hands – assuming they can determine whose hands those are.

In Russia, 1889: Natalia, the untested heir of her gypsy camp, finds herself in charge when her grandmother is abducted by an enemy her troop is not prepared to fight. The situation seems hopeless; from a secret buried deep in her past, Natalia knows it is her fault. Then a mysterious note from a sender she does not know offers an impossible way out – one that will doom her troop to slavery, or worse, if it fails. Natalia must find her inner courage and overcome the demons of her past if she is to lead her troop to salvation.

These are the Voyagers. Each believes they are working for their own ends. They are dead wrong. They have unknowingly become pawns in a centuries-spanning gambit to control time and the world itself. Their paths are about to cross. All that remains to be seen is: who is really about to take over?

The Voyages of Fortune trilogy is an eons-spanning, time travel adventure, set in the Keepers of the Stone historical fantasy universe. Its expansive story connects the royalty of the European Middle Ages with a pirate ship, sailing the high seas of the twenty-first century Indian Ocean. A thrilling adventure of self-discovery where nothing is as it seems. When nothing is certain, the only one you can rely on is yourself.

Get it for $0.99 until June 12!

Cover for Voyages of Fortune Book One: Hidden Truths

The cover for Voyages of Fortune is finally here!

From a centuries-spanning gambit starting in the European Middle Ages, to a pirate ship that moves by folding space in the modern day Indian Ocean, there’s a lot going on in this one. Oh, and then there’s the secret, demon fighting mission of a real life traveler and adventurer who journeyed around the word by herself during the 1920’s….

Embarkation starts June 6th!

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Three Books for the Price of One!

Hey internet!
Just  dropping a quick note to let you know that for — this week only — the entire Keepers of the Stone trilogy is just $0.99 per book.
You can grab this opportunity to get all three books for the price of one HERE!

Also, don’t forget to look for Voyages of Fortune Book One: Hidden Truths, the first novel in the sequel trilogy to Keepers of the Stone, due out mid-May! CLICK HERE to get the prequel novella, Discoveries, for FREE and be the first to know when Book One comes out!

That’s all for now….

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Keepers of the Stone: Second Edition Launch!

The The entire Keepers of the Stone Trilogy has just been relaunched on Amazon. Click HERE to start reading!

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In addition you can also get Discoveries the prequel novella in Voyages of Fortune,  the continuation of Keepers of the Stone, for FREE here!


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I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them!

FREE limited time offer!

For a limited time, get the entire Keepers of the Stone Trilogy FREE!

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Why am I doing this? Well, to be honest,  the answer is I want you to discover my writing. But there are a few more reasons too: I’ll start with with some good news. And then some bad news that’s really also good news:

The first bit of good news is that I’ll be launching the new second edition of the Keepers of the Stone trilogy later this December!

The bad news is that to do this, I’ve  had to take the books down for sale for a few weeks. Obviously, this isn’t the most optimal situation.  Like I said, I want to have my books out there and would like as many readers as possible to discover them.  So, I’ve decided to turn this necessity into a win-win opportunity. That’s where the other bit of good news comes in:

Until the launch, I’ve decided to make FREE  2nd edition advance copies of the entire Keepers trilogy available via my mailing list.

To get them Just click HERE!

You only need to enter your email and your ebooks will be on the way.

I hope you enjoy the offer. Get it while you can!

New Covers for Keepers

The new cover for the new Second edition of Keepers of the Stone has arrived. Have a look-see along with the new back-matter below!

The new cover for Book Three is soon to follow…

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A doomed princess.
A deadly gambit.
A Prophecy that could determine history’s fate.

Malka thought she’d finally come up with a plan for keeping the Fragment from the Urumi’s Dark Order. Then it all blew up in her face. She and Liza must find a new one, while making their way to New York in time to rescue Henry. Bozhena has ensnared him in her own ploy to wrest the Fragment into the hands of the demons’ Order – and unleash its unbridled chaos upon the world.

The situation seems clear. Then something none of them expects knocks Bozhena’s scheme completely off the rails. Malka makes a shocking discovery about her past: one that could alter the Fragment’s destiny and her own. The answers she seeks may lie in the history of another land she knows nothing about. To get them, they will have to depend on the one person Liza most hoped to never see again.

In Europe, Stas continues to grieve for Nell’s loss. Then one night, he learns his closest friend might still be alive, in great danger – and could hold the key to the Fragment’s fate. Stas knows he has to try and find her. This time, doing so will require him to reject all he’s ever believed in – including himself. The even bigger question is: can he trust the information’s source?

As more about their situation is revealed, Malka, Liza and Stas struggle with their place in an eons-spanning celestial power struggle — where the line between good and evil quickly becomes blurred. The slightest misstep could result in the failure of their quest – and the rise of total anarchy.

Their greatest tribulations are just beginning…

The Keepers of the Stone fantasy trilogy is a literary homage to Nobel Prize winning author Henryk Sienkiewicz’s In Desert and Wilderness. It’s a soul-searching, action-packed adventure epic that will keep you guessing from its middle-of-the-action opening, right up until the end; it will also appeal to fans of the TV series Kung Fu, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and The Librarian. An expansive fantasy adventure of epic proportions that tests the limits of our potential.

Get your FREE ebook copy of Book One in the Keepers trilogy Here!

 

Back after Summer

Hey! Welcome to the blog tour!

I haven’t had a lot of time to post here over the past few months. I’ve been busy. Being on the road like the nomad I am. And writing the sequel trilogy to Keepers of the Stone. Here are a few pictures of where one plot line in that sequel — Voyages of Fortune — will (almost) end. I’ll leave you to guess the exact location:

Other than that, I’ve been gathering inspiration for another new series, while traveling on my latest sojourn through the western Balkans. Its a great place to get inspiration!

I’ve long thought that the former Yugoslavia — and how it collapsed —  was like a tale you’d usually find in a fantasy novel. Except more interesting. Its real history. For my next project, I hope to bring that history and fantasy together (the working title is: Tito’s Lost Son: A Bylina of the Yugoslav Wars). Not only that. Some of the locations are really striking:

Coming back to Keepers: As happenstance would have it I’m going to be headed to a lot of the places that figure prominently in Keepers of the Stone: Book Three during the time that this tour is running. As it starts, I’ll be in Poland : Kraków and Warsaw, to be precise. In late October, I’ll be in Coventry, England. Where the trilogy’s epilogue is set.

I’ll be in Ireland during early October, too. It doesn’t figure in any of my books. But, who knows what I’ll find there? In all of these places, I hope to bring you a lot of pictures. Insights into why I set my books in the locales that I do. And facts about where I find inspiration.

 

If you haven’t already, anyone can get a free ebook copy of Keepers of the Stone: Book One here, for an email signup Or, for those who live in the UK or Ireland, you can enter to win one of two signed print copies of the entire Keepers trilogy until September 29.

Drew on top of the WorldPublishing these books has been — and remains — a journey. I hope you enjoy the quest as much as I do.

Being Jurgen

There’s only a bit more than five days left to enter the Goodreads giveaway. The Amazon one ends today. Enter if you haven’t already. Here’s a post about my most recent trip and what that journey has to say about my books.

As my first night in Geneva ended, I didn’t know what to expect.  I’d arrived in the city, invited as a contributor to a summer school regarding critical perspectives on globalization. My roommate had yet to arrive.

This situation was ironic to me. A couple of locations in Switzerland figure prominently in my books — namely Fribourg and Steckborn. Most of those scenes take place in a dorm room.

 

I’ve lived in Europe for six years. Despite this,  I’d never been to Switzerland. Being mostly a city person myself, I’d heard that the price-quality ratio of the Helvetic Confederation’s main metropolises was a bit on the unfavorable side. Upon arrival in Geneva, I could confirm that it was indeed more expensive than Brussels, which is rather affordable as far as North-Western European cities go.  The free afternoon I had on my first day gave me the time to take in the majority of the city’s old town as well as its lakeside and famous fountain, the jet d’eau.

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The bottom line: Switzerland has always been something of a storied land to me. And, I don’t mean the kind that I’d always dreamed of traveling to. I’m an Eastern Europe person. I’d always assumed that Switzerland was an even more rules-obsessed form of Germany. Jurgen — the Swiss German character in my books  reflects this. Part of his personality is based off of Swiss-German family friends that I grew up around.

I’d actually hoped to go to Fribourg: the town where most of the main interaction between Jurgen and Stas — one of my novels’ main characters — takes place. Unfortunately, the cost of the train ticket proved prohibitive. I could do a whole other blog tour for the price of it. Still, during my time in Geneva I had a different experience (in addition to eating cheese fondue in 32 degree heat). One that allowed me to gain a new perspective on my own characters:P1070634

The research for my books  proved largely correct about Switzerland, in concrete terms. Upon arrival at the university hotel in Geneva, I knew that as a PhD candidate, I’d have to share a room. However, while checking in, I found out that my roommate was from South Africa.

Before coming to Switzerland, I’d always been led to believe that I’d be received like Stas — a proud ethnic Pole by partial-blood. The son of a political refugee, who grew up almost completely in Africa and has never been to Europe. Yet, as I met my apartment mate for the next week, — on the day after I’d arrived — I was surprised by how much the tables seemed turned.

He was a resident of South Africa; that was following his flight as a refugee from the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). It was his first time in Europe.

At first he seemed flummoxed by the place.  Even dismissive of it, the more he saw. To him it was expensive. And, overrated, compared to his native sub-Saharan Africa. Most of this was never directly said to myself, but rather overheard. I could understand him conversing with friends in Portuguese (He worked for the Angolan embassy. I speak fluent Spanish).

Granted. Geneva is expensive. It’s also not the end and be all of Europe. But, I’d aspired to live in Europe since 2010. His dismissal was hard to accept on a visceral level. I’ve never been to sub-Saharan Africa.  Yet, I must admit that his reception of the continent I’d spent years aspiring to seemed  implausible to me on an emotive note. One that I hadn’t expected.P1070652

Like I said, upon arrival in Switzerland, I’d always expected to be treated as the beggar. But, over the course of the week, I was struck multiple times by how much I felt like Jurgen.  The Swiss youth in my novels, who holds his own heritage in unquestionable regard. Though, in my tomes  I’m often highly critical of him for this attitude, I found myself cynically courting it during my own week in a Swiss dorm room.

Viscerally, I wanted to dismiss my South African roommate’s opinions as a sour grapes inversion of schadenfreude. Yet, if anything, he was more organized than myself.  Everything he did, exuded a kind of formal self-pride that’s unknown  in the parts I’ve grown up and lived in.  On the first morning after his arrival, he insisted on making both of our beds, saying that he grew up in a boarding school. He shined his dress shoes, belt and any other piece of leather that he wore. Daily. At the end of the week he stated that he couldn’t wait to go back to Africa. “I see” was all I could think to respond.

One evening he joined as a group of seminar participants camped out in a park near the WTO. Taking in the view of the lake and the mountains beyond. Many of us had the intention of imbibing heavily. He didn’t.

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In Keepers of the Stone, I — as the third person omniscient narrator — am often questioning of Jurgen and his closed-minded, essentialized worldview.  He looks down on Stas, simply because of his sub-altern upbringing.

When writing my novels, I did research regarding the locations that my characters go to in the country. Yet, I was unprepared for the reality of actually spending a week in Switzerland — as it turned out — with a African roommate.

We hold the regions we aspire to dear. That means all of us have a dark side. This remains true, no matter what those places are.  On this trip I learned how narrow the gap between closed and open mindedness can be. From both the northern and southern hemispheres. And that — like it or not — showed me that our own biases still exist regarding various parts of the world that we’ve barely been to. Or, know little about.  Maybe my roommate was right. We all choose our own homes.P1070641

For my own part, I like Europe.  And recently, I found myself in Switzerland —  a country I always thought would look down on myself — justifying it.  To one I never thought it would need defending from.