It’s been four years since I released A Demon in the Desert and to celebrate, I’m doing a a month long giveaway. For all of June, you can get A Demon in the Desert for free in your choice of epub or mobi formats. I know by now that my first book was pretty rough but it got me started. It helped me start on a path to make me feel like a real person again and I’ll always be proud of that. Happy anniversary to my big green son.
Hey y’all! Blog’s been a bit quiet lately. Apologies. I come bearing a few updates, however!
Hey, y’all! Got a new Patreon short story up today about a boy and the monster in his closet. You can read it and more for just $1. And below the story is a public poll asking for your favorite orcs. I’ve only had two votes and one comment and I kind of need the comments more. So toss a vote and shout out your favorite orc!
Much love to the Fantasy Inn folks for letting me yammer on.
Today, we have with us Ashe Armstrong, author of Grimluk, Demon Hunter series.
Hello Ashe, welcome to the Inn! First of all, how are you and how have you been?
Doin’ alright. Think I’m finally getting over the last of this lingering cold.
Let’s kick off with a bang. You write books about a big ol’ demon-hunting orc. For those you might not be familiar with those, can you tell us a little bit about Grimluk and how he came to be?
Grimluk was originally going to be a swashbuckling orc with a claymore. An idea I still may use but I was discussing the idea with a friend one night and I just went, “Hey, so, what if I make him a gunslinger?” My friend’s response was “Fuck yes!” and then ideas just started pouring out.
It’s been around three and a half years since your debut novel, A…
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Hey y’all. I just wanted to post a little update talking about some of the new stuff up on my Patreon. For the past little while, I’ve been working on the much-maligned Ranger class for D&D fifth edition. I recently posted the first pass for a chunk of the subclasses, with two more to come individually. I also tried my hand at giving the Storm Herald subclass for the Barbarian an overhaul, along with a few other Fighter subclasses. I will also be starting an adventure module this year that I’ve had bouncing around my head for a while. It’ll be big on story and very orc-centric. Because I have a brand.
For fans of Grimluk, though, I’ve posted a few snippets from what I’ve been writing on Grimluk 4 (and the first draft is now over the 10,000 word mark), along with a worldbuilding post on time, and a new post today that will start a series of worldbuilding posts on the races of Arkod, beginning with elves!
On top of all that, I’ll be trying to get some new cooking posts going and I’m hoping to start a new trend revolving around Fantasy foods, along with any diabetic friendly foods I find. I’m going to try and begin doing fantasy foods by doing a potentially easy recipe from The Demons Within: goat jerky. I’m pretty sure I can get goat meat from a local butcher, so it should be doable.
And a reminder, I do take requests for content. I recently added a new request tier for $5 where I make a magic item for your game. I still have the idea request tier, too, where you can request a story or a topic for me to talk about for $25. You get access to all content for just $1, though, and my gratitude.
So come check it all out and feel free to leave comments and questions!
Hey all! With it being Christmas weekend, I figured I’d take a moment to remind everyone of the group Holiday Sale going on right now and also inform the reddit savvy of you that r/Fantasy’s 2018 Stabby Nominations thread is live! You can nominate for The Demons Within for Best Self-Published/Indie Novel of 2018 and/or nominate the cover, from the ever talented Bob Kehl, for Best Artwork of 2018! Voting will begin on December 29th and then maybe we can get me a damn KNIFE AWARD!
Hey, y’all! I’m pleased to announce that I’m teaming up with some fine folks to run a sale for the month of December. From now until December 31st, A Demon in the Desert is 99 cents and Demon Haunted is half-off! For those new to my writing, the Grimluk, Demon Hunter series is about the titular orc and his adventures in a fantasy western land. A reader once described Grimluk as “the lovechild of Clint Eastwood and Hellboy”.
Next up is Brandon Draga with The Summerlark Elf, the first in his Four Kingdoms series. The book “introduces readers to compelling characters in an engaging world of swords and sorcery, personal turmoil and political intrigue!”
Erica Linquidst (who co-authors with her husband) has a slew of books on sale for you. Her sci-fi post-apocalypse book, Whisperworld, is 99 cents, along with volume 1 of her Lily Quinn erotica series, starring the titular Lily, a half-succubus monster hunter. And make no mistake, this series is graphically sexual. Last, My Guide to RPG Storytelling, a friendly guide to becoming a Dungeon Master!
And finally, we have Edward M. Erdelac with book one of his fantastic Merkabah Rider series, High Planes Drifter, about a Hasidic Jewish gunslinger on a mission of vengeance, and his short story anthology of weird fiction and horror, Angler in Darkness.
Between the four of us, you should be able to find something that makes your December just a little bit better. Happy reading, y’all!
I’d meant to do this Monday but I got a little distracted. SO! Today then. I want to acknowledge and thank the following people for backing the Kickstarter campaign for The Demons Within!
In order of pledge, a very orc-sized thank you to…
- Eric DiCarlo
- Steven Latour
- Andrew Paterson
- James Jakins
- Thomas Moore
- Bryan Young
- Rachel Sharp
- William Stafford
- Shayna Wark
- Steven Pope
- Garrett Schmigle
- Melissa Shumake
- Samantha Tohtz
- Alyssa Riggs
- Cliff Tohtz
- Benet Reynolds
- Asher Stephenson
- Jacob Townsend
- Kibret Gordon
- Matthew W. Mueller
- Alex Haigh
- Lisa Richardson
- Rebecca Roth
- Christopher Hayes-Kossmann
- Leigh Petersen
- Krista Ball
- Rachel N.
- Jonathan Dean
- Robert Woods Tienken
- Mega Ninja Publishing
- Michael Adam Childers
- Jeff Lewis
- Nick Kilburg
- Caffeinated Zombie
- Kerri Regan
- Margaret Beldyk
- Ryan H
- Andrew Barton
- Benjamin Savell
- Wes Hillman
Not only did you help me get this book out, but some of you were involved in the final 12 hour victory, which saw the campaign go from $1077, not quite half of my $2200 goal, to $2225! I hope you enjoy The Demons Within as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Welcome to the party fellow orcs and orc lovers! It is Orctober once again and the very first thing you need to know is that The Demons Within is live and for sale and ready for you to read and review! You check out the first chapter in the link there or pick your retailer of choice here!
Mostly this year, I’ll be hyping up this book but I’ve got a few other things in mind as well. Along with some snippets from The Demons Within, I’ll do some character introductions as well, a revised version of Grimluk in D&D (RAW and Homebrew versions), and a Grimluk AMA (Ask Me Anything) at the end of the month. If you’ve been wondering things about Grimluk, you can totally shoot me a message via the contact form on the Socialize page, or tweet me, or send an ask on tumblr, whatever way you prefer! Finally, I’ll be sprinkling some art and artists throughout as well!
Keep your tusks clean, everyone!
It is September 1st, and that means that The Demons Within is available for pre-order! Currently, you can get your copy reserved on Amazon, Kobo, and Apple while some of the other retailers are still rolling out. I love my books but I am REALLY excited to get this one out. Laura Hughes, who did the editing, had nothing but nice things to say about the book when she finished. And my proofreader was utterly enthralled as well. I really think you’re gonna love this book, too!
Paperbacks will be available starting October 1st. Happy reading!