Orctober: The Demons Within

I’m currently waiting on a few guest posts and thinking up some more topics to discuss, so I thought I’d take today to talk about The Demons Within and its kickstarter campaign.

The most obvious is that it is the third book in the Grimluk, Demon Hunter series. It also represents another personal milestone. My THIRD book…holy shit, I’ve done this three times (or will have by its release). And I keep getting better at it! It’s no secret that A Demon in the Desert was a bit of a mess. Debut effort, lacked proper editing, was learning my process as I went, etc. etc. I still turned out a respectable book that people have enjoyed, but I had some growing to do. Demon Haunted was a marked improvement, especially with Tim Marquitz’s editing notes and encouraging me to maintain POVs and not head-hop.

The Demons Within puts all of those lessons together. I keep my POVs tighter but still give them a little bit of breathing room. My process is more defined, which has allowed me to write better. I went in with a clear plan and went at it.

But, this is Orctober, so I should probably focus on the orcs, huh?

The Demons Within shows Grimluk, at least at the start, more in his natural element. He travels to a town with demon troubles and proceeds to take the thing down. Up until The Plot arrives, you get to see him interacting with folks in a more regular matter, talk about his people some, and even get a look into what his dreams are occasionally like as someone who deals with a never-ending parade of the eldritch, the abominable, and the demonic.

And then there’s Emerald. Emerald is a Companion. If you’re reading that like from Firefly, then yes, it’s a lot like that, except no weird cultural appropriation/fetishization, and more bawdy saloon girl. The Companions are, explicitly, sex workers, and viewed as an important part of society in Grimluk’s world. The town of Downingville is basically built around the saloon/hotel where Emerald and her peers operate. Emerald, again explicitly, says she loves sex, loves making people feel good, and loves her work. But she still has other interests, and even does other things besides sex. Companions can just as easily serve as escorts for fancy events, masseuses, or just a temporary friend.

I’m quite proud of Emerald. She didn’t become a sex worker due to trauma or anything of that nature. She just liked the idea of being a Companion and went after it. She’s clever, feisty, self-assured, and, being an orc, more than capable of taking care of herself. She also presents as a unique orc, which I would love to talk more about but would be kind of a character spoiler and I would really like to let people meet her properly in text.

There are only two other orcs in this book and one of them is a passing character. The other, though, is the Marshal of the Rangers we meet. His name is Bringar and he is…surly, to say the least. I will talk about the Rangers another time, but I can tell a little bit about Bringar, though there’s only a little to tell. He’s a tertiary character but one that affects one of the main characters heavily, considering he’s basically her boss. You could say that he’s a bit of a mirror to Grimluk. An orc whose line of work tends toward traveling and fighting. Bringar, though, has a chip on his shoulder. He’s got some issues, probably a lot of which come from being an orc and being a marshal. Grimluk warns him to avoid the big bad of the story and Bringar ends up paying for his hubris.

I hope that this piques your interest, if you haven’t backed already. I would very much like to get this book to you next year, properly edited and with cover art. It will set up a recurring villain and a few other bits and bobs of Grim’s world, as well as shed some light on some older things. If you love orcs, then love my son, for his big and good. You can pledge here.

On Friday, we’ll see James Jakins talking about the effects D&D had on writing Jack Bloodfist. Until then!

Fools of Fantasy Mega Sale!

Check this shit out. For this week only, me and several other authors who frequent r/Fantasy over on Reddit are having a sale where one of our books is a whopping 99 cents on Amazon. This applies to Kindle only, and we are having an AMA over on r/books today as well! The sale will end on Friday and then it’s back to normal prices. I don’t know everyone very well but they’ve all shown themselves to be pretty decent folks and readers have had plenty of nice things to say about their books.

FOOLS OF FANTASY.COM

Click the link for an easy, all in one place to check out each book and author. Give ’em a look, give ’em a read, and join this jolly crew of fantasy fools as we attempt to claw our way out of obscurity with only the barest inkling of the very concept of dignity.

Patreon

Hey hey! Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m up on Patreon again. I’d tried it once before but it just wasn’t the right time yet and some other stuff came up so I put it away. Check out the link below and you’ll see I’m trying something I think is much easier to maintain this time around. Consider joining in, I’d really appreciate it.

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Release Day, Gratitude, and News

It’s time! Demon Haunted is now live and, hopefully, readers will be diving in soon! You can get your copy at the following locations:

Createspace Direct   Amazon   Smashwords   Kobo   Payhip
Use the code BUFB2RFS on Createspace to receive 10% off.
Also available on Scribd, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

You can also join the Goodreads Giveaway to win a paperback and bookmarks: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/202173-demon-haunted

And on that note, it’s time to publicly thank some wonderful people for backing me on Indiegogo back in March. Without these folks, this book wouldn’t have turned out nearly as good as I think it did. An orc-sized THANK YOU to the following people:

Stephanie Lehenbauer
Samantha Tohtz
Evan Bassett
James Jakins
Rachel Nowlin
Kibret Ledoux
Lisa Richardson
Erica Lindquist
Eileen McNulty
Goran Joksimovic
Alex Haigh
Melissa Shumake

And for their heavy contributions, a very special thank you to
Tim Feely
Rachel Sharp
Steven Ott

You are all very rad people and I sincerely hope you find this book worthy of your time and money! Thank you so much!

Finally, IT’S ORCTOBER! I won’t officially start the Orctober posts until Monday but by god, the orcs are here! Beyond this, I’ll be getting back to work on Grimluk 3 as well. I’m already 10,000 words in. Hopefully, I can bang out the first draft before Christmas. For now…celebration!

The Countdown Begins!

It is September first, and the countdown for Demon Haunted has begun! That’s right, folks, digital pre-orders are up and running. Unfortunately, paperbacks will have to wait until October 1st, as Createspace has yet to implement a pre-order feature. Quick reminder for Indiegogo backers: you’ll be getting your copy + rewards on or after October 1st. For the rest of you, you can find this lovely thing at the following places:

Amazon   Smashwords   Kobo

And if you want to add it to Goodreads, I got ya covered. Click the button!

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On top of that, I’ve released a new cover for A Demon in the Desert, that is completely live already. I liked that first cover but after Bob just utterly knocked it out of the park with the art this year, I thought it might be a good idea to make the art consistent between titles. So the promo piece of Grimluk became the new cover. So, anyone with the old cover, I guess you could argue you have a collector’s edition now! Jump on it!