Category Archives: Reading

Book (re)releases: Fenris Unchained, Odin’s Eye, Jormungandr’s Venom

Hey everyone.  I’ve just re-released Fenris Unchained, Odin’s Eye, and Jormungandr’s Venom.  You should see all three come up on Amazon here soon.  I had previously published them with Henchman Press, but they’re being rereleased with minor editing.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

Kal’s April 2020 Forecast

Well, I suppose this COVID-19 business is what we all get for making the 2020 vision puns, right?  Well, if you’re like me and trapped at home, I hope you’re all able to get some things done and find distractions from current events.

So what am I working on this month?  I’m midway through with revisions to Fenris Unchained, Odin’s Eye, and Jormungandr’s Venom, which I’ll have ready for re-release this month.  I’m also prepping the third book of the Forsaken Valor series, Hidden Valor, for publishing later this month.

After that, I’m finishing the sequel to In Death’s Shadow, outlining the sequel to Vernian Space Gun, and then I may even get some free time to work on some other books.  Working from home without any distractions for my son is hard, though, so we’ll see how productive I am, especially doing the day job from home as well, which still requires a lot of my attention and time.

Anyway, that’s all for now.  Thanks for reading and take care of yourselves!

New Release: In Death’s Shadow

Hey Everyone, I’m happy to announce that In Death’s Shadow is live in the Kindle store.

https://amzn.to/2vUtOYR

My latest novel, In Death’s Shadow is an urban fantasy novel I really loved writing and I’m happy to announce that the sequel is nearing completion even as this one goes live.  If you’re a fan of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher or Monster Hunter by Larry Correia, I think you’ll enjoy this series.  Give it a look and I hope you enjoy!

In Death’s Shadow: Cover Reveal & Blurb

Hey everyone, here’s the cover for my upcoming Urban Fantasy release, In Death’s Shadow.  I plan to release it at the end of the week.

Ari lives in the shadow of death.

Ari is a combat veteran who has chosen to leave the military behind and live a quiet, normal life.  He’s got a few problems though.  For one thing, the cops think he’s a serial killer.  For another, a vengeful politician has put Ari in his crosshairs.  To make matters worse, Ari has a guardian angel… and not just any angel, Ari’s protector is the Angel of Death.  When his life is in danger, people start to die, and Ari’s guardian can sometimes be indiscriminate whose life he takes when protecting him.

That’s not even the worst problem.  Death wasn’t assigned to him by mistake.  An ancient werewolf wants Ari dead and even with death on his side, Ari might not survive.

Ari needs to find a way to stay alive, to clear his name, and most importantly to get out from under the shadow of death and live a normal life… even if it kills him.

My Contribution To Staying At Home

Hey everyone.  If you’re like me, you’re suddenly finding a lot of reasons to hang out at home due to current events.  If you have kids and they’re stuck at home, you may be struggling finding things to keep their attention.  Believe me, I sure am.

I’m trying to get some writing done.  In the meantime, I figured I’d do an early release of a couple of my books.  Coming to you this Monday, March 16th, is my all new near-future hard science fiction novel: Army Space Corps: Vernian Space Gun.  I was planning on releasing it later this year, but I figure there’s lots of folks that are looking for something to read at the moment.

I will also be releasing my first Urban Fantasy novel: In Death’s Shadow, very soon, pretty much as soon as I get a cover lined up.

Both books will be live for kindle, though the wait for paperback may take a little while.

I’m also working on getting Hidden Valor out by the end of the month.   And I’m re-releasing Fenris Unchained, Odin’s Eye, and Jormungandr’s Venom.  So expect those as well in the near future.

Additionally, if your kids like to read, rejoice!  I’m making Valor’s Child (http://amzn.to/2ukhgni) free from the 16-20 March, so you can pick up a copy for your kids.  If you’re looking for something to read for yourself: also free this week is Echo of the High Kings (http://amzn.to/1EQycGg)  and Dead Train: All Aboard (https://amzn.to/3aXtlEk).   Who doesn’t like free books?

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

Kal’s March 2020 Forecast

Hey everyone, it’s been a bit since my last post.  I’m happy to say I’ve finished writing a pair of books and I’ve outlined and begun writing the 3rd Forsaken Valor book.  It’s going to be a little bit of a race, but I think I can get it finished, edited, and published by the end of the mont.  I have been wanting to get back to writing Will Armstrong’s story since I left off.  My goal is to have it ready to go March 27th, but check back here for updates as we get closer.

My project after that is rewrites to an existing story and then outlining and writing the first book that picks up after the end of Valor’s Stand.  I am really looking forward to writing those books and I hope to have it ready to go sometime in April.

Additionally, some of you may have noticed that Fenris Unchained, Odin’s Eye, and Jormungandr’s Venom are all no longer available on Amazon.  Henchman Press, the original publisher for those works, has disbanded.  I’m in the process of editing those three works and I hope to not only re-publish them in the next few months, but also to start audiobook productions for all three novels as well.

That’s all for now, hopefully I’ll have some book and movie reviews here over the next few weeks as well as snippets for upcoming books.  Thanks for reading!

 

Book Review: The Last Champion

There’s a lot of epic fantasy out there that feels dark, depressing, and populated by unpleasant characters who backstab one another for fun.  The Last Champion is not that kind of epic fantasy.

The titular Champion character is heroic.  The world he populates is under threat, the people he’s charged to protect are under threat, and he does his best to protect them.  Korr is a warrior who does what he does because he’s very, very good at it.  He’s a man who sticks to his customs and ways because that is all he has left, all he has to him, in an almost ronin-esque fashion that provides a gripping story.

There is plenty of action, plenty of character growth.  The characters are vivid, the scenery is epic in scale, and there’s so much potential in the setting that as a reader, I was always hoping for more looks at the greater world.  This really is epic fantasy, there’s a scope to the world that makes it feel big, feel populated, even though we only see a small part of the larger world.

It’s really rare that I can’t put a book down, but the story caught me and I read it in just a few hours.  My only complaint about the book is that it ended and I’ll have to wait on a sequel.  I highly recommend it.

Here’s a link to it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/39Ar4ia

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Movie Review

If you’ve already made up your mind about Star Wars, this review isn’t for you.  Go ahead and move along, because if you’ve decided to love/hate it because of politics/gender/(insert stupid thing to care about with space wizards) then go elsewhere.

I did my very best to leave all my preconceptions of Star Wars, other movies,  Directors, Producers, Actors, Politics/politicians and all the rest when I went to see it.   I didn’t watch the trailers, I didn’t read spoilers.  I wanted to see what JJ Abrams and cast could do.

And I enjoyed myself.

The Rise of Skywalker starts of jerky and comes in a tumbled rush.  The first half of the movie, the pacing is awful, the editing is jerky, and it’s something of a hot mess.  But it’s also fun.  Poe and Fin work well together, and both are given opportunities to put actual character into their characters.

Rey actually has character growth and has to struggle.  It’s a foreshortened struggle, compressed into the too-packed movie, but it’s there and it’s interesting, it made me actually care about her as a character.

The fight scenes are impactful and I had some emotional attachment when characters were in peril.

They make use of a lot of movie cliches and they pay total homage to every bit of fan service they can.  It can be eyerolling, at times.  But it gets back to a central part of Star Wars: hope and redemption.   That people can change the universe for the better and that what you do is more important than where you come from.

It’s not a great movie.   We are not getting the Extended Universe books in movie form that all the die-hard fans (including me) wanted.  But it was an enjoyable night out, the movie closed the chapter on the trilogy, and it’s something I can show my kid and share in his enjoyment, as well.

At the end of the day, that’s enough for me.