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Hidden Valor: First Snippet

Hidden Valor is coming next week!  Here’s the first snippet:

Chapter 1: The Heights I’ve Reached

Prince Ladon kept me standing as he read over the report I’d written up on Princess Kiyu and Jonna Hayden’s activities.  He had a bit of a sneer on his face.  “This is all?” He looked up finally.  “Conversations about classes?  I expected more from you Vars, much more.”

“We’ve been on break the past month, Your Highness,” I told him as calmly as I could manage.  What did the idiot expect, that the two of them would be discussing how to overthrow the Empire?  Even if I had really been his loyal spy, it would have beggared belief that I’d have something incriminating after only a few weeks of working for him.

Of course, I wasn’t his spy.  I wasn’t even Vars, the son of the late pirate marauder Wessek.  My name was William Alexander Armstrong.  I wasn’t even from Drakkus, I’d grown up on the dry, dusty world of Century and the real Vars had kidnapped me and kept me as his prisoner and slave.  I’d escaped and taken my revenge on Vars and Wessek, but in order to survive here on Drakkus, I’d stolen Vars’ identity and taken his place here at the Drakkus Imperial Military Institute.  Prince Ladon, though, thought I was Vars, and furthermore, I had convinced him that I would be his agent and spy on my only two real allies and in exchange, he hadn’t had the three of us murdered.

“All the more reason you should have had more for me,” Ladon’s lips drew back and he threw his datapad down on his desk.  “Classes are about to start up once more.  Once they do, neither of us will have time to meet frequently.  I’m giving you one week, to the official start of classes and I want to see something more interesting than…” he shook his head, “tactical preferences.  Do you understand me, Vars?”

“Yes, Your Highness,” I told him.

“You had better, Vars.  I’m taking a risk taking you on as your sponsor.  My father is still quite cross with you for what happened at Century.  It was quite embarrassing, him having to withdraw like that,” He shook his head, “And before you think I’m stuck with you, you should be aware that I still haven’t told him or anyone, really.  All I did was stop the boot pressed against your neck.”

Prince Ladon’s father, Crown Prince Abrasax, had been the patron for Wessek.  The two of them had some kind of plan to take over my homeworld, but it hadn’t gone well, thanks to my sister and my grandmother.  Crown Prince Abrasax had shown up with a huge fleet, but my grandmother, the Admiral, had found out about the arrival thanks to my sister, Jiden.  From what I’d heard, the Crown Prince had been forced to power down his weapons and withdraw.

It was the first time in decades that anyone had forced the Drakkus Empire to do anything.  That kind of black eye hadn’t sat well with the Crown Prince, and he’d blamed Wessek and his son Vars for their part in the failed operation.  Of course, since I’d taken Vars’ place and Wessek and Vars had both died in the process, that left his wrath coming down on me.

“Understood,” I told Prince Ladon.  I didn’t let any of what I felt onto my expression.  I had grown very good at hiding my real emotions, hiding everything about me, in the past couple of years.  It was amazing what the constant threat of death did for my ability to focus.

“Dismissed, Vars,” Prince Ladon waved a hand.  “And don’t let anyone see you on your way out.  I wouldn’t want our arrangement to become public.”

I left, slipping out into the corridor, keeping the hall monitors interrupted with the code the Prince had given me for that exact purpose.  I was going to have to come up with something to give Prince Ladon, something to keep him satisfied, without doing actual harm to Jonna or Princess Kiyu.

I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I was going to have to figure something out.  Some part of me whispered that it didn’t matter what I figured out in the short term, Prince Ladon wouldn’t be satisfied until both of my friends went down, and he saw me as a means to that end.

I was going to have to figure out what to do about that.  One thing at a time, I told myself.

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Coming Soon: Hidden Valor

Coming Soon!  The 3rd book of my Forsaken Valor series:

Sometimes the best place to hide is in plain sight.

I’ve lived the past two years of my life on the ragged edge. Kidnapped by pirates, my family murdered, I’ve lived as a prisoner and escaped only to fight for my life on the streets. I’ve lied, I’ve cheated, I’ve stolen, and I’ve even killed to survive.

And now I’m at the center of my enemies’ most exclusive military institute, hidden under a stolen identity. I’ve managed to earn the trust and support of a small group of allies, and maybe, just maybe, I can use that to get back home.

But if I do that, I’ll probably get them killed. Even worse, someone has set them in the crosshairs of a plot that puts millions, maybe billions, of lives on the line. I can’t walk away, I can’t abandon them, not when the only advantage they have is me, a hidden dagger poised to strike at the Heart of Drakkus.

 

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!

 

Kal’s July 2019 Forecast

Hey everyone, it’s July!  For my fellow Americans, I hope you had a happy and safe 4th of July.  For everyone else, well, I ate lots of food and hung out with friends on your behalf.

I’ve just finished off Army Space Corps: Vernian Space Gun, which is headed to a potential publisher.  It was a blast to write and I hope that you guys will be able to see it soon.  The story sort of hijacked my brain and I didn’t get a lot else done while working on that.  On the other hand, I’m finishing off the seventh Shadow Space Chronicles book and I hope to have it finished off soon.

Next up in the cue is the follow-on series that starts after the events of Valor’s Stand.  I’ve got it outlined and as soon as I get The Star Engine finished I’ll work on knocking that out.  Then I have to hop back to the next Forsaken Valor book.  It should be a very busy next few months as far as book releases.

Speaking of busy, I’m moving in the near future.  The move is going to eat up a lot of my free time, so posts may be a bit scarce, but I will be trying to release books and get my writing done.   I am pretty much done with conventions for the year, mostly because moving, starting a new job with the Army, and lots of other life drama.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

Now Available: Stolen Valor

Hey everyone!  Stolen Valor, Forsaken Valor book 2, is now available on Amazon.

https://amzn.to/2Wlgiob

They stole my life, so I stole one right back.

My name is William Alexander Armstrong.  I come from a long, honorable, military family.  My grandparents were heroes back home… but not me.  Kidnapped by pirates, I’ve had to fight to survive on the streets of an alien world.  Only now, I’ve got a way out.
 
The only trouble is, my way out is to serve in the enemy’s military, hidden under a stolen identity.  I’ve got to hide who I am, build alliances, and hope to keep my head down at a military institute where one in three trainees don’t survive.
 
But hiding isn’t in my blood.  I’m an Armstrong, I’m born to fight, born to lead… and in this case, that might be the only thing that saves me.  Because something is rotten at the Heart of Drakkus Prime, and stolen identity or not, valor may be the only thing to save the day.

Stolen Valor: Forsaken Valor Book 2

They stole my life, so I stole one right back.

My name is William Alexander Armstrong.  I come from a long, honorable, military family.  My grandparents were heroes back home… but not me.  Kidnapped by pirates, I’ve had to fight to survive on the streets of an alien world.  Only now, I’ve got a way out.
 
The only trouble is, my way out is to serve in the enemy’s military, hidden under a stolen identity.  I’ve got to hide who I am, build alliances, and hope to keep my head down at a military institute where one in three trainees don’t survive.
 
But hiding isn’t in my blood.  I’m an Armstrong, I’m born to fight, born to lead… and in this case, that might be the only thing that saves me.  Because something is rotten at the Heart of Drakkus Prime, and stolen identity or not, valor may be the only thing to save the day.
Stolen Valor is coming June 8th

Coming Soon: Stolen Valor!

Alright everyone!  Mark you calendars, because Stolen Valor, the second book of the Forsaken Valor series is coming!  Right now I’ve got it scheduled for June 8th.

I’m really excited to get this one out to everyone, because it’s been incredibly awesome to write.  William Armstrong has a very different story from that of his sister and the places it goes and the ideas and themes I’m getting to explore are a blast.  Plus there’s powered armor and big guns, so what’s not to like?

Stolen Valor will be live on Amazon on June 8th, and I hope you enjoy reading it!

Kal’s April 2019 Forecast

Hey everyone, this year is just flying along, isn’t it?

If you missed it, last week I released Valor’s Stand, the fifth and final book of the Children of Valor series.  While the YA series is done, the stories of the characters will continue later this year with the War of Valor series.  If you’ve already read it, please leave me a review.  If you haven’t read it, well, why not?

I’m trying to get Stolen Valor finished and ready for publishing here in April.  Unfortunately there’s a lot going on in my life (seriously, if the powers that be would ease up a little, that would be nice), so I may not make it.  I’m also working on A Cold Day in Hades, the next Argonauts book with the 4HU.  If all goes well, I’ll be sending that to the publisher around the end of the month and depending on their schedule, you should see that soon(ish).

Writing projects on the deck after that is a return to the Eoriel Saga.  It’s been far too long, but I’ve got the next 3 books plotted and I want to get the 4th book finished and released in the next couple of months.  Moving on from there, I plan to close out the 7th book of the Shadow Space Chronicles.

The audiobook of Valor’s Child has been sitting in the review process for a while, so I’m hoping it will be approved soon and released to Audible in the next week or so.  The narrator, Honey Wirth, did an absolutely fantastic job and she’s already started in on Valor’s Calling.

This has been a busy year so far, but I’ve managed two releases in three months.  Here’s looking at turning that into 3 releases in 4 months!

That’s all for now.  Thanks for reading!