Blog Tours and Book Giveaways

I'm going on a virtual book tour! If you're wondering what that is, think of it as a book tour wi...

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Audiophiles Rejoice!

Dragonfired released in ebook format last summer, heralding much rejoicing and many enthusiastic ...

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Dragonfired is Coming, and a KU Update

Dragonfired is Coming, and a KU Update

I think we can all agree that in today’s lightning-fast, interconnected world, one site stands ap...

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On Goals and Work

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In Defense of Orcs, Goblins, and More

Patrick Rothfuss famously said: The problem with a lot of people who read only literary fiction ...

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A Diet of Ice and Fire

When the cyclical rhythm of my weight swings from "overweight" back up to "planetoid," I usually...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Love

Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Love

This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth an...

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Arth Lore: Nove’s Principles of Universal Irony

Since the launch of Son of a Liche last year, the one item that keeps coming up in questions and ...

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Arth's Pantheon: The Minor Gods

Arth's Pantheon: The Minor Gods

This is part of a series examining the gods and powers that shape life on Arth. If you're new to ...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Fire

Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Fire

This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth an...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Water

Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Water

This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth an...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Light

Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Light

This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth an...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Trade

Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Trade

This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth an...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Air

Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Air

This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth an...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Night

Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Night

This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth an...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Earth

Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Earth

This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth an...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of War

Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of War

This is part of a series examining the gods and powers that shape life on Arth. If you’re new to ...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Beasts

Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Beasts

This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth an...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Dominion

Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Dominion

This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth an...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Hearth

Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Hearth

This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth an...

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Arth’s Pantheon: Mordo Ogg

Arth’s Pantheon: Mordo Ogg

This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth an...

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Arth’s Pantheon: The Creation of Arth

Arth’s Pantheon: The Creation of Arth

This is part of a series examining the gods and powers that shape life on Arth. If you’re new to ...

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Arth’s Pantheon: An Overview

Arth’s Pantheon: An Overview

  One of the most frequent requests for Arth lore that I get is for more detail on the deities th...

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Gnow Your Gnomes: Dwerrow

Gnow Your Gnomes: Dwerrow

The Gnomes of Clan Erdin, or Hill Gnomes, are often mistaken for Dwarves. They’re just a head sho...

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Understanding Arth's Dates

Have you ever been reading The Dark Profit Saga and wondered what all of those funny dates mean? ...

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Gnow Your Gnomes: Halflings

It’s hard to define the Gnomes of Arth; they’re said to take as many shapes and sizes as the clou...

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Gnow Your Gnomes: Scribkin

It’s hard to define the Gnomes of Arth; they're said to take as many shapes and sizes as the clou...

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The Heroes' Guild

One of the things readers enjoy most about The Dark Profit Saga is the extensive worldbuilding be...

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My Name is Ariele and I Write Books: 10 Fun Facts About the Sagittan Chronicles

Hello, J. Zachary Pike’s fans. It’s lovely to meet you! I am a writer and my genre is scifi. I’m ...

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An Appreciation for Mike Shel’s Iconoclasts Trilogy

An Appreciation for Mike Shel’s Iconoclasts Trilogy

I have had the privilege of spending time in Mike Shel’s company. We spent a couple of days gamin...

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Review: Mid-Lich Crisis

Review: Mid-Lich Crisis

Anybody who writes books with liches in them—and I feel I am qualified to make this statement— kn...

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Review: Bloody Rose

Review: Bloody Rose

Did you love Kings of the Wyld? You need to read Bloody Rose. Was Kings of the Wyld not necessari...

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Review: Kings of the Wyld

What's the difference between a band of heroes and a band of musical superstars? Not much in King...

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Review: Here Be Dragons

Review: Here Be Dragons

I picked up Here Be Dragons for a few reasons: it’s a fellow SPFBO04 contestant; author David P. ...

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Conquering Mount TBR

If you like books, chances are you are familiar with the daunting slopes of Mount TBR (pronounced...

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Review: The Fisherman

Review: The Fisherman

Every fall, I get an urge to read a good horror story. Preferably nothing gory, but rife with hor...

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Review: That Which Should Not Be

Review: That Which Should Not Be

It’s no secret that I’m a Mythos Fan. Which, it may surprise you to learn, is a very different t...

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Review: The Elements of Sorcery

Chirstopher Kellen’s fantasy novels are set in a dark world with a lot of corrupted magic and pre...

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My (Typically) Late Review of Wonder Woman

I’m beginning to develop a trend of reviewing things so late that everyone already has a firm opi...

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I Live Tweeted the World of Warcraft Movie

I went to the World of Warcraft movie with my old guildmates today, and the fact that I planned t...

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Lightning Reviews: Farmers and Foul-mouthed Killers

There is a paradox in being an adult geek. On the one hand, the modern nerd is perpetually compla...

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Orconomics & Orconomics: More is More

For a little while now people have been pinging me to say “Did you see the Orconomics board game?...

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The Best Golden Cards to Craft in Hearthstone

So if you're a Hearthstone fan with some extra dust lying around, you may be wondering what to cr...

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Review: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Review: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I’m not the best video game reviewer out there. For one, I’m pretty bad at video games compared ...

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My First Month with Habitica

I'm a gamer at heart. I inevitably gravitate towards RPGs, board games, MMOs, and their ilk. Unfo...

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Underworld Ascendant

I have a few bad habits, and one of them is buying things that don’t exist or work yet. That take...

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Review: Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut

I backed the Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter a couple of years ago, and I confess that I was a disa...

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A February to remember. Or better yet, to forget.

Let me be upfront: I am biased. I hate February. February is the month when snow loses its charm,...

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Business Behaving Badly: Volkswagen

In Business Behaving Badly I call out real world examples of businesses acting like fantasy villa...

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Business Behaving Badly: Coke

One of the key themes in Orconomics: a Satire is that when business fails to adhere to ethical st...

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Losing It! at NHFF

I'm happy to Announce that Losing It! is an official selection of the New Hampshire Film Festival...

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Rollin’ Toward the Finish Line

So way back in November, I wrote an email saying that I’d pushed my date for launching Son of a L...

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A Note on Book Progress

Let’s talk about progress. The one question I get asked more than any other is “when will Son of ...

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Still Writin'...

It's been about four months since my last post, which legally qualifies as Blog Abuse. Before I'm...

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5 Tips for Creating a Fantasy Language

If you're writing fantasy or science-fiction, it's quite possible that one or more unique languag...

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Orctoberfest 2015

October is my favorite month for a number of reasons: I was born during it, it's the time of year...

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One Reason Why Amazon's Reviews are Higher than Goodreads'

It's widely accepted in the indie publishing world (and beyond) that reviewers on the social read...

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Interrogated by The Library Police

The Library Police is a fantastic podcast, and if you're a reader I highly encourage you to start...

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Paperbacks and Contests

Good news, everyone! Orconomics: A Satire is now available in paperback. You can pick it up on Am...

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10 Reasons You Should Outline Your Novel

I've met a lot of authors with incredible passion for writing, but I've talked to relatively few ...

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Orctoberfest!

I'm happy to announce that my first full-length novel Orconomics: A Satire is now available. You...

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10 Ways to Support Authors You Love

10 Ways to Support Authors You Love

I was on r/fantasy this morning when I came across a question I get asked a lot: “what’s the best...

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An Auspicious Orctober

Five years ago today, I hit the “Publish” button on my first novel, shook my head, swore at mysel...

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SPFBO 2018 Highlights: A Selection of Worthy Competitors

This week, the finalists of 2018’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off are taking a moment to highlig...

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SPFBO 2018: An Open Letter from the Finalists

SPFBO 2018: An Open Letter from the Finalists

An open letter to fantasy fans everywhere We are the finalists of the 2018 Self Published Fantasy...

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The Fall of Optimism

The Fall of Optimism

Every summer, I make the same mistake. I start to get really optimistic. I don’t mean in general;...

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SPFBO4

Let’s talk about the Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog Off. For the fourth time in as many years, Fant...

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Post Re-Mortum: A Look Back at the Son of a Liche Launch

Last month I launched the second book of The Dark Profit Saga, and I’m really excited about the ...

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Send Better Emails with MailChimp Interest Groups

Send Better Emails with MailChimp Interest Groups

If you’re an independent author, you fall into one of two categories: You have a mailing list yo...

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My Experience with ACX, Part 2

In our last exciting episode, I detailed my first, not-so-successful foray into ACX, the audioboo...

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My Experience with ACX, Part 1

In case you missed me screaming it into the black void of internet despair that is Twitter, Orcon...

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5 Tips for Part-Time Authors

5 Tips for Part-Time Authors

Let's be frank: at this point, I haven't been had enough success to tell anyone else how to be a ...

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My 2017 Author Wish List for Goodreads

My 2017 Author Wish List for Goodreads

I think Goodreads is, by any measure, a boon to independent authors. The reading network makes it...

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Leading Ladies and Personal Growth

Leading Ladies and Personal Growth

Please note: The Leading Ladies Fantasy Bundle is no longer available. But hey! You can still che...

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Use An HTML Compiler to Publish Ebooks Faster

HTML, Word documents, and most other ways that indie authors have to format their ebooks all have...

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Are blog tours worth it?

Are blog tours worth it?

If you looked at this space in April, you likely noticed that I ran a blog tour. That's like a bo...

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My Daily Writing Routine

Otto von Bismark famously said, "laws are like sausages, it's better not to see them being made."...

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How I’m Outlining Dragonfired

I put a lot of work into maintaining my little website. I spruce things up here and there. I twe...

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How To Outline Your Novel In Scrivener

A while back (okay, a long while back), I wrote about the value of outlining your novel. It's a g...

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What Now?

As 2023 draws to a close, it’s a good time to sit back, reflect on the year we just had, feel gra...

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Happy Mordo Ogg’s Day!

I have good news and bad news, readers. The bad news first: that blur that just buzzed past your ...

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Orctober 2019 Contest: An Artful Raffle

This month is the most Orcish on the calendar- Orctober! And what’s more, this particular Orctobe...

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A special Orctober “thank you” to my patrons

A special Orctober “thank you” to my patrons

A while back I set up a Patreon page to connect with people willing to help support my writing ca...

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Granitecon 2019

Granitecon 2019

Interested in meeting me in person? I’ll be at the 2019 Granite State Comic Convention in Manches...

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Orconomics Shirts Now Available

Have you ever thought to yourself, "gosh, is there a way to express to passersby how much I love ...

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Orconomics Wins SPFBO 4

Orconomics Wins SPFBO 4

The die is cast. The battle is over. The 4th Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off has ended. And even ...

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SPFBO Update: Orconomics is a Finalist

SPFBO Update: Orconomics is a Finalist

Orconomics is a finalist in the 2018 Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off. You can read the full annou...

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New Book: A Song of Three Spirits

New Book: A Song of Three Spirits

Happy Mordo Ogg’s Day! The biggest holiday of the year is upon us! I am, of course, referring to...

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News Roundup: June 2018

A lot’s been going on lately, and I wanted to take a little time to round up what I’ve been worki...

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Son of a Liche is Live

Son of a Liche is now live in all formats! You can grab it in ebook, print, and audio formats all...

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Pre-order Son of a Liche and Get Free Loot

The wait is almost over! Son of a Liche is now available for pre-order, and will be launching on...

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Son of a Liche Cover Revealed

I revealed the cover for Son of a Liche on Facebook Live yesterday. If you dig the video, please...

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Son of a Liche: A Progress Update

Douglas Adams once said, “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ...

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Orconomics is Now An Audiobook

Orconomics is Now An Audiobook

Have you ever thought to yourself "I wish I could listen to fine financial fantasy when driving t...

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The Leading Ladies Fantasy Bundle

The Leading Ladies Fantasy Bundle

Please note: The Leading Ladies Fantasy Bundle is no longer available. But hey! You can still che...

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Orconomics Wins at 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards

The National Indie Excellence Awards recently announced the winners of the 10th Annual Awards, an...

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Blog Tour Update #2: What Time Is It?

I am shocked to report that April is winding down already, and taking my blog tour with it. This ...

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Blog Tour Update 1: First Stretch Down

The first stretch of my blog tour is behind us, and it's been a lot of fun so far. If you've miss...

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Blog Tours and Book Giveaways

I'm going on a virtual book tour! If you're wondering what that is, think of it as a book tour wi...

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