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2021 Issue #12


A Free Man, Another Anthology, & More!

May was a big month for me, probably the biggest--in a certain light--since the release of EMPIRE OF SILENCE. Last Friday was my last day working as an in-house editor for Baen Books, and today is the first day of what I hope will be the rest of my professional life as a full-time writer! It's been a long and very rewarding 6 years working for Baen and for Toni Weisskopf, but times change and so must we all! I'm grateful to each and every one of you. It wouldn't have been possible to make this leap without your support of me and of my books, and I'm hoping that this means I'll be able to get more and more stuff out there for you all to enjoy!

Quick announcement: I'll be at Raleigh GalaxyCon the weekend of July 30th, selling and signing books on the event floor, so if you live near the city, come on out! We'll have a whole team of writers at the booth, including Dan Wells and my good friend D.J. Butler. Hope to see you.

And lastly (before I get to the monthly update), I wanted to show you all the cover for what will be my penultimate Baen Books anthology, TIME TROOPERS. It isn't out until April 2022, but it's a collection of military time travel stories, most of them from the 50s and 60s (and a couple even earlier than that)! Not sure if there'll be a Sun Eater story in this or not (it will depend on time), but Kieran Yanner did the cover for this one, too, and it's too damn cool not to share! Check it out!


I'm in the midst of work on QUEEN AMID ASHES, my Hadrian POV novella for the SWORD & PLANET anthology. I should finish Chapter 4 of 9 today, and with my being able to dedicate more time to writing on a daily basis, I'm hoping to knock things out pretty quickly relative to what I've been doing these past several months. In any case, the entire SWORD & PLANET book is due by the end of this month, so I better move on it.

I've also been re-reading KINGDOMS OF DEATH, collecting terms for the glossaries and character guide, and I'm expecting to be through said reread just in time to get editorial feedback from my publisher! Should be an exciting couple of months. Once KOD is done, it'll be time to start outlining BOOK FIVE!

Spotlight On

My Short Story Collection


I released my first ebook-only short story collection last month (print edition to come when I have the rights to ALL my stories). If you haven't checked it out, TALES OF THE SUN EATER, VOL. 1 is available now on Amazon. If you need a Sun Eater fix, it has 7 stories (3 with Hadrian, 4 without), and is the biggest release by word count of AD 2021. 
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Sun Eater Patreon Preview


Don't want to wait 'til next March to read the next chapter in Hadrian's story? You don't have to. Among the many things I'm offering on Patreon, you are able to get a look at some unpublished drafts of stories and chapters from books, including the first two chapters of KINGDOMS OF DEATH, which are available right here, right now!
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Photo Update

If you didn't know, I do monthly update videos on my YouTube channel. Here is this month's! If you haven't subscribed to the YouTube channel, please do. We only need about 85 more subscribers to hit 1000 and unlock a special KINGDOMS OF DEATH preview livestream.

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