Halloween Children’s Book

Page 1With Spooky Season upon us, let me point you to the illustrated Halloween Children’s Book my son and I wrote, A Not So Scary Halloween Night (and maybe possibly seriously the best one ever).  The artwork is all full-color and quite stunning (by artist Cordelia Wolf) and the story is a charming tale your kids will love.

Have a look, if you’re so inclined.  It is available only as an ebook.… Read the rest

A Brief Response to that piece at Allen West’s Website

LordsoftheSithOver at the website of former Congressperson Allen West, guest author Earl Hall has determined that the inclusion of gay characters in recent Star Wars novels (my own Lords of the Sith, and Chuck Wendig’s just released Aftermath) demonstrate how far America has fallen. You can read the article here (and, hey, have a great time with those comments).

Now, I don’t think there’s anything of merit in the piece that needs addressed. … Read the rest

A Dialog in Fandom (or, the Internet All day, Every day)

napoleonNerd:  “We need more diversity in the arts.”

Fanboi:  “Agreed. More and varied voices are great. Makes for a richer tableau, greater empathy, a deeper understanding of the human experience.”

Nerd:  “I’m glad you agree, because Nerds face the kind of challenges Fanbois never will.”

Fanboi: “All other things being equal, Nerds do have it harder.”

Nerd:  *smugface*

Fanboi: “But other things are never really equal though, are they? Lots of Fanbois have … Read the rest

Egil and Nix Coming Atcha (again)

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A reminder that the re-releases of the first two Tales of Egil and Nix, THE HAMMER AND THE BLADE, and A DISCOURSE IN STEEL, will be released on September 1st.  I hope you’ll grab them up.  DISCOURSE will have an excerpt from the third tale of the boys from Dur Follin, A CONVERSATION IN BLOOD, so there’s that.  If you’d like a signed copy of the new books, just email meRead the rest

First Look at the New Cover Art for The Tales of Egil and Nix

As you may know, Del Rey will be re-releasing THE HAMMER AND THE BLADE and A DISCOURSE IN STEEL on September 1st.  The third Tale of Egil and Nix, A CONVERSATION IN BLOOD, will release next year.  In case you don’t already know, the Tales of Egil and Nix have a bit of a classic sword and sorcery vibe, essentially my attempt to mix the feel of Leiber with the pacing of Raiders of the … Read the rest

Lords of the Sith

final_vader_sidious_cover_fltThe reception among readers for Lords of the Sith has been incredible. The book hit the New York Time Bestseller list, several other bestseller lists, has received countless excellent reviews and is now, a mere two weeks after its release, going to a third printing.

I want to thank all of you for your support and enthusiasm.  I very much appreciate it.  :-)


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Signed copies of Lords of the Sith

LordsoftheSithIf you’d like a signed copy of Lords of the Sith, here’s all you need to do:

If you live in the United States, Paypal me $32 dollars for each copy you want.  My Paypal account is paulsvantekemp@yahoo.com.  Be sure to include the pertinent details in the email (your name, address, and any dedication you’d like).

If you live outside the United States, please email me first (same email as above) and tell me … Read the rest

Del Rey acquires rights to re-issue THE HAMMER AND THE BLADE and A DISCOURSE IN STEEL

TheHammer&theBlade(corrected)As many of you know, last year I announced that Del Rey would be publishing the third and fourth Tales of Egil and Nix (A Conversation in Blood and the yet to be titled fourth installment).  The first two Egil and Nix stories, The Hammer and the Blade and A Discourse in Steel, were originally published by the excellent folks at independent publisher, Angry Robot Books.  Hammer and Discourse resonated with readers, sold … Read the rest