Supernaturalis Mortem Launch Party

Ok, so now that we’re only 10 days away from the release of Supernaturalis Mortem, I wanted to announce that I’m throwing a launch party for it on Wednesday, June 28! The party is from 6-8pm at The Rockcliffe in Moore Falls, and everyone and anyone is welcome to come! I’ll be doing a dramatic reading of the first chapter, answering any and all questions related to my writing, signing and selling copies of the book (stock dependent*), as well as providing your first drink (beer and wine only). Snacks/appetizers will also be provided, but any food outside of that will be at your expense. Please RSVP with either myself or The Rockcliffe directly so that our numbers can be accurate and enough food prepared.

*If you’re looking to ensure that you have a copy of the book to ask certain questions, or just can’t wait to read it, you can pre-order a copy from Amazon here:

Supernaturalis Mortem Release Date and News

Well, it’s June 1st, 2023; which means I’m officially 30 years old! Hurray! (I think). On the one hand, life is going great. The Kanta Chronicles just celebrated its 6th year anniversary (good Lord, it’s been 6 years already!) and Supernaturalis Mortem is set to be published later this month on the 23rd. And I’m quite hyped about that. I’m even hosting a book launch party at my work the following Wednesday (the 28th). More details to follow on that as they’re finalized.

On the other hand, I’m 30 now and feel like I have very little to show for it, outside of these two books. Which, don’t get me wrong, are impressive and I’m extremely proud of myself for being able to have essentially published one book before I was 25, and another by the time I was 30. And considering how expensive this has all been, the fact that I’m not broke and back living with my parents is another accomplishment in and of itself. But as I was telling my therapist just yesterday, I always wanted to have more to my name than just a couple of books (again, still huge accomplishments in their own right, just not the type of success that I thought I’d have growing up to this point). But that’s more of a Nick problem, than a problem with the rest of the world.

Anyways, with the release of the new book just over 3 weeks away, I’ve finally taken it off of FictionPress, so that the book is the only place that the story will exist. I’ll be posting details about the launch party and where you can buy the book (apart from me) when I get them. And while I love having everyone buy directly from me so that I can sign your copy, I’m also really, really wanting my publishers to see how popular I am. So, with that in mind, please really consider buying the book from places like Amazon, Chapters, Barnes & Noble etc. so that they see that I’m popular and will consider publishing future works with me (I’ve already sent them L&L, and they’re waiting to see how this one performs before properly offering me another contract). I’m still happy to sign your copies, no matter what. Despite this wish though, I will be selling the book at the launch party, as well as at FanExpo 2023 in Toronto (details on that also coming when I get them). For those out of the know, FanExpo is essentially ComicCon, so trying to sell both books there makes perfect sense (at least to me).

Thanks for all your support over the years and hope you’re as excited for this month as I am!

Supernatualis Mortem Book Update

So, since it’s been a while since I gave any updates about anything, I thought I’d share some exciting news. Yesterday, I got the cover design for my upcoming 2nd novel Supernatualis Mortem and I must say that I’m quite pleased with it. So I’ve told the publisher to go ahead and finalize it as the cover.

But that’s not even the most exciting part.

The most exciting part is the fact that I turn 30 at the start of June and if everything goes right, by that time I’ll have 2 books published! That’s right, according to my production coordinator at the publisher, Supernatualis Mortem could be ready within a month or two! So if you hear a high-pitched girly manly squeal of delight in the time between now and June, you’ll know that it’s time to get your copy of future New York Times bestseller, one of the summer’s must reads, and future basis for the upcoming cult classic horror flick: Supernatualis Mortem!

Sneak Peak at Visagar Chronicles Ch. 7

Since I know that it’s been a while since I posted anything, I thought I’d give everyone a tease from the next chapter in The Visagar Chronicles. Let me know what you think. For full context on these relationships, be sure to check out the full story on here.

Sitting beside them, leaning on the large wolf’s stomach, Jazabel gently rubbed his flank. “My sister-in-law was too. Cassiel actually proposed to her by tying our great grandmother’s ring around a kitten’s neck and unleashing it into her bedroom in the castle. When she was awoken by the little furball pouncing on her, she was too excited by the fact that a kitten had found itself in her room that she missed the ring around its neck until my brother came through the door and asked her about it twenty minutes later. Her best friend held it throughout their wedding, and it was so small and so cute. Our parents teased them constantly that the cat was their first child. Evie died when Lux turned ten. Put a bit of a downer on the festivities planned for the day. For her next birthday, Lux commissioned a statue of Evie for his mother, it still stands in the royal gardens to this day. It’s become a bit of a joke tradition for any royal to ask that the spirit of Evie bless their upcoming nuptials with the same happiness that my brother’s marriage had.”

Sheik smiled at the story. Swallowing the last bit of rabbit that was their dinner, Sheik said, “That’s actually really sweet. And now I wish that I had thought of that for when I proposed to Cascie.”

Sheik didn’t miss the very subtle way which Jazabel brought her hand up to lean on, which just also happened to wipe her cheek dry of the tear that had silently slid down her cheek. But her smile, and the brightness of her eyes, made Sheik forget about the sadness that she seemed to be feeling as she asked them, “How did you propose? I know that you promised Cascie that you’d marry her upon your return, but that doesn’t seem like a proposal, just a promise.”

A blushing smile came over them at the memory of how they’d come to be engaged to Cascie. It was a memory that they’d cherish forever, for it was one of the happiest moments of their life. But Sheik was lying if they said that it wasn’t a slightly embarrassing story. Seeing the nervous smile on their lips, Jazabel seemed to come to a different conclusion. “If it’s too personal, you don’t have to tell me. It’s not really any of my business…”

“No, it’s not like that,” Sheik said, half hiding their face in the wolf’s fur. “It’s just…really embarrassing. And she refuses to let me propose in a slightly more dignified way.”

Looking to her, Sheik was mortified to see the jubilant mirth in Jazabel’s eyes as she leaned in conspiratorially. “Oh, now I need to know. This is going to be very entertaining; I just know it!” she said with delighted smile seeming to take up her entire face.

“Uuuggggghhhhhh!” they sighed as they turned away from the Night Queen’s gleeful look of anticipation to hide deeper in Fenris’ fur.

“You can tell me yourself, or I can ask my niece when I finally meet her and have us both laughing at you,” she taunted with what Sheik couldn’t see but knew was a smile.

Pulling their face out of the wolf’s fur, Sheik stuck their tongue out at Jazabel before giving an overly dramatic and defeated sigh. “Fine,” they said with a huff. “I asked her in my sleep.” They hoped that this summation would give the Night Queen what she wanted, while saving them from going into greater detail.

But Sheik should have known better. Ladies of the Night were said to bring misfortune to anyone who spent too much time with them, and Sheik knew that this was just scratching the surface. They supposed that they should be grateful that their misery was only to be embarrassment; but in the moment, Sheik wished it was nearly anything else. “And just how did you manage to do that?” Jazabel asked with a smile full of mirthful intrigue and delight.

Perhaps the greater tragedy was having to be her friend, Sheik thought in a moment of spite. “I had her mother’s ring, hidden away so that she wouldn’t know about it. And for the past month I’d been trying to figure out what the best way to ask her was. I rehearsed and rewrote speeches in my head, and apparently my sleep. She woke up before me and was watching me sleep, when I started to mumble in my sleep. I can’t remember what I was dreaming I was saying and she couldn’t understand what I was saying until I just blurted ‘Cascie van Rahl, will you marry me?’ She woke me by kissing me awake as she just muttered ‘Yes, yes I will marry you, Sheik Visagar!’ between every kiss. I honestly thought I was dreaming, being woken up in such a fashion. But when she told me that it wasn’t a dream, and that I’d mumbled my entire proposal until the end, I got up to get the ring. And I fell out of bed in my haste to retrieve it.”

Jazabel had silently been laughing since the beginning of their story, but once Sheik had finished, they were horrified to hear her girlish giggles ring throughout the night air.

Visagar Chronicles New Chapter

To my faithful readers, I’m sorry that this chapter has been so long in coming. Its overall length (which is twice as long as any other chapter I’ve ever written and nearly half the word doc currently), combined with my work schedule and constant distracting myself have led to a delay in it’s completion. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue at the previously established pace of about a chapter a month, but I make no promises. Hope times are going well for everyone and that you enjoy! And if you’d like to help me achieve this pace, please feel free to donate to my Patreon (located at the side). I’m still also in the process of publishing Supernaturalis Mortem, and could always use a hand raising funds for that. Comment if you think I should try Kickstarter again or something like GoFundMe to help get that little bit to help with everything.

Publishing Update

I cannot express how excited I am that, after nearly 12 weeks of waiting, I finally got an answer about publishers wanting to publish my work. And I’m overjoyed to announce that they’ve offered me a deal to publish Supernaturalis Mortem! I still need to gather up $7500 to go forward with the publication, but this is it folks: my first big break! Hopefully, by this time next year, you’ll be able to see me on a dust jacket as you clamour to buy your own copy of my second novel! Have a look yourselves and see what they had to say.

Seriously, I’m so excited! I can’t stop smiling, and probably won’t until Sunday night! If anyone is curious, I’m still writing The Visagar Chronicles; I’m trying for a chapter a month release schedule (no set day on when I put up Ch.4, it’s just whenever I finish it). So if you check for a new chapter every 10 days or so, there should be a new one within every 3 checks (if I stay on schedule).

First 2 Chapters of The Visagar Chronicles Posted

Well would you look at me, I’ve posted two chapters to the newest story taking place in Bolfodier within the first two months of both announcing and and actually starting to write it. While this is a great step in the direction of progress on my end, lets not get ahead of ourselves and say my chronic procrastination is in remission/cured (because it never will be). But through sheer force of will, I’ve pushed myself to write more in my seemingly ever shrinking free time (anybody else working 6 days a week, only to be just scraping by?). If this bout of discipline keeps up, I hope to make it to the dragons by the start of summer (but we’ll see how well that goes as my track record with self imposed deadlines is shoddy at best, especially when I’m back in one of my favourite sandboxes). I think the next few chapters will focus around Sheik finding and recruiting those chosen by destiny before we head out to the main thrust of the plot. Within the next couple of weeks, I hope to have added some more stuff to my Patreon page, giving some profile info for the main (and maybe side?) characters, and just having some new content so that people maybe start actually giving to it. Also within the next few weeks (if not sooner) I’m hoping to have heard back from the publishers that I sent L&L and Supernatualis Mortem to, so keep your fingers crossed for that to be good news (I’ll definitely be giving an update here once I’ve heard back from them).

The Visagar Chronicles

Ok, so I was actually able to somewhat follow the schedule/deadline I’d set for myself back when I finished Supernaturalis Mortem back in May. And while I’m still hoping to get that and L&L published, I’m going to be starting to write the pseudo-sequel to The Kanta Chronicles, which I’ve decided to call The Visagar Chronicles. Set 2-5 centuries (I haven’t fully decided how much time I want to have had passed) after the end of TKC, this new story will focus on Sheik Visagar on their quest to return magic to Bolfodier. If you’d like a fuller plot breakdown, you can join my Patreon at the side/below where Patrons can now read a plot synopsis for this upcoming work. I’ll still be posting new chapters whenever I finish them to FictionPress, but some sneak peaks and additional info/lore will be posted there as it comes up, so be sure to check in every now and then. I’ll also be adding to the Pronunciation Guide for all the old stories, as well as this one, within the next few days. And hopefully, I’ll have the first chapter or so posted by the end of January/start of February. Can’t wait to see where this takes me, as I’ve got a lot of story beats bouncing around in my head.

Supernaturalis Mortem Finished And Future Plans

Well, I’ve finally finished Supernaturalis Mortem, and am now in the process of workshopping it and L&L to get them set for being (re)sent out for publication. I’ll let you all know how that goes as things develop, but I’ll probably be not posting any new writings for a while (goal is to start new stuff around the start of 2022, but we all know how good at deadlines I am). When I come back, I’ll be working on the sequel to The Kanta Chronicles (which is now available in audiobook format on Audible and iTunes, so take a listen and let me know what you think). If you’d like to speed up the process and get that sequel written faster, please donate to my Patreon so that I can start taking more time off work to write and not lose any money.

Holidays & Updates

First off, I’d like to apologize for not posting updates recently; but honestly, I should just put that as a blanket statement at the top of the site because I don’t post updates all that often. Secondly, an update about the status of the audiobook version of The Kanta Chronicles: it’s being recorded and should hopefully be complete by the end of January, to be released to the public by mid-February if all goes well. I can’t wait until everyone gets to hear it, the narrator does a great job of bringing everyone to life, and it’s a weird experience to hear your words brought to life in such a professional manner.

Lastly, I wanted to give you all a bit of a lore update about holidays in the world of Bolfodier. Since we are in the Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza/Solstice season (sorry if I missed your specific holiday, but let me know for next year/future updates), I thought it would be an appropriate time to let you all in on the secret that Bolfodier does have holidays that every country celebrates. These four days are known as the Element Days, and are the days in which Bolfodier honours the elements that make up all living things: earth, wind, water and fire. On the days after the solstices and equinoxes, each element is honoured, and large feasts are shared among communities as a whole. Water is honoured in the summer, Earth in autumn, Wind in spring and Fire in winter. Depending on the time of year, the feasts will feature different types of foods that are associated with the honoured element. While Lilith, Hados, Nina and Korena aren’t associated with any of these days (although, they probably should be, as there’s one god(dess) for each Element Day), a general sacrifice to them is made by way of an offering given to the honoured element of that day. In winter, a portion of food is burned in the communal fires; summer sees the drowning of the symbolic representation of a month’s fasting (similar to Lent, people give something up for a month and then throw a representation of said thing into a local water source); in spring people write a wish for the year on a piece of paper and go to the highest place in the area and throw the paper into the wind; and during the autumn they bury a sin/greatest shame from the past year (also written on a piece of paper).