Be Like Lorenzo

In times past, artists and writers had patrons.  Men (and women) of wealth and position paid good ducats to have creative souls be part of their entourages — patrons like the illustrious Lorenzo de’Medici, who bankrolled Michaelangelo and Botticelli, or Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southhampton, who kept William Shakespeare in the chinks.

These days, writers and artists turn to platforms like Patreon to fulfill much the same purpose.  To that end, I’ve started my own Patreon page.

In exchange for your hard-earned patronage, I offer fiction (and the occasional bit of non-fiction): from new short stories to chapters of my ongoing novels, to essays on craft and history, to glimpses of my screenplay works. And when there’s news, you will hear about it first.

Live large, my friends!  Be like a de’Medici, like an Elizabethan earl, and count a writer as part of your entourage!

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Cover Reveal: TWILIGHT OF THE GODS

James Iacobelli, the brilliant graphic designer and artist behind the cover for A Gathering of Ravens, has struck again.  Though no longer part of the art department at Macmillan, parent company of my publishers, St. Martin’s Press, Iacobelli was engaged to illustrate the cover for the second Grimnir book, Twilight of the Gods (coming the 26th of March, 2019). Grimnir’s tale, as I envision it, spans three books: 2017’s A Gathering of Ravens; the forthcoming Twilight of the Gods, and a third volume tentatively called The Doom of Odin. Iacobelli’s sparse, atmospheric art captures perfectly the grim “Northern Thing” at the heart of the books. As an author, I could not be happier with them.

About the Book:

In A Gathering of Ravens, he fought for vengeance. Now, Grimnir is back and fighting for his very survival . . .

It is the year of Our Lord, 1218 and in the snowy heart of Sweden, in the land of the Raven-Geats, the Old Ways reach deep – as deep as the roots of ancient Yggðrasil. And while the Geats pay a tax to the King in the name of the White Christ, their hearts and souls belong to the gods of Ásgarðr.

But, no man can serve two masters.

Pledging to burn this Norse heresy from the land, famed crusader Konráðr the White leads a host against the Raven-Geats, using torch and sword to bring forth the light of the new religion. But the land of the Raven-Geats has an ancient protector: Grimnir, the last in a long line of monsters left to plague Miðgarðr. And he becomes the only thing left that stands between the Raven-Geats and their destruction at the hands of the hymn-singing hordes of the Nailed God.

Aided by an army of berserkers led by their pale queen, Grimnir sparks off an epic struggle – not only against the crusaders, but against the very Gods as the grim and bloody gaze of Odin is drawn to the conflict. For there is something buried beneath the land of the Raven-Geats that the Lord of the Æsir wants, something best left undisturbed. Something the blood of the slain, Christian and pagan, will surely awaken . . .

The Cover:

Twilight of the Gods cover

Pre-order information coming soon!

New Look

Photo by Kathy Buckalew

photo by Kathy Buckelew

I’ve gone off the rails and changed the blog, again.  I’ve archived all my old material on a spare site (some will find its way back, as resurrected posts).  My plan is to go forward with a new aesthetic but with the same purpose: to showcase books I’ve read, books I’ve written, history, fantasy, and the weird intersections between the two — and to hopefully be more diligent about it.

So, welcome back!