Ramses’ Thunder Available for Pre-Order

Ramses' Thunder CoverThe release date is set! Ramses’ Thunder will come out on September 25th.

You can pre-order it from Amazon nowAs with all my books, I plan to make it available in as many online bookstores as possible. I’ll post the full list of retail links as the release date draws closer.

Ramses’ Thunder is the first of many Northland Adventures — stories closely related to The Northland Chronicles that fall outside the main crux of the story. Ramses’ Thunder takes place between TNC1 and TNC2; other Northland Adventures will tell stories that happen before (and perhaps after) the primary events of The Northland Chronicles.

Here’s a full description:

Ramses is on the run in a brand new Northland Adventure!

Fresh off his hair-raising encounter with John Osborne, Ramses Brushnell is rushing through the Minnesota wilderness toward Restoration Army HQ to deliver his report to the General. With only his feet to carry him, progress is painstakingly slow, until one day Ramses stumbles upon an isolated farmhouse belonging to a mysterious hermit known as Gerard.

Why has Gerard spurned his fellow man? And will Ramses find a faster way back to Restoration Army HQ? The answers may surprise you …

The story itself is about 15 pages. The e-book also includes a sample of A Stranger North. The final product comes to just over 30 digital pages.

In related news, I’m still hard at work on other TNC projects. As always, you can check the sidebar to see how things are progressing.

Thunder will be rumbling in soon. Be prepared!

Ramses’ Thunder is Ready to Strike


Today I’m happy to unveil Ramses’ Thunder, a short story set in the Northland Chronicles universe. In this ~6,000 word tale, which takes place between A Stranger North and Spear Hunter, you’ll pay witness to a tension-fraught encounter between the brash young Ramses and a reclusive man named Gerard, whom Ramses meets while hurrying back to Restoration Army HQ.

I originally conceived Ramses’ Thunder while putting the finishing touches on Spear Hunter, when I realized that I hadn’t explicitly explained how Ramses treks from northern Minnesota to Restoration Army HQ. I seized the opportunity to fill in this gap, and before long I had finished writing Ramses’ Thunder.

I think Ramses’ Thunder is a fun little short, and I’ve heard from my editor that it’s perhaps my best and most nuanced work yet. As an added bonus for Northland Chronicles fans, the story also reveals in which city the General has established Restoration Army HQ. Without spoiling too much, let’s just say that you’ll be seeing a lot of this particular city in The Northland Chronicles 3.

You can expect Ramses’ Thunder to hit digital bookstores in late September. Once I’ve given the story a final coat of polish and decided how to handle the cover art, I’ll be able to give you a firm release date.

In any case, all details about the release will be available here and through my mailing list. Stay tuned!

Photo Credit: Throwa_uk

Places I Write: A-Bao


Since recently switching to writing my first drafts on paper instead of keying them into my computer, I’ve been able to branch out and write at a wider variety of locations. As the title of this post suggests, one of these places is A-bao.

A-bao is an open air breakfast and sandwich shop I hit up a few times a week. The pleasant atmosphere and natural lighting make it a great place to write for an hour or two early in the morning. A-bao also has delicious, reasonable priced food and top-notch tea lattes brewed from Taiwanese tea leaves.


My regular order consists of three things:

  • danbing (蛋餅), a kind of Taiwanese omelet
  • a piece of toast with butter
  • and coffee or tea, depending on my mood


Some people consider danbing to be a kind of crepe or pancake, but because the outer layer is pretty thin I think of it as a Taiwanese omelet. Although many Taiwanese people like to eat danbing together with a popular kind of thick and sweet soy sauce, personally I prefer to top mine with spicy pepper sauce. Regardless of which flavor you choose, a danbing roll is a delicious way to start your day!

Toast with butter

Toast in Taiwan is usually served only lightly browned, and I have yet to see the nearly-burnt toast that’s occasionally found in breakfast diners back home. Also, in a special Taiwanese twist, oftentimes breakfast shops will take two slices of toast and put something in the middle, resulting in a kind of toast sandwich. This particular morning, however, I decided to keep it simple and have a thick slice of toast topped with butter.

After I finish my breakfast and get tired of trying to interpret one of the complimentary newspapers, I pull out my notebook and get to work. Usually I’ll get a few pages written before either walking back home or moving on to another spot to continue writing.

In the photo below, you can see me working on Aristotle’s Poetics (working title), a prequel to the Northland Chronicles. I’ve found I’m not very good at predicting when my books will be released, so all I’ll say about Aristotle’s Poetics is that it will probably be about as long as Spear Hunter, and that it’s coming along quite nicely.

Aristotle's Poetics

Anyhow, that’s A-Bao! I’ll be back soon to show you more of my writing haunts here in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In the meantime, I encourage you to show me where you write, either on your blog or on Twitter with the #PlacesIWrite hashtag.

P.S. Before the week is up, I plan to make an announcement about Ramses’ Thunder, a short story set between the first and second books in the Northland Chronicles. Look for the first official news about it to appear soon!

Places I Write: Sunny Day

Sunny Day 1

Where do writers write?

Some writers sit at the computer in their pajamas, pounding away at the keys. Others take a notebook to the park and scribble down their thoughts while watching passersby. Still others enjoy writing at the beach with a piña colada at their side. Each writer has their own spot (or spots), meaning there are as many unique places to write as there are writers in the world.

With this in mind, I’d like to show you a few of the places where I write. Location, ambiance, background music, and the availability of caffeine (Must … have … coffee!) are all important considerations when I’m looking for the ideal place to put pen to paper.

SunnyDay3Today’s location is a local coffee shop called Sunny Day. It’s only a block away from my apartment here in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, so I come here often. The coffee is also very affordable: 40NTD for a black coffee, and 60NTD for a latte (about 1.30USD and 2.00USD, respectively). The latte art, as seen in the photo above, is also much a nice touch.

I wrote most of Spear Hunter at Sunny Day, and aside from my apartment it is still my most frequented writing haunt. That said, I write at a number of different locations, all of which you will see in the days and weeks to come. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.

Where do you write? Share on your blog or Twitter with the tag #PlacesIWrite.

The Northland Chronicles 2 On Sale Now

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Spear Hunter (The Northland Chronicles Book 2) is now on sale. You can buy your copy from Amazon, or visit the book’s page on Simply Unbound to read a synopsis and see the full list of places to buy it.

In other news, you’ll see I’ve added a number of in-progress projects to the sidebar. I’ll create blog pages detailing what each one is about shortly.

I’ll also try to post some Taiwan-related and/or life-related updates soon, though I can’t promise anything.

That’s all for now. Enjoy the new book!

The SPEAR Hunt Begins July 30th

tnc2First, I sent out a newsletter. Then, I made an announcement on the Simply Unbound Facebook page. Now, I share the news here.

The next installment of The Northland Chronicles, Spear Hunter, is coming out on July 30th.

It’s already available for pre-order from many vendors, including iBooks and Google Play. You can see the full list here. Even if you’d rather not pre-order, it would still be a welcome sight on your Goodreads to-read list.

I’m really looking forward to sharing this story with you. If you liked A Stranger North, I’m certain you will find a lot to like in Spear Hunter. Get it next Wednesday!

Rising From The Ashes


For those who were wondering … no, I’m not dead.

More on what I’ve been up to later. Today, we have more pressing matters to discuss. Notably, that The Northland Chronicles 2 is done.

Writing and editing are 100% complete. I will unveil the final title and the cover art soon. Before the month is out, TNC2 will be in your hands.

Mailing list members will receive the release details first. If you’re not a member, join today.

You’ll be hearing from me again soon.

Image: tuffen