Kingdom of Ash - coming in summer of 2013!The breaking of the world, the great rain of fire and stone, was nearly 900 years ago; those whom had survived struggled to find a footing in the ashes that were left. But with time, the world once again settled; a fledgling society has begun to grow, a faith has kindled and begun to spread, and tensions between landed men have begun to burn out of control. A power struggle that promises to shake the foundations of this new world grows imminent, and the only hand left to play is to decide which side to take, and then wait for the wall to breach.Into the Ashes - published November 3, 2012Quite long after the world we occupy, when man reaches the very heights of decadence and treachery, the first great breaking upends dominance and sends us into the ashes of failed greatness. Fire and stone ground down the vast masses into flickering tribes of roving survivors, the world unfriendly to those solemn few who so tirelessly remain. And yet, as always, humanity survives...The Void - published April 30, 2012A man is trapped in his own mind. Confined to a hospital bed for years, his family and friends believing him all but dead; somehow he can still hear. And he listens, he keeps breathing, keeps thinking, as those around him suddenly condemn him to death. With a life destined to end, he recounts his battlefield experience of death and violence, his own struggle with drug addiction and depression, and coming to terms with his own mortality, the importance of family and the meaning of life. And as he thinks, he lays, still as always, wondering when the final moment will arrive...Shattered Wings - published May 2, 2011John holds the American dream: A man he loves, a beautiful little girl, a suburban home and a well-paying job... And then a sudden layoff brings about unexpected financial and emotional strain. As he struggles to find new work, a growing sense of despair triggers a relapse into alcoholism and causes him to face his demons of addiction, discrimination, and regret as he tries desperately to recover before it's too late...A Line Blurred - published Aug 6, 2010Kevin is a depressed executive living a predictable life. When he unexpectedly deviates from his paralyzing routine to be with another woman, he finds himself risking everything for redemption. Kylie, his frustrated and defeated wife, finds solace in a flirtatious encounter with a younger man that sparks a dangerous relationship. Both unable to pull themselves from their newfound happiness, they rationalize their actions to satisfy their guilt, coming ever closer to an emotionally shattering end for both themselves and their children, who are unwillingly swept into their downward spiral.Bryan's Brain - published December 5, 2011Explore my crazy brain, discovering my attempts to go back in time, clone dinosaurs, start private militaries, purchase mountains, fly to Mars, make movies, sell videogames, and play professional baseball. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and mostly you won't care about any of it, but read it anyway because you'll hurt my feelings if you don't.A Minor Reflection - published December 1, 2011An academic interlude of essays within which I consider the method and meaning of love, our individual presence in history and the influence it has on who we are, and the ongoing struggle between scientific inquiry and the rightful adoration at the beauty of the natural world.
Alestha - published April 27, 2012Before coming north, Brandin of Lotin, a farmhand under the authority of the master Farrin, fought for his independence in the southlands. Battling against the tyrannical rule of Bradick of Thukra, leader of the central city of Alestha and the hopeful King of the region, Brandin risks everything for a chance at true freedom. This is the first of three short stories from the world of the forthcoming series "Kingdom of Ash," to be released in autumn of 2012.Devotion - published May 12, 2012!Richard of Tenneth, after witnessing his father murdered over mounting debt, flees to the city of Loridium to be taken in by the Holy Order. Protected and educated, the lecter grooms young Richard to lead the faithful, to sit atop the Order and follow the bidding of the Almighty without question, without mercy, and with absolute devotion. This is the second of three short stories from the world of the forthcoming series "Kingdom of Ash," to be released in autumn of 2012.The City - coming in July of 2012!Out of the ashes of the First Breaking arose the holy city of Deneth, a beacon of faithfulness that called unto it the wise and progressive. But beneath the veneer of magnificence lay a wicked world that governs from below, the city lead by the meak. Yet as unlikely as the city itself, a woman from the woodlands will be the salvation... This is the third of three short stories from the world of the forthcoming series "Kingdom of Ash," to be released in autumn of 2012.