The Shadows: Fire’s Hope is out now!

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The Shadows have three abilities: one unique power, the ability to enter a distant Realm and communicate through it, and one inert understanding of a human trait.

A little overzealous during an MMO raid, Mark’s hands suddenly burst into flames revealing he’s a Shadow. They’re dangerous, powerful, and contained in a hidden facility covered by a shield known as the ASH. Mark can’t possibly be a Shadow, but he’s still thrown into the ASH like just another monster.

Afraid the fire will consume him, he clashes with the icy Shadow, Silverstonarellena, certain he’ll live out the rest of his days imprisoned and paranoid of angering his roommate. Still, he holds onto hope that he’ll be able to escape and return home, but it might be more complicated when he finds out he has the power of an Orchestrator named Shadow Hope, allowing him to pass through the shield and free all the Shadows.

Even if he is some powerful Shadow, why didn’t he know? Why wasn’t he taken to the ASH at birth like the rest of the Shadows? And why won’t anyone give him straight answers? He fights to trust the Shadows. Even though he wants to help them, he fears there’s an even bigger mystery unraveling when he uncovers the suspicious death of a Shadow who had attempted to escape and may have been his doppelganger.


The Shadows: Laevatein’s Choice comes out September 1, 2019!

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As much as Mark wants something grand, a conventional adventure just isn’t coming. He has powers! Maybe he was expecting something a little more exciting, like a superhero’s job, fighting crime in New York City, or some quest. But at the end of the day—all day, every day—he’s just a fifteen-year-old kid who can’t do jack, even with his powers. 

Stuck between two worlds—one of Shadows, bewitched objects, and running off to find trouble, and the other of his parents’ possible separation—Mark is desperate to find a distraction. Until he meets Geoffrey James, a weapons enthusiast and physical trainer who agrees to teach Mark swordplay. However, blindsided by his addiction to adrenaline, Mark might not be able to help or protect his family from real danger. 

Across the state, Mark’s cousin Emilie also feels trapped by the need to take care of her chronically depressed mother who is barely able to provide for herself. Emilie stifles her desire for flight, freedom and even happiness now that she’s out of the ASH. And then, her father comes back into the picture, offering to pull her mother out of despair, no strings attached. Emilie can’t trust him and does all she can to find proof of his true motives. 

Mark and Emilie find themselves on parallel journeys of discovering their place in their families and take their first step deeper into the vast world of Shadows outside the ASH.

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Writing News:

Current Projects:

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This book takes place almost two years after the events of Fire’s Hope after Mark has had time to adjust to life around Shadows and he has come into his own with his powers. The book is a 6 point plot which is my absolute favorite plot style to write in.

HRD will explore themes of gender-roles and the young relationships between the cast. It will also include six non-binary characters who are either referred to as they-them or over the course of their arc choose their own pronouns. In universe I can take the liberties to make these characters truly fluid, and have a lot of fun with their personalities. I’ve never much liked writing young love so this will be a new adventure for me, as I plan to focus more on Mark’s relationships with the Shadows around him, with a little bit of romance thrown in.

The 6 point plot structures allows for a lot of character development and I’m so excited for this book!

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This is a bit of a writing tangent for me just because the editing process can be so long and grueling it feels good to just write. Frosted Flowers ended up becoming a logical continuation of Iszeldier and Nymph’s story, and it will be a part of the solo book library.

“Oak roots rest just under the surface of the soil like a leaf on water, whereas the grace and breadth of cherry mirrors its structure above as below. When you’ve lived as long as I have, death feels like something that is owed you. I would have probably stood sturdier if I had chosen cherry for myself, rather than oak.”

Jomaih has chosen his final resting place, taking the form of a tall oak tree and protecting his beloved from causing anymore harm. But he wasn’t strong enough to keep the beast contained and finds himself trapped in yet another life. He cannot seem to find death or peace, Now he must decide the fate of love of his life, even if that risks the lives and safety of others.

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TS: Dragons on Skye

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A lot has changed in the Viridian, keeping just one thing constant, Mark loves to micromanage all the Shadows and Novas in his care. However for the two Bloodless brothers Honehe and Darmis, even being among Shadows isn’t enough, they need to find others of their kind. One a wolf, and the other a flightless winged boy who can’t figure out how to turn into a dragon, they search out their real parents on the Isle of Skye. Set far into the future they explore the mountains of Luray, Virginia, and the mysteries of old America, making them wonder what it was that stopped the humans from growing and progressing, leaving their outlying towns in quiet lawlessness beneath their proud cities. With dragons the size of the old Victorian Shadow settlement “the Viridian”, alongside futuristic supercars, this may be the wildest adventure yet!

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The black poison Darchísze that has stretched across the Shadow Realm is finally beginning to fade, and Irwin has discovered access to the old world across the northern river in the Nova Realm. Searching for a way back to the Shadows’ homeland, Irwin leads a team of Novas into the burned and lifeless terrain for any sign of life. He needs it to keep his mind off the pain of losing his son and his wife. The depression has been eating away at his mind and he needs to keep busy. He has his youngest sons with him, but will it be enough to keep his mind from fragmenting in the tortured wasteland and bland labyrinth of twisted death. Meanwhile, Darmis revels to have his family together an healing, there’s a lot of change to get used to and he couldn’t be happier, but will it be so simple when another dragon is thrown into the mix, one whose history with the other dragons might tear a rift in the Fanírs.

TS: Dawn in Heaven (in outlining phase)

Dragons on Skye, Dark Ice, and Dawn in Heaven will be the “Fanir Dragons Trilogy” and it will follow Honi and Darmis on their antics in discovering the truth about the Shadow Realm. Honi will take a little more serious role and the book will be set in completely High Fantasy

Shadows Art Books

Once I have a few Shadows books published I’d like to look in to publishing an artbook with tons of illustrations I’ve done for The Shadows. I’d like this book to briefly tell the story of the Shadows as a whole and have it take place between books 6 and 7 so that I can foreshadow the new generations. It will have excerpts, close up details, sketches, early drawings, character profiles and everything you need to know about TS.

Other Books:

The Shadows three series of books following three sets of characters. The first series has six books.

  1. Fire’s Hope,
  2. Laevatein’s Choice,
  3. Halo’s Rag Doll,
  4. Nova’s Love,
  5. Trust’s Anticipation,
  6. and Strength’s Conflagration.

The second series has seven books,

  1. Precognition,
  2. Nostalgia,
  3. Purification,
  4. Kindred’s Lies,
  5. Supernova,
  6. Restoration,
  7. and Starchild. 

And the third series is a trilogy of:

  1. Dragons on Skye,
  2. Dark Ice,
  3. and Dawn in Heaven. 

Solo Books

  1. Stealth–Feather solo book
  2. Predecessors–William solo book
  3. Frosted Flowers–Iszeldier and Nymph solo book
  4. Unnamed Ira solo book
  5. Geode–Jason solo book
  6. Memoraria–January solo book

This is the order in which I intend to publish The Shadows with several art books in between. It’s going to be a long ride but the adventure begins now!