the broken city of crows

Cover Reveal: The Wasteling Crow

The day has finally come! I’ve been excited to publicly unveil the cover design for The Wasteling Crow for what feels like eons, but I didn’t want to pop it out too early. Thank you for your patience and enthusiasm! Newsletter subscribers got an early look at it, but I know many of you have been waiting for the official reveal.

Before I show you the cover, let me address a couple questions I’ve been receiving more and more often.

When is The Wasteling Crow releasing?

Soon! Well, soon in relative terms. I was aiming for a Spring 2019 release at first, but that was before I realized just how much of the manuscript I’d be rewriting (hint: so far, all of it). The other day I mapped out some of my editing deadlines, and barring any unforeseen setbacks, The Wasteling Crow could hit digital and physical shelves as early as July of this year.

I’ll be sure to keep you informed as this date draws nearer.

What formats will it be available in?

After tons of research, I’m taking my self-publishing business to Ingram Spark. That’s good news, because it means that, unless something changes between now and then, The Wasteling Crow will be available digitally as well as in paperback and hardcover format!

Now then. Let’s get on with this.

Cover Reveal!

I've been working on the cover art for The Wasteling Crow since September of last year, and after nine different concepts and weeks of fine-tuning, it's actually done. Behold!

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And for the obligatory fancy 3D mockup...which, you know, could be better, but at least it was free! I won't bother with the back-cover here, but you can always read the full blurb to refresh your memory.

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I’m the sort of person who fine-tunes everything until the last second, so I may make very minor tweaks before the book releases. This essentially is, however, the final cover. I hope you like how it looks!

This is just the first of many steps to get the hype engine revved up as we work towards that release date, so feel free to share this post wherever you see fit! There’ll be more fun stuff coming in the near future, so if you’re interested in The Wasteling Crow and want to keep updated, I highly recommend signing up to the newsletter.

Get to know one of the characters!

If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen my recent line art for a digital painting of Denna Dorwen, a fan-favorite character from the Wattpad draft of The Wasteling Crow. I think she’s tons of fun, and apparently so do you all!

Meet Denna Dorwen: curiosity shop proprietor, part-time thief, and mint tea connoisseur. She'll swipe your shirt and sell it back to you in the same breath.

Meet Denna Dorwen: curiosity shop proprietor, part-time thief, and mint tea connoisseur. She'll swipe your shirt and sell it back to you in the same breath.

The good news is you can get to know her even before The Wasteling Crow releases. Denna has her own stand-alone short story (The Astoundingly Mortal Peril of Denna Dorwen) available as part of the Phoenix Fiction Writers Antihero anthology. You should go grab a copy!

Thanks for swinging by for the cover reveal! Stay tuned for upcoming updates. In the meantime, have a blessed day!

Title and Blurb Reveal! The Broken City of Crows (Part I)

Hey there! I’ve got a little something for you. I know, I know, it’s only been a few days since the last post, but hey, it’s the end of October, which means it’s practically NaNoWriMo, which means it’s practically Christmas, which means it’s practically 2019, which means— *breathes into paper bag*

Long story short, it’s time to start sharing some goodies as we build up toward the release of the trilogy’s first installment. It’s with no shortage of giddiness (I promise I’m an adult) that I publicly present, for the first time ever, Book 1 of The Broken City of Crows trilogy.

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The Broken City of Crows, Part I 

"The orphaned, the rejected, the abandoned--these are the wastelings of Akor. No haven shall harbor them and no hand shall extend them mercy. They are a blight to be cleansed, for our cities must shine, and in such outcasts there is no worth."

Amos, the son of a slave trader, travels the Iron Road in shame, longing to renounce his father’s heartless deeds.

Two young wastelings bound for the slave market dream of a life without cages.

An exiled warrior roams the wilderness, never more than a step ahead of those who hunt her.

When a narrow escape in the dark of night entwines their paths, Amos and his newfound companions are thrust into a world that wants them back in chains…or dead.

In the fires of survival, a family is forged.

From perilous forests to a city with a killer on the loose, the growing band of outcasts set their eyes on freedom, and Amos soon finds himself on the front lines of a fight he never imagined he'd call his own.

The Wasteling Crow begins the story of a boy with a good heart struggling to find his place in a broken world.

Coming 2019

I’ve been itching to share this with you, and there’s more on the way! If you want to get early access to future updates and exclusive content, be sure to subscribe to the monthly newsletter. That’s the best way to be sure you don’t miss anything. If you’ve got any questions, drop a comment or hit me up on social media. I address a few reader questions in each newsletter.

I’ll talk to you soon!

Story Reveal: The Astoundingly Mortal Peril of Denna Dorwen

As many of you know, the Phoenix Fiction Writers team is releasing an antihero-themed anthology, which will feature seven (if I’m not mistaken) short stories by our talented members. In October’s newsletter, sent out at the beginning of the month, subscribers got an exclusive first look at the title and blurb for my short story, and now I’m bringing the goodies to the world!

Brace yourselves for…

The Astoundingly Mortal Peril of Denna Dorwen

Two years ago, Denna Dorwen burned down Candlewick Spire, a trove of books and scrolls atop the elite university in the city of Galaratheas. An accident, of course, and unequivocally not her fault.

Nevertheless, the pawn broker and part-time thief owes the city a hefty debt, and the Iron Gleaners are coming for her. 

Out of time and out of money, Denna needs every trick up her sleeve if she wants to outwit debt collectors, bounty hunters, and the terrors that lurk in dark tunnels beneath the city...

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You’ll be able to read the story, which features the plucky fan-favorite from The Broken City of Crows*, next month! I hope you’re as excited as I am. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to the newsletter for early access to treats like these (trust me, there are some big ones coming!) and to stay updated.

Talk to you soon!

*The Astoundingly Mortal Peril of Denna Dorwen takes place well before the events of The Broken City of Crows and is meant to be read as a standalone story, so don’t worry if you’re not one of my Wattpad readers!