Revenge of the Bloodslinger Cover Reveal

Hey all. So aside from ink-slinging like a champ, I also run a small Imprint—Shadow Alley Press—that publishes a few select authors. One of those authors, uber-talented eden Hudson, is preparing to release her second Jubal Van Zandt novel—a gritty, dystopian, cyberpunk/urban fantasy mash-up, which rocks more than actual rocks. In honor of that upcoming release, we commissioned a new cover for book one, Revenge of the Bloodslinger! If you haven’t read the book, you should absolutely check it out. I seriously cannot recommend it highly enough!

Get it Here: Revenge of the Bloodslinger


Starfest 2017

StarFest 2017Hey folks, just a real quick update.

I’ll be at Denver Starfest—April 21-23, 2017 at the Marriott and Hilton DTC Convention Hotels—selling books, signing books, and doing some awesome panels including: Brainstorming and Unblocking, Cyberpunk VS the SOA Genre, Politics, Religion and the Military – Worldbuilding Blocks, and Writing Supporting Casts and Creatures. It’s gonna be a rocking, nerdtastic good time, so if you’re in the area please stop on by and see me. I’ll sign books, we can talk, maybe even grab lunch.

Here’s a link to the website if you need more details: Starfest 

2016 Standout Awards

I love the ladies at One Book Two, and I’m flattered and thrilled that MudMan was mentioned for this year’s Standout Awards. Though it’s probably my least-read book, it is maybe my favorite, so this really means a lot. If you haven’t checked out Levi’s strange story, you should take a little looksee, it’s definitely worth the time. Thanks again, One Book Two, please keep up the great work.

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2016-standout-award-badge-smallHello and welcome to the Second Annual Standout Awards by One Book Two! What are these awards, you ask? Well, let me tell you.

One Book Two Standout Awards are given out by One Book Two reviewers to honor titles and artists that created a stand-out experience for us as readers. At the end of the year, reviewers select—from among the reviews they’ve published during the year—the books, series, authors, audiobooks, narrators, cover artists, etc. that left the biggest impression.

We’ll add the Standout Award badge to those reviews and list all the winners on a page on our website. Authors can also display the award badge on their websites should they so choose. This is a way to highlight those books that really amazed us during the year.

So, without further ado, we’re delighted to present our 2016 Standout Awards!

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News and Releases

viridian-gate-coverHey folks, this is James Hunter, author of the Yancy Lazarus series. I’ve got a couple of exciting things to share on the book-writing front. First, Lazarus episode five is currently in the works—there’s certainly a lot yet to be done, but it’s coming along. No title yet, but this one should be a wild ride: lots of battles, plenty of demons, a good dose of Hell, and some sweet, sweet revenge. In other pen-monkey news, I’m also releasing the first book in a new series today! Viridian Gate Online (V.G.O.) is the pilot episode of a new high-fantasy (litRPG) series.

In 2042, the world finds itself on the verge of mass annihilation, due to an incoming extinction-level asteroid. Our hero, Jack Mitchel—a thirty-two-year-old EMT living in a tiny studio apartment—takes a radical leap of faith in order to save his life: he uploads his mind into the brand-new, ultra-immersive, virtual reality game, Viridian Gate Online. Taking that leap of faith, though, means permanently trapping his mind in the fantasy game world, killing his body in the process.

Worse, one in six die during the transition, and even if Jack beats the odds, he’ll have to navigate a fantastical world that’s home to vicious monsters, domineering AIs, and cutthroat players. If Jack can’t game the system, he’s going to be trading in a quick death for a long, brutal one …

If you dig high-fantasy, RPGs, or just good ol fashion monster mayhem with lots of action and explosions, this might be up your alley. You can get it here: Viridian Gate Online

Wings of Justice

wings-of-justiceHey everyone, it’s been hectic around the ol’ Hunter household lately. Getting ready for the holidays, plus working my pen-monkey fingers right down to the bone. But … I’m never too busy to read. There’s a great new book out by Michael-Scott Earle—who is a wickedly-talented Urban Fantasy author—called Wings of Justice (City of Lights Book 1). Earle has a bunch of different UF titles out already, but this one is the first in a new series and is also on sale for 99 cents through tomorrow. If you’re looking for something fresh to read, check it out ASAP because it’s definitely worth your time. There’s a blurb, an excerpt, and a link below. Enjoy.


Welcome to Petrasada. The City of Light. The City of Clouds. The City of Joy. It is the last bastion of human life floating miles above an endless desert world.

And a string of serial murders are threatening to tear the city apart.

Anelia Orba is the newest rookie in the magical winged police force of Petrasada. She is inexperienced, naive, paired with a resentful partner, and fully expected to fail. But when a strange clue takes Anelia off the procedural path, she’ll have to overcome the odds before the City of Light falls to darkness, and she loses everything she cares about.

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NaNoWriMo and Self-Publishing

If you’re a writer—or connected in some way to the writer scene—then you’re probably aware that November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). A time where pen-monkeys of all ages and skill levels come out of the woodwork to try and churn out 50,000 words in a single, marathon-month of word-smithery. As you might expect, many newer and first time writers are interested in what happens after you finish said novel: namely, should you publish it?

Ultimately, that question is for each person to answer, but while perusing the NaNoWriMo forums, I ran across a post from a first-time author who was considering taking the self-publishing path and wanted to know whether they needed to get their book edited before releasing. After reading through the thread, I felt like there were a lot of misconceptions that popped up, which mostly revolved around not getting your work edited because writing is art, and people should just be cool with your art because it’s art. That people really shouldn’t care if there are mistakes because you did your best and because, again, ART. Upon which I loudly declare shenanigans. What follows is a response I thought I’d share, because maybe you—the person reading this right now—just completed NaNo and are considering whether to self-publish or not. If so, hopefully this will help you out. Continue reading

Full Metal Magic


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Journey from Las Vegas to Wales and everywhere in between to face off against witches, shapeshifters, mercenaries, bounty hunters, zombies, and even a few gods.

THE BULL DEMON KING by J.A. Cipriano – Mac Brennan just wanted to take his girlfriend to the fair, but the Bull Demon King had other plans…

THE BLACK DOOR by Domino Finn – Cisco Suarez is dragged to the depths of the underground Miami nightlife, where seekers of arcane knowledge may just get their wish.

DANCE OF THE DEAD by Sonya Bateman – Halloween in Manhattan gets weirder than usual for Gideon Black, who finds himself up against a powerful necromancer looking to raise a lot more than the dead.

HARD ROW by Ambrose Ibsen – Demon-hearted brawler Lucian Colt prepares to trace a human trafficking operation to its fountainhead. But will he and his teammates prove a match for what awaits them in the seedy stretch of Hard Row?

ANGRY SPARK by Al K. Line – When an old vampire “buddy” calls you in the middle of the night, and asks for a favor, hang up on the them and stay the hell in bed. I was stupid. I got dressed, and nearly got dead soon after.

FAMILY BUSINESS by Rob Cornell – Sorcerer Sebastian Light expects his first day as a demon hunter to go off without a hitch, but sometimes family issues are harder to slay than even the surliest of goblins.

VALENTINE BLUES by James A. Hunter – The kids in Valentine, Nebraska just aren’t right. Not anymore. They’re Dangerous. Unpredictable. Hungry. As violence breaks out and people start dying, butchered in their homes, only Yancy Lazarus—bluesman, gambler, mage, and former wet-works man—can put things right. Well, he can try …

A DRIVE IN THE COUNTRY by Craig Schaefer – For Daniel Faust, driving a condemned man to his death dredges up old memories and old ghosts. You can’t outrun the past.

CHASE THE DARK by Pippa DaCosta – New York’s sewers are infested with gators. As Ace Dante investigates, it becomes clear there’s something far worse beneath the streets, and it’s out for revenge.


Get it here: Full Metal Magic.