Friday, October 23, 2020

NEM: Awakening Will Arrive On October 31, 2020


I'm proud to announce that the first book in a new trilogy is going to come out on October 31 of this year. This was originally a project that I used to keep busy during the early days of the COVID-19 isolation period and a way for me to connect with everyone on Patreon a little more closely.

It grew into something more enjoyable than I expected as I offered Patreon Subscribers opportunities to make major decisions for the main character. These changed and will continue to change major events in this novel and the next. It was also a lot of fun.

After a long editing process and a little rewriting, the once serialized first book of the NEM series is about to become available to everyone. Here's the synopsis:

Grant has loved fantasy for his entire life. As a Dungeon Master he began creating a world of his own for tabletop role playing games that has grown to fill five large binders. This world is called Nem. Outside of his basement game room pursuits, he once trained for and competed in the only medieval tourney held in his home city and won. That was his greatest moment, and it was some time ago. Little does he know, Nem is real and he is uniquely qualified to save his favourite part of it. A journey involving a death cult, a budding enchanter, the Goddess of his dreams, and more awaits.

I can't go into why this book is perfect for a Halloween release because I'd be spoiling some major details, but trust me, there are parts of this book that fit the mood. I hope you enjoy the adventure. You can pre-order your copy using the following links if you want to make sure you get the book as soon as possible.

Apple Books (Formerly iBookstore)
Barnes & Noble
Google Play

[If you want to check out the Patreon page where this was serialized, click here.]

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 15: Pursuit Is Available Today


That's right, after being serialized on Patreon, Spinward Fringe Broadcast 15: Pursuit drops today everywhere in EBook form. I know, there wasn't much fanfare leading up to this book's arrival here on the blog, but I've had my head down writing two books at once, then concentrating on polishing Pursuit with little time to spare.

This book follows the events of Broadcast 14: Rebel, and deals with the complex aftermath in the Haven System while two pilots who are stranded on a new, urban post-apocalyptic world (Dame and Easy), try to find a way to tell Haven Fleet where they are or get a ride back home. Meanwhile, Alice and Noah (Carnie), continue searching for real resistance groups and the elusive Mary Reed.

All the while a group of Order of Eden Knights, the Justicars, are looking for Alice, following a clear order given to them by their Admiral: "Bring me a Valent." In this book that takes us into the minds of the most important characters in this phase of the series, the fight for dominance over a corner of the galaxy called 'The Cluster' takes several steps forward. With the Haven System at the centre of The Cluster, the stakes couldn't be higher.

I'm happy with this novel and I hope it shows in the journeys the characters take and the care that my editors and I took to polish it. Look for a special note of thanks at the end.



Apple Books

Barnes & Noble




Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Serials For April and May - Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories!

I've doubled down on writing during this period of social distancing. I love writing, and I'm happy to use it as an escape as I write two novels at the same time.

One is the latest Spinward Fringe book: Pursuit. The focus is back on futuristic exploration and adventure as characters old and new face interesting challenges.
Here's the link to the index with several free chapters:

The other is NEM: Awakening, an experimental fantasy novel about a man who gets sucked from our time into a fantasy world. The ways that this connects to Brightwill and Highshield are subtle, but they're there, watch for them and please give me your feedback on the overall experience if you have time.
Here's a link to the index which features many free chapters.

I hope I can entertain you a little while you're cooped up or stressed out. If the above links aren't enough, many of my books are still free and the rest are discounted right now at Smashwords. You can find the full list here:


Friday, April 3, 2020

The Authors Give Back Sale - All My Words Are Cheaper (But Not Cheapened)

Hey, everybody! I just want to let you know that all my titles are on sale on Smashwords right now. I also have two books coming out in the first half of the year, so if you want an alert as to when they come out or go up for preorder, please click on the 'Subscribe to Author Alerts' button then (if you like), the 'Favorite' button. Smashwords is my favourite retailer because they're nice to authors, readers, give us the most flexibility and I can offer formats that work on all modern readers including Kindle. Anyway, check out the sale and click buttons if you like, thank you for your time!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

NEM: Awakening has begun!

As isolating became the wise thing to do in Canada, where I'm from, and most other places across the globe, I realized I'd have some extra time on my hands. So I'm writing something new while I work on the next Spinward Fringe novel.

I've wanted to write a project in first person again for a couple of years, but I wanted to start with something new. At the same time I didn't want to leave a lot of the work I'd done for Brightwill and Highshield to sit idle, so I decided that I'd write NEM: Awakening.

In its own way, NEM takes place in the same universe as my other fantasy novels, only it's also stitched to our reality, because it's about a man named Grant who gets pulled from our world into those fantastic places.
This novel is an experiment. Partially written to entertain myself and everyone who is stuck at home for the next few weeks (or more?), but also a way for me to stretch my imagination in a new direction while excercising my first person perspective writing muscles.

Since it's an experiment that's being serialized on my Patreon page, the book is open to a few interesting ideas, like giving you guys the power to choose what happens at one or more points in the story. It's not quite like choose your own adventure, but your votes will determine which path the main character takes at least twice before the whole book is posted. There are no wrong choices, but certain roads could lead to the demise of one or more likeable characters along the way. The stakes are real, or as real as they can get in fiction, and the results will make it into the final draft of the novel.

When the whole book has been serialized on Patreon I'll ask the ultimate question of my subscribers: Do you want more?

So, I'm happy to invite you to read NEM: Awakening. The first few chapters are already open to the public with many more to come. Click here to go straight to the index page.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Spinward Fringe Rebel Will Be Released On March 21, 2020

That's right, the release date is being moved up by months, since this book was finished on time and is already in the hands of some Patreon Subscribers. They had the pleasure of reading two chapters a week as a serial until the book was completed a couple weeks ago.

On March 21, 2020, the full EBook will be available everywhere quality ebooks are sold. You can already preorder the book everywhere to make sure you have a copy as soon as possible. (Except for Amazon, who will have the book on the 21st, there just isn't a way to preorder it through them).

Spinward Fringe: Rebel takes the series back to its roots, offering minute by minute action while exploring what makes the characters tick. It's an action packed adventure that brings storylines, characters and enemies together in an epic conflict.

You can preorder here:
APPLE BOOKS (iBookstore or iTunes)

I hope you enjoy the ride!

- RL

Monday, February 10, 2020

The next Spinward Fringe novel is a love letter to SciFi fighter pilot Fans

I'm well on my way to finishing the rough draft of Spinward Fringe: Rebel. I decided to fully introduce a character named Dame (that's her callsign) because we'd seen Ronin flying many times before.

Things have changed for Haven Fleet, and I'm happy this new character can bring a new perspective and show us what it's like for someone from another galaxy to join up so late in the game. Things are desperate for our heroes, and they're not looking better as thousands of their people are trapped, under the control of one of their greatest enemies; Wheeler.

Dame has joined up because she left her home, the Lorander Corporation to find adventure and to be a hero for the right cause. Haven Fleet needs people like her, especially since she's level-headed and talented.

For most of the book, which is about a massive rescue attempt, we follow her as she navigates right through the middle of one of the biggest military actions the fleet has seen. In this novel I set out to tell the story of a battle that will cost both sides and bring great change to the galaxy. This is the purpose of a just rebel, to change things for the better. Whether she's ready or not, Dame is about to become an instrument of change.

I hope you'll join me for this adventure,


You can preorder here: