Having left fabulous Las Vegas, fantasy author Jake Elliot and his wife chose the Pacific Northwest as a great place to have new adventures. Without kids, they are guardians over a rather hostile cat by the name of Samson. A whirlwind of slashing claws and biting teeth, Samson has inspired most of the action scenes in Jake’s books. A minimalist at heart and a master of traveling on a shoestring budget, Jake and his wife travel whenever they can dupe someone into watching vicious Samson.
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Book I : The Wrong Way Down
The tale begins with two thieves breaking into a remote monastery. After murdering a priest and stealing a jeweled scepter, one thief is caught, but the other escapes with the treasure. Unknown to the thieves, they’ve stolen a sacred scepter and now their gang’s lives are cursed and forfeit. This is the story of their demise.
Popalia is a budding faith healer from the temple where the crimes occurred. Given the task of overseeing the captured thief to the nearest military garrison, along that long road the thief escapes. Unable to face her failure, Popalia vows to seek out and return the stolen relic. By her vow, she becomes the target of those who cannot afford her success. Accompanied by two mercenary soldiers with questionable loyalties and a self-taught sorcerer, together, they stand upon a dangerous edge. This is the story of their inevitable fall.
‘The Wrong Way Down,’ was released through Damnation Books on December 1st 2011. Paperbacks and E-books are available through Powell’s, Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.com.
Review #1 author D. Robert Grixti
Review #2 Fantasy Book Review, Ryan Lawler
Review #3 Blogger Becky A. Johnson
Review #4 Portland Book Review
Book II: Crossing Mother’s Grave, Released on September 1st, 2012 and published by Damnation Books.
Popalia and her protectors may have escaped from the Regulator’s fortress, but not without consequences. Tensions worsen as do her gang’s criticisms, yet stubborn Popalia is determined to recover her church’s treasure from the thieves who’d stolen it.
Not far ahead on the same stretch of road is one of the thieves, hiding within a merchant’s caravan traveling toward the next fort at the mountain pass. Popalia believes that to catch that thief, a bargain could be made in exchange for their lives, as well as establish the next link to the stolen relic.
Pursuing the outlaw priestess is Commandant Saviid Benning, who promises, “The crows can pick her bones. I want that priestess dead!” The head-hunting party is closing in for the kill. Pressed between the hunters giving chase and the fortress at Faradell Pass, capture is imminent.
Popalia’s group, ready to make the run for their lives, stumble upon the merchant’s caravan ― looted and abandoned in the middle of the road. With a blood-bounty behind them and no way around the soldiers at the pass―attempting to rescue the caravan survivors seems a fool-hearty idea.
Who said heroes had to be smart?
Review #1 Author D. Robert Grixti
Review #2 Author Jeremy Kline
Fading Light; Anthology of the Monstrous Released on Sept. 1st 2012 by Angelic Knight Press
The light has failed: the era of man is at its end.
Born of darkness, the creatures of myth, legend, and nightmare have long called the shadows home. Now, with the cruel touch of the sun fading into memory, they’ve returned to claim their rightful place amidst humanity; as its masters.
Fading Light collects 30 monstrous stories by authors new and experienced, in the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, each bringing their own interpretation of what lurks in the dark.
My story contribution is ‘Rurik’s Frozen Bones,‘ a story about Vikings, and what hunts them in the sea.
Review #1 The Troubled Scribe Book Reviewer
Review #2 Fantasy Book Critic, Mihir Wanchoo
Review #3 The Founding Fields
Review #4 Michael R. Collings
Review #5 Tyson Mauermann
What’s sexy about zombies? 51 authors answered that question with wild, weird, and titillating tales. From love during the apocalypse, to love that goes beyond the grave and back again, to love that well, never dies, you’ll find these pages filled with desires demanding to be fulfilled, hungers to be slaked, and lovers who won’t let a little thing like death (or undeath) come between them. Do zombies need sex as much as they need brains? What would you do to bring a lover back from the dead? What if you survived the apocalypse only to find yourself alone and sexually frustrated? Light some candles, put on some mood music, and cozy up with 50 Shades of Decay. The zombie sexpocalypse has begun…
My story ‘I was Legend‘ is a satirical play on Richard Matheson’s rich novella, ‘I am Legend.‘
Review #1 Becca Butcher’s Blog