Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The New Emperor's Concerto First Book Birthday!


It's now officially been one year since Concerto was published. I can't believe it's been that long, but here we are lol.

Anyway, to celebrate, I'm running a sale this week on the book!

The Ebook is only $2.99 and the Paperback is $5 off at $12.00 so Grab a copy now!

Also, because Amazon is annoying about making books free, if you want a free copy of the prequel short story 'The Butler's Story' then just shoot me an email ( and I'll send you either a kindle copy or a PDF :) 

Also, come join us on Instagram where I'm running a fun Q&A with Flynn, Lysander and Sinclair so come ask them some questions! @modern_bard67


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Live Q&A + Artstream Tonight!


Come visit with Claire and I on our Instagram livestream tonight! I'll be doing art for Come Marching Home and we'll be chatting about books and writing and probably a lot of random stuff. Don't miss out!

Sunday, October 11, 2020



Welcome to the blog tour for Come Marching Home! I'm very excited to share this book with you and finally, tomorrow (Tuesday Oct 13th) it will be out!

Official Schedule

October 12th (Monday)

Excerpt/Highlight at Sadie's Spotlight

Review at The Labyrinth 


October 13th (Tuesday)

*Release Day*

*Live Art and Q&A livestream with Hazel (Feat. Claire Banschbach) on Instagram 8:30 PM EST*

Excerpt/highlight at E. Paige Burks' Blog

Excerpt/highlight at Worlds of Fiction


October 14th (Wednesday)

Author interview/character interview at Haunting Ghost Town


October 15th (Thursday)

Review at Rose Print Publishing

Interview at The Labyrinth 


October 16th (Friday)

Excerpt/highlight at Not Unworthy 

Excerpt/highlight at The Page Dreamer 

Excerpt/highlight on M. H. Elrich's Instagram


Title: Come Marching Home

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: After being away for over a year, Alfonse Keller has returned from the trenches on Teuton’s western front, fighting in the war that’s broken out against the Steppes. He should feel relieved now that’s he’s back in his own village in the care of his brother Ernst, but he’s not. It seems like nothing has changed except for him, like he’s a traveler from a different world.


When Alfonse left to join the army, he was a natural magician making a name for himself, but after a tragic incident resulting in the death of his friend, and his own crippling injury, he no longer has the ability to use magic. 


Suffering from constant nightmares and revisited trauma, Alfonse can’t get the trenches out of his head. Ernst tries to help, but he doesn’t really understand either. How can he, when Alfonse doesn’t really understand himself? He feels like a phantom, standing on the outskirts of a life he’ll never live again. 


As Ernst tries to do everything he can for his brother, he can’t help but feel like Alfonse is slipping away, that maybe part of him never left the trenches at all. But how can he save his brother when Alf refuses to let anyone in?

Add to your Goodreads shelf

Want This Swag Pack? Order the book before the end of the month!


What's in it?

A bookmark with the lovely cover art by C.B. Cook
A Sticker with adorable chibi art by H.S.J. Williams
A playlist curated by myself to listen to while you read the book
And if you buy the paperback, you'll also get a signed bookplate!

How to get your goodies:

Simply buy the book in any format before the end of October
Email proof of purchase to
And I will have your goodie pack in the mail :)



** I will be doing a live art-stream and Q&A on Instagram (@modern_bard67) with Claire Banschbach (@cmbanschbach) on Tuesday night (October 13th) to celebrate the release! Join us for randomness while I try to draw and answer questions at the same time.


Put your name in for this giveaway! 2 people will be winning a signed copy + swag pack!

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Order Come Marching Home and Get Goodies!


I'm running a pre-order deal! If you pre-order Come Marching Home, or buy the e-book or paperback before the end of the month, you'll get a goodie pack!

What's in it?

A bookmark with the lovely cover art by C.B. Cook
A Sticker with adorable chibi art by H.S.J. Williams
A playlist curated by myself to listen to while you read the book
And if you buy the paperback, you'll also get a signed bookplate!

How to get your goodies:

Simply buy the book in any format before the end of October
Email proof of purchase to
And I will have your goodie pack in the mail :)

Purchase Links: 

Friday, October 2, 2020


 Hi guys! I'm so excited to share the cover reveal for my new book today:

I'm really excited to share this book with you as it's one that I am rather personally fond of. It was really fun to write a book that has a slightly historical feel, but it actually set in a fantasy world, and I really loved writing about Alfonse and Ernst (and Alf's dog) and I hope you will all enjoy this story too.

Come Marching Home will be released on Tuesday October 13th, and I will be doing a blog tour that week (If you want to sign up to participate in that, I really need some more hosts, so check out this form if you're interested)

In the meantime, the ebook is up for pre-order AND I have some pre-order goodies if you pre-order the book, or order a copy of Come Marching Home before the end of October (because I can't put the paperback up for pre-order, so if you wanted the paperback, you can still have the chance to get the goodie pack ^_^)

All you have to do is order the book (either through Amazon or Smashwords) and email me the receipt (just a screenshot is fine) at with you address and I will send out your goodie pack.


-A bookmark

-A sticker with art by H.S.J. Williams 

-A playlist curated by myself

-And if you order the paperback, you will get a signed bookplate

Pre-Order Links:



Add Come Marching Home on Goodreads

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Review: A Is For Apple (A Snow White Anthology)

*I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review*


This is a super fun and very unique collection of Snow White retellings! I thought I would do a short review on each of the stories in this anthology:


The Poet’s Missing Daughter (Phoenix Xiao): I really liked the Chinese setting to this one, I thought that made for an interesting basis for a Snow White story. I also really liked the investigative narrative; again, very unique feel. Also loved Lotus! It was a bit of a vague retelling, and I might not have recognized it as a Snow White story reading it by itself, but I still enjoyed it a lot.


The Kingdom of the Mirror (Julian Barr): This was a really cool retelling. I liked seeing Snow White written as a high fantasy and was also intrigued by the fact it was told from the Queen’s perspective. This actually made her into a rather sympathetic character over all since we got a background and reason for her motives. Would really be intrigued to see where the story went from here.


Snow White and the Silent Death (J. W. Atkinson): This was a really cool story because we got some of Snow White’s POV while she was in the coma. The idea that she was in some sort of purgatory during this time where lost souls of those killed by the queen are fighting a constant war was a really interesting and unique concept. Also one that I feel adds a lot to the story and climax and to Snow White’s personality. I really liked Peli and was happy that Snow got to be reunited with her mother again, if only briefly.


Skin Deep (Mark Hood): This was an interesting modern take on Snow White but, ultimately, not my cup of tea. I do like how it read like an exposé but it felt like reading exactly that, like one of the hundreds of exposés that come out of YouTube drama. That being said, it was very realistic because of that and the beauty community is pretty apropos for a Snow White retelling. Good story, well done, just not for me.


The Many Failures of Evil (Marlene Simonette): This was a dark and rather creative retelling. I am also fond of retellings that kind of mix around typical tropes to make a new story and this one turned out very interesting. I especially liked the characters and the cursed nature of the land. Quite a lot of interesting elements went into this one, both in the fantasy aspect and the rather more psychological aspect as well. A Very dark and intriguing story, overall enjoyed it.


A Fruitful Heist (Robyn Sarty): I’m always a fan of heist stories and really enjoyed seeing these elements mixed into a Snow White story. I really liked the modern fusion for this one and the ‘apple’ being the prize for the heist. My only complaint for this one is that I would have liked to see more of it.


Conclusion: Overall, a really fun collection of some genuinely unique retellings of Snow White. I read a lot of retellings so it’s always nice to find ones that still feel fresh. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves retellings and is looking for a fun, quick summer read!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

THE LAST GLADIATOR by Daniel Ottalini

Hey guys! Today I'm sharing Daniel Ottalini's new novella from his Steam Empire Chronicles The Last Gladiator. If you haven't read any of his books before, they are a steampunk take on the Roman Era and are super cool!

What makes a gladiator? Brawn? Showmanship? Skill? Heart? 
For Lucia Rhodanus Fortem, the arena is a ticket to fame, fortune, and belonging. 

But the long familiar arena is changing, and gladiators are, quite literally, a dying breed. Their replacements – Mechagladiators – piloted constructs made of the best Roman technology, stand ready to take their place on the hard packed dirt of the Coliseum.
What human can stand against the tide of progress? Who dares face down a mechanical beast? How can the power of human connection forge a bond stronger than steel?

The last gladiator in Rome faces the toughest challenge of all in this prequel novella for the Steam Empire Chronicles, Daniel Ottalini’s Roman Alternate History World.

If you like Gladiator combat, class struggle, Roman history, alternative history, and love in a time of conflict, these books are for you!

Purchase Links

If you haven't read these books yet, the first is the series, Brass Legionnaire is free right now on Smashwords so grab a copy HERE

Other Links