Launch of Unfettered & Grim Oak Press


ebookcover-darkthornFriday the 13th has never had such an auspicious article on Unbound Worlds!

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year. It was a rough year but I prevailed and now I’m healthier than ever. The problem is this: I didn’t have health insurance. I quickly gained a massive financial debt over six months from the surgeries and treatment.

But rather than declare medical bankruptcy as so many have to do in my situation, Terry Brooks offered to write me a short story to help. He then told me to contact my other writer friends and create a short story anthology, the proceeds from which would go to ending that debt.

He also suggested I publish my novel, The Dark Thorn, as a hardcover. Here is the blurb he offered for the book:

“The Dark Thorn is one exciting book. From start to finish, there are strong characters, dangers lurking around every corner and cliffhangers that will leave you breathless. A fine tale by a talented writer.” — Terry Brooks

The Dark Thorn is now up for hardcover pre-order on my new tiny publisher’s website, Grim Oak Press.

Here is a bit more about the book:

Beneath the streets of Seattle, a long-forgotten war is about to be renewed…

Richard McAllister, a spiritually destitute homeless man and Knight of the Yn Saith, protects one of seven portals linking his world to that of Annwn, where the fey Tuatha de Dannan of antiquity have been relegated by a long-running religious war.

Unknown to Richard though, powerful forces are aligning against him and all he stands to keep safe. In the wilds of a discarded world, Philip Plantagenet, son of Henry II, moves to claim a birthright nine centuries in the making, one that drives him to eliminate the Tuatha de Dannan—at any cost to both worlds.

In the halls of Vatican City, Cardinal Vicar Cormac Pell O’Connor schemes to control the Heliwr—the unfettered knight—one who possesses the great power known as the Dark Thorn.

The three men are on a collision course with history—and their futures.

For in the wilds of Annwn, death comes as easily as magic.

Haunted by a past he can’t forget and a knightly responsibility he can’t shun, Richard is drawn into levels of machinations—and two worlds—far darker than any he has prepared for.

If you like urban/high fantasy, you will likely like The Dark Thorn. But that’s not all I have to announce. It is also time to showcase the anthology. It is titled Unfettered—as in I want to be unfettered from debt and the contributors are unfettered to write whatever short story they want—and the list of authors is below in the official press release from Grim Oak Press:


Click to embiggin’ the press release!

As you can see, there are some great writers there. I am super fortunate to have such generous friends. Proceeds from Unfettered will go to alleviating my medical debt. The Dark Thorn will also have two different hardcover editions to help with the expenses. Some of you have been waiting for The Dark Thorn to be published as a physical copy. Now you have your chance. You can read an excerpt from my novel on the Grim Oak Press website and purchase now if you like.

Unfettered will go on pre-order sale in a month or two.

Note: If you want to order a signed & numbered edition of The Dark Thorn to ensure you can order a copy of the signed & numbered edition of Unfettered, follow the HOW TO ORDER directions on Grim Oak Press. The books won’t last long when this goes viral in a day or two.

Thanks for reading and hopefully buying!

It means a lot to me!