Hounacier Is Out!

The wait is over, Hounacier is out today on Amazon Kindle.  Other formats will be following soon.

Hounacier Cover

The first review is on The United Federation of Charles, which gave it an 8.5/10.  Since they gave Damoren an 8/10, I take that as a very good sign.
He says, Hounancier is a very different book from Damoren but not a bad one. Those looking for a continuation of Matt Hollis demon-slaying adventures will have to wait for future installments of the book. Those interested in a Voodoo-practicing demon-hunting stalking werewolves and succubi in New Orleans, however, are in for a treat.”

In other news, Fictiongarden.com reviewed Dämoren, and made it to their Recommended Reading List.
They said, “Damoren is an exciting first venture from a talented new voice, and I will definitely be picking up the sequel. You should too.”

Also, I just got back from All-Con where I gave my very first Author Presentation. It was called, “The Things No One Tells You About Querying a Novel,” and it went outstandingly well.  It was a bit surreal to actually be the one presenting at one of these events. The piece was a more in depth look at the topics I discussed in my “5 Lessons I Learned When Querying a Novel” post.  Now that I’ve done it, I plan to hone it down and share it at further conventions.

In the meantime, I look forward to seeing how everyone responds to Hounacier and to Mountain of Daggers.  I’ll be posting up some guest blogs and author appearances soon.

Thank you, everyone, for all your support.

 

 

 

 

 

2014 in Review

2014 was a spectacular year.

Dämoren was released in April and reception was incredible.  I’ve been blown away at how well it’s sold and how many wonderful reviews have been written.  Thank you, everyone.

My wife and I purchased a new house, and I got to experience all the joys of moving, and seeing just how much crap we’ve accumulated over the years before purging it.  The house is great, and no doubt it will provide years of projects, cursing, and trips to the hardware store.

I finished Dämoren’s  sequel, Hounacier, and Ragnarok has signed it. As of now, everything is good for a March 2015 release.

I also wrote three new short stories. Two of which are Valducan tales, as well as a new Black Raven adventure.  So far one of those has sold, and I’m optimistic on the others.

Speaking of the Black Raven, Ragnarok Publications picked up my two Black Raven collections from Rogue Blades and those are both slated for 2015.  The first, Mountain of Daggers, will also be coming out March 2015 (March is going to be a busy month for me, to be sure.)

Campaign Coins is almost done with the Tyenee medallions for my Black Raven release.  Here’s a picture of the final 45mm versions alongside the original 35mm I showed before.

 Tyenee

I’ll be posting up ways to score them as we get a little closer to release date. If reception is good, I hope to make all the different colors from the books available.

I’ve also started writing out the first few parts for the third Valducan novel Ibenus. It’s still in the beginning phases, but everything is coming together pretty smoothly. 

Aside from moving, releasing a novel, and writing a novel, 2014 has also been spent reading.  I read a lot last year.

 My 2014 reading list:

Sword Sisters – Tara Cardinal & Alex Bledsoe
The Black Company – Glen Cook
Nameless: The Darkness Comes – Mercedes M. Yardley
Those Poor, Poor Bastards – Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, Kenny Soward
The Ten Thousand Things – Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, Kenny Soward
The Devil Rides Out – Dennis Wheatley
Gateway to Hell – Dennis Wheatley
Storm Front – Jim Butcher
Fool Moon – Jim Butcher
No Sympathy for the Wicked – Joseph Albert King
Night of the Long Knives – Fritz Leiber
Hour of the Dragon – Robert E. Howard
Vampire$ – John Steakley
Dune – Frank Herbert
Demon Squad: Armageddon Bound – Tim Marquitz
Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love – Mercedes M. Yardley
The Art of War – Sun Tzu
A Princess of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Gods of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Warlord of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Forty First Wink – James Walley
The Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger – Stephen King
The Dark Tower 2: The Drawing of the Three – Stephen King
The Dark Tower 3: The Waste Lands – Stephen king
The Dark Tower 4: Wizard and Glass – Stephen King
The Dark Tower 5: Wolves of the Calla – Stephen King
Imora – Daniel S. Connaughton
Legion: Skin Deep – Brandon Sanderson

 Overall, 2014 was a fantastic year.  Thank you everyone for all your support. With three upcoming releases, I hope to make 2015 even better.

-Seth

Hounacier, The Black Raven, and Other News

After some unfortunate delays, Mountain of Daggers has found a new home over at Ragnarok Publications and should be coming out this  March. To celebrate the Black Raven’s  appearance, I have a little sneak peek of something the lovely folks at Campaign Coins has been working on with me.

Dagger Sample

 

Look familiar?  If not, here’s another look at the Mountain of Daggers art by Didier Normand.

MOD - Cover art

That’s right!  We’re making Tyenee medallions!

Now the sample above is just a prototype.  We’ve got a couple little tweaks to do before the final version is ready, but that’s pretty much what it will look like. Once they’re ready, and we get a little closer to release day, I’ll let everyone know where to find them and I’ll be giving some away.  For the moment, I can’t easily express how incredible it is to see something that I made up become real.  I love it.

On the Hounacier-front, we’re looking good.  My editor, Tim Marquitz, was pleased with it, and everything appears on schedule for a Spring 2015 release.  I’ll be posting more on this later as things get closer.

In the meantime, this morning I received a wonderful review from author Caleb Pirtle III over at Venture Galleries.  In it he says,

“Seth Skorkowsky has written urban fantasy, to be sure.

But his vision of the genre takes on a whole new look. He sees it with a different pair of eyes, the kind of eyes that Tolkien used when he looked into the mystical troubles strangling The Middle Earth.”

You can read the whole review HERE.

Also, I have a Guest Blog over at RisingShadow.net all about monsters.  So drop by and check it out.

-Seth

New Interview and Book Giveaway

I’ve been neglecting my blog again.  But never fear, I’ve been working hard.

 

Nocturnal Library

I have a guest blog over at the Nocturnal Library which includes a contest for a free copy of Dämoren.  Contest ends 10/26/14, so be quick.

Also The United Federation of Charles gave a very very good review.  He also interviewed me about Dämoren and the Valducan Series.

If you’re in the Colleyville Texas area, I’ll be signing books tomorrow at Clockwork Gamer between 4:00 and 7:00. So drop by and say hi.

On the writing front, Hounacier is almost done.  I have about 2,000 more words to go and it feels wonderful.  I’m really happy with how this one has shaped-up.  It is by far the darkest thing I’ve ever written.

That’s all for now.  I hope to back up soon with more updates.

 

-Seth

 

 

 

Audible Release and Sea of Quills Revealed

For those who have been wondering how to pronounce Dämoren, I have some very good news. Dämoren is now available on Audible, narrated by R.C. Bray.

Audible-Logo

 Listening to the story read by another person was surreal.  Once I became used to it, it was the first time I’ve ever been able to sit back and enjoy the “reader experience” of Dämoren.  Previously, every time I’ve ever read it, I was editing, remembering previous edits or versions, or I wasn’t fully reading it as much as seeing the words and recalling what they said.

 Also, artist Didier Normand has finished the cover art for Sea of Quills and it’s simply beautiful. Ahren has never looked better.

SoQ original - DNormand 7-11-14

Like with Mountain of Daggers, the image is a wrap-around.  Ahren will be on the front and the city will be on the back cover.  This is also the second cover to depict the graven, torch-bearing towers of Lunnisburg.  Johnney Perkins painted then for Flashing Swords #11 when I first published The Reluctant Assassin.  That picture was nice.  It was Ahren’s first cover and I’ll always cherish it, but this… this is incredible.  I can’t wait to see what it looks like once the actual cover design is complete.

 On the writing-front, Hounacier is coming along very well.  I’ve also completed the first Valducan short story, The Vampire of Somerset.  It’s a field report by Lady Helen Meadows (a sharp eye might spot her name in Dämoren) set in 1934.  It’s already been selected as an Editor’s Choice in my writing workshop, so hopefully that’s a good sign that it won’t have much difficulty being picked up by an anthology.  I have several more Valducan Archive Adventures planned, featuring some new and old characters, but for right now Hounacier is occupying the bulk of my writing time.

 I’ll have several announcements coming up soon, but that’s all I have for now.  Now back to writing.

-Seth

HOUNACIER Plot Revealed

The past few weeks have been extremely eventful.

On May 10th I had my first signing event and book release party at Area 51 Gaming & Collectables in Grapevine Texas. The signing event went extremely well. After it was through, we kicked off the party. My friends surprised me with a beautiful shadowboxed copy of Dämoren enclosed with an engraved shell. They also got me a matching Dämoren shell pendant.

Damoren Signing Event

Shadowbox
I’ll have another signing event this June at Clockwork Gamer this late June. The date isn’t set yet, but I’ll post it once it is. If you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, please drop by.

Dämoren has had a very successful first month. As of now it’s still at #59 on Amazon’s Top 100 Urban Fantasy list.

It also received a very good review on TheDarkEva.com. It said, “So, to sum things up, as some other reviews have pointed out, if you’re a fan of Jim Butcher’s style of urban fantasy, you can’t get enough of Supernatural and you like original urban fantasy that places less emphasis on the romance and you like your world-building, but you especially like your demons, buy this book.”

 Also, I took part in a podcast interview with Adventures in SciFi Publishing, alongside the rest of the Ragnarok Publication team. We discussed our Grimdark character arcs. You can listen to it Here.

In other news, Hounacier’s description has officially been announced on the Ragnarok Publications website, and also on the Official Valducan Series Facebook Page.

HOUNACIER (Valducan #2)

Eleven years ago, atheist Malcolm Romero met a god. Now he’s a demon-hunting voodoo priest armed with a holy machete named Hounacier.

After the murder of his mentor, he returns to New Orleans to catch the killer. But more is at stake when Malcolm finds himself betrayed, cursed, and his holy blade stolen. Now Malcolm’s only hope to save his soul and to recover Hounacier, is the Valducan knight sent to kill him, Matt Hollis, the wielder of the holy revolver Dämoren.

So…what do you think? We’ve got murder, a few familiar faces, voodoo, and the city of New Orleans. Now I just need to finish it.

-Seth

Dämoren News and Writing Updates

Damoren Banner 2

Dämoren‘s reception has been outstanding.  I’m amazed at how well everyone has been receiving it.

It spent the past week and a half in three of the Top 100 Amazon categories for Urban and Paranormal Fantasy. It also broke the 1,000th sale mark in 23 days. That’s fantastic! Thank you, everyone.

Reviews and Interviews

The BiblioSanctum said, “Rest assured Dämoren will satisfy all your needs in the action and thrills department, but what I was most impressed with was the world building and unique body of lore Skorkowsky has created, which offered a fresh new take on the angel/demon mythos.”

Self Publisher’s Showcase said, “That Mr. Skorkowsky’s debut release is so utterly consuming, leads me to believe that before too long bookshelves across the globe will be accosting and brutalizing their owners if his name does not reside on their shelves…”

I also recently recorded a podcast interview with Adventures in Scifi Publishing along with some more of the Ragnarok Publications Team. I’ll let you know when that’s edited and released.

Signing Event

I’m also extremely happy to announce that I will signing books at Area 51 Games and Collectibles in Grapevine Texas on Saturday May 10th. If you’re in the DFW area, please come by and check it out.

Writing

On the writing front, everything has been going great.  Jason Waltz of Rogue Blades Entertainment sent me the final cover sketches for Sea Of Quills and I’ll be honest, it is going to look fantastic.  Artist Didier Normand is incredibly talented and I can’t wait to see the final painting.

Hounacier is still coming along.  I’ve broken the 35,000-word mark and things are speeding up.  I’m very pleased with how it’s coming together. 

Lastly, I’ve finally gotten around to making a Valducan Series page on Facebook.  Please drop by and give it a ‘Like’.

That’s all for now.  Thank you for all your support, everyone.

-Seth

Dämoren Release Approaches

Damoren-Wide

I’m happy to announce that e-book editions of DÄMOREN will be released April 14th.  Paperbacks will appear shortly after.

Risingshadow.net posted the first advanced review on April 5th (which was also my birthday), and I have to admit, it made my entire day.  Reviewer Seregil of Rhiminee said, “It’s one of the few urban fantasy novels that are worth reading (and it’s one of the best modern fantasy novels I’ve ever read).”
Check out the entire review here.

DÄMOREN also has its very own page up on Goodreads now.

I  had a fun interview with Ragnarok author Mercedes Murdock Yardley.  Together, we discussed the finer things, such as practice novels and “fluffing”.  You can read the interview here.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on a couple Guest Blogs for different sites.  Those should be posting up over the next few weeks.  I’ve also been pounding away at HOUNACIER (The sequel to Dämoren).  I’d hoped to have hit the 30,000-word mark by last weekend, but a very nasty hail-storm and near tornado miss threw my writing schedule off a bit.  I’ve gone through many tornado scares in my life, but this one was undoubtedly the closest I’ve ever come to have one hit.  Hail was golf-ball sized.  Baseball-sized was falling just a mile away, so I got off pretty lucky by comparison. 

Things are moving quickly, and I’m so excited to finally share DÄMOREN with the world.  Just one week to go.

-Seth

 

Making Headway

Hi all,

Well 2014 is off to a great start, so-far.

The website is looking better (still need to acquire some more pictures).

The wonderful, Hugo Award winning, Elizabeth Bear has agreed to let me use little a quote of hers for DÄMOREN.  That being said, check this out!Damoren Cover
I really can’t describe how nice that is to look at. When Ragnarok sent it to me, I just stared at it for… a while.

Moving on.

I’m over 12,000 words into HOUNACIER, my DÄMOREN sequel, and have now sent the first chapter off for Round 1 of peer-reviews (technically I’ve finished the first 3 chapters, but I like to let them sit a while before letting others tear them apart). The bulk of the story takes place in New Orleans.  I’d written a bunch of ideas, and descriptions when I was there last Spring, it’s becoming more and more clear that I need to go back. Not for more research (which is always handy) but because I miss it.

I’ve started going over MOUNTAIN OF DAGGERS covers with the artist. We’re still trying to get a good glyph for the Tyenee symbol. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some images soon. Right now, the pictures are still in the ‘super-rough concept’ stage.

Not too shabby for four days in to the year.

With nothing more to say, I leave you with this:Damoren Cover
Damn, that’s pretty.