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Welcome to the website of Jonathan Moeller!

I am the author of THE GHOSTS, DEMONSOULED, FROSTBORN, THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS, and THE THIRD SOUL series of fantasy novels.

Check out my free booksCHILD OF THE GHOSTS, DEMONSOULED, THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS, FROSTBORN: THE FIRST QUEST, and THE TESTING.

You can email me at jmcontact at jonathanmoeller.com, and follow me at Facebook and also at Twitter. Be sure to sign up for my new release newsletter to receive free bonus stories!

If you are looking for the reading order of my series, keep scrolling down!

THE GHOSTS SERIES:

  1. CHILD OF THE GHOSTS
  2. GHOST IN THE FLAMES
  3. GHOST IN THE BLOOD
  4. GHOST IN THE STORM
  5. GHOST IN THE STONE
  6. GHOST IN THE FORGE
  7. GHOST IN THE ASHES
  8. GHOST IN THE MASK
  9. GHOST IN THE SURGE

THE GHOST EXILE SERIES

  1. GHOST IN THE COWL
  2. GHOST IN THE MAZE
  3. GHOST IN THE HUNT

THE DEMONSOULED SERIES

  1. DEMONSOULED
  2. SOUL OF TYRANTS
  3. SOUL OF SERPENTS
  4. SOUL OF DRAGONS
  5. SOUL OF SORCERY
  6. SOUL OF SKULLS
  7. SOUL OF SWORDS

THE FROSTBORN SERIES

  1. FROSTBORN: THE GRAY KNIGHT
  2. FROSTBORN: THE EIGHTFOLD KNIFE
  3. FROSTBORN: THE UNDYING WIZARD
  4. FROSTBORN: THE MASTER THIEF
  5. FROSTBORN: THE IRON TOWER
  6. FROSTBORN: THE DARK WARDEN

THE THIRD SOUL SERIES

  1. THE TESTING
  2. THE ASSASSINS
  3. THE BLOOD SHAMAN
  4. THE HIGH DEMON
  5. THE BURNING CHILD
  6. THE OUTLAW ADEPT
  7. THE BLACK PALADIN
  8. THE TOMB OF BALIGANT

THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS SERIES

  1. THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS
  2. A KNIGHT OF THE SACRED BLADE
  3. A WIZARD OF THE WHITE COUNCIL
  4. THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS

THE SERPENT KNIGHT coming soon

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I think THE SERPENT KNIGHT should be able to come out this week or next week. Meanwhile, here’s the cover art and the description!

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the internationally bestselling DEMONSOULED series, here is a new novella set in the world of the Demonsouled.

Mazael Cravenlock has prevailed over terrible foes and now rules the Grim Marches with a firm hand. Yet when ruthless brigands threaten his lands, Mazael must take up his sword and defend his people.

But Mazael has enemies more powerful than mere bandits, enemies who see a chance to bring about his downfall…

-JM

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON review

Saw AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON during my travels this weekend, and quite liked it. Lasers! Punching! Explosions!

A lot of people worry about a malevolent artificial intelligence taking over the world (Terminator, The Matrix, Elon Musk, etc.), but I’m not one of them. This is because I’ve spent a very long time working in day-to-day IT, and I know firsthand the endless amounts of maintenance than any complex IT system requires. And no matter how much maintenance you do, something always goes wrong.

Like, Ultron would be making his big climatic speech about how humanity needs to be cleansed, and then he would freeze in mid-sentence and announce that he’s currently installing Windows Update 1 of 73, giving the heroes ample time to defeat him.

-JM

the vast gulfs of time

I’ve been reading an anthology of science fiction stories from the early 1980s. Good stories, all, but they all assume that the Soviet Union would be around well into the 21st century, which perhaps is a testament to the predictive accuracy of science fiction.

Then it occurred to me that I keep thinking of the fall of the Soviet Union of having happened recently, but it has already been twenty-four years. There are likely many people who have visited this page to whom the Soviet Union and the Cold War were not living memory, but increasingly dusty history.

Which is something to bear in mind if you are writing a series with an immortal or a long-lived character, like a wizard or a vampire or something. The immortal might find himself talking about something he remembers vividly, like seeing King Richard fall at Bosworth or watching the Imperial Guard charge for the final time at Waterloo, only to realize that to most of listeners he is reciting obscure facts about the distant past.

Of course, you notice how immortals in fiction always claim to have been there for the significant events of history? Like, maybe they just lie about it to make themselves sound cool. An immortal could say he was there when Caesar was assassinated, but “there” could actually mean he was in a tavern several miles away, badly hungover and arguing about his bill.

-JM

four years, quarter of a million books, and a free DEMONSOULED novella coming soon

I started self-publishing four years ago, and in that time I have sold over a quarter of a million copies of my books. Thanks, everyone!

I had no idea this would work so well! When I started in April of 2011, I thought I would publish DEMONSOULED & SOUL OF TYRANTS, write a third DEMONSOULED book, and call it good. I would then focus on blog posts about Ubuntu Linux, and maybe sell one or two copies of my fantasy trilogy every fiscal quarter.

This was one of those times in life when it was good that things didn’t go according to plan! Or God’s plan for my life included selling a lot of ebooks. I don’t know why, but I’m definitely not going to complain.

If you will forgive a brief personal note, I really like self-publishing, especially compared to traditional publishing. Traditional publishing is a grim and joyless place that regularly erupts into nonsensical Internet flame wars, particularly SF/F traditional publishing.  I do not miss that at all, and regard it as a stupendous blessing that I never got another book contract after DEMONSOULED & THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS, since that meant my books were free of legal encumbrances once self-publishing came along. Self-publishing is a thousand times better than traditional publishing in every possible way.

I am very grateful for it, and for all of you who have bought my books over the last four years.

On a related note, next month is May, and that marks the 10th anniversary of the first time DEMONSOULED was published. (In the DRESDEN FILES book SKIN GAME, there is a line where Harry Dresden wonders how he became a guy that things happened to ten years ago, and I know exactly what Harry means!) After I wrote SOUL OF TYRANTS in 2005 and couldn’t get the publisher interested in it, I was pretty sure the DEMONSOULED series was done and dead. So it was amusing to look back from ten years later with a grand total of eight DEMONSOULED books written and tens of thousands of copies sold.

Anyway, as a way of saying thanks, next month I’m going to give away a new DEMONSOULED novella for free to my newsletter subscribers via Smashwords coupon code. Watch for it in the third or fourth week of May! (If you haven’t subscribed to my new-release newsletter, you can do so here.)

-JM

more FROSTBORN: THE BROKEN MAGE progress

Wrote 4,000 words of FROSTBORN: THE BROKEN MAGE today. Now, since it’s the weekend, I’m going to play BALDUR’S GATE II: ENHANCED EDITION.

When Baldur’s Gate II first came out in 2000, I walked four miles to buy it, since I didn’t have a working car at the time. Now I just click a button, and it downloads from the “cloud” to install on my computer. Technology!

-JM

what will GHOST IN THE SEAL be about?

Now that GHOST IN THE INFERNO has been out for a few weeks, I’ve already had people ask what GHOST IN THE SEAL will be about.

Well. How to answer that question without spoilers?

Perhaps a misadventure from my past will serve as answer.

A long time ago, when I was a kid, I delivered newspapers. For those of you who are under a certain age, “newspapers” were how we got our news before the Internet. Every morning, the paperboy would deliver a “paper” containing articles and advertisements to your door. (We also had these things called “rotary phones”, but that’s enough archaic tech for one day.)

As you might expect, the natural enemies of the paperboys were the dogs. I had a lot of nasty dogs on my paper route. The worst was a huge, sleek, black dog that I’m sure was part wolf. If it had auditioned for the titular role in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, the director would have rejected the dog as implausibly vicious-looking. That thing hated me, and it lived in a house with a big plate-glass window in the living room. Every morning when I got off my bike and went up the front walk, it would throw itself against that plate glass window, barking and snarling and clawing at the glass. Fortunately, the front door had a mail slot, and I could get the paper inside easily enough, though I had to do it quickly, since the dog would try to get its jaws through the mail slot to bite.

Anyway, one morning I came up to that house and stopped.

The front door was standing wide open. I thought of the black dog right away, but there wasn’t any sign of it, and the house was quiet. I didn’t know why the door was open, but closing it would have been a bad idea, since for all I knew the owner of the house had gone out for a cigarette. Since the customers tended to complain about absolutely everything, I would certainly hear about it if I got a customer locked out of his house. So I left the paper on the front step and departed on my bike, keeping an eye out for the dog.

No sign of the dog. I kept going for a few blocks. Still no sign of the dog. It was so loud that I figured I would hear it coming.

One of the houses on my route was at the end of a gravel road with thick woods on either side. The house was built on a hill, with the stairs descending down the forested slope to the front door. I got off my bike, put the paper in the front door, and climbed back up the stairs. As I walked back to my bike, I noticed my shoe was untied, and I turned around to tie it against the driveway curb.

The black dog was about twenty feet behind me.

It had been creeping up behind me in absolute silence.

For a moment we just stared at each other.

Then the dog snarled without sound and came at me.

I was in much worse shape as a kid than I am now, but I ran as if the hounds of hell (for all I knew, one of them was) were on my tail. I got on my bike and started pedaling as fast as I could, and that black dog was right behind me. Like, its nose was a few inches from the back wheel, and I was sure it would knock me off my bike.  I can still remember that there hadn’t been time to get the kickstand up, and I was really hoping that it didn’t catch on a bump in the gravel road and send me sprawling.

Fortunately, by the grace of God and not my cardiovascular prowess I was able to outrun it, and the dog veered off and vanished back into the trees.

I learned an important lesson that day. A barking dog can be dangerous. But the dog that has dispensed with barking, that is sneaking up behind you in utter silence, that dog is way more dangerous.

And that is what GHOST IN THE SEAL is going to be about. :)

-JM