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GHOST IN THE HUNT released & spoiler discussion thread!


I am pleased to report that GHOST IN THE HUNT is now available! You can get it at AmazonAmazon UKAmazon CanadaAmazon GermanyAmazon AustraliaBarnes & NobleiTunesKoboGoogle Play, and Smashwords.

Quite a few people have read the book already, so if you have questions or comments, feel free to leave them here. Note that the comment thread for this post will likely have !!!SPOILERS!!! in short order.



It is funny how events tend to cluster, and today I got a bunch of emails and Facebook messages asking when the next FROSTBORN book would come out.

Well, the next FROSTBORN book will be FROSTBORN: THE DARK WARDEN, and I am currently on Chapter 4 of 24 for the rough draft. Usually I don’t release the book description until later in the process, but since I wrote the outline for THE DARK WARDEN the better part of a year and a half ago, (and since BIG THINGS will happen in the book!) it seems a good time to share!

RIDMARK ARBAN is the Gray Knight, questing to stop the return of the terrible Frostborn to the High King’s realm. For years he has sought the secret of the Frostborn, and now the answer is at hand within the walls of the cursed citadel of Urd Morlemoch.

For the Warden of Urd Morlemoch knows the secret.

CALLIANDE seeks for her past, her memory lost in fog. She seeks to stop the return of the Frostborn, a secret trapped within her damaged memory. The truth of her past awaits within the walls of Urd Morlemoch.

For the Warden of Urd Morlemoch knows who she really is.

THE WARDEN has been imprisoned within Urd Morlemoch for centuries beyond count, his potent magic chained behind its walls.

But his final game is almost complete.

And worlds beyond count shall tremble before his power…


love stories

I read a review of GHOST IN THE STORM that caused a moment of reflection.

I used to detest writing anything even vaguely romantic. This is why neither GHOST IN THE FLAMES nor GHOST IN THE BLOOD have no romantic subplots whatsoever, the closest being a retired veteran’s long quest to save his kidnapped wife from slave traders.

Later, it occurred to me that that I was like a baker attempting to make cakes without sugar. It is, of course, possible to make a tasty cake without sugar, if you use enough spices and the right ingredients. It is also possible to ruin a cake with too much sugar.

However, it is nonetheless much easier to bake a cake with sugar than without.

So it is with romance. It really is a vital part of the writers’ toolkit. It can provide character motivations, subplots, and character development. It is a remarkably versatile storytelling tool.

But one thing is clear: if two characters have a romantic relationship, the story is all the better if they suffer for it, if they have to work for it.

A thought which occurs to me as I look at the outline for future GHOST EXILE and FROSTBORN books. :)


GHOST IN THE HUNT table of contents

The table of contents for GHOST IN THE HUNT.  I always enjoy thinking up the chapter titles. :)

Chapter 1 – Shadow Knives

Chapter 2 – Voices

Chapter 3 – Thieves

Chapter 4 – The Lord Ambassador’s Wife

Chapter 5 – The Umbarian Order

Chapter 6 – Poems

Chapter 7 – Embassies

Chapter 8 – Huntress

Chapter 9 – Masks

Chapter 10 – Refuge

Chapter 11 – Pilgrims

Chapter 12 – The Old Religion

Chapter 13 – The Headman

Chapter 14 – Confessions

Chapter 15 – Balarigar

Chapter 16 – Friends and Allies

Chapter 17 – Silent Ash Temple

Chapter 18 – Promises

Chapter 19 – At The End

Chapter 20 – Huntress and Prey

Chapter 21 – Wider Circles

Chapter 22 – The Loremaster



Who should play Caina Amalas, part II

Between Facebook, this website, Goodreads, and Twitter, we had fifteen different nominations for our unofficial “who should play Caina Amalas” poll. You can pick your top two choices below, and next week we’ll announce the winner and the runner up!

Who should play Caina Amalas?

  • Alexandra Daddario (27%, 13 Votes)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (21%, 10 Votes)
  • Ellen Page (17%, 8 Votes)
  • Lily Collins (15%, 7 Votes)
  • Emma Watson (15%, 7 Votes)
  • Natalie Portman (15%, 7 Votes)
  • Jeeja Yanin (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Hayden Panettiere (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Emma Roberts (8%, 4 Votes)
  • Olivia Wilde (8%, 4 Votes)
  • Jane Levy (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Anna Passey (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Scarlett Johansson (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Charlize Theron (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Sarah Carter (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 48

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Who should play Caina Amalas?

One of the most common questions I get concerns who I think should play Caina Amalas in any (purely hypothetical, alas) movie or TV adaptation of THE GHOSTS.

My usual response to this question is “Umm…” because my knowledge of contemporary pop culture is, alas, rather lacking. I customarily say that I think Caina looks like Trinity from the first MATRIX movie, but the first MATRIX movie came out in 1999, which was probably the last time my knowledge of pop culture was anything approaching current.

So let’s open it up to nominations! Suggest who you think should play Caina in a movie or TV adaptation, and in a few days we’ll run a poll to decide the winner.


a snippet from GHOST IN THE HUNT

I like this bit from GHOST IN THE HUNT:

“For the gods’ sake,” said Caina, her temper slipping a bit. “Have you only shown up to say you cannot help me? Why bother at all then? If I happen to starve to death, are you going to appear with a bowl of rice and eat it while saying that you are forbidden from feeding me?”

“Of course not,” said Samnirdamnus. “I am an immortal spirit of the netherworld. I do not require material sustenance.”