May 2022 Urban Fantasy Author Update

Hey folks!

It’s time for a long overdue urban fantasy author update. Here’s what’s brewing in my world currently…

What I’m Watching

Moon KnightMy wife and I just finished watching Moon Knight, and although we enjoyed the show I have mixed opinions on it. While I thought a few of the episodes were strong (Episodes 2 & 4 and the final ten minutes or so of the season finale), I believe that much of the final installments were wasted on needless exposition and excessive character development.

It’s a shame, really, to waste such a great action character on episodes that are essentially character study pieces. Netflix’s Daredevil, Punisher, and S1 of Jessica Jones already proved that it’s possible to do a great deal of character development in a TV series while maintaining a brisk pace of action.

Throughout the series, both Mark and Layla were at their best while kicking ass. I wonder, when is Marvel going to realize that’s what fans really want to see?

What I’m Playing

Not much, due to my schedule. However, I did recently download almost all of the Fighting Fantasy Classic games on my iPad, and I’ve been playing Wordle clones when I need to get my mind off other stuff.

What I’m Reading

Forgotten Ruin Wargate NovelAfter rip-sawing through Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff (highly recommended!), I went through a bit of a dry spell book-wise. Since my reading time is limited these days, I tend to be much pickier when it comes to book selections, which means I really have to search for something that captures my attention.

Thankfully, I recently discovered the SF&F sub-genre of wargate novels, and I am hooked. I’m currently still reading Nick Cole and Jason Anspach’s Forgotten Ruin series, and I’m loving it. If you enjoy military action novels and SF&F mash-ups, you will definitely want to explore the world of wargate fiction.

What I’m Writing

I’m still at work on Druid’s Bane, somehow managing to get two thousand words a day written between doctor’s appointments and traveling for treatment. My plan is to stick to my usual schedule of releasing four novels a year, and while it’ll be tight I believe I’ll maintain it, despite the recent disruptions in my life.


P.S. – I decided to stop posting personal health updates to my social media profiles. If you want to know how I’m doing physically, I’m posting updates to my GoFundMe page every few weeks.


  1. Terry Showalter on May 27, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for commenting on The Forgotten Ruin series. I’ll try them next. I’m reading Kim Harrison’s books right now.

    I hope your health is improving. I’m still sending “healing” vibes your way.

  2. Joe Rhinehart on June 22, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Can’t wait for Druids bane! Ive torn through everything else youve written in the druidverse in the last 4 months or so. You’ve definitely became one of my favorite authors. Ill have to check out the books you recommended while I wait!

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