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holiday shopping guide to my stuff

I've got a ton of books floating around out there, and they do make dandy gifts for whatever your solstice holiday of choice is. Here's a guide to buying some of them:



Star Trek fiction


My latest Trek book is The Klingon Art of War (Amazon (hardcover) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (hardcover or Nook) | Indie Bound | Kobo | direct from the publisher), a guide to how to live your life as a proper warrior. This book has ancient precepts of honor with examples from throughout Klingon history, from the time of Kahless to the post-Dominion War era.

Also still readily available: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound), which is a post-Nemesis tale that is the ultimate Q story, tying all the omnipotent trickster's appearances together to reveal the true purpose behind his meddling with our heroes -- with nothing less than the fate of the universe at stake. Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound) gives a look at the greater tapestry of life in the Klingon Empire -- not just the Defense Force and the government, but everything from the mean streets of the slums of Krennla to the hallowed halls of a Klingon opera company to the shadowy corridors of Imperial Intelligence to the rustic joys of a Klingon farm. And Star Trek: A Time for War, a Time for Peace (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound) is the acclaimed book that leads into the final TNG movie Star Trek Nemesis, the final adventure of Picard's intact crew, and setting the stage for what is to come.

I also wrote an essay for Sequart's comprehensive history of Trek in comic book form, New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics (Amazon (trade paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound) on WildStorm's run of comics from 1999-2001. The book covers the entire gamut, from Gold Key to IDW and everything in between.






the "Precinct" series


Taking two characters I originated in role-playing games -- Torin ban Wyvald from a college Dungeons & Dragons game, Danthres Tresyllione from an early prototype of what eventually became the Wildside Gaming System in my 20s -- and turning them into cops, for ten years I've been writing novels and short stories featuring these two and the other members of the Cliff's End Castle Guard. In a world where humans, elves, dwarves, and gnomes live alongside wizards and warriors, the Castle Guard's job is to maintain law and order within the demesne.

There are four novels so far. In Dragon Precinct (Amazon (trade) | Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Audible audio) | Barnes & Noble (Nook or trade) | Indie Bound | Kobo | direct from the publisher) the members of a heroic quest are killed off, one by one, and Torin and Danthres must find the culprit before more heroes of Flingaria are killed. Unicorn Precinct (Amazon (trade) | Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Audible audio) | Barnes & Noble (trade) | Barnes & Noble (Nook) | Indie Bound | Kobo | direct from the publisher) thrusts Danthres and Torin into the world of the upper crust as the scion of a wealthy family is murdered on the eve of her wedding, and the murderer may be her mistress, which causes all kinds of problems. A new designer drug is unleashed on Cliff's End in Goblin Precinct (Amazon (trade) | Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Audible audio) | Barnes & Noble (Nook or trade) | Indie Bound | Kobo | direct from the publisher), and it leads to a clash with the Brotherhood of Wizards and the current government of the elven lands. And in Gryphon Precinct (Amazon (trade) | Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Audible audio) | Barnes & Noble (trade) | Barnes & Noble (Nook) | Indie Bound | Kobo | direct from the publisher), there is tremendous upheaval as a death in the castle leads to massive changes in how the Castle Guard is run -- and also a massive conspiracy that may strike at the very heart of the human lands.

There've also been a mess of "Precinct" short stories. Five were published in various anthologies: "Getting the Chair" in Murder by Magic (Amazon (trade paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (trade paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound), where a wizard who animates furniture is murdered, but the chair tells a different story from the lamp and couch; "Crime of Passion" in Hear Them Roar (Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound), where the evidence in a family massacre doesn't add up; "A Clean Getaway" in Pandora's Closet (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound), in which a closet that never existed spews filth all over someone's house; "House Arrest" in Bad-Ass Faeries (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound), in which Torin interrogates a house faerie; and "Fire in the Hole" in Dragon's Lure (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (trade paperback) | Barnes & Noble (Nook) | Indie Bound), where the traditional midsummer dragon sighting takes a turn for the deadly. In addition, those five stories, as well as five more -- "Catch and Release" (an Iaian and Grovis story), "Blood in the Water" (a Dru and Hawk story), "Brotherly Love" (a Danthres solo story), "Heroes Welcome" (a sequel to Dragon Precinct), and "When the Magick Goes Away" (Danthres and Torin's first case together) -- can be found in Tales from Dragon Precinct (Amazon (trade) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (trade) | Barnes & Noble (Nook) | Indie Bound | Kobo | direct from the publisher).

Two more stories are currently only available to people who supported them via Kickstarter -- "Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty" and the forthcoming "Baker's Dozen" -- and another story, "Partners in Crime," will be appearing in my short story collection Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, which Dark Quest will be publishing in 2015.




TV tie-ins


My most recent TV tie-ins are to a show long off the air and another that is currently running: "Time Keeps on Slippin'" in Stargate SG-1/Atlantis: Far Horizons (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble | direct from the publisher) is a short story that fills in the gap between the third and fourth seasons of SG-1, explaining why Teal'c got a soul patch and why Carter grew her hair so shaggy. Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound | Kobo) is a late-first-season adventure of Ichabod Crane and Lieutenant Abbie Mills as magical items that tie into Crane's adventures during the American Revolution are being stolen by thieves who leave brutally murdered bodies behind -- and that's just a prelude to what they have planned.

I did my first role-playing game adventure this year, entitled "Merciless" in the Firefly: Echoes of War supplement Things Don't Go Smooth (DriveThruRPG), based on the tragically short-lived TV series, as the adventurers must rob a museum. Also this year, BOOM! Studios finally released the final twelve issues of the ongoing Farscape comic book in a single trade paperback, Farscape: The War for the Uncharted Territories (Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound | direct from the publisher), written by me with series creator Rockne S. O'Bannon with art by Will Sliney, chronicling Crichton and the Moya gang's last stand against the unstoppable Kkore. Last year my novel Leverage: The Zoo Job (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound | Kobo), based on the not-as-short-lived-but-still-greatly-missed caper show, was released, as Nate Ford and the gang must help a local zoo track down a valuable animal for a major exhibit that has gone missing before the zoo is forced to shut down.

Finally, I've done three novels based on the hit CW show Supernatural, including Nevermore (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound), which sends the Winchester brothers to the boogie-down Bronx to deal with a haunting and a series of Edgar Allan Poe-related murders, Bone Key (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound), which has Sam, Dean, and Bobby travelling to Key West to fight a pair of demons, only to find an even bigger threat on the island, and Heart of the Dragon (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound), where three generations of hunters -- the Campbell family in 1969, John Winchester in 1989, and Sam, Dean, Bobby, and Castiel in 2009 -- fight the demon known as Doragon Kokoro.




tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet


I've written bunches of short stories featuring Cassie Zukav, a young woman currently living in Key West, Florida, where she tends to find herself involved in weird shit -- she lives with the ghost of an old wrecker captain, the remnants of the Norse pantheon all hang around her, and she regularly encounters strange creatures ranging from mermaids to nixies to soul-sucking musicians to other ghosts -- while taking people on scuba dives and hanging out at Mayor Fred's Saloon to watch the house band play.

Cassie stories have appeared in a bunch of anthologies. "Ragnarok and Roll" in Tales from the House Band Volume 1 (Amazon (trade) | Barnes & Noble (trade) | Indie Bound | direct from the publisher), reprinted in Apocalypse 13 (Amazon (trade) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (trade) | Indie Bound | direct from the publisher), in which Cassie must stop Loki from bringing about Ragnarok; "I Believe I'm Sinkin' Down" in Tales from the House Band Volume 2 (Amazon (trade) | Barnes & Noble (trade) | direct from the publisher), where Cassie must save her friends in the band 1812 from having their souls taken away from them by a rock star; "Undine the Boardwalk" in Bad-Ass Faeries: It's Elemental (Amazon (trade) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (trade) | Barnes & Noble (Nook) | Indie Bound | Kobo | direct from the publisher), where Jana's new boyfriend proves to have a dangerous connection to one of Mayor Fred's regulars, and only Cassie knows the truth; and "Fish Out of Water" in Out of Tune (Amazon (hardcover) | Amazon (trade paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (trade paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound (hardcover) | direct from the publisher), when a mermaid shows up in the Keys and Cassie tries to get her home.

In addition, Plus One Press put out a collection of Cassie stories called Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet (Amazon (trade) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (trade) | Barnes & Noble (Nook) | Indie Bound | direct from the publisher), which includes all of the above (except for "Fish out of Water"), as well as "Love Over and Over" (which details the bizarre history of Loki and Sigyn), the three-part "Cayo Hueso" (in which the ghosts of the island become more active and we meet Cassie's parents and twin brother), and "God of Blunder" (when Thor shows up at Mayor Fred's and much wackiness ensues), as well as the "bonus track" of the first-ever Cassie story (from the long-out-of-print 1997 anthology Urban Nightmares) "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires...".

Two more Cassie stories are coming in 2015: "Down to the Waterline" will be in Buzzy Mag Online, and "Seven-Mile Race" will appear in the aforementioned Without a License.




gaming fiction


I've written bunches of gaming fiction, some of which is out of print or hard to find, but a few that are still floating around include World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound), my most successful book to date (nine years after its release it's in its 12th printing) which fills in the gap between Warcraft 3 and 3X and World of Warcraft, focusing on Jaina, Thrall, and a surprise sorcerer from the distant past; StarCraft: Ghost: Nova (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound), the prequel to the never-released Ghost game, providing the origin of Nova Terra, the main character of the abandoned game (who plays a supporting role in StarCraft II); and Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun: Under the Crimson Sun (Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Audible audio) | Barnes & Noble (paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound), part of the "Abyssal Plague" storyline that crossed over among the main D&D world as well as Eberron, Forgotten Realms, and (in this book) Dark Sun. I also wrote about my experiences writing gaming fiction in Kobold Guide to Combat (Amazon (trade paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound | direct from the publisher), which is full of cool essays about combat in RPGs.




other original fiction


I've created a couple of other original universes besides the "Precinct" books and Cassie Zukav, but I haven't done as much with them. In 2011, I experimented with the whole small-press revolution by teaming up with Crossroad Press to put out Super City Police Department: The Case of the Claw (Amazon (trade) | Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Audible audio) | Barnes & Noble (Nook or trade) | Smashwords | Kobo | Indie Bound | direct from the publisher), the first of an intended series about cops in a city filled with superheroes, and the trials and tribulations of being law-enforcement in an environment where spandex-dressed people are damaging property all the time. I've also written a short story in the setting, "Stone Cold Whodunit" in With Great Power (Amazon | Barnes & Noble | direct from publisher), in which detectives must figure out how a person died, knowing only that it related to superheroes somehow...

In addition, I've got two others floating around, which I've only done one story each with (so far). One is an urban fantasy world focusing on a New York City hunter of supernatural creatures (called "Coursers") named Bram Gold. In "Under the King's Bridge" in Liar Liar (Amazon (trade paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (audio) | Barnes & Noble | direct from the publisher) Gold is hired to find out why people in Marble Hill are acting weird, and it leads him to a lamprey and an ugly time in Courser history. The other is a science fiction setting involving a woman named Jin, known as "the human finder," as her being accidentally implanted with a strange alien gem has given her the ability to find anything. In "The Stone of the First High Pontiff" in Defending the Future Volume 5: Best Laid Plans (Amazon (trade paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (trade paperback or Nook) | Indie Bound), Jin must find a religious artifact that the client doesn't actually believe exists -- which complicates matters when she actually does find the thing....




shared-world fiction


I've been fortunate to be invited to participate in a couple of different shared worlds. The first was "Tales of the Scattered Earth," a far-future space-opera science fiction setting in which Earth is long gone, but humanity has been re-seeded by powerful creatures, worshipped as gods. Created by Aaron Rosenberg, Steve Savile, and David Niall Wilson, one of the re-seeded worlds is the Olodumare Hegemony, a solar-system-wide empire that employs telepaths, called Ori-Inu, to enforce their rule. Guilt in Innocence (Amazon (trade paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Audible audio) | Barnes & Noble (trade paperback) | Barnes & Noble (Nook) | Indie Bound) focuses on one of those telepaths, Folami, who is investigating the disappearance of fellow Ori-Inu, and uncovers a massive conspiracy that could destroy the Hegemony.

In addition, Jonathan Maberry invited to play in his V-Wars universe twice so far. This series -- which includes two anthologies, with a third on the way, a monthly comic book, and a TV show in development -- does something new by doing something old. The world is overrun by vampires, but they aren't the vamps of pop culture, but rather of folklore -- junk DNA has been activated by a virus, turning people into the vampires from the folklore of their particular ethnic heritage. My story "The Ballad of Big Charlie" (Amazon (hardcover) | Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (audio CD) | Amazon (Audible audio) | Barnes & Noble (Nook or hardcover or audio) | Barnes & Noble (paperback) | Indie Bound | Kobo | Science Fiction Book Club | Gladstone (audio)) has a Bronx DA running for reelection announce that he has the virus during his campaign -- and then things get really weird. I will also have a story in the third anthology when it comes out in 2015, a story that returns some characters from "Big Charlie," entitled "Streets of Fire."


In addition to the ordering links I've placed here, some of the above are available directly from me, with the added bonus that they'll be autographed! Details can be found here.
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