read an excerpt from Phoenix Precinct

There’s now an excerpt from Chapter 6 of Phoenix Precinct — the sixth novel and seventh book in my fantasy/police procedural series — up on the eSpec Books blog!

The book is currently funding on Kickstarter, so check it out and please consider supporting it! We’ve made our funding goal — so you’re guaranteed to get what you pledge for — and we’re very close to unlocking some fabulous stretch goals.

Plus there are four Tuckerizations left in the book, including that of the murder victim! If you want to be the poor sod who buys it in the prologue, you can still get that reward! And there are three other characters available!

Phoenix Precinct (and two other fantasy novels) being crowdfunded now!

The fine folks at eSpec Books are crowdfunding their next three novels, one of which is mine!

Click on the link and please consider supporting three nifty new fantasy novels:

  • Yeti Left Home, a cryptid tale by Aaron Rosenberg
  • Esprit de Corpse, a Parisian steampunk novel by Ef Deal
  • Phoenix Precinct, the latest in the fantasy/police procedure series by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Yup! The latest in the “Precinct” series is being written and crowdfunded even as we speak. In Phoenix Precinct, Lieutenants Danthres Tresyllione and Torin ban Wyvald investigate a hate crime, as a Barlin refugee is found beaten to death. But their investigation uncovers corruption in the Castle Guard — and in the castle itself!

Click here to find out more about the crowdfund, about Phoenix Precinct, and about Aaron and Ef’s books as well….

two Kickstarters launching soon: Phoenix Precinct and Double Trouble

I’ve got two crowdfunds coming up, and I seriously hope you’ll support both of them, as they’re both projects very near and dear to my heart.

The first is the next book in my long-running “Precinct” series of fantasy police procedurals. This series launched in 2004 with Dragon Precinct, and while it took seven years for the sequel, Unicorn Precinct, to come out, the series has been going strong since 2011, with half a dozen books so far — five novels and one short-story collection — and eSpec Books is about to launch a Kickstarter for the sixth novel, Phoenix Precinct. The newly created residential area of Albinton, colloquially known as “New Barlin” as it houses many refugees from the neighboring city-state of Barlin, has been the focus of a great deal of violence directed against those refugees. When one is murdered, however, it leads detectives Danthres Tresyllione and Torin ban Wyvald to a web of intrigue and corruption in the Castle Guard — and in the castle itself!

This novel will be crowdfunded alongside two other fantasy novels: Yeti Left Home by Aaron Rosenberg and Espirit de Corpse by Ef Deal.

Here’s a link to the pre-launch page, where you can sign up for alerts as to when the Kickstarter goes live.

I’m also co-editing an anthology for the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers called Double Trouble: An Anthology of Two-Fisted Team-Ups. This will feature pairings of classic characters, and will be edited by me and Jonathan Maberry. The full lineup of authors and character pairings include:

  • Captain Nemo meets Frankenstein’s monster (Kevin J. Anderson)
  • Prospero meets Don Quixote de la Mancha (David Mack)
  • Dr. Moreau meets Audrey II (Scott Sigler)
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde meet Dracula and John Henry (Derek Tyler Attico)
  • Ace Harlem meets the Conjure-Man (Maurice Broaddus)
  • Marion of Sherwood meets Annie Oakley (Rigel Ailur)
  • Gulliver meets Sacajawea and Ernest Shackleton (Diana Dru Botsford)
  • Van Helsing meets Athena and the Medusa (Jennifer Brody)
  • Lord Ruthven meets Lydia Bennet (Delilah S. Dawson)
  • Bastet and Fenrir meet Quetzalcoatl (Ben H. Rome)
  • Dan Fowler meets Stinger Seave (James Reasoner)
  • Captain Battle meets Blackout (Dayton Ward)
  • Ayesha, a.k.a. She Who Must Be Obeyed, meets Egungun-oya (Keith R.A. DeCandido)
  • Flaxman Low meets Mezzanotte (Nancy Holder & Alan Philipson)
  • And finally, The Brain that Wouldn’t Die must survive the Night of the Living Dead (Greg Cox)

If we hit our stretch goals, we’ll add three more:

  • Jane Trent, Science Sleuth and Fantamah and Fury (Debbie Daughetee)
  • Tang Sanzang, a.k.a. Tripitaka, and Emperor Taizong (David A. McIntee)
  • Moon Man and The Man in Black (James A. Moore)

Here’s a link to the pre-launch page, where you can sign up for alerts as to when the Kickstarter goes live.