For you local folks, I’ll be doing an author event at the Richmond Public Library on October 3, from 4-5:00PM. Topic: Writing Dungeons and Dragons-style.
If you have the time, it would be great to see you there. Please consider registering!
You’ll have a chance to try out some of the techniques I use for crafting a story. And here are a few of the things I’ll be discussing:
My first audiobook just released and I am a little amazed by it. Sean Letourneau is a voice actor who is talented and easy to work with. He worked hard to make the characters in Children of Ruin come to life, and I hope you’ll give it a listen.
If you don’t already have an Audible account, you can get a FREE copy of the audiobook. Just click here!
What can I say, except please buy my books! If you’re a librarian, buy a copy for the library (they are also available on Overdrive!) and if you’re a reader buy a copy for yourself. Available in both eBook and paperback! (And please share this post!)
“Zombies? Check. Non-stop apocalyptic action? Check! This book will get your heart pumping. Read it with one hand on a machete (just in case).” –Arthur Slade, bestselling author of Dust
“Smart and crisply written. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead you’ve found your next read!” —Eric Walters, bestselling author of the Rule of Three series
In a society that has fallen to a nightmarish disease that brings the dead back to life, Ethan finds himself at war with his vengeful stepfather who taught him all he knows to survive in an apocalyptic world. Ethan gathers a troupe of other survivors – including Thomas, the thuggish football captain; Kady, the flighty cheerleader; and Gerald, the meek tinkerer – and builds a home base fortress to fight back against the army he knows his stepfather is creating. Ethan’s clan of survivors relies on him to guide them, but personal conflicts make it seemingly impossible to work as a team. Ethan knows, if they don’t pull themselves together, his stepfather will make them wish the disease had taken them first.
Love, immortality, or vengeance? Which would you choose?
Rancor, a werewolf, has spent the last several hundred years training to kill vampires. Shay, a vampyre, has spent his time mocking the werewolf just for fun. Now, a thousand years after they first met, both werewolf and vampire will clash over the ultimate prize: true love. Filled with fast-paced action and a conclusion you won’t expect, Rancor will both win and break your heart.
In 2005, my first professionally published novel hit stores in Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Rancour was meant to be a four-book series, with the second out in 2007, the next 2009, and the final 2011. Rancour sold out its first print run within the first two years, and left its prequel, Pyre, to keep the series alive.
Rancour was in limbo for the next four years, until 2011 when the second run was finally printed. Before the third book was released, I severed ties with the publisher due to conflicts similar to these. Publishing can be a minefield of hopes and dreams up against business decisions and broken deals.
The Rancour Chronicles, now titled, RANCOR CHRONICLES, is being released in 2018 and 2019. It’s hard to believe it’s been thirteen years since this book first made its appearance.
2017 had a pretty rough start for me, but it finished extremely strong. When I look back on the year I feel pretty happy about the accomplishments I have made. I’m almost done my lib tech course, I began learning the ukulele, adopted a dog, took some road trips, wrote a new book, started submitting my work to publishers, and I met a really amazing woman.
Here’s a list of my top 12 events. Some have links to longer blog posts or to other sites of interest.
That time Denise Jaden and Eileen Cook asked me to be a part of their summer signing.
9. Digital Services Tech at Richmond Public Library.
That time a part of my job was to create a digitization station for digitizing VHS, LPs, and cassettes. (It now does SO MUCH MORE!)
10. Chosen to be a part of the literacy quilt.
The quilt was 50 feet from my station, and it still took me weeks and weeks to notice I was on it. In fact, it was a patron who asked, “Are you the James McCann that’s on the literacy quilt?” And then when the quilt travelled to another library, I got an email from a coworker who realized I was the author of one of her favourite books as a teen.
11. Family came to visit.
My sister and mom came in July, and my nephew came in September. We took many road trips together and had an absolute blast.