Read “Join, or Die” on

join_or_die_250Missed “Join, or Die” the first time?
Not a problem!

Back when The League of Seven debuted on August 19, 2014, I offered a limited edition chapbook featuring the short story “Join, or Die,” featuring Ben Franklin, Mr. Rivets, the Boston Tea Party, and giant sea monsters. What more could you ask for, right? Well, if you didn’t get a chapbook the first time around, you can now read the story for free online at my publisher’s web site,! Go give it a read!

By |August 4th, 2015|Categories: Free Stuff, News|Tags: |

Read “The Hero of the Five Points” on

Hero_of-the_5Points_4X6There were a hundred stories told in the streets of Five Points about the giant gangster Mose. That he was eight feet tall and six feet wide; that his stovepipe hat was actually an upside-down smokestack torn from a Cheyenne locomotive; that his fists were the size of Cherokee hams, his feet so large it took the leather of two whole cows for him to be shod. That Mose had the strength of ten men…

Click here to read the League of Seven prequel novelette “The Hero of the Five Points” free online at!

By |August 27th, 2014|Categories: Free Stuff, News|Tags: , |

The “Join, or Die” chapbooks are in!


It’s here! The League of Seven prequel short story “Join, or Die” is back from the printer, and it looks terrific! Wendi and I spent all last night punching holes and stitching in the binding by hand. The binding we’re using is waxed linen thread. I wanted to stitch them rather than staple them to give the chapbook an old-fashioned feel. The hero of the story is printer Ben Franklin, after all!

On Friday they go back to the printer for the final trim, where they’ll take about an inch off the outside edge, evening everything up. Then I’ll deliver them to Malaprop’s Bookstore, where I’ll sign and number them and package them up with signed and personalized copies of The League of Seven to ship out on Monday!


The League of Seven goes on sale everywhere on August 19, 2014–which means you have less than one week left to get the free, specially-printed short story “Join, or Die” when you pre-order The League of Seven from Malaprop’s Bookstore! The chapbook is a Malaprop’s pre-order exclusive, and once they’re gone, they’re gone! I hope you’ll order one for yourself or a young reader in your life if you haven’t already.

Click here to order the book from Malaprop’s Bookstore. And whether you call or order online, be sure to say how you’d like me to personalize your book!



By |August 13th, 2014|Categories: Free Stuff, News|Tags: , |

Special League of Seven Pre-Order Offer!

Get a free, specially-printed
short story when you pre-order
The League of Seven from
Malaprop’s Bookstore

The League of Seven debuts on August 19, 2014Buy the book NOW from my hometown indie, Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, NC, and you’ll also receive the League of Sevenprequel short story “Join, or Die” for free with your signed and personalized book!“Join, or Die” features Ben Franklin, the Boston Tea Party, and giant monsters. What more could you ask for? 😉

This special prequel story isn’t available anywhere else. And it’s not digital either–I’m partnering with Malaprop’s to print it up as a chapbook and we’re hand-sewing the things together! This is an exclusive treat only for folks who buy The League of Seven from Malaprop’s. Don’t live in Asheville? Not a problem–Malaprop’s will ship The League of Seven to you the day it debuts!

CLICK HERE to go to the page on where you can pre-order The League of Seven. When you check out, be sure to use the COMMENTS field to tell me who you’d like me to inscribe the book to, or if you’d just like it signed with no inscription. You can also call Malaprop’s at 1-800-441-9829 if you’d like to talk to a real person!

P.S. – The “Join, or Die” chapbooks are back from the printer! Click here for a sneak peek…


By |June 17th, 2014|Categories: Free Stuff, News|Tags: , |

Free League Short Story on


I’ve written a second League of Seven prequel story, “The Hero of the Five Points,” which will be posted for free on The story is about Archie’s parents Dalton and Agatha meeting for the first time and battling Mose, a legendary giant of the “Gangs of New York” era. A certain League of Seven villain also makes an appearance, as does the redoubtable Mr. Rivets! I’ll link to the story when it becomes available.

By |June 19th, 2014|Categories: Free Stuff, News|Tags: |