The Second Book and Updates to the Site

Book Two of The Hunter’s Tale Trilogy is out now! It’s available in a number of places, many of them listed on the Buy Page of the Tales site.

But the real release party will be November 5th at the Las Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival. I’ll be there with both books and some new swag! So I hope you can find some time to come out.

It’s being held at the library near Maryland and Flamingo between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm. And it’s totally free!

So I hope you’ll join me and maybe pick up a book or maybe even two…

But I’d also like to take a moment and let everyone know that I’ve made some changes to the site. First of all I’ve moved around some stuff and added a section called ‘Words‘ which is split into Before the Veil and Behind the Veil. I did this to make a little more room for more stories that I’d like to post and for other print items. Not just the books…

I’m working on a comic again, but this time I’m planning on it being print! So, keep an eye out for more on that as the time comes for the first official Hunter Comic’s release in the next six months or so.

I’m also planning on releasing another free short story titled ‘My Name is Mari’, which will explore the villain of Book Two. I’d like that out before the holidays and am in the process of drafting it out.

Finally, I’ll be adding the Susi Speaks blog posts to the ‘Behind the Veil’ section so that people know where to look to find all the little nuggets of information I’ve dropped in the lore section of this site.

So, I guess what I’m saying is, be on the look out. Because Tales From the Universe is going to start ramping up!

– Peace

The Veil and Shadows

An Entry of Susi Speaks

“I told you to ask me next time we stopped,” Susi said absently as she leaned backwards in the car seat, feet resting on the dash.

“I’m bored, the music sucks out here, and you’re taking up half the backseat so I can’t nap. So, tell me about The Veil,” Sniper answered as she took a pull from her to-go cup.

Susi considered this for a moment, “Okay, sure, fine. I guess it’s pretty important since it’s how we keep from being seen by mortals. But I need to tell you about the shadows, first.”

Sniper shrugged her agreement.

“Glad to see you’re so enthused. Anyway, the shadows were left behind when The Gods created The Garden and The Plains. I’m not sure why, honestly, but it’s just there. It’s like a natural force.

“Devils are the only ones who can walk it, though. Maybe Angels, too, but I’ve never met an Angel.”

“You mean another Angel?” Sniper asked, her brow slightly cocked.

Susi wobbled her hand at Sniper in semi-agreement, “Anyway, shadows are really hard to walk in because they don’t really obey the rest of the rules that the universe likes to play by. Solids aren’t always solid, liquids aren’t always liquid, it’s weird. Time doesn’t move the same, either. And gravity is pretty much a negotiable concept.

“Problem is, you go crazy in there if you’re left for too long. Even Devils. That’s why I tried to drop you in there when we first fought. Figured it would be a quick way to ditch you.”

Sniper rubbed the back of her head, “Yeah, that was fun, thanks. I thought I was going to hurl in there.”

“Kid, if I left you in there for much longer your brains would have melted out of your nose and you’d have become a gibbering mess of crazy and pooped pants,” Susi noted with a wicked grin. “Anyway, shadows are useful for quick travel or getting the drop on people, but don’t stay too long.”

Sniper nodded, “Sure. Now how does this effect The Veil?”

“Getting to that. You’re a nosy little thing, aren’t you?”

Sniper shrugged.

“So, The Veil is an effect of the shadows. It’s like…a bleed over, or something, my uncle explained it to me once. It was super technical. Short version is, because of the shadows, mortals tend to not notice things that belong to the other side.

“Shadows obscure things unless you’re willing to look it in it’s face. A Demon’s tail snakes out, people don’t flip out unless they really look for it. And Mortals rarely look for stuff like that unless they’re unveiled.”

“Unveiled?” Sniper asked.

“Yeah, you. Unveiled. You see things clearly. You know about Demons and Devils and Gods and all that crap that most Mortals think is fantasy. Some people get there on their own, spend time with a Demon, realize that they’re more than they let on, then they start noticing other stuff.

“Others fall into it like a tall walk off a little pier,” Susi pointed to Sniper with the last statement.

Sniper considered this silently for a moment, then asked, “Why don’t The Gods stop people from finding out?”

Susi shrugged, “Not their problem.”

Sniper frowned and stared out her window, “Hunter said that they can’t get involved, but then people who don’t know better die.”

Susi watched as Hunter glanced in the rear-view briefly before turning his eyes back to the road.

“I…don’t really know what happened between The Gods. But it was bad. There were four of them once, now there’s only three. I guess. I don’t know. But they have rules, now, I don’t know them all. I don’t understand them all. I don’t think we’re able to. But they follow those rules really carefully. Bend them, maybe, but they’d never break them.

“There’s one big one I know though: You Shalt Not Muck About with Free Will.”

“‘Muck About.'” Sniper repeated flatly.

Susi leaned back, “Not the exact wording. I don’t know what happened, or how it happened, but Gods don’t mess with Mortals unless the Mortal looks for messing. And even then there’s a whole bunch of rules that govern what they do and how they do it. I know the rules are flexible in some ways, but the big one is that the Gods will not mess with free will.

“And that means they don’t expose mortals to this side of The Veil intentionally. Because once they’re Unveiled, they’re pretty much free-game for any thing else on the other side of that veil. At least when they’re Veiled, they’re as protected as they can be from things like us.”

Sniper frowned, but nodded slowly. She didn’t like the answer, but it made enough sense, “Why don’t Demons need to follow that rule, though?”

Susi seemed to consider this for a moment before answering, “The unveiled follow similar rules, actually, but since all the unveiled are kind of sideways related to mortals it’s different.”

“‘Sideways Related’? What does that mean?”

“Well, you’re a Mortal, right? But you’re unveiled. Reapers were totally Mortal, at one point. Demons are bred from your emotion, so they’re kind of Mortal in a weird round-about way,” Susi chewed the inside of her cheek, like she was deciding what was okay to say. “Devils we’re, well, more regulated but we still die and are kind of Mortal if you define ‘Mortal’ as someone with and expiration date…”

Snipe frowned, “That’s the other thing I don’t get, what exactly is the difference between Devils and Demons. I get Devils are more powerful, but why?”

“We live super long. I thought I told you that last time,” Susi responded as she leaned back in her chair.

“Living a long time doesn’t make you stronger,” Sniper responded, frowning.

Susi gave a shrug and tilted her head away from Sniper and attempted to nap. A clear, if not aggravating sign to Sniper that the conversation was over for now.


Heaven, Hell, and the Space Between

An Entry of Susi Speaks

“And so the God’s said, let there be light, and there was. See, when they first showed up there wasn’t anything there. Not even themselves, which gets weird, honestly. I tried to ask Paoken once but I got all glassy eyed when he tried to explain it and gave up. But they said there was, so there was, got it?” Susi cocked her head at Sniper who was staring at her over her soda in the diner.

“So…where’d the Gods come from?” Sniper asked.

“Dunno, actually,” Susi said, thoughtfully staring at her dessert, “Where does any God come from in any mythology?”

“Can’t ask those Gods, can we?”

“Some,” Susi said with a grin.

“Okay, discussion for another time,” Sniper rubbed her temples, “Continue please.”

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And a Happy New Year!

Hello everyone! How has everyone’s year been so far? Good? Good. I’ve had this post half written since the middle of January, but it didn’t seem right to post until now!

Anyway, 2015 brought it’s fair share of amazing. Aside from some personal and professional triumphs that I don’t think I need to go into here I finally saw my childhood dream come true and it was amazing!

It was a long road to get here, but I now have an actual book out that I can hold in my hands! And, more than that, people who have read it have enjoyed it!

However, I think that the thing I mark most as a success from the previous year was a little piece of paper that showed up in my mail a few days ago. I was cut a check from Barnes and Noble for my last appearance of the year in 2015. It wasn’t a lot of money, but getting a check from a real brick and mortar book store really made the fact that I’ve written a book that people enjoy sink in.

(Insert Shameless ‘rate my Book on Amazon if you’ve read it’ here, and a thanks to those who have!)

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Castoffs and Dredges, or How I Learned to Love Delete

The delete key intimidates me. I’m sure I’m not alone in that, it really does cause a moment of panic whenever I decide I need to use it.

Not for the little things like a misspelled word or a improper tense, in fact I’ve deleted several things in this line alone.

But when I realize that an entire section of a story or book needs to be wiped out. That’s when fear settles into the pit of my stomach and sometimes causes me step away from the keyboard in frustration.

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A Big Thanks and a Sold Out First Day!

In the past I’ve only attended a convention as a guest, I’ve never been a participant before, and I have to say that it was a lot of fun! It was a small convention, that’s for sure, but it was a amazing to get out there and talk to people.

My favorite shot of the night!

But the really exciting news is that I managed to sell out my entire first printing! All thirty books found a new home! Many of those homes are with friends and family, but it was amazing how many people stopped at my booth completely at random and walked away with a copy in hand. It really made my day!

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From the Outset

First, I don’t plan to blog very often. But feel free to check in from time to time to see how the next book is progressing or any other things I decide to discuss.

I’m writing this entry mostly for the handful of people who knew me as an author before Hunter. The two or three of you that have been reading my work since high-school. The rest are welcome to read, of course, but this is really for the old-timers.

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