Living the life of a beach bum on Dauphin Island, Alabama, has been wonderful. Writing while looking out over the Gulf of Mexico or Mobile Bay is relaxing. My writing has improved, although it's tough to keep from walking on the beach instead. Life here is a lot more laid back than Orange Beach, Perdido Beach, or Galveston Island. With only 1100 residents, it's like a small village but with lots of bars, restaurants, and festivals. I haven't found a band yet, but I do jam at an open mic on Thursdays at a bar across the street. So far, I love it. So does Kim.
Book 3 of my Jake's Law series is nearing final stages of completion. Jake is still as bad ass as ever, but a bit more contemplative. The zombies are just as deadly.
Cold Steel Justice, my new horror novel set in the 1880s West, is moving along. It's fun researching 1880s Arizona. It's amazing how poorly the movies do in regards to correct history settings.
I'm working with a graphic artist on the cover for my new novel, Shadow Legion. So far, it looks great.
Former Roman Legion Legate Gaius Marcus Linneus, reduced in rank to Centurion for cowardice by his troops against the Parthians in Armenia and banished by Emperor Marcus Aurelius to Tripolitania in Northern Africa, finds his new command, a Shadow Legion, a reduced century of dishonored legionnaires, as much punishment as is his dishonor. Castra-Augustus, a small fort in the southern Sahara, is under attack by an unseen enemy who takes soldiers in the night, leaving only shredded clothing. Determined to find the enemy and defeat him, thereby earning the right to return in honor to Rome, Gaius sets a trap. He and a small detachment of legionnaires will travel south as bait, while Optio Flavius Cirrus, his second in command, follows to attack the enemy.
Gaius discovers an ancient city carved from solid rock half-buried by shifting sands. When a stranger arrives just after two more legionnaires disappear, Gaius questions him. Rashid Abdullah, who claims to be a Berber salt merchant, discloses the name of the ancient city – Hamad Rus, home of the Kashites who once lived East of Eden. Their long-time enemies, the Inyosh, the undead Children of Lilith, had driven the Kashites west into Northern Africa millennia earlier. Casting a spell to destroy the Inyosh, the Kashites had instead changed them into formless wraiths that killed to obtain blood for their god, Nergal.
Now, the Inyosh have awakened. Gaius must team with Rashid, whose amulet passed down through the generations seems the only defense against the wraiths, to defeat the wraiths and their god Nergal before the dark army moves against Leptis Magna and then Rome itself.