Sam Burns

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The Prince of Death Lives


My co-written book with the awesome W.M. Fawkes, Prince of Death, is out in the wild as of today!

You can get your copy on Amazon, for purchase or KU borrow.

We’re both pretty excited about sharing Lysandros and Theo with everyone…

…and just as excited about sharing what’s next in this universe: Prisoner of Shadows

As fans of Greek and Roman myth, Fawkes and I have always loved Prometheus, and thought he got a lousy deal after putting himself on the line to help humanity. So we’re going to give him a happier ending.

The Prince & the Professor

If you met me at GRL, you probably also met W. M. Fawkes, whom I introduced as artist, writer, and all around great friend. For some time now, Waverly and I have been working on something new. We’ve created a new universe together that’s a mix of mythology, fantasy, and of course, love: Lords of the Underworld. It’s a series of standalone urban fantasy romances.

It starts with Prince of Death on March 7th, 2019, beneath the streets of Washington, DC, with a lonely prince and a sad professor, neither of whom has any idea how much they need each other…

Gifted power over life and death, Lysandros has spent millennia in the underworld, listless and alone. The youngest child of Hades and Persephone, he’s been sheltered from the threats in the world above.

Theo Ward hasn’t been so lucky. After watching his mother wither away, he’d do almost anything to have her back. When a messenger appears at the Banneker College of Magic and offers the young professor a chance to save her, Theo can’t pass it up, even if it means going straight into the underworld and dragging her home. But Theo gets more than he bargained for when he crosses paths with the prince of Hades.

Set against the king of Olympus, they must shed their past burdens and learn to trust in each other, so they can face down a storm that threatens to wipe the nation’s capital off the map.

Prince of Death on goodreads

Cover by the talented and lovely Natasha Snow

How knitting came to Rowan Harbor

So a funny thing happened a few months ago. Those of you who know me personally have heard the story of how I came to writing m/m romance: someone mentioned their favorite book, The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune, and I asked them for more information. After listening to it, and then reading and listening to a few hundred other books in the genre, I was inspired to actually finish writing a book and publish my own work. It came full circle in November, when on the same podcast where I first heard The Lightning-Struck Heart mentioned, I heard my own pen name. (~32 minutes in)

Many thanks to Laura and Leslie for making my day!

Blackbird Nominated!

I’m pretty stoked about this, you guys. Blackbird has been nominated for best paranormal romance in the M/M Romance group on goodreads. Just being put in a category with the likes of Jordan L. Hawk and T.J. Klune is an honor, regardless of the winner.

The cover, by Madeline Farlow, has also been nominated as best cover of the year, and she completely deserves it. Thank you for making me an amazing cover, Maddie!

Cover Preview – In Any Light

I’ve been planning to give Isla her own story since it became apparent how important she was to Rowan Harbor and its future. After book six, I realized that in the overall plot, this was the perfect time to tell her story. Her novelette will be released at the same time as book seven of the Rowan Harbor Cycle, Eagle in the Hawthorn, which is the current project!


The death of her mentor has left Isla MacKenzie fumbling in the dark. She’s expected to perform as the sole witch on the town council, but she also might be the only witch in town who can’t use her powers. The one bright spot in her life is Cassidy Simon, the town’s beautiful, charismatic vampire bar owner. She’s not sure what Cassidy wants from their relationship, but she hopes that whatever it is, she can give it. The events of a single day are about to change everything for Isla, and only she can control her own destiny.

The cover, as all Rowan Harbor covers, is by the lovely Madeline Farlow at clause&effect

Asexual Awareness Week

Hey guys, it’s Asexual Awareness Week again, and I thought I’d link the blog article I wrote on the subject last year:

Asexual Awareness Week: Guest Post by Sam Burns

It’s been incredibly important and powerful for me to have a community of people who support aces. Thank you all!

Pre-order of Stag and the Ash is available now

This always feels like it happens sooner than I expect, but here it is. The pre-order of Stag and the Ash is up on Amazon.

Meanwhile, I’ve been planning Adder and Willow, the next installment in The Rowan Harbor Cycle, as well as a certain secret project that shall remain nameless until way closer to completion. (hint: there may be witches and a coffee shop involved.)

Hope everyone’s having a fabulous weekend!

Wolf and the Holly in Audio!

Wolf and the Holly is now available in audio, many thanks to the lovely folks at Tantor. Like Blackbird in the Reeds, it’s voiced by the talented Chris Chambers. I look forward to hearing his take on Fox and Birch next!

Stag and the Ash cover!

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, and I’m procrastinating, so I thought I’d come show you what I’m working on.

The lovely and talented Madeline Farlow is doing the covers for The Rowan Harbor Cycle, and here’s her piece for Stag and the Ash, which is slated to be released on Thursday, June 28th:

Mr. Burns tells me that this one is his second favorite after the cover for Blackbird in the Reeds, which I think will always be my favorite, too. What do you think?

Anyway, here’s the (working) burb:

Jesse Hunter is finally trying to be an adult, but still feels like an act. His place on the town council is a sham. He’s rarely called on to do anything. His boyfriend is grieving the loss of his mother, and while everyone seems to think he’s doing a great job caring for Sean, Jesse feels like he’s more of a distraction than a real help.

March is shaping up to be a bad month. First, random chance leads him to the realization that the town’s recent trouble is his fault. Then new werewolves come into town, and it turns out they’re also Jesse’s responsibility. He feels like he may be at his breaking point, and he doesn’t want to drag his friends and loved ones down with him. But how will he handle it alone?

Succubus and the City

Last week about this time, everyone on the mailing list got a free copy of my Rowan Harbor novella, Succubus and the City. Now, I’m making it available to anyone who would like to sign up.

Succubus and the City is the story of Sean’s brother, and how he’s doing in the fallout of Hawk in the Rowan. You don’t have to have read Hawk, or any Rowan Harbor book, for Succubus to make sense. But it does contain a spoiler for something that happens in book four of the series.

Download Succubus and the City here!

 

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