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Information about published and upcoming books.

Falling Snow

While I don’t write a ton of winter stories, it’s without question one of my favorite times of year. Not a lot of things I like better than sitting in front of a fire with a cup of hot cider while it snows outside. Then there’s the morning after a snowfall, with that quiet serenity of an unbroken blanket of snow, when even the normal noises of the world are muffled and distant.

So it’s probably not the biggest shock that my winter project this year is (yes, yet another) retelling of Snow White. Coming in January!

Prince Carwyn is going to be crowned in less than a week when he overhears a conversation he wasn’t meant to—one that precipitates his swift flight from the castle, pursued by Gareth, the loyal huntsman who wants nothing more than to keep him safe.

Want the visual? Here’s the pinterest board, for a little taste:

Puss in Boots

I promised more information on my upcoming projects, so here’s one that’s in the works for an anthology in 2021: An Urban Fantasy retelling of Puss in Boots.

The plot:
Luke Miller’s parents just died, and his greedy brothers turned him out of the only home he’s ever known, with little more than his clothes and his cat, Wentworth. In his quest to find stability and somewhere to belong, Luke stumbles across an apparently abandoned mansion, a mystery surrounding the neighbor who left Wentworth in his care, and a whole lab worth of shattered glass, all of which conspire to change his life not only for good, but for the better.

Want more info? Here’s the pinterest board I put together as inspiration for Luke’s journey:

Time’s Almost Up!

Hey all, Waverly and I have a short story in the fourth edition of the awesome Heart2Heart anthology, all proceeds going to some great LGBTQIA+ charities, and its time is almost up! As of the 29th of September, it’ll no longer be available, so get your copy before it’s too late!

The Fantastic Fluke

Hey folks! I’m back, and so is Fluke! Now available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited for your reading convenience, The Fantastic Fluke.

I’ve been getting some amazing feedback on it, and I’d love to hear your opinion! Either here in comments, or email me at sam@burnswrites.com , I’d be thrilled to hear from you!

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A Fantastic Prelude

Hey all! It’s been a while, so I thought I’d update you on what’s happening. In August, I have a new world, and a whole new cast of characters to introduce you to, so I’m starting here: A sassy fox, a grumpy ghost, and one overwhelmed mage trying to evade a conspiracy that wants him dead.

Coming soon to a kindle near you, The Fantastic Fluke.

https://www.pinterest.com/samburnswrites/arcanist/

January in Words

Hey all! So January is over, and boy was it a long year. For me, it was an incredibly productive month. In fact, it was the most productive month I’ve ever had.

So I thought I’d share it here, along with one of the ways I track my word count: I write it on an old-school paper calendar every day. This way Mr. Burns can get a look and if I’m having a slow period, give me a poke. (Okay fine, it’s more so he’ll praise me when I’m doing well.)

Imaginary cookies to anyone who can guess any part of my random notation system.

‘Tis the Season

…for holiday stories, of course.

I don’t usually write anything for the holidays, but in May, when I was struggling with a major project, taking a day to write a short story was a good distraction from my mental blocks. So here we are in December, and here’s my day well spent.

It is that–a short story–so if you don’t like things that aren’t novel length, it’s obviously not for you. If you’re looking for a feel-good holiday tale, it just might be. It’s a standalone contemporary, so there’s no magic (the shame!), unless you count the odd holiday miracle of two guys finding each other despite themselves. It’s even lucky number thirteen in the lineup of advent stories!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0826N4RYZ

The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated…

Kidding!

No, no, I don’t mean that they weren’t exaggerated. I promise, if anyone told you I’m dead, they were wrong.

I think.

It’s been a whirlwind few months, complete with my two best book releases of all time:

Not only were both super fun to write, but they’re the first books in new trilogies, covers by the ever-fabulous Natasha Snow.

Never fear if you’re worried about Rowan Harbor, though. Book nine will be forthcoming soon! I’ll post the cover here this Friday, along with the blurb and… in case you haven’t already seen the widget, publication date!

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper

Seriously, Thanatos is a good guy. It’s not like he’s come to hurt anyone, just take them where they’re going. Look at that beautiful face. (on that beautiful cover by Natasha Snow!) So yeah, today is the release of the third book in my Lords of the Underworld series with W.M.Fawkes.

While this is technically the last book in the series, that’s because the next series of characters don’t (generally) fit into the underworld theme. Next up is Sons of Olympus, starting with Hermes, as he gets to know everyone’s favorite insufferable professor, Wilder Pratt in Wildfire.

Patron of Mercy is not only my favorite book in the series, but possibly my favorite thing I’ve ever had a hand in writing. I hope you love it as much as Waverly and I do!

Straight from the Heart Audio

As I’ve been mentioning on Twitter and Facebook for the last month, I’ve been working with a narrator to get my first book ever into audio.

I had a chance to listen to the finished product this week, and I’m so pleased with the result! All we’re awaiting now is Amazon approval to get it posted on Audible. The narrator in question, Gabriel Amari, has been kind enough to put together a couple of snippets and host them on Soundcloud, so here’s Alex and Liam on the phone.

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