Sam Burns

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(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.

Salmon and the Hazel

Hey all! Here we are, once again, in Rowan Harbor. Salmon and the Hazel is available today on Amazon, and it’s Jesse and Sean’s last book. Just one more to go in the cycle, and we’ll be done…

Salmon and the Hazel

Jesse’s only priority in life is protecting the people he loves, so he’s determined to see Rowan Harbor’s wards rebuilt. There’s just one problem: they’re missing an ingredient that can’t be ordered online.

Jesse volunteers to search for the missing component in the realm of the fae, but his boyfriend, Sean, isn’t letting him go alone. The town has an enemy among the fae, so they’ll need to keep a low profile. Along their way, they find unexpected allies, surprising enemies, and a whole host of problems.

The journey is a test of their endurance, but also of their relationship and their faith in each other. Can they find what they need and get back home in one piece in time for the summer solstice?

How Often Do You Get To Say Penultimate?

So here I am yesterday, announcing that the next Lords of the Underworld book is coming out next month, and the voice of common sense that I usually squash mercilessly whispers in the back of my head, “you never told people when the next Rowan Harbor book is coming out.”

And dang it, I didn’t.

So here we go guys, the next Rowan Harbor book? Is actually coming out before Patron of Mercy. So without any further wait, here’s the (late) announcement:

Jesse’s final book, and the penultimate book in the Rowan Harbor Cycle, Salmon and the Hazel, coming July 4th!

Jesse’s only priority in life is protecting the people he loves, so he’s determined to see Rowan Harbor’s wards rebuilt. There’s just one problem: they’re missing an ingredient that can’t be ordered online.

Jesse volunteers to search for the missing component in the realm of the fae, but his boyfriend, Sean, isn’t letting him go alone. The town has an enemy among the fae, so they’ll need to keep a low profile. Along their way, they find unexpected allies, surprising enemies, and a whole host of problems.

The journey is a test of their endurance, but also of their relationship and their faith in each other. Can they find what they need and get back home in one piece in time for the summer solstice?

Wanted: Trash Pirate

Hey, all!
It’s been a while because I’m terrible at blogging, but since we have the cover for this, and it’s coming out next month, I thought I’d give you a first look at the next Lords of the Underworld book.

Gorgeous cover art by Natasha Snow!

Lach has spent the last few thousand years counting only on himself. What he needed, he took. What he wanted, he won with charm. All except a god he turned his back on an age ago, when he had a different name and didn’t know what he was giving up.

Thanatos, god of merciful death, is one of the gentlest gods in the pantheon—easing the transition between life and death for billions of mortals. But he has faced eternity alone. After breaking his heart on the sharp words of a fisherman’s son, he hasn’t been able to connect with anyone.

Now, Lach is crashing back into Thanatos’s life, dragging him into an adventure that could save the world . . . or kill them both.

Patron of Mercy is a stand alone, second-chance romance between a trash pirate and the ancient god who loves him.

Coming July 18th!

For anyone rolling their eyes and wondering when the next Rowan Harbor book is coming, post to come tomorrow. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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

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