Sam Burns

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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?

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

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

-Cicero

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

-C.S. Lewis

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!

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?

So many books, so little time.

-Frank Zappa

Blackbird in the Reeds is in audio!

As of Tuesday, Blackbird in the Reeds is available on Audible, and I have to say I’m incredibly excited about it. Chris Chambers has done an amazing job bringing the book to life, and I cannot wait to hear what he does with the next book in the series!

(for anyone who gets this far, I know I’ve been thoroughly remiss in updating recently, and I’m trying to do better. Thanks for sticking with me.)

My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.

-Mark Twain

The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

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