The Phoenix Embryo – Updated Cover

 The Phoenix Embryo book 1

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Here it is. The long awaited cover revision of The Phoenix Embryo. Book one tells the story of 13-year-old-goddess-devotees seeking redemption during a seven year exile, and the overall series begins with Acanthus Breese searching for his missing goddess. But that quest is far easier compared to the many lifetimes that await him, and what his phoenix heritage requires of him in the future.

The cover and book files should be updated across platforms by Monday or Tuesday, which is around the first of May. Print copies will take a little longer as I need to order proof copies, then approve them for publication.

I also want to give a special thank you and shout out to my new cover artist for this series, Nazanin Nemati, and to Deranged Doctor Design.

Coming soon: A New Phoenix Embryo Cover

April 2017 Newsletter

Acanthus Breese by M. Mercury

Just a heads up for any Seasons of the Phoenix fans. A brand new, all different cover for The Phoenix Embryo will be revealed by the end of April. It will knock your socks off!

I’ve also scheduled a June appointment for The Phoenix Hatchling’s cover to be painted. That means I’ll be unearthing the completed draft of book 2 in May and examining it with a magnifying glass.

While Hatchling does not have a release date, I can assure you I’m back on track with this series. It took me some time (years) to pick myself up and dust off after so many setbacks. Setbacks that involved realizing I needed to believe in myself, the stories I wanted to write, and to stop worrying about what other people thought of them.

I did feel that I compromised a lot on, and held back on both my dark fantasy novels: The Phoenix Embryo, and Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs. Such a shame. Because I was trying to fit into mainstream markets and be generally accepted. I realize now what a huge mistake that was. So here’s to the struggle of rising like the phoenix, and completely breaking out of the mold!

Writers, Get Organized For the New Year With A Calendar

So it’s nearly 2017, and a clean slate to organize ourselves is on the horizon.

Bask in how pristine my new calendar currently is. We’ll see how long it lasts.

Writers, now is the time to start planning if you haven’t considered doing so before. Not only might it increase your workflow, imagine how good it will feel when you can see all the progress you’ve made?

For me, I work best with the paper medium to keep track, but there’s all sorts of ways you can do it. There are online calendars, and online ones you can print out.

For starters, check out Google’s Calendar. Quick and easy, especially since most people already have a gmail account.  If not, the link will take you to a page to create an account. The ‘create account’ link is below the log in box.

If you want to start right now with a print out, don’t want to use Google, and don’t want to waste time shopping, check out Calendar Labs, and the printable templates.

Now go forth, write and plan!


Over 100 FREE ebooks! Dec 3rd and 4th only


Choose from over 100 free science fiction and fantasy ebook novels from your favorite retailer. Don’t be left out and not have anything to read over the holidays. Especially if you have a long flight or a mind numbing car/bus ride.

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Free Dark Fantasy Kindle Ebook

Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs is a gritty dark fantasy. The ebook is free on Amazon through November 22nd.

TrammCover2ndEd2nd edition release. This novel pushes boundaries. It explores society’s perception of people, taboos, and personal relationships. For mature readers.

Pony is a bipedal half-centaur with no desire to waste tears on a history she cannot remember. She’s busy enough with her mail routes and package deliveries and floundering through an unrequited love for the beautiful and aloof elven courtesan, Mardyth.

Then, the mundane drudgery of her life shatters when Konstantine Bywater takes over as the new boss. He starts asking questions she can’t possibly answer, and stirs up a past better left dead and buried.

Running away is no longer an option. Not when Kon and his minions accuse Mardyth of an unspeakable crime. Pony will stop at nothing to uncover the truth—not only to prove her lover’s innocence, but to save herself as well.