The Fire Eye Refugee is up on the Kindle Scout program. Follow this link to take a gander. I’m appreciative of any nominations or other support. Thanks! This link will tell you more about the program. Cheers!

As lanterns stream up towards the Fire Eye, a woman weaves through the crowd, eyes down. Kay is a fetch, a finder of lost children, and she’s been saddled with a case she couldn’t refuse. A child is missing among the refugees beyond the walls. Before she is found, Kay will face her past as an exile, her divided loyalties, and an enemy who would have his spy back on her leash. Or watch her hang. A killer has returned to the city, war looms, and, above it all, the Fire Eye hangs open, watching.

Fire Eye Cover - High Resolution


Hi All,

There’s a lot happening over the next couple days. Night of the Chalk (ebook version) will be free for a brief promotional period starting Wednesday 9/13 (tell your friends!) and I’ll be reducing Rise of the Falsemarked to $0.99. A great time to pick up a copy if you haven’t already.

To celebrate the occasion and the fact that the third SDC novel Alliance of the Sunken is up for preorder, I’ve written a new short story featuring the Spies of Dragon and Chalk.

The Hour of the Borhele is free when you sign up for the mailing list.

At the edge of the kingdoms, as a war is falling apart, a messenger arrives seeking the Spies of Dragon and Chalk. His unusual request may well launch them on a new adventure, but there is a war to clean up first.

HOB cover final crop

Get your free copy and enjoy!


One of my favorite end-of-summer moments was getting the cover for the upcoming Spies of Dragon and Chalk novel (third one!) finished. Check it out. A new city to explore, a new mystery to solve, a new enemy to fear. Alliance of the Sunken is now up for preorder on Amazon. It drops November 15.

Allience of the Sunken - High Resolution - eBook

This is another illustration by the incomparable Tomasz Chistowski and typesetting by Humble Nations.

To celebrate I’ll be discounting Night of the Chalk and Rise of the Falsemarked next week. Grab a copy, leave a review, enjoy your Fall!


A few exciting pieces of news I wanted to share.

Firstly, I entered Night of the Chalk in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) competition to fight it out with a murderer’s row of talent. The overall contest is just warming up, but NOC cover received some love and made the finals of the cover competition, ultimately coming in at about #8 out of 300 (depending on how you tally the score). Read more about the overall contest here and the cover contest and results here. SPFBO is a great way to learn about new indie fantasy books.

Secondly, I’m entering final edits on what has been to date called Open, Fire-eye, Close (you may have seen the preview chapter at the end of Rise of the Falsemarked). The new working title is The Fire-Eye Refugee, and it is shaping up to be pretty kickass in my own humble opinion. A sidestep from The Spies of Dragon and Chalk series, but still fantasy steeped in intrigue. More tantalizing previews to come.

Thirdly and finally, I finished the first draft of the third Spies of Dragon and Chalk book Alliance of the Sunken. And then collapsed in a heap. This is only the first step in a long journey, but keep your eyes peeled for the continuing adventures of Aaron and Cal…as early as Fall 2017?

That’s all for now. Hope you are enjoying your Summer!

Thanks for reading,


I’m having a great day listening to some old Oasis concerts and researching Amazon keywords (and trying not to yell at my dogs too much) and figured I’ve reached peak messiness on this website. So here’s a quick update to sort things out for any random visitors.

I’ve completed Night of the Chalk, which is the first book in the Spies of Dragon and Chalk series. I’ve also completed Rise of the Falsemarked, the second installment in SDC. Both of them will be available on Amazon shortly. Just waiting on the final covers…you can see the custom illustrations in previous posts. Each book is a standalone adventure, but RFM does build on some of NOC’s events, so all things being equal better to start with NOC.

I’ve started the third SDC book and it will be called Alliance of the Sunken unless I have a change of heart. I’m guessing Spring or Summer of 2017.

Before that book, I’ve got another nearly ready to go. It is called Open Fire-eye Close. It takes place in the same world but without the titular dragons or Chalk in the SDC series.

Don’t hesitate to send a note to gatelysamuel at gmail if you have any questions or comments.