Knights of the Dawn is now available on Kindle!

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Swords to take a land. Castles to keep it. The return of an ancient magic to change everything.

When the war began, Lord Spywater galloped from his gate to answer the call of his king. Knowing all his might would be needed abroad, he left his castle with nothing but a garrison of five loyal men to defend it. Now after a long and bloody campaign, he journeys back with a score of knights to see if his banners still fly at home. Little does he know, a series of calamities awaits.

“Hone your blade and don your armor, brave reader. Knights of the Dawn will blow your chair out from under you and bestrew your carpet with splinters!”
Knights without Honor: Book 2 of Arcanum of the Dolmen Troll is also out for pre-order. Get it here!
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Millrace: Sir Eveland’s Sexy, Historical Word of Sunday, Nov 27

A millrace is a channel of rushing water that turns a mill wheel. Even I was wondering why I would call ‘millrace’ a sexy word. Then I realized it’s not the word or the object that attracts me, it’s the way the word can be used. For example, Jenna’s pleasure was a millrace in her mind. Or, Jim’s uncle swam faster than a millrace. As a fiction writer, I love neat words like this. A millrace can be anything moving fast and narrow if you’re creative enough.

Update: I haven’t been posting as often as I’d like as I’ve been putting every whit of sane spare time in getting Knights of the Dawn ready for reading. For those of you waiting, I must apologize. But I assure you, it’ll be worth the wait! 🙂

Topiary: Sir Eveland’s Sexy, Historical Word of Thursday, Nov 17th

The word topiary may not sound too romantic, but topiary as an art is one of the sexiest things you can find in a garden. Topiary is the practice or art of trimming trees or bushes into decorative forms. For example, Frank’s tree service crew wasn’t trained to clip bushes into bears, but one request from a kind customer soon made them experts in topiary.

Topiary can also be used as a noun to describe bushes or trees that have been trimmed into artistic shapes. For example, King Spiderwell moseyed around the garden with his princess, laughing at the new bawdy topiary that had been prepared for the feast.

For certain cases where clarification is needed, you can also use topiary as an adjective. For example, the crow landed in the topiary tree.

I hope this word serves you well one day!

 

Blackguard: Sir Eveland’s Sexy, Historical Word of Wednesday, Nov 16th

Blackguard is a dated word which can be used as a noun or a verb.

Verb: To blackguard means to abuse or disparage; to be rude and foul (to someone). For example, when Alison asked Rocky to pay his debt, he blackguarded her until she left the room.

Noun: A blackguard is a rude or unscrupulous person; a person who behaves in a dishonorable or contemptible way. For example, Rocky has been a blackguard since he was a child, but Alison still thinks he’s polite sometimes.

 

Amidships: Sir Eveland’s Sexy, Historical Word of Tuesday, Nov 15th

I bet some of you wonder “why does he call words sexy?” Others wouldn’t ask that question in a million years. Like, come on … how is amidships not a sexy word? It was most popular in the 17th century, inspired by the word amid.

Amidships is an adverb as well as an adjective which means “near the middle of the ship” or “between the bow and stern.” For example, the whale crashed into the hull amidships.

What I think makes this word so nubile, though, is its other more modern and loose definition: “in or towards midway.” For example, the officer was hit somewhere amidships when he made his desperate dash for cover.

Goedendag: Sir Eveland’s Sexy, Historical Word of Monday, Nov 14th

Used historically by militia in the Franco-Flemish War of the 14th century, the goedendag is the combination of a club and a spear. It’s a medium-ranged, two-handed weapon. The pointy tip is useful for puncturing maille and gambeson, and the heavy base of the head also allows its user to perform blunt chops and bashes. The goedendag was relatively cheap to make in high quantity and therefore was the natural pick for militias at the time.