Mika Bare-Hand, former officer in the King's Own and veteran of the Second Duster War, tries to settle down with his wife and three sons and be a simple tavernkeeper. But his secret heritage means the gods and the other races all have plans for him. Plans that spell danger for him and his family. They should have let him be.
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Adam Stemple is an award-winning author, poet, and musician. Of his first novel, Singer of Souls, SFWA Grandmaster Anne McCaffrey said, “One of the best first novels I have ever read.” Of his later works, Hugo Award winning author Naomi Kritzer said, “No one writes bastard-son-of-a-bitch characters as brilliantly as Adam Stemple.”
Like most authors, his life experience is broad and odd. He spent twenty years on the road with a variety of bands playing for crowds of between 2 and 20,000 people. He started, ran, and sold a poker training site. He worked in a warehouse. He picked corn. He traded options and demoed houses. He drove pizzas for nine months in 1986, which for twenty-seven years was the longest he’d ever been employed. He drank too much and has now been sober for over fifteen years. He published his first book at the age of sixteen, “The Lullaby Songbook,” which he arranged the music for. His mother is a famous children’s book author. His children are artistic. His wife is a better person than him in nearly all regards.
Though I consider myself primarily a fantasy novelist, I’ve actually published in a whole bunch of genres and formats. Horror, science fiction, literary short stories, picture books,… Read More
I speak at conventions. I play gigs. I do readings. I give the (very) occasional speech/talk. Check back often to see all of my upcoming dates.... Read More
I’ve been playing music for nearly half a century.
In that time, I’ve been in about a half-dozen bands, recorded… Read More