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Project Type: Bill's Fiction

JURASSIC JAIL The Time Wars, Book 1

Finalist for the 2019 Imadjinn Award for Best Novel

In the Jurassic, nobody cares if you scream.

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Future America is dangerous and bankrupt. The interstate highways are littered with the rusted hulks of ambushed cars and trucks, and only Mad Max would dare travel the back roads.

When an arms race with Russia and China to develop time travel for military purposes achieves success, the body count skyrockets as both patriot and enemy try to hijack the new technology. Like the Manhattan Project and Operation Overtime before it, such a project attracts the best and the brightest as well as the worst and the psychotic.

But not everyone has given up on the rule of law. In Tennessee, Fayette County D.A. Pete Dance wants to prosecute the murder of a man whose fossilized remains turn up after a series of devastating earthquakes. The problem is that the victim is still alive.

When the violence starts, it doesn’t stop until the final whirlwind of teeth and claws and lasers.

The first spinoff series from William Alan Webb’s immensely popular series The Last Brigade is described by one critic as “…Spectre agents chasing Fast and Furious through Jurassic World,” while another reviewer added “…with a heavy dose of Harry Bosch for good measure.

After the heart-pounding finale, you won’t see the shocking ending coming. Guaranteed to keep you awake at night.

THE HAIRY MAN, A STORY IN THE WORLD OF THE LAST BRIGADE

Winner of the 2019 Imadjinn Award!

2019 Darrell Award First Runner-up!

Junker Jane thought she knew animals from men… then she learned better. A tale in the world of The Last Brigade.

 

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The Hairy Men had always lived in the forests and mountains. The tribes knew of them and respected them as friends. They became Junker Jane’s trusted friends, too, with whom she freely shared the bounty of the hunt. So when one of her friends needed her help, Jane didn’t hesitate to risk her life to save him. Only when she faced death for her friend did she realize the humanity of the Hairy Man, and the animal nature of those called Men.

IN AT THE START – The Origin of Operation Overtime

I’ve just put the finishing touches on the first draft of In At The Start, the origin short story of how Operation Overtime came into being.

Tom Steeple was a fast rising star in the United States Army when a chance opportunity revealed a chilling fate approaching America, and a revolutionary technology that could save her. But saving his country might cost him his career.

This story will not be for sale, it will only be available (FOR FREE!) by subscribing to my mailing list.

STANDING IN THE STORM

 

It’s kick ass time again!

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When the Last Brigade begins its mission of rebuilding America, they find enemies on all sides. In nearby Prescott, Arizona, a maniacal warlord proclaims himself the legitimate successor to the USA. To the east lurks the strange religious cult named the Caliphate of the Seven Prayers of the New Prophet, which kills anyone who doesn’t convert. And why is a Chinese military vehicle found to the north?

In a tornado of exploding metal, Nick Angriff risks everyone and everything to save the innocents he has sworn to protect. Outnumbered and outgunned, the 7th Cavalry will not be outfought. They must either stand in the storm or see their beloved country die a final death.

A NIGHT AT THE QUAY – Coming 2017

36 years in the writing, A Night At The Quay is finally being published in 2017! The full trailer is at the bottom of this entry, but here’s a teaser…

A Night At The Quay is my love letter to Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Karl Edward Wagner and Michael Moorcock. I believe Sword and Sorcery has been underrepresented in the past decades and I’m out to change all that.

Alden Havenwulf set out from his father’s estate in northern Corland to seek his fortune. As the second son of the king’s only brother, Alden was 7th in line for the throne. But in Corland the eldest son inherited everything. Expected to enter the priesthood, Alden instead rebels and leaves home to seek his fortune in the  world of Reven.

After seven years of close calls and high adventure in company with the giant red-haired Disdan Dexter Reedman, his closest friend, Alden finally has the wealth needed to buy an estate of his own. After booking passage on the fastest ship on the Nhojen coast, Sea Scamp, he and Dexter need only survive one last night in the dangerous seaport of Custacrak.

But to acquire the legendary diamond called The Star of Nhoje, Alden killed the king’s only brother, Duke Jon Carles. Now he is trailed by assassins, the soldiers of the Harbor Guard and something much more sinister than mere humans. To escape he will face overwhelming odds and a nightmare from the Old Days.

I was lucky enough to partner with Memphis artist Shannon Ortberg (@tinkledanxer), who is drawing the cover. She’s attempting something highly technical and I believe the result will be a magnum opus.

The novella is approximately 17,100 words in length. By modern standards that’s a novelette, but I grew up with the dividing line between the two forms at 15,000 words.

Below is an illustration I did in 1983 for the story. It’s titled “Escape to the sea.”

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Sample from the prologue

A Night at the Quay

Bruno slipped past the guard at the stone stairway leading up to the Wizard’s keep. He gripped the knife under his robe and prayed he didn’t drop it, while using his other hand to hold a heavy jug.

“Master wants wine,” he said to the guard named Gimbol. He gestured with the decorated ceramic crock. The nails in his boot-soles clicked the stone as he ascended without stopping. “Bruno must hurry.”

“Get on with ya, then,” Gimbol said, pointing with his thumb. “We don’t need ‘im angry tonight.”

Bruno nodded and smiled in his obsequious way, flashing his remaining teeth. He hurried upward, taking care not to slip.

Getting the knife had been easy. The late hour meant most of the kitchen staff slept. Only two bakers kneaded loaves in the semi-darkness and neither spotted him stealing the blade.

Pulling in his misshapen head like a turtle, he wiped drool from his lips with the back of his hand. Sweat beaded his brow. It had taken Bruno weeks to work up the courage for this, and his dim brain realized this would be his one chance.

Kill him now, or feel the whip forever.

The wizard treated most of his servants with mercy, even kindness, but not Bruno. He whipped and cursed Bruno, kicked him, and called him awful names and fed him slop the dogs would not eat. It was a terrible way to treat his only son, but now Bruno’s turn had come.

The tower rose from the crest of the tallest mountain overlooking Bottomless Bay. Clammy air poured through windows off the sea far below. Torches flared in sconces as the steps led first to one landing, then another and finally a third. Beyond the small, flat area, a heavy oaken door led to the Wizard’s inner sanctum. Bruno’s sweaty hands trembled as he reached for the latch and glided through.

Full cover reveal for STANDING THE FINAL WATCH

It’s here and it’s hot! Tell us what you think of this stunning cover design.

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Official Cover Release – STANDING THE FINAL WATCH

I am extremely proud of the incredible cover the artists at Dingbat Publishing designed for Standing The Final Watch! The graphics perfectly capture the sense of the book!

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