Welcome to my worlds!

I'm James Maxey, the author of the Bitterwood fantasy quartet, Bitterwood, Dragonforge, Dragonseed, and Dawn of Dragons, as well as a pair of superhero novels, Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn. (Click on the titles to be taken to Amazon.) My Dragon Apocalypse series combines both superheroes and epic fantasy, and so far three books have been published, Greatshadow, Hush, and Witchbreaker. The fourth book in the series, Soulless, is still under construction, but, I swear, it will see the light of day! I've also published numerous short stories, the best of which are reprinted in my collection, There is No Wheel.

This website is focused exclusively on writing. At my second blog, Jawbone of an Ass, I ramble through any random topic that springs to mind, occasionally touching on religion and politics and other subjects polite people are sensible enough not to discuss in public.

Coming out in 2014 will be my Oz inspired novel Bad Wizard, published by Antimatter Press. I'm currently working hard to finish up another superhero novel, Cut Up Girl. Watch this space for news!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Big news, part 2: Book deal!

As exciting as all my ebook news has been lately, the big news that's been making me feel slightly drunk for the last two months is that by this time next year, I'll be back in bookstores! Greatshadow has sold to Solaris Books, along with two further books in the Dragon Apocalypse series, Hush and Sorrow. You can read the Zeno Agency announcement here.

I'm obviously biased, but Greatshadow really is, I think, the best book I've yet written. It's fantasy stripped to it's purest core, as a small group of heroes must band together to hunt down the world's most dangerous dragon, Greatshadow. But, once I've stripped the fantasy down to this base concept, I rebuild as the fantasy novel I've always wanted to read but that no one had ever got around to writing for me. So, in addition to being epic fantasy, it's also a superhero novel populated by men with strange powers and colorful garbs flying around and having kick-ass fights with each other. And, the whole story, from the first line to the last, is a single coherent romance, as two lovers must struggle to overcome the ultimate barrier to happiness: Death itself. And if this wasn't enough of a challenge, the whole book is narrated by a single character, a drunken monk with a Brobdingnagian vocabulary.

I'd gush on more, but I suppose I must pace myself. It is almost a year before it hits stores, after all. And, I still need to write the remaining books! Best get to that now, in fact.

4 comments:

TheyStoleFrazier'sBrain said...

Great news, James. I have another good friend who also wrote a fantasy/superhero novel. I look forward to seeing your take on it.

James Maxey said...

I'm intrigued to learn of another superhero/fantasy. Has it been released yet? Who's it by and what's it called?

Loren Eaton said...

Awesome news, James. I'm looking forward to reading them!

TheyStoleFrazier'sBrain said...

No, he hasn't tried to sell it. His name is Paul Batteiger. He was a Writers of the Future winner in 2000. The book is titled "Defenders of the Crown" and is very pulpy and action-oriented.