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SPR Review of Ironheart

Only two hours to go!

The Self-Publishing Review recently released its review of Ironheart: The Primal Deception.  Here are some good pull-quotes that may end up on the cover of Ironheart‘s paperback edition:

Ironheart is poised to set the young adult readership ablaze with interest.” – SPR

“A constant crescendo of danger and intrigue.” – SPR

“Gorgeous writing…Kemp’s style is polished to a gleaming and evocative standard.” – SPR

“(Ironheart) has a strong focus and an involving story sure to catch the eye of any fantasy reader.” – SPR

Ironheart Release Countdown

It’s only a few short hours away…  IRONHEART: The Primal Deception!

To countdown to liftoff, I’ll be posting some goodies to whet your appetites.  To start with, here’s the new trailer from those lovely folks at Kwill Publishing.


IRONHEART Release Date

It’s almost here.

IRONHEART: The Primal Deception

Coming May 12, 2016


I hope everyone is getting psyched up for the release, because I completely lost my marbles about three days ago.  Ironheart will be available for kindle on amazon.com.  If you don’t have a kindle, download the Kindle Reading App on your computer or smartphone to begin reading Ironheart the moment it arrives!  Be sure to mark your calendars.  May 12 – just in time to get your summer reading fix!

Progress Update on “Ironheart”

Hello everyone!

Today I finally managed to complete the second draft of my upcoming novel, Ironheart.  It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally ready to be sent off to my editor.  Right now, the timeline is a bit undefined, but it is probably reasonable to assume that it will be ready for publication within three to four months.  I’ll keep you posted!

For those of you unfamiliar with my latest project, Ironheart is a steampunk/sword-and-sorcery novel.  The content is more fantasy than science fiction, but steampunk fans shouldn’t be worried.  It’s all set in a brand new Victorian era world that is full to bursting with science-fictionized steam technology!

The Arrival on sale for $.99!

Today, February 26, my award-winning epic fantasy novel, The Arrival, is on sale for $.99 on amazon.com for kindle!  If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, The Lord or the Rings, Eragon, or the fantasy genre is general, this is the book for you!

Unsure if you want to spend a dollar on a book when you could get something from the dollar menu at McDonald’s instead?  Here’s what professional book reviewers are saying about The Arrival.  Maybe they can change your mind.

“5 out of 5 stars.  (The Arrival) includes an interesting mix of war, magic, romance, and comedy built into an otherworldly, archaic setting…an incredibly fun and riveting read – even for non-fantasy readers” – San Francisco Book Review

“A brilliantly spun tale…The Arrival is one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read this year, harking back to the likes of Christopher Paolini’s Eragon and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.  5 Stars.” – James Grimsby, SPR

“5 out of 5 stars.  A grand adventure…an engaging and sprawling epic…fans of Game of Thrones will love this novel.” – Pacific Book Review

Interested?  Purchase from amazon here!

American Gods by Neil Gaiman – Book Review

It is surprising, perhaps, that I have just now read American Gods by Neil Gaiman, considering that it is one of those rare, modern-day classics.  I’ve never read any books by Neil Gaiman before either, which is possibly even more surprising, since he both writes in my favorite genres and can claim to be one of the most successful writers alive.  But both counts are true.  I’ve finally gotten around to reading this science fiction/fantasy/horror classic (no one can seem to decide in which category it is best suited), and I’ve never before read a word by Gaiman before picking up this novel.

I find myself…slightly disappointed.

Perhaps it was the buildup.  Hugo winner, Nebula winner, almost-every-award-you-can-imagine winner, contemporary classic – I mean, what accolade hasn’t been thrown at this book’s spine? In the end, the reality didn’t match the hype.

That’s not to say it was a bad book.  It was decent.  I enjoyed it.  Would I pick up another novel by Gaiman based on what I read here?  Meh.  Probably not – but it was certainly worth reading once.  The concept behind American Gods was cool, the writing is excellent, the scenery and settings were vivid – but it was missing that special something to make it a great book.

Maybe it was Shadow.  Is it strange that I agree with his wife, Laura, on this one? He’s…empty.  He doesn’t want things.  He’s flat and uninspiring.  He’s a shell.  Maybe Gaiman meant to write him that way.  He named his character Shadow, after all, and a more apt name can scarcely be imagined.  If Gaiman intentionally meant to write Shadow that way, he certainly succeeded.  Maybe some people find a character written as such to be mysteriously compelling – it just didn’t work for me.  Shadow stirred nothing that allowed me to identify with him or get particularly attached.  He walks and talks and does things, but rarely out of any desire or curiosity or love.  If Wednesday tells him to do something, he does it.  And if Wednesday has nothing for him to do, he sits around numbly and twiddles his thumbs or plays with a coin.

But the concept behind American GodsEasily the most exciting topic.  I’d say it’s more than enough reason to pick up Gaiman’s most famous work.  I’ll recommend this novel for the foundational idea alone.  I’d try to describe it, but, honestly, I don’t know if I’m up to the task.

Final verdict?  Great idea, decent book, and not nearly as good as it has been made out to be.