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The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

talesofsixgunsorcery:

Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

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Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

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Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

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Ya know what I love

I love the theme tumblrs that I follow (most of which are book blogs) and suddenly in the midst of all these pictures of books, or talks of writing, or a discussion of a book series, or how diversity in books is important BAM! there’s fandom stuff.

Like Orphan Black or OITNB or Doctor Who or the Avengers movies or Pacific Rim or Harry Potter movieverse.  Just out of the blue this stuff comes up.  And I half to remind myself that the blog isn’t just a random generating blog, that there’s person back there doing the blogging, and they also like stuff.  And they will share the stuff they like and get excited over the stuff they like.

And that kinda makes me happy.

…plus dragons.  Dragons also make me happy.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

talesofsixgunsorcery:

Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

Lulu.com

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

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The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

talesofsixgunsorcery:

Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

Lulu.com

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
medievalpoc:

ktempest:

anikamyerspalm:

anikamyerspalm:

More from the Oh-So-You-Like-Game-of-Thrones-files:
This is David Anthony Durham. He’s another black American writer who is hitting it right now in the fantasy genre.
He’s two books into what he’s called the Acacia trilogy. It’s about politics, assassination, sibling rivalry, sex, slavery, magic — oh, and a dragon. Both books, Acacia: The War with the Mein and The Other Lands, are extra boss.
Durham first came to my attention with an earlier book, Pride of Carthage, which is a a historical novel about Hannibal Barca (yes, that Hannibal), with whom I’ve been obsessed since I was a kid. 
The Sacred Band, the third book in the Acacia series, should be out later this year.

I posted this in 2011.
I’m not sure why, but it’s been been reposted/liked more than 100 times within the past three or four days.
IIRC, it was one of three or four posts I wrote that week highlighting fantasy work by living POC. In addition to Durham, I also fangirled work by writers such as N.K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl and Nalo Hopkinson in those posts, so please check those authors out, too!

Might have been reblogged cuz David just did a workshop with Nisi and myself (among others) last week. Just as an update, the third book in the trilogy has been out for a while and now David is working on another historical. Can’t wait :)

I’ve recommended Acacia before, and probably will again!

See, this is why I like Tumblr.
Y’all are gonna make me buy more books, and I’m okay with that.

medievalpoc:

ktempest:

anikamyerspalm:

anikamyerspalm:

More from the Oh-So-You-Like-Game-of-Thrones-files:

This is David Anthony Durham. He’s another black American writer who is hitting it right now in the fantasy genre.

He’s two books into what he’s called the Acacia trilogy. It’s about politics, assassination, sibling rivalry, sex, slavery, magic — oh, and a dragon. Both books, Acacia: The War with the Mein and The Other Lands, are extra boss.

Durham first came to my attention with an earlier book, Pride of Carthage, which is a a historical novel about Hannibal Barca (yes, that Hannibal), with whom I’ve been obsessed since I was a kid. 

The Sacred Band, the third book in the Acacia series, should be out later this year.

I posted this in 2011.

I’m not sure why, but it’s been been reposted/liked more than 100 times within the past three or four days.

IIRC, it was one of three or four posts I wrote that week highlighting fantasy work by living POC. In addition to Durham, I also fangirled work by writers such as N.K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl and Nalo Hopkinson in those posts, so please check those authors out, too!

Might have been reblogged cuz David just did a workshop with Nisi and myself (among others) last week. Just as an update, the third book in the trilogy has been out for a while and now David is working on another historical. Can’t wait :)

I’ve recommended Acacia before, and probably will again!

See, this is why I like Tumblr.

Y’all are gonna make me buy more books, and I’m okay with that.

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On my reading list

I am presently reading The Goblin Market: Into the Green by Jennifer Melzer.

Once I’m finished, I’ll post a review.

Of note: all the books I’ve read this year have been on my Kindle.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider: Prologue

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The original draft as it was originally posted, made easy in a pdf download.  Make sure you have a pdf viewer on your device to view the pdf properly.

Black Mask & Pale Rider: The Prologue

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That new blog smell!

talesofsixgunsorcery:

It’s that new blog smell.  Smells fresh, smells brand spankin’ new.

This tumblog will be dedicated to all the things I’m writing in the world of Black Mask & Pale Rider, hence forth known as Tales of Six Gun & Sorcery.  This is a writing blog.  Here, images done by myself and Clarissa Renee Hummel (who did all of the artwork for the original publication of The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider), along with original drafts of the work and poetry will be posted.  New information will be posted as well, as it’s made available.

Welcome to the blog!  Take a seat by the fire in one of the comfy chairs, take down a book, curl up and read, and join in an adventure.

Just letting the evening crowd in on it.  Tales of Six Gun & Sorcery (formerly Black Mask & Pale Rider) now has it’s own home.  Artwork, stories, character bios, poetry and more will be made available on this tumblog, along with any news regarding the writing process for the new series.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

talesofsixgunsorcery:

Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

Lulu.com

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
It’s May! Which means…

…shameless self promotion!

From time to time I’ll post up information about the first book I’ve written, called theAdventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider isn’t the only book I’ve written, Canyons of Steel is also available.  Here’s a quick synopsis.

What happens when an old gun hand makes a decision to turn his life around and set a new course? In Canyons of Steel, Johnathon Tiberius Walker makes the choice of turning his back on the underground military of the Red Hand and try to make right his own sins. All because he wants his daughter to live in a better world than he does.

Both my first book, Black Mask & Pale Rider, and my second book, Canyons of Steel, are available for purchase online through many different online book sellers.

Lulu.com (where both books were published)

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
  2. Canyons of Steel

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
  2. Canyons of Steel

Amazon.ca (price not listed and currently out of stock)

  1. Canyons of Steel

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

At present, I am working on a science fiction adventure called Rocket Fox.  If things go as planned, it should cover nine books in total.

Differences in mature content

There’s a major difference perceived in what is called mature content.  Content not suitable for a certain age group.  I can speak to this with some measure of expertise due to the fact I’ve received comments on my book, The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.

The book follows the adventures of two elven women through the Union and the Confederacy during the height of the American Civil War.  They face all kinds of obstacles, such as the way they are treated due to their elven heritage, and even face many monsters that take the forms of a vampire, a lich, zombies, the Devil’s Rider, and even oppressive gunslingers who want to force their own form of law on a town.  As they’re doing that, they are chased by a Union captain and his men on direct orders from the President that they be arrested for their crimes of banditry.

Throughout the book the two elves, Shani Wennemein and Pania Alow, fight various different creatures and people, slipping in and out of trouble.  They travel from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Shreveport, Louisiana to Thief River Fall, Minnesota.  Right away in the book I make it known that Pania is a lesbian.  I even wrote a scene with Pania engaged in post sex cuddling with the mistress of a brothel.  There was no description of sex, just the after glow (which was interrupted because Pania had to help Shani kill a lich).  Even Shani got a bit of play when she realized the brothel had “boy whores” (one scene has Shani leaving a bedroom grinning and saying aloud “rode hard, put ‘way wet” and just mentioned that the young man was soundly sleeping in a disheveled bed).

Throughout the book, Shani and Pania also take the lives of several monsters (and a few gunslingers).  It’s mentioned they’ve both killed (though, arguing many of those were in self defense).  Pania uses her rapier tip against the throat of a brigand to extract information, pushing the blade into his neck to keep him still.  Shani has a high noon gun fight with the gunslinger Dorval, putting several bullets into his chest and through his head.  They killed a vampire (twice), sent the Devil’s Rider back to hell, destroyed a lich, been in a massive gunfight with the aforementioned Union cavalryman and his men, shot and destroyed zombies, and Shani ended the life of a plantation owner by shooting him square between the eyes.

Of all the comments I’ve had about the book where people raised concerns, they focused on the aspects of sexuality.  They complained about Pania’s outspoken and openness, how she wasn’t one to hide the fact she was a lesbian.  They were concerned the wrong impression might be introduced when Shani has sex (though, never described, merely assumed) with a male prostitute.  There was concern that the fact Shani and Pania sleeping in the same bed would be taken the wrong way (when, they were both sleeping, and neither one engaged in a sexual act, though Pania did tease Shani a bit).

There was no mention of the two men Shani killed, no mention of Pania’s use of a rapier to extract information, no mention of the violent acts that the two elven gunslingers performed.  The focus was entirely on their sexuality.  On the fact that Pania was a lesbian, and that Shani might dare enjoy sex.  One is an act that gives two people (when consensual) a great deal of pleasure (when done right), the other is an extremely violent act that ended lives.  Yet, the complaints I received were all about the scenes of sex (which were never described, they were always implied).

One email I received even said that they would petition their library to ban the book (W00T! My book got a bannin’!) primarily for scenes which contained sex.

That’s very telling about our society, how we’re more accepting of violence than we are of sex.  Kill a person, that’s fine.  But have two people engaged in sex, even if it’s showing that they had sex and not describing the act in detail, well that’s just wrong.

I’d rather have people feel comfortable about the book when there are points when the characters have sex.  Not to be titillated, but to feel safe and to know that the characters were safe and enjoying themselves.  I’d rather have violence viewed in the way that sex is currently viewed in media.  Where violence is frowned upon, but sex, consensual sex, is fine.

Another round of shameless self promotion

timholtorf:

I haven’t done this in a while, so here goes!

From time to time I’ll post up information about the first book I’ve written, called the Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

bmprfront-smallElven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider isn’t the only book I’ve written, Canyons of Steel is also available.  Here’s a quick synopsis.

5.83x8.26_Front_EN-smallWhat happens when an old gun hand makes a decision to turn his life around and set a new course? In Canyons of Steel, Johnathon Tiberius Walker makes the choice of turning his back on the underground military of the Red Hand and try to make right his own sins. All because he wants his daughter to live in a better world than he does.

Both my first book, Black Mask & Pale Rider, and my second book, Canyons of Steel, are available for purchase online through many different online book sellers.

Lulu.com (where both books were published)

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
  2. Canyons of Steel

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
  2. Canyons of Steel

Amazon.ca (price not listed and currently out of stock)

  1. Canyons of Steel

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

I’ve also written a sci fi novel (not published, but available for download) called Rocket Fox: Flight of the Nighthawk.  Here’s the synopsis:

Vulpinia Prime.  A utopian paradise on the edge of the Lupine Sector of Space.  The third planet of the Vulpine Star System, her inhabitants take to heart their age old adage that they are meant to protect the sector from any and all threats.  For many, it is an honour to be chosen at the many Academies of science, engineering, mathematics and even the famed military colleges that dot the planet.  Rarely has there been a serious threat which the Royal Vulpine Armada has had need to deal with.  But Article 16 of the Space Exploration Charter is there for a reason.  And for many of the cadets at the Chattingham Academy, they are soon going to find out why.

I haven’t done this in a couple of months, so here’s a reminder of the original fiction I’ve written, two of which are published and can be purchased.