New Book = New Map

Good day, citizen! As we all know, the Lovatine archipelago extends far beyond our great city and its rugged coastline, and the waters beyond can be treacherous. With the aid of volunteer submissions and the City of Lovat and the Camalote Group’s funding, the Waite Corp. is pleased to distribute a new nautical advisory chart detailing the Inner Passages of our coastal waterways. Be advised the data on this chart is advisory only. Extreme caution is urgedโ€”soundings in fathoms.

I promised all you Gleam Upon the Waves readers I’d have a new map available for your perusal. With the release of this handy chart, I’m also pleased to finally open up a new reader resource dedicated to the Cartography of the Known Territories with two maps are available today and more planned for the future.

One of my goals with these maps have been to do something different each time. The first map which I released around the launch of Old Broken Road, was modeled after those glossy roadside brochure-maps you’d find in truck stops, at service stations, or in those brochure racks located in the lobbies of cheap hotels. This latest creation follows along with Gleam’s seagoing roots, and was based on a heavily modified NOAA nautical chart complete with soundings, elevation contours, and the locations of various points of potential danger. While a map isnโ€™t necessary to enjoy any of my books, you know I always embrace any opportunity to expand the world of the Bell Forging Cycle and I think cartography is a fantastic tool to do just that.

So what do you think of this latest chart? Let me know in the comments below.

Old Haunts โ€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts: Services Suspended

๐Ÿ“ West Lovat Warren
๐ŸŒƒ Level Three
๐Ÿ•ฆ Late Night

“West Lovat was a bedroom community. Many of the cityโ€™s workers lived there, taking the monorail into the city in the morning and drifting home at night.”

โ€”Waldo Bell, Gleam Upon the Waves

Visit Previous Haunts:

Lucky Star

๐Ÿ“ Denny Lake Warren
๐Ÿ™ Level Four
๐Ÿ•™ Midmorning


๐Ÿ“ King Station Warren
๐ŸŒ† Level Four
๐Ÿ•– Early Evening

Serenade on Two

๐Ÿ“ Martello Warren
๐ŸŒƒ Level Two
๐Ÿ•š Late Night

Local Service

๐Ÿ“ Martello Warren
๐Ÿ™ Level Four
๐Ÿ• Mid-Day

Licensed Dir. Agents

๐Ÿ“ Unknown Warren
๐ŸŒƒ Level Three
๐Ÿ•š Late Night

Happy Auseil

๐Ÿ“ Hickman-Franklin Warren
๐ŸŒƒ Level Three
๐Ÿ• Early Morning

Title Card for "Social Climber" a Lovatine Vignette of a man riding a public lift

Social Climber

๐Ÿ“ Frink Park Warren
๐Ÿ™ Between Level Four & Five
๐Ÿ•œ Early Afternoon

Title Card for "Order Up" a Lovatine Vignette of a neon sign flashing behind the espresso machine in a coffee shop

Order Up

๐Ÿ“ Shantak Coffee
๐Ÿšข Deck Three
๐Ÿ•˜ Mid-Morning

All of Me

๐Ÿ“ Wilcox Warren
๐ŸŒ‡ Level Four
๐Ÿ•ข Morning

Red-Light Nite

๐Ÿ“ West Lovat Warren
๐ŸŒƒ Level Three
๐Ÿ•ฆ Late Night

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โ€œYellow Dog Bluesโ€ by Bessie Smith & Her Blue Boys
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Signed GLEAM UPON THE WAVES Paperbacks are now available

Well, that took forever. But today is not a day to dwell on the past, today is a day for celebration! Signed Gleam Upon the Waves paperbacks are now available in my store! For those of you who have been patiently waiting, your waiting is at its end! Get your signed copy today!

Signed copy of Gleam Upon the Waves with its swag set

I can only store so much backstock at my house, so supplies are limited, but I already have more on order. All US orders are shipped via USPS Media Mail. I’m happy to ship internationally, for that I use USPS Priority Mail International. Shipping a book/books internationally can be cost prohibitive, but I will ship to Canada. In the past, I did ship to the UK as well, but with the all the convoluted Brexit rules, I won’t be shipping there for the foreseeable future. If you live somewhere else, shoot me an email and we’ll figure it out.

If swag or signed books isn’t your thing, or you prefer cheaper shipping, or want to start reading ASAP, you can acquire Gleam Upon the Waves from any of the links below.


Amazon โ€ข Barnes & Noble โ€ข IndieBound โ€ข My Store


Kindleย โ€ขย Koboย โ€ขย Nookย โ€ขย Apple Booksย โ€ขย GooglePlay

The GLEAM UPON THE WAVES swag set is complete

Up until now the Gleam Upon the Waves swag set has been missing a key piece. Remember, a few weeks ago, when I mentioned I was working on a top secret bookmark? Well, I am please to say it has arrived in all its horrific wriggly glory. Avert thine eyes from the madness-inducing tentacled terror of The Bookmark of the Deep!

The Bookmark of the Deep in all it’s horrible glory
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GLEAM UPON THE WAVES Now on Indiebound and in Independent Bookstores

Excite to see that Gleam Upon the Waves finally showed up on IndieBound (it generally trails bigger bookstores a bit). That means if you’re like me and you like buying physical books from your local independent, most of them should be able to get you a copy! Woohoo! Just ask. Indie shops are always eager to order a book for you.

I should have stock for my own store later this week. If you’re holding out until you can buy a signed copy direct from me, they should be available real soon. (Thanks for your patience.)

If you haven’t picked up Gleam Upon the Waves yet, here’s all the links to help you rectify that:


Amazonย โ€ขย Barnes & Nobleย โ€ขย IndieBound


Kindleย โ€ขย Koboย โ€ขย Nookย โ€ขย Apple Booksย โ€ขย GooglePlay

I’ve appreciated the exciting emails I’ve gotten and the messages I’ve received. You all have made me make me feel pretty dang great. I sincerely hope everyone’s enjoying the book. Please leave an honest review when you’ve finished, and tell your friends. Word of mouth is always the best advertising for a book.

Old Haunts โ€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts, New Location.

Those who tuned into DEAD DROP Live on Tuesday already know this. But for those that didn’t, I wanted to make a quick announcement that Old Haunts have expanded to their own page, and you can check it out here!

As I’ve been rolling out my Reader Resources for The Bell Forging Cycle, I thought it’d be helpful to give them their own space. While they’re similar to the stills you find on Echoes, they’ve grown into their own thing over the last few months. As new ones arrive I’ll keep adding them there. (That page also lets me show off the fun noir-esque title cards.)

If you want to see how these are made, check out Tuesday’s stream of DEAD DROP LIVEโ€”I go into extensive detail. There’s plenty more to come! Keep following me here or over on Instagram to see, uh… new Old Haunts.