The story picks up where The Forge of Darkness left off. Mitch and his small group of survivors have lost their home to a band of marauders, and they must pick up the pieces and build a new, safer refuge deep in the forest near Black Creek. But other problems arise and a necessary journey takes Mitch into a whole new world of danger and adventure. Read The Savage Darkness today:
I enjoyed another conversation recently with John Wesley Smith on his Destiny Survival Radio Show. This time we were discussing my most recent release: Landfall: Islands in the Aftermath.
John asked some great questions as usual and offered his input on how the story worked for him. He pointed out that one thing he likes about both of my series is the fact that the characters in the stories are mostly ordinary people. That was deliberate on my part of course, because I enjoy telling stories about regular people getting caught in extraordinary circumstances and then trying to figure out how to survive and deal with the situation. To me, it would be less engaging to write (and probably to read too) if the characters were all former Special Forces operatives or in some other way well-trained and capable in ways far beyond the average person. As it is, they have to learn and adapt, and like most people, they find that when tested they can be more resourceful than they might have imagined.
I’m always grateful for his continuing interest in my work and I’m looking forward to talking with John again in the near future.
My current work in progress is The Savage Darkness: Darkness After Series Book 4. If you subscribe to my mailing list, you probably got the announcement regarding this book this morning. It is now available for preorder and I’m working hard to have it ready for early release in December, before the holidays.
Here is the updated cover with the description below:
A DEVASTATING ATTACK BY RUTHLESS MARAUDERS HAS FORCED MITCH HENLEY AND HIS BAND OF SURVIVORS INTO THE PRIMITIVE
When the remote Henley homestead is burned to the ground in a brutal attack, Mitch and his friends bury their dead and move to a river bottom hideaway where survival becomes a struggle against raw nature.
Having lost most of their tools and supplies, they are soon faced with a crisis that requires that which can only be found among the remnants of a ruined civilization. Taking one companion with him, Mitch embarks on a perilous, but necessary quest into dangers unknown.
The others wait, wondering if he will return, while in his absence an unexpected visitor to the ruins of the Henley farm tracks them to their wilderness refuge.
The Savage Darkness is the forth book in The Darkness After Series, set in the same desperate, grid-down post-EMP world as the author’s Pulse Series.
Check it out on Amazon to get it for the preorder price of $3.99 here:
A few days ago I announced the release of the paperback edition of Landfall: Islands in the Aftermath. Now the Kindle edition of this forth book in The Pulse Series is available as well. Landfall is 314 pages in the paperback version and at 75,000 words, it is about the same length as Voyage After the Collapse (Book III in the series). This one has some turns I didn’t expect when I sat down to began writing it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
You can find out more or purchase the book at the link below. If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can download and read it for free.
For those of you who have been waiting for Book Four of the The Pulse Series, this is a heads-up to let you know that the paperback edition of Landfall: Islands in the Aftermath is available now, a few days ahead of the release of the Kindle Edition, which is coming next Tuesday, August 23.
I’ve had the Kindle Edition on preorder since late May, and response has been fantastic, but I know many readers prefer a hard copy or want one in addition to the ebook. Preorders for paperbacks are not an easy option for small, independent publishers, but I’ve made the paperback available as soon as the final proofing and production was completed.
Landfall picks up where Voyage left off. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
From the back cover description:
BOOK IV OF THE PULSE SERIES—THE CONTINUING STORY OF SURVIVING THE COLLAPSE OF THE GRID BY TAKING TO THE SEA; NOW AMONG THE LAWLESS ISLANDS OF THE FLORIDA KEYS AND THE BAHAMAS
Artie Drager and his daughter Casey, along with his brother and their new friends have made landfall on a remote and seldom-visited cay in the Bahamas. But not everything has gone as planned. Their catamaran, the Casey Nicole is grounded on a reef, Larry’s partner Scully is missing, left behind in Florida waters, where the coast is under lock-down by the U.S. Navy. And new dangers lurk among the once peaceful out islands where desperate survivors are trying to hang on.
The “Look Inside This Book” feature on the Amazon product page is not enabled at the time of this post, but should be coming online any time now. You can order it anyway if you don’t need the sample to decide, and you can still preorder the Kindle Edition at the preorder price of $3.99 until it goes live on Tuesday.
Readers here who subscribe to my newsletter will already be aware that there is now a new Kindle Edition of my 2005 book, On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean. This book, which is an account of my solo sea kayaking journey to the Caribbean in 1988-90, was originally published by University Press of Mississippi. The original print edition by that publisher is still available, but I have obtained the ebook rights and so I have released an updated edition with a new cover, added preface and lower price.
If you are interested in this kind of adventure or you enjoy reading nonfiction travel narratives, you might want to check it out. For those of you who enjoy my novels in The Pulse and Darkness After series, this trip provided much of the inspiration and experiences that led to those works of fiction.
What would it be like to sell everything you own and paddle away to the islands? It was a question that Scott B. Williams could only answer by going to find out. Twenty-five years old at the time, he set to paddle alone to the West Indies in a seventeen-foot sea kayak.
His journey took him to the uninhabited islands and wild coastlines that Caribbean tourists don’t see from their resort hotels and cruise ships. His open-ended quest to see how far south he could paddle led him to many unexpected adventures no amount of planning could have prepared him for. Weeks turned into months as he worked his way down the west coast of Florida, through the Bahamas, and on to Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean, his narrative of this journey of a lifetime, describes the wonders of discovery as he makes landfall on pristine cays. Relentless headwinds, dangerous surf, countless beaches declared off-limits to trespassing, and aggressive sharks that ram his kayak and snap him out of his musing remind the adventurer that this paradise is far from perfect. Every day of the journey required constant vigilance to stay alive.
With no one but himself to depend on and often no one even knowing where he was for weeks at a time, Williams learned what it means to be self-reliant and to adjust to “island time.” With just a simple craft and the few belongings that would fit in it, Williams explores pristine cays and beaches rarely accessed by the typical island tourist.