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May 3, 2103: Damnation Books on Notice!

After filing a justice court suit against Damnation Books on November 15, 2012 for multiple counts of breach of contract, I won a small financial judgment against the publisher on April 26, 2013. The judge, however, did not feel it was within his power to rescind the disputed contracts despite finding in my favor, referring me instead to a higher court. ( My previous post on the subject can be found here.)

However, as of my Q1 2013 royalties, I have met and well exceeded the contract terms set by Damnation Books regarding the early termination of my works, Resurrection and At the Gates.

As per Damnation Books' contract terms (bolding is mine):

Once a work has gone into editing and forward and the Author wishes to terminate this contract prematurely, a penalty shall be charged to the Author to cover costs of staff and artists for work already performed. This fee shall be at a minimum of $50.00 to a maximum of $1000.00 to be determined by the time spent on preparing the work for publication and money recovered from sales of the work.

On June 6, 2012, after receiving my request for termination on April 14, 2102, the lawyer for Damnation Books set the fee for each of my contracted works through Damnation Books. He stated (again, bolding is mine):

"The Company has calculated the costs and time spent which the termination fee is intended to cover and in each instance the termination fee is $1,000."

As of February 28, 2013, Resurrection has earned Damnation Books (per their official royalty statements less 10% editing fees deducted by contract terms) a total of $2682.02. At the Gates has earned them $2257.60. Both amounts are substantially over the $1,000 termination fees set by Damnation Books, effectively paying above and beyond the requisite (and excessive) fees for release. (These numbers do not reflect profits from March or April 2013)

As such, the rights for both Resurrection and At the Gates should be returned to me, effective immediately, as the thresholds for release have been exceeded (all associated costs paid) and my request for termination persists.

Therefore, I file this notice publicly as a statement of intent. It is on Damnation Books to do the right thing and release the rights to these two books, per our signed agreements, or I will take further legal action against Damnation Books to force them to abide by their contract terms.

(Damnation Books has been notified of this privately and has chosen to ignore my lawful request.)

April 23, 2013: Here's a sneak peek at the cover for my upcoming middle grade/young reader release, Heir to the Blood Throne. More info on the book soon. The groovy cover design is by J.M. Martin over at Nine Worlds Media.

April 23, 2013: Here is the first look at the Manifesto cover, the urban fantasy anthology through Angelic Knight Press, edited by myself and the talented Tyson Mauermann. The artwork and design are by the incomparable Carter Reid.

(I'm honored to have both Carter and Joe making me look better than I deserve to be. And for the authors out there, both of these guys take commisions for covers. Give them a shot. You won't be disappointed.)

April 23, 2013: I'm a handful of updates behind due to a computer crash, so I apologize, folks. Seems Windows 8 doesn't like the forms on my web page.

Mar 6, 2013: Amazing day!
Beyond the Veil is #20 in Amazon's Top 100 list and is #10 on the Amazon Hot New Release list.

Feb 28, 2013: Beyond the Veil has cracked Amazon's top 100! Thanks, folks. :)

Feb 27, 2013: Beyond the Veil is out at
Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. There's also a contest connected to the release; a chance to win a $50 or $25 Amazon gift card just for writing a review of BtV on Amazon, good, bad, or indifferent. All I want is honest and you're entered.

Feb 22, 2013: Demon Squad 5, Beyond the Veil, is out February 28th. Here's the
first chapter preview.

Feb 14, 2013: Want a sneak peek at the new Demon Squad book, Beyond the Veil? Well, here's the
first chapter. (Not the final edits)

Jan 9, 2013:
Triumph Over Tragedy is out now! All proceeds for this amazing anthology go to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Jan 1, 2013: Ended the year with great news, a contract from Samhain Horror for my novella Serial, due late 2013. Also picked up my first review of Witch Bane over at Fantasy Book Critic.

Dec 25, 2012: Despite the holiday congestion, Witch Bane sped through the Amazon system and is on sale now.

Dec 24, 2102:
Witch Bane, dark sword and sorcery, releases on December 28!

Dec 16, 2012: Woke up to find
Armageddon Bound, Resurrection, and At the Gates all in Amazon's Top 100 lists.Thank you all.

Oct 27, 2012: FREE horror for Halloween.
Into the Mirror Black.

Oct 21, 2012: I'll be the guest over at
The Writer's Chatroom on the 28th, 7 p.m. EST. Stop by to give me grief or say hi.

Oct 21, 2012:
Resurrection is #58 in Amazon's Top 100!

Oct 21, 2012: Requiem is out now on Amazon and  Smashwords. Paperback will be available in a few days. (B&N is down, and has been for days, apparently, so I'll have Requiem uploaded as soon as possible. For those interested in a Nook compliant file, you can pick it up from Smashwords.)

Oct 17, 2012: Barring things going wonky,
Requiem, book 3 in the Blood War Trilogy, will be released at the end of the week.

Sept. 29, 2012:
Prey is out at Amazon! From the pubisher of The Hungry, The Sheriff Penny Miller series.

Sept 15, 2012: The
paperback copies of Fading Light are now fixed and good to go. Thanks to everyone for their patience while Stacey put foot in butt to get Createspace in line.

Sept 6, 2012: Sigh. Createspace/Amazon introduced a manufacturing error into the print copies of Fading Light: an Anthology of the Monstrous. We apologize for the annoyance and inconvenience and Angelic Knight Press and I want to make amends. Go here to learn more and to fix the problem if you've purhcased a paperback copy.

Sept 2, 2012: Here's an
interview with me over at Lee Mather's.

Sept 1, 2012:
Fading Light is out NOW!

Aug 31, 2012: Everyone who purchases the trade paperback version of Fading Light gets a FREE eBook copy of the Companion book. Email me at the address on the links page or send a message to Angelic Knight Press to receive the bonus stories.

Aug 31, 2012: The second
Fading Light review has broken.

Aug 30, 2012: The very first
Fading Light review is out!

Aug 6, 2012: The
first teaser for Fading Light has been posted, Light Save Us by Ryan Lawler.

Aug 1, 2012: Prey/Anathema out Sept,
Genius Book Publishing

July 30, 2012: I'm over at Bastard Books talking about the Blood War Trilogy. Stop by and enter the giveaway to win a copy of Embers of an Age.

July 17, 2012:
Embers of an Age is #78 in Amazon's epic fantasy category!

July 15, 2012: The
paperback of Armageddon Bound is now available for $7.95 at Amazon

July 14, 2012: Armageddon Bound is now available for the new low price of $3.95 at Amazon and B&N

July 11, 2012: Read the first 3 chapters of Embers of an Age.

July 9, 2012: Dawn of War is currently
#34 in the US epic fantasy category and #27 in the UK

June 29, 2012: I've a guest blog at the new Fantasy Book Review blog

June 25, 2102: Dawn of War is #1 at Amazon

June 17, 2012: Picked up a new review for Armageddon Bound and an interview over at author Carl Alves' page

June 12, 2012: Ahead of schedule, Embers of an Age, book 2 in the Blood War Trilogy is on sale at Amazon

June 11, 2012: Coming June 15th, Embers of an Age

June 8, 2012: Beware Damnation Books

June 5, 2012: Dawn of War is now FREE at Amazon in anticpation of Embers of an Age, out soon.

June 4, 2012: Four in the Morning is FREE at Amazon until Friday. Snag a copy now.

May 20, 2012: Four in the Morning is out, featuring my story Cenotaph. Learn more HERE

May 16, 2012: Check out the Fading Light page to see the contributors and the complete cover.

May 10, 2012: New review for At the Gates at Battle Hymns

May 7, 2012: Yet another wonderful review for Echoes of the Past over at the Fantasy Book Review

May 6, 2012: I'm guest blogging over at the Nocturnal Library today, and better still, Maja is holding an international giveaway for a copy of Armageddon Bound. Stop by and enter or just to say hi.

May 5, 2012: Here's a wonderful review for Echoes of the Past over at the Nocturnal Library

May 4, 2012: Picked up a great review for Echoes of the Past over at Fantasy Book Critic

Apr 29, 2012: Here's my interview at Wayfarers: Quest for the Cure.

Apr 29, 2012: In case you missed it, here's my interview over at Bastard Books and Other Crap.

Mar 1, 2012: Corrupts Absolutely now available at Damnation Books!

Feb 15, 2012: World Horror Con plans are set. It'll be in Salt Lake City, March 29-April 1. I'll be there celebrating the release of Corrupts Absolutely? Will you be there?

Jan 5, 2012: Opportunity for writers. Opening January 15th Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous. Click the link for guidelines and more information.

Jan 4, 2012: At the Gates was voted Most Entertaining of 2011 by Ryan Lawler of Fantasy Book Review. Some of the other great authors honored are Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns), George RR Martin (A Dance of Dragons), Brandon Sanderson (The Alloy of Law), Terry Goodkind (The Omen Machine), Charlaine Harris (Dead Reckoning), Steven Erikson (The Crippled God), Patrick Rothfuss (The Wise Man's Fear), and more.

Dec 28, 2011: While Resurrection (Damnation Books, 2011) didn't make the top five, I made honorable mention over at Only the Best Sci-fi and Fantasy's blog. I'm in there with great names like Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns), Jon Sprunk (Shadow's Lure), Courtney Schafer (The Whitefire Crossing), Michael J. Sullivan (The Riyria Revelations), Liane Merciel (Heaven's Needle), and Daniel Polansky (Low Town).

It's quite an honor to be included alongside such wonderful authors. If you haven't read any of their books, you're missing out; big time.

Nov 29, 2011: Don't forget, folks: Demon Squad 3, At the Gates, releases at midnight PST from Damnation Books. The first eBook is FREE and each thereafter only goes up by 25 cents for 24 hours or until it reaches full price. This applies to all of DB's December releases, so get there early and pick them all up.

You can read the first three chapters of At the Gates here: 1 - 2 - 3

Nov 24, 2011: Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2011: The first review for At the Gates is available over at Fantasy Book Critic

Nov 7, 2011: Reviews are finally starting to pop up for Dawn of War. Check out the books page to see what people think about my dark epic fantasy tale.

Nov 2, 2011: Thanks to the great folks over at SFFWorld, Lincoln Crisler, Jasper Kent, and myself are all part of a roundtable discussion. It's off to a roaring start. Stop by and ask a question, give us a hard time, or just sit back and watch the spectacle unfold. We'll be there all week.

SFFWorld Forum

You can also find interviews from us all at SFFWorld: Here'sLincoln, here'sJasper, and here's mine.

Nov 1, 2011: Here's your chance to see the events that led up to Demon Squad 3: At the Gates. (Spoiler Alert: If you haven't read Resurrection, reading Betrayal will ruin the ending. You have been warned.) Download Betrayal with the links above.

Oct 27, 2011: There's a new interview with me at SFFWorld

Oct 27, 2011: New Armageddon Bound review over at The Written Universe

Oct 22, 2011: Exclusive look at chapter two of At the Gates, the third book in the Demon Squad series can be found over at Lincoln Crisler's

Oct 15, 2011: The Angelic Knight Press anthology, Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls came out today. I've got a story in it. Take a look.

Oct 4, 2011: Great new review for Skulls over at the Speculative Book Review

Sept 30, 2011: As of today, Dawn of War has hit the #1 spot in Amazon's (free) Epic Fantasy category. Thanks, folks.

Sept 26, 2011: The cover for the Angelic Knight Press anthology, Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls has been revealed. My story, Illicit Dreams, will be a part of this.

Sept 26, 2011: Armageddon Bound picked up another great review over at My World...in words and pages

Sept 26, 2011:
If you like the idea of FREE books, you need to check out Bastrd Reaction's Book Giveaway. You win books just by entering, and great authors like Jennifer Estep, Diana Rowland, and Naomi Clark are involved. Stop by and see what all you can win.

Bastard's Book Giveaway

Sept 15, 2011: Picked up another great review for Resurrection, over at Only the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

Sept 14, 2011: First draft of my horrific, suspense/thriller novella, Prey, is done.

Sept 13, 2011: Thanks to the wonderful folks over at
Angelic Knight Press, I can now announce my short story, Illicit Dreams, will be a part of the Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls anthology, due out by Halloween.

Sept 13, 2011: The Dawn of War ebook (v2) is now available at
Smashwords for FREE! While no content has been changed, the chapters have been re-ordered to provide a better reading experience. If you've picked up the previous version at Amazon, stop by Smashwords if you'd like to see the changes.

Thanks for everyone's support.

Sept 7, 2011: New zombie short story,
The End, available in the Shorts section.

Sept 4, 2011: Another new
review for Resurrection over at Jake Elliot Fiction.

Aug 29, 2011: New review for Resurrection at Val's Random Comments.

Aug 28, 2011: Dawn of War is now available for the Nook, at
Barnes and Noble, still for only 99 cents.

Aug 24, 2011: Picked up the first official
review for Dawn of War, over at the Fantasy Book Review.

Aug 22, 2011: Bastard, of
SFFWorld and Goodreads fame, has started his own blog ( Bastard Books and other crap) where he discusses his reactions to the unbelievably massive number of books he reads, on a regular basis. In the middle of his superhuman feat, he has deigned my books worthy of his literary palate. Stop by to see what he has to say about my writing.

Aug 20, 2011: I wouldn't normally ask for anything like this, but this is one of those cases where I can't help but do anything I can to help. I know times are hard, I'm there myself, but I ask, only if you're able, to help as well.

A family I know has found themselves in a desperate spot in life...again, due to no fault of their own. Their three year-old daughter, Sidney, is suffering from Leukemia for the third time in her short life. She has already undergone a bone marrow transplant and been cleared only to have the disease return. She needs another transplant and after all the medical care they've provided already, they are not able to afford the treatment Sidney needs.

An event has been set up on Facebook to help awareness. Spread the link around as much as you feel comfortable doing. Sidney's Help Fund.

Again, I ask for your help in this special case. Please give if you can, and only as much as you can, by clicking on the following link: For Sidney.

Thank you for anything you can do.

Aug 6, 2011: Dawn of War is now available at
Smashwords, and soon to be at Barnes & Noble, for the Nook. Still for only 99 cents.

July 22, 2011: My
interview with Ryan Lawler, over at Fantasy Book Review, just went live. If you've got nothing better to do with your time, stop by.

July 21, 2011: New
review for Armageddon Bound over at Shortbus Wonderkid's blog .

July 20, 2011: Busy day. Resurrection just received a 5/5 review over at

July 20, 2011: I've gone international thanks to
Mayara Arend and the kind folks over at Kindle Blog Brasil. I'm giving away two eBook copies of Dawn of War and one eBook of a winner's choice.

July 20, 2011: Turns out, Resurrection is
Fantasy Book Review's Adult Book of the Month, July 2011! I'm flattered.

July 16, 2011: Amazing new review for Resurrection by Ryan Lawler, over at the
Fantasy Book Review

July 12, 2011: New Armageddon Bound review at Val's Random Comments

July 4, 2011: New review for Skulls over at Morpheus Tales

July 3, 2011: Dawn of War is now available on Amazon Kindle for only 99 cents. Dark Epic Fantasy; the first in the Blood War Trilogy.

Reviewers: Since I've been flooding you the last few months, I'm going to wait a while to send out review requests. If you do not want to wait, and would like a copy now, please do not hesitate to email me.

June 29, 2011: Bored? Want to read the prologue and first chapter of Dawn of War before the eBook release? Then go HERE

June 27, 2011: Picked up a new review for Armageddon Bound, over at Fantasy Book Review

June 24, 2011: Check out this groovy POSTER author Greg Chapman made for Skulls.

June 24, 2011: New review for Skulls over at She Never Slept

June 24, 2011: Just want to thank everyone for their support. While I don't have any clear indication of sales, at this point, there's been a steady run of Kindle books sold for both Resurrection and Armageddon Bound. Much appreciated.

June 22, 2011: Ginger Nuts of Horror has me over for an interview.

June 20, 2011: The Dark Fantastic Editing/Authorial Advice service is now open. Want some help bettering your manuscript but don't want to mortgage your house, check out my prices.

June 6, 2011: Blog-o-mania! Today I'm over at Lincoln Crisler's and Naomi Clark's, talking about writing.

June 2, 2011: Unexpected short review for The Temple of the Dead over at Only the Best Sci-fi/Fantasy

May 31, 2011: Midnight PST, Resurrection goes on sale at Damnation Books. The first copy sold is FREE, with each subsequent copy only going up 25 cents, for 24 hours, until full price is reached. Stop by early and get it for cheap.

May 26, 2011:Guest blog, An Act of Terror, over at the BookWenches

May 23, 2011: The first review for Demon Squad: Resurrection has popped up over at the Fantasy Book Critic

May 17, 2011: You can read the first chapter of Resurrection HERE

May 12, 2011: New review for Skulls, over at the Fantasy Book Critic

May 11, 2011: If you missed my interview on Jennifer Walker's, A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book, you can click the link and hear the archived version. While you're at it, check out Jennifer's Author Tours

May 9, 2011: On Wednesday, May 11, I'll be featured on Blog Talk Radio's, A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book, hosted by Jennifer Walker. The shows starts at 3:30p.m. PST and runs for a half hour. Feel free to call in. (760) 454-8804

May 5, 2011: 5 out of 5 review, a must read, for Skulls from Sooz Says Stuff

May 4, 2011: Here's a video of me reading a short excerpt from Skulls, at the Damnation Books party, at the World Horror Con in Austin. (Thanks to Lincoln Crisler for the video.)

May 3, 2011: Today ends the Skulls Giveaway. The eBook winners are: Doug and Ariel Emerald. The winner of the signed copy of Skulls and hte $20 Amazon gift card is Vivian Hancock. Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who entered.

Winners: please, email ame at tim [at] tmarquitz [dot] com so I can get you your prizes.

May 3, 2011: Thanks to Lincoln Crisler and the good folks over at Damnation Books, you can watch me fumble my way through a short reading of Skulls

Apr 26, 2011: 5 out of 5 for Skulls, over at BookWenches

Apr 17, 2011: Yet another wonderful review for Skulls, over at the blog of author, Yolanda Sfetsos

Apr 16, 2011: If one chance to win a copy of Skulls isn't enough, here's another over at the Brazilian Bookworm

Apr 15, 2011: Frank "Triggaltheron" Trigg, the MC of the Demon Squad series, is interviewed over at Syria Says

Apr 13, 2011: Got another great review for Skulls over at the Fantasy Book Review

Apr 12, 2011: Here's a chance to WIN a signed/personalized copy of my new YA Horror book, Skulls, and a $20 Amazon.com gift card, just for giving your opinion on my writing. Check out the details at The Dark Fantastic

Apr 1, 2011: Picked up my first review for Skulls, over at The Horror Fiction Review's new site. Click HERE and scroll almost down to the bottom of the page to see it.

Mar 31, 2011: I hadn't expected to be able to show this off so soon, but here's the cover for Demon Squad: Resurrection.

Mar 27, 2011: A few days early, but the trade paperback of Skulls is available over at Amazon. And just a heads up for April 1, Damnation Books will have the eBook available at midnight, starting at FREE! It will go up 25 cents for each copy sold for 24 hours, or until it reaches full price, so get there early and pick it up for pennies.

Mar 27, 2011: Demon Squad: Resurrection June 1, 2011!

Mar 25, 2011: Finally a release date for Demon Squad: Resurrection! Stay tuned.

Mar 16, 2011: Check out the first chapter of Skulls, YA Horror, HERE

Mar 5, 2011: Another review for The Temple of the Dead. Check it out over at Fantasy Book Critic. Thanks, Mihir.

Feb 16, 2011: First look at the cover for Skulls, plus blurb added to Skulls book page. Also, picked up another great review for The Temple of the Dead, over at Speculative Book Review .

Feb 9, 2011: Just signed the contract with Damnation Books for my YA Horror book, Skulls. It will be out April 1st, just in time for my trip to World Horror Con 2011. Hope to see some of y'all there.

Jan 2, 2011: New review for SE2 over at Goodreads

Dec 15, 2010: New review for SE2 over at BookWenches

Dec 7, 2010: The first review for SE2 - The Temple of the Dead has arrived. You can see it over on Amazon

Dec 1, 2010: Sepulchral Earth pt. 2 is released.

Nov 19, 2010: The first book in the Blood War Trilogy, Dawn of War, is complete. Traditional fantasy gone awry.

Oct 14, 2010: I'm the featured guest at the Writer's Chatroom, this Sunday, 10-17, at 7pm EST, 5pm MST. Stop on by and chat. I'm giving away a signed copy of Armageddon Bound and a couple of eBooks.

Oct. 9, 2010: New web design up plus the Sepulchral Earth pt. 2 cover revealed.