filing a justice court suit againstDamnation
Bookson 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 amaximum of
$1000.00 to be determined by the time spent on preparing the work
for publication and money recovered from sales of the
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
has calculated the costs and time spent which the termination fee
is intended to cover and in each instancethe
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
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
(Damnation Books has
been notified of this privately and has chosen to ignore my lawful
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
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.
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.
Oct 21, 2012: Requiem is out
now on Amazon and
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.
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
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
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.
read the first three chapters of At the Gates here: 1 - 2 - 3
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.
You can also find interviews from us all
at SFFWorld: Here'sLincoln, here'sJasper, and here's mine.
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.
2011: There's a new interview with me at SFFWorld
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
Sept 7, 2011: New zombie short story, The End, available in the Shorts section.
2011: Another new review for
Resurrection over at Jake Elliot Fiction.
Aug 29, 2011: New review for Resurrection at Val's Random
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
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
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
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.
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:
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 3, 2011: Dawn of War is now available on
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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.
2011: Demon Squad: Resurrection June 1, 2011!
Mar 25, 2011:
Finally a release date for Demon Squad: Resurrection! Stay
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 .
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.