November 11, 2014

My first published article appeared in Stars and Stripes 23 years ago today. Since this is the centenary year of World War I, it seems appropriate to share it again. Verdun is an eerie place...

November 1, 2014

Delver is officially available today! Woohoo! Find out why Old Man Fire has been in open rebellion against Earth Mother in this final book of The Masters of the Elements series.

October 4, 2014

Do you like knowing the inspiration behind fantasy books? Here's mind for "The Mask of God," Book 1 of Fate's Arrow. Check it out at Heroic Fantasy Writers today.

October 1, 2014

I'll be a guest on Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss to help kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Join us for a live chat!

September 19, 2014

A wonderful review of "The Mask of God" is out today from Bookie Monster. Check it out here.

September 7, 2014

Today brings another 5-star review for "In Heaven's Shadow" from a satisfied customer at Amazon. Read it here.

August 25, 2014

I have seen the cover of Delver, the fourth and last book in The Masters of the Elements series. I am racing to get the last edits down and to the publisher for an October release. Woohoo!

July 17, 2014

I got sort of a chill yesterday while revising Book 4 of my Fate's Arrow series. Check out today's blog post to find out why.

July 8, 2014

I have accumulated enough book trailers it was time for their own page. You can see them all here.

July 1, 2014

There's a good interview with me up on Bookie Monster today. Here's your chance for some inside scoop on me and The Mask of God.

June 26, 2014

Go check out the additions to my Books page! A new glossary, history, and maps of the world of The Mask of God await.

June 25, 2014

The Mask of God is up at Cover Reveals today. Come find out what the buzz is about.

May 17, 2014

What inspires a book like In Heaven's Shadow? Find out today at Daisy Banks's blog.

May 1, 2014

Do you know enough about me to spot truth from a lie? See if you were right and check out the answer to Barb Taub's "Lie-dar" question today on her blog.

April 24, 2014

I have two announcements today: a new 5-star review of In Heaven's Shadow from Barb Taub, and the print edition of The Mask of God is now available. Enter to win an ebook copy of In Heaven's Shadow by guessing the truth about me at Ms. Taub's Lie-Dar!

April 4, 2014

In Heaven's Shadow is 30% off right now at Taliesin Publishing. Grab a copy and go back to the Civil War and a place where dead doesn't always mean dead and a little magic can turn a whole town upside down.

March 28, 2014

An explanation for my recent silence can be found at my blog today...

March 15, 2014

And yet another new book to announce! "The Mask of God," the first book in my epic fantasy/SF series, is now out. This is a completed series that will be published in rapid order over the next year, so leap right in!

February 27, 2014

I'm on Anne E. Johnson's blog today talking about In Heaven's Shadow. Take a peek!

February 12, 2014

I will be at Radcon in Pasco, Washington this weekend, February 14-16. Stop by the Red Lion Hotel at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday to hear me read from In Heaven's Shadow and get your books signed!

February 9, 2014

It's here! In Heaven's Shadow has now officially been released. This Civil War tale of love, magic, ghosts, and respectability helped get me through the loss of my father. I like to believe love is eternal, don't you? 

January 31, 2014

After a too-long hiatus, for which I apologize, there is a new Horses in Fiction post up today! What DO you do with a bored horse, hmmm?

January 23, 2014

The cover is done, the book is finished, and In Heaven's Shadow is on track for release on February 6. Woohoo!

January 11, 2014

Oh, my. Who knew that cover art can be hard? I'd appreciate your input on the dilemma facing my publisher and me as we try to find the perfect concept for the cover of In Heaven's Shadow. Comment on this blog post will be ever so welcome!

January 3, 2014

Welcome to the New Year! I'm looking forward, not back. Find out what 2014 is looking like for me. I hope yours will be filled with wonderful things.


Firedancer
Book 1, Masters of the Elements
(finalist, 2013 EPIC award for Fantasy)

Windrider
Book 2, Masters of the Elements

Seaborn
Book 3, Masters of the Elements

Delver
Book 4, Masters of the Elements

The Mask of God
(Fate's Arrow, Book 1)

In Heaven's Shadow
Taliesin Publishing

Falling to Eternity
No Man's Land anthology

An Infinity of Moments
On Spec Magazine

Kraken's Honor
Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Who Mourns for
the Hangman?

Damnation Books

Wolf Dreams
Wolfsongs 2 anthology
(also nominated for an EPIC award)

The Ruby Curse
Gears and Levers anthology

The Fixer
The Mystical Cat anthology

Casserole Diplomacy and Other Stories: On Spec 25th Anniversary Introspective

UPCOMING

The Mark of God
(Fate's Arrow, Book 2, Winter 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Welcome to the official website of S. A. Bolich. Current titles are listed below.

Be sure to check out my newest releases. "Delver" is the fantastic concluding volume in The Masters of the Elements series. "In Heaven's Shadow" is a fantastic blend of ghosts, magic, Civil War history, and the kind of the love that never dies. And if you're a fan of epic fantasy and science fiction, "The Mask of God" combines both in a story of artificial gods and latent powers on a planet long cut off from Earth.

And now my very first published short story, "Where Magic Lives", is available in On Spec Magazine's 25th Anniversary Introspective, "Casserole Diplomacy and Other Stories." See where it all began!

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The fourth and final book of the triumphant Masters of the Elements series is now available! Our weary crew of adventurers is back where it all began, in Annam Vale, but now Earth Mother herself is restless. One Delver, haunted by his past, holds the key to finding what is wrong, but to use it, he must venture where he swore never to go again...deep underground, to the heart of the Ancient's lair.

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On a planet long forgotten by Earth, two royal brothers are drawn into a war sparked by human ambition, but it is the artificial gods of Ariel whose strange power ensnares them in a greater conflict whose stakes only Fate understands. One human life is the key--only Alarion Aravon does not take kindly to being a pawn.

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Reviews for The Mask of God

"An epic struggle with some blood and gore, this book is interesting and the hardcore science fiction theme is fresh...Excellently written, well developed, this book is vivid and detailed. I cannot wait to read the next in the series." Bookie Monster

Lilith’s laugh can make rainbows but even she can’t fix dead—or can she? Pa’s elixir might undo what the Yankees did to her beloved Joab, but it’s not the lure of Heaven she has to fight. It’s the neighbors.

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Reviews for In Heaven's Shadow

"...heroine Lilith...is magical, funny, and feisty. In Heaven’s Shadow has it all, love, magic, and fun!" The Pen and Muse

"...one of the loveliest, most moving stories I've read in a long time. I couldn't put it down. It's filled with wonderful characters and delightful magic. I may just read it all over again I liked it so much." Goodreads

A "combination of gorgeous writing, perfect setting, and character development makes In Heaven’s Shadow a winner." Barb Taub's Thursday Lie-Dar

"Unlike anything else I've read... I could not put this book down after the first couple of pages." Amazon

"It's been a long time since I've been blown away just by the language of a new book. Lilith Stark may be only marginally literate, but her spirit speaks in poetry, tender and wonderfully sensory." Amazon

 

 

Though untrained in commanding Water, the sentient, elemental daughter of Earth Mother, cocky Neshuaas Riverborn thinks herself equal to anything the River Melth can fling at her. But when angry Melth destroys the town where her ship is docked, Nes finds herself in the company of exotic strangers bound on a grim journey to discover if Water is about to join her rebellious siblings, Wind and Fire, in attacking the Mother herself.

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Sheshan ak'Kal has sung to Wind all his life--but he never learned the eerie songs of Wind's angry sister, the Hag. And when the Hag killed his love, she killed his songs, as well. Now she is threatening the hard-won peace and fragile new love he has found with the most unlikely of women. Forced to a journey he does not want to make, Sheshan finds himself pursued by a host of evil memories and a keening, impossible note he does not want to hear...and must learn to sing, or it will kill everything he loves.

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Reviews for Windrider

"...brilliant characters and fascinating culture..." Science Fiction and Other Oddyseys

"I was given a copy of the first book in this series, and loved it so much I came looking for this one as soon as I heard it (was) out. The characters are consistent and interesting, and the world building is top-notch. The author has created a unique and consistent magic system which doesn't unbalance the rest of the society, which is no mean feat. I'm looking forward to the third book in the series." (Smashwords)

"It is a fact that many second of a series books just don't live up to the expectations of the first. Windrider is definitely not one of those books. Every bit as engrossing and hard to put down as the first, the story is rich in detail and vivid in the pictures it paints in the reader's mind... I can't wait for the next installment." (Amazon)

"This was a wonderful follow-up to the first book in this series (FIREDANCER)." (Goodreads)

"...a fine fantasy series full of engaging people in a vividly realized setting. I highly recommend it." (Goodreads)

Firedancer, a finalist for the 2013 EPIC award for fantasy, is the first, stand-alone book in the "Masters of the Elements" series. Old Man Fire, firstborn of the Earth Mother's children, has been imprisoned at the heart of the world for eons, forever crawling up thin veins of windstone in an attempt to break free and take vengeance on the Mother and the Fire Clans she created to control such incursions. But the ancient power of the Firedance seems to be failing, and Jetta ak'Kal, a Dancer tragically touched by fire, is the one tasked to find out why.

Hateful Fire, temperamental Wind, and restless Water are the living elements this series is built around. Come explore how a world survives when the very elements it depends on have their own agenda... 

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Jetta ak'Kal, once the most talented Firedancer in all the clans, is haunted by the memory of a failure that took the life of her beloved. Asked to protect a village that has never known fire, she must battle both their prejudices and her growing certainty that her enemy— the Ancient, the living, elemental fire—has learned to think. And the Dance that controls it is failing...

READ THE FIRST 5 CHAPTERS

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Reviews for Firedancer

"If you are looking for an original, magical science fiction, then you will have to read Firedancer. Bolich brings her originality and depth into her characters." (The Pen and Muse)

"This book was nearly impossible to put down, with compelling characters and such an original concept that I was driven to discover more about this world."
(Science Fiction and Other Oddyseys)

"...marvelous fantasy adventure, outside the usual boxes."

"The story kept pulling me back to pick it [up] and read more, even when I had other things to do...Can't wait for the next book." (Amazon reviews)

"What a fascinating book! Tightly written, it dips and dives into the recesses of the mind like one of those worms in sci-fi thrillers that gets into your brain through the ear canal and then takes you over."
(Amazon review)

"Firedancer almost caused me a sleepless night. I just had to go on reading about what happens to Jetta and the friends she finds..." (Smashwords review)

"...a really satisfying read, smoothly written, with beautiful descriptions and a main character who is fun to spend time with." (Goodreads review)

"...fascinating, poetic, and entirely convincing..." (Amazon review)

Scraggy the hangman made a bargain with a witch to get a magic rope that ensures he'll never hang an innocent. But surely it can't be right about the newest sinner who's been brought to justice.

This dark fantasy novella is a quick, shivery read.

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Reviews for Who Mourns for the Hangman?

"The writing is amazing–instantly captivating, utterly mesmerizing, and one-hundred-percent haunting." (Rites of Romance Reviews)

"...an imaginative dark fantasy that is sure to thrill all who read it." (Novel Musings)

"The touch of the paranormal adds to the eerie atmosphere as WHO MOURNS FOR THE HANGMAN? is nothing short of superb." (Debbie Wiley at Book Illuminations)

"Once you finish the story you will feel like you have stepped out of an old folklore dark tale." (The Horror Press)

The Mystical Cat

An anthology of all things feline. This fun collection includes my story, "The Fixer." A demon hiding from Satan, a damaged Antichrist, and a cat...nothing is as straightforward as it looks, and Gabriel Luz must make a fateful decision.

"Gears and Levers 1" is available in ebook format at all major outlets.

Gears and Levers

"Gears and Levers 1", the first in a series of steampunk anthologies of the same name, runs the gamut from fantasy to hard-core gadgetry. There's something for everyone here if you like the whole idea of steampunk and all its possibilities.

"The Mystical Cat" is available in ebook format at all major outlets.