Friday, March 16, 2018

Darkness < New Book! > Dust

Between the Darkness & Dust is the second book in the Fate's Crucible series, by Lions of the Empire writers T.B. Schmid and R.Wade Hodges.

This is what the cover looks like:

We think that you should get it.

You can find it at Smashwords:

You can find it on Amazon:

Thanks to Smashwords, you should also be able to search and buy from your favorite e-retailer (apple, kobo, etc.).

Thanks in advance for your reads and reviews. We really appreciate it.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Listen to this!

Feral was the Lions of the Empire's first release, and perhaps its spookiest to date. Now it's back... as an audio book available from!

Return to the frozen northern reaches of Valheim and experience a whole new dimension to this chilling tale of survival against all odds!

Sometimes tales flow down from the mountain peaks like the snow-fed streams that bleed down their bony flanks. Strange beasts. Stranger men. Stories spun in the glow of highlander watch fires to pass the time swell and strengthen - every retelling a new tributary - until the tale becomes a legend. But sometimes, the legends are real...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

It Came From Hyperspace!

We've had our heads down editing Fate's Crucible part 2, but along came an opportunity to work with an old friend, so we found ourselves with a small novella.

You might have already seen this on the Lions Facebook page.  If not, here you go...

Lions of the Empire is pleased to announce the arrival of It Came From Hyperspace!, a novellette set in the world of Legion: The Game (an RPG published by Terminus Productions) to be released mostly around August 29th.

You can pre-order the ebooks from...

Amazon Kindle:

Get the Physical Edition here!:

We hope you enjoy it! If you happen to be at Dragon Con 2017, you can stop by the RPG room and buy a physical copy while you test drive Legion: The Game with Terminus Productions.

More about Legion here:

We hope you enjoy!

Friday, June 2, 2017

May Days Giveaways 2017: Results and Thanks!

We here at Lions of the Empire would like to thank everyone who entered the 2017 May Days Giveaways on Goodreads! This marks our third year for this event, and the first time Beyond the Burning Sea has been on the list. We were overwhelmed by close to 1700 entries for our three books and we would like to thank you all for supporting our work.

We are currently packing up and sending out the winning copies to the respective winners, so keep an eye in your mailboxes for those. We certainly hope you will enjoy these newest additions to your summer reading list.

Follow our blog for news and short stories and keep an eye out for announcements on not one, but two new books coming soon.

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017's May Days Giveaways!

It's May once again and time for us to give things away.

Up for grabs on is not one... not two... but all three books currently published by Lions of the Empire!

As in previous years, we have three copies each of Tales of Yhore and Feral up for grabs! Links for those books can be found immediately below.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Tales of Yhore by D.F. Monk

Tales of Yhore

by D.F. Monk

Giveaway ends May 31, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Feral by T.B. Schmid


by T.B. Schmid

Giveaway ends May 31, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
And for the first time we're also giving away four copies of Beyond the Burning Sea!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Beyond the Burning Sea by T.B. Schmid

Beyond the Burning Sea

by T.B. Schmid

Giveaway ends May 31, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

The Giveaways are on until May 31st. We'll be shipping copies the end of that week so you can have the books for your summer reading. But don't wait until then! Read and Enjoy and keep an eye here for upcoming announcements about book 2 of the Fate's Crucible series!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

You Get What You Pay For

“You Get What You Pay For” or “Something’s Rotten in Mylesia”
by TB Schmid

By the dead and rotting gods, her hood stank.  Or maybe she had it backwards: the sack covering her head smelled like dead, rotting gods, rubbish, cats - take your pick.

Maybe I should add a nose hole, or at least cut the mouth a little bigger.

She knew as soon as the thought crossed her mind it was a bad idea, but then bad ideas were something of a specialty of hers. Under the hood, she allowed herself a sly smile.  Maybe a new name is in the offing.

“You hear they found Zara’s body?”

Her ears perked up and she slowed near the fishmonger’s stall.  The speaker was a thickset man with heavy gloves shoved into the back of his leather apron.  Tor, the blacksmith.  

“Aye, that’s all anybody’s been talkin’ about this mornin,” answered the fishmonger.  “Poor girl.  Bled dry and dumped in The Sludge.  Riigha and his boy found her caught up in their nets.”

The Sludge was a foul, boggy delta where The Viper bled into the eastern end of Niht’s Haven.  Since Mylesia squatted on the river’s banks, The Viper tended to receive the bulk of its waste.  It stunk worse than the girl’s hood, but it was a good place to get rid of a body.  Usually.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Just some words...

I don't normally write a lot of poetry, so don't expect a lot of this, but this was something I wanted to share.


They tell me we should return to a better time...
The "Good Old Days."
It's an appealing thought for a moment,
My carefree days of youthful wonder.
But even in this consideration is the realization that
It's impossible to go backwards.
And even if you could,
Why would I want that?
Now that I know why my mother cried.
Now that I know how my father lied.
Meeting once more the lives and the loves
That I will have to watch
Being ripped away again.
How greedy it is,
How simply self-serving,
Thinking we can carve better memories
Out of old scars with fresh cuts
Just for the falsely glittering illusion
Invoked without reflection,
by Three Simple Words.