I’ve been asked what ZERVAKAN was about, so I thought I’d give you the “teaser” copy I wrote for it a while back. It’s epic fantasy but without the typical medieval milieu — it’s set in world similar to the American West during the mid-19th century. I wouldn’t call it “steampunk,” but my world does have steam engines, guns, and telegraphs.

And if you’re an interested editor,

Reason and science had given the Recindian Compact wondrous technology like steam engines, telegraphs, and gunpowder. The world had order. It made sense.

Until one night two multi-colored bands of light appear in the sky, spanning the horizons like rings around the planet. Soon after, unnatural storms assault the Compact’s cities. Whispers spread of ghoulish creatures haunting Compact forests. And then a message from a legendary race called the Mystics – ally with us to fight the growing evil or we all perish.

Desperate, the Compact’s leaders turn to Taran Abraeu, a disgraced history professor whose dying daughter forced him to accept societal ridicule and search for the legendary healing magic of the Mystics. His colleagues once mocked him. Now his research may be the only thing that will save them.

When Compact leaders ask Taran to accompany a secret delegation to the Mystic homeland, Taran is swept up in an adventure that forces him to fight a horrifying evil that only he among all his people can comprehend.