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From the creator of Elmoryn, and the author of the smash hit horror epic Adrian's Undead Diary...

Welcome to Tesser: A Dragon Among Us, the first Reemergence Novel.

"Vibrant storytelling, with an unusual protagonist..." -Georgina Parfitt,

Imagine for a moment that you are a Dragon. A creature of unimaginable power, unending intelligence and strength, and you've just woken from ten thousand years of slumber. Worse yet, you've awoken underneath a city; Boston, an alien and strange place that defies everything you've ever known.

Your last memories were of primordial forests, erupting volcanoes sculpting a developing world, faeries, witches, vampires, krakens, and monsters that feared where you turned your eyes.

But all that is gone. Humans, only barely coming into their own in the world from your memory, have taken over. They have erected cities made of stone and steel erupting from the earth like stalagmites reaching for the high blue sky, and developed sciences that have overshadowed even the glory of old magic.

This was not the way it was supposed to be.

Meet Tesser, the Dragon. He who walks in any form, and flies the skies free of fear.

A Dragon Among Us is Tesser's story. Walk with him as he learns the human way, and discovers the dark truth about why magic has really faded from the world he calls home.

And just maybe, humanity will remember why dragons were most noble, and most savage creatures again.

Welcome to The Reemergence.

Tesser: A Dragon Among Us is a mythical journey into urban fantasy. Set in the modern day but filled with elements of wonder and magic, it is sure to please enthusiasts of both action, adventure, and romance.

Tesser is on sale today for just 99 cents.  It's already in the top ten of three different Amazon categories, and you can snag a copy for yourself and learn why it's been there since its release!

The Book Bazaar / Re: The Wrath of the Orphans - Dark Fantasy/horror
« on: February 07, 2014, 12:43:15 PM »
Wanted to let folks know that Wrath is one sale this week for just ninety cents.  Please give it a read and let me know what you thought.  22 Five star reviews out of 23!

The Book Corner / Re: THE EYE OF THE WORLD by Robert Jordan
« on: November 22, 2013, 11:20:45 AM »
For whatever reason, I could NOT get invested in this series.  It's good, sure, but it didn't grab me.

I wanted to let folks know that both Dark Recollections, and Alone No More, books one and two of Adrian's Undead Diary are on sale, and doing very well.  DR has almost 100 five star reviews on Amazon, and ANM 25. 

Go read it and see why.

Also, book three in the AUD series, Midnight, will be available sometime around December 16th-18th!

Thanks for all your support kboards!

The Book Bazaar / Re: The Wrath of the Orphans - Dark Fantasy/horror
« on: November 06, 2013, 10:31:14 PM »
To celebrate Veteran's Day on November 11th, as to coincide with the launch of the second book in my Adrian's Undead Diary series Alone No More, I'm doing a seven day sale on Kindle versions of The Wrath of the Orphans.

Starting on November 9th, and running through the 15th, Wrath will be just .99 cents on Amazon.  Please pick up a copy and help celebrate with me the valor of our servicemen and women, and the release of my third novel!

Thanks kboards!

Congrats on the book and keep the zombies rolling in...


Thanks Shane!  AUD is holding steady floating in the top 2,000, so sales are very strong.  I'm up to 51 reviews, all but one are five stars, and the singleton is four stars.  The succes of the book has been an incredible treat.

More zombies coming in book two, mid November.  I'm trying to get three of the books out right before the holiday for gift giving purposes....

I had this posted about three years ago when AUD was a Kindle blog subscription, but I've recently re-launched the series, and I wanted to share some of the links here again.

For the first time, the internet phenomenon is now in print!

Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead.

Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors.  Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors.  He saves his cat Otis, but shoots his mom.  Pretty successful, all things considered.

Dark Recollections is the first part of Adrian's own story of how he survived after "That Day."  Told through his eyes as he talks to his laptop, affectionately named 'Mr. Journal," and through short stories that entwine with his tales that bring forth dark visions of a world being eaten alive by an unimaginable evil.  Adrian's Undead Diary is an eight part epic about a solitary, guilt stricken man that didn't think he deserved to live, but realizes very soon that he survived, and suffered for a reason.

On it's initial day of launch, Dark recollections reached #800 on Amazon, and received over 30 five star reviews from fans who read it as a blog.  It is currently #9 amongst all highly rated new releases in the last 30 days.

Here is the video trailer for AUD:

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And here is a link if you want to pick up the book.

The Book Bazaar / Re: The Wrath of the Orphans
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:52:27 AM »
Hey all!

I wanted to bump this thread because Wrath is the featured book of the day today here on boards!  If you have any questions about the book, or Elmoryn as a world, let me know!


The Book Bazaar / Re: The Wrath of the Orphans
« on: October 12, 2013, 06:36:44 PM »
I just added the Elmoryn trailer to the main post.  If folks are interested, the new ebook price has been lowered to just 3.99 in celebration of the release of my first major series, Adrian's Undead Diary.

All the best everyone!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Authors.. who are your cover artists?
« on: October 06, 2013, 11:09:55 PM »
Thanks for all the replies folks.  I was able to work with a local guy named Alan MacRaffen.  Here's a link to his website:

The Book Bazaar / Re: The Wrath of the Orphans
« on: October 04, 2013, 02:04:51 PM »
Thanks Joe!  If you've read the book, I would love it if you could take the time to write me a review on Amazon, or Goodreads.  It helps authors more than you know!

Books that grab  me immediately in the first chapter are obviously what you'd prefer.  It's what I prefer.  However, I rarely give up on any book after the first chapter.  I think you need to give any kind of fiction at a minimum the first two or three chapters to show some character and setting.  I think it's also important to look at books written like George RR Martin's books.  If you only got the single character's POV, and you didn't like that character...

You won't like his books, and that'd be a shame, because they're quite good.

The Book Bazaar / Re: The Wrath of the Orphans
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:32:32 PM »
Thanks Ann! 

And B.L., I appreciate the encouragement.  It's doing pretty well thus far, and if you do take the time to pick it up and read it, I would be incredibly appreciative of an honest review on Amazon!  All the best!

The Book Bazaar / The Wrath of the Orphans - Dark Fantasy/horror
« on: September 11, 2013, 10:25:03 PM »
Hi, I'm Chris.

If any of you have heard of me, chances are you know my name from my pretty successful post apocalyptic zombie series, Adrian's Undead Diary.  But, I'm not here to talk about AUD.  (but you should check it out.  many thousands of folks have, and enjoyed it)

I'm here for my dark fantasy series set in my world, Elmoryn.

The Wrath of the Orphans is the first book in The Kinless Trilogy.  Here's the brief synopsis from the back cover:

Malwynn and his twin sister Umaryn live in a small town in Northern Varrland. In New Picknell, nearly nothing happens, and when their day to day routine is interrupted by a skirmish between an invading patrol of the dead and a defending force from Varrland, their world begins to come undone.

With international war looming on the horizon, New Picknell becomes the center of quite unwanted attention. Though the twins' small world has been shattered, they find strength in a growing mastery of the mystical energies of The Way. With nothing left to lose, they set out on a mission of vengeance that will take them to places they'd never dreamed of visiting, and revealing dark knowledges best left undiscovered.

The Wrath of the Orphans is book one of the sprawling Kinless Trilogy, set in the dark fantasy world of Elmoryn, created by author and game developer Chris Philbrook. Elmoryn is a world of The Way, where magic maintained steam powered locomotives cross a vast continent covered in the ruins of a long dead civilization, where the spirits of the dead live on forever, and the dead come back to savage the living.

Wrath has been compared to many major fantasy stories.  The Mistborn series, LotR (laughably, in my opinion that I'm in that category), The Icewind Dale trilogy, and others.  I'm a gamer, and I wrote it to entertain people with my sensibilities, as well as for people interested in a deep, believable world that has hundreds of years of history, and realism you can sink your teeth into.

The Elmoryn website (weirdly enough, it's has been the source of the story for over a year now, and I've decided to self publish it.  It is currently available on the Kindle, similarly to my other series, and will shortly be available in hardcopy as well.  If he readers here on Kboards would be so kind, I'd highly appreciate it if you were to give my book a share, or a read, and a review if you can spare the time.  Here's the youtube trailer for the Elmoryn setting.

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I'd be grateful, and you'd help to bolster my burgeoning career as an author.  If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me here, on any of websites, or on any of my Facebook pages.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Adrian's Undead Diary
« on: October 20, 2011, 10:53:36 PM »
3k users... And 700,000 + words.

Check it out.  New short story will be posted within 48 hours as well, Dreams of a Dying man.  We've also added a huge section for Character Bios to subscribed readers, so that's a terrific tool for tracking the characters in the huge storyline.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Adrian's Undead Diary
« on: August 28, 2011, 09:55:15 AM »
Hey folks!  Just checking in with an update.

We're continuing forward, getting larger and larger.  Almost 600,000 words thus far, and now almost 2,500 registered users on the site, never mind Kindle subscribers and readers.

Please check the story out.  Our community is strong, the story is good, and you will enjoy it.  Incidentally, the new short story Paranoia Island will be up in about 12 hours.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Adrian's Undead Diary
« on: July 22, 2011, 09:45:29 AM »
Hard to believe, but we're streaking towards 2,000 users.  Just about 1,900 right now, and at over 20 new users a day... This week we'll do it.

Subscribe for your Kindle, or read directly on the site for free...  Now larger than War and Peace.

Thanks for the plug LG.

Much appreciated.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Adrian's Undead Diary
« on: May 16, 2011, 03:03:47 AM »
Who would like to be our 1,000th registered reader on the site?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Authors.. who are your cover artists?
« on: May 05, 2011, 12:33:54 AM »
Thanks for the replies folks!  I'm sure it'll be helpful.

Writers' Cafe / Authors.. who are your cover artists?
« on: May 04, 2011, 04:12:21 PM »
I'm in the market for a cover artist for a few projects, and I'd like to hear who you all have used.

If you can post some names here, and perhaps their websites, I'd be eternally grateful!

Thanks so much.


The Book Bazaar / Re: Adrian's Undead Diary
« on: April 26, 2011, 12:55:00 PM »
LG:  Thanks for the kind words.

To anyone else, AUD will be appearing in the Undead is Not an Option anthology, which releases in early May.  Here's a link to the contributors page on the publisher's website.

It should be available on the Kindle soon.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Editing hell.
« on: April 16, 2011, 02:00:20 AM »
I like editing.  However, it can be really frustrating with a deadline, self imposed or otherwise. 

I need to step away for a day or two and clear my head as well.  Anything that's too recent is still imprinted on my mind the way I wanted to write it, as opposed to the way I actually wrote it.

Like Patty said though, I do always feel like a better story is the result.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Adrian's Undead Diary
« on: April 16, 2011, 01:58:37 AM »
I'm glad you enjoyed it!  It was a fun project to write.

For those of you who are interested in reading some reviews, here is a link to WebFiction's page for the AUD story.  As you can see, reviews are pretty positive.  As in, largely stellar!

I've had a few of my readers complain that they don't always get their updates when they're supposed to.  Sometimes it takes 12-24 hours to get an update on thier Kindle versus when I post the entry to the story.

Is anyone else having a delay issue like this?  My readers say there hasn't been a problem before, but there is now.

I'm curious what the lag time other folks are having on other blog subscriptions.

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