A Hero’s Birth, available now!

Title: A Hero’s Birth

Retailers: Amazon [Kindle] [Paperback]

Genre: Epic Fantasy



After more than four months abroad, Eliza, Thomas, and Sarentha return home in the face of dire warnings and sweeping changes in the empire. They go their separate ways to reflect on their lives and look for ways to move forward. New allies and enemies emerge, and grave challenges face the up-and-coming heroes. They will need to come together, combining their wits and strengths, to overcome ancient foes. In the balance is the world of Illuma: will it enter an age of light, or will it plunge into everlasting darkness, ruled by demons and the undead?


Jason Berry, reviewer at The Bone Breaker rated it 5 stars and said:

What I loved the most about this book is that our three heroes start off on three separate quests/journeys, making their ultimate reunion that much sweeter. You will see Thomas begin to fulfill his destiny, Sarentha’s becoming a dragon hunter, and Eliza’s growth as a leader. And the ending… Whoa! Man, it is difficult to write this review without giving anything away. I better just say this:

Toxopeus has certainly grown as an author. If you like your fantasy filled with intrigue, suspense, and mystery, then this book is for you!

Andy Goldman, author of The Only City Left rated it 4 stars and said:

There’s definitely fun to be had in seeing where the story takes them, as the trilogy has clearly been building up to this big finale. For my taste, this single book could have been a trilogy in its own right.

Bradley Rogers rated it 5 stars and said:

Fantastic read. Riveting from beginning to end. Characters developed beautifully in this book. The world that has been created is absolutely amazing. If you enjoyed the other books in the series this will be a most delightful read. Excelent conclusion to a series. Absolute must read.

I’m quite pleased with how this series has come along. Perhaps it’s not a surprise, but I feel like the books just get better, the deeper into the series I go. While A Noble’s Quest has a strong Dungeons & Dragons feel to it, the characters are more independent by A Hero’s Birth. There’s nothing wrong with the D&D feel, but it felt good having the characters off and doing their own things, allowing me to really focus in on each of them.

I do agree with Andy Goldman that I could’ve taken more time in some of the locations, but with the book already over twice the length of A Noble’s Quest, I felt some brevity was in order. And there’s a reason I’m calling the next set the “Strongblade Siblings series.” Calling this set of Empire’s Foundation books a trilogy from the outset sort of pinned me down to just three books, where it could have probably been 4. While I say there will be four books in the next series, it could easily grow to more, depending on how events unfold. I would very much like to keep each book closer to 100,000 words, so they don’t take as long to bring out as A Hero’s Birth. This book is a beast, at 160,000 words. But don’t worry – I’m not going to slow down too much! I do still enjoy a fast-paced story!

If you’d like to read all the stories in my recommended reading order, here’s the list (short stories are only available for e-readers):

A Noble’s Quest

1100 Before Gods’ War

Demon Invasion

A Wizard’s Gambit

Dawn: A dwarven creation story

A Hero’s Birth

All of these titles are also available through Kindle Unlimited if you have it. Enjoy!

Demons and minotaurs are invading e-readers everywhere!



It’s my last promo for a while. I think I’ve done one for all my books this year (maybe A Noble’s Quest (The Empire’s Foundation Book 1) twice), so I think it’s time to cool off for a while, and wait for the release of my third novel, A Hero’s Birth. I gave away so many copies of Demon Invasion that I’ve been shocked at how many more have found readers over the last few days through Patty’s Promo.

And then I went kind of crazy, about mid-week. Seeing downloads starting on Demon Invasion with only the free Amazon promotion going, I thought, “Why not make a weekend of it?” So all of a sudden 1100 BGW (Before Gods’ War) and Dawn: A dwarven creation story are free to download this weekend, too.

And while I’m giving away short stories and novellas, why not pay for the privilege of doing so? I’d posted the three links on my Facebook fan page and it shot up to over 100 views pretty fast. Facebook asked me to promote it for just $7, and I said, “Why the hell not? $7 is affordable!” and downloads started coming in at an accelerated pace.

And then John Lewis over on G+ says, “Don’t advertise with FB! G+ is better!” and shares my pinned post about my writing.

I’ve got this feeling like it’s all snowballing out of control, as the free downloads pile up. Will one of the stories hit #1 on Amazon’s free category again? I don’t know. But it’s fun just throwing a bunch of stuff together and seeing how it takes on a life of its own. Who knows? Maybe people will read these freebies and give the novels a try, so the ad will pay for itself.

Demon Invasion has been sitting around #2 for Fantasy Adventure Fiction all day, and I’m so amazed to see the downloads continuing to come in at a steady and alarming pace.

Thank you everyone who’s shared my posts. You guys are awesome, and this wouldn’t happen without you.

I signed up for Amazon Associates, so I’ll be adding a code to my links to my own books, and books I review on my website. If people purchase anything through my website, I’ll get a very small kickback, which may or may not pay for this website. I have no idea if people actually buy books from the links I provide, but just in case, why not make a few cents off it (at no additional cost to you, of course!).

I’ve also set up an aStore with my books, and links to other indie author books that I’ve really enjoyed (rated 4 or 5 stars). I set up a widget on the side that shows the books with help from my website provider, Brian Racey.

 Cover art!

Macimanito Môswa

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Once again, Harvey has created some wonderful art for me. I’ve submitted Macimanito Môswa (Cree for Demon Moose) to a literary festival in an attempt to win a contest (and add $250 CDN to my editing/cover art fund), and also submitted it to a magazine to see if I can find a traditional publishing home for it. I’ll hear back from both some time in the next couple months, but after I hear back, I plan to self-publish the title, since neither group has an exclusivity clause.

The cover captures perfectly the spooky nature of the story.

 And finally (these weekly diary entries have been getting awfully long, lately), I hit my 3000 word goal for new writing on A King’s Decree. It’s coming along nicely, and I’m really happy with how much I’m screwing with the characters’ heads already. I’ve only just finished Chapter 3! So many more mind games to play.