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THE ALEX CAINE SERIES
Alex Caine, a fighter by trade, is drawn into a world he never knew existed – a world he wishes he’d never found.
Alex Caine is a martial artist fighting in illegal cage matches. His powerful secret weapon is an unnatural vision that allows him to see his opponents’ moves before they know their intentions themselves.
After a fight one night, an enigmatic Englishman, Patrick Welby, claims to know Alex’s secret. Welby shows Alex how to unleash a breathtaking realm of magic and power, drawing him along a mind-bending course beyond his control. And control is something Alex values above all else.
“Alan Baxter delivers a heady mix of magic, monsters and bloody fights to the death. Nobody does kick-ass brutality like Baxter.” – Greig Beck, Internationally bestselling author of Gorgon.
Alex Caine is looking for direction, and finds it when he is recruited by a secret organisation to head off an impending doom, foretold by Seers as already somehow linked to his destiny.
Claude Darvill is desperately trying to reach his father, Robert Hood. When the company, Black Diamond, reveals that Hood had gone missing after chasing Alex Caine, Darvill takes up the hunt himself.
Alex and his crew close in on three amateur mages in Britain’s north, who think they have uncovered ancient magic that will reveal great powers. But they are caught in a vortex and pulled through to a strange lost city, isolated in the void. Trapped in a place removed from everything they know, ruled by a hierarchy of monsters, Alex and his friends must find a way to escape Obsidian.
Alex Caine has been suffering the weight of the world, and some days it’s hard to even get out of bed. Alone one night, he is abducted from the mortal realm. Silhouette, desperate to save her lover, calls in Armour, but the organisation seems reluctant to help.
Claude Darvill, his fragile alliance with Alex at an end, is still searching for the remains of his father, Robert Hood. In the frozen wastes of Iceland, Darvill is driven by a deep-burning grudge and a need for revenge.
Silhouette must overcome her greatest fears and use all her skills to locate Alex. But even if she can find him, that’s only the start of their problems.
THE BALANCE DUOLOGY
A race against time and the Devil. (Available in print, ebook and audio.)
Isiah is having a tough time. The Devil is making his job very difficult.
Samuel Harrigan is a murdering lowlife. He used ancient blood magic to escape a deal with the Devil and now he’s on the trail of a crystal skull that he believes will complete his efforts to evade Lucifer. But Lucifer wants Samuel’s soul for eternity and refuses to wait a second longer for it. Isiah needs Samuel to keep looking for the crystal skull, so he has to protect Sam and keep the Devil at bay. Not for Samuel’s sake, but for all of humanity.
(Published by Gryphonwood Press.)
“RealmShift is phenomenal. If it’s not already on your bookshelf it should be.” – Midwest Book Review.
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Believe in the Blood. (Available in print, ebook and audio.)
Three years have passed since Isiah’s run in with Samuel Harrigan and the Devil. He has some time on his hands – a perfect opportunity to track down the evil Sorcerer, Harrigan’s mentor. It should have been a simple enough task, but the Sorcerer has more followers than Isiah ever imagined, and a plan bigger than anyone could have dreamed.
With the help of some powerful new friends Isiah desperately tries to track down the Sorcerer and his cult of blood before they manage to change the world forever.
(Published by Gryphonwood Press.)
“Alan Baxter takes the reader right to the edge and then pushes us over. And I thank him for it.” – Bitten By Books
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The Balance series, which consists of the duology of novels, RealmShift and MageSign, is also now available in print and ebook as an Omnibus Edition. This great single volume release from Gryphonwood Press contains both novels and two Isiah short stories previously published elsewhere.
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DARK RITE (Available in print, ebook and audio.)
A small mountain town hides a dark secret…
When the death of his father brings Grant Shipman to the tiny Appalachian town of Wallen’s Gap, he believes his biggest problem will be dealing with the slow pace and odd townsfolk. But something sinister is at work. A dark power rises, an echo of the town’s bloody past. A book of blood magic offers an unspeakable horror a gateway into the world of the living, and only Grant stands in the way of their Dark Rite.
(Published by Gryphonwood Press.) Actually a short novel at just over 40,000 words.
“Wood and Baxter have delivered a stunning tale that reminds of an early Stephen King’s talent for the macabre with a pinch of Graham Masterton’s flair for witchcraft and terror.” – Greig Beck, bestselling author of Beneath the Dark Ice and Black Mountain
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Ghost is possibly the best bounty hunter in the universe and he always gets the job done. At least, that’s the reputation that he rides on. When the DAP employ him to track down and capture a rogue Magicker who’s running across the galaxy killing anyone who gets in his way, Ghost realises that this is a job that could cost him his reputation. It’s also a job that could cost him his sanity.
The first novella in what I hope will be a series, following the trials and tribulations of a galactic Bounty Hunter know only as Ghost. This was originally published as a serial here on my site and is still available to read that way. It’s also available as an ebook from all the vendors listed below.
“I really liked how the futuristic setting took a back seat to the almost crime-noir story and character. It was like Micky Spillaine meets Bladerunner. I could actually go back and read some old hard-boiled detective fiction after this, but I’d have a feeling that this would still be more fun!” – E. Patrick Dorris (Smashwords review)
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THE DARKEST SHADE OF GREY (ebook)
David Johanssen’s drinking problem goes beyond the usual need for self-medication. He sees things he shouldn’t be able to see, things no one could handle seeing. And he has no one but himself to blame.
When a chance encounter offers the possibility of answers, he follows the bloody trail in spite of his own fears. It could be the big story he needs to keep his job. It could be the meaning of life. Or it could be the end of his world.
“The story has a strong tidal flow that drags the reader through to its imaginative climax… an enjoyable and engaging pulp-inspired read that fulfills the promise of its evocative cover and its effective title, with some ideas that linger in the mind long after the lights go out.” – Robert Hood, for Thirteen O’Clock
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A fiction writer’s resource for creating realistic, convincing fight scenes.
As an author and martial arts instructor, I’ve written a short, ~12,000 word, ebook describing all the things a writer needs to consider when writing fight scenes. My experience from decades as a career martial artist makes this book a valuable resource for writers who want to understand what fighting is all about – what it really feels like and what does and doesn’t work – and how to factor those things into their writing to make their fight scenes visceral, realistic page turners. I won’t tell you how to write, but I will tell you what makes a great fight scene.
“The best way for a writer to learn what’s really involved in brawling, short of going down the pub and starting something.” – Pete Kempshall, author
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