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Weekend Writing Warriors: CITY OF SCARS

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

Click on the image below to check out all the authors participating this week!


We’re going to jump back in time for a bit and revisit the beginnings of THE SKULLBORN TRILOGY, City of Scars (which, incidentally, is on sale for only 99 cents for a limited time, and the sequel, Path of Bones, is on sale for just $2.99.  Get ’em while they’re hot!)


When the trilogy begins, Azander Dane is a mercenary looking for work in the crime-ridden city-state of Ebonmark.  Shortly after he learns that he won’t be able to afford a room for the night, he meets the criminal witch Vellexa.  Dane has no idea just how much trouble she’s going to bring his way…


“If you’ve got no coin,” the innkeeper said, “there’s nothing I can do for you.”

“Fine,” Dane said, and he turned to leave the dingy establishment when a hand caught his arm. He pulled away and turned around to face a lovely Den’nari woman wearing a crimson overcoat, a tight white blouse that hugged her voluptuous frame and a burgundy skirt embroidered with silver.  Silky midnight hair hung down to her waist, and her sapphire eyes shone bright, a contrast to her dark and painted skin.  

“I’ll buy you a drink,” she said, her tone at once commanding and sultry — Dane guessed she was a woman used to getting what she wanted.

“Actually, I need a bed,” he said.

“One thing at a time, we just met,” she said, and she pointed to an empty table in the corner before moving past Dane to speak with the innkeeper.

Dane hesitated…it wasn’t in his nature to trust people, but the possibilities of both a drink and the company of an attractive woman were enticing, so he made his way to the table.


Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!



It’s been three decades since the Blood Queen led her legions on a brutal campaign of conquest and destruction, and the Empires are still struggling to rebuild. Now, in the distant aftermath of the war, the real battle is about to begin.

Haunted by the crimes of his past, fallen knight Azander Dane ekes out a mercenary existence as he drifts from one city to the next. His latest job is to hunt down Ijanna Taivorkan, a powerful outlaw witch desperate to escape her destiny.

Dane and Ijanna find themselves in Ebonmark, the City of Scars, where deadly crime guilds and shadowy agents of the White Dragon Empire prepare for a brutal confrontation. Pursued by apocalypse cults, mad alchemists, exiled giants and werewolf gangs, Dane and Ijanna soon learn a deadly lesson – in Ebonmark, only the cruelest and most cunning can survive.



Path of Bones by Steven Montano

Hunted by Empires and crime lords alike, Ijanna Taivorkan and the young warrior Kath Cardrezhej make their way north through the dire Bonelands, a twisted wastelands populated by unnatural terrors. Hoping to find the answers to her dark destiny and driven by a need to escape her fate, Ijanna won’t rest until she locates the last of the Skullborn.

Azander Dane, fallen Dawn Knight, pursues Ijanna to help her as a way of making amends for the crimes of his past. Aided by an exiled giant and gripped by a magical disease that is slowly driving him mad, Dane must brave the dangers of the Phage-controlled city of Kaldrak Iyres in order to reach the Dream Witch in time.

Beset at every turn by evil magic, powerful assassins and dark revelations, Dane and Ijanna will ultimately find themselves in the ruined city of Corinth, where ancient artifacts may hold the key to the world’s salvation…or its untimely doom.



Deep in the Bonelands, rival crime guilds and renegade Bloodspeakers battle for the ruined city of Corinth. At the heart of the doomed metropolis lies a portal to Chul Gaerog, once the Blood Queen’s dark fortress, now a reliquary for her vast power. Human armies clash with the monstrous legions of the black giant Ghul for control of Malzaria’s fate, while the dreaded Iron Count and his frightful allies manipulate events from the shadows.

And in the heart of the black tower, the dream witch Ijanna Taivorkan comes face-to-face with the dark angel Calladar, once the Blood Queen’s champion, now master of the citadel. Only the fallen knight Azander Dane, desperate to make amends for his crimes, can help Ijanna endure her trials…but first he must face the wrath of a merciless squad of Jlantrian hunters sent to destroy the woman he’s sworn to protect.

Coming November 21st!


  1. chellecordero

    You did a great job of painting a vivid picture! Great 8

    • Steven

      Thank you, Elsa, it’s my favorite part of writing! =D

      • Elsa Holland

        Well it comes through!! I look forward to next week’s snippet 🙂

  2. burnsmillie

    On sale? What a bargain, what a bargain for me. I think I will buy some. She sounds like bad news to me…he should use his bigger head to think with : )

    • Steven

      LOL The ladies are doubtlessly one of Dane’s weaknesses. ;D

      Thanks Millie!

    • Steven

      Thanks Teresa!

  3. Cara Bristol

    Uh oh. This gets men into trouble every time. Great details as usual.

    • Steven

      Thanks Cara! The trouble Dane gets into on account of a pretty face just increases exponentially as the series goes on. ;D

  4. Monica Enderle Pierce

    And I immediately think, No-no-no-no-no, don’t do it, man! Great 8, Steven!

    • Steven

      Dane should have listened. ;D Thanks Monica!

  5. Frank Fisher

    Awesome descriptions of the woman, and I like how she wants to take things one step at a time. I guess I should read your snippets more often.

  6. Christina Ochs

    Good stuff. And you can’t beat the price. Just bought the first one!


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