One Day

Over the years, you get used to saying “one day.”

“One day I’ll be done with the book.” “One day a publisher will take notice.” “One day it’ll get out there.” “One day readers will know.”

Then one day, “one day” becomes literal.

Only one more day until “A Sea Sought in Song” is loosed upon the world.

PREORDER IT NOW to get in on Arlam’s ground floor.

When It Rains It Pours

Great news for the voracious among you: after finishing Book One, you’ll be able to plow straight into Book Two!


(The description on Amazon contains spoilers, so my recommendation is to simply shut your eyes and click the “Pre-order” button.)

Longtime readers of this blog already know that Books One and Two were originally a single 750-page behemoth. I eventually split it and did a ton of rewriting and added a couple more chapters to what then became Book Two in an effort to not scare away publishers at first glance.

And now it turns out the books will be released simultaneously after all! Mua-ha-ha! I win!


A Sea Sought in Song, first installment in “The Heir and the Herald” epic fantasy tetralogy by Austin Gunderson, is NOW AVAILABLE FOR KINDLE PREORDER and will be released on February 7th! Creative Texts will follow up soon with books two and three, and Austin is currently hard at work crafting the saga’s cataclysmic conclusion.

The savior of legend is a clueless barbarian. The woman who spent her life preparing for his advent is having second thoughts. Can they overcome their differences long enough to avoid snuffing out civilization?

When a brash foreigner by the name of Hugh Conrad washes up on the doorstep of Ilina Lightkeeper, daughter of those left behind by the king, her bookish hermitage becomes a fulcrum of history. Hugh, late of mythical Earth, is heir to a lost global kingdom. But his brutality disturbs the woman born to be his herald. To her own alarm, Ilina finds herself opposing the embodiment of her ancestors’ hopes.

While Ilina must judge between observation and prophecy, Hugh must adapt or die. He left Earth to rescue a friend, not a nation, but his arrival in this alien world changes everything. Can his power unify the last free people of Arlam? Or will his ignorance destroy them forever? And does he have to embrace his father’s false divinity in order to salvage what’s left of the old man’s domain? Really?

As he and Ilina hunt desperately for answers, they are propelled into battle against an evil more insidious than even their fairytales recollect.

A Sea Sought in Song is a breathtaking plunge into peril and intrigue that only accelerates over time. Ferocious action, amplified by a unique magic system, unfolds against culturally-complex backdrops. This Indiana Jones-goes-to-Narnia adventure will delight fans of Tad Williams, Brandon Sanderson, and Patrick Rothfuss.

Preorder it today!


Design update! The series name of my epic fantasy tetralogy has changed from “Seed of Glory Sown in Sorrow” to something much simpler and more concrete: “The Heir and the Herald.”

Don’t worry: no one forced this change on me. I actually came up with this new series title myself, and I like it. It’s punchy, visualizable, and representative of the series as a whole. And it works much better on the book covers (yes, the covers are currently being designed, and yes, they’re awesome, and yes, “Seed of Glory Sown in Sorrow: A Sea Sought in Song” was too much of a mouthful even for me).

As a phrase, seed of glory sown in sorrow is still near and dear to my heart, and it’s still the first line of text you’ll see upon cracking open Book One.

Which is an event you’ll get to experience very, very soon.



Creative Texts will publish the ENTIRE “Seed of Glory Sown in Sorrow” saga.

Seventeen years’ worth of creative labor—half my lifetime—is about to go before the reading public. Hugh Conrad and Ilina Lightkeeper are about to conquer your library.

The first three novels in my epic fantasy tetralogy will be released relatively soon, and the fourth will follow as soon as it’s completed.

All the waiting … all the hoping … all the dreaming … all the imagining … all worth it. So worth it.

So if you yearn for fresh epic fantasy with depth, ambition, and flair … if you’ve been itching to find out what’s going on inside a 1,100-pages-and-counting series that wins Honorable Mentions from the Writers of the Future contest every time a chapter gets submitted … now’s the time to get really excited.

Arlam awaits. Are you ready?