Tim Frankovich

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Comicpalooza Aftermath

For the second year at Comicpalooza, I had a great time. Sales were lower than last year, but still good.

We had a fantastic experience overall. It’s always fun to talk fantasy and writing with other people, and even more fun to talk with them about my books! We gave away around a hundred bookmarks, I believe, with a link to my Amazon page. I’ve already seen a few sales pop up there this morning.

I forgot to have someone take photos of me at the booth, so here’s one of the initial setup. That’s my friend John working on his pop top chain mail (which attracted a lot of attention). Tons of gratitude for his assistance!

Comicpalooza this weekend!

Comicpalooza starts Friday in Houston, Texas! I’ll be at booth #2339 all three days, selling autographed books and giving out freebies. Come see me!

Animated Book Cover!

This is awesome. Take the already beautiful cover of The Certainty of Blood… and make it animated! Thanks to Morgan Wright.

The Certainty of Blood is now available!

The Certainty of Blood – Available TODAY!

The epic new fantasy available now!

Ebook link

Paperback link

Hardcover link

Read the first two chapters here.

Want to read chapter two?

The first reviews of The Certainty of Blood are starting to arrive… and they’re excited!

“I was hooked from the cover…”

“Suffice it to say that while reading this book I felt everything its dwellers felt – the confusion, the despair, the love, the hope, the hopelessness, the pain, the rage, the sadness, the triumph, the beauty – and that is the true mark of talent.”

Can’t wait? You can now read chapter two right here.

Pre-orders are still open. Available May 1st in ebook, paperback, and hardback!

Read Chapter One Now!

Chapter One of The Certainty of Blood is available right here!

And pre-orders are still open. Coming May 1st!


The Certainty of Blood. A new epic fantasy, arriving May 1st. Pre-orders are available NOW.

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The Certainty of Blood

When Aldan discovers the power to burn someone’s blood, he is taken from his family, branded, and sold into slavery as an arena fighter. A painful life and an early death are all he can expect, until he listens to a supernatural voice coming from his own blood. Taking her advice, he uses his power to become the greatest arena fighter of the age, fighting year after year with one goal in mind. If he can purchase his own freedom, maybe a normal life with the woman he loves is possible. 

And now, he needs to win only one more fight… against a rebel leader who people are calling “the chosen one.”

From the grueling training grounds where boys learn to kill, to the luxuries of the sinister Hawk King’s palace, Aldan’s whole life has led inexorably to this one day. This one fight.

The king holds everything Aldan cares about. All he has to do is kill this final opponent. But love and friendship demand a different outcome. The choice is not as easy as it first appeared…

Gladiator meets The Name of the Wind in this mesmerizing tale of blood, glory, magic, and love.

The Certainty of Blood – Coming Soon

The exact release date is not settled yet, but my tenth book, the launch of a brand new story (and world) is coming in the second quarter of 2023.

An epic fantasy, The Certainty of Blood is the longest book I’ve written so far. Thanks to my hand injury last year, it’s also gone through the longest period of revision and editing. I’m very proud of this one.

The working title was Bloodless, but that never really fit with the actual story. The Certainty of Blood does a much better job.

Subscribers to my newsletter have already gotten a sneak peek at the opening chapter. (See why you should join us?)

The cover is being designed now. I’ve started early work on the layout and bonus extras. And I’ll start looking for advance reviewers.

So stay tuned. It’s been a long, slow return from my injury and surgery, but a new book is coming (and more later in the year).

2022 Year in Review

This year did not go as planned, but I can take comfort in that it wasn’t entirely my fault. Even so, it had some successes and progress. I wrote over 232,000 words, but almost all of that happened before October (when I injured my hand). Here’s a breakdown of what happened in 2022:

Heart of Fire series

My first epic fantasy series continues to be my best sellers. In March, the first two books were offered free on Kindle. Each one was downloaded over 1,000 times with very little advertising. While it didn’t result in huge sales of the other two books, I do continue to see more page reads on those two as people get around to reading the free books they downloaded.

2023: I do still plan to put together a box deal offer on this series at some point.

Dragontek Lore series

This was the big one for the year. I’m still amazed that I published three books in the series (Auric, Onyx, and Amaranth) in the course of one year. My plan had been to publish the next one (Atramentous) at the end of the year, but like so many things in the final quarter, that got derailed.

2023: In some ways, though, it’s a good thing. I think Atramentous needs some more re-writes as the penultimate book in the series. Right now, I’m tentatively hoping to release it late in the first quarter of the year, followed by the FINAL book in the series, Chroma, sometime later in the summer or fall.

New fantasy series

This accounted for most of my writing time in 2022. I wrote the first draft of this new book (tentative title Bloodless in the sidebar – that will be changing) from May through September, and I loved every minute of it. Since then (and the injury), I have been slowly editing and revising it into the shape it needs to be. In my optimistic view from late 2021, I thought this one might come out for Christmas this year. If it had, however, it would not have been as good as it will be. The new revisions are making it better, deepening both the world and the story.

2023: I’m not sure which will be published first: this one or the newest Dragontek. I want to make sure the launch of this book is something special. But it will be sooner rather than later. Ideally, I want it out before Comicpalooza in May. I’ll probably release some excerpts to this list sometime early in the new year. I’m also looking forward to writing the sequel.

Live Events

Comicpalooza 2022 was fantastic, the biggest live event I’ve done by far. I had planned to do more here toward the end of the year, but injury and weather prevented it.

2023: I’m already registered for Comicpalooza 2023! Beyond that, I hope to do at least a couple more events in the year.


By the end of 2023, the Dragontek Lore series will be complete. At least one book in the new series will be in your hands. And I’ll be talking about the next big thing, whatever that is. I do have some ideas, so we’ll see where they lead…

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