Part Nine: Blessings

It has been an absolute whirlwind of a week, but it is finally here. When I began writing what would become A Promise of Iron all those years ago, it was a dream and nothing more. I never thought I would ever finish the book, let alone publish it.

There are so many people to thank, so let me cover as many as I can. You all deserve more credit than I can conjure in a blog post— but I will do my best.

To Shayne, for taking the time to read something so unfinished that it made your eyes bleed because you knew I needed the encouragement. And yes, as it turns out… it was an Impairor.

To my father, who I am pretty sure has never read a book for fun in his life. Thank you for reading and loving what you read- and yes, I will do my best to give a satisfying ending to the series.  

To Carrie, editor extraordinaire. Thank you for helping me polish what was an uncut gem into something worth sharing.

To my family, for listening to me at length whenever they made the mistake of asking me how the book was going.

To all the friends and family that have encouraged me along the way, blessings! It is not easy to open yourself and your work to the world. Your kindness and support gave me the courage I needed. And your enthusiasm for the work gives me all the reason to keep going!

And to Leanna, my most supporting wife. You have been there every step of the way— daring me to be great. What possible words could I offer other than to share those that were inspired by you… “She wasn’t the reason I chased iron, but she would have been enough.”

My hope is that you all enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. Blessings!

Thanks for reading.

Salt and Ruin,


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