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Free Music Downloads from Terra Incognita CDs

Published December 16, 2010 in Lyrics , Music , Publicity , Roswell Six , Terra Incognita - 0 Comments

Getting started a little early on the holiday gifts.  We have arranged with ProgRock Records to offer free downloads of two complete Roswell Six music tracks, one from each Terra Incognita CD.

Victory” is from Terra Incognita: A Line in the Sand, an epic song with vocals by Michael Sadler (formerly of Saga) and excellent guitar work by Henning Pauly [lyrics by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta; music by Henning Pauly]. Download here.

I Am the Point” is from Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon, a powerful rocker with vocals by James LaBrie (Dream Theater) [lyrics by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta; music by Erik Norlander]. Download here.

These two CDs are companions to my Terra Incognita novels The Edge of the World and The Map of All Things.  You can order signed copies of the books and CDs from

Cover Painting for THE KEY TO CREATION

As I worked on the outline and draft for the third novel in the Terra Incognita trilogy, The Key to Creation, I sent the summary and suggested some ideas to the cover artist, Lee Gibbons.  Lee created amazing cover paintings for The Edge of the World and The Map of All Things, and also provided the cover images for the two Roswell Six companion CDs, Beyond the Horizon and A Line in the Sand.  It’s no surprise that he’s done it again for The Key to Creation.

I saw the sketches of his work in progress, but the final painting is truly breathtaking, capturing the epic feel of the trilogy.

The Key to Creation will be released from Orbit Books in June 2011.

“Barricade” from New Terra Incognita CD

Published April 18, 2010 in Lyrics , Roswell Six , Terra Incognita - 0 Comments

“Barricade” is the first track on the new Terra Incognita CD, A Line in the Sand, a hard-driving symphonic rock epic with lyrics by Rebecca and myself, music by Henning Pauly, and vocals by Steve Walsh of Kansas fame.  The CD will be officially released next month to accompany the publication of the second novel in the trilogy, The Key to Creation.  Book 1, The Edge of the World, was just reissued in a mass-market paperback.

I have also just learned that The Edge of the World has been nominated for the Colorado Book Award for best novel of 2009 written by a Colorado author.

Here’s the story of “Barricade.”  You can listen to the sample track (and preorder a copy) at the ProgRock Records website.  The initial preorders will receive an autographed page from the novel manuscript.


Lead Vocals—Steve Walsh

Backing Vocals—Alex Froese

Ishalem, an ancient city sacred to the world’s two great religions, has become a battleground.  The followers of Urec and the followers of Aiden fought over the city, accidentally burned it down, and then fought over the ashes.  The spreading war has lasted for decades, but the underlying hatred has endured for generations.

In a bold military move, Soldan-Shah Omra, leader of Uraba, captured the remnants of Ishalem, killed or evicted all of the Aidenists, and rebuilt the city entirely for the faithful—his faithful.  He constructs a towering wall, God’s Barricade, to keep the infidels out…and to keep his own people inside.

A line in the sand,

A wall to the sky . . .


We don’t need your kind with us,

So just stay on your side.

Every time you get too close,

Our principles collide.

We don’t need you to agree,

Our faith is true and tried.

We will never think like you,

The gap is just too wide.


Brick by brick

Stone by stone

We build the wall

To protect us all.

The faith that I had is all gone


Maybe you can’t see the truth—

It makes no difference now,

We made a choice to still your voice,

Can’t live with it somehow.

We don’t need a better view,

We’ve got the one we chose,

It may take ten thousand years,

To dam where the river flows.


Brick by brick

Stone by stone

We build the wall

To protect us all.

The hope that I had is long gone


One more brick, one more row

We see less the higher we go.

One more brick, one more row

We don’t need to look when we already know.


Don’t try to reconcile with us—

Let’s end this masquerade,

Can’t hear you shout when you’re locked out

Behind this barricade.


Brick by brick

Stone by stone

We build the wall

To protect us all.

The love that I had is long gone

SheVaCon and MidSouthCon

Rebecca and I were guests of honor at two conventions in the past three weeks, SheVaCon in Roanoke, VA, and MidSouthCon in Memphis, TN.

We had never been to Roanoke, and as we flew into the valley with the beautiful and snow-covered Blue Ridge Mountains, I was immediately impressed, made me thinking about hiking some sections of the Appalachian Trail.

We traveled with our assistant Diane, all our suitcases loaded with books; Diane would help us watch the table in the dealer’s room when we were on panels.  We met a lot of fans at our table, and we also gave writers’ workshops on Things I Wish a Pro Had Told Me When I Was Starting out as well as How to Increase Your Writing Productivity, and we also gave an hour of Q&A, during which the Tyrannus Garrison of the 501st marched in wearing full stormtrooper regalia and presented each of us with plaques and inducted us as honorary members of the Garrison.  Our fellow guest of honor was Peter Mayhew (the actor who played Chewbacca), and we all had a delicious dinner at a local steakhouse with the Mandalorian Mercs, then the following night we had dinner with some friends from the dealer’s room and other convention committees.  SheVaCon was a very enjoyable convention, slanted heavily toward Star Wars.

Last weekend we were in Memphis for MidSouthCon with fellow guests of honor Gail Simone (comics writer of Wonder Woman and many others), artist Billy Tackett, editor Lou Anders (Pyr), Toastmistress Lee Martindale, and special guest writer Sherrilyn Kenyon.  This time we shared a table with CS Brown (our guitarist on the first Terra Incognita CD) in the dealer’s room.  We again gave our panel on Things I Wish A Pro Had Told Me, a panel on worldbuilding, one on writing in an established universe, and Rebecca gave a panel on Young Adult fiction.  The Memphis Fan Force also had a brief ceremony to induct us into their group, with many photos.  We were kept busy, nonstop, so we had no time to do any sightseeing around the Memphis area, but we did have some great Memphis barbecue food at the Dead Dog Party (where a local homebrewer fan had brought in some samples of his brew).

I highly recommend both cons, great staff, efficiently run, good programming tracks, and a fun group of fans.  Thanks for inviting us.  Next weekend is our Superstars Writing Seminar, and in April we’ll be going to Buffalo, NY for Eeriecon.  In the meantime, I need to finish the last main edit of HELLHOLE and complete the draft of THE KEY TO CREATION.

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