Stephen Morrill

Biography

Stephen Morrill was born in an Army footlocker, grew up in — and served in — the Army, and lived in 21 cities in 6 countries by the time he was 30 years old. When he became a civilian he decided to settle in a place that everyone else dreamed of retiring to. He has lived in Florida ever since.

Steve has been writing professionally since 1982 and has written thousands of magazine articles and wire-service news stories, various publications for corporate clients, and much more. He still works for some corporate clients but now writes fiction in several series:

- SORCET CHRONICLES: Epic Fantasy, four books:
• The Firestone
• The Emeraldstone
• The Sandstone
•The Waterstone
Available as eBooks.
The world of Tessene is endangered by portals that permit otherworldly creatures to seep in with possibly disastrous results. Sorcet, a Gray Guild deru, is closing those, one by one, assisted by Tachi, her faithful taidar sworn to die for her or at her command.
For full descriptions of these books and to read samples, visit http://www.Sorcet.com
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MANGROVE BAYOU: Police procedural, six books so far:
• Hurricane. Available as an e-book
• Judgment Day. Available as an e-book
• Dreamtime. Available as an e-book
• Obsession. Available as an e-book
• Square Grouper. Available as an e-book
• Fangs. Available as an e-book
Mangrove Bayou is a small Gulf coast Florida town located someplace south of Naples and in the midst the Ten Thousand Islands / Everglades National Park region. Troy Adam is police chief and head of a small department. For such a small and remote town, Mangrove Bayou seems to be a hotbed of crime, both major and trivial. In the Troy Adam mystery series, Adam and his officers deal with it all, assisted or hindered by a collection of residents who redefine the term "character".
For full descriptions of these books and to read samples, visit http://www.Sorcet.com
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- CORD MACINTOSH private investigator stories: Two books so far.
• Sword: Cord is hired to locate a stolen Spanish conquistador sword and finds that archaeologists are just as murderous as everyone else.
• Book: Cord is hired to bodyguard an author with a fatwa on his head and 1.5 billion potential killers.
Cord MacIntosh is ex-Army, ex-mercenary and has "retired" to Florida as a private investigator, living now on a sailboat and (slowly) rediscovering religion. But not all cases are easy or normal and sometimes Cord resorts to the tools, friends, and savagry he learned in his violent past.
For full descriptions of these books and to read samples, visit http://www.Sorcet.com

Smashwords Interview

Give us the latest news about your work.
I'll update this question, so check back often. Also check Sorcet.com for news and samples.

Thursday, 6 September, 2018: Still working on book uploads. I've just added "Hurricane" — the first Mangrove Bayou police procedural — with a release date of 14 September. Formatting the next in that series and look for that soon.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are fellow-travelers on a road where I am only the guy who paints the white stripe down the middle. Once upon a time I had a sideline of guiding canoe camping trips through the Everglades National Park. I was the guide, others followed, but we all saw the same things, had the same experiences.

Writing and reading fiction is much the same. There’s an agreement, a contract. I — the author — will lay out a road and paint the lines. You — the reader — are free to follow the road or to leave and go in another direction. I promise to be as accurate as possible with facts, and as interesting as possible with the story line. You, the reader, promise to give me a reasonable chance to satisfy your curiosity about my book.

I see little difference between reader and writer here. I may have the technical expertise to create the story (and get it into publication, no easy task). You may have that too, though most don’t and it’s not necessary. But, in a way, we’ll all in the same boat, seeing the same things and enjoying the trip.
Read more of this interview.

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Series

Troy Adam / Mangrove Bayou
Mangrove Bayou is a small gulfcoast Florida town located someplace south of Naples and east of the Moon and in the midst of the Ten Thousand Islands / Everglades National Park region.. Troy Adam is police chief and head of a small department. For such a small and remote town, Mangrove Bayou seems to be a hotbed of crime, both major and trivial. Troy and his small band of officers deal with it all, assisted or hindered by a collection of residents who redefine the term 'character'.

Dreamtime

Price: $2.99 USD.

Obsession

Price: $2.99 USD.

Square Grouper

Price: $2.99 USD.

Fangs

Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

The Sandstone: Book Three of the Sorcet Chronicles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,950. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
"The Sandstone" is the third novel in the Sorcet Chronicles series. Sorcet and Tachi, joined by Tachi's sylphen friend Leafe Willowsdottor and the droichen Dag, set out to close a portal located in the hostile and arid Eastern Desert. To complicate matters, the portal contains the radioactive makings of a "dirty" bomb.
The Emeraldstone: Book Two of the Sorcet Chronicles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,030. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
"The Emeraldstone" is the second novel in the Sorcet Chronicles series. Sorcet and Tachi, joined by Tachi's sylphen friend Leafe Willowsdottor, set out to stop a war. Once they have that under control they turn to closing the Emeraldstone Portal which, unfortunately, is beneath the palace of a mad ruler who not only likes to torture and kill anyone who disagrees with him.
Judgment Day
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,730. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When a college student on vacation goes missing in the small gulf coast Florida town of Mangrove Bayou, police chief Troy Adam has to deal with overwhelming press attention, a town council doubtful that he can solve the crime, and a powerful judge. Toss in the usual lesser crimes that keep on coming, and he and his small police force are stretched to their limits.
Hurricane
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,160. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Mangrove Bayou is a small gulfcoast Florida town. The town council of Mangrove Bayou hires Troy Adam as their new police chief despite Troy having just been fired from his previous police job. No sooner does he arrive than a prominent citizen is found dead. As a hurricane arrives, Troy and his small department deal with that homicide and other crimes. Life is never dull in Mangrove Bayou.
Fangs
Series: Troy Adam / Mangrove Bayou. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,760. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Multi-ethnic, northern-born police chief Troy Adam of the small coastal town of Mangrove Bayou, Florida investigates vampire murders. No, the vampires aren't killing people; someone is killing the vampires and draining away their blood. (And they're not your usual fictional vampires, Troy discovers that there really are people like that.) . Life is never dull in Mangrove Bayou.
Square Grouper
Series: Troy Adam / Mangrove Bayou. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,350. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When Mangrove Bayou mayor Lester Groud finds an amputated hand in the Florida coastal mangroves, multi-ethnic, northern-born Chief Troy Adams tries to find the owner. Instead, he stumbles into a cocaine-smuggling operation gone bad, and some very annoyed drug trafficers.
Obsession
Series: Troy Adam / Mangrove Bayou. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,580. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When day workers start vanishing from assembly places near home repair stores, multi-ethnic, northern-born Troy Adam, police chief of the seaside town of Mangrove Bayou, Florida smells a serial killer. Then he learns the killers are living in Mangrove Bayou. Last, he learns just how perverted they can be.
Dreamtime
Series: Troy Adam / Mangrove Bayou. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,090. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When a skeleton turns up in a car long-submerged in a drainage canal, Troy Adam, multi-ethnic northern-born police chief for the seaside town of Mangrove Bayou, Florida, finds himself entagled with wealth, politics, and a governor's race.
Black Stone
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,730. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Florida-based ex-mercenary and private investigator Cord MacIntosh is hired to bodyguard the author of a book critical of Islam who has been asked to speak at a writing festival in Key West. Can Cord protect his client against some Muslim fanatics? When the bombs and bullets start flying he wonders if he can even save himself.
Sword
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,710. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
“Sword” is the first book in the Cord MacIntosh private investigator mystery series. Cord MacIntosh is hired to find a stolen sword that once belonged to a Spanish conquistador. Soon, though, the bodies start to pile up and Cord finds that archaeologists are every bit as greedy and vicious as anyone else. Now he needs to find the sword, find out who the killer is, and keep himself alive too.
The Firestone: Book One of the Sorcet Chronicles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,250. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
On the world of Tessene, Tachi and Caitlin, two young humans from Earth, serve as taidar to Sorcet, a deru of the Gray Guild who conducts dangerous missions for the Gray Guild library and is determined to close the world portals. Taidar are expected to die for or at the command of their deru. They succeed in closing the Firestone Portal . . . but only one taidar remains.

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Smashwords book reviews by Stephen Morrill

  • E-book Publishing: Create Your Own Brand of Digital Books on April 18, 2015

    When I contemplated e-publishing my fantasy series I was, to be frank, baffled by the choices and the differing technologies. I also had no idea that some of the choices existed. But I was fortunate enough to be an early reader of Allen Taylor’s book, E-book Publishing. Taylor set me on the road to success with clear explanations on how to format and sell my book on each of the largest e-book services. This is not an easy thing to do at first but even for a novice Taylor makes it possible. It gets easier with practice and I actually found one daunting system (Calibre) easier than even E-book Publishing said it would be. I learned each of the different e-book publishing systems, usually by impatiently skipping ahead in the book, getting into trouble, then backing up to re-read Taylor’s instructions. My advice? Go slow. Read. Think. Internalize. Apply the instructions in the book. Then move on to the next publishing service. Within a few weeks, working at Taylor’s book when I had some time to set aside for concentrated work, I published my first novel on Apple’s iBooks, on the big player in the market, Amazon’s Kindle, on the Canadian system Kobo, and created a generic ePub version using Calibre that permitted listings on Barnes & Nobles’ Nook, through Smashwords (the largest distributor of independently published e-books) as well as through any other system using the ePub generic format. I could even sell the book myself from my own web site if I so chose. Taylor did two things for me: First he provided me with the proverbial ‘kick in the pants’ to actually take on something that, at first sight, seemed too complicated to get into. Second, his clear instructions made that effort easy and fruitful. — Stephen Morrill, author of The Sorcet Chronicles (http://www.sorcet.com)