September Update: GOD OF GNOMES Cover Reveal, Excerpt, and Pre-Order Link!


Hello! I’m back in Manchester after a delightful holiday week in Cornwall involving lots of beer, sunshine, sightseeing, and cookies. Colin and I will be back on the road come Thursday (Swanseastones Con! Yay!), which also happens to be the official release day for GOD OF GNOMES (finally!). Here’s a quick update for you in the meantime.

Cover Reveal

Earlier this month, we revealed Gnomes’ final cover over at The Fantasy Hive. Alberto Besi’s extraordinary artwork and eye-catching typography was received with much-deserved enthusiasm by the fantasy book community! Here it is in all its glory:

God of Gnomes (God Core) by Demi Harper

Colourful, fun, and just a little bit different from your usual fantasy fare โ€“ the cover perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the book.

Pre-Order Gnomes Now!

God of Gnomes is releasing on September 26th – in just three days’ time! If you can’t wait that long, or are worried you’ll forget, never fear: you can now pre-order Gnomes in all three formats (ebook, paperback, and audiobook). Rumour has it that the paperback version is shipping early, but you didn’t hear that from me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Exclusive Excerpt

If you’re still itching to consume my words via your eyeballs, I have even more good news for you: there’s an exclusive excerpt from the first chapter of God of Gnomes over on The Fantasy Hive right now! I’ll also be posting a few more free chapters on Royal Road later in the week for those who’re undecided as to whether they want to read more.

I’m also working on a prequel short story set in the God Core universe. The story – along with a whole bunch of others by my fellow publishing siblings – will be FREE when you sign up to the Portal Books newsletter.

That’s it from me! For today, anyway. Now please enjoy this video of me ziplining 100 metres above the ground while on holiday last week. (You’ll have to imagine the screamed profanities, I’m afraid, since they don’t show up on the audio.)

July Update – And Exciting GOD OF GNOMES News!


So my resolution to post more regular updates here fizzled out spectacularly (oops). In my defence, I’ve had a lot on my plate; the first half of 2019 has been a busy one, and I’m excited to finally be able to share details of the projects I’ve got lined up for you.

Heroes Wanted

Last month, I finished a short story for a new fantasy anthology I’m helping organise. Just like the Lost Lore collection we released last year, Heroes Wanted will feature a wide range of stories from some of the ‘Terrible Ten’ – a group of self-published authors who are neither terrible, nor ten – including Will Wight, K.S. Villoso, Timandra Whitecastle, Dyrk Ashton, David Benem, Quenby Olson, Phil Tucker, Jeramy Goble, Mike Shel, Andy Peloquin, Joe Jackson, Matt Moss, Ben Galley, Michael J. Sullivan, Jeffrey Hall, M.D. Presley, Derek Siddoway, J.C. Kang, and Dan Potter.

Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology

The Heroes Wanted anthology will be released sometime in late autumn. I’ll be responsible for proofreading and arranging the stories, and the cover art is currently being worked on by the excellent and talented Shane Cook (Slaine_69), whose work I’ve admired for a long time. He’s already produced some stunning concepts for us, and I can’t wait to see (and reveal) the final cover! (And the stories, of course!)

I have the best job in the world

What else have I been up to? Well, editing-wise, I’ve proofread some INCREDIBLE books over the last few months, including several LitRPG titles for Portal Books. Bone Dungeon (Elemental Dungeon #1) by Jonathan Smidt is out now, while Mastermind (Titan Online #1) by Steven Kelliher and Renegade (Nova Online #2) by Alex Knight will both be released within the next few weeks.

More recently, I had the pleasure and the privilege of working on Sin Eater (Iconoclasts #2), the sequel to Aching God by Mike Shel. Aching God was one of my favourite reads of 2018, yet Sin Eater somehow managed to top it in every way. You can read my review here, and buy the book here!

I’ve also just finished work on Benedict Patrick’s first non-Yarnsworld novel, Flight of the Darkstar Dragon, which is phenomenal. It won’t be released for another month or two, but you should definitely check out Benedict’s other books in the meantime!

And finally…

God of Gnomes

For those who’ve heard me harp on about my LitRPG debut novel and are wondering when the hell it’s going to make an appearance, I have some VERY exciting news to announce: God of Gnomes has been picked up by Audible (the world’s largest audiobook producer), and is currently in the early stages of production!

The book will be narrated by Adam Sims (2017 Audiobook Narrator of the Year for Flowers for Algernon), who has also narrated books by Steve Cavanagh, Haruki Murakami, Louise Penny, Tim Powers, and Max Brooks.

According to my publisher, Portal Books, God of Gnomes‘ official launch date isย 26th September 2019. It will be simultaneously released in all formats (ebook, paperback, and audiobook).

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, wait until you see the stellar job done on the cover by artist Alberto Besi! The full cover reveal is coming soon on The Fantasy Hive, but for now here’s a cheeky taster:

One more thing: God of Gnomes will be published under my new pen name Demi Harper. There are a few reasons for this, but foremost among them is the fact that this book marks a somewhat drastic change in both tone and subject matter from my existing (and ongoing) body of fantasy work. I decided it made sense to put out God of Gnomes – and all future LitRPG novels, of which I’m sure there will be many! – as an entirely new ‘brand’. Don’t worry, though – it’s still me! And it’s no secret, so please don’t hesitate toย  continue to spread the word. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time!