Cover Reveal: Shadow Debt


I have something special for you today!

As many of you know I love to read self-published fantasy, and my gateway book for self-published fantasy was Gedlund: A Tale of The Verin Empireby William Ray. Gedlund was followed up by The Great Restoration and featured one of the characters from the original story. Now Ray has completed book three in the Tales of The Verin Empire series and today thanks to Ray and the fabulous team at Story Tellers On Tour, I get to share the cover reveal for Shadow Debt with you!


“Glynn Sorley is sheriff of Keat’s Field, a tiny settlement in an otherwise lawless frontier. With the discovery of diamonds, her town is flooded with fortune-hunters looking to strike it rich. It’s also a target for competing colonial powers, savage goblin tribes, and outlaws.

A rustler on the run from the law stumbles across his father’s mysterious legacy – a weapon of immense magical power. He uses it to ravage across the territory as the notorious outlaw Gentleman Jim.

But the weapon’s power comes at a terrible cost, and Keat’s Field may just have to pay the price…

This third Tale of the Verin Empire returns us to the world of Gedlund and The Great Restoration. It explores a frontier trapped between competing nations, where goblins reign and a lone sheriff fights to keep the peace.

Drawing inspiration from L’Amour’s  Comstock Lode, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and our own late 19th century, Shadow Debt continues William Ray’s bold, critically acclaimed reinvention of classic fantasy in a world of memorable characters and unique perspectives.”


Book Information

Shadow Debt by William Ray
Series: Tales of the Verin Empire (#3)
Release Date: September 20, 2020
Coming to Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Cover art and design: Ramona Marc: (
Interior chapter illustrations: Tom Parker: (


Author Info


William Ray is the author of the Tales of the Verin Empire; including Gedlund (named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016), The Great Restoration and the forthcoming Shadow Debt.

Originally from North Carolina, he currently lives in Reston, VA with his wife and dogs. A graduate of Ithaca College, and Wake Forest’s School of Law, he has worked in television, retail, patent prosecution, trademark law and other irrelevant nonsense. To paraphrase Lloyd Alexander, however, if being a life-long lover of fantasy literature qualifies one to write it, then he is well qualified indeed.


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