I’m back. And this time, it’s personal.

Hello, friends of Strongblade!

This is Roberto Calas, former partner here at Strongblade. I’m back with the company I love, in a support role. For those who don’t know me (which is, realistically, pretty much every one of you), I wrote most of the original product descriptions and copy on the site, and I fielded many of your phone calls on the customer service side of things.

I’ve missed each and every one of you . . . except maybe the guy who told me on the phone that I wasn’t pronouncing my last name right. I didn’t miss him all that much. But the rest of you—the rest of you wonderful people—have plagued my dreams since I left. Assuming plaguing dreams is a positive thing. And speaking of the plague . . .

ScourgeCover_New_250What have I been doing in the three years since I left Strongblade? I’ve been doing some creative writing. Two of my historical fantasy novels have been published by 47North. Both are Amazon bestsellers, and I couldn’t have done it without my experiences at Strongblade.

What are the novels about? Here’s the elevator pitch:

A 14th century knight travels across a plague-swept, demon-infested England to save his wife.

Interested? Click here to have a look at the first book, The Scourge. If you read it, please let me know what you think in the comments below.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about you. And what you can do for me.

If this award existed, Strongblade would win it. Every. Damn. Year.

For starters, you can keep shopping at Strongblade. It’s not just about the amazing inventory and the Awesome Supplier’s Society awards they win every year (okay, there’s no Awesome Suppliers Society, but if there was, Strongblade would win the award. Every. Damn. Year.)

You will be hard-pressed to find more decent people than the current partners. And you can bet that they will make sure your satisfaction is the highest priority. I know. I was there. And they are doing even more than ever to provide everything you want: from product engravings to stage combat weapons; from costumes to genetically altered miniature giraffes that fit in your backpack. There is nothing they  . . . nothing they won’t . . . oh . . . sorry, I’ve just been told that we’ve had some customs problems with the miniature giraffes. The miniature giraffes are off the site (for now).

Apparently genetically altered giraffes don't qualify as "historical replicas" for customs purposes. Sheesh.

But enough talk about you. That’s my introduction. If you want to know more about me, you can check out my website: robertocalas.com. If you want to buy some cool stuff, keep browsing Strongblade.com. And if you want the latest updates on new products, special offers, historical facts, and behind-the-scenes snapshots of life at Strongblade.com, subscribe to this blog.

Happy browsing!