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The Next Novel  (Cause there always has to be a next one…)

 

A hundred years have passed. With the dissolution of the nobility, King Osmund’s reign over Greater Argovan is supreme and supremely weak, while the Eastern empire of Bhasa is dominated by the charismatic adventurer-despot Phynagoras. His hungry eye turns West, where the Heron Kings and one reluctant peacetime soldier are all that stand against his ambitions…

Read the Prologue

Progress: Draft now about 21,000 40,000 59,000 words

Some lines recently written:

“You said the man jumped incredible distances, heights.”

Aerrus nodded. “Aye, I’ve never seen a mortal man climb like that. That kind of strength, balance just doesn’t exist.”

“It can, for a short time. I think the assassin took chemicals that gave him just these qualities. But the price is that it wears out the body completely. This man was dead even before you caught him. Even if he had gotten away, the drug would’ve killed within hours. However it went, this was a one-way mission.”

“Gods,” breathed Eyvind, “who would volunteer for something like that?”

“Someone very committed,” said Antero as he pulled a brandy flask from a hip pouch. “Someone with nothing to lose and everything to gain, even in death.” He took a casual swig of liquor. “That’s what we’re fighting, friends.”

 

Short Fiction


“The Tower of Faces”

In this sequel to “Necessary, Not Casual,” two forest rangers set out to rescue the royal spymaster’s stepdaughter from a criminal mastermind who has a unique talent for deceptions of the flesh.

 

“It Weighs on You”

In this sequel to “Illicit Alchemy,” the insurgency has blackmailed a young alchemist into assassinating highborn targets for them. He’s resigned to his fate, until a familiar face becomes the next target.

 

“What We’re Looking For”

In this send-up of classic fantasy RPG tropes, an aspiring hero can’t seem to land a solid job, so he decides to try his hand at being a villain instead.

 

“A Hard Peace”

A down on his luck veteran can’t put the war behind him. When an old comrade offers him a once-in-a-lifetime job tracking down a dangerous weapon, he’ll realize that he’s not the only one.

 

“Hate Saves You”

Betrayed and left for dead in a frozen wasteland, a bounty hunter pursues his enemy with a vengeance. But his partner is keeping a secret that could either save him or get him killed.

 

“Healing Touch”

A temple sister has the rare gift of healing wounds with the power of her mind. But when a confrontation with a warlord awakens a terrifying perversion of the power, she must decide whether to use it for more sinister purposes.

 

“The Slavemaster’s Penance”

Two escaped slaves cross ocean and desert to track down and assassinate the heir to an infamous mining magnate. After cornering their victim, they’ll find out too late that things aren’t always as they seem.