Friday, 8 January 2016

Announcing the Return of Gluck!

Back in 2011, I sold a short story to Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy for their When the Hero Comes Home anthology by Dragon Moon Press.  The story was well received, garnering some lovely reviews and even became a finalist in the Aurora Awards (woo!).

Fast forward to 2015, when a new cutting edge publishing company, Radish, approached me (and other cool writers like Linda Poitevin) to provide a story for their app launch in early 2016.  I immediately thought of Gluck the Barbarian and his comrade-in-arms, Alara the elven sorceress.  They still had many adventures to tell as they traveled their post-war land.  It's a serialized sword and sorcery story for a serialized platform (I'm on theme!)  I pitched the idea to Radish and they enthusiastically accepted Gluck as part of their launch stories!

How Radish Works  
The app is launching for iOS in February of 2016 (Android and web versions to follow later this year). You start reading a story, which will update two chapters a week.  If you want to read the chapters immediately, you throw some coins our way and you get immediate access.  Otherwise, you wait a few weeks and they unlock.  Simple, clean, efficient. I'm curious to see how it'll be received. Apparently apps like these are popular in the eastern world, for manga and fiction creators.

How Gluck Will Work on Radish
I'm building Gluck as a series of adventures. The first is called Exile, and is basically the original short story (in two chapters). The second adventure is In Death's Shadow, and is much longer.  There will be overarching story lines, recurring characters, side quests and all that jazz. I have a plan, and it's a fun one. 


In the wake of Klar the Dark’s defeat and the War of Endings, the people of Arislar must now bury their dead and rebuild. The land has shifted, morphing into something new, with less magic and more monsters. But not all of the dark magic vanished with Klar the Dark’s death, and a new evil seems to stalk the land.

Far from his homeland and the people who exiled him, Gluck the Barbarian travels with his battle companion, Alara the Sorceress. With axe in hand and magic at the ready, they take up the quest for adventure and answers.

Adventure 1: Exile (Chapters 1 and 2)

Read the Aurora-nominated short story that introduced Gluck to the world, first published in “When the Hero Comes Home,” edited by Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood, by Dragon Moon Press.

Adventure 2: In Death’s Shadow (Chapters 3 - ?)

Gluck and Alara bring news of one of their comrade’s passing to his widow, only to find the small hamlet under the control of a dangerous new order that promises freedom but seems to deliver only death.

Keep an eye out for more news!  Gluck will be swinging his axe again this February. Woo!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Special Hardcover Edition of Nigh 2!

The hardcover edition of Nigh 2 is now available!  Complete with gorgeous art from cover artist Kerri Elizabeth Gerow, this is an edition not to be missed!

For those of you who asked - there will be an omnibus edition, released fall of 2016.  But it won't have the pretty extra art, nor will it be hard cover.  Let your book sense guide you to the edition that's right for you!

Book 2

The mists have lifted, leaving behind a shattered world. Still reeling from the loss of her best friend, Alva Viola Taverner must trust the mysterious watchmaker to keep them safe.

But the road to safety is strewn with bodies and, up ahead, the faeries still thirst for human blood. Amazon.caBook DepositoryChapters/IndigoBarnes & Noble

An excerpt
He had almost lost Alva again. As simple as that. A moment in time, a single faerie. Worse, he was almost out of sand. He had put what extra he could in his pockets, to ward off faerie magic. He shifted, uncomfortable. He’d also sewn sand into the lining of his coat and in the sole of his boots, to keep time from finding him. He could never step fully on the ground of this earth again, lest he turn to the dust of a century.

He could use the sand protecting him, but he would forfeit his life.

He was a watchmaker no longer able to survive the speed of his own time.

Hector imagined the ticking of the watch. He imagined it like heartbeats, mimicking his own. A beat per second. Tiny gears working away diligently, keeping their one task. To move time forward. To succeed at one thing, like a soldier on the field.

He would use the sand if he needed to. He would turn to dust in this world.

But not before he answered one final battle call.