Category Archives: Darkness Rising

New Short Story: Rise of the Corsair, Part IV: Reign of the Overlord

This week’s short story—Rise of the Corsair, Part IV: Reign of the Overlord—has been released!

Synopsis:

Daniel Baccan is the Corsair. Embracing the moniker, he loyally serves Overlord Damian Dannars and his reckless pursuit of power. To that end, the last of the great captains has been recruited to the service of the soon-to-be Southern Nations, but despite all the secrecy, the great kingdoms of the realm are not entirely ignorant. As the realm quakes, the Corsair must rise, enforcing the will of the overlord.

You can view all of the Ancient Vestiges short stories here.

This brings an end to July’s short story arc: Rise of the Corsair. It has been a lot of fun revisiting the characters of Daniel Baccan and Damian Dannars in the formative years of their alliance. It is not a full origin story for Daniel (his childhood was only briefly explored) and while there are plans for exploring that later, it is not now.

So what is next?

Beginning on August 14, and running through to August 28, will be a three-part short story series titled The Dark God. This will be the earliest story on the timeline—very much removed, but connected to every short story. The perspective character will be Amos, and the narrative will focus on the discovery of the Animus stones in Old Mazain, the nightmares that they wrought, Emperor Archelaus’ decision to seal them away, and the arrival of the dark god, Sariel, unto the mortal realm.

This series will develop the Ancient Vestiges mythology that Darkness Rising only eluded to and some characters are aware of but only briefly discuss.

There will also be several changes to the website and content delivery next week. Do look for that!

Canadian Readers Rejoice — The Paperback Version of Darkness Rising is Now Available!

It has been a long work in progress, but I have finally secured distribution of the second edition of Darkness Rising on Amazon.ca . This means that my fellow Canadian readers will not have to deal with import charges and large shipping costs.

Canadians: Order Darkness Rising for $17.55 CAD (Prime and free shipping eligible).

I will have this in place for this Fall’s release of Chains of Fate and subsequent releases. I am also working hard to enable this for other regions (Australia, UK, and Europe are next on my to-do list).

Happy reading everyone! And, remember, that tomorrow marks the release of Rise of the Corsair, Part III: Torn Apart!

WBU: Darkness Rising (Second Edition) Releases May 18; In-Universe Patreon Short & Serial Story Campaign; Chains of Fate Release Window & Tease; Website Update

Hello everyone!

It’s been a very busy week. I have accomplished a lot for all of you. So let’s get into it.

The second edition of Darkness Rising is now complete and the manuscript has been submitted to my publisher. The novel will officially release on Thursday May 18 on all major Amazon marketplaces. The paperback will retail for $12.99 USD and the e-Book for $1.99 USD.

This second edition is my refined vision of the novel. It has been reformatted so it is much easier to hold, grammatical errors have been corrected, and some chapters were reduced of unnecessary clutter. I think you, the reader, will be very pleased with what I have put together.

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Beginning next week, I will be launching my own Patreon page where I will publish, every Monday, a new short story or part of a set of serialized short stories based in my Ancient Vestiges fictional universe. These stories will jump up and down the timeline and allow me to develop events in more detail that the characters reflect upon or foreshadow in the future. None of these stories will spoil Darkness Rising or any upcoming novels. They will be companion stories, or independent of the plot lines explored in the novels.

Here are some potential plot lines I may explore:

  1. The formative years of the Southern Nations & Daniel’s and Damian’s friendship.
  2. A young Aerona Harkan growing up on her father’s dromond.
  3. The first summoning of Sariel to the realm.
  4. An account of the Trechtian invasion of Dalia.
  5. Tales from the time of Justine the Indomitable

And more!

These stories will be available through my Patreon page. Patreon is an incredible service that allows you to pledge however much money you want to support me and my writing efforts. When I produce a new paid story, you will be charged the amount you pledged. Any and all money I collect in this manner will be re-invested into the Ancient Vestiges franchise (marketing, promotion, and expanding the universe). I will post more details about how you can get involved this week.

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On a more unfortunate note, I am officially moving the Chains of Fate release window from Summer 2017 to Fall 2017. The extra three months will allow me to produce the best possible novel.

Lastly, I do want to do a little tease for Chains of Fate. For readers who have been with me since I posted the first draft of Darkness Rising on Wattpad, you will recall that there was a massive dragon in the first go through of the prologue. The prologue that was published in Darkness Rising underwent significant changes — including removing the dragon, once referred to as the Arbiter of Time.

In Chains of Fate, there will be a dragon.

Will it be the Arbiter of Time, or another? Time will tell.

Oh, and a smuggler lord may just have to tangle with this monstrosity. I wonder if he can tangle with dragon fire?

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As a final note, I will also be revamping this blog website substantially. Look for that next week!

Have a great weekend, all, and thank you for your support!

WBU: Darkness Rising 2nd Edition Price & Availability

Hello all!

The second edition of Darkness Rising is near completion, and will release on May 18, 2017. It will retail at $1.99 for the e-book and $13.99 for the paperback. The paperback has been radically reformatted from the first edition — shedding nearly 200 pages and $6.00 off the price. The word count still sits at 249,000 words, but the paperback will be much easier to hold. In addition to the reformat, both versions of the novel receives textual updates for grammatical errors. It is the definitive edition of the story, and there will be no further editions until box sets come out years down the road.

Have a great long weekend!

WBU: Chains of Fate Progress & Synopsis

Hello all!

I am pleased to reveal that the first draft of Daemon Lord — the first book of Chains of Fate — has been completed. This is more than merely passing a checkpoint a third of the way to the finish line. Daemon Lord is the largest book I have ever written, and perhaps ever will. It constitutes nearly half of the planned story for Chains of Fate.

Now that nearly half of the novel is complete, I feel very comfortable sharing changes that I made from Darkness Rising.

The number of character perspectives has been decreased.

There are four main perspectives in Chains of Fate: Aerona, Daniel, Tristifer, and Joshua. There are other characters who will have perspective chapters, but they will be interwoven with the above four. I wanted to focus very heavily on a smaller group of characters in order to make individual story lines stronger.

The narrator is much more personal.

I have made a much more concerted effort to focus on the minutiae of a characters experiences through the narrator. I have done this by describing how the character feels in the cold, rather than revealing it is cold; by interjecting more feelings and internal character dialogue in my dialogue heavy pieces; and by focusing more on the journey than simply placing characters at landmarks.

The chapters are substantively longer.

The word count for chapters in Darkness Rising ranged from 3,000 to 4,500 words. In Chains of Fate they average at 5,000 words. This may look like a substantive jump — it is less consequential than you might think — and it allows me to  reveal more about the characters and their journeys.

Now for a spoiler-free first synopsis for Chains of Fate. It is entirely dialogue from an existing character. I will not share who (though if you have read Darkness Rising you should be able to piece together who it is). Enjoy the first plot teaser!

“What good did it do? We sacrificed so much. I, I cannot sleep at night, knowing what I have done. The innocent, they come to me for guidance and wisdom. I smile down at them, give them meaningless coin, and assure them that all will be made whole.

“For seven years I lied to them; and now it all comes to pass.

“I know he is still out there, waiting. The elder told me that I should fear him — and I did. I took every advice and counsel, did I not? Still he lingers, waiting. He is almost here. He will not wait much longer.

“That man — he will lead legions against us. We heard about them as children, to scare us to obedience. Oh, but they are not stories. They are not fables. I saw them. In the dark. Through those eyes.

“I cannot look at those poor, piteous souls any longer and tell lies. I must lead them. I must stand up and fight against the encroaching dark.

“For if that door should open, the Calamity will be like a pebble in the great ocean, while he — that cursed daemon — will flood the realm in chaos and darkness.

“It is time to break the chains of servitude and forge our own fate. The Great Fate be cursed.”

Have a great week all!

Second Edition of Darkness Rising Coming in April; Chains of Fate Update

Hey all!

I am very pleased to announce that the second edition of Darkness Rising will be made available in April. For the e-book version the following changes have been made: textual updates (fixed grammatical & spelling errors and made slight word replacements). The paperback will have all the e-book changes and it will be reformatted (smaller font and wider margins). As of this writing, the page count has been decreased by 200. I will be able to offer Darkness Rising at a substantively reduced price tag than its current $19.99 USD. I will announce the final, much lower price when the manuscript is complete (I am currently going through the final pass).

When the update goes live, the Kindle app should download the updated text for e-book readers. For paperback readers, I will announce and link the second edition when it goes live to retailers.

Now for Chains of Fate.

I have written a third of Chains of Fate. I am very eager to show off some of my work so far, and I will shortly. The spoiler-free first synopsis — which is more of a teaser than anything else — will go up on Thursday night. If you are still working through Darkness Rising, the synopsis will not spoil any of the events of that novel.

Thanks for being a reader!

Three year book plan and Darkness Rising feedback

Hello everyone!

I would like to take some time to announce my three year book plan now that Darkness Rising has been published (and thank you to everyone who has purchased copies so far). I heartily appreciate all of the wonderful comments that you all have thrown my way about the work. Thank you. I also have noted your feedback, and I will comment on that towards the end of the blog post.

First I would like to talk about my three year book plan.

Darkness Rising was always meant to be a prequel or a book 0 of the Ancient Vestiges universe. It was meant to set up characters, countries, and the mythos for three lengthy books that would follow. Now that it is out, I have been hard at work at constructing the trilogy of novels. Today I am announcing the titles and release windows.

CHAINS OF FATE – Summer 2017

UNBREAKABLE WILL – Summer 2018

TRANSCENDENT – Summer 2019

These proceeding novels will follow the same format as Darkness Rising: they will be character perspective driven and have three distinct books or parts. For Chains of Fate, the individual books will be titled Daemon Lord, Godsbane, and Pantheon. I will be announcing the individual books for Unbreakable Will and Transcendent at a later date.

Now for feedback on Darkness Rising.

I have heard everyone loud and clear: the physical book for Darkness Rising is far too bulky. I will not be making any alteration to the book at this time, but starting with Chains of Fate, I will be decreasing the book’s physical dimensions, and lowering the font. This will make the book far lighter. In addition, when I re-issue Darkness Rising in later editions, it will follow this same format.

Thank you once again for your support. I will keep posting — and keep writing!