Category Archives: Chains of Fate

Week in the Realm: Last Call for Short Stories, Prelude to Darkness Stories, and Book Progress

Hello readers!

Right off the hop, I would like to announce that this is the last week that my current collection of short stories will be available for consumption on the website. These, of course, are being polished and re-packaged for my next book release, Prelude to Darkness. Which leads into …

Where is the collection??  I am still working very hard on it, however, I do have to delay the release to June 30. That is a placeholder date, and I do regret another delay, but a lot of things have cropped up in my life outside of writing, and it cannot be helped.

So is there good news? Yes, yes there is.

This is the current lineup of serialized stories for the collection:

  • The Dark God — Three stories, 15,000 words.
  • The Indomitable — Ten stories and an epilogue, 55,000 words.
  • Rise of the Corsair — Five stories, 25,000 words.
  • The Black Wrath — Four Stories, 20,000 words.
  • Birth of Madness — Five stories, 25,000 words.
  • A handful of short stories — roughly 5,000 words each.

All told, the collection should reach at least 160,000 words when it is complete. To put a point of comparison, Darkness Rising counted in at 240,000 words. Thus the collection will be slightly smaller than a novel release, but it is filled with a ton of new stories, new characters and younger versions of existing characters. As the weeks go on I will be offering teasers and previews for stories in the collection.

So now that brings us to book progress. Of those roughly 160,000 words that Prelude to Darkness will encompass, roughly 120,000 of them are edited, polished and ready to publish. I am expecting to publish the book before June 30, but I do need some more time to finish the remaining 40,000 words, and perhaps add more to it, if time allows.

What about Chains of Fate? When I focused all of my efforts into Prelude to Darkness, I had half of the first draft complete for Chains of Fate. As soon as I hit the publish button for Prelude to Darkness, I will spend the rest of my efforts on Chains of Fate. I do not like to make promises — real life can strike at any time! — but I am very confident than Chains of Fate will release in 2018.

-Brenden Christopher Gardner

Weekly Update: Chronicle of the Realm, The Prelude to Darkness Cover, The Indomitable Release Schedule

Hello readers!

I am pleased to announce that beginning in March I will unveil my newest website feature, Chronicle of the Realm. This will essentially be an encyclopedia of my work’s mythology, history, countries, groups, people, and places. Most of what it will contain you can discern from reading my books, but there will also be new information that supplements understanding of particulars that the books do not cover. This feature will be added to every Wednesday. Continue reading Weekly Update: Chronicle of the Realm, The Prelude to Darkness Cover, The Indomitable Release Schedule

Weekly Update: Chains of Fate Delayed; New Release Schedule; Stories in the First Collection

Hello all!

Things have been really up and down, so I have not been able to post as many updates as I would like. The work has not been stymied, but there are a few things to go over.

First and foremost, I unfortunately have to delay the release of Chains of Fate from December 15 to late winter / early spring. Chains of Fate has blossomed into something much bigger than I ever imagined, and if I were to release it on schedule, it would be a poor representation of what the work could be. I do apologize for delay, but when you get your hands on the novel, it will be a much more finished product.

In light of that, here is the new release schedule for my upcoming works:

  • The Prelude to Darkness: A Short Story Collection — February / March 2018
  • Chains of Fate: A Novel — May / June 2018
  • Warriors of Fate: A Short Story Collection — September / October 2018
  • Unbreakable Will: A Novel — December 2018
  • Fates Entwined: A Short Story Collection — February / March 2019
  • Transcendent: A Novel — May / June 2019

Pre-orders will be available roughly one month before release.

Now, what is in the first short story collection, The Prelude to Darkness? In short, all of the short and serialized stories I have been publishing online for free, but polished and refined, in paperback and e-Book form. There will also be two serialized series included that have not been in the online offering. The included stories are:

  1. The Dark God (3 part series)
  2. The Indomitable (10 part series)
  3. The White Walls
  4. Rise of the Corsair (5 part series)
  5. Terror of the Black Storm (4 part series)
  6. Birth of Madness (5 part series)

That is six series and twenty-eight short stories in total. I plan to retail the entire collection for $0.99 USD (e-Book only). The paperback cost will be determined when the final word count is in.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Release Dates for Novels and Short Story Collections

It has been a long week—and a week where I have not felt my best, but I have some very exciting updates that I want to share.

I am very happy to announce targeted release dates for all of my upcoming book projects. This is my much talked about quarterly release schedule.

Chains of Fate: A Novel—December 14, 2017

The Prelude to Darkness: A Short Story Collection—March 16, 2018

Unbreakable Will: A Novel—June 15, 2018

Warriors of Fate: A Short Story Collection—September 14, 2018

Transcendent: A Novel—December 14, 2018

Fates Entwined: A Short Story Collection—March 15, 2019

These six titles will be available in both paperback and e-book formats. Pre-order information, synopsis’, and included content will be provided closer to each subsequent release.

Although, I will provide some information concerning the first two releases on the schedule.

Chains of Fate occurs seven years after the events of Darkness Rising. It is the first of a planned trilogy that closely follows Aerona Harkan, Daniel Baccan, Tristifer Marcanas, and the fell sorcerer, Lord Eldred.

The realm has known peace since the clash between the Bringers of Dusk and Dawn, but peace never lasts long: powers long thought defeated emerge, and the very doom that prophecy foretold millennia ago shall arise, though not in the way that any thought possible. Heroes must rise once more, but how the Great Fate shall churn, none living can foresee.

The Prelude to Darkness will be my first short story collection that I will be offering. The collection will include many of the stories that I have offered (and will continue to) on my website, but much more refined, organized chronologically, with introductions and appendixes. The collection will include the following stories: The Dark God, The Paragon, Sworn to the Cloth, Rise of the Corsair, The Terror of the Black Storm, The Birth of Madness, and many more. I will also be releasing short stories that have never been posted online, featuring the characters of Father Stephen Francis, High Priestess Lutessa, Rafael Azail, Emperor Archelaus, and others.

I am incredibly excited to bring readers all of this content.

Also: tomorrow I will be releasing The Dark God, Part II: The Summoning at 5:00pm EST.

Weekly Update: Content Schedule Readjustments & Proofreaders Wanted

Hello all!

Right off the bat, I want to apologize for the lack of updates. I’ve been battling a cold that has left me in bed for the most part. Given that I am a one-man operation, that means I fall behind with the schedule. Which happened. I am feeling much better now, and so the updates can recommence!

Content Schedule Readjustments

I want to talk about my content release schedule for everything — short stories, novels, novellas, the works.

For the short stories, I have been simultaneously posting them on Patreon and my website here on Mondays. Now that I have some stories out there, that will be changing. I will still be releasing the short stories on a weekly basis. You can view the full release schedule here.

I previously announced that Chains of Fate was moved from a Summer 2017 to a Fall 2017 release window and that is still in place. My aim is to release it no later than November 28 / 2017. If the novel is done earlier, I will release it earlier. There is a good chance of that happening because Chains of Fate is shorter than Darkness Rising. Unbreakable Will and Transcendent are still on track for Summer 2018 and 2019 respectively. I am very much committed to quarterly releases starting with Chains of Fate’s release, which leads me to—

I will be publishing a short story anthology in Spring 2018. This will be the complete, edited collection of the short stories that I have been releasing online, and will continue to do so leading up to the release of Chains of Fate. However, this will not be published in EBook form (however I do reserve the right to change my mind). This will be a paperback edition only.

So with all that said, my complete published release schedule looks like this:

  • Chains of Fate: Fall / early Winter 2017
  • Short Story Anthology #1: Spring 2018
  • Unbreakable Will: Summer 2019
  • Short Story Anthology #2: Fall 2019
  • Soon to be announced novella: Winter 2019
  • Short Story Anthology #3: Spring 2019
  • Transcendent: Summer 2019

I have tremendous plans for my fictional universe that exist well beyond Summer 2019. The main plot arc that I have been telling will end with Transcendent, and a new one will be born. How that will manifest, where it will be placed in the timeline, and who it will feature–these are all things that I will share leading up to 2019’s slab of releases.

Oh, and that soon to be announced novella that you see on the schedule? That might be indicative of where things are going after Transcendent!

Proofreaders Wanted

I am currently recruiting proofreaders for Chains of Fate. This is entirely volunteer work, but you will be given full credit and acknowledgment when the book launches.

So what am I looking for, exactly?

You do not need to be an English major or a book worm. You do need to be proficient in the English language to the point where you can identify spelling and grammatical errors. What I need are individuals who can read early passes of my manuscript and underline errors so that I can fix them.

If this interests you, please contact me.