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Hey there! I’ve got a little something for you. I know, I know, it’s only been a few days since the last post, but hey, it’s the end of October, which means it’s practically NaNoWriMo, which means it’s practically Christmas, which means it’s practically 2019, which means— *breathes into paper bag*
Long story short, it’s time to start sharing some goodies as we build up toward the release of the trilogy’s first installment. It’s with no shortage of giddiness (I promise I’m an adult) that I publicly present, for the first time ever, Book 1 of The Broken City of Crows trilogy.
The Wasteling Crow
The Broken City of Crows, Part I
"The orphaned, the rejected, the abandoned--these are the wastelings of Akor. No haven shall harbor them and no hand shall extend them mercy. They are a blight to be cleansed, for our cities must shine, and in such outcasts there is no worth."
Amos, the son of a slave trader, travels the Iron Road in shame, longing to renounce his father’s heartless deeds.
Two young wastelings bound for the slave market dream of a life without cages.
An exiled warrior roams the wilderness, never more than a step ahead of those who hunt her.
When a narrow escape in the dark of night entwines their paths, Amos and his newfound companions are thrust into a world that wants them back in chains…or dead.
In the fires of survival, a family is forged.
From perilous forests to a city with a killer on the loose, the growing band of outcasts set their eyes on freedom, and Amos soon finds himself on the front lines of a fight he never imagined he'd call his own.
The Wasteling Crow begins the story of a boy with a good heart struggling to find his place in a broken world.
I’ve been itching to share this with you, and there’s more on the way! If you want to get early access to future updates and exclusive content, be sure to subscribe to the monthly newsletter. That’s the best way to be sure you don’t miss anything. If you’ve got any questions, drop a comment or hit me up on social media. I address a few reader questions in each newsletter.
I’ll talk to you soon!
As many of you know, the Phoenix Fiction Writers team is releasing an antihero-themed anthology, which will feature seven (if I’m not mistaken) short stories by our talented members. In October’s newsletter, sent out at the beginning of the month, subscribers got an exclusive first look at the title and blurb for my short story, and now I’m bringing the goodies to the world!
Brace yourselves for…
The Astoundingly Mortal Peril of Denna Dorwen
Two years ago, Denna Dorwen burned down Candlewick Spire, a trove of books and scrolls atop the elite university in the city of Galaratheas. An accident, of course, and unequivocally not her fault.
Nevertheless, the pawn broker and part-time thief owes the city a hefty debt, and the Iron Gleaners are coming for her.
Out of time and out of money, Denna needs every trick up her sleeve if she wants to outwit debt collectors, bounty hunters, and the terrors that lurk in dark tunnels beneath the city...
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You’ll be able to read the story, which features the plucky fan-favorite from The Broken City of Crows*, next month! I hope you’re as excited as I am. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to the newsletter for early access to treats like these (trust me, there are some big ones coming!) and to stay updated.
Talk to you soon!
*The Astoundingly Mortal Peril of Denna Dorwen takes place well before the events of The Broken City of Crows and is meant to be read as a standalone story, so don’t worry if you’re not one of my Wattpad readers!