Freewilds Gazette - Issue Six. Monday April 11th, 2022


Ahead & Onward!

Readers and Friends,

A few short weeks ago, I was thrilled and excited to finally release the first novel of my Dark Fantasy Detective Mystery series, Saga of the Freewilds. Stormsend is finally available to purchase on Amazon.com in Paperback, Hardcover, and Kindle eBook formats, with the audiobook edition currently under production and planned for release on May 31st.


My focus since Stormsend launched on March 31st has been on getting its sequel ready to share with the world, and I am proud to say that I have achieved just that! VAGABOND - Saga of the Freewilds, Book Two, is currently available in a Special Preview Edition, featuring the Prologue and Chapters 1 & 2, for the low low cost of absolutely free!


If you read the preview and decide you can't wait until the book's official release this June, you can get it today for free, as well, by becoming an Advanced Review Copy reader! All I ask is that you provide the book an honest assessment and review after you read it. It needn't be a long one, but something to express to other folks out there whether you liked it and think it would be worth their time to pick up once it releases on June 30th, 2022.


I have other things in the works, as well, to announce. I have been working on a novella with the working title: A Trial of Ash & Embers. It goes into greater depth about the events and characters involved in the prologue of Stormsend, wherein an Ilrasi aelfen oligarch has bidden the hedge knight, Ser Thamus Ramelle, to find and return their wayward daughter from the savage and untamed Freewilds before her rebellious flight from home leads her to run afoul of the very monsters she claims to be innocent and misunderstood.


Not only will this novella expand upon the lore and characters from a region of the world only mentioned from a distance in Stormsend and Vagabond, the Aelfen Dominion of Sud Ilras, but it will also tie directly into future installments of the Saga of the Freewilds as the story continues to grow and expand after the third novel in the series, Bastion (releasing this September). My earnest plan is to have the novella ready to publish by Christmas. I have other ambitions of the kind, as well, including projects that lie outside the scope of the Freewilds novels. One of these projects is a self-help/memoir non-fiction book called Escaping the Gray: Hindsight & 2020.


Another is a yet untitled space opera sci-fi that pulls influence from some of my favorite works of literary fiction while blending elements from my 80's-kid upbringing and the films, shows, and popular themes of the era. I have less to share about those projects for the moment, but in addition to the continuing, regular release of Saga of the Freewilds novels into 2023, look for these other projects to develop and see official launch dates in the months to come. Finally, I am hoping to begin expanding my website, Freewilds.net, to include a wiki-style feature that will enable interested readers to learn more about the world and its history, nations and cultures, characters and other aspects. This is going to be a longer-term work in progress, but I am considering releasing content in sporadic intervals throughout the rest of 2022.


Times like these make me smile widest and appreciate you good people all the more.

Regards, Michael Paul Scott - Author MPSAuthor@freewilds.net TheFreewilds on Facebook


This is part of a series of newsletters that I will be providing both as an e-mail to readers who subscribe and as posts to the blog on my website: freewilds.net

 


Have you had a chance to read STORMSEND - Saga of the Freewilds, Book One, yet? If not, please consider picking up a copy for yourself! It is available now on Amazon.com in Paperback, Hardcover, and Kindle eBook formats!





VAGABOND is the continuation of the adventures of disgraced former Detective Constable Lukarde Alfans as he makes his way south to the beleaguered coastal city of Westport in the forbidden region of the world known as the Freewilds. It is available to Preorder NOW in Kindle eBook format, with a scheduled official release date of June 30, 2022!


If you are interested in a free Special Preview Edition of VAGABOND, you are in luck! You can download it now in PDF, ePub, & MOBI formats. This exclusive free offer includes the Prologue, as well as Chapters One and Two.


...and if you like what you've read and decide you'd like to read the rest, and wouldn't mind giving me an honest (and fingers crossed, positive) review between now and the official launch date of June 30th, 2022, you can sign up to be an Advanced Review Copy reader and get the whole book for free, just for your promise to provide me an honest review before the deadline!


 

The Special Preview Edition of VAGABOND is also available through the following giveaway events:

BOUNDLESS: a Collection. Get these books fast! This promotion ends May 8th!


BEYOND IMAGINATION: a Collection. Get these books fast! This promotion ends May 8th!

 

Recommended Reading


Wolfe Locke's "Pandemonium - Dungeon of the Old Gods"

Dungeon. Quest. Adventure.

A journey into madness.

Descend into the dungeon.


When John Younger answered the Regent’s call to find a missing prince, he thought it would be an easy way to make some quick coin.

He was wrong.

Thrust into a life-or-death battle with creatures only heard about in stories long since forgotten, John finds himself in a the enemy of elder ones and old gods.

As he descends into the heart of darkness, John must use all of his brains and brawn to survive each floor of the dungeon.

He is not alone. He'll need to save the others and gain the favor of those who dwell within.

Will John make it to the final floor and escape? Or will he succumb to those who dwell below?

For Fans of - Dungeons and Dragons, Dungeon Diving, Dark Fantasy, and Classic Blizzard.


Part of the "Tales of the Dark Lords" series of stand alone novels set within the universe of Pandemonium

 

Rowan Staeffler's "Swords of Redemption"

SHE HAS BEEN LIED TO ALL HER LIFE. NOW SHE WANTS REDEMPTION.


If a witch so much as harms anyone, they become mindless killers. These words were pummeled into Ellemar Vancel’s head and every other witch by the council of witches. A council who is sworn to protect the entire country run by the eldest of the witches.


All of it is a lie as Ellemar quickly found out when ordered by the council to assassinate Celeana Maar, a rogue former member of the council.


When the plot to overthrow the council goes wrong, Ellemar and her allies are being tortured to submit to the council’s demands that their methods are true to protect their race. Before she submitted to their demands, Ellemar was rescued but lost her lover in the process.


Together with her former enemy and rogue council member, Celeana, they plot to eliminate the council leader and free the kingdom. But to do this, they need an army. An army which is controlled by the council.


If Ellemar doesn’t fight back, not only she will be hunted down for the rest of her life, but the kingdom will never be set free from the corruption.


 

Leigh Kimmel's "A Gift of Koi"



Ancient and wise, the grandfather Koi knows at first sight that this human bears a hidden wound.


But how can a mere fish, even one as old as himself, be of any aid to a human?


Astronaut Tyler Lanham had come to Grissom City, first and oldest lunar settlement, in search of the medical expertise he couldn't find on the far side of the Moon. When he sees the scar on the ancient koi's side, he knows he's found a kindred spirit.


But an enemy is stalking these lovely gardens. A danger that will change both man and fish.


A short story of the Grissom timeline.



 

Thomas A. Burns Jr.'s "Stripper! - A Natalie McMasters Mystery"



Natalie McMasters is twenty, short and blonde (OK, it’s bleached!), way cute, and a pre-law student at State.


She's also straight, or at least she thinks so. To put herself through school, she's moonlighting as a private detective trainee at her uncle Amos Murdoch's 3M Detective Agency, where the most exciting thing she does is sit in a car. After she directly confronts a subject on a stakeout, Amos fires her for taking too many chances. Then she meets another student who bears an uncanny resemblance to her, and everything in her life changes.


When her new best friend is brutally murdered and Amos is critically injured, Nattie immerses herself in the seamy world of web cams and strip clubs to hunt the killer. Her investigation forces her to reassess many of the ideas that she’s lived by her whole life and do things she’s never considered before – strip on a stage, question her sexuality, and rediscover the meaning of love itself.


Nattie eventually exposes a drug ring, police corruption, and an assassin-for-hire online.


Then she stumbles upon the true face of evil, and her encounter does not leave her unscathed…




Michael Paul Scott - Author

MPSAuthor@freewilds.net TheFreewilds on Facebook



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