Beasts of the Wildlands is now in the wild

It’s here. At last. Beasts of the Wildlands: Tales From Vasini II, my new flintlock fantasy book, is out in the wilds as of today.

You can find it on Kindle and in paperback here:

UK

US

Canada

Australia

France

Germany

Netherlands

Please check your local Amazon store if your location isn’t listed above.

If you’re on Goodreads, you can add it to your To Read list here.

Beasts of the Wildlands
Tales From Vasini I

The deities were destroyed two hundred years ago. The moon split apart, the sun dwindled and the land was devastated. Civilisation has re-emerged from the carnage, but beasts, twisted by the ravages of the dying gods and goddesses, still prowl the savage Wildlands between the city-states.

Each year, as winter turns to spring, twisted beasts drift into the farmlands surrounding the city-state of Vasini, threatening herds and livelihoods. In The Hunters, Addy Blake, an apprentice hunter, is hired with her mistress and master to hunt down a beast that is killing shepherds and destroying flocks of sheep. But, as they hunt the beast, it becomes clear that there is more than simple hunger behind why the creature is there.

Out in the Wildlands, small independent settlements eek out an existence in walled enclaves free from the interference of the city-states. In In the Ruins of the Deities, one such settlement is asked for aid by a visitor from Vasini. It is down to Nate Tyler and his band of hunters to take the visitor on an expedition through the Wildlands to an abandoned estate. But can they survive against the beasts that now claim the land as their territory and why is the visitor so interested in the ruin?

Tales From Vasini is a companion series of short stories and novellas to The Vasini Chronicles novel series. It tells stories of the wider world of Vasini and its environs. Beasts of the Wildlands contains the novellas The Hunters and In the Ruins of the Deities.

And that’s the end of that chapter

Last night, I finally reached the end of the first draft of The Vasini Chronicles III. Woo’hoo.

It’s taken some time to get here. A year and a half, I believe (I should really keep a better record of when I start writing a first draft). But after 157,0000 words (some of which will hopefully be good) it’s done.

It will now sit in a virtual draw for a while before I start editing it to try to put some more good words in there and take the less good words out.

Next up is a non-Vasini related novella. But I won’t be starting on that until the New Year. Well, maybe a little bit before then, if I happen to have a spare moment.

Anyway, woo’hoo.

In other news

I’m in the depths of editing Tales From Vasini III. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the condition the novellas are in. They still need work, but its heartening that they are in as good a shape as they are at this point in the process.

Of course that will all be swept away when I next make a pass through them and despair at what I’ve written.

Don’t forget that Beasts of the Wildlands: Tales From Vasini II is out on 19 January 2023. You can pre-order it on Kindle here:

UK

US

Canada

Australia

France

Germany

Netherlands

Please check your local Amazon store if your location isn’t listed above.

If you’re on Goodreads you can find details and add it to your To Read list here.

Another quick note

Hello,

thank you to everyone who entered A Divided River Goodreads giveaway. Those who won should, hopefully, have been notified by now.

For those who didn’t or were unable to enter, A Divided River is on sale for the next seven days.
You can pick up a Kindle edition for 99p/99c here:

UK

US

And a reminder

Don’t forget that Beasts of the Wildlands, the follow up to A Divided River in the Tales From Vasini series, is out on 19 January next year and is available now to pre-order on Kindle. You can find it here in the UK (please check your local Amazon store if you’re outside of the UK).

A Divided River giveaway

US people

In celebration of Beasts of the Wildlands, the second book of the Tales From Vasini series, coming out in 9 weeks away, I’m running a Goodreads giveaway of A Divided River: Tales From Vasini I.

You have a chance to win one of 100 Kindle editions of A Divided River.

You can enter here.

You have until 7 December.

Everyone

Beasts of the Wildlands is out on 19 January 2023. Pre-orders for the Kindle edition are open and can be found here:

UK

US

Canada

Australia

France

Germany

Netherlands

Please check your local Amazon store if your location isn’t listed above.

Beasts of the Wildlands available for pre-order

My new flintlock fantasy book Beasts of the Wildlands: Tales From Vasini II will be released on 19 January 2023. That’s just 10 weeks away. It will be good to put it out into the world after working on it (along side other things) since 2017.

You can pre-order it on Kindle here:

UK

US

Canada

Australia

France

Germany

Netherlands

Please check your local Amazon store if your location isn’t listed above.

If you’re on Goodreads, you can find details and add it to your To Read list here.

And here is what you’ll find inside…

The deities were destroyed two hundred years ago. The moon split apart, the sun dwindled and the land was devastated. Civilisation has re-emerged from the carnage, but beasts, twisted by the ravages of the dying gods and goddesses, still prowl the savage Wildlands between the city-states.

Each year, as winter turns to spring, twisted beasts drift into the farmlands surrounding the city-state of Vasini, threatening herds and livelihoods. In The Hunters, Addy Blake, an apprentice hunter, is hired with her mistress and master to hunt down a beast that is killing shepherds and destroying flocks of sheep. But, as they hunt the beast, it becomes clear that there is more than simple hunger behind why the creature is there.

Out in the Wildlands, small independent settlements eek out an existence in walled enclaves free from the interference of the city-states. In In the Ruins of the Deities, one such settlement is asked for aid by a visitor from Vasini. It is down to Nate Tyler and his band of hunters to take the visitor on an expedition through the Wildlands to an abandoned estate. But can they survive against the beasts that now claim the land as their territory and why is the visitor so interested in the ruin?

Tales From Vasini is a companion series of short stories and novellas to The Vasini Chronicles novel series. It tells stories of the wider world of Vasini and its environs. Beasts of the Wildlands contains the novellas The Hunters and In the Ruins of the Deities.

A second quick note

Hi all,

Another quick note to let you know that the Kindle edition of my flintlock fantasy novel The Theatre of Shadows: The Vasini Chronicles II is on sale for the next seven days.

UK people, you can pick it up for 99p here.

US people, you can pick it up for 99c here.

In other news

Keep an eye out for Beasts of the Wildlands: Tales From Vasini II news later this week.

A quick note

Hi all,

Just a quick note to say that the Kindle edition of The Cities Beyond the Signal, my portal fantasy novella, is on sale for the next seven days.

UK people, you can pick it up for 99p here.

US people, you can pick it up for 99c here.

You have until 12am GMT/PST on Monday 7 November.

The Cities Beyond the Signal cover

In other news

Keep an eye out for a new blog post about Beasts of the Wildlands: Tales From Vasini II this Thursday (3 November).

Three things

Hello,

Apparently it was June the last time I wrote on my blog, and then it was just a quick note on a Goodreads giveaway and two short paragraphs on where I was with writing and editing my works in progress.

This time though, I have a little more news with the promise of more news to come.

The Silver Mask sale

First, to the thing of immediate interest…

US and UK people — you can get The Silver Mask on Kindle for cheap for the next seven days.

UK people, it’s 99p and can be found here.

US people, it’s 99c and can be found here.

It’s a great chance to try out The Vasini Chronicles and find out about the world of Vasini ahead of…

Beasts of the Wildlands: Tales From Vasini II coming soon

The second Tales From Vasini book is finally coming in January 2023.

Beasts of the Wildlands will consist of two novellas — The Hunters and In the Ruins of the Deities.

More details — release date, cover, blurb — will come in the next few weeks.

But, yay! It’s coming and soon.

Looking back through my blog, it looks like I started work on the first of the two novellas back in 2017. So, it’s taken five years to get here.

And then…

Now that Beasts of the Wildlands will soon be out in the world, I’ll be turning my attention to editing Tales From Vasini III. Hopefully there won’t be as a big a gap between Tales From Vasini II and III as there was between A Divided River (Tales From Vasini I – 2017) and Beasts of the Wildlands (Tales From Vasini II – 2023)

Work on the first draft of The Vasini Chronicles III continues. It’s currently around 130,000 words. By my estimate, it will be about 155,000 to 160,000 when the draft is finished so I’m close to the final stretch. But my word count estimates are always wrong, so we’ll see. If all goes well — and fingers crossed it will — I should be done on the first draft by the new year. Fingers crossed.

The Theatre of Shadows giveaway

US people,

Nearly a year has passed since The Theatre of Shadows, the second part of the Vasini Chronicles, went out into the world.

To celebrate, I’m running a Goodreads giveaway. You have a chance to win one of 100 Kindle editions.

You can enter here.

You have until 15 July to enter.

And in other news…

The Vasini Chronicles III is still being written. It’s passed the 100,000 word mark and there’s still a few chapters to write until I have a complete draft.

I’m coming to end of working on the latest draft of Beasts of the Wildlands: Tales From Vasini II. This will hopefully mean I can move onto the copy edit, then a bit of proofreading and then it should — if all goes well — be in a position to go out into the world. Many digits crossed for that.