Monday, September 28, 2015

Final days to get the free "The Spire Singers"!

Don't miss out! On October 1 "The Spire Singers" switches over to an Amazon exclusive. So to get a free copy, you need to subscribe before then!

And if you want the early bird discount, do that soon, too. Episode 1, "Lady Janshi's Acolyte," comes out next week Monday already, and from then until the end of the year you can get a new episode every week. But to get the discount, subscribe before Episode 1 premiers.

How to do it? It's simple. Send the $5 US by Paypal here: http://paypal.me/DanielAusema (or for more information, check out the Spire City tab up top).

Thursday, September 17, 2015

More about "The Spire Singers"

As promised, here's a bit more about that novelette I'm giving away to subscribers who sign up this month:

Cartesz is a man of routine and propriety. The most important routine is the song of the singers, chained to the roofs of the city's spires, whose voices give him the pattern of how to conduct his life. When one of those singers is knocked to the cobbled street, it falls to Cartesz to help her. As his carefully counted life becomes an uncertain mess of bureaucracy and mystery, he realizes that he's never given thought to what it means that the city so callously chains the singers to its roofs. Trapped by the Kafkaesque bureaucracy that stifles so much of the city, what can he do to help the singer? Especially when his own grip on life seems to loosen...

This is not merely another story set in the same location as the Spire City series, but takes that city and gives a very different twist to how we see it. As a story should when it centers on a very different kind of person than Chels and the rest. Cartesz is not wealthy by any means, but neither is he destitute like those characters, and the city he experiences has its differences from what they see. Not that it contradicts anything from the main series, but it has its own, separate feel and mood. There is also one deeply-buried easter egg sort of detail for readers of the main series.

So subscribe today to get all of Season Two as it comes out as well as this bonus story!

Monday, September 07, 2015

Spire City, Season Two: Pursued open to subscribers!

The time has come for Season Two! I have updated all the information over on the Spire City tab, so you can subscribe now to be sure you're on the list right from the beginning.

What do you get as a subscriber? Thirteen episodes of steampunk fantasy, each one the perfect short-story length so you can read it in a single sitting (or stretched over a few, if you like to linger a little more) sometime during the following week. That way the story is still fresh in your mind when the next episode comes out the next Monday. The first few episodes of this season came out from Musa Publishing before it shut down, but they've been unavailable since then, and the rest of the episodes have never before been published.

But wait, there's more! If you subscribe in September, I'll also throw in a free copy of my novelette, "The Spire Singers." I'll have another post later this month with more details about the novelette, but this is where the entire idea of Spire City began. Before there was Chels or the mad scientist Orgood, before there was a deadly infection created in a lab, before there was any thought of producing a serialized story...there was "The Spire Singers."

The familiar sights of the city are there, the clockwork and the beetle-drawn carriages. The singers chained to their towers. And central to this story is the Kafkaesque bureaucracy of the city itself, something only hinted at so far in the main series. If you're a fan of the series, you'll love this peek into a different face of the city.

The cover art is by the wonderful duo at Worlds Beyond Art.

This novelette will only be available to subscribers who sign up before the end of the month. After that it will be an Amazon exclusive for Kindle Unlimited.

And if that's not enough incentive to sign up now, the regular price of a subscription ($8 US) is being dropped as an early bird discount to $5 US. That's almost 40% off! So sign up through Paypal, at danielausema [at] gmail.com. Or email me at the same address with any questions.