Season Two: Pursued, complete bundle: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Createspace
Season Three: Unwoven: complete bundle: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Createspace
And don't miss the related, Amazon-exclusive novelette, The Spire Singers
Targeted by a mad scientist's deadly serum, these outcasts band together to uncover the truth and to fight back.
Spire City is home to mighty machines of steam power and clockwork, and giant beetles pull picturesque carriages over cobbled streets, but there is a darker secret behind these wonders. A deadly infection, created by a mad scientist, is spreading through the city, targeting the poor and powerless, turning them slowly into animals. A group of those infected by the serum join together to survive, to trick the wealthy out of their money, and to fight back.
The Spire City Series is a serial fiction, steampunk-fantasy project, with new episodes released every week during each season's run. The individual episodes were available from Amazon and B&N, and went out to subscribers every Monday.
Season One: Infected is available from most online sellers as a single, novel-length bundle, both in print and ereader formats. Season Two: Pursued is also available from most sellers. The final season, Season Three: Unwoven, has now completed its serialization and is also available from most sellers.
I don't get it, what's this all about? A novel? Short stories? Something else?
Yeah, this can be confusing, because we're not all that familiar with serial fiction these days. A number of other writers are also experimenting with the idea, now that ereaders and our familiarity with the digital world make it again feasible, but each of us approaches it differently, which adds to the confusion.
So for Spire City, the best thing to have in mind is a television drama, one with a new episode each week over the course of a season. You might be desperate to catch each episode as it comes out. You might wait until the season is over and binge-watch on Netflix or get the complete season DVD. Either way, each episode stands alone and yet builds toward the full season arc.
Spire City is not a TV show in written form, but it shares some of that structure. So read each episode as if it were a periodic release. Or treat the episodes as chapters and read the whole thing at your own pace. Either way, each season is about the length of a book and shares a lot with how we think of books, while each episode is about the length of a short story...so it's both, and neither.
Is this the end? Will there be more Spire City seasons?
Season Three wraps up the story of the orphan girl Chels and the mad scientist Orgood and the rest caught up that tangle. There are other stories set in Spire City, including the novelette "The Spire Singers," and some that have appeared or are scheduled to appear in various publications. It's certainly possible there will be more. But if so, they will stand alone, apart from this trilogy.
Thanks for your interest, and feel free to contact me with any questions.