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FREELANCERS #19 - 12/03/23


Hope you liked the first chapter of Lost Souls last month. I'll include Chapter 2 in the mid-month newsletter in preparation for the upcoming release of Book 1.5.


Got lots of stuff for you today and I'm mixing up the order a bit. There's big news with preorder links for Lost Souls, sale news for Inglorious Resurrection, a pair of Bookfunnel promos to check out, and a progress update/NaNoWriMo talk. Lots of things to click, so please bear with me!

Lost Souls is prepped and ready for release this month!

I didn't change much on the cover since I released the WIP last month. Might make some small changes, but we'll see how things go.

Here's the more detailed synopsis for the book:

Life-changing moments don't always wear name tags.

Sailing the vast void of space is a chaotic life fraught with danger and mystery. It's often the unlikely connections with people that shape us in unexpected ways.


  • A pair of famous freelancers face their hidden pains as they uncover the mysteries of a blood-soaked research station overrun with horrible monsters.

  • Cyborg agents dispatched by their AI overlord find a touch of humanity as they infiltrate a party of wealthy elites.

  • A bright-eyed teenager finally gets accepted as an armiger for his hero knight. Everything flips upside down when he lands in a shuttle full of convicted criminals screaming toward a pitched battle with pirates.

  • Two wayward samurai face uncomfortable truths about life and death at a floating island resort owned by amethyst dragons.

  • An unlikely band of misfit mercenaries drunkenly try to figure out what went wrong on their mission to discreetly protect a VIP from a gang of assassins.

Through their defining struggles, these lost souls find new purpose in each other.

A sci-fi fantasy anthology of nine shorter stories in the vein of Last Wish from Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher series, Lost Souls weaves together the heartwarming tale of Phoenix Company finding each other against all odds. As a prequel to the main narrative, it gives more background on Phoenix Company's founding four and their time with the Deadmaws while introducing some new characters entering the series. All the same, you don't have to have read Inglorious Resurrection or In The Storm to enjoy Lost Souls.

Release is scheduled for Dec. 25. Hope it's a nice treat for the holidays. Something to get cozy and dive into before the new year.

Some links like Kobo aren't up yet, and Amazon doesn't allow paperback orders until release day, unfortunately. If you'd like, I could move the paperback release a bit earlier to allow for a possible delivery before the 25th.


As I've said before, I'm very proud of how this one turned out. I'd recommend it to people even if they haven't read Inglorious Resurrection, but the extra context and connection to the characters would definitely help. I'll be very curious to hear from anyone who reads Lost Souls first, then checks out Inglorious Resurrection.


Either way, please have a look!

Inglorious Resurrection is currently on sale on Kobo!


 If you have access to Kobo's Canadian, Australian or New Zealand store, now's a great time to pick up Book 1 of Phoenix Company.


There's a Smashwords sale scheduled to start on Dec. 15th, but I'll be setting up some other discounts to combo into the Book 1.5 release later this month. More details to come in the mid-month newsletter.

Here's two Bookfunnel giveaways to check out!


The first is a sci-fi fantasy giveaway with tons of novels and novellas to choose from. Can click the image or button below.

The second includes excerpts of longer novels to help find new indie authors in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, preferring a mix of the two.

Progress Update

I completed my tenth National Novel Writing Month in a row! I kept up a good pace and finished early this year too. Passed 50k words on Nov. 23rd. In my explorations of new series to write, my inspirations have been pulling me in multiple directions, so I wound up swapping from a first draft of the spy thriller idea, Vigilant Shadows, to writing a series bible for a new project after the first week.


Now I'm pushing into first draft territory for a contemporary military fantasy series tentatively called Team Pegasus. It's set in my original vision of the Aesteria universe before it got expanded into space. Similar to Warhammer 40k and Warhammer Fantasy where it's basically another timeline/dimension. Team Pegasus follows the story of an international group of special forces operators thrown together to hunt down deadly terrorist groups. Along the way, they uncover a shadowy cabal with designs for world domination.


When inspiration strikes, I have to get it down and strike while the iron's hot. My rate of production has been ramping up recently, so I'm less worried about releases being slow. I have an overflowing list of cool stories that I'm excited to dive into and share with you and the world. At the end of the day, that's why I'm doing all of this.


I'm happy with what I've accomplished since I first started writing and, more recently, hit the publish button on a finished work. But I'm just getting started.

If you have any questions or comments for me, go ahead and reply to this newsletter, email me at, message me on Twitter at, or on Bluesky at


If you've read my books or others, please leave a rating or review on appropriate sites like distributors, Goodreads, Bookbub, etc. I'd very much appreciate it.


Thanks very much for reading. It means the world to me that anyone's interested in my work. I'll be sharing the second chapter of Lost Souls along with some more sale info on the 15th. Have a good one.

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