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Friday, March 27, 2015

Brightwill Is Free Forever

Before I get to the central news item of this blog post, I have to write that work on Broadcast 9 is coming along very nicely. I can’t promise that it will be the longest book in the series, but I’m liking what I have so far. I'm very excited about Broadcast 9 and the future of Spinward Fringe.

Now, on to the matter of the title. Brightwill is my first foray back into fantasy after years of writing science fiction. Fantasy is a genre I wrote many novels in before Spinward Fringe. None of those old, formative works will be published, or re-published. They were the books I made mistakes in, penned during my teens, and twenties, when I was still learning how to tell a good story. I’m still learning, any story teller must continue learning from the stories they tell, the world around them, and whatever else comes along.

The first novels I wrote, the ones that shall forever remain in the closet,  led me to Spinward Fringe, and to Brightwill, which is the best fantasy novel I’ve written. I believe in the book, and I know I’ve learned a great deal from writing it as well, things that will help with Spinward Fringe and other projects in the future. I can’t emphasise how proud of Brightwill I am though, and I’m happy that I finally have a fantasy novel out there that I’m pleased with.

Fantasy is a tough genre to get noticed in, even though I have Spinward Fringe out there. I’m surprised at how little crossover there is between science fiction and fantasy readers, I’ve run into countless people who read one or the other, and almost never read both. One one hand I'm surprised, on the other, I'm glad I can offer something to both sides of that coin.

In the spirit of getting Brightwill in front of as many people as possible, I’m going to put it out there for free. Not just for a week, or a special weekend, or with the use of a coupon code, but forever, just like I did with Origins years ago.

There is another reason why I’m making it free, and I know there are people hoping for this….

Once I finish work on my next two projects, I’ll be diving into writing another Brightwill novel. I will be getting started on that sometime this year. It will be set in the same world, and I’ll be writing a test chapter when I have time, approaching the beginning of this book in a new way. That’s all I can tell you so far.

With my focus on Spinward Fringe for the time being, you shouldn’t expect much from Brightwill for a few months, but there will be previews from Broadcast 9 coming soon, so there will be stuff popping up here before you know it.

Until bits of the new Brightwill novel surface, you can go download, or tell people about my free work, with now includes Origins and Brightwill. The reach of Brightwill has not been long, it's not a very successful book in terms of sales, but the positive feedback I've gotten is near overwhelming, much like the response to later Spinward Fringe books.

I’d like to say a special thank you to everyone who bought copies of Brightwill, I hope you loved it, and I really appreciate your support.


[Check your favourite online bookseller for a free copy of Brightwill. If it isn't free right now, it will be shortly, it takes some companies (such as Amazon) time to adjust their pricing.]


Sheila Hall said...

I am surprised that there isn't much of a crossover between the genres. I am a big fan of both. I'm glad you are going to continue with the Brightwill story. When I first started reading it I still had the previous truncated version in my head and was slow to get into the new opening of the story line. The first version seemed to have grabbed my attention faster. Nevertheless, it was a good read. Do you have any plans for the Dark Arts story? I thoroughly enjoyed that as well and would love to have more of it. SF still remains my favourite. Hopefully,you're settled in and have WiFi by now. Keep up the good work!

Randolph Lalonde said...

I'm still going to try to put the first Dark Arts work out for October 31 this year. It'll be a completely new draft of the 7 chapter short I wrote years ago. This version will be 21 chapters and will go into a few of the characters and some of the history a bit more.

Perfidium said...

I have always been a fan of both Genres from my early readings of Tolkien (Hobbit) and Brooks ( Shannara series) Edgar Rice Burroughs ( SF Series Barsoom etc) and AC Clark and more recently Yourself with Spinward Fringe, I'm hooked and if your adding one with the same depth as Spinward I feel it is a "Must Read" and am just going to find it now
Thanks for for sharing your imagination with us

Anonymous said...

I am really happy you decided to continue Brightwill. I am also a crossover reader, and found Brightwill because of my previous interest in Spinward Fringe. Fantasy is my native genre but and I must say... you are superb in both genres and I would try anything you spent the time to write.

Anonymous said...

Please carry on with both series, have enjoyed them so much. Looking forward to more stories - just want you to be able to write and publish quicker than you are able :-)

Tal Neveronthefirstdate said...

I just found out about Brightwill (on the "Dark Arts" Facebook page) and as one of the few Sci-fi/Fantasy crossover fans you mentioned, I will be checking it out. If it is half as enjoyable as the Spinward Fringe series, it will be added to my "Must Purchase Future Additions" list.
And a sincere thanks to you sir, for I know that SEVERAL hours of work have gone into every hour of entertainment I get from you, and it is appreciated!