Sneak Peek at Book Three of The Patch Project Series

Hey everyone, it’s Brittni Brinn taking over the blog today! I’m super excited to give you a sneak peek of Book Three of the Patch Project Series published by the fine folks here at Adventure Worlds Press! The book is called Where Long Shadows End, and we’ll be announcing a release date any time now!

Before I share the Prologue with you, I just want to take a second to thank everyone who’s entered the Fan Art contest so far! If you want to join this friendly creative contest, just post something based on the Patch Project series to social media with the hashtag #ThePatchProjectFanArtContest by June 30th. You could win one of the first copies of Book Three! You can find all the details here.

Here’s the opening to Where Long Shadows End! Hope you enjoy!

PROLOGUE

Isak looked around, disoriented. He was standing outside, facing a burned-up ridge that spilled out onto a flatline plain. The huge red sun hung heavy over the wasteland.

Had he skipped forward? Why? He tried to remember where he had just been, but came up empty. The desire was usually so strong when he jumped through time. Barely a second to blink between the wanting and the having. The curse of instant gratification.

Isak shifted his weight from his bad leg. Something snapped underfoot. Startled, he caught his balance and then froze. The broken, charred board was familiar. 

“Hello?” His cry echoed, no walls or trees to contain it. Sunset tinged the burned ruins around him red.

He knew this place. He recognized the board, part of a dining table he’d sat at hundreds of times. He knew that the square-cut logs sticking up around him used to support a two-story restaurant in the middle of a vast forest. He knew that he was alone and that everyone he loved was gone.

Before all that he knew could fully register, Isak heard distant footsteps coming up behind him. “What did I want?” he racked his brain as the footsteps drew closer. “What brought me here?”

The footsteps were right behind him. Isak caught a glimpse of a white streak in dark hair as someone familiar passed by. They continued for a couple of steps and then stopped, their back to him. They wore a leather jacket, mud-splattered jeans, hiking boots—nothing particularly significant. Maybe it was the way they stood with their hands deep in their pockets that gave them away. In addition to all the other things he recognized about this place, Isak recognized her.

“How long has it been?” he asked.

She stared beyond the ruins of Ulway’s Restaurant and Retreat Centre, out towards the wasteland. “This is what you wanted, isn’t it?” Pinot finally said, turning her ageless face towards him. “For everything to be over?”

Christian is a Traitor!

Hello AWP Friends!

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Snow from a Distant Sky is now Available

20220414_161444_hdrThe time to get your copy of Snow from a Distant Sky is now!

The fifth and final* book in The Synthetic Albatross Novella Series answers your burning questions and offers up a few more.

Copies are available to order from your preferred book seller and you can leave reviews on your favourite book reviewing site.

I have a small run on the way for local sales. They will be available at Biblioasis and I may bring a few around to your houses if you’re that keen. Let me know!

*(Final for now. I hope to get back to the series in the future).

Cover Reveal – Snow from a Distant Sky

Snow Cover TextI know some of you have been waiting for this. I’m thrilled to share the cover for the latest book in The Synthetic Albatross Novella Series! Snow from a Distant Sky is scheduled to come out in April.

I have sample copies on the way so as long as there are no issues, I will put in an order and the book will be released to the public. Glen Hawkes, who did the amazing covers for Broadcast Wasteland and Break/Interrupt, crushed it again with this cover! Check out his other work here.

I’ll make another post when the book is available. This is the last book in The Synthetic Albatross Series for now. Thanks to all the readers who’ve come along with me on the journey. Stay tuned for information on what I’m working on next!

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Late New Year

Hello AWP Readers!

Your intrepid author/publisher/hindrance, Ben here, to bring you news and updates on your favourite AWP authors.

We try to make at least one post a month on this website, but when there isn’t much news, it’s hard to justify making the same announcements over and over again. That’s why we didn’t have anything in January, but it’s February now, so there must be something to tell you.

And there is!

129098833_4183083338375454_8719910487440030489_nA brief update on Brittni Brinn and the third book in her post-apocalyptic (and emotional roller-coaster) Patch Project Series.

The new book, titled Where Long Shadows End is into edits and review.
There’s a lot that we can’t share at the moment, but that means we’ll be able to share it later. Isn’t anticipation fun?

Expect more juicy info soon!

cover-finalSome news on Christian Laforet, or should we say C.M. Forest?

We should, because Christian has been getting short stories swiftly published under his new moniker.

You can see stories by C.M. Forest in the anthologies Dead of Night (out now from Blood Rites Horror) and It Calls from the Veil (It Calls coming soon from Eerie River Publishing).
He also has a novella coming out through Timber Ghost Press called We All Fall Before the Harvest and a novel coming out through Eerie River Publishing tentatively called They Crawl Within.

What a busy boy he’s been.

20210413_135530As for me? Well, if you follow my weekly post on my website, you’re already painfully aware that I’m in the editing and review stage for my latest (and potentially last) novella in the Synthetic Albatross Series, Snow from a Distant Sky.
I guess you could say that I’m also editing the long anticipated Invasion Novel, but I have to admit that I haven’t done any work on it since starting Snow.

Snow from a Distant Sky is scheduled to come out in April 2022.

I think you can expect to see some various cover art in the coming months for all these exciting projects. There will certainly be more updates by then.

So, keep checking back and thanks for continuing to stick around for the ride! 2022 promises to be another interesting year.

The Secret to Writing a Novel

Welcome, readers, and especially writers searching for that ever-elusive secret of how to write a novel! It truly is the fountain of youth, the holy grail, the lost car keys for every writer looking to make that leap into the long-form of prose that has foiled so many seekers before! In trying to uncover this enigma, I consulted with the authors here at Adventure Worlds Press. Their advice will shock you! Do you dare read on, and at last reach the secret to writing a novel?

Are you still here? Good. Then let us continue.

I first approached Ben Van Dongen, the triple-threat of the company. Short stories, novellas, novels, he’s done them all! Surely he knows the secret to writing a novel? Let us see what he has to say:

“Writing a short story is easy. A monkey could do it in her sleep. You’re smarter than a monkey, right? Just write the thing.

Novellas require the kind of free algorithms you can download off the dark web. Usually Russian or Chinese in origin, expect to have to do some translating, but it’s not much more work than what the monkey does.

To write a novel on the other hand (a novel worth reading at least) you need to go to your local library. Give the librarian the secret handshake and a crisp hundred-dollar bill. They’ll take you to the hidden section where you can get a book to summon a demon. Make sure to get one with a really long name. The short name ones are bad at spelling.”

Ah, yes, the age-old bribing-a-librarian-to-reach-diabolical-novelistic-heights trick! But is this truly the secret to writing a novel?

I continued my search, next seeking out Christian Laforet. Recently signed on to a two-book deal with Raven’s Tale publishing, he would be the logical person to ask about the holy grail of novel writing. His comments:

“Marry someone with money. Lots of money. That way there’ll be no pesky day job to interfere with the writing of you masterpiece.”

Another solid piece of advice! Those day jobs, sucking the creative spirit from the genius novelist, ah! Best to seek out a wealthy partner and sponge off of them for life!

But again, I was not satisfied in my quest for the secret! As a last resort, I took to the deep, grim forest paths that lead to an abandoned cabin where they say at least three ghosts reside. I gathered my courage, and went inside, where I found C.M. Forest, roasting marshmallows over a space heater.

“Please!” I begged him, “My search has been so long! What, oh what, is the secret to writing a novel?”

C.M. Forest turned to me and said: “Write every day. Even if it’s only 500 words. 500 words a day will give you two novels by the end of the year.”

The horror! I ran from the cabin screaming and have never been the same since. My quest for the secret to writing a novel was all in vain!

Unless…

Do you know the secret?

Do you?

Happy Halloween from Adventure Worlds Press

They say that no news is good news. They also say that there’s no such thing as bad press. We’re not sure who THEY are (we’re not even that sure if the those sayings are all that accurate).
What we do know is that the AWP authors are hard at work on their latest projects. Not that we have much to share about them.

We made an update about what we’re working on in our last post and we don’t want to just repeat ourselves. You can check it out for more details.

cover-finalOne thing that we are sure about is that we here at AWP love Halloween. This spooky, scary time is perfect for reading a good horror book like Christian Laforet’s The Space Between Houses, or a dark sci-fi story like those found in No Light Tomorrow.

We would love to try and convince you that all our books are perfect for Halloween, but while we think you’d enjoy them no matter when you read them, Brittni Brinn’s post apocalyptic Patch Project books and Ben Van Dongen’s cyber punk inspired Synthetic Albatross series just aren’t scary enough. Not in the traditional sense.

Either way, we just wanted to say that we hope everyone who takes the time to check out this website (and hopefully our books) has a Happy Halloween.80367398_10156568917196389_1550900823590961152_o

No doubt Christian will be spending his evening taking his little ones out trick-or-treating. Brittni will probably be handing out candy to the neighbourhood children. And Ben will be in the basement, hiding from the ghost that he accidentally summoned last Halloween.

Keep an eye out for some future updates on what new books will be coming out in 2022, and stay spooky!

Sneak Peek!

With summer coming to a sweltering end (we’re not sure about your neck of the woods, but ours is hot!), and fall around the corner, we figured now would be as good a time as any to pull back the curtain and give you all a sneak peek at some future AWP releases!

Actual release dates are still up in the air, but we expect both of the following titles to launch next year. So stay tuned!

First up, we have the newest entry in Ben Van Dongen‘s amazing science fiction novella series, Snow from a Distant Sky!

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Break/Interrupt is Out Now!

20210413_135425It’s been a hectic couple of months, but the latest novella in the Synthetic Albatross series has been officially released.

By the way, this is Ben (in case you hadn’t noticed).
I’ve coopted the blog here on AWP for the last few months to promote and share Break/Interrupt, and it’s finally here. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks making deliveries around the Windsor area. I’ve also dropped some copies off at Biblioasis.

20210413_135530If you would like one for yourself (and you do, it looks amazing in person) let me know. I still have some deliveries to make as more requests tickle in and the book is available to order online or from your favourite local book store.

I have a ton of people to thank for this one (as always) and I don’t want to repeat the acknowledgements from the back of the book, but a lot of credit goes to Glen Hawkes for designing and drawing the cover. Also, the book wouldn’t exist without the help of the other fine people her at AWP, so a big thanks goes to them. And I suppose I should thank all of you for reading it!

I think that’s all for now. I’d love to answer some questions if anyone has any, though, so feel free to ask in the comments!

Cover Reveal – Break/Interrupt

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I shared the cover of my new book, Break/Interrupt, over on my personal website, but I wanted to make sure to share it here, too.

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Glen Hawkes, who did the cover for the last book in the series, Broadcast Wasteland, knocked it out of the park again. Check out his website for his art, comics, and kids books.

The sample copy of the book is in the mail and I hope to have copies to sell in the next couple of weeks. I’ll make another short post when it’s officially available.

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