Our new web-serial The Northern Campaign launched on Wattpad a few days ago. For those who don't know, Wattpad is a website where readers can engage with writers and read tons of fiction for free.
I decided that I needed to start a web-serial for two reasons: 1. It will force me to write something regularly, which will only help my output on my traditional novels, because I will be in the writing "mode" more often. 2. It will serve a great way to get people into the world of the Gods and Men Cycle without asking them to pony up any money. "Hey, you like The Northern Campaign, why don't you check out Wrath of the Fallen or The Nightbreaker?"
The Northern Campaign is set in the early years of the Gods and Men universe. For those who have read The Nightbreaker, this should be familiar territory. While Daniel was mucking around at Siltstone tower as "punishment" for his initial failure against Rexin the Blasted, the Northern Campaign had begun in earnest in the Rim of Paradise.
The serial picks up a year or two after the end of The Nightbreaker, with Daniel now cemented into his role as a Hero of the Light. It will follow the adventures of the gang from The Nightbreaker under the command of Daniel, as well as followup more on the secret affair that he is having with Lio, one of the Gods of Light. However, the main characters of The Northern Campaign are the newly formed Ash Company, a group of Paladins led by Daniel's best friend Merek, who was name-dropped in The Nightbreaker. (Merek also has a larger role in things to come, check out the timeline if you want some spoilers...)
Wattpad is designed to have illustrations as well, so each chapter of The Northern Campaign will have an illustration from Patrick Buerymeyer, who is the artist for Tarnished. Expect a new release for this every few weeks or so. I'm trying to get ahead so that chapters come out in regular intervals (they are somewhere between 1st and 2nd draft in quality, so that helps) but as usual, life takes hold and I can't make any promises. The story itself is split into several smaller story arcs, so expect each 3-4 chapters to tell smaller stories that tie into the whole. The first arc, titled "Ash Company" is done, with chapters 2 and 3 coming in the next few days.
Check it out on Wattpad here.