Episodic Serials

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In addition to my novels and short stories, I also work in a more in-between format that I call “episodic serials.” Some are short stories, most are novellas, but all of them are stand-alone adventures in the ongoing saga of Karsten and Babette: an aging bounty hunter with new-found powers and the llama who carries his gear.

I love these two characters, and the premise of an old man on the verge of retirement being suddenly granted the magical powers of a “chosen one,” struck me as a delicious inversion of the usual fantasy tale. Karsten is not the enthusiastic, wide-eyed farmboy we usually see. He’s gruff and grumpy and entirely too world-weary to enjoy traipsing around the empire to bring the hammer of justice down on the powerful and corrupt. (It’s poxing heavy!) But Babette knows better, and is constantly pushing him to rise above his hard-bitten instincts and become the champion the people need. The push and pull between the pair makes even the simplest tasks more complicated. And funnier, too.

 

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The Dowager’s Largesse

The Dowager’s Largesse

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Series: The 13th Advocate, Book 1
Genre: Fantasy
Tag: short story

All for the price of a beer.

Karsten and Babette are an unlikely pair. One is a violent man at the end of a violent career, the other is the llama who carries his gear. With reflexes slowing and his appetite for brutality fading, Karsten has begun to think about a quiet retirement and maybe a woman to keep him warm. But when a simple wager over a bottle of beer goes disastrously wrong, those dreams are ensnared in the tendrils of a curse and the pair must swear service to the distant Dowager Empress

Or forfeit a year of their lives for every day they resist.

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Demon of the Sands

Demon of the Sands

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Series: The 13th Advocate, Book 2
Genre: Fantasy
Tag: novella

Trapped between sand and sea.

With a killing sun overhead, an ancient evil on their tail, and no idea how to use the powers they’ve been given, Karsten and Babette take shelter in the desert city of Pryloon, hoping to discover the hand guiding the evil that hunts them. Before it discovers them.

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The Widow’s Wrinkles

The Widow’s Wrinkles

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Series: The 13th Advocate, Book 3
Genre: Fantasy
Tag: novella

Take the new road, she said.

In this stand-alone episode, Karsten and Babette are on the run with magebreakers closing in, but their luck appears to change when they encounter a mysterious crossroads and an unexpected choice: In one direction, the meandering old road. Safe, familiar, and slow. Take it and they'll keep their lead but gain no ground. In the other, the new road. Unproven, unmarked, but with the tantalizing possibility of escape. The only catch? It leads straight into the blighted wasteland known as the Widow's Wrinkles.

Guess which way they go.

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