Category Archives: Ancient Vestiges

Short Story: The Hammer

This week’s short story—The Hammer—has just been released!

Aerona Harkan stands at her father’s side as they possess the cargo of a Trechtian trading cog. When they return to the islands to sell the goods to the Appraiser—an old man who seems to have endless wealth—they realize that their lives of piracy must end, ere the tides of fate drowns them.

View all the Ancient Vestiges short stories here.

Weekly Update: Content Schedule Readjustments & Proofreaders Wanted

Hello all!

Right off the bat, I want to apologize for the lack of updates. I’ve been battling a cold that has left me in bed for the most part. Given that I am a one-man operation, that means I fall behind with the schedule. Which happened. I am feeling much better now, and so the updates can recommence!

Content Schedule Readjustments

I want to talk about my content release schedule for everything — short stories, novels, novellas, the works.

For the short stories, I have been simultaneously posting them on Patreon and my website here on Mondays. Now that I have some stories out there, that will be changing. I will still be releasing the short stories on a weekly basis. You can view the full release schedule here.

I previously announced that Chains of Fate was moved from a Summer 2017 to a Fall 2017 release window and that is still in place. My aim is to release it no later than November 28 / 2017. If the novel is done earlier, I will release it earlier. There is a good chance of that happening because Chains of Fate is shorter than Darkness Rising. Unbreakable Will and Transcendent are still on track for Summer 2018 and 2019 respectively. I am very much committed to quarterly releases starting with Chains of Fate’s release, which leads me to—

I will be publishing a short story anthology in Spring 2018. This will be the complete, edited collection of the short stories that I have been releasing online, and will continue to do so leading up to the release of Chains of Fate. However, this will not be published in EBook form (however I do reserve the right to change my mind). This will be a paperback edition only.

So with all that said, my complete published release schedule looks like this:

  • Chains of Fate: Fall / early Winter 2017
  • Short Story Anthology #1: Spring 2018
  • Unbreakable Will: Summer 2019
  • Short Story Anthology #2: Fall 2019
  • Soon to be announced novella: Winter 2019
  • Short Story Anthology #3: Spring 2019
  • Transcendent: Summer 2019

I have tremendous plans for my fictional universe that exist well beyond Summer 2019. The main plot arc that I have been telling will end with Transcendent, and a new one will be born. How that will manifest, where it will be placed in the timeline, and who it will feature–these are all things that I will share leading up to 2019’s slab of releases.

Oh, and that soon to be announced novella that you see on the schedule? That might be indicative of where things are going after Transcendent!

Proofreaders Wanted

I am currently recruiting proofreaders for Chains of Fate. This is entirely volunteer work, but you will be given full credit and acknowledgment when the book launches.

So what am I looking for, exactly?

You do not need to be an English major or a book worm. You do need to be proficient in the English language to the point where you can identify spelling and grammatical errors. What I need are individuals who can read early passes of my manuscript and underline errors so that I can fix them.

If this interests you, please contact me.

The White Walls (short story) is now available!

Happy Monday everyone!

The White Walls (an Ancient Vestiges short story) is now available! You can find it and my other short stories (and planned) releases on my short stories page. If you enjoyed this entry, please consider supporting me on Patreon.

I will also have some Chains of Fate news at the end of the week (how the novel is set up, targeted page count, and a more concise release window).

Have a great week everyone and thanks for being a reader!

Patreon Campaign Launched–King’s Blood Now Available!

Hello all!

I am very proud to announce the commencement of my Patreon campaign. King’s Blood is now available and can be accessed here. (Please note, I am currently offering these short stories in .pdf format only. I am working towards .epub formats at a later date).

What is Patreon and my campaign? Patreon is a service whereby you, my readers, can support me financially for content that I create for you. Every Monday, I will post a new short story from my Ancient Vestiges universe, and my patrons will be charged X dollars for every short story (X being the dollar figure that you pledge). I will never restrict content to those who pledge only a certain amount. 1 dollar, 5 dollars, 10 dollars–whatever it is you pledge, you will receive my short stories.

I hope everyone enjoys King’s Blood!

Weekly Update: Debut short story on Patreon; Thank you to purchasers of Darkness Rising

Hello readers!

I am pleased to announce that the first short story on Patreon (debuting Monday May 29) will be titled King’s Blood. Tristifer Marcanas will be the perspective character, and it takes place three years before the events of Darkness Rising. A brief synopsis:

Prince Tristifer Marcanas–eldest of the three children of the king–stands beside the Lion Throne as King Marcus Marcanas stands in judgment of Prince Adreyu Marcanas–the Cleaver Prince–who has returned to the kingdom defeated and ashamed.  The king is cold and hard, continuing down a path that divides the nobility and knights. Tristifer soon discovers that he must make a choice: loyalty to his brother or his king.

I am intending for these short stories to be available on all E-Book devices. I will also have a link for those who wish to read via a website. Full details on an update on Monday May 29.

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I would like to give a heartfelt thank you for every reader who has purchased a copy of the second edition of Darkness Rising. The sales have been tremendous. I do hope you all are enjoying the first adventure into the Eastern Lands.

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

-Brenden Christopher Gardner

 

WBU: Darkness Rising (Second Edition) is available for purchase; Patreon Short & Serialized Story Campaign Details

I am very pleased to announce that the second edition of Darkness Rising is now available for purchase! You can order the paperback version for $12.99 or the Kindle version for a $1.99. Shares and reviews are always appreciated!

Also, I did promise last week to share some details about my Patreon campaign, but that is being pushed to next week (mostly because the final formatting for the second edition took a lot longer than I thought). I will have my Patreon page up by the middle of next week and the first short story will debut on Monday May 29.

Enjoy the long weekend everyone!

WBU: Darkness Rising (Second Edition) Releases May 18; In-Universe Patreon Short & Serial Story Campaign; Chains of Fate Release Window & Tease; Website Update

Hello everyone!

It’s been a very busy week. I have accomplished a lot for all of you. So let’s get into it.

The second edition of Darkness Rising is now complete and the manuscript has been submitted to my publisher. The novel will officially release on Thursday May 18 on all major Amazon marketplaces. The paperback will retail for $12.99 USD and the e-Book for $1.99 USD.

This second edition is my refined vision of the novel. It has been reformatted so it is much easier to hold, grammatical errors have been corrected, and some chapters were reduced of unnecessary clutter. I think you, the reader, will be very pleased with what I have put together.

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Beginning next week, I will be launching my own Patreon page where I will publish, every Monday, a new short story or part of a set of serialized short stories based in my Ancient Vestiges fictional universe. These stories will jump up and down the timeline and allow me to develop events in more detail that the characters reflect upon or foreshadow in the future. None of these stories will spoil Darkness Rising or any upcoming novels. They will be companion stories, or independent of the plot lines explored in the novels.

Here are some potential plot lines I may explore:

  1. The formative years of the Southern Nations & Daniel’s and Damian’s friendship.
  2. A young Aerona Harkan growing up on her father’s dromond.
  3. The first summoning of Sariel to the realm.
  4. An account of the Trechtian invasion of Dalia.
  5. Tales from the time of Justine the Indomitable

And more!

These stories will be available through my Patreon page. Patreon is an incredible service that allows you to pledge however much money you want to support me and my writing efforts. When I produce a new paid story, you will be charged the amount you pledged. Any and all money I collect in this manner will be re-invested into the Ancient Vestiges franchise (marketing, promotion, and expanding the universe). I will post more details about how you can get involved this week.

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On a more unfortunate note, I am officially moving the Chains of Fate release window from Summer 2017 to Fall 2017. The extra three months will allow me to produce the best possible novel.

Lastly, I do want to do a little tease for Chains of Fate. For readers who have been with me since I posted the first draft of Darkness Rising on Wattpad, you will recall that there was a massive dragon in the first go through of the prologue. The prologue that was published in Darkness Rising underwent significant changes — including removing the dragon, once referred to as the Arbiter of Time.

In Chains of Fate, there will be a dragon.

Will it be the Arbiter of Time, or another? Time will tell.

Oh, and a smuggler lord may just have to tangle with this monstrosity. I wonder if he can tangle with dragon fire?

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As a final note, I will also be revamping this blog website substantially. Look for that next week!

Have a great weekend, all, and thank you for your support!