Scott Marlowe
Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Favorite Reads of 2014

Mostly, I read for entertainment. Most of the titles below fit that bill. Some, like The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe, find themselves on my reading list because I love history (Revolutionary War, Napoleonic, World War II, Ancient Rome timeframes are all thumbs up) and have great respect for anyone who has served in our military. I find their stories emboldening and interesting. Other reads, like What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank, are just fun, and something I hope provides information that finds its way into my writing. There’s one financial-related book in this year’s best because I love what Jim Cramer does for the small investor and I found this book in particular hit very close to home because Mr. Cramer talks quite a bit about the tech bubble of the late 90’s. I graduated college in 1994 and lived in the Silicon Valley area (I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area) during the rise and fall of the stock market during that era. Looking back, it was quite a ride. I don’t think any of us really knew what we were in the middle of, but it was some good times. The rest of the books are the usual fantasy, with a little steampunk thrown in, but all good reads (otherwise they wouldn’t be on this list) I recommend.

 

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An update on Thief’s Gambit

Thief's Gambit

The next Assassin Without a Name story is in-progress. Seems like it's been in that state for a while, huh? That's because I took a short break after finishing The Goddard Affair before jumping into the outlining of this next one. Then I got a little side-tracked by the Blackguards Kickstarter project. The plus side of that little distraction is that even if the story I submitted doesn't get accepted as part of the anthology, I wrote it as the 6th (or maybe 7th) story in the AWAN series, so the next story after TG is already ready to go.

But, back to Thief's Gambit. I'm 22,000 words into the rough draft now. Based on the outline, I expect this one to hit around 40,000 when all is said and done, which puts it squarely in novella range. That makes it the longest AWAN story to date, and puts a nice round figure of 80,000 words total for the first five stories (I'm thinking anthology here).

But, first, need to finish up Thief's Gambit. Back to it...

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The Goddard Affair (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #4) is free on Amazon 9/18-9/22



Continuing with the rolling Assassin Without a Name sale, this time The Goddard Affair is free on Amazon. The sale runs from 9/18 – 9/22, which makes this post notification a little late. Sorry about that. Some unexpected events arose to delay my usual routine.

The Goddard Affair is the longest story in the series to date, coming in at 18,000 or so words (roughly 72 pages). That puts the story in novella territory as far as length categorization goes. In many ways, The Goddard Affair best represents the series. It certainly showcases where I intend to take the series as a whole by mixing pseudo-tech with magic.

This is the last promotion for a little while here as I settle solely into some writing. I'm working on a standalone Assassin Without a Name story for a kickstarter project, then I've got the 5th story in the series, Thief's Gambit, to wrap up, hopefully for an October release.

In the meanwhile, do me a favor and download The Goddard Affair. Until next time.

Interviews and a Writing Update

imageI don’t do  many general update sort of posts anymore, as lately it seems I’m busy writing. It’s a good problem to have, right? Currently, I have three projects ongoing. More on that below. But, first, some other news.

An Interview and a Shout-Out

I’ve done one interview in the past month or so over on Judy Goodwin’s My Writerly World site and a blog shout-out on Michael Brooks’s Cult of Me blog. I want to thank both Michael and Judy for having me. The interview was a good opportunity for me to talk about my writing philosophy, along with current and upcoming projects. The shout-out was me talking about this blog, its evolution, and where I'd like to take it into the future. Go check each of them out.

Assassin Without a Name Sale

If you’ve been following along, you may have noticed that each week for the past month each Assassin Without a Name title has been on sale for 100% off. 100% off means free, of course. This week The Goddard Affair is on sale at Amazon until 9/22. Get it while you can.

Writing Update

Last, I have a few projects in-progress at the moment.

The first is Thief’s Gambit, the next Assassin Without a Name story. The rough draft is about halfway done and it’s currently sitting at 20,000 words. That puts it into novella territory in terms of length and, when all is said and done, it will be the longest story of the series to date. My goal was to have each story get longer and longer, which was to be expected as the plot continues to grow more complex and involved. So, I’ll be quite happy with the fifth story coming in at something like 30,000-40,000 words.

Meanwhile, in other Assassin Without a Name news…

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I’m working on a short piece for a kickstarter campaign promoted by Ragnarok Publications called BLACKGUARDS: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues, which will feature my favorite assassin character. This is a submission/approval process, so there’s no guarantee my story will be accepted for the publication. However, worst case scenario I’ll have another story to fit into the series. This one would fit into the timeline somewhere after Thief’s Gambit.

And, third, I’m also working on the next Alchemancer novel, The Inversion Solution. Given the other work I've been putting into my Assassin series, this one has not gotten the attention it deserves. I expect that to change real soon, though, as this becomes my primary focus.