Hi, all! My name’s Brian McClellan, author of the Powder Mage trilogy from Orbit Books. My second book, The Crimson Campaign, will hit bookshelves, e-readers, and MP3 players worldwide on May 6th, 2014. It’s the sequel to my flintlock epic fantasy debut, Promise of Blood. Needless to say, I’m a little excited.

The Crimson Campaign starts up where Promise of Blood left off and takes us deeper into the world of flintlock rifles, black powder sorcery, vengeful gods, political intrigue and international war. Inspector Adamat tracks a psychopath holding his family hostage, Field Marshal Tamas is cut off behind enemy lines with no hope of rescue, and Taniel Two-shot finds himself friendless in an army he once thought he knew.

To fill the time between the first and second novels, I wrote a number of pieces of short fiction set in the Powder Mage universe and featuring side characters from the novels. It started as a kind of a lark (hey, I have this story idea, I think I’ll write it and see if anyone likes it), and the response ended up blowing me away. People seemed to really love the idea of crawling deeper into the world. The first of these stories “The Girl of Hrusch Avenue” is available as a free download for the next eleven days courtesy of A Dribble of Ink. It features a young Vlora surviving on the streets of Adopest. I hope you enjoy it.

The Download “The Girl of Hrusch Avenue” is no longer available

If you’re not familiar with my novels, “The Girl of Hrusch Avenue” is a standalone story that occurs about ten years before the events in Promise of Blood, and is the perfect way to introduce yourself to my world.

Vlora is an orphan living at a boarding school as a ward of the state. Even at her young age, she already has enemies: the Bulldog Twins, Baron Fendamere, and her own headmistress. When a strange man offers to buy her, Vlora runs away and takes to the roofs above the gunsmithies of Hrusch Avenue. It is there that she meets a boy named Taniel and begins a friendship that will change her life forever.

I also have two more short stories set in the Powder Mage universe: Forsworn and “Hope’s End”.

If you enjoy “The Girl of Hrusch Avenue” and would like to support me, you can purchase a copy through your favourite eBook retailer: Amazon, Nook, Kobo, iTunes.

Written by Brian McClellan

Brian McClellan

Brian lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, two dogs, a cat, and between 6,000 and 60,000 honey bees (depending on the time of year). Encouraged toward writing by his parents, he started working on short stories and novellas in his late teens. He went on to major in English with an emphasis on creative writing at Brigham Young University. It was here he met Brandon Sanderson, who encouraged Brian’s feeble attempts at plotting and characters more than he should have. In November 2011, Promise of Blood and two sequels sold at auction to Orbit Books.     @BrianTMcClellan

  • Arcanist April 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Hello, will be a PDF-version available as well?

  • Aidan Moher April 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Ask and ye shall receive, Arcanist.

  • Arcanist April 30, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Thank you :) Fast as lightning

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