Online serializations: Death Mask 7/23. Hell's Messenger 7/21. Plus, important news.


Some time next month, I'll be locking most of my online fiction so that it can only be accessed by members of Archive of Our Own. If you're not an AO3 member, you may wish to download now any stories you wish to reread in the future. (The download button is at the top of each story.) If you'd like to join AO3, you can get in the queue for an invite.

I will not be locking my current online serializations. However, once I'm finished serializing them, I'll lock them, a couple of weeks later. I'll provide notice that I'm going to do so, but if you miss the notice and would like a copy of the story you've been reading, just drop me a line.

My financial situation is quite serious, or I wouldn't be doing this. Most of the kudos and comments left on my stories come from AO3 members, so I hope this won't affect too many of you.


Death Mask (The Three Lands)</b>

"I came here hoping you would give me an excuse to kill you, but now I can only feel pity for you – pity and horror."

For eighteen years, he has survived in an army unit where few soldiers live more than two or three years. Now he finds himself in circumstances where his life is a living hell. Will the soldier who defied death find that life is too great a challenge?

Soldiers, spies, slaves, rebels, assassins, gods, and men who set out to break him . . . The Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol will learn that his greatest test is himself.


Hell's Messenger (Life Prison)

"'Death did not hold the name then that he holds now.'"

In Mip's most notorious life prison, Death appears in a strange disguise.

It had seemed for a while that the plan would work: a bold conspiracy by a group of idealistic prisoners and sympathetic guards to stop abuse at Mercy Prison. Then betrayal occurs, and Tyrrell finds himself in a new life prison, with new rules to be learned. No longer is he in a position of leadership; now he is surrounded by men who question his most fundamental values.

He has new allies as well: fellow prisoners who like what they see in him, a healer who refuses to accept current conditions, and guards who may or may not provide the help that the prisoners desperately need. But Hell's messenger, Death, visits Compassion Prison, keeping his face hidden until it is almost too late for Tyrrell to recognize his touch.

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June 2018



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