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Friday, September 29, 2017

What I'm Listening To For Carnie's Tale

The story from Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground continues for Alice and a few other characters in Carnie's Tale, a short novel that takes place between Broadcasts 10 and 11.

Often there's a time jump between books in this series, and that was the plan for Broadcasts 10 and 11, but I found a story between the two. It's a story that takes us back to a world that at some times feels abandoned, after the Holocaust Virus hit and artificial intelligences turned on most of humanity.

There were survivors who were smart enough to lay low, and some of them made it to Haven Shore. Noah Lucas (known as Carnie in the Samurai Squadron), is just such a survivor.

As with every book I write, I associate different songs, and often albums with the events and the environment I'm writing about. For Carnie's Tale, that music is sometimes slow, low, and it speaks of lonely times, silence that is too complete, and a wish to return to better days.

There is also boisterous carnival-ready music for when Carnie is reliving a few memories about better times, and other tracks that speak to Alice's time in training, or her moments of disappointment and joy.

Here's a list of some of the tunes I've been playing in the background while writing this story, I've tried to give you some clue as to what kind of scenes I used as background music while I was writing:

For Carnie's lonely times: Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows, Waiting for the Miracle,

The first android chase: Lost Boys Soundtrack: To the Shock Of Miss Louise

Alice's New Home: Conjure One: Endless Dream

A chase into the storm: Helion Prime: Life Finds A Way, Hailstorm: Mayhem, Dragonforce: Ashes of the Dawn

A new chase: Apocalyptica: Toreador II

A little longing: Black Eyed Peas: Meet Me Half Way

Alice Goes On A Search: Ray Charles: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The people we miss: Apocalyptica: Faraway Volume II

I'm not quite finished with Carnie's Story yet, so I'm sure this sampling of music will grow. I'm seriously excited to get this story into your hands, there is a lot of heart, and I think it's the perfect bridge between Broadcasts 10 and 11.

RL

[The original announcement for Carnie's Tale can be found HERE]

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge Expands With A New Novella

Approximately one month passes between Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground and Broadcast 11: Revenge. During that month Alice is still in the Haven Fleet Academy Apex Program, and there was one story that didn't fit in Broadcast 10 that I wanted to finish. It fits right into the middle of Alice's training course, and it easily connects Spinward Fringe Broadcasts 10 and 11.

Alice is given a complex and secretive assignment: she is to review months worth of voice recordings, video and pictures taken by Noah Lucas, better known as Carnie, a member of the Samurai Squadron. The material was recorded while he was on Iora, a technically advanced world as the holocaust virus struck it. She is to review all materials and create a report that includes insights into the young pilot's personality, strategic information about Iora and any other details that could help Haven Fleet. Before long, Alice becomes personally invested in the plight of her subject, and makes discoveries that could change her forever.

Meanwhile, a permanent government is taking hold in Haven Shore, and the Fleet is undergoing one last shakeup that could break the Apex class apart. All the while Alice is left to wonder where her father and his ship, the Revenge have gone while they wait for the rest of their active fleet to return from the Iron Head Nebula.

The Spinward Fringe saga continues in Carnie's Tale, the connective tissue between Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground and Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge, telling Alice's story between those books from a more personal perspective.

As a side note, this story is written for adaptation into a 2 episode television script, so if you ever wondered what a special pair of Spinward Fringe episodes would look like after several seasons, this is a good chance to do that. I'll be writing more of these stories in the future, as the Spinward Fringe series has flirted with television adaptation more than once and I have many ideas for shorter books that have been waiting for years.

Carnie's Tale will be released on October 28, 2017 and is available for preorder now from:

Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia, Amazon CA, and all other Amazon regional sites.
Apple iBookstore
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Smashwords
...and several other ebook retailers.

Thank you so much for your support this year, I can't wait to get this story into your hands!

RL

[The release of Carnie's Tale will be followed by Broadcast 11: Revenge near the end of 2017.]

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Highshield Release Day!

Since I was a young teenager I wanted to write an epic fantasy novel. I wrote several unpublished books leading up to 2004's Fate Cycle Book I, and while I did see that as being worth publishing at the time, I would later become dissatisfied with the story I created there.

Brightwill was an attempt to tell a big story in a shorter book, one that suggested that the story could continue at the end, but had a whole tale told between those two covers. I'm still pretty happy with that novel, and am happy to offer it for free. In fact, the book that's released today, Highshield, takes place several years before Brightwill, and has some connective tissue with that book. There's even a cameo or two.

This year, I couldn't hold the ideas I had for an epic fantasy novel in anymore, I was working on something else, a much anticipated novel, but kept on getting distracted. So, I sat down and wrote Highshield. It's the beginning of a saga that I'll continue whether it sells 40 copies or 400,000 copies. It features character types I've never explored before, a world I've been dreaming about for twenty years or more, and the right story to start things off. A complete story.

The central story in this novel revolves around three special children, some of whom need to be transported across a politically divided land. They're all resurrected, and they all have a God or Goddess backing them from afar, trusting that their mortal followers will get the job done. That's what it's really about, spiritual, personal and physical journeys across a landscape.

The rough draft of Highshield was published twice weekly on my Patreon page, but this release is different. It's been edited multiple times, new sections have been written, other sections have been re-written, and there's a Guide to the people, and places in the book along with some extra history. This release is very special to me.

I hope you enjoy it while I'm busy working on Spinward Fringe, which will start putting releases out as early as next month. Watch this space this Sunday for more news on that.

For now, here's where you can find Highshield:

Smashwords
Amazon (Paperback is also available here)
Apple iBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

Many other book stores are carrying it as well. If your library supports Ebooks, they may be able to order it in for you for a discounted price. Thank you to the people who support me no matter what I'm writing, this is becoming a great year thanks to you.

RL 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Carnie's Tale Continues With Part 9!



Carnie's Tale Part 9 is up, and Part 4 is now free for all! Part 9 is a little short, but soon there will be two parts a week, so I hope that makes up for it. Scroll down to the bottom of the Index for part 9, or to part 4 if you're not a subscriber: https://www.patreon.com/randolphlalonde/posts?tag=Spinward%20Fringe%20Index

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Highshield Book I Release Date

The final release date for Highshield is September 21, 2017. This is the first in a fantasy trilogy that spans decades. In Book I Rendiran, a young priest to a Goddess who has proven her existence to her followers, must take responsibility for a child who is resurrected to become a great paladin.

He finds that trustworthy people are difficult to find as he has to make a journey with a young boy, Tadrin, across the countryside amidst political and religious upheaval.
If matters weren't already complicated enough, he has to face the undead and zealots from enemy religions who want to sacrifice his charge to their own Gods.

Highshield takes place in the same world as the award winning novel Brightwill, and examines a different side of the universe introduced there.

The ebook and printed version contain an extensive Appendix as well as the final edit of a book enjoyed by many on Patreon, where readers were able to choose the fate of a main character, comment on the developing story and see the rough version months before the final release. An important preview chapter from Book II is also included.

Preorders are available through:

The Apple iBookstore
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
The Kobo Bookstore

RL

Please note that many Patreon subscribers will receive the Ebook version for free, you know who you are!

[On September 6, 2017, the Patreon site and this blog will become completely dedicated to Spinward Fringe and the books that will be arriving before year's end. Watch the Patreon Site for the most up to date info.]

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Spinward Fringe Continues on Patreon!

Work on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge continues. I admit to taking a much needed break, and hope that everyone's patience continues to hold even though it's been much less than a year since the release of Broadcast 10: Freeground. Preview chapters and the book itself is coming. I like what I have so far.

In the meantime, there's a lot to see on the Patreon page. For Spinward Fringe fans, a new serial has launched called Spinward Fringe Continues. So far there is a short, three part story called Haven Shore Immigration, and four parts of Carnie's Tale to read. Here's a link to the index.

It's my hope that these stories, most of which would never have been published or told, will entertain you between book releases. I enjoy telling these stories and expanding the universe in less predictable ways that may not fit in a book, so I look forward to every release day on Patreon.

There's other stuff on Patreon too, most of which is free, like concept drawings, podcasts (more of those coming in the next couple weeks), and a fantasy novel called Highshield, which is in its final chapters for now (over 30 chapters so far!)


RL

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Highshield Chapter 30 (The Fairy Tale Version) Is Up!

Highshield Chapter 30 is up! There are two different versions of this chapter, and this is the first of the two, the Fairy Tale version. I'll be posting the other version tomorrow or Friday, then looking to you to choose which version makes it into the final revision of the book.


[For everyone who is waiting for news on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge, it's coming. I'm still well ahead of my goal to have this book out within a year of the release of the last, so please be patient.]

RL

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Highshield Book I Nears The End

Highshield Chapter 29 is up! We're getting closer to the end of this book and I'm looking for comments from people who have been reading along so far. It is also available for preorder through most retailers (coming soon to Amazon).

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Carnie's Tale - A Spinward Fringe Serial


Something special begins today, a new Spinward Fringe Serial called Carnie's Tale. It takes place between Broadcast 10 and 11. There's a lot more detail in the introduction posted here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/12772953

The first part (it's a teaser) is already up!

RL



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Highshield Heats Up!

Highshield Chapter 27 is up! I'll let the picture speak for this installment. Highshield Chapter 27 is up! https://www.patreon.com/posts/12707467

If you haven't been reading and would like to catch up or start from the beginning, here's a link to the index: https://www.patreon.com/posts/highshield-and-11398692

RL

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge Begins

You can read chapter 1 of Broadcast 11: Revenge right now on the Patreon page. In a few weeks, Spinward Fringe will take over the whole page, and new chapters will be released regularly at least until the book is released in its whole, final edit form.

It's taken a lot longer than I expected to get to this point, but I'm happy with the work I'm doing, so I hope you enjoy this dramatic part of the Spinward Fringe saga.

Here's the link!

RL

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Highshield Book I Release Date and Cover

The cover for Highshield Book I has been chosen, and preorders are open! The epic story continues on Patreon for free, but if you want the more refined version of the tale, or to have it on your device, that's going to be possible soon.

For more details, check out the spot on the Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/posts/11713987

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Highshield Chapter 18 Is Up!

Highshield Chapter 18 is up! This story has gone longer than I expected, with more depth than was planned, but I hope everyone is enjoying the journey. Please post comments if you have them, I would like to hear your thoughts.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/highshield-xviii-11614875

The cover for the first complete edition will be coming sometime in the next week or so. I'll be putting some extra design work in it since I've decided on a more powerful looking design. A preorder date will follow some time after that, but for now you can read the chapters as they're released for free on Patreon!

RL

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Highshield Chapter 17 With a Handy Index!

It's Saturday! That means there's a new chapter of Highshield! Enjoy! https://www.patreon.com/posts/11553404
Click on the Index link at the top of the post if you need more info or have to start at a different chapter.

-RL

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Highshield Continues, Catch Up On All Fourteen Chapters!

The latest chapter of Highshield is up! If you aren't up to date, use the index at the top of the post to get to the last chapter you read, or to start at the beginning. There's Highshield and Spinward Fringe news coming this weekend too, so keep your eyes open!

The entire serial is free, and I encourage discussion and comments, especially on the comment thread linked in the index.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/11351165

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Highshield Is Up To Chapter 9, and It's Free!

Highshield, that serial fantasy series I've been putting out every week, is growing and it's free for everyone.

In fact, Chapter IX is out now!

There's an index at the top for anyone who hasn't started reading this serial Fantasy series! https://www.patreon.com/posts/highshield-ix-10671756

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Patreon Done My Way...

There's a huge update on the Patreon site. The first thing you'll notice is that every post and item there is now freely available to everyone.

Check it out!

RL

Friday, April 14, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Highshield - Epic Fantasy Serialized On Patreon

I'm serializing my latest book on Patreon, Highshield: an epic fantasy story spanning an entire generation.

The first chapters are about to be posted and will be visible to everyone. I love everything about this project.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/8746742

RL

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Haven Shore Immigration, A New Short Story

The first short piece for Patreon is complete! It's a fairly soft story called Haven Shore Immigration, and it's a more idyllic look at what immigrating to a new home would be like in a more utopian setting than we normally see.

Every week there will be new content on my Patreon page, sometimes even more often. Most of the Podcasts and a few other things will be free for everyone, but the short stories, chapters cut from previously released books and a few other things will be for people who contribute on the page.

Here's a link that talks about the release of the latest Spinward Fringe short: https://www.patreon.com/posts/parts-2-and-3-of-8656887

Here's another link that will take you to our first Podcast for the new Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/posts/randolph-patreon-8534428

I hope to see you there!

RL

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My Patreon Is Live

After months of consideration and more than a little work, I've launched a Patreon page to support myself and the projects I'm working on over the next few years.

Why are you starting a Patreon Page?

The simplest, shortest answer is that the industry is changing, and if I don't change with it, I won't survive.

The much sunnier answer is that I wanted a new platform where I can bring everything I'm doing together, and Patreon offers a great new home, where people who have been telling me that I charge too little for my books can correct that problem themselves and receive extra content in exchange.

Stabilizing a volatile career is another potential plus to Patreon, which would make it easier for me to release novels and other things.

Will Your Podcasts, Updates, and Free Novels Cost Something Now?

Most podcasts will be free, and there will be many more of them since Patreon puts me on a release schedule. Updates on writing progress will be free as always, an available there, and anyone who joins my Patreon will receive all my free books and something more. So, only the location of the free stuff will change.

Are You Dropping This Blog?

I will link everything that is available to the general public on Patreon here, so your subscription and attention on this page isn't wasted.

Are You Still Going To Contribute To Your Facebook Page and Participate on Twitter?

Yes. Larger posts, audio, video, and articles will be on Pateron and the other social media platforms will have links to them.

Will There Be Pateron Exclusives?

Yes, at least two a month are planned. Stay tuned.

Will You Still Publish Your Books As You Have Been?

Yes, in fact I will be publishing more per year if things with Patreon go well.

What Is Patreon?

There's a YouTube Video that explains that pretty well, give it a watch.

I'd like to thank everyone for their support thus far. You've purchased my books, talked about them with friends, family and online, and done so much more. I appreciate everything, and Patreon will ensure that I offer more to get excited about on a more regular basis.

Take a look, here's the link: www.patreon.com/randolphlalonde

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tabletop Role Playing Game Development Continues

Last week I finished writing the first section of the fantasy novel I've been working, but before switching back to Spinward Fringe full time, I thought I'd take another look at the role playing game I started designing last year.

For everyone who doesn't know, a Table Top Role Playing Game involves pencil and paper, character sheets you can hold in your hand, and a variety of dice (I love dice...). It's a game where a Game Master guides a group of players through an adventure she or he has written in advance.

In a fantasy Tabletop RPG, players may assume the role of a fighter, a wizard, a ranger or rogue (there are a lot of other character types, those are the most common). They make characters, filling out character sheets and then assume the roles like actors who don't get out of their seats often.

I spent over 20 years as a game master, and have created a few custom game systems before. Creating a new system from scratch is a lot of fun for me because it's a huge challenge. It has to be different enough from the other role playing games out there, and it has to be a great system on its own to be worthwhile. Role playing systems also have a tendency to become extremely complicated, and that's one thing I'm resisting, making the system harder to put together.

This role playing system is being designed to adapt to the world of Brightwill (Fantasy), Dark Arts (current day Supernatural), and Spinward Fringe (Space Opera / Science Fiction Adventure).

When I finish the core rules I'll be releasing them for free in a copyrighted book. By Saturday I'll have enough of the basics finished so a player can create a character and be ready to play in less than an hour. I'm really excited to continue development on this, and It'll keep going even as I turn most of my attention towards finishing Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge.

I'll also be launching my basic Patreaon site next week, and I'm working to get copies of my books in hand so I can offer signed copies by the end of the month. There was a delay because Amazon isn't offering authors the option of ordering bulk copies for a discount, so I'll be using another company to get copies soon(ish).

I'm so excited about Patreon, it'll give me one place where I can unveil a lot of things this year, and I hope it'll open up more opportunities to entertain you.


RL

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Change Is Coming...

Before I get into the news I have I must say thank you to everyone who bought any of my books or put one of my free books in front of a new reader one the last few months. The first half of the year is generally the hardest time financially, but I'm keeping my head above water thanks to  you.

Now, about that title...

My Patreon Page Will Be Launching Soon
In a couple weeks the new place to get all your news and a lot of content from yours truly will be a Patreon page. Most of the content there will be available for free, so not much will be changing. There definitely will be something extra for most contributors though, but I don't plan on starting with a lot of tiers, I think keeping things simple at the start is the best move. Why Patreon? I hate to admit it, but I need something to help stabilize my income throughout the year, and if there are enough contributors I'll also have more freedom to work on more projects and complete more books. I also wanted a new portal to offer other projects through.

A New Book!
I've already finished a large chunk of a brand new fantasy novel that takes place in the world of Brightwill, and I like the look of it so far. I will probably have to put it aside for a while as I concentrate on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge, but expect to see a lot about this Epic Fantasy Novel this year.

Spinward Fringe, Dark Arts and More
I'm keeping my goals simple for this year: Two Spinward Fringe novels are due, along with the sequel to Dark Arts. I want to finish more books this year, but I'm only going to promise what I'm pretty sure I can finish. I expect to have Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge out in June, 2017.

Podcasts Will Return
I have two podcast series planned, and they'll be announced on the Patreon Page. Both will be freely available, one will have a finite, limited number the other will be unlimited. A few have already been recorded.

Other Projects
Work on a role playing game (system and settings), continues. A playable set of basic rules will be flying out of my printer today and initial testing is set to begin. I'm also involved in a couple projects from other artists, so you never know what will appear.

The Facebook Page and Twitter
Randolph Lalonde and the Spinward Fringe Crew will still be a main community hub for everyone who wants to join, and I'll be pasting links to all new content there so you can see what's going on. I'll be doing the same with Twitter, even though that's not nearly as active for me. The addition of a Patreon page won't really complicate this, in fact, it should give everyone more free content than you've been used to seeing from me, and it'll make getting that content out to you much easier.

New Book Store?
That's right, I'm working with a vendor to create a clean, easier to use signed book store. It'll be accessible through the Patreon Page, but I'd like to remind everyone that the shipping costs from Canada are still high because I don't live in a major city.

I know, there aren't a lot of final links or finished projects in this update, but there's a lot of work happening in the background. I think you'll be faced with some very pleasant surprises from me this  year. Thank you for keeping my career afloat by talking about my work and buying the books, I hope you've enjoyed the ride so far!

RL

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge and That Other Project

Work has already begun on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge. Right now I'm going through the previous novels in the series, combing through them for details that I need for Broadcasts 11 and 12.
Firmly connecting Broadcasts 11 and 12 to the rest of the books is also incredibly important, especially since the war in these books is heating up, and this promises to be a turning point in the series.

I apologize for not posting on this blog more often. I normally keep in touch with everyone through the Facebook group, which you can find here. I promise to post on this site more often though, since it is the oldest point of contact and source of Spinward Fringe news.

While I backtrack and review the previous Spinward Fringe books, I'm writing another project that I can't talk about yet, but it'll be announced sometime in March. It's a short project that I can squeeze in while I'm in Broadcast 11's research phase, and I know some of you are going to love it.

So, you can look forward to the completion of several projects in 2017, and I can't wait to unveil each one of them for you.

More to come...

RL