Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Announcing AssassinTales.com

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Assassin Tales is an all-new site dedicated to my Assassin Without a Name series of fantasy assassin stories. Every few months I’ll post a new story in its entirety onto the site. Currently, there are seven stories already written; I’ve already posted the first three stories in the series to the site and will continue with the others at regular intervals based on how far I get with writing the next stories in the series. In order to minimize the lag between postings, I intend to first build up a small backlog of stories. I already have many of these outlined, but they have yet to be written. All stories posted to Assassin Tales are complete and free to read.

Based on reader interest and feedback, I may also make these new stories available for download or purchase on Amazon.com. Posting to Assassin Tales costs me nothing. But for an actual published work the bar (and the cost in dollars) is so much higher. There’s professional editing costs, book cover costs, and a whole lot of my time formatting and proofing the digital Kindle file to ensure the reader experience is the best it can possibly be. That’s a level to which I do not intend to take the remaining stories in the series unless I can see a solid ROI so that I can at least recoup editing and book cover costs.

AssassinTales.com is therefore intended to satisfy my own self-interest in seeing the series completed. I love writing and world-building and creating awesome characters and throwing them into impossible situations. The business end of writing can really cloud all of that sometimes. Assassin Tales is therefore my attempt to not worry about that part of things and just focus on the fun aspects.

Visit AssassinTales.com today, read a story or two, and leave a comment when you’re done. Thanks.

It’s Release x2 Day! New Assassin stories are here.

Release x2

What’s better than announcing one new book? How about two?

First up is Witch’s Imperative. Witch’s Imperative is the 7th Assassin Without a Name story. It rounds out the series nicely and enables me to collect those first seven stories into an all-new collection, The Assassin’s Blade.

Following the pricing of the other stories in the series, Witch’s Imperative retails for 99 cents. For something that’s over 100 pages, that’s a steal.

The Assassin’s Blade, which comes in at over 400 pages, retails for $4.99. But, because it’s release day, I’m holding the price at $2.99 through the weekend. Get it while you can.

Assassin’s Justice is officially released

Assassin’s Justice, the sixth story in the Assassin Without a Name series, is officially released!

Here’s what it’s about:

The Assassin Without a Name has a new client and a new job in the form of Kaileesh, a Southlander too sly for his own good. The job goes down without a hitch, but things sour when it comes time to settle. Finding himself at the receiving end of a double-cross isn't anything new for the Assassin Without a Name, so he knows just what to do to Kaileesh. But the situation becomes more complicated when he learns Kaileesh was in league with an influential member of Alchester's gentry. What starts as simple revenge becomes something more as the Assassin Without a Name formulates a plan to bring his own particular form of justice down on the heads of those who betrayed him.

This one picks up a couple of weeks after Thief’s Gambit and starts to build a relationship between our witty assassin and a very unlikely ally.

Assassin’s Justice is available at all the usual places. Get your copy today.

[ Amazon ] [ Nook ] [ iBooks ]

[ Kobo ] [ Google Play ] [ Scribd ]

Thief’s Gambit is officially released

Thief’s Gambit, the next, fifth, and longest Assassin Without a Name story to date, is officially released!

It’s great getting this one out there. I love the direction the story is going in and I love the characters.

I did an interview for GG Collins a couple of weeks ago in which she asked me what Thief’s Gambit was all about. Here’s my answer:

Thief’s Gambit is a rip-roaring escapade where readers find out why the Assassin Without a Name, well, doesn’t have a name. It’s much more revealing about the character than any of the previous stories, and it moves the overall storyline along nicely as we find out that the Warders, who have seemed benign up to this point, may not have the good people of Alchester’s best interests at heart after all. Elizabeth West, the title character’s love interest and the thief referred to in the title, is back, leveling insults at my main character while making sure he doesn’t get himself killed. The series has been a lot of fun to write and this story, I think, is the best yet.

Thief’s Gambit continues the story, but it’s by no means over. The next story is “in process” now, going through initial editing. It’s titled “Assassin’s Justice” and should be out soon.

Get your copy of Thief’s Gambit today!

[ Amazon ] [ Nook ] [ iBookstore ]

[ Kobo ] [ Google Play ]

Some thoughts on The Goddard Affair

This first appeared in the From the Author section on Amazon’s product page for The Goddard Affair.

Unlike the previous installment in the series, Night of Zealotry, where the title character's prowess as an assassin is on full display, The Goddard Affair allowed me to showcase his charm and ability to blend into almost any situation. In this case, it's a high society gala event, put on by the Society for the Progression of Science & Technology. The Progressive Society was loosely modeled after the famed Royal Society of London. The governing bodies and other nuances are different, but the goal of furthering science and the general understanding of it are the same.

The Goddard Affair finds our witty assassin in the thick of things once more, but this time amidst more pleasant company a la Gwendolyn Morgan, a society member who's gotten herself into a bit of a predicament. Needless to say, the Assassin Without a Name lends her his particular skills. Readers of mine know my female characters are anything but damsels in distress, though I won't say anything more lest I introduce spoilers.

I will, however, say this: The Goddard Affair is the longest story in the series to date and it was, without a doubt, the most fun. It brings in a lot of different elements: action, intrigue, mystery, murder, technology, and, of course, mayhem. I gave a lot of thought to many of the characters because you're definitely going to see more of some of them as the larger story continues to come to light.

It's a fun series to write, so as long as readers continue to enjoy the stories, I'll keep writing them.

Thief’s Gambit, the fifth Assassin Without a Name story, is now available as a pre-order at Amazon!