Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Cover Reveal: The Goddard Affair

The next book in the Assassin Without a Name series has a title and a cover.

Fresh off his harrowing adventure in Night of Zealotry, the Assassin Without a Name is on the hunt, looking for the secret organizations which tried to kill him before they can try again. But the work of his trade doesn't stop just because he's involved in personal business, so when a new client named Walter Goddard comes around wishing to have a rival eliminated, the Assassin Without a Name takes the job.

Only after the task is complete does he learn that Walter Goddard is a member of the Society for the Progression of Science and Technology, one of the very same organizations the Assassin Without a Name has been seeking. At one of the society’s premiere technology galas, the Assassin Without a Name meets Gwendolyn Morgan, a beautiful widow who has run into problems of her own with the society. Not only does she believe the organization hired an assassin to murder her husband, but she’s certain she’s next. Convincing himself he’s only helping Gwendolyn in exchange for the society’s darkest secrets and not because of his part in making the woman into a widow, the Assassin Without a Name finds himself in the unusual role of protector as the society dispatches their Black Guard watchdogs to kill them both.

The Goddard Affair is scheduled for release in May 2014.

On Goodreads? Why not add The Goddard Affair to your reading list?

Release Announcement: Night of Zealotry

Night of Zealotry, the 3rd story in the Assassin Without a Name series, was officially released to Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Google Play, and the iBookstore today.

Fresh off his adventure in Killing the Dead, the Assassin Without a Name finds himself mixed up with a mysterious group of religious zealots whose interest in technology is anything but well-intentioned. Here's the full blurb:

Take out the mark, retrieve the scroll, and avoid getting killed by his protection detail of Black Guard mercenaries. That was the job. Simple enough, or so the Assassin Without a Name thought, until he finds himself smack in the middle of three organizations all vying for possession of the item he just stole.

Of the three, the worst is the Jakaree, a group of fanatical priests willing to kill to fulfill their mysterious goals. But by making the Assassin Without a Name a target, they're about to get a lesson in death themselves from one of the best.

If you're on Goodreads, you can add Night of Zealotry to your TBR list here.

Stay tuned for more info on subsequent releases in the series.

The Five Elements is 99 cents today only

imageThe Five Elements (The Alchemancer: Book One) is 99 cents on Amazon today only! Get it here.

I've been running a few promos lately for The Five Elements. I'm not big on sale prices without some sort of advertising behind it because it's near impossible to effectively get the word out without this outside help. Shouting it from the Twitter rooftops is not a good strategy, IMO, because it just adds to the noise and annoys people.

For this promotion, I chose eBookSoda. We're seeing more and more of these curated style email services where you get 1-2 featured books per email based on which genres you wish to receive info about. Bookbub pioneered this format and have had some success with it, so of course others are now attempting to emulate the model. Nothing wrong with that and, in fact, it's a great thing for authors and readers alike because it creates options.

So, eBookSoda today and then no more promotions for at least a couple of months (never say never, but that's my thinking for now).

However, another deal I have going is if you're interested in witty assassin stories, you can sign-up for my mailing list and get the next Assassin Without a Name story for free. The story is novelette length (14000 words) and I'm all but done with my end of things until it goes to my editor in about a week. The story is called Night of Zealotry and you can find out a little more about it here.

Map Reveal: City of Brighton

Last time I revealed the regional map which goes along with my new steamfantasy novel, The Nullification Engine. Now, it's time to take a look at the second map.

I give you, the city of Brighton.

City of Brighton

Brighton is a city where three rivers—the Silvercross, Whitecrest, and Highbrook—converge. Its residents took full advantage of this by re-routing the rivers into waterways which flow throughout the city. It should come as no surprise that Brighton contains a great number of bridges and, much like our own real world Venice, finding your way around its streets and alleys, when you have the additional obstacles in the form of rivers and waterways, can make for a difficult time getting around, especially for newcomers.

Aaron, Serena, and Ensel Rhe arrive at Brighton's gates fresh from their ordeal in The Five Elements. As one might expect from my writing, right away things go south for them. I'll say no more, other than that you can pick up a copy of The Nullification Engine at all major online retailers. I hope you'll give it a read.