Yep, I'm releasing the first part of my expansive Chronicles of the Otherworld series, titled Out of the Past, free to you, right here, right now, with no strings attached. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, here's a blurb:
It was supposed to be something simple. As any student knows, though, it never is.
What started as a training exercise to prepare sixteen college students for work in the field becomes something else entirely when one of them stumbles across a find deep in the Mexican wilderness. Studying it, the members of the expedition come to the conclusion that it is indeed something made by the hands of man, and it is much greater than it first seems. Much greater, and much older.
Its very existence may rewrite the history of the Americas, but the mystery of its creation pales in comparison to that of its purpose. Perfectly aligned to the sun, to the calendar, it promises to provide a spectacle on one specific day: the summer solstice. And that day is coming soon.
The Otherworld setting is my favorite, I'll admit. It's my best attempt at worldbuilding, and the series really is my comfort zone. But it's not for everybody. It's light on action, and there's not that much drama in this initial entry. That's okay. It gets better.
Honestly, I don't expect many people to like this story. It's more a labor of love than anything. If you do, though, there's a lot more where that came from. As of right now, a simple pledge of $3/month gets you access to 13 other stories that build off this one. Seven are short novels like Out of the Past, following its tale to its conclusion, while the remaining six, all posted this year, are novella-length interstitial stories that est things up for the sequel series Return to the Otherworld, which you'll get to see throughout 2019.
Whether you like this one or not, have a happy holiday season, and remember to keep reading!