I want to thank everyone who has responded so positively to the launch of Book 1 in the Beaumont and Beasley series, The Beast of Talesend. I'm thrilled that people have enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to sharing more stories in this universe.
So, without further ado, it's time for some announcements!
The world of the Beaumont and Beasley series is big. Really big. Pretty much every classic public domain work of fiction is real there, and the consequences of all those stories have played out and mixed together to form a rich, intricate universe. As a result, there are a lot of new stories to tell – some about the characters and settings introduced in The Beast of Talesend, and some about completely different people and places.
Today, I'm happy to announce two spin-off series of short stories which will interweave with the core Beaumont and Beasley series, expanding on the world-building details the main books introduce. The first of these series, Tales of the Afterlands, will delve into the history of Nick and Cordelia's world by retelling old stories in new, sometimes surprising ways. These works will serve as prequels to the Beaumont and Beasley books. For example, the first installment is set hundreds of years before The Beast of Talesend, and describes crucial events that lead up to that story:
Tales of the Afterlands, Episode 1:
The War of the Three Bears
Pippa Devereux has three main goals in life. First, to get people to stop calling her "Goldilocks." Second, to avoid getting turned into anything by the evil fairy Ariane. Third, to keep from starving to death. Even if it means eating some very cold porridge she finds in a seemingly abandoned cottage in the woods.
However, someone stops her before she can take a bite – a bear. A talking bear named Benno. Who says he used to be human, and begs for her help to save his family from a terrible curse.
Pippa usually doesn't help people, and she definitely doesn't help bears. But thanks to the intervention of a conscience she never knew she had, she ends up reluctantly using her skills in thievery to steal from Ariane herself.
But the fairy is not ready to relinquish her hold on Pippa's land, and her dark schemes are more far-reaching than anyone realizes.
Goldilocks is about to start a war…
The second spin-off is called The Adventures of Crispin Beasley, and will revolve around the escapades of Nick's younger brother. The events of The Beast of Talesend have left Beasley Investigations without a detective. This series seeks to answer the question, "Can Crispin manage to fill Nick's shoes now that Nick isn't capable of wearing shoes?" The first story ties up some loose ends from The Beast of Talesend and gives Crispin a new and rather unusual sidekick.
The Adventures of Crispin Beasley, Episode 1:
Crispin Beasley and the Waters of Yesterday
Crispin Beasley has only ever had one lesson in magic. Despite this, he's pretty sure he's ready to use his powers as the new face of Beasley Investigations, defending the city of Talesend from the forces of magic and mayhem.
His brother Nick, however, disagrees. And given that Nick is eight feet tall with very large fangs and claws at the moment, challenging his opinion is not the wisest choice.
However, when a plan by Nick's new partner Cordelia to restore his humanity goes horribly wrong, Crispin finds himself Talesend's sole defender against a surprising and formidable enemy.
Fortunately, he does have one ally.
She calls herself Death…
And finally, here's the synopsis for Book 2 in the Beaumont and Beasley series:
The Stroke of Eleven
The Palace of Basile is not haunted by ghosts. It is a ghost – drifting through space and time, appearing at random, and leaving unexplained disappearances in its wake.
Nick Beasley and Lady Cordelia Beaumont have some experience with mysterious, dangerous castles. However, they have no interest in investigating Basile. After all, it's got nothing to do with their ongoing quest to turn Nick from a monster back into a man.
But when an ancient and powerful society called the Nevercircle takes Nick and Cordelia prisoner, they are plunged into the mystery of Basile against their will. They find themselves honored guests at a most unusual dance, along with various other investigators of magical phenomena – most of whom really ought to be dead by now.
Before long, Nick and Cordelia discover a terrible truth behind the tale of Cinderella. A truth which threatens to tear time itself apart and destroy the Afterlands completely.
Because in the Palace of Basile, midnight never comes…
These synopses are subject to change as I finalize some plot details. Watch this space for more announcements in the coming weeks, including release dates, cover reveals, and additional story teases. Thanks for reading!