In case you haven't heard, the fourth book of the Beaumont and Beasley series–The Strange Cases of Beaumont and Beasley–is actually a miniseries in itself. It's an anthology of six novellas, which I will be releasing one at a time over the next few months before collecting them all together in one volume.
“Oh, sure!” you say. “As if your books weren't hard enough to keep track of! Why don't you just make them MORE complicated?!”
First of all, sarcasm does not become you. And second, this is actually the opposite of complicated–at least, with regard to the first novella in the miniseries.
Which, by the way, is AVAILABLE NOW! WOOOOT!! Let there be revelry and merriment!
Archaeologists are not often consulted by gods. However, Malcolm Blackfire is not a typical archaeologist—he’s also a dragon. So, when the brain of the god Janus is stolen from Thanatos Abbey in the city of Talesend, Malcolm and his assistant Melody Nightingale are summoned by Hades himself to investigate.
It doesn’t take long for a dark design to emerge behind the bizarre theft. The mysterious Dr. Henry Jekyll is performing dangerous experiments. A powerful sorcerer named Hyde has suddenly emerged in the Talesend underworld. The answer to the mystery is clear…
…or is it?
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are not what they seem. But by the time Malcolm discovers the truth about them, it may be far too late.
OK, that's enough revelry and merriment; take it down a notch. Let's be civilized about this.
The point I am trying to make, if you will let me get a word in edgewise, is that The Janus Elixir is what we in the storytelling business call a “jumping-on point.” (You might call it that as well, but if you don't have an official storytelling license, then you are using it illegally and may be subject to five years in prison and/or a fine of $75, 368.42. You may submit the money directly to me in order to avoid jail time.) You can read The Janus Elixir without having read any of my previous books. True, you'll need to be caught up on Beaumont and Beasley in order to follow the tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde beyond the end of this novella, but for now, you can just kick back and enjoy this little story.
But what if you're already caught up? Then tell your friends about The Janus Elixir! Especially since this little book is FREE to everyone who subscribes to my newsletter! If you subscribed before, then check your inbox; there will be an email with a link to download the book. If not, then subscribe with the form below, and you'll get the book in a jiffy.
The Janus Elixir is also something of a “backdoor pilot” (another licensed storytelling term) for the upcoming Blackfire series, which will delve further into the adventures of Malcolm and Melody…as well as a certain mystery teased by this novella. The series will begin this year with The Thirteenth Knight. Would you like to see the redesigned cover for that book, by the way? Here you go.
The Strange Cases of Beaumont and Beasley will continue later this month with The Hound of Duville–after which there will be a short break in my publication schedule, as I'll be busy preparing for the Realm Makers conference, attending it, and recovering from it. I also have several more exciting announcements to make this month, but I'll save those for later. For now, enjoy The Janus Elixir!
That wasn't a suggestion, BTW, I demand that you enjoy it. Or rather, Malcolm does. And are you going to argue with a dragon? I didn't think so.