Here is the first chapter of Freedom in Arbin, the final instalment of the Arbin Trilogy.
Freedom in Arbin will be available in the coming days. Stay tuned for links and updates!
Bone white ice capped Arbin like a prison. If I closed my eyes, I could pretend it wasn’t there, that the city was but a figment of my dreams, and I floated weightless in a void, bodiless, just the sum of all my memories and pain.
Were it not for the infernal cold.
I shivered, hunched almost double as I looked out of the small waist-high window of the loft apartment down to the dead street below. Snow lay thick on the ground, though it had stopped falling. Undulations streetside under eaves where drifts occasionally fell from nearby roofs, no longer able to bear its own weight, with the frequent noise invariably shattering my sleep. A lone stagger of bootprints in the pearly carpet had been filled in over hours, now just a dim outline. Windows and doors across were tightly shuttered, and I had yet to see them any other way. The busier streets and, I assumed, those north of the rivers, were regularly cleared by the few city employees that could be roused from hibernation. But here all was forgotten. Well, we tried. Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s another excerpt from War in Arbin – Release date is March 5th
Maybe there was no such thing as luck. We can pray and beseech, take the same route to the market every fourth day of the new moon, stroke the head or phallus of some granite figurine—maybe it all meant nothing. Seemed like when the dice fell your way a few times it’s easy enough to put it down to skill or just desserts; but it’s when they’re falling the wrong way that luck seems real to me.
Maybe if you take it seriously enough you can turn your back when things are looking ill, crawl back into bed and wait out the day. Except when there’s a job to be done.
So were the dark directions of my thoughts as I gazed on the still-lit shutters’ edges. Two problems with the picture: the light, and the shutters.
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WAR IN ARBIN – Book 2 of the Arbin Trilogy – is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The release date is March 5th.
The Books page has been updated with pre-order links for Amazon’s US and Australian sites.
As a special bonus, for a short time, the first instalment Night in Arbin can be found at half price from all retailers.
Below is the first chapter from War in Arbin. Enjoy!
It seemed at times that people thought they knew what was best for me. When I look back I see that when I did what was expected, what was seen to be right, the upshot fell out easy, there was less pain. But nothing changed. It was when I did what was not expected—even if that was nothing at all—that things were different. These times, the latter, I was able to see things differently, to see what maybe I had not been able to see before. And it is these times that I look back and I feel I have done what was needed to be done, and I feel, dare I say it, proud.
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