Good morning! So, today, a bit of a departure from my usual discussions or rants or flailing. Though there will be some flailing, as I am participating in the big, awaited announcement from fellow indie author Kyle Robert Shultz — the official relaunch of his Beaumont and Beasley and Crockett and Crane series will soon be underway!
The big news (via the author):
- All his books will be available on Kindle Unlimited
- There shall be 3 new (free!) stories for his email subscribers: A Spoonful of Aether (Beaumont and Beasley), The Centaur Express (Crockett and Crane), and The Haunted Hoard (Blackfire). (I will personally cut down said hoard myself to get to this dragon. For those of you who don’t know, I am utterly in love with Malcolm Blackfire, and he is my future spouse — no arguing.)
- Kyle is also providing a free Halloween story (Ravenous, part of the Crockett and Crane series) on his Patreon page
- If you wish to support Kyle via Patreon, you can do so for as low as $1 a month, and he’ll make sure you get monthly short stories
- For those of us who have been following the releases of the Beaumont and Beasley novellas, some repackaging is going on with those. (Basically, he’s combining two novellas in one book, for a total of 3 editions of 2 stories in 1 installment. Due to technical difficulties, I am unable to bring you the links that explain this better. If you have questions, though, Kyle is open to being stalked — ahem, I mean, contacted on social media.)
The official relaunch date is October 31st.
On that day and thereafter, all the currently-available-to-read-and-purchase books shall be found on Kindle Unlimited, with updated covers, and a fresh round of professional edits — and new stuff to enjoy as well. Such as the free short stories for those of us who subscribe to Kyle’s email list. (Visit his website: https://kylerobertshultz.com/ for more information on how to do such things.)
Whether you’re a new fan to this wonderful world called the Afterverse, or you’ve been along for the ride for a while, this is a great opportunity to delve more into these great tales, and share your obsession with friends.
Titles in the Afterverse:
Beaumont and Beasley
The Beast of Talesend (1)
See how it all began, how Nick and Crispin met Cordelia, and how the Beasley brothers discovered fairytales are more than just bedtime stories. The reader soon finds out that there’s much more to the old tale of “Beauty and the Beast” than they ever thought, either.
The Tomb of the Sea Witch (2)
Nick, Cordelia, and Crispin travel to Warrengate Academy of Advanced Magic, and here enters my beloved and betrothed, Malcolm Blackfire, as well as a number of terrific secondary characters that we all now need in our daily lives. Together they’ll take on a version of the evil sea witch from “The Little Mermaid.”
The Stroke of Eleven (3)
This installment involves wibbly, wobbly, timey-wimey stuff, and the stakes are raised higher than ever for our heroes. There are some stunning character arcs, and this third in the B&B series will leave you on the edge of your seat, and demanding more tissues. There are references here to “Cinderella,” but in honored Shultz tradition, the happily-ever-after you think you know you just do not.
The Return of Beaumont and Beasley (4)
Featuring The Janus Elixir and The Hound of Duville
The Janus Elixir
This story is about Malcolm, so if you guessed that I was absolutely enthralled with every single word written from Mr. Blackfire’s perspective, then you’d be a million-dollars-right. It’s actually set a hundred years before The Beast of Talesend, but trust me, it all works. And if you’re a fan of the classic “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,” buckle up!
The Hound of Duville
Back in present day Talesend with Nick, Crispin, and Cordelia, some months after the events of The Stroke of Eleven. Somebody’s transforming men into dogs. It’s hilarious and beautiful. (And Malcolm has a heartstring-tugging appearance — oh, my handsome dragon love!)
The Strange Cases of Beaumont and Beasley (5) (to be released)
Featuring The Geppetto Codex and The Hare and the Hatter
The Geppetto Codex
Remember Gareth the faun and Sylvia the dryad from Tomb of the Sea Witch? Well, this is about their chance to solve a mystery! And Shultz’s take on “Pinocchio.” (I will admit, this is the only title that has me shaking in my shoes a little. Puppets give me the creeps. But I shall brave through for the sake of more time with Gareth and Sylvia.)
The Hare and the Hatter
This centers more on Crispin, and his part in the events in Stroke of Eleven — and he seeks help from the best, most qualified dragon in the world, so cue my happy dance. And, yes, folks, those are “Alice in Wonderland” references in the title.
The Fall of Beaumont and Beasley (6) (to be released)
Featuring The Unsinkable Molly Beaumont and Schism
The Unsinkable Molly Beaumont
Warning: This may be hard to read for fans of Molly, Crispin’s mermaid girlfriend and Cordelia’s distant cousin. (I have no idea why, but the author is already warning people, and the official blurb suggests the need for — dun, dun, dun! But be honest, you’re already dying to get your hands on it.)
This promises magic, danger, mayhem, and humor. Cordelia and Malcolm need to work together — a tall order — to fight the nefarious Jekyll and Hyde. DUN, DUN, DUN! I’m ready for the heartbreak. Bring it on.
The Last Days of Lady Cordelia (Beaumont and Beasley Case Files, #1)
Told from Cordelia’s point of view, this is also slightly timey-wimey, but also presents an interesting suggestion — what if Nick had never met Cordelia?
Christmas in Talesend (Beaumont and Beasley Case Files, #2)
Includes 4 holiday-themed stories, The Red Muffler, Dash Away, The War on Christmas, and Saint Nick.
The Red Muffler
Walking home with his arms full of Christmas parcels, Gareth the faun stumbles on a lost little girl standing by a lamp-post. Naturally, he invites her in from the cold…but is she really what she appears to be?
Alan the centaur isn’t a licensed veterinarian, but he does have plenty of experience with tending for sick animals – both natural and unnatural. However, he may be in over his head when he’s kidnapped to assist in a very unusual birth.
The War on Christmas
Crispin Beasley has had a strange, complicated year. He’s hoping that Christmas will afford him a break…but a case of mistaken identity on the rooftops of Talesend adds yet another bizarre twist to his unusual life.
Nick, Cordelia, and Malcolm take a brief detour on their way to a Christmas party. At least, it’s supposed to be brief. An accidental tumble down a chimney changes that. What is the secret of the mysterious being known as Krampus? And who, exactly, is the Christmas Dragon?
Crockett and Crane
Set in the Afterverse 1891, in Shultz’s version of the Wild West, pulling in centaurs, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and some very familiar mentions (no spoilers, I swear), this is a departure from Beaumont and Beasley in terms of plot and characters, but not at all in the author’s trademark style and humor. Definitely check out Crockett and Crane if you haven’t already.
Deadwood (2) (to be released)
The sequel to Horseman, Shultz picks up with the adventures of Todd and Amy. There’s more alternative-history-Wild-West magic and peril awaiting readers old and new.
Kyle Robert Shultz developed the power of creating zany, fantastical worlds in his early teens, when he was bitten by a radioactive book. He is the author of multiple series set in the Afterverse, a parallel universe where myths, fairy tales, and classic stories are real events and part of history. He lives in self-imposed exile in the southern Idaho desert, far enough away from humanity to protect innocent lives should he lose control of his awesome fictional powers and rip a hole in the space-time continuum or something.
Kyle is a Christian who believes in writing high-quality stories free from agendas, politics, and objectionable content. His stories are clean, but not remotely safe. In reading them, you assume all risks—Kyle cannot be held responsible for any damage wrought upon your emotional well-being or cardiovascular health by unforeseen plot twists. When he’s not dreaming up new ways to torture his characters and readers, Kyle enjoys singing, hiking, horseback riding, and caring for a motley collection of animals.