Learn more about Emil, Puzzle, & their adventures in the Shades Below Universe!
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WHO ARE EMIL & PUZZLE?
Rev. Emil Stone is part of a secret organization called The Ministers. Together with his partner and bodyguard, Misha “Puzzle” Kaslov, he travels the world safeguarding esoteric artifacts and solving arcane mysteries.
Misha “Puzzle” Kaslov is a Peer, part of an order of knights dating back to the time of The Templars. He accompanies Emil on his missions, standing as the line between him and the dangers of the world- subversive and mundane alike.
Along the way, their relationship has become more than just business. But the world is a dangerous place. Both men will struggle against forces that threaten to tear them apart, from the outside…and from within.
WHY A NOVELLA SERIES?
Early on in the concept stages for A World Apart (SB#1), Emil and Puzzle just kept popping up. They were initially conceived as backup players, but as I wrote, it became clear there was a lot more going on with them behind the scenes.
I decided I needed to tell their story too, but how?
Eventually, I decided to give them their own novella series. Each novella coincides with a Shades Below novel, and each follows one of Emil & Puzzle’s adventures. They’re just long enough to give you a glimpse into their world and their relationship, but short enough to read in an afternoon.
HOW MANY NOVELLAS WILL BE IN THE SHORTS?
There will be a total of nine Shades Below Shorts.
DO THE SHORTS TAKE PLACE IN SAN FRANCISCO, TOO?
Much as I love San Francisco, there’s more to the Shades Below Universe than just one city.
In the Shades Below Shorts, Emil and Puzzle will be taking you around the world, showing you monsters and magic on a global scale. You’ll hunt down ancient tablets in Egypt, solve a vampire mystery in New Orleans, and much more!
Pack your bags and lace up your boots. You’re in for quite a trip…
WHAT IS THE PRODUCTION SCHEDULE FOR THE SHORTS?
My tentative goal is to release at least one SB book, one companion novel, and one Shades Below Short per year.
Note: this is my tentative goal.
I am currently experimenting with ways to ramp up my rate of production without sacrificing either my sanity or the quality of my writing. It’s a work-in-progress, but I feel I’m getting closer to where I want to be.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE SHORTS?
Now that I’ve left Kindle Unlimited, you can find the Shades Below Novels and the Shades Below Shorts at all major ebook retailers, including:
If you’re looking for buy links, you can find them on each book’s page on this website. To get there, simply click the cover you want on my Booklist.