New Alex Verus Novella – Gardens


And we’re ready to go!  The new Alex Verus novella, Gardens, is written, edited, copy-edited, and available for pre-order on the Kindle Store.  Release date is about a week and a half from now, on Monday 31st October 2022.

This is my second ever novella;  the first, Favours, was written and released last year.  I mentioned at the time that I was using Favours as a sort of trial balloon to see whether there was enough interest in Alex Verus novellas for it to be worth it for me to keep publishing them.  As it turned out, Favours sold reasonably well, so I’m bringing out another!

While Favours took place between books #6 and #7, Gardens is a sort of extra epilogue to the Alex Verus series, taking place several months after book #12, Risen.  Here’s some more about it:

  • Gardens is 32,000 words long, or about 1/3rd the length of an average Alex Verus novel.
  • This novella isn’t written from the perspective of any of the main cast of characters, but it is about the main cast of characters . . . one of them, in particular.  I won’t say who since I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but the short version is that I got interested in the question “what would this character be like after the events of Risen?”  This novella is the answer.
  • The Halloween release date is deliberate, since this story is darker than usual.  Consider yourself warned.
  • For Gardens I’m doing an experiment and making it available on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, which means that members of the program can read it for free.  In theory this means a wider readership and a bit of money to the author from a special Amazon fund;  the downside is that Amazon demands exclusive publishing rights in exchange, so I can’t publish it anywhere else.  I don’t really know whether this is worth it or not, so I’m giving it a try to find out.
  • This novella’s primarily intended for people who’ve read the Alex Verus series and would like to know a bit more about where some of the main characters end up afterwards.  That said, I do think it’s one of the better things I’ve written, so it’s hopefully fairly accessible to people who haven’t read the entire main sequence.

More information next week!

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7 Responses to New Alex Verus Novella – Gardens

  1. Celia says:

    Love the cover!!! Can’t wait til Halloween!!!

  2. David says:

    And… purchased. For the full sticker price! Counting down the days…

  3. Blonk says:

    Just wanted to say you are one of the best authors I’ve had the pleasure of reading the stories of.

    Thank you for the Alex Verus series, beginning to end it was great.

  4. James says:

    Ordered! Looking forward to reading it on Halloween.

  5. Bob says:

    Paid full price! You deserve the full price for all the enjoyment you have provided! Can’t wait to read the story!

  6. Locnil says:

    I might actually be getting kindle unlimited now, Amazon’s been pushing me in that direction for a while.

    Best guess on POV character – Karyos? Gardens seems to fit…

  7. Locnil says:

    Actually after reading the Amazon synopsis I’m guessing Morden. Something about a mysterious mage wanting to steal a ring from a cabin in Romania rings a bell for some reason…

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