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Happy New Year!

For your reading pleasure, three of my stories are now on Smashwords, where you can download them in the format of your choice. These tales are very short and pack a punch—wizards, warriors, assassins, witches, ravens, mice, war, love and mayhem—and they’re free.

Earth Blood by F.T. McKinstryEarth Blood

The earth keeps secrets. A warrior discovers an ancient power in his veins when he’s plunged into the political corruption of a war devised to hide the truth of his mother’s death.

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Pattern Sense by F.T. McKinstryPattern Sense

Driven by the nocturnal activities of a mouse, a knitter discovers a strange power in the stitches of her latest knitting project. But when her heart is broken, she learns that love is more powerful than even the strengths and pitfalls of the earth’s own magic.

3500 words
Smashwords


The Om Tree by F.T. McKinstryThe Om Tree

Trees know things. A tree planted by a god at the dawn of a forest and raised in close proximity to an energy well beneath a wizards’ citadel knows a great many things. In this tale, a wizard-assassin loses what is most dear to him and thereby learns the true nature of his art.

2100 words
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If you enjoy these stories, check out Wizards, Woods and Gods, eight dark fantasy tales exploring the mysteries of the Otherworld through tree and animal lore, magic, cosmos, love, war and mysticism.



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Published on January 01, 2016 09:53 • 27 views • Tags: assassins, fairy-fales, fantasy, goddess, gods, love, magic, mice, mythology, otherworld, pagan, ravens, trees, war, warriors, witches, wizards
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The Hunter's Rede, Book One in The Chronicles of Ealiron, is now available in all e-formats.

Lorth of Ostarin is a hunter of men. Lawless, solitary and obscure, he is trained in magic and its inherent order. This uneasy combination of pitilessness and structure has made him the highest paid assassin in the land. It is also about to throw his life into chaos.

The trouble begins when Lorth returns home from a long absence to find his old haunts compromised by a cruel, upstart warlord who has invaded the realm and pushed it to the brink of war. Lorth's cavalier attempt to elude a political sandpit quickly deteriorates into a series of skirmishes that he negotiates with a sword and a reckless penchant for using magic against the rules. He flees with a price on his head; but no angry warlords, wizards, foreign aristocrats or spooky apparitions can rattle him from the dark stability of his profession—until he is captured and condemned to execution by a formidable wizard who serves the old powers.

In his quest to prove his innocence and loyalty to the realm, Lorth discovers a profound sense of identity in his internal confluence of war and wizardry. But his quest turns bloody when love for a priestess and a will to avenge his homeland drives him to infiltrate an enemy occupation bent on domination and a blatant disregard for the forces of magic. This brings him to his greatest test, where he must surrender to the darkness of his nature to become a hunter unlike anything he has ever known.

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“Clear. Solid. Powerfully interesting.”

“Reminiscent of Michael Moorcock
in his Elric saga.”

“The main character Lorth is a
masterpiece.”

“This is really an engaging story. It is
a very vivid read with some incredible
imagery.”

"Without a doubt one of the best
books I've ever read.”

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The Hunter's Rede (Chronicles of Ealiron, #1) by F.T. McKinstryA swords-and-sorcery tale of one
warrior’s transformation by the forces
of war, betrayal, wizardry and love.


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Published on March 24, 2017 15:55 • 10 views • Tags: assassin, heroic-fantasy, priestess, swords-and-orcery, warlord, warrior, wizards
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Some fish stories should be taken seriously. Very seriously. Introducing the Second Edition of The Gray Isles, in which the legends of sailors and wizards collide in a tale of witchery, secrets, curses, and the birth of an immortal.

Revised and reformatted, this is Book Two of the Chronicles of Ealiron, a heroic fantasy series that revolves around an assassin called Lorth of Ostarin.

Novel, 170 pages
Can be read as a standalone story.
Ebook includes a Glossary and a link to Maps.

The Gray Isles (Chronicles of Ealiron, #2) by F.T. McKinstry




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Published on April 20, 2017 12:55 • 11 views • Tags: assassin, epic-fantasy, ocean, sea, sea-monster, sea-serpent, warriors, wizards
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Spring Greetings!

After a long winter that ended with a bang, I couldn't be happier to see green grass and buds on the trees. My seeds are planted in the greenhouse, the iris and lily bulbs are breaking ground, bears and raccoons are mauling the bird feeders, and the cats are shedding. Another two weeks or so and the hummingbirds will return. One of my favorite annual events, that.

The Hunter's Rede (Chronicles of Ealiron, #1) by F.T. McKinstryIn celebration of May Day right around the corner, I'm offering The Hunter's Rede, Book One in the Chronicles of Ealiron, for $0.99 through May 3rd. This story begins the exploits and machinations of an assassin named Lorth of Ostarin, a complex character with the training of a wizard and a bent towards bringing things to their darkest ends.

The Gray Isles (Chronicles of Ealiron, #2) by F.T. McKinstryThe Second Edition of Book Two, The Gray Isles, is now live and available for $1.99. In this story, Lorth sails to a remote group of islands on a routine mission and is drawn into a grim fairy tale with cataclysmic proportions.





Enjoy the season!

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Published on April 28, 2017 15:20 • 31 views • Tags: 99c, assassins, beltane, epic-fantasy, may-day, on-sale, sale, sea-monsters, spring, wizards
Tansel is a gardener with a healer’s hand. Fey, they call her.

Her aunt, a dabbler in hedge witchery, calls her cursed.

To the most powerful wizards in the land, she is an enigma.

Introducing the Second Edition of The Winged Hunter. Revised and reformatted, this is Book Three of the Chronicles of Ealiron, a heroic fantasy series that revolves around an assassin called Lorth of Ostarin.

Deep in the heart of Loralin Forest, folks whisper of a legendary immortal predator with the body of a male god, towering black wings and the claws and fangs of a mountain cat. Crowharrow, they call it. But one family of troubled wizards knows the winged hunter is not a legend. The youngest, Tansel, has been sheltered all her life by solitude and the secrets of her ancestors. A diabolical seducer and destroyer of women, the beautiful immortal notices Tansel and ushers her, the last of her kin, and two haunted, formidable wizards into a maelstrom of peril, deception, and upheaval that exposes a devastating connection between the crowharrow and Tansel’s bloodline.

Unfortunately, healing this curse will require a terrible sacrifice.

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Can be read as a standalone story.
Ebook includes a Glossary and a link to Maps.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for many things, the deep dark woods where I live, my fishes, my books and plants, music and the existence of cats, to name a few. But today, I'm giving thanks to all the writers, readers, book lovers and geeks out there who make my life a cool place to be.

Through Nov. 27, 2017, Books 1-3 in the Chronicles of Ealiron will be $0.99 each.

In the world of Ealiron, an ancient hierarchy of wizards wields balance through a complex magical system of correspondences between trees, birds, color, sound, geometric patterns and energies deep in the earth. Votaries of the old powers work the forces of nature inherent in the cycles of life, death and transformation.

This series is driven by an assassin named Lorth of Ostarin, a complex character with a bent toward bringing things to their darkest ends. These books stand alone as individual stories that happen in the same world with Lorth and some of the other characters appearing throughout.

The Hunter's Rede (Chronicles of Ealiron, #1) by F.T. McKinstryBook One: The Hunter's Rede. In the Ostarin Mountains, it is said, only wizards and hunters know the true meaning of darkness. A swords-and-sorcery tale of one warrior’s transformation by the forces of war, betrayal, wizardry and love.


The Gray Isles (Chronicles of Ealiron, #2) by F.T. McKinstryBook Two: The Gray Isles. Some fish stories should be taken seriously. Very seriously. The legends of sailors and wizards collide in an epic tale of witchery, secrets, curses, and the birth of an immortal.



The Winged Hunter (Chronicles of Ealiron Book 3) by F.T. McKinstryBook Three: The Winged Hunter. Tansel is a gardener with a healer’s hand. Fey, they call her. Her aunt, a dabbler in hedge witchery, calls her cursed. To the most powerful wizards in the land, she is an enigma. A tale of the perils of innocence, an immortal hunter’s curse and the long, dark shadows of wizards.


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Published on November 23, 2017 08:40 • 6 views • Tags: black-friday, cats, cyber-monday, epic-fantasy, geeks, gratitude, heroic-fantasy, sale, swords-and-sorcery, thanksgiving, warriors, wizards