Tales of the Scarlet Knight
Word Count: 23,000
(You can read it here on the blog or download it in ebook form from Smashwords. It's still 99 cents on Amazon.)
Volume 1: A Hero's Journey: This is the first novel in the series. It takes place in the year 2000. Dr. Emma Earl is a nineteen-year-old genius who's haunted by the deaths of her parents when she was eight. When she begins working at the Plaine Museum of Natural History in Rampart City, strange things begin to happen. A weird object shows up at the museum and then during a presentation part of the museum explodes and Emma is nearly disemboweled by a monstrous creature in black armor. Later, she has a vision of her mother guiding her to the museum's sub-subbasement, where she finds a magic suit of red plate armor created by Merlin the wizard. Emma has to put on the armor to save the world from the evil Black Dragoon before it's too late...
Word Count: 87,000
Volume 2: Time Enough to Say Goodbye: About 18 months later, Emma gets word about two men who may have killed her parents 13 years ago. While she investigates that, a mysterious young woman named Marie Marsh is trying to summon dark powers to go back in time and save a little girl in 1876 named Veronica Windham. To do this, Marie enlists the aid of a man going by the alias the Watchmaker. When Marie and the Watchmaker are successful and bring Veronica to the present, it creates an alternate timeline. In this timeline, Emma finds that she's not the Scarlet Knight, she's about to wed the love of her life, Dan Dreyfus, and her parents are still alive! Emma has to decide whether keeping her parents alive is worth the threat of a rising demon army...
Word Count: 89,000
Volume 3: The Hazards of Love: For five years Emma has pined for Dr. Dan Dreyfus, who's spent most of that time in Egypt searching for ancient artifacts. He finally returns to Rampart City with some ancient artifacts--and a new bride! Her name is Isis and as bodies begin to turn up with their hearts missing and the evil Black Dragoon returns to rampage through the city again, Emma realizes Isis is not who she appears to be. She may in fact be the Scarlet Knight's greatest foe! (Which you'd know if you read volume 0.)
Word Count: 89,000
(On a side note, Michael Offutt beta read it and said it's better than even the first one. Which it is.)
Volume 4: Change of Heart: For the last nine months, Emma has been without a job. She's had to sell off most of her possessions like her motorcycle. Then she loses her apartment. To make it worse, her best friend Becky is still angry with Emma about her fiance's murder while Dan Dreyfus is angry with the Scarlet Knight about his wife's apparent murder. To escape all these problems and earn some much-needed cash, Emma takes a job in Russia for a man named Bykov, who turns out to be a gangster. He's in possession of a strange meteor that inadvertently causes Emma to switch bodies with her friend Becky. As Emma (as Becky) tries to find a way to change them back, Becky (as Emma) takes up the Scarlet Knight's armor to fight a monster also created by the meteor.
Word Count: 98,000
(They just did this recently in the Spider-Man comics where he switches bodies with Doctor Octopus. Clearly they must have read my rough drafts of this book in 2010.)
Volume 5: Betrayal Begets Blood: The day starts ordinarily enough for Emma Earl. Then she realizes that one of her students has gone missing. While searching for the missing girl, Emma is shocked to find out someone's tried to kill her underground ally the Sewer Rat. She's even more shocked when she finds out her witch friend Sylvia is plotting against Emma and the rest of her friends. Sylvia's not doing it by choice; she's doing it to save her boyfriend. But who's pulling her strings and why? And who will make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save Rampart City and the world?
Word Count: 109,000
(Also Joss Whedon and Christopher Nolan must have read my rough drafts for the end of this one in 2010.)
Volume 6: Future Shock: Six months later, Emma is struggling to cope with being pregnant while still maintaining her job as the Scarlet Knight. Things get more difficult when an assassin with magical abilities comes after her. When Emma seeks shelter in an archive of witch spells, one of them is activated to send her 20 years into the future. There Emma meets her grown daughter Louise, who is destined to become the next Scarlet Knight and save the world from an enemy in Emma's past.
Word Count: 138,000
(This is incidentally my favorite of the series.)
Volume 7: Living Sacrifice: (SPOILER ALERT!) For the last two years, Emma has lived with the pain and guilt of thinking her daughter died just hours after she was born. But then an agent of Russian gangster Sergei Bykov tells Emma her daughter is alive in Russia with Bykov. Emma and the Sewer Rat rush off to Russia in order to save Louise. Meanwhile, a group of half-witch assassins is after witch Aggie Chiostro's infant daughter. To stop them, Aggie and her niece Cecelia travel the globe to search for the mysterious leader of the assassins, known only as the Headmistress. Yet an even greater evil is waiting in the wings, ready to plunge the whole world into darkness!
Word Count: 112,000
Volume 8: The Heart of Emma Earl: The evil goddess Isis has returned and only Emma Earl can stop her. There's just one problem: Emma's gone missing! As the only one in the world who hasn't been brainwashed by Isis yet, Tim Cooper ventures into a parallel universe to get the tools to allow him to enter Isis's realm and rescue Emma so she can try to vanquish Isis once and for all!
(And there's really a lot more going on in this one, but I don't want to give too much away. As you'll see from the word count, this is an epic.)
Word Count: 158,000 (Told you it was epic.)
There you have it! As you can see, it is a sprawling epic of massive proportions. It's a real bargain at only $1.99 per book. I mean for $1.99 you can't even buy a new comic book that's only 23 pages long! If you don't believe me, just check out DC or Marvel online...I'll wait. And have you seen how much it is for a movie ticket these days? That's only going to entertain you for 2 1/2 hours--if that. This is a much better way to get some epic superhero adventure.
While I'm tilting at windmills, in two weeks I'll talk about my other series, The Chances Are series!