Reminder: My Books are Free!

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For those of you who don’t know this, I just wanted to explain the price model for my published books:

Short Version: They’re Free!

Long Version: They’re Freeeeeee!

But Hayden, I hear you ask, how can you just give away your books for free, despite all of the time and effort it took to make them?

Well, the answer is simple: I know how much of a gamble it is to spend your hard-earned money on an unknown and untested author, so I removed the risk. Now, you don’t have to choose between the latest Brandon Sanderson epic and Be Good, you can have both!

If you like what I’ve written, great!

And if you unfortunately don’t, then at least it didn’t cost you anything.

Of course, I am only able to give away my books because they are not my primary income stream. I am currently working as a Physiotherapist in a private hospital, which earns me enough to pay my bills and keep food on the table.

But who knows what the future holds? If possible, I would like to write full-time, enabling me to bring out better books more often, but in that case, I will most likely have to start charging for my works.

Until then, my books will remain free.

Also, please don’t worry about getting half-way through The Chronicles of New Eden and suddenly hitting a paywall. All of my current series will be free, from start to finish, for the foreseeable future.

With that said, why don’t you give my books a chance, you might just be glad you did!

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The Beggar Knight Story Overview

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Apologies for the late upload, I’ve been sick since Wednesday.


With The Beggar Knight being released tomorrow, I thought that I might as well tell you what it’s all about!

The Beggar Knight tells the story of You Bugger, a beggar living in the sleepy town of Garn. A man with a mysterious past, his only desire is to be allowed to beg in peace.

However, that dream is challenged by the arrival of Princess Claudia, who is fleeing the murderous assassin known as Thirty-Nine. Forced to assist Claudia, You Bugger must now journey across the land of Brent, avoiding gangs, nobles and assassins alike.

Will he succeed? Will Claudia claim her throne? And will You Bugger ever get back to begging in his favourite spot?

Read The Beggar Knight, available tomorrow, to find out!

The Beggar Knight Character Profile: Thirty-Nine

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If he’s Odd, run. If he’s Even, run all the same…


Age: 35

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Black

Height: 5’9

Occupation: Knight Assassin


A master assassin and certified madman, Thirty-Nine has been hired by forces unknown to eliminate the Heir of Brent. He loves Even numbers, and becomes unhinged when he is Odd.

And by the way, Thirty-Nine isn’t his name.

It’s his kill count…

Read The Beggar Knight on Sunday to discover how many times his name will change in pursuit of the Princess!

Stay tuned for a brief story overview tomorrow, to see how all of these weird and wonderful characters fit together!

The Beggar Knight Character Profile: Fade

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He who dwells in darkness.


Age: 29

Hair: Black

Eyes: Black

Height: 6’0

Occupation: Assassin


The second best assassin in the land of Alm, Fade keeps to the shadows, only appearing in the last moments of his victim’s life. He is You Bugger’s closest friend, which in turn makes him the most dangerous beggar in the world…

Read The Beggar Knight to find out more about this mysterious assassin!

The next character profile will be released on the 21st, followed by the story overview on the 22nd!

The Beggar Knight Character Profile: Claudia

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She will be Queen, no matter the cost.


Age: 23

Hair: Silver

Eyes: Blue

Height: 5’3

Occupation: Heir-Apparent of Brent


The Princess herself.

Heir to the throne of Brent, Claudia has spent most of her life training for her ascension. Now, however, she is surrounded by beggars and assassins, fighting for her life.

Will she triumph? Will she fall? Read The Beggar Knight to find out!

Look forward to another character profile on the 18th!

The Beggar Knight Update: Almost There!

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Good tidings, one and all!

The Beggar Knight is almost ready for publication!

If I can finish the final checks on time, then the book will be released on the 24th of March!

Between now and then I will be periodically releasing character profiles for the four main characters, along with a general synopsis for the book.

And remember, The Beggar Knight, along with every other book I’ve written, is completely free of charge! No subscriptions, no sign-ups and no micro transactions!

So look forward to meeting You Bugger the Beggar and learning about his weird and wonderful world!

The Beggar Knight Character Profile: You Bugger

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That’s not his name. It’s just what people call him…


Age: 26

Hair: Dirty blonde with a ragged beard

Eyes: Green

Height: 5’10

Occupation: Beggar


The Beggar who has it all.

You Bugger is a beggar living in the unremarkable town of Garn. After fleeing from his mysterious past, he has found happiness in the simplicity of his current life. However, a certain princess’ arrival might spell trouble for our complacent hero…

Look forward to another character profile on the 15th!

The First Draft of The Beggar Knight is Done!

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Hooray!

So yeah, I’m a little bit ahead of schedule, which is never a bad thing (I had originally planned to be finished by the end of the month). From what I’ve observed in the past, the beginning and end of every book flows quite smoothly, while the middle takes a bit longer.

Now, on to the fun part: editing.

First, I will read through the book in its entirety in order to get a general feel of the story and how well it flows. After that, I’ll make a few important edits that I’ve been putting off, before handing it over to my Alpha Readers.

Using their feedback, I will begin the second round of editing. If everything is looking good, then I will move on to the next stage: pre-release formatting.

With any luck, this entire process should be complete in about a month, owing to no major delays or setbacks. If everything goes to plan, then I will hopefully be able to publish The Beggar Knight in March!

Of course, if anything changes, you will be the first to know!

So, stay tuned for more updates and character profiles!

Holy Order 9743 – Prion Garnick

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Sabotage the Royal Mill during Ashrise

Prion Mentan Garnick stood before the towering Royal Mill, impressed by the craftsmanship on display. Although the building had been constructed almost a hundred years ago, it looked brand new.

A testament, he supposed, to the men in charge of maintaining the important structure.

But today, those men would be put to the test.

“Good morning!” cried a man dressed in the white garments of a labourer. However, his clothes had less dirt and grime than the men around him, marking him as management.

“Good morning! May Priarch bless this day and all those that follow!” Prion Garnick said, moving towards the man.

“May he bless it indeed! My name is Alain, and this is my mill. I was told that a Prion was coming to visit us, but I was not told why…” Alain said, looking nervous, “Are we in some sort of trouble?”

“No, you have committed no sins against Priarch… well, that I am aware of. My purpose today is to inspect the mill and its workers.”

“Ah,” said Alain, as he breathed out a sigh of relief, “But if I may ask, why have you taken it upon yourself to perform such a menial task?”

Prion Garnick took a moment to compose himself. Lying did not come naturally to him, after all.

“Alain, I have spent the last ten years behind the walls of Origin. I have studied the Originarium and learnt every single Parabil, and yet I fear that I have not truly connected with the people that I will now serve. Thus, I arranged to be brought here, so that I might see the hardworking men of Vuria in their natural environment. If you would be so kind as to give me a tour?”

The man immediately relaxed, clearly no longer worried that he might lose his job or worse, spend eternity in the Void.

“Of course, Prion! I take it you would like to start in the dormitory? Most of the workers are having their break, so that is where you will find your ‘hardworking men of Vuria’.”

“Um… ah… no, I wouldn’t want to disturb them on their hard-earned break. How about we start in the mill itself?” Prion Garnick muttered.

Alain looked at him for a second before replying, “As you wish. Please, follow me.”

Together, the two men made their way towards the lofty building.

Hopefully, Prion Garnick would find something inside to break…

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Stories, Surgeries and Signs of what’s to come

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Hello there! (General Kenobi)

Yes, I know it’s been a while, but I haven’t been spending all my time lazing about and not writing, I promise.

Instead, I’ve been recovering from surgery (Umbilical Hernia Repair), which has taken a little over two weeks. Thankfully, with all that free time, I was able to make some progress with The Beggar Knight!

As it stands, I have written 10 of the 15 chapters of the first draft. If I stay on track, the final word count should be a little over 60k words (roughly in line with Be Good).

I am very happy with what I have written so far, which will hopefully translate into minimal editing time. Factoring in the read-through, cover design and final mark-up, The Beggar Knight will hopefully be ready for publication in April.

Of course, if this estimate changes, I will update this post.

With regards to Son of Man and The Godhand, I’ve placed them on the back-burner until The Beggar Knight is completed, in order to deliver the best book I am capable of writing.

Finally, I have also been doing some much needed work on my website. I am entirely self-taught when it comes to all of this, including website design, so it is definitely an ongoing project.

If you would like to check it out, head over to www.haydenpearton.com

Until next time,

Hayden Pearton