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Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Announcements and Shameless Plugs | 6 comments

Firewalls! And a Free Ebook

Firewalls! And a Free Ebook


Well, it’s been a while.

In fact, it’s getting closer to being a year since I announced the launch of my serialized novel, Firewalls, and left this blog to gather virtual dust. In that time I’ve written a 76,000 word novel, posted it online, grown my hair long, and cut it short again. I’ve learned some things that I will probably not actually ever use again (like how to give myself a ponytail) and some things that I definitely will. (Drinking coffee right before a twenty-minute power nap prevents me from waking up as a cranky zombie sloth.)

Now, I’m going full steam ahead into the second season of the Firewall Saga, and plan to begin posting it in November. The story’s taking a little more of a cyberpunky turn in this season, which I’m excited for. Also, I’ll be experimenting with some dual timelines, to explore Decker’s backstory a little more.

If you’ve been following the story up to this point, you have my gratitude and deepest appreciation. It makes me super happy that people are willing to come back week after week to read what is basically a rough draft written by some guy in Oklahoma who is freaking out because he just wrote past his outline and has to have a chapter out TOMORROW.

If you started the story, and didn’t finish it because life got busy, or you don’t like reading stories online (I’m with you in that camp, actually, which is awful coming from a guy who writes serial webfiction), and you would like to have Firewalls on your Kindle or e-reader where you can take it in at your leisure, I have just the thing for ya.


I polished the first season a tad, fixed one major plot hole, threw a cover together, and compiled it into an ebook, which I am offering free to all subscribers of The Firewall Saga. And if you’ve already read the entire thing online, the ebook does include one exclusive bonus scene, from a POV I had not previously written from.

If you’re already a subscriber (clarification: not of this blog, but to the webfiction) then just check your inbox for an email that will provide you with a link to your free download.

If you’re not a subscriber yet, and you’d like that ebook, just follow this link to a page where you can get all signed up and get that thing sent to you. Plus, you’ll be all set to receive new chapters of Season 2 when I start putting it out. Hopefully that’s a win-win situation for you, and if it’s not, you can just unsubscribe as soon as you have your ebook. Although I did recently read a statistic that said people who do that kind of thing have a much higher likelihood of being a crabby and obnoxious individual whom no one likes, and then being infected by a cyberzombie brain virus. Just what I’ve heard, do with that information what you will.

Keep in mind that the book, while not necessarily a first draft, is pretty close. As you read you will encounter the occasional plot hole, pacing issue, unrealistic piece of dialogue, or heaven forbid, the badly-worded phrase that accidentally turns an innocent piece of writing into an awkward innuendo. (Hey, it happens to all of us.)

I’m not by any means finished with this story, and I have hopes of making it the very best it can be, maybe someday turning it into an actual book. So if you have any thoughts, critiques, or feedback, please pop me an email! I’d love to talk to you about it.

Again, thanks everyone who has come along with me on this writing journey so far. It’s been a blast, and I can’t wait to see where Season 2 takes us. I’ll be coming back to this blog soon with a post on the things I’ve learned from my first year of writing serial fiction, so stay tuned for that.




  1. Yay! I’m so excited! I will be perfectly honest in saying that I have wanted to read this all along, but I juat never got to it. However, having a Kindle version will be super helpful. Thanks, Braden! I look forward to starting what I should have done months ago. 😀

  2. YES!! XD I’m so happy! I’ve been waiting anxiously for Season 2, and this ebook is the perfect thing to tide me over. Thank you so much for putting it out! I’m gonna go get it….
    Ah, Braden… you crack me up. People who subscribe only to claim a prize are more likely to be infected by a computer virus? @_@ I must be more careful about my online habits.

  3. Oh yay I cant wait for more of this story, who cares if it is a first draft, it is still really fun, and intriguing.

  4. November…thou art a most trying month. So very far away…But in the meantime, free ebooks will sooth my broken heart.

  5. Yay! I started reading your series, but, well, life happens and I forgot about it. I kept meaning to get back to it, but I’m not a big e-reader and getting caught up (I stopped on episode 1.3….) was terrifying. I’m definitely going to subscribe and add this to kindle. 🙂 Hopefully I can get around to reading it soon!

  6. I was staring for about three minutes at the picture you chose for this blog. It’s a cross between a man and a baby… O_o

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