Rob’s Update: It’s Alive!

Week 30 of 2023

Greetings all

A Lake Most Deep is live and has had a great week already. You can get it here:


By the way, this is the first in the books of the Firehall Sagas, which has its own home page at: There’s all sorts of things there including descriptions of people, places, and things in the world of Eard.

It also has the maps! Here’s the new map to Achrida, the city where all the action in A Lake Most Deep happens. Click for the bigger version.

I had a great week talking about it too. Thanks to HP Holo for having me on her show on Saturday. You can watch the video here:

Then, I was on Inside CKP with Jeremy Comeaux on Monday. Watch this one here:

What an amazing release week and thanks to a huge list of people for helping make it awesome.

But wait, there’s more news about A Lake Most Deep! It’s part of this month’s book giveaway headed by Dave Butler. It’s even the headline book (never mind they’re listed in alphabetical order). Check out this page for the complete list:

To explain, there will be 5 winners chosen this weekend from all who sign up and each will get 6 books, physical, signed copies, from the ones listed there. That’s like $100 value, so it’s well worth taking the time to sign up.

Again, that’s

Overall, this has just been a fantastic week. I made progress on a number of projects, including Farewell, My Ugly. I also had a couple of really cool things happen early in the week that I can’t tell you about yet, but are awesome. Finally, I’m typing this update in Grove City, PA, which consistent readers will recognize as my normal stopping point the night before Pennsic.

And what a Pennsic this promises to be as it’s Pennsic 50. I’ve been about 20 times now, and it is truly a home. Friends I see once a year, great bardic circles, stories of old and new ones getting made, it’s just something special.

Best of all, Pennsics have become productive, what with the way I have my shop set up and the ability to work whenever there’s no customers. Either I’m getting words on the page or selling something. It’s works out well.

I’ll get you updates while I’m there, but for now, I’m off to get a good night’s sleep. I’m going to need it.

What I’m Listening To

Not much. In the hotel room relaxing after a long and moderately arduous trip.

Quote of the Week

Happy birthday to Gary Gygax. Thanks for bringing D&D into the world, my life is so much better for that. Here’s a great quote that actually describes my writing style too.

The worthy GM never purposely kills players’ PCs, He presents opportunities for the rash and unthinking players to do that all on their own.

– Gary Gygax

Rob’s Riddles

I have a Patreon where I write Old English style riddles and provide snippets of my work. You can find it here:, along with a sample riddle.

First Line of Next Riddle:

I am a king      Conquering all before me

Latest Snippet: Chapter 1of A Lake Most Deep

New Mythology Works in Progress

Of note, this now includes our recent releases, so if you’re not sure what we’ve put out lately, you can go here and check.

Rob’s Works in Progress

  • Sowing Spring’s Wrath (3,213)
  • Farewell, My Ugly (77,112)
  • Rick Blaine (8,845)
  • The Feasting of Vengeance (3,405)

Upcoming Events

New Releases

More Salvage Title awesomeness from Nick Steverson and Melissa Olthoff! Privateers & Pandemonium is live and you can get it here:

Your pre-release this week is Tinaree: Forged in Crucible by Nic Plume. This is book 2 in her Shadows of Peace series and you can get it here:

And, of course, A Lake Most Deep, book 1 of the Firehall Sagas is live. You can get it here:

Tracked Items

Today’s Weight: 352.0

Updated Word Count: 207,132

Firehall Sagas Archives: 743 entries

Let me know if you have any suggestions on the website, this email, or cool story ideas at Especially let me know of suggestions you have for the Spotlight section.

Have a great week, everyone.

Rob Howell

Creator of the Firehall Sagas Universe

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