Read Woodcastle for free!

Get ready for this one, folks, it’s going to be my most ambitious yet.

As you may know, Woodcastle (Kingdom through the Swamp’s Reboot) is going along smoothly with new chapters, sharpened characters, and tons more story description, and is due a release on April 2nd.

I’ve been meticulous in my construction of chapters, prose, and ad copy leading up to its release, but I’m missing that first wave of readership and review that’s so vital for so many successful books.


That’s where you come in!

I’m looking for people to read Woodcastle for free, and shoot back their thoughts and impressions along with a quick review on its upcoming amazon page. You’ll get to enjoy Woodcastle before anyone else, and have a direct hand in the finished product.

Here’s how it’ll work:

Upon recipient of the book in the file type of your choice (.pdf, .mobi, .epub), you’ll read it, give me your feedback through email (optional), and then leave a review on on April 2nd, because a book launching on April fools day might not be the best idea.


That’s it!

You’ll get to read Woodcastle before your poor unfortunate friends for free, and the book will receive helpful social proof that will bless it for years to come!

So if you’re interested in this endeavor, just email me with your desired file type, and I’ll shoot it your way asap!

Contact me at and get your copy!

Best regards,

Kell Inkston

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I’m still alive / What I’ve been up to


I understand I haven’t written you in weeks, and for that I apologize. The holidays, projects, and a few interesting nails have hit my side as of late, and it was all I could do to cut my way out of the work I already had. That said, this will be fairly long, but it will also be sweet.

We’ll start down the list step by step. If there’s a tagline that you’re not interested in, just skip to the next:


-Woodcastle (Kingdom through the Swamp’s reboot) is getting a fancy cover!

Don’t believe me? Check out the W.I.P. right now!


Isn’t that wonderful? The artist has been doing a fantastic job, and will be a good-looking herald to the story. That said, on top of this, you can expect an eventual “rebranding” for all of my main series; this is just the first of the transformations!


-Dragon Scythe Online will continue, though slowly for now

For those of you reading along with my writing in Dragon Scythe Online, expect it to continue at full speed soon enough. I can’t give an exact time estimate due to outside-scribery influences attempting to slow my interaction with this plane of existence, but do know that the story will go on. The majority of my writing time right now is in making sure Woodcastle is absolutely fantastic and Bonecastle is as traumatic as it gets. Half joking. That said, I’m not sure when you’ll see DSO at full speed again, just take heart that you’ll be seeing more soon enough.


-Official character art is being put together for the Courts Divided Universe (Dimension #13, by O.E.L. standards)

I’m getting up with artists of considerable skill to bring more life to the universe, in order to help cover illustrations and get people’s imaginations running ahead. Here’s a quick W.I.P. of Royal Knight Order, for those of you wondering what kind of quality we’re talking about:


Yes, I know she doesn’t actually have a sheath for Monument, but like I said this is all a step by step process.


-Bonecastle is almost done!

It too me long enough, I’m sorry, but a bit under four months later, Woodcastle’s sequel, Bonecastle is almost done in its rough draft form. Expect an official announcement sometime next month, and get ready for some crazy minion antics punctuated by gory high-stakes combat. ❤


That’s all I really have for you today. I hope that this missive finds you well and that you’ve been reading all sorts of wonderful things. Do you like Paulo Coelho? He’s one of my favorites, if only for The Alchemist.


All the best to you and your kin,


Dragon Scythe Online’s in-writing reveal

Good day to you, beloved reader-type,

I bring you this day my current project, and this time, you get to read along!

So as you may know NaNoWriMo got off to a fairly bumpy start for me. Halloween Knight is just something I don’t feel ready to do yet, but I only figured that out after getting roughly 5k into it.

This new fiction is also a reboot, but it’s a lot further from my old source material.

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Introducing Dragon Scythe Online a LitRPG that spans multiple tropes, and subverts pretty much all of them. And yes, that is Kell Inkston on the cover there – what am I doing in my own fiction, you ask? Well it’s a secret for now. You have to read to find out.

In case you’re not in the know about this newer subgenre, LitRPG is basically a fiction with heavy game elements, which would also place it somewhere in the postmodern fiction category. Expect lots of references to stats, character charts, and online game stuff as dressing for the overarching, actually-quite-dark story.

Instead of writing this in my dark repository as I tend to, this time I’m posting new segments of the story every day to the fiction site Expect lots and lots of fairly generic tropes, but each time with a small twist. It’ll lead up to something really cool if you’re willing to spare the time, especially for you sci-fi readers of mine. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think:

That said, Stonecastle is nearly halfway done, and you can expect to see that early in 2018, probably alongside a relaunch of Woodcastle (formerly Kingdom through the Swamp). After that expect to see either Xtreme Force Book 1 finally released, or Walking the Scar’s completion on this blog right here.

Hope your day is wonderful and that your harvests are rich,



Not even 10 days in – my NaNoWriMo surrender/reprojecting! ; ;

Good day to you.

I understand this is a bit of a weird post considering the timing, but I have some good/bad news.

I’m not actually ready to write Halloween Knight.

I’ll unpack my reasoning for you, as well as tell you what I will be writing (it’s another one of my super old projects, but even my most die-hard readers wouldn’t know about this one).

My reasons are as follows:

-My growing readership (one that’s heavily based in the upper-teen/younger adult range,) might not be quite so privy to a novel that has to do with holidays, and other cutesy-turned-serious themes right off the bat.

Don’t get me wrong, Halloween Knight was being written to be appealing from thirteen and onward, but right now I want to push hard in one direction to “earn my keep” in a closer genre. Yes, technically Halloween Knight was going to be YA Fantasy, which matches up with my other works pretty well, but I’m afraid that with as under the radar I am now, it’s unlikely to gain much traction with such an underused thematic.


-It’s not set in the Inkrealm universe.

At the moment I’m shooting to get a diverse ecosystem of books that deal with the likes of Overlord Chaos, The Captain, The O.E.L., and all those wonderful folks you know and love on the crazier side of things. Halloween Knight is pretty separate to all of that, as it takes place in a version of our own reality.


-I’m just not feeling it.

Yeah, sorry I was hyped to start it up, but roughly 5,000 in and I’m not really feeling it. I would agree that it is better than the original version (stopped that one at about 10,000 words) however the plot is just too muddy for me to really invest into at this time. I do want to write it and release it, but I’m afraid that I’m not really ready. Thankfully I’m an indie author so I call the ultimate shots with what I write and what my deadlines are. *Evil poverty laugh*.


That said, let’s move onto better things.

Way, way back, I wrote a great deal of a novel called Journey Quest. It was probably one of the first LitRPGs ever written, lol, as it was years before the genre took off. It revolved around two individuals that may or may not be video game characters, surviving in a world where their lives, and even their own existences are often brought into question thanks to great levels of O.E.L. meddling.

The story’s narrative is something that’s very precious to me, and I think you’ll really like it, regardless if you’re a reader of the genre or not.

That said, I’m planning on doing that for my NaNoWriMo bid instead. Am I super behind by starting from page 1?

Yes, I’ll be super behind, but it will give me a product that will have a market, attached to a story that I think will be not only unique as a LitRPG book, but also as a fantasy and sci-fi book. We’re going to get pretty deep with this, and you can expect at least one (two or more for those really long-time readers) character cameos.

Considering LitRPG’s writing style is a little more simple (if you can call postmodern fiction simple at all) then my speed for this project should be considerable. I’m really going to try to put myself to the grindstone on this one, or else I’ll talk myself out of it like I am with Halloween Knight, and it’ll be super embarrassing to yet again have another unfinished version of an unfinished old novel lying around.

Here’s the cool news, I’m going to post chapters of it to the LitRPG fiction site Royal Road Legends. They have a huge readerbase, and I have a feeling I’ll be able to pick up a good deal of new readers so long as I stay consistent with it all.

If you were really looking forward to Halloween Knight, you have my deepest apologies for the cancellation of the project, and I’ll gladly send you the segment I wrote for your enjoyment. Just shoot me an email at and it shall be yours.

Expect the first segment of Journey Quest‘s reboot: Dragon Scythe Online, uploaded in the next few days. I’ll make sure to let you know.

All the best to you,






Halloween Knight for NaNoWriMo!

Before we get too far into it. Here’s a link to a nice jazz 24/7 livestream:

Let’s talk about what I’ve been up to.

I apologize for being so mysterious about things as I tend to be, but I simply have a good deal of work both IRL and on projects that have been taking up my time.

Also that new Super Mario came out, but we don’t need to draw that into the equation.

I’ve been spending most of my time since Eminence’s release working with Stonecastle, which is Woodcastle’s (formerly Kingdom through the Swamp) sequel. The project is roughly halfway done, and you can expect it either late December or early January. It will be a bit darker than KttS, but not so much that it would turn away those charmed by the original’s comfiness. Just be ready for way more necromancers, a bit more fighting, and plenty of hurt feelings.

So, newer news, I’ve decided to participate in this year’s nanowrimo!

*cue booing/gasps*

Yes, yes of course it is during one of my other novel projects, but I feel like this will be a welcome change of pace for me to explore a story idea I’ve had for a good while and haven’t yet had the pleasure of sinking my teeth into full-speed:

Halloween Knight!

Verily so, I’m going to (((attempt))) to write the novel’s rough draft from scratch, with more characters, a cooler main character, a dash more romance, and a severely badass villain! There’s a good chance this one could get done before Stonecastle, so apologies in advance to you Cooking Minion fans; you’re going to have to wait a little bit.

Project calendar as it stands:

1: Halloween Knight Book One (Holiday Rebellion) slated for December 5th

2: Stonecastle for December 20th-January 10th

3: Insurgence (VS Empire’s third book) February 30th

4: Walking the Scar (Pushed back again lol) sometime in April

Perhaps it’s notable that I have quite a few lined up in just six months, but do be aware this is closer to my preferred workload. Now, if only you wonderful readers would all buy each of my releases, perhaps I could get even closer to my desired speed and put out a novel a roughly one a month, so tell your friends! Really my speed is heavily dependent on my outside-of-writing worklife, so the less work I have to do, the more I can write! ❤

Also, to you writers out there, allow me to recommend How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis by Bryan Cohen. This is a wonderful, wonderful book that has revitalized and sharpened my blurb-writing skills, which are useful for both traditional writers and indies alike! It focuses on making the sale (which good writing in this form should) and is chock full of helpful examples and in-depth explanation to craft blurbs that readers love. It’s absolutely worth the small price tag, as it’s an investment in your future skills.

Sorry about that aside, reader, but I’ve really enjoyed it and thought more should know. It seems like I’ve really underestimated the selling process for the longest time, because I want people to read my stuff, but I don’t want to pay tons of monies to make that happen! I’m steadily learning, however, that for people to experience my writing, I must make the investment of making a product as attractive as possible, because in this cutt-throat writer world, it’s the very best looking products that buy the coffee. Preferably, the best product should be the best looking one, but that isn’t always the case.

Regardless, from now on expect fancier covers, more-striking descriptions, and razor-sharp tag lines. I’m committed to looking indistinguishable from traditional publishers, because the writing’s worth it, the stories are worth it, I’m worth it, and you are worth it. No more of bowing to the big publishers, I’ll be my own publishing house!

It’s time to shoot for the stars, reader. You and me, we’re going to make a world where people can write what they want, and get paid for it. People will be able to spread the wonderful stories and messages they have day by day, without the crippling weight of the 9-5 workday. It’s only a matter of time, reader, you can join with me, but regardless of what you decide on, I shall one day touch the stars.

… and then die because stars are super hot…. maybe I should use a different analogy next time.

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful day, and that you work hard to make our world a finer place for the good and the righteous; maybe the evil too, but I’m sure that part of being evil is not liking it when good and righteous folks have fun.

Much love,


Eminence is Eminent!

Yes, but first let’s enjoy some easy listening:

So we have a few wonderful things to announce today:

Voidstar Empire’s second book Eminence is now available on!


Click/tap here to get your hands on the digital version for $4.99

This one follows the 55th’s efforts in tracking down the culprits of the Serne terrorist strike, a situation that spirals quickly into suspicion as Cole realizes he has more than small relation to this organization in his past- exciting! Expect to see acquaintances and team mates, both old and new, Boris, The Captain, and someone by the name of… Grancis? Did I say that right? Not sure. Weird name.

Next article of wonderful news is Valiance is undergoing a permanent 60% price reduction, starting today until the 12th!

That’s right! Valiance’s digital version is now only $0.99 for a limited time! I figure this was the right move to introduce as many people to the universe as possible. Don’t forget to leave a review; it would mean a lot and be super helpful!

You can get your copy of Valiance by clicking here.

A quick note on the Valiance audiobook. Regrettably the deal fell through with the narrator. He’s a nice enough chap, but artistic divisions usually trump character I’m afraid.

That said I apologize for the wait, and  assure you Valiance will have its audiobook in the coming months!

The current project roster:

Castle in the Mountain – the sequel to Kingdom through the Swamp (Likely to be re-titled Castle in the Swamp soon for rebranding. Feel free to email me and let me know if you don’t like this idea) is number one right now, which I’m trying to slate for December if possible. Expect some really good looking cover art, a polished manuscript, and for the very first time, character art.

Insurgence – the third book in Voidstar Empire is set for February, though with some considerable work business there’s a good chance it could be delayed further. You remember that Guilan’s brother? The one hunting down Cole? Yeah, he finds Cole in this one; it’s gonna get messy.

– Walking the Scar – the “1.5” between Ktts and CitM is still on third wheel. I’m about 70% done with the project, but I simply need to find the inclination to finish up. The ending will definitely be one of my slower and more poignant ones. I think you’ll really enjoy it. Also, keep an eye over at for new chapters as they release!

All that said, I have a question for your all. What would you like to see along the lines of T-shirts? No joke. I’ve been considering swaggering up some merchandise for the Inkrealm universe recently, but I just need some good ideas.

Shoot me your thoughts at I’d really appreciate the help.

I hope you enjoy the reading and that you have a wonderful weekend.

All the best,

eyes2 – Kell


Eminence on October 5th!

First, my current music:

Now, onto business.


The second book in the Voidstar Empire series, Eminence, is set to be on amazon digital shelves for $2.99 on October 5th! I’m pretty proud of this one, but it might push the envelope a little much for some people’s tastes. This is, of course, the greatest sin an author can commit, as people’s opinions and sensibilities are far too precious to ever be touched.

Just kidding.

It’s nothing groundbreaking, but I’d say there’s plenty of nice morally gray segments that will keep some readers reflecting on the nature of some of the characters, particularly Cole, who’s been a little difficult to write this time around.

All things considered, I’m happy with the way it’s turning out, and I think you will too. This one’s going to have its fair share of combat, but also a whole lot of world-building and dynamic situations as well. Ever wondered what an Ardian queen looks like? What are VR sims like nowadays? How badass are O.E.L. scribes? The secrets are all inside!

What’s more, on October 5th, we will also be celebrating Valiance’s permanent price drop to $0.99! More readers, more fun, more money. *cue evil noises*

On other project notes:

-The Valiance audiobook contract has been squared away and production has begun, expect a nice, smooth, listen-to-able version in a month or less.

-Walking the Scar WILL continue, just not on storyshift. Expect it to be the next completed novel, and for chapters to be uploaded to on a periodic basis.

And just between you and me: if you could have a sequel to any of my books asap, which would that be? I have a lot of open series, I understand, so I’d be interested in your opinions to better direct myself. Shoot me an email at, or just comment somewhere. I’ll see it eventually.

I hope your day is wonderful, your harvests plentiful, and your campaigns successful.

All the best,