Matthew Hughes: the Archonate

Matthew Hughes

The name I answer to is Matt Hughes. I write fantasy and suspense fiction. To keep the two genres separate, I now use my full name, Matthew Hughes, for fantasy, and the shorter form for the crime stuff. I also write media tie-ins as Hugh Matthews.

Home page: http://www.archonate.com


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Passengers & Perils, Third Installment

I’ve posted the third installment of my novel, Passengers and Perils, the sequel to my Vancean space opera, Template.  It’s priced at 99 cents (US) on Amazon.  Our plucky heroes encounter interworld organized crime.

I’m using Amazon’s short-stories Kindle feature, and am putting out half of a chapter at a time, at 99 cents each.  I’ll do two half-chapters a week over eight weeks and hope to see them build some momentum. 

I’m grateful to the readers that have given the first two installments five-star reviews.

I’m hoping that getting into Amazon’s shorts market will win me some new readers, which is always my ambition.

The newest installment, the first half of the book’s second chapter, is now live on Amazon.  I’ll put up the fourth installment on Saturday.

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Second Installment of Passengers & Perils

I’ve posted the second installment of Passengers and Perils, the sequel to my Vancean space opera, Template.  It’s priced at 99 cents (US) on Amazon.

The novel was originally written in eight episodes of about 10,000 words each, which I intended to sell to a magazine, one by one, then put together as a single volume and self-publish.  I sold the first episode, “Stopover at Meech’s World,” to Amazing Stories but then that magazine ran into difficulties and couldn’t take the rest.

I’m using Amazon’s short-stories Kindle feature, and will put out half of an episode at a time, at 99 cents each.  I intend to do two half-episodes a week over eight weeks and hope to see them build some momentum. 

Later, I’ll reassemble them into a $4.99 ebook and $12.99 POD paperback, as usual.

I’m hoping that getting into Amazon’s shorts market will win me some new readers, which is always my ambition.

The newest installment, the second half of the story “Stopover at Meech’s World” that ran in Amazing, is now live on Amazon.  I’ll put up the third installment on Wednesday.

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New space opera in new way

It was a long wait, but Baen Books finally turned down Passengers and Perils, the sequel to my Vancean space opera, Template.  Since I’m in an experimental mode (or mood) these days, I’ve decided to self-publish the book in a new (to me) way.

It was originally written in eight episodes of about 10,000 words each, which I intended to sell to a magazine, one by one, then put together as a single volume and self-publish.  I sold the first episode, “Stopover at Meech’s World,” to Amazing Stories but then that magazine ran into difficulties and couldn’t take the rest.

Mags generally aren’t too enthusiastic about picking up a truncated series, so I finished the story as an episodic novel, bounced it off Baen, and now I’m back where I started.

I’m using Amazon’s short-stories Kindle feature, and will put out half of an episode at a time, at 99 cents each.  I’ll do two half-episodes a week over eight weeks and hope to see them build some momentum. 

Later, I’ll reassemble them into a $4.99 ebook and $12.99 POD paperback, as usual.

I’m hoping that getting into Amazon’s shorts market will win me some new readers, which is always my ambition.

The first episode, one half of the story “Stopover at Meech’s World” that ran in Amazing, is now live on Amazon.  I’ll put up the next installment on Saturday.

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Monthly newsletter out

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Barbarians audiobook sample

Here are the opening five minutes of Skyboat Media’s unabridged audiobook of Barbarians of the Beyond, read by Gabrielle de Cuir.

I like it.  Morwen Sabine, the heroine of the tale, subtly emerges as a figure of mystery.  Which, of course, she is.

Take a listen:  https://soundcloud.com/skyboat_audiobooks/barbarians-of-the-beyond

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