“The Waiting Doom” on the Melting Potcast, and an announcement!

Hello Freelancers!

It’s been a while since I checked in, but I wanted to let you know what’s going on. First of all, over the summer, The Melting Potcastt produced another brand-new Freelance Hunters story!

“The Waiting Doom” was performed by A. F. Grappin as a part of The Melting Potcast’s 4th anniversary episode last August! You check it out HERE!

When Joachim catches a stubborn cold, Glory makes an appointment for him with her doctor. But as a series of strange patients fill up the waiting room, Joachim wonders if Glory doesn’t have her own reasons for helping him.

And now, it’s announcement time! The Freelance Hunters is coming back to the podosphere in 2019! Final edits are going as we speak, and I’m in talks with an exceptional narrator to bring you even more astounding Freelance Hunters adventures starting in January! Stay tuned for further announcements, and thanks for all your support.


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“Ears to the Ground” on The Melting Potcast!

Hey Freelancers!

Have you heard the latest Freelance Hunters story, as presented by the ever-extraordinary Melting Potcast crew? Well wait no longer, and click HERE!

When the town of Corn Hall is reported missing, the Freelance Hunters grudgingly return to investigate, but nothing can prepare them for what they find there.

As always, thanks to August, Erin, and Theo for another great performance!

Want more Freelance Hunters? Follow me on Patreon for early chapters, short stories, news, and more!

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TFH s2e1: Live at Balticon 51!

Hello Freelancers!

Welcome to Season Two of the Freelance Hunters! We’re starting out with a live recording from Balticon 51! I was joined by friends of the show A. F. Grappin and Erin Kazmark of The Melting Potcast in a live-reading of chapter one of the in-development Freelance Hunters novel, The Shadow Over Ironwood! We also answered questions and gave away fabulous prizes!

Click HERE to listen for yourself!


The first Freelance Hunters micro-collection, “Glory’s Gauntlet and Other Stories,” is now absolutely free on Gumroad. Check it out from the link on the right, and be sure to leave a review on Goodreads, Amazon, or the site of your choice. It’ll help us get eyedrums and earballs!

And this is the first in a whole new series episodes. Stay tuned for new adventures from Glory, Joachim, and Bingo every two weeks!

And be sure to support me on Patreon for early access to episodes, text fiction, and other goodies!


Opening: “The Lion and the Unicorn,” Dimension Bucket, in the public domain, obtained through FreePD.com!

Closing: “Crunk Knight,” Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com!

Promo: The Melting Potcast

The Freelance Hunters logo designed by Alex White.

Next time: The Freelance Hunters in “Checkpoint!”

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Starting Today! The Shadow Over Ironwood!


Hello Freelancers!

I’m pleased to announce the next Freelance Hunters project, a novel-length serial, has launched on Patreon!

Patrons who donate a dollar or more will get access to the first Freelance Hunters novel, with new chapters appearing weekly!

Non-patrons will have to wait until spring for the eBook and print launch, but there will be new Freelance Hunters short fiction for your eyes and ears soon.

But until then, enjoy… The Shadow Over Ironwood!

When Glory and Joachim save an Elf girl from an angry mob, she begs them to save her logging village, located in the mysterious Elven homeland of Ironwood Forest. But the Forest is a deadly maze of traps and magical creatures which no trespasser has escaped alive. Can the two of them make it out alive, much less save the day? And where the heck is Bingo?

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“The Wizard’s Chamber” on The Melting Potcast!

Hey Freelancers!

A new Freelance Hunters short story, “The Wizard’s Chamber” is in the latest episode of The Melting Potcast!

Erin Kazmark once again hit this one out of the park.  She really nails Glory’s voice, and I was delighted to hear her voice her again.

So go have a listen and the good folks at The Melting Potcast what you thought.  And for more of my fiction, check out my Patreon page.  There’s a brand-new free story up for Halloween that Freelance Hunters fans will enjoy.

Keep your eyes on this space, because more Freelance Hunters news is coming soon!

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The Freelance Hunters on Patreon!

Hello readers and listener!

This is just a quick news update to let you know that I’m working on the next collection of Freelance Hunters short stories, and you, yes YOU! can get first crack at them by supporting me on Patreon!

Dollar level and higher patrons have already read this first print version of The Ice Box, which appeared last year on The Melting Potcast.  They also read a brand-new short story, The Wizard’s Chamber.

More Freelance Hunters stories will be appearing throughout August and September, and eBook level patrons will get their copies of the next collection, The Gold Equations and Other Tales as soon as it is complete.  Podcasts for this collection won’t be dropping until November at the earliest, so don’t wait to get your hands on new Freelance Hunters stories!  Glory, Bingo, and Joachim are poised on the cusp of an adventure that will take them to the depths of trap-filled tombs to the tops of mountain fortresses and out into the storm-tossed oceans!  You don’t want to miss it so please SIGN UP!

As always, thanks for your support, and I hope you enjoy the stories.

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The Gold Equations

Welcome to episode four of The Freelance Hunters!

Today’s story is The Gold Equations!

This story originally appeared on my blog as a thank-you to readers who reviewed the first mini-collection of The Freelance Hunters, Glory’s Gauntlet.

Today’s promo is for Nutty Bites!

Thanks for listening!

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“The Ice Box” on The Melting Potcast

Hungry for more Freelance Hunters?

A. F. and Erin over at The Melting Potcast have whipped up a full-cast performance of a brand-new short story, “The Ice Box.”  I originally wrote this for one of their flash fiction prompts, but the story was too big to be contained in a thousand words, and grew into a short.  I had a blast writing this one, and they did a great job bringing it to life.  Go check it out!

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A Splash on the Big Bridge!

Welcome to episode three of the Freelance Hunters!

Today’s story is A Splash on the Big Bridge!

This story was originally presented in audio by Mick and Katharina Bordet on their podcast, Every Photo Tells.  Rather than rerecord my own version, I wanted to share their excellent production with you.  Visit their site for more outstanding audio fiction, and get inspired by their photo prompts!

The Elysian Springs Kickstarter is entering its final week, and still has a long way to go to reach its goal.  Please help make this outstanding superhero fiction anthology a reality!

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The Least Unicorn


Welcome to episode two of The Freelance Hunters, a weekly fantasy adventure serial by Hugh J. O’Donnell!

Today’s story is “The Least Unicorn!

This story first appeared on my blog, as a part of a flash fiction contest.  HT to Mr. Scott Roche for the oversight.

This story can be found in eBook format as a part of the collection “Glory’s Gauntlet and Other Tales!”

Intro music is “The Lion and The Unicorn” by DimensionBucket, a work in the public domain obtained from FreePD.com.  Outro music is “Crunk Knight” by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com.  The Freelance Hunters logo is by Alex White.

Send questions and feedback to hjodonnell(at)gmail.com and I’ll answer them on the show.  Also, consider joining my Patreon feed, where any size contribution will get you exclusive podcasts and fiction.  Higher levels get eBooks, Hangouts, and more!  So please visit patreon.com/hughjodonnell to sign up!

Today’s promo is for the Elysian Springs Anthology Kickstarter!  This is a very exciting project, with a unique spin on superheroes.  Be sure to check it out!

Thanks for listening!

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