It is incredible–brought to you by wonderful writer and fantastic designer L. Blankenship.
… And on Tuesday, I’ll reveal why I needed a new, improved, marvelous cover!
As more options become increasingly available, it’s critical to understand which ones are intended only to transfer your funds into unethical hands.
The epic fantasy novel Sword and Chant and the short story “All the Way Home” are now available ebooks through the Best Indie Book Store here.
One of my fellow Viable Paradise graduates, L. Blankenship, is gearing up for the release of her first novel!
From the back cover:
The saints favor her, else-wise a peasant girl like Kate Carpenter would never be apprenticed to the kingdom’s master healer. But her patron saint also marks her ready for the duty of tending to a mission that must cross the ice-bound mountains. Their little kingdom faces invasion by a vast empire and desperately needs allies; across the snow-filled pass, through the deathly thin air, is a country that’s held off the empire and may be willing to lend an army.
Kate knows about frostbite and the everyday injuries of wilderness travel. She can heal those.
She’s not ready for the attentions of a ne’er-do-well knight and the kingdom’s only prince, though.
And she isn’t ready for the monsters that harry them night and day, picking off their archers first, wearing the party to exhaustion, pushing Kate beyond the limits her healing abilities.
She must keep them alive, or her blood will be on the snow too.
And she’s running a giveaway for an advance copy of the ebook! All you have to do is go here to enter. You’ll also be able to scope out a sample of the novel and find out about the author. If you’re looking for interesting chat about her writing process, check out Notes from the Jovian Frontier.
Years ago, I wanted to play sincerely with some standard fantasy tropes–quests and prophecies and such–while giving a nudge-wink to the expectations. It was intended to be a short story, but like most other of my intended short stories, it ended up much longer.
The Key earned first place in the quarterly Writers of the Future Contest, and originally appeared in the contest anthology. The prize for winning included an incredible week in Los Angeles where we writers attended a workshop taught by Tim Powers and KD Wentworth. While there, I had to write a short story that included the green lighter Tim gave me for “inspiration,” and I learned from KD that short stories had to “mutilate the cows on the first page.”
Now The Key is available as an ebook–and it includes a preview to the upcoming novel, Sword and Chant.
“For Benjas, a mercenary mage, finding the next Key is an important contract with great consequences. For Cassandra, a fanatical warrior, it’s the quest of a zealot. Secrets and fears pile up between them until success becomes more dangerous than failure, and only the Key can separate victors from victims.”