Fae Child publishes in less than a month, and I am already nearly done with drafting the sequel, The Furious Host. Inkshares, my publisher, is running a contest for the end of 2020 and I have entered book two into it!
I crowdfunded Fae Child, as most of you are probably aware, through Inkshares’ crowdfunding platform, but the newest contest does not require individual preorders in order to secure publishing. I think Inkshares may be pivoting away from purely crowdfunding, while also keeping that option open for authors, but that is just conjecture.
Regardless, this contest is driven by reader engagement (shares, links back, clicks, and page reads) as well as what stories Inkshares is interested in. Please click here: bit.ly/thefurioushost and follow the story. There ARE minimal Fae Child spoilers on the project page, but I tried to keep things vague.
So, click around but don’t read anything, haha! You may also preorder the book — if I don’t win publishing I’ll end the preorder phase and you will be refunded. I won’t be pushing for preorders like I did for Fae Child, and am just leaving it as an option for you to show your interest and support.
Thank you for your time and support, I appreciate you!
A long, narrow way, typically having walls either side, that allows access between buildings or to different rooms within a building.
When you hear the word ‘passageway’ you may think of a hallway. You have one in your home: a space that is in-between. Neither here, nor there. You don’t sit down and hang out in a hallway, you travel through it into other rooms. It is what referred to as a ‘liminal space,’ a threshold between two realities.
In this case, a threshold between the room you left and the room you’re going to. Another example of a liminal space is the airport. You don’t hang out in the airport on purpose, you travel through it in order to go from one destination to another.
In the same way the upcoming Passageways anthology is a hallway between different worlds. One of those doors opens to the universe of The Fae Child Trilogy, to a short story that I have written to give you a taste of what you can experience in my full-length book. Once you step out of my story you will find another door open to you, perhaps the one into the universe of The Faoii Chronicles (pronounced “fa-YEE”). Written by the very talented Tahani Nelson, her story will transport you into a world of warrior women and magic.
Another few doors might take you into the science fiction realms of Evan Graham, or S. E. Soldwedel, or to Susan Hamilton’s urban fantasy universe. The beauty of Passageways is that you don’t have to only travel from one place to another, you can go to all of the different destinations that are connected through this liminal literary space.
Once you get a feel for each writer’s style and book series, you can move more fully into their ‘universe’ and read their full-length novels. I am very happy to have been invited to take part in the inaugural edition of Passageways, and I hope you will pick up a copy once it is published at the end of the year.
Fifty days until my first full-length novel is published.
It’s ‘only’ 55,000 words. It is not a novella, it is a novel. I checked.
You have to have somewhere to go when you start writing sequels and the length bloats up! Or something like that. Fact is I wrote what I wanted to write, and it is fairly compact. I like to think I put a lot of story into a smaller space. I put a lot of WORK into it, for sure.
Early reviews are coming in. I promise myself I’m not going to look at them, and then I do. Sometimes I’m happy about it, and other times I’m not. You can’t please them all!
But seriously, I’m not going to look at the reviews anymore.
I’m going to do NaNoWriMo again, working on the same thing I did last November. The Furious Host, the Fae Child sequel! I should get it finished for sure. I really want to get it moving toward publication as soon as possible, which, funnily enough, means I need to finish writing it.
I have been writing choose-your-own-adventure type stories on a well-known message board for longer than I’d like to admit. (Mainly because they’re still ongoing and I haven’t managed to finish one yet!) The current political climate/global pandemic has been a muse killer, and I haven’t been writing much.
Of course, I’ve edited Fae Child and done a lot of ‘marketing’ for its release. Which is to say, I’ve done a lot of staring at my laptop and pretending I know what I’m doing. And yet, regardless of all that, I wish to always be creating NEW stories. It’s the spark for creating something new out of the ether that has been hard to grasp lately, so I have been dipping my toes into the creative water, so to speak.
Writing something new, and yet familiar. Something collaborative (with the ‘players’ who read along on the message board and vote on options at different points in the story), and with an ENDPOINT so I don’t just ramble on for a year or so.
And so, Adventures in Winter was created, a story set in the Fae Child universe. And you can read the results on my Ko-Fi! I will be posting the story of Treadle, a Winter fairy/pixie who has more bravado than brains and is on an EPIC QUEST to find their kinfolk, Pan, and possibly recover a long lost magical item. Will they succeed? Will they die?! It’s up in the air at this point.
Since starting the editorial process in June, I have been waiting for a concrete date that I could point to and say, “This is when you can hold the book in your hands.” My publisher was hoping for a Fall 2020 release, but with the global COVID-19 pandemic currently wrecking the United States (and the world, to a lesser degree), they were having to figure out their publishing process all over again.
Well! Everything is settled now, at least as far as FAE CHILD’s release date is concerned. December 15th is the big day, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I am trying to figure out all the things I need to do to make this launch as good as I can.
I have already submitted the ARC to several review sites, so hopefully it gets picked up. My launch team has their ARCs and are busily reading, and FAE CHILD has a Goodreads page! Yes, really! You can head over to your Goodreads account, if you have one, and add FAE CHILD to your “To Read” list.
In other, related, news, I am writing a short story set in the same universe as FAE CHILD that will be in a brand new anthology. PASSAGEWAYS will feature works from several up-and-coming authors, aimed at giving a glimpse at their unique literary worlds.
And by writing it, I mean I should be finishing it up right now but instead I’m updating my blog. I better go and get to work.