Fell Winter, Amazonvailable

(Click the cover to go to Amazon and sample, buy, et cetera. Other sites coming soon.)

I am super thrilled to announce that Fell Winter is available on Amazon. Kobo is figuratively giving me a heart attack with their converter, but I will–and verily–assay to get the book up on that site soon. Also, B&N.

Cover and Description for Fell Winter

Or in the words of my fellow Codexian Annie Bellet, cover pr0nz.

(Coming this autumn…)

Fell Winter

An evil not seen in hundreds of years has awakened in the highland nation of Badelgard. The Ulfr – the original inhabitants of the land whose evil was matched only by their power over death – stir from their barrows.

The dead walk again at the command of an Ulfr witch. The fate of the High King and the possession of the High Throne grow more and more uncertain. Tensions flare between the lowborn commoners and the highborn descendants of the Seven Wardens.

In the middle of it all, the lowborn musician Brand Gutlaffson is thrust into a perilous chase thanks to the foolish decisions of his friend, the warrior Gunnar Whoreson. Their midnight flight takes them to the accursed land of Blackfold, where the ancient Ulfr goddess waits for Her awakening.

The cold begins to set in. But there is more to fear than darkness and snow in this FELL WINTER.

This 40,000-word novel begins the “Ulfr Crisis” trilogy.

Upcoming Trilogy Announced

Over the past two months, I’ve sat on this novel (not literally, of course.) Mostly, I procrastinated on writing the synopsis and query letter. I talked with my writer friends on Codex and Odyssey et al. I realized that, should I decide to submit it to publishers, I may as well have it available for the public to read. I’m thrilled to announce that I will be publishing “Fell Winter” — a novel of 40,000 words (160 printed pages) — soon . The next book, “High Queen of Badelgard,” will be available by early December this year.

COMING IN FALL 2012…

An evil not seen in hundreds of years has awoken in the highland nation of Badelgard. The Ulfr – the original inhabitants of the land whose evil was matched only by their power over death – stir from their barrows.

The dead walk again at the command of an Ulfr witch. The fate of the High King and the possession of the High Throne grow more and more uncertain. Tensions flare between the lowborn commoners and the highborn descendants of the Seven Wardens.

In the middle of it all, the lowborn musician Brand Gutlaffson is thrust into a perilous chase thanks to the foolish decisions of his friend, the warrior Gunnar Whoreson. Their midnight flight takes them to the accursed land of Blackfold, where the ancient Ulfr goddess waits for Her awakening.

The cold begins to set in. But there is more to fear than darkness and snow in this FELL WINTER.

This 40,000-word novel begins “The Ulfr Crisis” trilogy.

Hag Hollow: a New Story and a New Series

Today, I released “Hag Hollow,” (Amazon; Kobo and B&N) the first installment of “Enchanted Forest,” a new short story series. Kobo and BN are priced at $1.99, while Amazon is $2.99 until they decide to price match.

Beginning with the first story’s publication today, August 5, I will release a new episode every month. I will do my best to make each episode stand-alone, so that you can start anywhere and end anywhere — and yet give a sort of overarching plot  for those who read them in order. For me, it’s also an exercise in crafting compelling plots in each episode.

The blurb reads:

Enchanted Forest: A New Short Story Series

In the Kalamar Forest, the line between the material world and the Otherworld is thin. Here, will o’ wisps draw unwary travelers into quicksand; the lupine Firvalg hunt in packs; giant spiders trap victims in sticky webs; and the vicious Mandragora coils through the western swamps in her never-ending search for food.

One warrior stands against the forces of darkness and decay, and the encroaching human threat: Pirosha Shortsprout–heir to the throne of Bayne yet smallest of all his people–who will be called the greatest norg that ever lived.

Episode 1: Hag Hollow

In the Kalamar Forest, norgs disappear every day. A “Gray Ghost” haunts the wood, speaking of the birth of a male to the west. It becomes increasingly clear to Pirosha Shortsprout that he must ignore his childhood warnings and do the unthinkable: cross into the deadly western swamps and visit Hag Hollow.

Add to your books on Goodreads:

Hag Hollow

In Which Our Hero Returns from His “Never Ending Odyssey”: News, New Plans and Old

I returned from an eight-day workshop in Manchester, New Hampshire. I had a terrific, awesome time, learned about writing and met new friends. In the process, I (your likeable protagonist) have changed some goals at the end of Act Two and kept some old ones. After talking with Jeanne Cavelos, overlord extraordinaire, I decided not to publish Fell Winter on e-readers. I plan on seeking out a trade publisher who can help me with marketing (a skill I sorely lack). It’s hard to stand out in such a saturated marketplace.

I will, however, publish a serial story for Kindle, Kobo, and Nook. I plan to sell each 3000-5000 word episode for $1.99. I will publish a new episode every month.

In the meantime, I plan to write short stories and submit them to magazines. Eventually, I hope to join SFWA. Watch this space for the serial, and, if the winds of fortune carry me alack, some new publications.