I am giddy with excitement. Today is the release date for “The Autumn Lands”, my first stand-alone print title. It’s a novella and my longest published work yet, at 35k. Cover artwork by the amazing Catherine Dair.
Thanks also to Angel Marzinez, Toni Griffin, and Freddy MacKay for their great beta reads, and to Freddy especially for getting the book into print format, and for wrestling with Amazon to get the print cover right.
I am so excited to share this story with you:
Jerrith is running. Kissed by an elf, he can’t remain in his hometown of Althos any more. Not that he wanted to stay.
Caspian still hasn’t figured out why he kissed Jerrith, but he’s running too. Since he was exiled from the Autumn Lands, his past has been hazy, and his future uncertain.
But when a stray memory brings things into focus, the two decide to run toward something together. What they uncover will change how they see the world, and themselves, forever.
The book can be ordered (3.99 eBook, 8.99 paperback) at:
I hope you like it!
My blog tour is rolling out too!
Three stops yesterday and today:
I have an interview up at ‘Cia Nordwell’s blog:
Do you have any writing rituals?
Just that I have a very limited amount of writing time each day, so I have to be sure my butt is in my chair at 12 PM sharp, or I won’t make my goals. Oh, and there may or may not be a miniature Marvin the Martian at my desk who brings me good luck.
Is Autumn Lands an older story you wrote and revised for publication now or a new story freshly plotted?
Hmmm… that’s a hard one to answer. The seed of the story was something I wrote twenty some years ago. I started it but it never went anywhere. I pulled out those few pages when I was asked to write something for a fall-themed anthology, and so it was initially published as part of Travels Though the Scarlet Equinox in November. But it’s now getting a stand-alone release.
What kind of elves are in your story? The High Elf ethereal type or the Earth Warden nature type?
If I told you that, I’d have to kill you. Seriously. Let’s just say they’re not your run-of-the-mill elves.
Next up, I’m popping up at BA Tortuga’s Rednecks and Romance blog talking about Inspiration:
What inspires me?
I never know how to answer that question. It’s never really one thing—I’m not the kind of writer who just sees something on TV and goes “damn, there’s my story.”
Well, ok, that happened once. But in all fairness, it was a really short story.
And last but not least, for release day, I have a post at Charlie Cochet’s Purple Rose Tea House blog about how reviewers are always telling me my stories aren’t long enough. Oh, and an exclusive excerpt:
It’s been about two years since I decided to get back into the writing game again.
I’d started writing young, when I was in fourth grade. Through junior high and high school, I’d written short stories, then part of a novel, and then another one. And then somehow it had drifted away from me on a tide of rejections and indifference from one publisher after another.
I went on with my life, every now and then taking a stab at the whole writing thing again. But every time I started up, I’d hit a road block:
—I wasn’t good enough.
—No one wanted what I was writing.
—My writing muscles had atrophied after so much time.
—I just… couldn’t…
More to come!!!