Sticking with the cover reveal theme of the past few posts, today I’ve got one for something that hasn’t actually published yet, at least as a solo ebook.
“Natural Order” originally appeared in the 2014 anthology Legends and Lore from Xychler Publishing. Theoretically still available, I haven’t heard anything from the publisher since June 2018, and the publisher’s website hasn’t been updated in even longer, but I’m well outside the original agreement for exclusivity and this is a big enough story to stand on its own.
So, “Natural Order” gets to be its own ebook, and the next one I’m releasing, the final check of the manuscript files is slotted for Sunday. From there, it’s a couple of uploads, and voila!
For reference, it’s a 7200-word story, falling just a little short of novelette length, Contemporary Fantasy, and the cover may give away at least a piece of the myth I’m playing with.
Stay safe and be well, everyone.by
I’m big into minimalist covers right now, and this one certainly qualifies. The mop is relevant, though it doesn’t really speak to the title.
While the main character is a vampire, this isn’t a horror story. It’s not even, for the most part, all that dark as our protagonist settles into a new job that fits his undead lifestyle. At 8,300 words, it’s a short novelette, and hopefully a nice read for anyone who picks it up.
The “cover” copy:
The modern world is tough for a vampire who just wants to live his life unnoticed and unmolested. His friends age while he doesn’t, he’s got too many allergies and too many limits on what he can do. And even a vampire needs a place to live, so he’s got to have a job to pay the bills.
When you can only work it night, it’s tough to find a job, so when a position for a night janitor opens up at a nearby high school, he jumps on it. But it isn’t long before he discovers that even a high school can have secrets.
And the cover:
And, like I said, it’s already available.
Stay safe and be well, everyone.by
by Coming soon to an internet accessible bookstore near you, The Dragon’s Hoard, an anthology of 27 stories and a poem that have two things in common, a dragon and a hoard. Other than that, all bets are off. Consider this a cover and table of contents reveal.
As is my custom, I’m reading the anthology, but I won’t review it. At the moment, I’m about half way through and I’m quite willing to say I’m enjoying the book. It’s an eclectic mix of fantasy, with a nice variety of settings and concepts. My own contribution to the volume, “Dragonomics”, originally appeared in audio form a couple of years back on Cast of Wonders, and I believe it’s still available there, but if you’re a fan of the written word, The Dragon’s Hoard is the way to go.
I’ll follow up with an actual release date as soon as I have it. What I’ve got right now is “soon”.
Be well, everyone.
- Musings of a Dragon – Joseph Macolino
- Dragon Treasure – P. Irene Radford
- Life with Smokey – John Lance
- Hoard – Deby Fredericks
- Hosting Happy Hoarders – Sheryl Normandeau
- Meltdown – Chris Barili
- When the Next Wind Blows… – H. Holt
- Mosaic – K.L.J Anderson
- The Problem with Princesses – Sarina Dorie
- Ugly Girl – Lyn McConchie
- The Young Dragon’s Hoard – V. Hartman DiSanto
- Feed the Dragons – Christina Morris
- Time of the Month – Carol Hightshoe
- Dragon’s Tooth – Alexis Glynn Latner
- Tiffin, Taxes and Dragons – Gregg Chamberlain
- A Different Kind of Dark – David J. Fielding
- The Naming of Cats – Rebecca McFarland Kyle
- The Dragon’s Clause – Kelly A. Harmon
- The H-Word – T. J. O’Hare
- Shreddy and the Dancing Dragon – Mary E. Lowd
- Here by Choice – Gerri Leen
- Dragonomics – Lance Schonberg
- The Price of Everything – Shenoa Carroll-Bradd
- Here be Dragons – Violet Addison and David N. Smith
- Smelling Gold – Matthew Harrison
- The Tortoise – Helen Greetham
- These Things Held Most Dear – Harding McFadden
- The Dragon at the End of Time – Kathleen Price
by Way back in the October 2009 edition of Bards and Sages Quarterly, you’ll find what I consider my first modern publication (as opposed to my first paid publication, which happened back in 2003, a post for another day): “Absence of Garlic”.
“Absence of Garlic” is a story that’s difficult to classify. If pressed, let’s squeeze it into a box labelled Vampire Noir. At least there are both a vampire and a detective involved in the story, but they’re not the same character.
And it’s a short story. Very short. Most places would classify it as flash, but once upon a time, that’s what Bards and Sages published. They still do flash, but the guidelines recently (earlier this year) changed so they’re accepting stories up to 5,000 words, but I believe it used to be only 1,500.
As a single issue, you can get it as a kindle file on Amazon.ca or as kindle or print on Amazon.com. (Links are straight to the title.) But, if you really like short fiction, especially of the genre variety, Bards and Sages maintains a virtual store front at Drivethrufiction.com, where they’ve got a deal for the first five years of B&S Quarterly bundled as a single PDF for a mere $15. Among the other genre goodness, you’ll get three of my stories in the package.by
by Okay, I don’t do this very often, but maybe I’ll start. Say, once each month.
In SorcerousSignals, it appeared with the teaser line of “Generations after the Bright Ones abandoned the great stone city, the descendants of the servants they left behind discover a dark fragment of their past.” The artwork, a stunning piece by Holly Eddy (whom I wish I could find a website for), beautifully encapsulates the story without actually giving anything away.
Mystic Signals 18 is still available on Amazon, collecting all of the stories from that month of Sorcerous Signals and the previous month of The Lorelei Signal.
You can read my story (along with other great tales) online for free, and I absolutely encourage that. But if you really like it (or something else you read on the same site), I’d encourage you to think about buying the issue of Mystic Signals. No, I won’t get paid anything extra, but the publisher will have that extra incentive to stay in business, and maybe I’ll have a story that fits there again someday if they do.
Be well, everyone.