Spike: “I had a plan.” Angel: “You, a plan?” Spike: “A good plan, smart plan, carefully laid out. But, I got bored.” [Spike pushes Angel against a wall] Spike: “All that watching, waiting. My legs started to cramp.”
Thank you to everyone who voted (or tried to vote but couldn’t get through the login process, which took me a like the whole week to understand) — Shards has won the Pitch Perfect award for the week of February 6th!
So over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, with a little extra time off from the job that actually pays the bills (Lord knows writing doesn’t), I finally wrapped up the last pass of editing on the conclusion of Shards — or, as I am now calling it, The “Strings” Duology:
My new fantasy novel Shards is now available from the Kindle Store (or, if you’re in the UK, the UK Kindle Store) and the Nook Store at Barnes & Noble for $2.99 US (or the equivalent)! A print edition will be coming eventually, but first I need to finish editing (i.e., rewriting) the concluding book, The War of the Ravels, which I expect to have done some time next year. Sorry to leave everyone hanging, but I promise not to take as long as George R.R. Martin does between installments of “A Song of Ice and Fire”!
Well I selected my cover art for “Shards” already — sometimes you find an image and it just clicks! This artwork is “Inhale Exhale — The 7th Hour”, by Emilie Leger. (Check her page for more great art, one of which is likely to eventually become the cover of “The War of the Ravels”. For those who are allergic to Facebook, she also has a page at deviantART.)
I am looking at four options for the title and author name text, in horizontal and vertical permutations. I am leaning toward the vertical ones, but haven’t decided which I like best. (Well actually I’m sitting down, but you know what I mean.)
Well, for the one or two readers (both of whom are most likely in the UK) who are still waiting for the follow-up to Dragon Stones (which was once upon a time the #1 best seller on the Kindle fantasy lists in the UK), it is finally finished! The new book, Shards, is part one of a two-part fantasy series, and clocks in at about 111,000 words. For those who are keeping track, that’s somewhat shorter than A Flock of Crows is Called a Murder or Dragon Stones, but longer than Night Watchman or Long Before Dawn. Why release it as two books instead of one? Well …
So last week I got a message from Amazon.co.uk that they were going to be depositing a royalty payment into my account. I wasn’t really aware that I had been making any sales in the UK, so I went to take a look at my Kindle e-book reports and was startled to find that I had sold hundreds of copies of Dragon Stones the week before. Then I visited the Dragon Stones product page, and was even more startled to see this:
We’ve got company this week so I’m trying not to do so much blogging (and I already blew an hour or two on Dennis’s Sunday Awards and Meme show), but I just wanted to let everyone know that A Flock of Crows is Called a Murder has been approved and released on Kindle. Get yours here — only 99 cents! And of course no post about Crows would be complete without an excerpt to whet your appetite …