2018 Plan!

So this is my tentative plan for the beginning/middle of 2018… and I say tentative because we know what happens with plans and surviving contact with things. But hey, it’s still worth it to start with a plan!

Three Kings Day Sale 2017

Many years ago, when I used to do all my own prints, I used to run a sale to celebrate the procession of the three wisemen to Bethlehem. Three Kings Day is my parents’ culture’s gifting holiday, and falls on January 6th… so every year my post-Christmas sale lasted from December 26th until January 6th, representing their journey.

I also used to draw a graphic: me reprising that journey, with whatever characters were with me most of the year.

It occurred to me that I now have an Etsy store I can run sales on! So once again, it’s time to make the gift-bringing trip! From now until January 6th, you can get 15% off pendants and 10% off charms and coloring sheets on my Etsy store. You don’t need a coupon code… it’s already applied!

Zazzle’s also running a site-wide holiday, 60% off cards, 50% off calenders and mugs, and 15% off stuff like magnets and tote bags. Here’s my Zazzle store, and the code for that is ZENDOFYEAR60.

Finally, for your amusement, I rustled up all the old Three Kings graphics I could find. While there’s only four of them, I’m delighted that Daughter appears in two of them, and growing. Enjoy!

(P.S. Do you know the characters in silhouette? Have fun guessing. *grin*)

Book Launch: From Ruins (Princes’ Game 6 and Final)

A spy dying on the wall of a palace.

An Emperor turned rebel through the power of a psalm.

A shapechanger on the cusp of an enormous discovery.

A woman riding to battle in the vanguard of her enemies.

The known worlds are about to convulse in a cataclysmic war; time is running out. Can the Eldritch, the Chatcaava, and their Pelted allies turn the tide? Or will it all go up in fire?

And is there hope in ashes?

The sixth and final installment of the Princes’ Game series brings the threads from five epic novels to a stunning conclusion that will change the shape of the Peltedverse forever. Come and get it, at your favorite retailer:

http://books2read.com/u/mYgzvM

Please note: if you bought a copy before the announcement at any retailer other than Amazon and your copy is corrupted, try re-downloading now, or contact the vendor to push you the new copy! I have fixed it.

If you didn’t hop on board because you don’t read series until they’re done, you’re good to go! Book 1 is even on sale for 99 cents. If you haven’t read it because you need preparation before reading intense or triggery fiction, I’ve got you covered with these blow-by-blow summaries. If you’re waiting for something different, you’ve got good news: I can move on! And let me tell you, it feels really strange to be done with this series. At about 750,000 words, it’s the longest single story I’ve ever told, and I feel… very strange… having completed it. Like a great wind has scoured out the inside of my head. Phew.

Next year, I turn my attention to finishing up the Dreamhealers saga with Book 4, Dreamstorm. Then…? A MYSTERY. *grin* You might even have a chance to influence my next project, if you’re on my mailing list or Discord chat when I start discussing it! We shall see…

Ai-Naidar Meta-Conversations: To Live (with Nuance)

“Your language has too much nuance.”

This complaint wins me a sardonic look from Haraa, who is sitting on the windowseat with her books spread over her lap. But that’s fine. I can handle sardonic looks… it’s why I came out with this comment in front of her instead of the Calligrapher, or Shame, whose responses would have been far harder to handle.

“So what,” she drawls, “has you so confused this time, aunerai?”

“’Life,’” I say. “Is as. Why can’t I just conjugate that to get the verb?”

“Because it would be ugly,” she says dismissively.

“But you can conjugate other nouns to get the verb form!”

“But living is a lot more complicated.” She puts a bookmark in her journal—a kadkabini, because naturally I have the word for something esoteric, like “bookmark”, but not something as basic as “to live”—and leans over the closed book, brows lifted. “So go ahead. Ask.”

“How do you say it?” I ask.

“It depends.”

I try not to put my head in my hands. She grins.

“The words for having,” she says. “We combine those with the word for life to derive ‘to live’. And we use them accordingly.”

“You have five words for ‘to have’,” I mutter.

“Yep,” she says, leaning back, amused.

“So? Explain?”

Astemin,” she says. “That’s living like you’re creating your life, with intent.”

“Naturally,” I say. “You would have a word for that.”

“The astonishing thing is that you don’t,” she says. “Astemir, though, that’s to live like you’ve earned it. Something you say of people you admire, who’ve done good things.”

“But not made them,” I said. “I would have thought you would value making-as-value.”

“We do,” she says, cheerful. “Farren both lives-through-making, and has reached the point of living-through-earning.”

I really do put my head in my hands. “Don’t tell me there are another three words for living.”

“You’re in luck, there’s only one more. Asim, to live by being given your life as Divine duty and gift. That’s where most of us are.”

I look up, squinting. “But there’s no asimai…?”

“No one lives just because they exist,” she says. “Living’s not like being pretty or smart, something you’re born with. If you’re born at all, you’re already living because you’ve received a gift, from your parents who made you. There’s no…” She waves a hand. “No living in a convenient vacuum, where you get to deny that your existence doesn’t rely on other people.”

“Of course,” I mutter. “So… asim, astemin, and astemir.” I cock my head. “Astemshe?”

“Only,” she says, “if someone who is about to kill you stays his hand.” She grinned. “Kind of an ancient and bizarre construct, but I won’t say it hasn’t been used.”

“How do people even speak your language,” I say, resigned.

“If they’re you, badly.”

You can has schedule! Lookit all that Peltedverse stuff coming. *rubs hands together* I hope you’re as excited as I am. 😀

In between writing and editing and writing and putting together marketing fluff, I’ve been making cellphone charms. Because tiny = adorable.

I was kind of messing with it until I thought of how many people read Earthrise and say something like “I need a Flitzbe of my very own”…

Yesssss. Coming soon. *does dance*

Book Launch: Dreamhearth (Dreamhealers 3)

Yes, finally I got everything straightened out and a good, clean copy of the book is available at all retailers! Buy at your favorite retailer with this link: https://www.books2read.com/u/31gEAa

This is Book 3 of Jahir and Vasiht’h’s first series, which introduces them and tells the story of how they met and started a xenotherapy practice together. These are gentle stories, slice of life, friendship forever, quiet sorts of books, and Dreamhearth is definitely in that mold. Don’t expect lots of conflict or adventure… this novel is very much “how do you get along with other people and figure out how to adult.” If that’s what you need right now… well, this is your book!

If you haven’t read this series and think ‘hey, that sounds like my speed’, Book 1 is on sale for 99 cents at all vendors, so go grab that now: http://books2read.com/u/4jW9ob

I should also note that the backmatter of Dreamhearth contains some extra material: the case study vignettes and a Jahir & Vasiht’h short story. And of course, thank you to all of you who reviewed. You made the book look loved. 🙂

This is the third book I’ve released this year (and all three have been Pelted books). After my break I will probably resume work on Princes’ Game, but we shall see!

Book Launch: In Extremis (Princes’ Game 5)

Book 5 of the Princes’ Game series–in which space elves re-arrange the political topography of an entire galaxy by fighting, loving, reforming, and killing dragons–is now available at all retailers! Pick it up!  (Link takes you to all retailers so you can pick the one you like best!)

Are you ready to try this series? It’s dark and intense and full of triggers. But unlike Game of Thrones, there are good people in it, and they win. (Or when they lose, it means something.) Bestselling author Nathan Lowell calls it an “unflinching tale of power, pain, and redemption.” I’ve dropped the e-book price on Book 1, Even the Wingless, for Book 5’s launch. Wingless also has one of my favorite audiobook narrations, so if you like audio, you can get it for $1.99 when you buy the e-book. Pick it up here!

I’m super into redemption stories. This one’s going to need six books, but we’re almost there. Memorial Day’s a nice long weekend. Consider spending it with space elves! *grin*

Book Launch: Who is Willing (Alysha 3)

And y’all get the news first! More or less! Here’s the link, which will take you to all the retailers so you can pick the one you like best.

This story’s about friendship, and leadership, and second chances, and figuring out how to work with obnoxious personalities without saving them. It’s also an action story, and a (quasi) military SF story, and (of course) set in the Peltedverse. You can read it as a standalone, or read Second first, which is the story that goes before it. (Alysha’s Fall is more of a prequel to this series.)

It’s got Naysha in it, and Platies, and if you have been longing to learn more of the aquatic species of the Alliance, you must have this one.

I really liked writing this one. And folks, I got to put in some amazingly fun banter. I hope you enjoy it as much as my first readers did. 🙂