Beta Reading Opportunities Coming Your Way — and other updates
Exciting things have been happening behind the scenes here! I’m eager to share Palon’s story with you all. I’ve finished writing it and am now flying through a prequel from Amanah’s point-of-view (she’s mentioned briefly in Between Starfalls and we meet her in Let Loose the Fallen, with all of Taunos’s tangled emotions). It’s fun getting a handle on her voice and seeing Taunos through her eyes, as well as fleshing out more of Dahuti culture and the issues she has to navigate. I think she’ll be getting her own perspective in Book Four, but we’ll see–I don’t want it bogged down in too many points-of-view!
That aside, Palon’s prequel will be cleaned up and ready for first readers in December. It’s about 32k words, which is about 130 pages or so. The final version will not be available in stores–the only way to get it will be to be subscribed to my newsletter. (The same will be true with Amanah’s story.)
If you’ve never beta read before, this is a chance for you to see a story before all the polish is put on. It’s a chance for me to get a peek at how bits and pieces of the story are affecting readers and what their thoughts on things like characters and pacing are. My writing group has been through the beginning of it and I’ll be applying their feedback before sending it out to beta readers.
You don’t need to have read anything by me in order to understand this prequel, though there will be a question regarding that on the sign-up form for beta reading. That will just help me to see whether I’m missing the mark, as I aim it to be enjoyable both to people who’ve read Windward (especially) and to people who’ve never read anything by me.
If you are interested in beta reading Palon’s prequel, fill out the form just below.
If you’re interested in the Amanah prequel, that will be ready for beta reading within a couple months. I’ll open up sign-ups for beta reading it in December.
In other book news, I’ve updated Prelude Cycle’s cover and the interiors of all three novels. Let Loose the Fallen now includes a QR code which goes to a page with a synopsis of Between Starfalls to refresh memories. I’ll be doing the same with Memories (for Let Loose the Fallen) once it’s ready for publishing.
I’ve also ordered a bunch of paperback copies which should be arriving in the next couple weeks. So, if you want to gift a signed copy of Windward, Between Starfalls, or Let Loose the Fallen for the holidays, they will be available here!
Speaking of, Windward did not move on to the finalist round for SPFBO, but the amazing bloggers at The Fantasy Hive gave it some wonderful reviews anyway. It was so cool to see that they “got it”, and to see the way they’re reformed their opinions just a little as they realized what the story was about. I am so honored to have gotten so far, and grateful for the chance to entertain!
Another opportunity is coming up in December! Ebooks and paperbacks of Windward, Between Starfalls, and Let Loose the Fallen will all be in the fundraising silent auction for WriteHive, to be held in December. Check it out to bid and raise money for inclusive programs designed to help remove barriers for writers!
No promos this month, but below are some excellent stories to dive into.
I was four hours old when I was cast out by my mother. I was cursed, she said. Kinder to let me die in the snow and the wind than let me live, only to be betrayed.
I was twelve when the Duke found me and turned me into a Shadow: bodyguard, spy, and assassin.
I was fourteen when he brought me to court. He wanted his niece on the throne, by any means possible. I was to be her weapon, wielded as she and the Duke saw fit.
But she wants more. She’s playing her own game.
And the court holds its own secrets. A war centuries in the making is ready to erupt, and we are in a race against time to keep it from consuming whole empires.
… If we survive.
Shadowborn is the first book in Moira Katson’s acclaimed Light & Shadow series, all free to read in Kindle Unlimited! Based on the intrigue and shifting loyalties of the War of the Roses and the Tudor dynasty that followed, Light & Shadow exists in a world that never was – a world of magic and prophecy….
Masolon is determined to prove himself worthy of being the coming Chief of the most powerful clan in Ogono. Unfortunately, the young heir faces one of the hardest times Ogono has ever witnessed. As the unstoppable wrath of the Light reduces Ogono to scorched, cursed grounds, men turn into beasts, and mercy becomes a sin. If Masolon wants to rule his people one day, he has to show everybody he is one of them. A beast.
I adored EG Radcliff’s The Hidden King so of course I wanted to read her next books. None of them have disappointed! This one, however, breaks the mold.
From single-PoV stories to this multi-PoV epic, EG Radcliff expands the world she’s created in the first two books and weaves a story just as richly emotional as the previous. The worldbuilding is lovely and Áed and Ronan are just as amazing as ever. Ronan is such a little punk, but I love him.
Definitely check it out! There’s actually a giveaway running right now for The Wild Court.
What perils await on the other side of the veil?
In the seventh year of Áed’s reign, night descends on the autumn festival. But a time of revelry turns into one of fiery destruction—as fae pour across the veil and the Gut becomes a battlefield in an otherworldly war.
Determined to protect his kingdom and the people he loves, Áed finds himself catapulted into a realm as unfamiliar as it is dangerous, where magic is king and wild courts vie for supremacy.
While the faerie Queen’s missing consort holds the key to life and death, tenuous alliances raise questions about Áed’s connection to the mysterious Bone court. His survival hinges on cunning as much as illusion.
On a mission like no other, only one thing is certain: no one will survive unscathed.