As I announced yesterday, I have re-released the short story “The Disenchanting of Princess Cerridwen”, exclusive for the Kindle for the next ninety days! Which lets me do things like “set the price to free”–which I have now done, and this will be in effect through 9/19! So if you’re a Kindle reader and you’d like to snarf a copy of the story, you can do so on all the Amazon sites, both US and International!
I will be updating the Short Stories page with all of these links. Please spread the word around if you’re so inclined!
If you’re on Twitter, this is the tweet I used:
#Free till 9/19: The Disenchanting of Princess Cerridwen, a Rebels of Adalonia universe story, available for Kindle: http://amzn.com/B015C8TTZQ
Some of y’all may have noted that I had a short story called “The Disenchanting of Princess Cerridwen” on my Short Stories page. This is a tale I originally wrote for an anthology that never happened, which was to have a theme of queer characters impacted by magic. “Cerridwen” was my take on an origin story for a character who is very, very important in the Rebels of Adalonia books–and what happened to a human village as part of what went down. In particular, what happened to a young shieldmaiden and princess, and the woman she loved.
“Cerridwen” has been updated to reflect certain changes in character names that showed up as I wrote the Rebels books. And moreover, I’m pleased to announce that the story now has official cover art, courtesy of Derrick Freeland! Many thanks to Derrick for his work!
I have re-released the story as of today. I’m going to experiment with KDP Select for this, since it IS a short story instead of a novel, and so for the next ninety days it will be an Amazon exclusive. After that, I will be releasing it to the other platforms I work with as well. The reason for this is that I want to get some actual data as to what having an exclusive story on Amazon might do for my sales numbers, and to hopefully raise my visibility to Kindle readers. (‘Cause the vast majority of my sales ARE still on the Kindle, and I’d like to bump those numbers up higher!)
So for the time being, if you’re a Kindle reader, you can grab the story right over here. It’s set to 99 cents for price right now–but if you look at the page TOMORROW, I will be running a five-day promotion in which the story will be available for FREE. So be on the lookout for that!
The story is of course also available on international Amazon sites, and I will be updating the Short Stories page accordingly. But in the meantime, here’s that cover reveal!
The Disenchanting of Princess Cerridwen
I know I keep saying this, but let’s see if I can hold to it for a while now that the new year is under way, eh?
Back into Bone Walker tonight, with Chapter 7 underway. I’ve got me a Kendis with a head full of stuff she’d really rather not have to be dealing with all at the same time, and a bit about how the magic of Warding a city works, and a bit of Seattle geography all touched upon in the five hundred words I’ve written tonight. This felt good. Let’s see if I can do it again tomorrow.
Meanwhile, in case y’all haven’t seen it yet, we’re handing out free downloads of my story “The Disenchanting of Princess Cerridwen” right over here for the 11th day of Drollerie Christmas! I know, I’m already handing it out for free here, but said such nice things about the story that I really just sort of have to go “aw”. *^_^*;;
And oh yeah, did y’all see the new poll I have up in the sidebar? (Go here for those of you who are reading this from LJ or DW.)
Written tonight: 508
Chapter 7 total: 508
Bone Walker total (first draft): 17,242
I’ve been seeing news going around today about the Outer Alliance, a new group advocating queer and queer-friendly speculative fiction. As a bisexual in a lesbian relationship, I find this to be pretty much the epitome of Awesome. There’s an official announcement post over here. And I’m officially joining the group. Here’s its mission statement:
As a member of the Outer Alliance, I advocate for queer speculative fiction and those who create, publish and support it, whatever their sexual orientation and gender identity. I make sure this is reflected in my actions and my work.
And furthermore, I’m finding it a pretty strong call to do something with arguably the queerest thing I’ve written to date: “The Disenchanting of Princess Cerridwen”.
Those of you who’ve been following my writing for a while may remember that I originally wrote this as a submission for , to go into an anthology that unfortunately never saw the light of day. It’s been sitting around on my back burner ever since. The thing is, it’s a short story, and I prefer to focus on writing novels.
But I’ve still got this short story. And because of the call of the Outer Alliance, I have therefore decided I’m going to release that story for public consumption, under a Creative Commons license, here on this site.
“The Disenchanting of Princess Cerridwen” is set in the same universe as Lament of the Dove, and is extremely early backstory for the Big Bad of that novel. But it’s less her story than it is the story of Cerridwen and her beloved Damhnait, two young women whose city is caught in the eruption of her magic. Transformed into a male, Cerridwen must choose what seems like a peaceful existence on the surface–but which will risk her the love of Damhnait if she accepts things the way they are.
Y’all can read the story over here. I hope you’ll enjoy it.