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Book Release: Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Posted January 18, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Cover for Rapunzel, Rapunzel. A young woman with very long hair and a tower-shaped hat, reaching out to blossoms on a tree branch.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Available as Ebook and Print editions

Read the teasers on Wattpad

You can’t be Rapuzel forever.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a collection of poems, a fairy tale of modern life, growing up and falling in love. Or not.

Divided into five different parts, Rapunzel, Rapunzel explores the impact of anxiety and bullying, and the strength of love, for others and for ourselves. It muses on the difficulty of discovering who we are and how the masks we wear affect our lives and relationships.

Most of all, Rapunzel, Rapunzel is about embracing all aspects of yourself, even the ones you’re scared to show, and finding strength in who you are as a person.

Content Note! View Spoiler » If this is sensitive material for you, please tread with caution.

Whoo! It is finally here! And apparently I was a terrible promotional person and completely failed to write up a release announcement for yesterday. :O Then again given the kind of day yesterday was, perhaps that’s a good thing?

Anyway! Rapunzel, Rapunzel is OUT and AVAILABLE! The print edition’s already been available a little longer (like, two days or so) and I’ve noticed that it’s already linked to the ebook on Amazon. WHOOT! That was speedy! Yay! That means that, short of promoting it more, I should be all good to go on the release! Since I don’t have time to promote it right now… Release wrap-up party? There’s chocolate!

Also, let’s be honest, even if I had the time to promote it, I’d be rubbish at it because I suck at telling people about my own work. That’s assuming I know how to talk about Rapunzel, Rapunzel at all because I have no idea. O_O Even less than usual, yes! So. Yes. What is there to say? It’s a verse collection/novel, divided into five distinct parts. Don’t go about expecting to find a straight-forward retelling of Rapunzel, though! It’s quite different from the fairy tale you’re used to, whichever version of it you compare it to. It’s got references to a few other fairy tales as well – and I really need to stick to one spelling for that word, but brains – and, well. You’ll have to read it and see for yourself, I think.

Sorry. I’m a little frazzled right now. Life is a whirlwind flurry, my anxiety has been all over the place for the past… week or so, I hate packing, I’m deeply in the throes of “Why the hell did I think this was a good idea? Universe, please kill me already” (see: anxiety), I have no idea what my sleep rhythm is doing anymore, I’ve been hiding from life and packing by reading more of HEX which is… possibly not the best idea, and, basically, I am not made for big life changes even if they’re ultimately good things. So. GO ME on writing this post up!

And my thanks to @quartzen on Twitter for tweeting about Rapunzel, Rapunzel yesterday and thus reminding me to check for a release post, because I would absolutely have forgotten all about it. I am that out of it, yes. My thanks also to the people who retweeted that tweet. You all are the best and I love you loads. <3

Now I’d better get back to packing. I still need to iron, uh, lots of things because I’ve been putting it off on account of how the thought makes me nauseous because anxiety is absolutely ridiculous and nonsensical.

Um. Oh, yeah. I should probably end with this: Buy Rapunzel, Rapunzel! It’s an awesome fairy tale retelling (sort of) where the princess does not need a relationship to be happy. (Wants one, yes. Needs one, no.) So… If fairy tale princesses rescuing themselves and discovering it’s perfectly possible to be happy and content as a single person are your jam, give this a look and see if you’ll like it. It’s also really short, so you’ll breeze through it!

Fair warning: The book’s working title was Person In Progress, so there’s still learning to be done by the end of it, but I like to think it ends on a hopeful and determined note and that you can see where Phoebe is going to go in future. (Who knows. Maybe I’ll return to her and do a sequel thing. One more fairy tale verse novel retelling and I’ll have to make a thematic series out of them.)

But. Yeah. Moving is… slowly happening, so expect to see nothing but scheduled posts for the foreseeable future and you will be pleasantly surprised if there are non-scheduled ones. And Rapunzel, Rapunzel is out! WHOO! Recommended if you enjoy verse collections, verse novels or fairy tale retellings of any kind.

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Interview at The Dabbler and Other People Being Absolutely Awesome

Posted January 13, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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News. The text 'news' underneath a big envelope. News and updates on the site.

Today I’ve been interviewed at The Dabbler by Dianna L. Gunn about Sea Foam and Silence and #ownvoices in (indie) publishing. Yep, Sea Foam and Silence, rather than Rapunzel, Rapunzel. But isn’t the latter coming out soon? Yes! Yes, it is! Next Tuesday, in fact! But Sea Foam and Silence is my precious little #ownvoices romance verse novel, so I am always happy to talk about it! Also, I usually find talking about my work really hard and Sea Foam and Silence is surprisingly easy to talk about in comparison.

Anyway! Moving on to sharing news about awesome other people!

Dianna will have a YA novella out with The Book Smugglers this spring, so watch out for that too! Here’s the blurb (which I helpfully nicked from The Book Smugglers’ own page).

Good Bye by Dianna Gunn

All Lai has ever wanted is to become a priestess. When she fails the trials she runs away to the northern kingdom of Alanum, becoming the bodyguard of a wealthy merchant.

One night she hears stories about a mountain city where they worship the same goddesses she does. She abandons the merchant and heads north, determined to join the mountain city’s sacred order, the Sunrise Guardians, and serve her goddesses.

Sounds terrific, doesn’t it? I can’t wait! There are three more novellas coming too and you can read all about them here. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read of The Book Smugglers Press, so I can’t wait for this year’s novella line-up!

Also be sure to follow Dianna’s blog for more #ownvoices interviews and spotlights! And, because I’m me, I just can’t let this opportunity to spread some more praise for fellow indie writers pass.

Be sure to check out Claudie Arseneault’s Viral Airwaves. I’m in the middle of reading that right now and it’s so great. <3 I adore Henry far too much. Claudie’s also recently rereleased The White Renegade, a prequel novella (novelette?) featuring Seraphin, one of the main characters in Viral Airwaves, for free pretty much everywhere. (Amazon is, as always, the exception to the rule because it takes a fair bit of digging and waiting forever to get them to pricematch free books.)

Shira Glassman’s Mangoverse, of course! They’re just so lovely. But I’m going to cheat copiously and link you to Claudie’s fantastic #Indiemanche thread because she expresses its marvellousness so much better than I ever could.

RoAnna Sylver’s Chameleon Moon as well. It’s the current #AceBookClub read, so now is a great time to jump into it if you’re a fellow ace spec reader and want to join with others reading books about ace spec characters (among others) by ace spec authors.

And, because I haven’t yet mentioned it I don’t think, do check out Claudie’s in-progress but already absolutely awesome database of ace spec and aro spec characters in SFF.

There’s also Nikki’s Game of Books which turns reading into a self-challenge game in which you set a points goal and gather points for reading. It’s a very laid-back “Do what works for you” vibe to it as well. So far all of us participating have sheets tailored to our own preferences and needs.

Lastly, the very lovely Elizabeth Fitzgerald is hosting Read My Valentine again this year. It’s a low-pressure, set-your-own-goal romance reading challenge.

think that covers about everything and I think I have successfully deflected from talking about myself? Well, I may have just ruined it. So, um… To ruin it further, remember that Rapunzel, Rapunzel comes out next Tuesday, so if it’s sounds like your cup of tea and you can, please consider preordering to help with the initial sales visibility boost! <3

Okay, sales pitch done, so go check out everyone’s awesome as well! And please do share more of people’s awesome in the comments! I’d love to hear about it! ^_^

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser 6 (Final One!)

Posted January 10, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work, News / 0 Comments

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser #6. A girl with long hair and a tower-shaped hat sleeping against a tree in bloom.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Coming January 17, 2017

Ebook available for preorder NOW: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Kobo

Phoebe’s shy and she’s frightened,
But she tries her best.

She comes from her tower,
Moon-gentle dark.

Sun-fierce bright
She shines from her tower.

Phoebe, Phoebe
Such a long way to go.

Phoebe, Phoebe,
On her way home.

Shine, Phoebe,
Shine brightly.

This is a teaser post for my upcoming short verse novel, Rapunzel, Rapunzel. These teaser posts are made up of poems (or sections of poems) from the full verse novel. They were selected based on a couple of criteria:

  1. They showcase the kind of free verse poetry you can expect from Rapunzel, Rapunzel.
  2. They come together to tell a complete, if slightly different, short story all on their own.
  3. They fit into the image without looking terribly out of place.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these teasers for Rapunzel, Rapunzel! Next week! Rapunzel, Rapunzel gets released as a whole!

Here’s the synopsis!

You can’t be Rapuzel forever.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a collection of poems, a fairy tale of modern life, growing up and falling in love. Or not.

Divided into five different parts, Rapunzel, Rapunzel explores the impact of anxiety and bullying, and the strength of love, for others and for ourselves. It muses on the difficulty of discovering who we are and how the masks we wear affect our lives and relationships.

Most of all, Rapunzel, Rapunzel is about embracing all aspects of yourself, even the ones you’re scared to show, and finding strength in who you are as a person.

If you like what you see, please consider spreading the word and/or preordering the ebook. Word-of-mouth and first-day sales visibility are incredibly important to authors to get their books to gain any kind of momentum and an audience, the more so to those of us who are indie authors. (Hi!) If you’re a paperback kind of person, I’ll be releasing the paperback around the same time as the ebook and if you’re an eligible Amazon customer you’ll be able to get the ebook for free along with it. So be forewarned of that happening!

Oh, and if you want to be sort-of spoiled for how the story in Rapunzel, Rapunzel is different from the teaser? I’ll give you a hint: this is all about masks and personas.

I hope your day is going well and that I just added a little bit of brightness to it with this teaser!

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser 5

Posted January 3, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work, News / 0 Comments

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser #5. A girl with long hair and a tower-shaped hat sleeping against a tree in bloom.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Coming January 17, 2017

Ebook available for preorder NOW: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Kobo

But if you shine brightly,
And if you feel safe.

The monsters won’t come near
The lighthouse in the forest
Where Rapunzel dwells.

And if you look upward
And if you look down.

You might see the secrets,
Of the lighthouse in the forest
Where Rapunzel once dwelt.

You might meet Rapunzel
In the lighthouse in the forest
When she’s let down her hair.

This is a teaser post for my upcoming short verse novel, Rapunzel, Rapunzel. These teaser posts are made up of poems (or sections of poems) from the full verse novel. They were selected based on a couple of criteria:

  1. They showcase the kind of free verse poetry you can expect from Rapunzel, Rapunzel.
  2. They come together to tell a complete, if slightly different, short story all on their own.
  3. They fit into the image without looking terribly out of place.

I hope you’ll enjoy these teasers for Rapunzel, Rapunzel! I’ll be releasing one every week until January 10th. And then the week after that, Rapunzel, Rapunzel gets released as a whole!

Here’s the synopsis!

You can’t be Rapuzel forever.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a collection of poems, a fairy tale of modern life, growing up and falling in love. Or not.

Divided into five different parts, Rapunzel, Rapunzel explores the impact of anxiety and bullying, and the strength of love, for others and for ourselves. It muses on the difficulty of discovering who we are and how the masks we wear affect our lives and relationships.

Most of all, Rapunzel, Rapunzel is about embracing all aspects of yourself, even the ones you’re scared to show, and finding strength in who you are as a person.

If you like what you see, please consider spreading the word and/or preordering the ebook. Word-of-mouth and first-day sales visibility are incredibly important to authors to get their books to gain any kind of momentum and an audience, the more so to those of us who are indie authors. (Hi!) If you’re a paperback kind of person, I’ll be releasing the paperback around the same time as the ebook and if you’re an eligible Amazon customer you’ll be able to get the ebook for free along with it. So be forewarned of that happening!

Oh, and if you want to be sort-of spoiled for how the story in Rapunzel, Rapunzel is different from the teaser? I’ll give you a hint: this is all about masks and personas.

I hope your day is going well and that I just added a little bit of brightness to it with this teaser!

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser 4

Posted December 27, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work, News / 0 Comments

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser #4. A girl with long hair and a tower-shaped hat sleeping against a tree in bloom.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Coming January 17, 2017

Ebook available for preorder NOW: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Kobo

Once upon a time there was a tower.

It was a tall tower with a single window,
High in the air.
Much higher than most people
Care to look.

The tower is magic.

(There’s no such thing.)

The tower is magic.
Slowly shrinking,
Inch by inch.

You can’t be Rapunzel forever.

This is a teaser post for my upcoming short verse novel, Rapunzel, Rapunzel. These teaser posts are made up of poems (or sections of poems) from the full verse novel. They were selected based on a couple of criteria:

  1. They showcase the kind of free verse poetry you can expect from Rapunzel, Rapunzel.
  2. They come together to tell a complete, if slightly different, short story all on their own.
  3. They fit into the image without looking terribly out of place.

I hope you’ll enjoy these teasers for Rapunzel, Rapunzel! I’ll be releasing one every week until January 10th. And then the week after that, Rapunzel, Rapunzel gets released as a whole!

Here’s the synopsis!

You can’t be Rapuzel forever.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a collection of poems, a fairy tale of modern life, growing up and falling in love. Or not.

Divided into five different parts, Rapunzel, Rapunzel explores the impact of anxiety and bullying, and the strength of love, for others and for ourselves. It muses on the difficulty of discovering who we are and how the masks we wear affect our lives and relationships.

Most of all, Rapunzel, Rapunzel is about embracing all aspects of yourself, even the ones you’re scared to show, and finding strength in who you are as a person.

If you like what you see, please consider spreading the word and/or preordering the ebook. Word-of-mouth and first-day sales visibility are incredibly important to authors to get their books to gain any kind of momentum and an audience, the more so to those of us who are indie authors. (Hi!) If you’re a paperback kind of person, I’ll be releasing the paperback around the same time as the ebook and if you’re an eligible Amazon customer you’ll be able to get the ebook for free along with it. So be forewarned of that happening!

Oh, and if you want to be sort-of spoiled for how the story in Rapunzel, Rapunzel is different from the teaser? I’ll give you a hint: this is all about masks and personas.

I hope your day is going well and that I just added a little bit of brightness to it with this teaser!

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser 3

Posted December 20, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work, News / 0 Comments

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser #3. A girl with long hair and a tower-shaped hat sleeping against a tree in bloom.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Coming January 17, 2017

Ebook available for preorder NOW: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Kobo

 

Sooner or later,
The world catches up with you.

You didn’t see the pieces.
You didn’t see the dust.
You didn’t see the darkness.
You didn’t see the grime.

All you saw was brightness,
Long forgotten.

(Didn’t you?)

You showed me where to start
Putting the pieces back together.

(I found the piece for love.
Too small, too late.)

This is a teaser post for my upcoming short verse novel, Rapunzel, Rapunzel. These teaser posts are made up of poems (or sections of poems) from the full verse novel. They were selected based on a couple of criteria:

  1. They showcase the kind of free verse poetry you can expect from Rapunzel, Rapunzel.
  2. They come together to tell a complete, if slightly different, short story all on their own.
  3. They fit into the image without looking terribly out of place.

I hope you’ll enjoy these teasers for Rapunzel, Rapunzel! I’ll be releasing one every week until January 10th. And then the week after that, Rapunzel, Rapunzel gets released as a whole!

Here’s the synopsis!

You can’t be Rapuzel forever.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a collection of poems, a fairy tale of modern life, growing up and falling in love. Or not.

Divided into five different parts, Rapunzel, Rapunzel explores the impact of anxiety and bullying, and the strength of love, for others and for ourselves. It muses on the difficulty of discovering who we are and how the masks we wear affect our lives and relationships.

Most of all, Rapunzel, Rapunzel is about embracing all aspects of yourself, even the ones you’re scared to show, and finding strength in who you are as a person.

If you like what you see, please consider spreading the word and/or preordering the ebook. Word-of-mouth and first-day sales visibility are incredibly important to authors to get their books to gain any kind of momentum and an audience, the more so to those of us who are indie authors. (Hi!) If you’re a paperback kind of person, I’ll be releasing the paperback around the same time as the ebook and if you’re an eligible Amazon customer you’ll be able to get the ebook for free along with it. So be forewarned of that happening!

Oh, and if you want to be sort-of spoiled for how the story in Rapunzel, Rapunzel is different from the teaser? I’ll give you a hint: this is all about masks and personas.

I hope your day is going well and that I just added a little bit of brightness to it with this teaser!

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser 2

Posted December 13, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work, News / 0 Comments

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser #2. A girl with long hair and a tower-shaped hat sleeping against a tree in bloom.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Coming January 17, 2017

Ebook available for preorder NOW: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Kobo

Picture her.

The platinum blonde of white childhood
Tied up in a high ponytail swaying as she moves.
Pink frills everywhere. Pink bow.
Pink sweater. Pink shirt.
Pink skin. Pink as far as your eye can see.

So much pink.

Bright pink. Notice-me-pink.
She loves pink.

(She also loves blue,
But blue does not say ‘girl’.)

This is a teaser post for my upcoming short verse novel, Rapunzel, Rapunzel. These teaser posts are made up of poems (or sections of poems) from the full verse novel. They were selected based on a couple of criteria:

  1. They showcase the kind of free verse poetry you can expect from Rapunzel, Rapunzel.
  2. They come together to tell a complete, if slightly different, short story all on their own.
  3. They fit into the image without looking terribly out of place.

I hope you’ll enjoy these teasers for Rapunzel, Rapunzel! I’ll be releasing one every week until January 10th. And then the week after that, Rapunzel, Rapunzel gets released as a whole!

Here’s the synopsis!

You can’t be Rapuzel forever.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a collection of poems, a fairy tale of modern life, growing up and falling in love. Or not.

Divided into five different parts, Rapunzel, Rapunzel explores the impact of anxiety and bullying, and the strength of love, for others and for ourselves. It muses on the difficulty of discovering who we are and how the masks we wear affect our lives and relationships.

Most of all, Rapunzel, Rapunzel is about embracing all aspects of yourself, even the ones you’re scared to show, and finding strength in who you are as a person.

If you like what you see, please consider spreading the word and/or preordering the ebook. Word-of-mouth and first-day sales visibility are incredibly important to authors to get their books to gain any kind of momentum and an audience, the more so to those of us who are indie authors. (Hi!) If you’re a paperback kind of person, I’ll be releasing the paperback around the same time as the ebook and if you’re an eligible Amazon customer you’ll be able to get the ebook for free along with it. So be forewarned of that happening!

Oh, and if you want to be sort-of spoiled for how the story in Rapunzel, Rapunzel is different from the teaser? I’ll give you a hint: this is all about masks and personas.

I hope your day is going well and that I just added a little bit of brightness to it with this teaser!

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Feather by Feather Super-belated Announcement!

Posted December 9, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Aaaaaaaaah. Do you know what I’ve forgotten in all the November rush and the beginning of December where the majority of my time has been spent flailing around, frantically helping students, doing lots of thinking about DemiPrincess, or tackling job-hunting things? I forgot to actually announce that Feather by Feather and Other Stories is now available in paperback format! *facepalms* THIS IS HOW BRILLIANT I AM THIS MONTH.

But! I’ve actually remembered now, so! TADA! Have an official and proper announcement. ^_^ To start off: new cover!

Two stylised wings folded into a heart-shaped hug above a pile of feathers.

I really miss Anna’s old design, but it was never created for print purposes. And also I kind of did not have the monies to go and ask her to redo it entirely to make it fit for print covers. (ONE DAY, THOUGH. I think that design could look AMAZING as a wraparound cover. It’d also be fun and quirky, I’d imagine.) But! For now! Stylised cover it is.

I do really like this cover too, mind you! It’s pretty evocative and though you can’t see it here, the back cover is also covered in feathers. Some of them falling. It was a lot of fun to do a cover like that and to make it all look good together. I’m really proud of what I did with it. I like the colours on this. The’re a little too cold and flat on the monitor I’m using now, but the actual print is quite soft and warm to look at.

I hope that you all will like this cover too!

Feather by Feather and Other Stories has been out in print for a while. I really, really wanted to wait until December to release it, but then the US elections happened and I figured that someone out there might, possibly, find a print copy of the book a comforting thing to be able to have, so I published it a fair bit earlier than I was planning to.

On the plus side, it did give me a chance to announce the new cover after Amazon fixed up the part where it hadn’t updated the ebook cover to the new edition cover.

And yes! This is a new edition! It’s more than a new cover and some more typo fixes. I’ve added The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake (so that, if anyone really wants it in print, they can now have it; it’s really not long enough to warrant a print copy on its own), and I rewrote the introduction and the commentary. (It is now way less negative about stories that I, personally, don’t like as much as the others, so future readers who love them don’t need to be sad to discover that I don’t.)

I haven’t made any changes to the stories themselves. Well, I fixed up some typos that’d sneaked back in, but that’s about it. No significant changes have been made other than what I just mentioned in the previous paragraph.

And, of course, as I mentioned before, now that it’s December the ebook price has returned to $5.99. Well, I say that, but the changes are still in review. So do be warned of that. This is the biggest sad I have in the past weeks being so busy. I would really have liked to, you know, announce that the price would be going up soon, so people who were hoping to snag it cheaply at the last minute could do so. But I don’t want to forget about it again, so I just went and changed it. My apologies for that snafu!

And I think that’s about it from me today. It’s been… a day. Not a bad day, mind! It’s actually been a really good day. But a day. I’ve spent most of it trying to arrange a fair few things reasonably last-minute. YAY travelling during the Christmas holiday period! (Actually, that makes it sound much worse than it actually is.) And then I got to spend it running errands and playing arbiter and watching my extended family’s dinner plans fall through. (Anxiety Brain is having a field day. So far, I’m succeeding brilliantly at ignoring Anxiety Brain.)

So… Yes. Feather by Feather and Other Stories is also available in paperback and the ebook has reverted to its $5.99 price point! I probably mentioned both before, but look! Now I have a proper official announcement for both! WHOO!

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Website Updates and Assorted Notes

Posted November 25, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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I have… been failing NaNoWriMo for the past, what, week? TO BE FAIR, this is the week I more or less crashed from my Twitter timeline and finally decided that mental health won keeping up with international news. (I’m really sorry, but I just. I cannot. Not all the time. Hit me up in a DM or email if you need to vent or talk and I will love on you, but the constant barrage of horribleness in my timeline? It is cutting that to a minimum or leaving Twitter altogether. Or just not getting anything done ever again, I suppose.) And now I’m slowly clawing my way back to productivity and job hunting that still continues. (Wish me luck?)

But! Some updates! I have them. Firstly, I’ve redone all the links on the book pages. I’ve switched over to using Universal Book Links to make updating them easier. It has some potential bonuses for you all too, though!

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Upcoming Release: Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Posted November 13, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work, News / 0 Comments

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Cover for Rapunzel, Rapunzel. A young woman with very long hair and a tower-shaped hat, reaching out to blossoms on a tree branch.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Coming January 17, 2017

Ebook available for preorder now: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Kobo
Other stores should follow with their preorder links.

You can’t be Rapuzel forever.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a collection of poems, a fairy tale of modern life, growing up and falling in love. Or not.

Divided into five different parts, Rapunzel, Rapunzel explores the impact of anxiety and bullying, and the strength of love, for others and for ourselves. It muses on the difficulty of discovering who we are and how the masks we wear affect our lives and relationships.

Most of all, Rapunzel, Rapunzel is about embracing all aspects of yourself, even the ones you’re scared to show, and finding strength in who you are as a person.

Look! It is done! It is finished! And it has a cover! (Disclaimer: I may still tweak the cover slightly.) Rapunzel, Rapunzel is… a book which I still haven’t quite figured out how to talk about it.I was going to subtitle it A Modern Epyllion, but decided against it on account of the fact that most people wouldn’t even know what an epyllion is. I mean, I didn’t until I looked it up and decided it suited this as a modern version of it. If you’re curious, an epyllion is defined (according to Wikipedia) as “a comparatively short narrative poem (or discrete episode within a longer work) that shows formal affinities with epic, but betrays a preoccupation with themes and poetic techniques that are not generally or, at least, primarily characteristic of epic proper”. Which, I admit, probably doesn’t quite fit, but that’s why it’s a modern epyllion?

You see why I dropped that subtitle idea, yeah? Great! So what do you need to know?

Well, you need to know it’s quite short. It was supposed to be. Also you should probably know that, apparently, I really like verse novel structures. But that doesn’t really have anything to do with this book. I like the QA/FAQ structure for these posts, as we all know, so let’s get to it!

How much is it, Lynn?

The ebook is $2.99. There are no preorder discounts, no price hikes once it’s released or anything like that. None. It’s a flat $2.99.

When is it out?

January 17th, 2017. That’s comfortably before the inauguration so USians who want to use it for comfort reading can have it on hand for comfort reading. I make no promises that it’s super-comforting, but it does centre around coming to accept who you are and finding strength in yourself. You might want to skip the first two sections and dive straight into the more obvious fairytale retelling. It should be possible to read each section as a standalone piece if you choose.

It was going to be January 20th because I like round numbers (and Fridays), but honestly I don’t want to be making sales pitches to USians on that day and did I mention that if people find my work soothing I would like to have it available to them prior to when they might actually want said soothing. I don’t know if this is a good idea or if it’s going to prove effective, but I hope so.

Will it be available in print?

Yep! Eventually. I use CreateSpace so getting Amazon to do print preorders is… a hassle I am not brave enough to try and tangle with. I aim to have the paperback ready at the same time, though it may take a few days longer to show up properly connected and everything. That said, if you’re interested in the paperback and the ebook, only preorder the ebook if you want to give me a little extra money and an initial sales boost. I submit all my books with print copies to the Matchbook program so people who bought the paperback get a free ebook copy too.

Before you ask, the print edition will be priced at $6.99. That is literally the cheapest I can make it and get a little more than more pennies from extended distribution sales. Sorry. T_T

Why isn’t it available for preorder on Amazon in my country?

I don’t know! It should be! I’m hoping it’s just something that still needs to percolate through, but if it’s not cleared up in a few days I’ll look into it and see if I can’t fix it. I’m so sorry! I don’t know why it’s not available to you. I’m sure it should be.

Is it really a retelling of Rapunzel?

Loosely, yes. It’s not the most conventional retelling, you’ll see. I hope you’ll still enjoy it, though! There’s actually very little romance in this one. It’s… more of an aromantic retelling? Sort of. Mostly. Just don’t go into it expecting an on-screen cuddles or romantic scenes. If it’s about romance at all, it’s about a break-up, but not in an overly sad way.

This is why I struggle to talk about this book. This right here. I do not know its themes in a way I can easily word. I AM MARKETING FAIL. (We knew that already, but great to know that it continues?)

Is this #OwnVoices?

This is #OwnVoices in the sense that I have an anxiety disorder, was bullied growing up and this whole book is about the process of healing from the latter and dealing with the former. So, yes. Not sure if there’s anything else that applies. I mean I suppose you could call it #OwnVoices for ace spec if you wanted to, but I personally wouldn’t really think of it that way.

I have another question!

Ask away! ^_^

Oh! And, lastly, keep an eye open for the promo posts. I’ve got a bunch of promo posts lined up for this book that’ll be going live between now and January 17th. I hope you’ll enjoy those too!

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