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Book Release: Among the Glimmering Flowers

Posted June 21, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Among the Glimmering Flowers by Lynn E. O'Connacht

Among the Glimmering Flowers

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(Friendly reminder that the price goes up to its regular $4.99 sometime tomorrow. You can still get it supercheap if you’re quick!)

Felicity feels stifled by her parents’ protective nature. She’s the crown princess, yet she’s not even allowed to care for her own pony. Her life consists of nothing but rules and permissions. All she wants is a little more freedom.

Horse-friend is happy to have a roof over his head, a job that he likes and food in his stomach every day. He never expected to run into the crown princess as she tries to sneak out of the castle. Or to get caught up in her clumsy attempts at having an adventure.

It isn’t long before trouble, rather than adventure, finds both of them, setting them on a course that will change their lives — and the fate of the kingdom — forever.

Among the Glimmering Flowers is the story of how two lovers first became friends and the first book in a series exploring a demisexual/allosexual romantic relationship. Readers looking for a low-conflict, cosy story should enjoy this novel.

Iiiiiiiit’s summer solstice time where I am and we all know what that means, right? That means it’s Among the Glimmering Flowers‘ book-birthday today! WHOOHOO!

To celebrate, here is a guest post I’ve written for Nicole Field’s blog about demisexuality in fantasy worlds. With bonus recs of other people’s books! (Nicole is a fellow demisexual author and, if I recall, her Changing Loyalties also features a demisexual character! So if you’re looking for more demisexual rep, go check her books out too!)

I know, I know. This post should be all me-me-me, but look. You all know me. If I see an opening to rec people good acespec and arospec books they might want, I will take it. Which reminds me that Claudie Arseneault’s Baker Thief is coming out in five days on Claudie’s birthday and you still have time to preorder and make her birthday superspecial! And I think it’s also when New World by Lyssa Chiavari comes out (but read Fourth World and Different Worlds first because, you know, series).

*deep breath* Okay, but you’re all here to hear about Among the Glimmering Flowers. Well, I hope you are anyway because this is a post to announce and celebrate its release into the wider world.

And… I won’t lie. Publishing books doesn’t get any less scary the more you do it. This month especially because in my infinite wisdom I decided to publish it during Ace Exclusionists Will Not Shut Up Or Stop Gatekeeping Month. This should be a happy month because, clearly, having your orientations and identity invalidated at least once every hour is a good and happy thing. (In case no one can detect the sarcasm there, I assure you it is not a good and happy thing and instead of promoing my book, I’ve been mostly hiding away. And then I do come back to promo and the world is on fire and, oh, we had a family loss this month too and my point is it is actually pretty hard for me to focus on good and happy things right now.)

But I will tell you this: I think, and note that I am biased, that Among the Glimmering Flowers makes a really good escape book if you’re looking for a few hours of kindness and comfort in your day. It is a book that is all about young children meeting and becoming friends (and waaaaaay later on lovers because childhood-friends-to-lovers in other books, but this is not a spoiler, I promise. It says so right on the first page of the first chapter. Anyway.) It’s all about family and struggling to deal with adult expectations of who you are and very, very slowly starting to realise that you’re on the asexual spectrum without really having words for that spectrum. Which is some of the most ownvoices I’ve ever read and, to be honest, something I haven’t seen often in asexual representation to date. Mostly it’s all teens who already know they’re asexual or it’s adults getting told they’re asexual (and then don’t do any research). The one exception I can think of off the top of my head is We Awaken by Calista Lynne, which if you’re looking for an ace/ace f/f romance YA is worth checking out. Just be warned it has a sexual assault scene and deals with a bunch of microaggressions, so it’s not a wholly fluffy ace romance.

Wait. I was talking about Among the Glimmering Flowers. Um. Anyway, it is a soft and subtle book about childhood and friendship and that budding sense that you’re asexual rather than allosexual and what to do about that. It’s also about looking back on your life and musing about how to be a good person and how people can change in a way. And it’s rambly because Felicity, wow, she loves rambling. It’s about opposites attracting and that girls can like feminine-coded things and still be fun and kickass protagonists. Well, okay. Felicity doesn’t kick ass in this book because it’s not that kind of book, but she does do an awful lot of sneaking around and defies parental rules in traditionally book-teen ways that somehow do not end in disaster. (To be fair the most daring thing in this book is her quest for out-of-season blackberries. Yes, really. Trust me, it works because it’s that level of gentle soothingness and, anyway, it recaptures that magic of excitement that perfectly mundane adventures had as a child because GREATEST ADVENTURE EVER. I mean, look, I dreamed of magical portals and Chosen One fantasy novel plots narratives plenty as a child, but the greatest childhood adventure I’ve ever been on was probably “sneak into the botanical garden to play hide-and-seek while your parents are at the nearby pub not-noticing just exactly where you are”. Those days were thrilling and I would kind of like to see more of them in fiction. Maybe I just need to read more middlegrade fiction. Anyone have recs?)

This is probably a good time to point out that Among the Glimmering Flowers is, technically, an adult fantasy novel because of the way it’s structured even if my brain refuses to accept it’s anything other than somewhere in a younger YA or older MG bracket. (It totally would be except Felicity and Horse-friend are recounting this story as adults and commenting on it and thus it breaks the core frame of YA and MG in that the narration is too old to be either and why do I always write hard-to-classify books?)

Anyway! Among the Glimmering Flowers is a supercute friendship story with low stakes and a focus on kindness and good things happening and it is available now. Its protagonist Felicity is acespec and slowly discovering this. Well, mostly commenting on it in hindsight, to be honest, and it goes on to explore how asexuality (and demisexuality) are not the same as allosexuality in terms of experiences in a positive fashion. It is very much acespec rep for acespec readers, and I just hope that lots of people will enjoy it.

Happy birthday, little book! Fly wide and far!

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Site changes, blog changes, and Patreon updates

Posted May 9, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Firstly, you can read more details on the Patreon changes here, but they have some reprecussions for this site and blog as well and it’s high time I actually talked about them properly.

The very short version is: I’m burnt out on book talk posts, having to consider them reviews and just, generally speaking, feeling pressured (by myself) to provide a lot of posts in order to provide continuous content. So, effective immediately, I will cease writing reviews. You won’t notice this until several months from now when I run out of scheduled posts, but it is happening.

After much deliberation, I’ve decided that the ones I’d scheduled beforehand will go up as scheduled, but after that I’ll add “make significant changes to the blog structure” to the list of things on my To Do list. By then I’ll have a good idea of how the rest of the changes impact everything and what the most sensible way to restructure is.

In addition to being burnt out on reviews, I also find that I vastly prefer to analyse books and ace and aro representation in a more essay-style format and I’d like to shift from these reviews to something longer and more detailed. That said, due to the increase in time, effort and money these take me, I won’t be offering them for free until we reach a milestone threshold on Patreon. When we do, I’ll start reposting them publicly here. This is also part of why I want/need to restructure the website here because I want people to be able to find these easily.

Beyond that, though, I really want to try to be more diligent about cross-posting from Patreon to here and to promote the Patreon posts more than once a week or a few times per month. Yes, it’s nice that WordPress lets me post to Twitter automatically, but it’s annoying to readers if they have to click through another link to actually get at the content. That doesn’t mean the round-ups are going away! I find them useful. It just means I want to do more than the round-ups.

These changes mean that the blog is shifting over into more of a news and updates section than a blog as such. Not that I’m very good at general blogging anyway.

Basically, what I’m aiming for is to produce less but imo far higher-quality content and to have more time for writing fiction instead of having so much of my brain space dedicated to book discussions masquerading as reviews.

I will, undoubtedly, find some other way to keep chatting about narratives I consume because I like talking about stories and I’m not changing the goals posts. I don’t always tick off all the items on it, but I find them fun and helpful. I’m just changing up everything else. Hopefully for the better!

Thank you for reading all of this! You can read more details about my essay-writing plans on Patreon if you’re curious about the nitty-gritty of what I’m planning there.

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Sale!

Posted May 4, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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#mermay Sale: Sea Foam and Silence & A Harmony of Water and Weald on sale for $0.99 each! Bonus sale of A Promise Broken!

In honour of #mermay (and to prove that do, sometimes, know how to market things in a relatively timely fashion), Sea Foam and Silence and A Harmony of Water and Weald are both on sale until the end of May for $0.99 each! With bonus sale of A Promise Broken (also 99 cents) because it’s a seaside setting and a nice summery book for those of us in the northern hemisphere. Snap it up now as part of your summer reading preparations!

Sea Foam and Silence is my queer Little Mermaid verse novel retelling and A Harmony of Water and Weald is a short companion collection. You can read A Harmony of Water and Weald on its own, but I don’t recommend it.

A Promise Broken is my island slice-of-life fantasy about Eiryn, a young precious cinnamon roll, dealing with grief and bullying. Also her aroace uncle who just… isn’t good with children, but he tries really really hard. Also the community surrounding them.

You can snap them up supercheaply until the end of May. :O :O :O

Get Sea Foam and Silence at your favourite retailer.

Get A Harmony of Water and Weald at your favourite retailer.

Get A Promise Broken at your favourite retailer.

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March 2018 Round-up

Posted April 1, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Upcoming Book Release: Among the Glimmering Flowers

Posted March 24, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Among the Glimmering Flowers by Lynn E. O'Connacht

Among the Glimmering Flowers

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Felicity feels stifled by her parents’ protective nature. She’s the crown princess, yet she’s not even allowed to care for her own pony. Her life consists of nothing but rules and permissions. All she wants is a little more freedom.

Horse-friend is happy to have a roof over his head, a job that he likes and food in his stomach every day. He never expected to run into the crown princess as she tries to sneak out of the castle. Or to get caught up in her clumsy attempts at having an adventure.

It isn’t long before trouble, rather than adventure, finds both of them, setting them on a course that will change their lives — and the fate of the kingdom — forever.

Among the Glimmering Flowers is the story of how two lovers first became friends and the first book in a series exploring a demisexual/allosexual romantic relationship. Readers looking for a low-conflict, cosy story should enjoy this novel.

 

Mark it on your calendars! June 21st, 2018 will see the release of Among the Glimmering Flowers, the first book in a not-quite trilogy exploring a demisexual/allosexual romantic relationship. Also there may be fairies plotting… something. But mostly this book is… Well, I guess you could call it cosybright? I think it fits. And this book? This book is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall about the friendship.

And blackberries.

Blackberries are kind of important. In their way. Just a little.

Did I mention that there are kelpies? Because there are kelpies. They try to eat people. But I should probably disclaimer this in saying that the kelpies only show up for a few chapters because my beta readers were all “But you promised kelpies! D: D: D:” at me when there was less kelpie content than they anticipated.

There’re also class issues and did I mention that this story is all about the friendships? Because it is all about the friendships. And there’s a non-rivaly f/f friendship and the veeeeeeery beginnings of realising just how different asexual perceptions can be compared to allosexual perceptions. This isn’t MG (and one day someone who is good at children’s fiction should write an asexual MG novel because OMG I didn’t realise until writing this how much we need those), but Felicity is 11, so. And just. I’ve not seen that in fiction. I’ve seen characters already aware that they’re asexual and I’ve seen characters who become aware that they’re asexual in the course of the story, but… neither story line ever really… attempts to explore the difference? Insofar as that makes sense. That’s something that I wanted to do with this whole narrative, so it’s something that shows up in this book already and hopefully its acecoding is every bit as obvious to readers as it is to me.

Anyway! This is the most unprofessional-sounding news post I’ve done in a while, but I’m just really excited about this story as a whole, and this arc in particular. It’s exactly the sort of low-key, slice-of-life, non-epic story focusing on relationships (friendships and family) that I always hear people want more of. It’s quiet and mostly happy. You know, minus the people-eating kelpies and fairy interference.

And it’s all about a girl and a boy befriending one another because circumstances threw them together and found that they actually got along. Opposites attract and all that. It’s the most acespec thing I’ve ever written and I’ve got so many plans for this verse just on the first book alone. If any of that sounds appealing, though, check it out. Remember, it’s coming on June 21st, 2018!

Will there be a print edition?

Eventually, yes.

Patron-exclusive Extras

Patrons have access to behind-the-scenes “making of” videos of a print layout. This isn’t the final layout. These videos are more of a “how I design stuff, using this latest release as an example” version. The first is actually already up for all Patrons and the next four will be released once a week! But you can watch me flail around (well, the mouse cursor at any rate) as I try to explain how making stuff look pretty works!

Patrons also have access to a number of cover drafts – which I designed myself! From scratch! :O :O :O – and, if you’re a 5+ patron, blurb drafts and things I worry about when writing blurbs discussions. All patrons also have access to a deleted scene! This is actually a deleted prologue! Eventually they’ll have access to another deleted scene, but since it’s from very late in the story, I’m holding off on posting it until people have had a chance to actually read the book. I also already have a small snippet from the first book 2 draft up for people to enjoy. (That one, though, is not spoilery.)

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Spring Sale!

Posted March 5, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Spring Sale 2018! Everything on sale for only 99 cents!

I know, I know. It’s not quite spring in the Western hemisphere just yet and it’s going on autumn in the Eastern hemisphere, but bear with me. I celebrate my birthday (well, birth year and YAY! Happy birthday, me!) on March 20th and that’s the spring equinox! It totally counts as a spring sale, right?

Anyway! Semantics and discussions of seasons aside, in honour of being another year older (and also surviving 2017), the ebooks of everything I’ve published is on sale for only 99 cents until the end of March! (Officially anyway. Realistically, it’ll probably run a little longer.)

So if you’re looking for some great spring or summer reading… Well, why not check them out?

Sea Foam and Silence and its companion A Harmony of Water and Weald make excellent summer reading, especially if you’re looking for a bit of asexual fluff.

A Promise Broken has enough sea and beach that it may also scratch that summer reading itch, but I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say it’s a summer read. I will go so far as to say it has some absolutely adorable scenes. But it’s not fluff. (Seriously. It has trigger warnings in the back if you want or need them.)

Tales of the Little Engine makes for a great readalong with children as two very special trains go on a bunch of adventures with their best friends. Beware the Nethertrain, though.

The Passage of Pearl is good to snap up if you’re in the Eastern hemisphere and want something more ominous and dark and spooky to read. It’s perfect autumn reading fodder. Just be warned you may not look at books the same way ever again.

Courage Is the PriceFeather by Feather and Other Stories and Rapunzel, Rapunzel are all-weather books. Courage Is the Price is a YA scifantasy novella about an anxious young woman seeking to help her best friend. Feather by Feather and Other Stories is a collection of over 40 stories and poems, so you’re bound to find something you like. Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a short verse novel retelling of Rapunzel (surprise!).

And that’s it! May you find something absolutely lovely to read amidst all of this. 😀 May your reading go well and your days be enjoyable! Here’s to a good year with many wonderful things for all of us!

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One Year Anniversary! #KrakenFriends2018

Posted January 26, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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KrakenFriends2018 Anniversary Sale: 19 queer indie stories for $0.99, 1 fun personality quiz to take. Jan 26th to Feb 1st.

The Kraken Collective is a year old this week! Come celebrate with us!

The Kraken Collective is an alliance of indie authors focusing on publishing high-quality fiction, predominantly in the science fiction and fantasy genres. For our one year anniversary, we’re celebrating with a grand sale and we’ve invited several of our other indie friends to join us as well. You can read all about #KrakenFriends2018 here on our website.

From January 26 until February 1, we’ve got titles on sale for $0.99 and that’s not all we’ve planned either! We’ve also worked hard on a fun quiz you can take. Come discover which of our characters you’re most like and share the results with your friends! Join us on Twitter in talking about the books on sale with the hashtag #KrakenFriends2018.

We’ve also started up an eARC review service for books published by The Kraken Collective. Find out more about it here. If you’d like to sample our work first, we’ve got a sampler! It contains sampler for all of the books published by the six members of the Kraken Collective.

We’re also blog hopping a lot this week, so be sure to check out all of our blogs and regular haunts for exclusive guest posts, author interviews, excerpts, etc! Tomorrow, I’ll be hosting an interview with the fabulous Michelle Kan, whose debut novel No More Heroes is also on sale. If you’re looking for more superhero fiction and want something a little more morally gray, check it out. It’s a delightful mix between urban fantasy gritty and superhero narratives and it’s just a lot of fun.

Who else is participating in the celebrations? Why, let me present you a gorgeous visual and a list! 😀 With links!

A banner with all the covers from the KrakenFriends2018 sale. 19 queer books for $0.99 from Jan 26 to Feb 1, 2018

And some of us (like me!) are also putting other books on sale. I’ll be giving away free copies of Changeling’s Time and To Sleep for a Season on Amazon throughout the week as well.

So to recap!

On February 1st, 2018, The Kraken Collective turns one year old! WHOOHOO! GO US! All six of us are joined by 13 other fantastic authors to celebrate high-quality queer indie SFF fiction. Select books will be on sale for $0.99 cents during this week. We’ll be visting each other’s regular online haunts to talk about our books and there is a super-fun personality quiz for you to share with your friends!

Come join us for #KrakenFriends2018! It’ll be an AMAZING week!

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Book Update: The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake

Posted January 13, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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This is just a super-quick announcement to let people know that The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake is undergoing some changes. As you may recall, in late 2017 I decided to move the ebook over to Pronoun because Pronoun allowed indie authors to mark books on Amazon as permanently free without hassle. A few months later, Pronoun announced it was shutting down completely. 🙁

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Freebie Weeks! And writerly updates! Oh my!

Posted October 9, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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This is a supershort news update of sorts.

Freebie Short Story Weeks

From today (October 9th) to October 13th Changeling’s Time is available on Amazon for free. So if you’ve been wanting to try out more of my short works for free, now’s your chance!

Next week October 16th to October 20th, To Sleep for a Season will get its free promo week too. So if you like Changeling’s Time, hold tight and you’ll be able to get both these short stories for free!

Come meet my little alien critters that are kind of like a cross between a bat, a dinosaur and a sugar-glider as they deal with family and grief, faith and xenophobia, and also natural catastrophes!

I’m superproud of these stories. I think they’re some of my best works, so I hope that if you decide to download and read them, you’ll also consider leaving a short review for them. That would mean so, so much. <3

Please note! I’m experimenting with KDP Select again, so for the foreseeable future, these short stories will be Amazon-exclusive.

Writing Updates

Because I realise I haven’t announced it here yet: I’ve finished the first polishing round of DemiPrincess and have sent the story off to betas for commentary. Yes, I have finally finished that darned book that took me almost a year longer than I’d expected. (I’m still upset about that.)

This means that I’m very close to being able to start on book 2. It is actually within my reach to try and work on the thing in November! :O Okay, I probably won’t because I want to focus on a novelette idea, but I’M GETTING CLOSER THIS IS SO EXCITING. OMG!

Site Updates

Little Lion Lynnet’s now has a proper SSL certificate. Whoo! I’m also slowly closing up the comments on older posts. I find it quite hard to keep track of comments in multiple locations, so I’m slowly shifting the website over to be more informational than interactive. You can still leave comments on my Patreon, of course! That’s the main place to find me. I hope this won’t inconvenience anyone, but thank you so much for understanding. <3

And that’s it! That’s all the updates I’ve got for you today!

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Book Release: A Harmony of Water and Weald

Posted September 1, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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A Harmony of Water and Weald: a Sea Foam and Silence collection by Lynn E. O'Connacht

A Harmony of Water and Weald:
a Sea Foam and Silence collection

Available as Ebook

Once upon a time… there was a little mermaid who wished for legs so she could walk on land and learn about the strange creatures that lived there. She thought it would be easy, adjusting to life as a human.

She was wrong.

And even after finding happiness with her family, the Sea Witch isn’t yet done with our little mermaid, giving an enigmatic warning about her future…

A Harmony of Water and Weald is a companion collection to the asexual fairytale retelling Sea Foam and Silence, delving a little deeper into our mermaid’s first experiences as a human as well as what happened after her happily ever after.

Most of the readers who let me know what they loved about Sea Foam and Silence said they’d also love to see more of the story and the characters. So… I wrote more! A Harmony of Water and Weald is a collection of free verse poems that explore Maris’s earlier discoveries of humanity (or, at least, the culture she finds herself in) and what happens after Happily Ever After.

Several of the poems first appeared on Patreon where they were shared as patron-only extras after reaching my first Patreon goal! This Road of Tiny Voices is set during Part 2 of Sea Foam and Silence and explores Maris’s first encounter with birds. (But not owls. Fun fact: Apparently I have a penchant for writing protagonists who don’t like owls. I have no idea why.) As the Sea Sings a Sussurus Lullaby is set after the end of Sea Foam and Silence and if you’re looking for queer, romantic fluffy adorableness, it’s got you covered. It’s got no spoilers except for the fact that Sea Foam and Silence is a book that has a HEA, which in my opinion isn’t really a spoiler at all.

And then I decided that I would make a small e-chapbook-sized version of this, to be shared one poem at a time with Patrons as a way to break up working on DemiPrincess1 and… it kind of ran away from me and became a primary project for a little while and now it is available to everyone all at once! YAY!

While A Harmony of Water and Weald is a companion piece, you don’t have to have read Sea Foam and Silence to follow along with the narrative. It also includes the short poem that sparked the whole verse novel to help out those who’d like a bit of a refresher. That said, I do (obviously) recommend reading Sea Foam and Silence first so you’ll have the best understanding of how I’ve decided to retell the fairytale.

At the moment, I don’t know when I’ll be releasing a print edition of A Harmony of Water and Weald, but I hope to do so in future. I’m really sorry to everyone who’d prefer print editions! It will come eventually. I just can’t say when because sadly I am a very broke author right now.

Patron-exclusive Extras

Though I don’t know when I’ll be releasing a print edition of A Harmony of Water and Weald, I have been working on creating the PDFs for that. Earlier in August, Patrons at any level got a sneakpeek of what the interior of the print edition will look like and a general overview of how I create print books.

Every Friday evening throughout September, I’ll be sharing a Patron-exclusive look at how to create the interior for A Harmony of Water and Weald‘s print edition. These are recreations of what I did originally just to give Patrons an idea of how this process works (and why it’s not as scary as it may sound.) All-together it’s about 1 hour and 15 minutes of me geeking out about interior layout design and how you can do your own.

I hope you’ll check out A Harmony of Water and Weald and, if you’re a Patron, will enjoy the extras as they release!

Finally, a brief reminder that Sea Foam and Silence is on sale at $0.99 for another week, so if you’d like to pick that up cheaply before diving into A Harmony of Water and Weald… Be quick! The offer will expire around Friday the 8th of September… sometime! (Darned time zones! It may be Friday, it may be Saturday if you’re lucky.)

Happy reading everyone! 😀

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