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Release and Releases: Fairytale Verses #1

Posted October 2, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Sea Foam and Silence: The Complete Collection Out Now: She warned of the pain. She did. But no warning can prepare you. Nothing can. One little mermaid sets out to learn about humans and discover what love is, but life is never easy and love rarely looks like you'd expect. Get it now: books2read.com/sfs-boxset

Sea Foam and Silence: The Complete Collection

Sea Foam and Silence: The Complete Collection

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Eagle-eyed readers have undoubtedly already spotted this, but Sea Foam and Silence and A Harmony of Water and Weald have been republished and are now available in a handydandy two-for-one collection in case you want both and save yourself a bit of money at the same time.

You can still get the books separately if you’re prefer that, though! You can get Sea Foam and Silence here and A Harmony of Water and Weald here.

Complete with the rerelease, they’ve also got cover changes! Mostly notably A Harmony of Water and Weald got an entirely new cover to match Sea Foam and Silence‘s cover. WHOOHOO!

So why do this republication days before/after announcing that you can preorder The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion? The short and frankly very useless answer is this “Because I had to”. The longer answer… Well, that’s why I’m here writing this now! Oooooh. So settle back and I shall explain.

Once upon a time, I wrote a verse novel, Sea Foam and Silence. It was a fairytale retelling and I’d always had a vague idea to turn it into a series. Sea Foam and Silence has a good lead-in to two other queer verse novel retellings in its pages. There’s the story of Asta’s mother (The Six Swans) and the story Asta tells Maris (Beowulf but queerer and with 100% more lesbians – which, btw, if that sounds like your jam, check out Rachel Tonks Hill’s Novis; that’s Beowulf in space with lesbians). But instead of writing those I wound up writing Rapunzel, Rapunzel and, after that, A Harmony of Water and Weald and then The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel has always been a slightly odd duck in my queer verse novel retellings, so that one remains as-is until I sort it out. But The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion is a verse novel that is incredibly and unapologetically queer and I desperately wanted to publish it with The Kraken Collective because I really really wanted to publish something 100% original with them.

But as I was working on The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion I realised more and more than what I had on my hands was a series of standalones, tied together by… Well, I won’t spoil the surprise of future stories when they happen. But it’s very magical and Sea Foam and Silence had already laid the seeds for that narrative quietly threading to the rest of it. (Well, some of the rest of it, no doubt.)

And so, The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion and the Sea Foam and Silence books being not just linked by being queer verse novel retellings or by being set in the same universe, they’re actually linked more closely! Which means that the series as a whole needs to be consistent and in one place.

It needed a new look. It needed to have a unified look that said “This is a series” to anyone who looks at the covers. And it needed to happen at least before the actual release of The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion. I would 100% have waited on setting the preorder if I’d had more time, but alas. Things worked out the way that they did. My brain has been a mess this past September, so announcing this before announcing the preorders or trying to juggle both on the same day? Yeah, that wasn’t happening.

But here we are now! Now you know what’s up with the redesigned covers and the series as a whole. WHOOT! So what’s that series?

That series is… The Fairytale Verses series. The Fairytale Verses all retell a different fairytale in verse and with queer protagonists! You can read them as stand-alone pieces, but there’ll be a meta-narrative running throughout at least some of them.

Currently two (or three) verse novels have been published in the Fairytale Verses:

  • Sea Foam and Silence
  • (A Harmony of Water and Weald)
  • The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

I have (tentative) plans for a fourth verse novel, which will likely be either Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast, and after that… who knows. I have very tentative plans to add a retelling of The Frog Prince as well. But that one doesn’t have a cover ready to go for it yet. So… There we go. Depending on how popular the series gets as a whole there are at least six more stories that I definitely want to retell.

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Upcoming Release: The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

Posted September 28, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion (Fairytale Verses #2) by Lynn E. O'Connacht

The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion (Fairytale Verses #2) by Lynn E. O'Connacht

The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

Coming November 6th, 2018

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All Marian wants is for society to accept that she’s just not interested in… whatever society thinks she ought to be interested in. A princess with a reputation for insults and snide remarks, she’s afraid to show anyone who she would be if people would let her. In a fit of temper at her refusal to marry, her father creates her worst nightmare: she is to be wed to the first beggar who arrives at the gates.

Edel was visiting purely for diplomatic reasons, to see if Marian or her sisters might be a suitable companion for her daughter. She sees something in Marian that is achingly familiar and when Edel hears the king’s proclamation, only one thing is on her mind: to protect Marian from the fate that had befallen Edel herself.

Their lives threaded together by magic, Edel and Marian will have to find their way in the world in this  queerplatonic, sapphic verse novel retelling of King Thrushbeard.

CW: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia, sexual assault, brief allusion to self-harm, PTSD, spousal death, parental death, unsupportive parents

Tags: queerplatonic sapphic fairytale retelling, story in free verse, sex-repulsed MC, asexual MC, aromantic MC, young widow remarries, strained mother/daughter relationships, Marian’s father is a jerk, Duke Whatsit is also a jerk and deserves his stint in prison, f/f aromance, banter so much banter all the banter forever, the banter book, seriously this story is All About Cute Post-HEA Banter, cute girls being very cute, marian wants a little lamb, disaster ace, distinguished aro, labelstravaganza, gleefully and unapologetically ace and aro, sapphic AF, queer AF, basically everyone is queer, not recommended if you think ace/aro is not queer, kissing someone against their explicit wishes is assault, King Thrushbeard but sapphic and better, how did Snow White get into this story?, fridged dad, Part 2 is Not Fluffy, Marian gets teased about being sex-repulsed but in a friendly way which she is okay with, also Edel backs off and apologises when she does accidentally go too far, banterbanterbanter, keeping these two on plot is like trying to herd cats, experimental narrative structure, I will take this harmful insult for myself and HIT people with it, (Marian honey that does not mean it didn’t hurt you), if it’s aphobic it gets called out, I was very angry when I wrote most of this, fairy godmother fail, Edel is definitely the sensible one of the two (most of the time)

Oh, yes. It is time, everyone. The Thrushbeard retelling I’ve been sporadically talking about is finally ready to be released and revealed. WHOOT! I’m both super-excited and utterly terrified of publishing this story. It is gleefully and unapologetically ace and aro in a way that none of my books has been to date. And, well, basically, if it’s a negative stereotype you can take a sledgehammer to, I aimed to take a sledgehammer to it.

As I think most people who know me know by now, I’ve read a fair bit of ace fiction and… Well, I won’t beat around the bush. In my experience, those books tend to fail to tackle stereotypes in a way that I’m comfortable with. From dehumanising aroace people in the title to brushing off the trauma of sexual assault to simply… ignoring that certain stereotypes even exist. (Even though they were googleable in 2012 and 2016+ releases certainly have no excuse not to at least be aware of them, but that is a rant for another time.)

When I set out to write this retelling, I knew that I wanted it to be sapphic and I knew that I wanted Marian to be a homoromantic sex-repulsed asexual. So that’s what I did and once I started tackling ace concepts and ideas head-on I found I couldn’t stop. In part this is due to spending large chunks of Pride Month blocking and reporting vocal anti-ace people again.

The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion is one of the angriest books I’ve ever written. Its use of an ace stereotype in the title is 100% intentional and gets explored in the text explicitly. It’s a raw book in places, aimed at capturing and sharing some of the ways in which aces and aros are hurt by a society that won’t make any room for them, even when it claims it’s doing exactly that.

But it’s also a book that is about love and hope and happily ever afters. Because of course I would give Marian and Edel a HEA ending. It just… deals with some bad stuff along the way. It’s a deeply personal book in a lot of ways and I hope you’ll enjoy it!

As mentioned, it’ll be available on November 6th, 2018, but if you’d like to sign up for eARCs before that time, you can do so here.

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News: Paperback Announcement

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

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Hi, everyone!

The worst news first: Sometime in the near future, the paperbacks of my books that are currently available will be gone indefinitely. So if you wanted your own paperback copy of anything I have in print, get it soon. I’m sorry I can’t give you precise dates of when what is happening. I can say that, whatever happens, I’m pulling the paperbacks on October 1st, 2018.

Okay, so now that the band-aid rip of scaremongering is done, let me explain why. If you follow indie authors or keep up with what’s happening in self-publishing, you have have seen the writing on the wall sometime last year when Amazon decided to beta adding the option to create paperbacks of your works to KDP (Print). Late last month, Amazon finally started to take the steps it needs to fold CreateSpace into KDP Print within a few weeks. (This is the only time frame we have “a few weeks”.)

Amazon/CreateSpace has already been selectively sending authors emails about this (you can read a transcript of it here). From what I can tell, they’re staggering the process of shifting CS titles to KDP and… in doing so decided to inform authors in the same staggered way. (As opposed to mass-informing authors by explaining what they’re doing and they’ll receive a new email when they’re up in this process because what even is effective communication.)

Anyway! When I decided to publish print books, I very strongly favoured IngramSpark, but went with CreateSpace because they took care of getting the ISBNs for me and that was the deciding factor for me (because Reasons; mostly my brain is a jerk and “it was more affordable”). While Amazon KDP will still offer that, there are… some things about the new deal that are just a hard no from me. David Gaughran highlights some of the key things authors need to know regarding CreateSpace.

You’ll notice that some of it is or sounds pretty good. Being able to price things in individual territories for one. The fact that, if you make changes, your old print book will stay live until you finalise the new manuscript for another. If I understood correctly, this also allows Amazon to let you offer print books for preorder, but don’t hold me to that.

Some of it isn’t, though, such as the shift in payment cycle and the increase in printing costs in certain regions for certain books. Other differences include the fact that if you order a proof on CreateSpace, you get a copy that has a note saying so added on the final page. KDP Print puts a large “not for resale” banner right across your cover. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if the placement was standardised and didn’t care whether it’s covering up text. Amazon hasn’t really offered a lot allowing some authors (like me) to believe that its expanded distribution is actually as good as CreateSpace’s was. Despite its promises that non-US residents can now order books more cheaply, it appears that prices for proofs and author copies have actually gone up because you now have to pay full-price for them (plus shipping).

And… Just… *sigh* Okay, so remember when I said above that one of the main reasons I opted for CS over IngramSpark was that it was affordable? Did you notice that Among the Glimmering Flowers doesn’t have a print edition yet? That’s because I can’t afford the costs to check it for proofing at the moment. And as much as I love having print copies of my work available, they don’t actually sell well. The vast majority of my sales numbers are ebooks, and if the print books don’t earn out at least what I need to pour into them to break even I can’t afford to switch to a new publisher until the numbers balance out in a way to suggest that it’s a viable option.

It sucks and I hate it, but at this moment in time I cannot afford to switch. Not to IngramSpark (which is what I’m likely to do when it’s a viable option again in future) and not to KDP Print (where I’d still need to order new proofs to check that they print things fine and deal with several issues I’m not willing to accept as part of the new deal).

So. I don’t know when my place in the CS-to-KDP queue is and I don’t know when or whether we’ll have a better idea of what timeframe we’re working with here. Maybe they’ll all be on KDP by then. Maybe I’ll still be in the CS queue waiting for my chance to move them. I don’t know. These few weeks we can expect more details to emerge and more discussions about what this change means for authors.

That all said, I will note this:

do want to bring the print editions back. I like them. I’ll continue looking at options to make them available again in future (but bigger and better). There are tentative plans that may see some return sooner than I’m fearing. But I cannot predict when that will be and I don’t want to promise anyone anything. I’m really, really sorry to everyone who loves paperbacks. I love them too and I’m not happy. But, right now, I don’t know what else to do. If I trusted Amazon enough not to mess this process and what it means for authors up in any way, I could just leave them on KDP Print for now and see what happens with them. I feel very strongly that I can’t.

And… I don’t know. Maybe that’s just my brain being its usual jerk self and this may look and sound like a snap decision I’ll regret to everyone else. (Who knows, maybe it is. I’m a mess and have been the past few days.) But it isn’t. This merger has been looming since 2016 and these details about the differences between KDP Print and CreateSpace have been around since at least the end of 2017. I’ve had months to mull this over and look at my options. And right now with the knowledge I have this is the only one that I think in any way works for me, and I hope what I’ve said so far will help people understand that.

I am devastated by this decision. This isn’t how I wanted September to start. This isn’t, ever, the kind of decision that I’d want to take. I mean, move to a distributor with better options, sure. That part’s fine and I still want to do that in future when I can. But not taking the books down indefinitely until that time arrives. That’s not a choice I ever wanted to make. T_T

I should also note: ebooks will be unaffected by this and I actually have some really exciting news to share with you regarding these either this month or next month! There is some good news that I want to share this month too! Just… Not in this post. Right now, to be honest, I just want to curl up and cry (or at least sleep until the day is over) and soon I’ll be putting on a bright face for Saturday’s reaction read, but. Yeah. We go on as best we can. I can beat this. I will beat this. Eventually.

But, yeah. That’s my September news for now. Circumstances mean the paperbacks will disappear for an indefinite period of time after September and I’m really, really, really sorry to fellow print book lovers who wanted copies after that date. I promise they’ll be back eventually, but that’s currently all I can promise.

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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 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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