Monday, May 18, 2015

Cover Reveal: A Wish Made of Glass

Today is the cover reveal for Ashlee Willis’s fairy tale novella A Wish Made of Glass. Ashlee appeared on the blog in August to talk about her fantasy novel The Word Changers. You can find the interview here.

What is A Wish Made of Glass about? Here’s the blurb:
Deep in a forest glade, the fey folk dance with Isidore, a young human child. Their kinship is the very fabric of her childhood. When her mother dies and her world darkens with sorrow, Isidore finds her belief in the fey folk wavering.

The love of her new step-sister, Blessing, proves an unexpected gift in her time of need. Yet even as their friendship blooms, Isidore begins to see that Blessing is everything she herself has always wanted to be, but is not. Jealousy grips Isidore as she watches this beautiful new sister steal away all she holds dear.

Driven to desperation, Isidore turns to the fey folk once more. She has only one wish to claim from them, one chance to make things right. But she must tread carefully. For wishes, like hearts, are easily broken. And obtaining the one thing she desires could mean destroying the one thing she truly needs.

Ashlee expects A Wish Made of Glass to be available this summer.

Ashlee Willis is the author of fantasy for young adults. She lives in the heart of Missouri with her husband and young son. While most of her days are balanced between writing, reading and being a stay-at-home mom, she also finds time to enjoy forest rambles, photography, and playing the piano.

You can find out more about Ashlee at these links:


Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Release: Blood and Beauty and Other Weird Tales

Blood and Beauty and Other Weird Tales is currently available for pre-order. The release date is May 21. The six short stories collected here are on the darker side of fantasy and weirdness. If you're a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Greek mythology, or biblical-inspired fantasy, you might find something interesting here.

"Blood and Beauty" tells the tragic love story of a satyr and a dryad.

"Sutter’s Well" records the weird encounter between two boys and a Lovecraftian monster in Appalachia.

"Morphine and Chocolate" draws inspiration from the medieval poem Pearl as it follows a father's search for his missing daughter from one weird landscape to another.

"The Facts in the Case of M. Hussman" takes inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe and records the horrific consequences of artificially extending life in a steampunk world.

"Shafts to Hell" returns to the Old West and takes the reader inside the mind of an insane miner.

"Good King David" combines the tales of Hamlet and Absalom in a Biblical fantasy world.

Store Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Friday, May 8, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things - 8 May #CTST

It's Friday and time to Celebrate The Small Things (or big things) that happened this week.

On the Altar is finally out (Amazon US). My goal this year is to put out five new titles. So that's one down. I'm almost done proofing Blood and Beauty and Other Weird Tales, a collection of previously published stories that I plan to release next week. That will be two titles done. Now I have to get busy and write the other three.

For my current work in progress I'm trying a new outlining technique that I learned from Libbie Hawker's Take Off Your Pants. I think it will help me avoid getting stuck, which is what usually trips me up. So far the writing is chugging along. Haven't been blogging much lately. Sorry. I've been too busy writing.

Keep writing and keep hoping. What are you celebrating this week?

Want to join in the fun that is Celebrate The Small Things, sign up here. Thanks to the very talented Lexa Cain for hosting this hop.