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New Cover Art + A Late Release Announcement

February 1, 2012

Let’s start with the release. I’m an idiot. I should have posted a month ago, but… yeah. January is a terrible month for me. Writing, business, and new year crap just swamp my month. But, I’ll announce it now, anyway.

Advent: Collected Shorts is now available. πŸ˜€ It’s forty-six short stories: the twenty-nine shorts released during Advent (but edited and formatted) plus seventeen additional, unreleased shorts, including a deleted scene from Catalyst. πŸ˜€ It’s almost 175,000 words, over 400 pages in PDF, and I think it’s an awesome smattering of our styles, themes, and characters. It has things we intend larger pieces for in the future, as well as just small standalone items. I think it has something for everyone, and all of this is available for $5.99.

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The other thing is the new cover art. Now, I shared this on Twitter a couple weeks back, but I want to share it properly, now, with its blurb. The estimated date of release is April 20th, 2012, but that’s subject to change. *crosses fingers that it won’t*

The cover is gorgeous, though, and I can’t wait to see what Nathie comes up with for Book II and Book III. XD The dark-haired faerie is Frost, and the blond is Ash, and they have a… strained acquaintanceship which involves them using and manipulating each other and everyone around them as they each try to outwit the other.

Lord Ash, a faerie of the Solar Court, is used to getting what–and who–he wants. His extensive list of conquests is well-known, and faeries from both Courts clamor for his attention. While hosting a delegation from the Lunar Court to celebrate the upcoming Summer Solstice, Ash becomes intrigued by Master Frost, the head scholar for the visiting Lord Mulberry. When Frost rejects his advances, though, Ash’s interest in the stoic faerie only intensifies, and he redoubles his efforts to capture Frost’s favor.

Frost, meanwhile, becomes increasingly frustrated by Ash’s constant attention. His long-buried past has convinced him to wall away his heart and guard his body from passion. He wants nothing more than to be left alone and to return to his home and his books as soon as possible. His gruff demeanor and a stare as cold as his name have always been effective deterrents to unwanted romantic advances, but Lord Ash refuses to be swayed, forcing Frost to resort to stronger forms of rejection.

Slowly, those around the two are unwittingly drawn into their game, manipulated by the pair into an intricate sequence of move and countermove, advance and retreat. But Ash does not give up easily, and his desire for Frost pushes the stakes ever higher, until the very fate of the two Courts hangs in the balance.

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