Brown River Queen cover art

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sidekick Sunday

Greetings, gentle readers!

Today sees the start of a new feature here on the blog. I'm going to call it Sidekick Sunday, so when you see those words in the title you should know you'll be treated to a new, original short story told from the point-of-view of one of the  supporting characters in one of my two main series.

Today you get The Swindled Jenny, an original short (4000 words or so) told by none other than Mama Hog herself. Links to the story in various formats will follow; I've got a Web version, a plain Word document, a PDF file, and a Kindle ebook ready for download and sideload, at your convenience.

But first, a few other bits of news.

Anyone wanting a printed copy of All the Paths of Shadow is in luck, because the new print version is up for sale on Amazon! Click here for the new print version, or here for the Kindle edition.

All the Paths of Shadow has seen a sudden surge in popularity. It sold nearly 500 Kindle copies in a single night, last month. I mean sold, too. No freebie special, no free borrowing, we're talking straight-up sales here, in the wee hours, with no omens preceding. Which is a great event, and I'm thrilled -- I just wish I knew what triggered the surge, because I'd like to bottle it for later use.

Anyway, if you've been looking for a print copy, look no further! All the Paths of Shadow is once again available in print, and all you have to do is click.

Brown River Queen is also for sale, if you're looking for more Markhat. Not in print yet, but it's coming. I'll let you know when it hits the stands.

On a side note, I'm now trying to juggle work on the new Markhat, The Five Faces, with work on the new Meralda and Mug, called All the Turns of Light. Writing two books at once is something I've never tried, mainly because I'm not a conjoined set of twins, but it's going better than I expected. Sure I sometimes forget and put Mug on Markhat's desk and write Mama Hog into Meralda's laboratory, but that's what I get for staying up extra late to catch up on The Daily Show.

A couple of people have emailed asking about Fletcher, our diabetic doggie. I'm happy to report that he's doing fine, and is happy, and is coping with his loss of most of his vision quite well. His hair has grown back, and he's resumed all of his old habits, including 'talking' to us with grunts and marking the arrival of mealtimes with spirited barking and dancing.

Now, it's time for the first installment of Sidekick Sunday!

Tonight features The Swindled Jenny, a Mama Hog story which I hope you'll enjoy.

For anyone unfamiliar with the series, Mama Hog is the protagonist Markhat's neighbor. Mama claims to be a hundred and twenty five years old, and she makes her living telling fortunes and dispensing advice from her ramshackle card and potion shop in the heart of Rannit.

In this story, Mama does much more than merely dispense advice. No, her client has been wronged, and Mama takes offense, and -- well, choose your format, and see for yourself. Click the link, and you should see a list of files. The first is a mobi file, which can be downloaded and then put on your Kindle device. The next is a PDF version -- just click and download. The next is a plain Web file, which you should be able to read just by clicking. Finally, there is a Word document, which should download with a click.

I hope you enjoy it!

List of Story Formats for THE SWINDLED JENNY

That's all for today. Take care, people! See you all around the bookstore!


  1. I don't know what triggered the sales either but I'm glad - more people should go and get All the Paths of Shadow because it is such a good book. I love your Markhat stories but I've got a big old soft spot for Meralda and Mug.

    I'm glad to hear Fletcher is doing well!

    And of course, many thanks for the free short, especially with Mama Hog as the narrator, I'm quite sure it will be interesting!

  2. Even with your past problems with Kindle publishing, I think it would be nice to upload a version of "The Swindled Jenny" to Amazon for those who want a direct Kindle download and you could make money for that too or give it away for free there as well.

  3. Thanks, April! Meralda and Mug say hello. And expect a Mug edition of 'Sidekick Sunday' very soon!

  4. JWB, that's a good idea. Maybe I'll even expand 'The Swindled Jenny' a bit...

    1. I just got done reading "The Swindled Jenny" myself, the web page option, and I think it could make a novella if you expanded it a bit and made the ending a tad more involved. I liked it the way it is though.