Sunday, December 1, 2019

Holiday Historical Sale Plus Cover Reveal

Okeedokee, here we go. As promised in a previous blog post, two of my backlist titles are on sale for 99 cents each from December 1 through December 31.

Two of my relaunched gay YA novels will be on sale for 99 cents each from December 1 - 31. All online stores where the books are currently listed will update their prices as scheduled, and if you haven't gotten yourself a copy of either of those books, that would be a great time to check them out.

Here be the blurbs:

THE GLASS MINSTREL 
 
It is the Christmas season in mid-19th century Bavaria. Two fathers, Abelard Bauer and Andreas Schifffer, are brought together through the tragic deaths of their sons. Bauer, a brilliant toymaker, fashions glass Christmas ornaments, and his latest creation is a minstrel with a secret molded into its features.

When Schiffer sees Bauer's minstrel ornament in the toy shop, he realizes that Bauer is struggling to keep his son's memory alive through his craft. At first he tries to fault him for this, but then recognizes that he, too, is seeking solace and healing by reading his son's diary, a journal that reveals, in both painful as well as beautiful detail, the true nature of Heinrich's relationship with Stefan.

Fifteen-year-old Jakob Diederich is the son of a poor widow. The boy is burdened with his own secret, and he develops an obsession with a traveling Englishman who stays at the inn where Jakob works. The lives of Bauer, Schiffer, and Diederich intersect during the holiday as Schiffer tries to focus on his family in the present, Bauer struggles to reconcile his past, and Jakob copes with an uncertain future.

Echoing the sensibilities of melancholy 19th Century folktales, lyrical prose and rich period detail quietly weave a moving tale of redemption, hope, and haunting, but timeless, themes.

Go here for the book page. 



RENFRED'S MASQUERADE
 
Young Nicola Gregori has always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, a brilliant clock-maker who's famous for his wild, fantastical designs. But his father instead sends him to school to learn more practical matters. Nicola, stricken with infantile paralysis that left him with a deformed right leg, becomes an object of mockery and cruel jokes in school. He learns that in order to survive his daily ordeals, he needs to vanish in the crowd, to stop aspiring, to stop dreaming, and above all, to believe himself unworthy of respect and love.

Tragedy strikes when Nicola turns sixteen. Gustav Renfred, an old friend of his father, takes on Nicola as his charge and whisks him away to an isolated islet filled with empty mansions and bordered by a bluebell forest. There Nicola slowly learns about the tragic story that tightly weaves together the fates of Jacopo Gregori, Gustav Renfred, and Gustav's twin sister, Constanza.

Magic, impossible dreams, and unrequited love come together in Ambrosi, the Renfreds' mansion, where Nicola is caught up in a world of haunting portraits, a ghostly housekeeper, and the mysterious disappearance of Davide, Constanza's adopted son. When Nicola's invited to one of Renfred's magical masquerades, he discovers the answers to riddles as well as the mounting danger that the Renfred family faces with every passing hour.

With the masquerades' existence depending on the physical and mental strength of an ailing Renfred, the task of solving the mystery of Davide's disappearance before time runs out falls on Nicola's shoulders, and he has no choice but to depend on things that he's long learned to suppress: courage, self-respect, and the desire to aim for impossible goals.

Go here for the book page.

And a bonus: book cover reveal for two new books that really won't be out till at least the middle of next year.


Automata is the second volume of the Curiosities series, which I'm hoping to release sometime in either June or July of 2020. The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory is the epistolary novel(la) I'm concurrently writing with Automata.

Both stories are moving smoothly along, and I've also spread out my writing schedule to make it as easy as possible for me to manage working on both books without driving myself crazy. I used to stress over my productivity, with a strict number of chapters I needed to finish per week. Not anymore. Time to take care of this aging collection of cells and ease up on myself.

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