A little while ago I pushed the button on the second Seasons story. If it’s not up already (the KDP page currently says “LIVE“), it should show up “soon” for Amazon Kindle for purchase (99 cents) and Kindle Unlimited.
At the same time, I re-uploaded Saving the Spring again with a couple of typo corrections KDP brought to my attention. (It didn’t used to do that; must be a new feature.)
A Midsummer Night’s Hunt is a longer story (my Kindle says it clocks at about an hour and a half to read) and is really more of a novelette than a short story. Indeed, it runs right up to the ceiling of novelette length and bangs on the pipes of being a novel. But it’s not a novel.
It’s also written in third person rather than being Jack’s first-person recounting of the tale. That worked for the first story, I don’t think it would work for this story.
And there are illustrations! Yes, I went apeshit with DAZ3D Studio and there are seven (7) full-color images in addition to the cover.
And it’s still only 99 cents (or, of course, free to read on KU)! Such a deal.
If you notice in your Kindle content management page that there is an update to Saving the Spring, it’s only an update to place the story into the Seasons series as #1. I had no plans to make a series out of my fantasy short story, so it wasn’t originally published that way. It hasn’t yet updated as of 9PM tonight, so it will probably be a day or two before that happens. Literally the only changes made were to add “Seasons #1” to the cover and the title page, and add a couple of notes to the copyright page. No change was made to the text of the story. [Update, next day: Apparently I did not make enough changes to warrant Amazon putting up an “Update Available” link in the content manager, so there you have it.]
This is, of course, preparatory to the release of the second story, A Midsummer Night’s Hunt, “soon”. I’m aiming for the end of September. If I can just get the last scene written, that will happen. It’s that close. The last time I wrote about it, the story was 8,475 words long. It’s now nearly twice that, 16,273 words and probably about a thousand words to go. There are also several color illustrations (!) which even look good on a greyscale 10th gen. Kindle Oasis. In fact, if I can get Joelle’s dForce-enabled dress to stop exploding when I simulate it in DAZ3D, I might have another one done here shortly.
If you liked Saving the Spring, you will find A Midsummer Night’s Hunt a little different; third person rather than Jack doing the narrative, all four of the Asgardians more involved in the story, a couple more fight scenes, and chupacabra. So far Odin hasn’t made an appearance, but Hugin and Munin have, and Geri and Freki may make a cameo near the end since Sarah likes them so much. (For her, they’re like the pet dogs she never had.) Oh…do I have a picture of that? Sure I do.
(Where’s the scythe? That gets discussed.)
Anyway, I hope you like the story when it’s done. It’ll still be 99 cents to buy or free to read on Kindle Unlimited.
Done in DAZ, of course. In the new story, she has, so far, worn the two outfits on the right. In fairness, of course, they interchange when she shifts forms.
The left outfit, well, we’ll see if it has a place in this story. (The truth is, I’ve had that dress in the inventory for a while because it was on sale, and hadn’t used it so far.) But our Valkyrja cleans up nice, doesn’t she?
I should probably stop screwing around with DAZ and write…