Hemmed in Silver

Songs of the Amaranthine. The fifth story in the collection will be releasing on November 4, 2020. It’s showing up for pre-order on Amazon (so far). As usual, it’ll be available from other vendors closer to release day.

Fairies in the garden. Frost on the pumpkins. Farmhands at the dance. Wyn Outler doesn’t talk about where he came from (or how long ago). All part of the vows he took when he and his best friend turned their backs on the In-between. Decades later, when a letter arrives from an orphan boy who thinks he’s found his uncle, Wyn faces the monumental task of welcoming two children into a household rife with secrets.

Alfie is quite sure Merritt House is magical. Uncle Wyn’s quirky rules only add to the farm’s mystique. He’d do anything to stay. Even if it means pretending not to notice that the chickens are enormous, the cows are a little too clever, and the cook has a tail. However, his baby sister Hazel, who is forever bending the rules, grows up with some peculiarly romantic notions. First love will make things awkward for everyone, especially the three farmhands who live in Cozy Cottage.

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Photo Challenge

Two Days Left. We’re nearing the deadline for the latest Photo Challenge. Here’s another entry that came in recently. Anisa garnered the cooperation of her nephew-dog Lucky for a snapshot with Dragged through Hedgerows (Songs of the Amaranthine, #3). Will you also enter? Pretty, pretty prizes (there will be a drawing) were revealed on this post >>

YOU HAVE TWO MONTHS!
MORE LIKE 2 DAYS
June 20 – August 20

  • Send me a link to your #bookstagram or blog post, pins, or pic-spam.
  • Tweet your pics using @ForthWrites, and I’ll retweet.
  • Email me your snapshots or leave them here in comments.
  • *DO* notify me via email. Unlike Hisoka-sensei, 4thy isn’t quite omniscient.

always.forthright@gmail.com

Photo Challenge

Cameras Ready?! Take pictures for me! This time around, I’m inviting you to send me snapshots of ANY of the books (Saga & Songs). Jumble them together or feature them individually. Prop one up in your favorite reading spot. Snag a book-sniffing selfie. Showcase the latest title with the other books in your set … with props from the story … with your mug of tea … with your pets … with your plushies … with character doodles … with a Kimiko-worthy snack. Get creative. Be enthusiastic. Impress me. Be elegant or silly. Make me smile. Because there will be fabulous prizes. 

YOU HAVE TWO MONTHS!
June 20 – August 20

  • Send me a link to your #bookstagram or blog post, pins or pic-spam.
  • Tweet your pics using @ForthWrites, and I’ll retweet.
  • Email me your snapshots or leave them here in comments.
  • *DO* notify me via email. Unlike Hisoka-sensei, 4thy isn’t quite omniscient.

always.forthright@gmail.com

If you’re taking part, I’m going to assume you’re okay with my re-posting your pictures here on the blog, on Twitter, on Goodreads, etc. And yes, if you can find creative ways to show off your digital edition, I’ll count those pictures, too.

Fabulous Prizes. Everyone who participates (and lets me know w/ a comment or email and link) will be entered into a drawing. Four people will be selected by ye olde randomizer. Multiple pictures are welcome (encouraged, even), but they’ll add up to one entry per reader in the prize drawing. I’ll reveal what those fabulous prizes are in a future reminder. ::eyebrow waggle::

 

Inky Fingers

Four Stories, Four Stamps. It’s Release Day for Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology, and the first big batch of books have shipped, thanks to Mr. Right, my sometimes shipping clerk. ::twinkle::  Already at work on another pile, so don’t be shy about contacting me with your orders. Details on the Signed Book page >>

As additional enticement, I’m showing off the inked first page. One stamp for each story in the set. They were fun to design, and they came out so pretteh! ::bliss:: (I’ll leave it under a cut in case you’d consider it a spoiler.) Continue reading

Release Day!

Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology includes the first four stories in the Songs of the Amaranthine collection:

  • Marked by Stars
  • Followed by Thunder
  • Dragged through Hedgerows
  • Governed by Whimsy

Governed by Whimsy_The Anthology

Songs of the Amaranthine is a collection of short stories set in Forthright’s Amaranthine universe. Before the Emergence, the clans were nothing more than whispers and mysteries and legends and lore. But every so often—in out-of-the-way places or shockingly close to home—an unsuspecting person stumbled into a fateful encounter with someone who was decidedly other. An eclectic collection, spanning continents and centuries. Tales of adventure, discovery, friendship, rescue, belonging, and love. Each short story stands alone and can be read in any order.

FAQ – Will there be more of these short stories?
Yes. I have the next set planned. (And by planned, I mean that there’s a vague idea, a clan or two I want to include, and what kind of relationship is involved.) Honestly, I’ll probably keep adding to the collection for as long as there’s interest (that’d by mine & yours). Always digital first. Always in batches of four. Always with the fourth story lending its title to the resulting print anthology.

Fun Fact – Did you notice the chapter titles?
Marked by Stars (Songs of the Amaranthine, #1) has one-word chapter titles. Followed by Thunder (Songs of the Amaranthine, #2) has two-word chapter titles. Dragged through Hedgerows (Songs of the Amaranthine, #3) has three-word chapter titles. (You see where this is headed, right?) However, Continue reading

Personal Touches

Inky Fingers. With each book that’s released in the Amaranthine Saga, we’ve designed a rubber stamp that somehow suits the story. They’re one of those little personal touches that helps make the signed books you order from me extra special. Welp, with Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology about to release, it was finally the Songs’ turn. Naturally, I wanted a unique stamp for each of the four stories. They arrived in yesterday’s mail, and I’ve been testing colors.

Songs 04 Stamp

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Pre-ordered books should ship this weekend.

Await. Await. Await.

Shipped!

Shippy Ship Ship. I’m a shipper, ’tis true. To quote my fanfiction.net profile page, “I ship everyone … or no one. Take your pick!” Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that I ship many kinds of ships: kinship, friendship, apprenticeship, and relationships with romantic inclinations. But the ship o’ the day (as in today) is the shipping notification I just received from my printer. Boxes have left their facility. Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology should arrive on my doorstep in 2-3 days.

Those with mathy inclinations will realize that this means I’ll be stamping, signing, and stuffing books into my signature blue bubble mailers this Friday (5/22, a.k.a. Release Day). But we’ll get your signed book orders out the door as quickly as possible. You should receive your copies next week! ::confetti toss::

Pictures Soon!

ART: The Den

Quarterly Art Card. This is a friendly reminder about my Patreon account and its incentives. One perk of patronage is the quarterly art card. These are offered in limited quantities and for a limited time. To receive “The Den,” which you can get a peek at on this post, become a patron before the end of May (pledges are collected at the first of the month). For some tiers, art cards are automatically sent. At others, you must request them. Here’s a close crop of the art, which was created by Lara Pickle.

The Den_crop

The Den – close crop

The full piece is quite cinematic and looks lovely on a 4 x 8″ card, which will mail out during the first week of June.

 

Pre-Order a Signed Copy

Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology is at the printer. (The manuscript is also in the hands of to good folks at Tantor Audio/Recorded Books, so Travis Baldree’s narration is also forthcoming … though further off.) It may be a week or two before I receive book boxes, so it will be nip and tuck to make the May 22 release date.

This hefty 400+ page book is a compilation of the first four short stories in the Songs of the Amaranthine collection:

  • Marked by Stars
  • Followed by Thunder
  • Dragged through Hedgerows
  • Governed by Whimsy

I’ll share pictures once I get my hands on copies. In the meantime, I’m opening up for pre-orders. If you’d like a signed copy or a numbered bookplate (or both), details can be found under the tab Signed Books >>

  • Cost for a signed copy of this title (mailed within the US) will be $25.
  • I’ve added Zelle to your payment options.

Governed by Whimsy_The Anthology

I’ll let the orders pile up until the book boxes arrive, then settle in for a mass signing session. At that time, you’ll hear back from me, confirming your payment, address, and pertinent details about signing. And of course, if you are interested in signed copies of any of my other titles, everything’s in stock at the moment. Many thanks for your interest and support! ::twinkle::

Note: Readers who plan to buy the book from bookstores, this title should begin showing up for pre-order in virtual storefronts by the end of the week. Bookplates will be available so you can add a personalized touch. Details on the Signed Books page >>