One Week Left

Flattered by Flowers: The Anthology will be releasing in print & audio formats a week from today! There’s still time to pre-order. Further inducement comes in the form of … another audio clip, courtesy of Travis Baldree, this time from Bathed in Moonlight (Songs of the Amaranthine, #7).

Audible (US Storefront) >>

Audible (UK Storefront) >>

On a related note, if you’re planning to buy a signed copy of the anthology from me, the first shipment will go out the door tomorrow. (I spent yesterday getting your orders ready.) But there’s certainly still time to add to the pile of packages. Details on this post >>

Personal Touches

Details, Details. One of the little personal touches that I always add to the signed books that I send out are inked stamp images. Dreaming them up can be pretty fun. I don’t suppose you know which of the four stories THIS little beauty celebrates? ::twinkle::

You can pre-order Flattered by Flowers: The Anthology (print edition) just about everywhere. So hit up your favorite virtual bookseller. Here’s the link to Amazon. (**Note: the anthology is print-only. The Kindle edition Amazon has linked in the store is the single digital short story, Songs 08.) You can also now pre-order the print books from me so that they’ll have these personal touches. Details on this post.

Flattered by Flowers: The Anthology
releases May 22, 2022

Pre-Order the Anthology

Flattered by Flowers: The Anthology will be releasing on May 22, 2022. I’ll have book boxes from the printer soon, but in the meantime, I’ll begin taking pre-orders from those of you who want author-signed copies (and/or numbered bookplates). There have been a few changes, both to the price and for the payment method. Basically, all the print books are now $27 (includes shipping in the US). I nudged the price up by a couple of bucks to help cover printing & shipping costs, plus taxes.

  • Flattered by Flowers: The Anthology – $27 in the US (includes shipping via media mail)
  • Flattered by Flowers: The Anthology – $50 for MOST international shipping (**some countries aren’t accepting packages or have increased their prices into the stratosphere)
  • Signed/Numbered Bookplate Sticker – $3 in the US / $4 for international

Regarding payments. For this, that, and the other reason, I closed forthy’s PayPal account. Let’s just say it became redundant when they insisted on slapping my real name on everything. ::le sigh:: You can still use PayPal if that’s easiest, but you have to send funds to a different email address. It’s such a jumble, I’m going to have to ask y’all to simply email me with the basics. I’ll direct you from there.

always.forthright@gmail.com

The Basics:

  • Your Name
  • The Name/Nickname you want on the flyleaf
  • Your Mailing Address
  • Payment Method: Zelle, PayPal, Stripe, Amazon Gift Card

Thank you for your patience. And for your enthusiasm!

Signed Books

Inventory. I usually do a restock of books whenever I have a new one releasing. Because lots of folks turn up and want to fill a box. With the second Songs of the Amaranthine anthology coming out in less than a month, it’s time to place an order with the printer.

CURRENT STOCK (4thy’s titles):

  • Bk1: Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox4 copies
  • Bk2: Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal – plenty
  • Bk3: Tamiko and the Two Janitors 3 copies
  • Bk4: Mikoto and the Reaver Village6 copies
  • Bk5: Fumiko and the Finicky Nestmate – plenty
  • Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology3 copies

PRICE CHANGES

My costs have gone up (print costs, shipping costs from the printer, shipping costs to readers, and taxes), so I’ve had to nudge up the price of my author-signed copies from $25 (USD) to $27 (includes shipping in the US). Also, I’m planning to add to/adjust some of your payment options. Hoping to have everything in place by May 1 (a few days away). More about those changes on Sunday.

SIGNED BOOKS PAGE >>

Proof Copy

Flattered by Flowers: The Anthology. I received an initial proof of the new anthology over the weekend. It looks lovely! As a reminder, this book includes Songs of the Amaranthine 5-8:

  • Hemmed in SilverFairies in the garden. Frost on the pumpkins. Farmhands at the dance.
  • Captured on FilmOne brother believes in impossible things. One brother denies he can see them.
  • Bathed in MoonlightSome courtships follow all the rules. Some courtships bend them.
  • Flattered by FlowersHe’s a rough-hewn romantic, and she becomes his muse.

The flyleaf is ornamented by bamboo this time, and there will be numbered sticker-style bookplates available to readers who want to buy their book elsewhere & add a personal touch. I’ll be opening up for pre-orders of signed copies (and signed bookplates) on May 1.

To be clear, the anthology is only available in print (as seen above) and in audio, narrated by Travis Baldree. You can pre-order the print editions now from your usual book-shopping venues. We’ve tried to set up pre-orders on Audible, too, but the book isn’t showing up just yet. Let me know if you see it populate!

Still to Come. Look forward to peeks at the stamp images that will decorate author-signed copies. And I think we’ll have audio clips from Travis’s narration, too!

Thank you for Pre-Ordering!
Flattered by Flowers: The Anthology
Release Date: May 22, 2022

Release Day

Flattered by Flowers. Today’s the day! The 8th Songs of the Amaranthine tale has released. Here’s hoping you enjoy the new addition. And since such tales are short & sweet, I’ll make this post do double duty as the Squee Post for Flattered by Flowers.

He’s a rough-hewn romantic, and she becomes his muse.
Junpei is a day laborer who’s supporting his mother and younger brother. He’s mostly resigned to rough hands and scant respectability, but for a few precious hours each evening, he loses himself in the colors and beauty of creation. His painted lanterns and parasols always sell, but supplies are costly, and unlike his illustrious father, he has no patron. While Junpei struggles to get by, strange things are afoot in Keishi—foreigners and their foreign ways. But he’s most interested in the lovely daughter of a local sweets merchant, whose kimono patterns inspire his paintings.

Release Day: April 4, 2022
Amazon (US) | Goodreads


Squee Post. If you need a place to react, confer, or kick up a fuss, this is the spot. I’ll enjoy your enthusiasm, I might be willing to clarify small points, but I reserve the right to evade questions that will be answered later in the Saga & Songs. ::twinkle::

[[[WARNING: HERE THERE BE SPOILERS]]]

Release Eve

Flattered by Flowers. By my reckoning, pre-orders have already started to deploy, depending on your location. Here in the US, I think we have about 4 hours before I begin checking my Kindle. Sooo… I’ll be putting together & scheduling a release day post soon. Thank you, and I hope you enjoy your read!

FINAL HOURS
Still time to pre-order!
::twinkle::

Junpei

Flattered by Flowers (Songs of the Amaranthine, #8) will release on Monday (4/4), and that means you’ll soon be meeting Junpei. If you’ve pre-ordered your ebook, you may even get to read his story a day early! For now, here’s a tiny introduction. Screencaps from the digital book & of the typeset page for the print edition (which releases 5/22).

One Week to Go

Flattered by Flowers (Songs of the Amaranthine #8). The short story will release next Monday, and for those who pre-order, that often means it’ll show up on your e-reader the evening before. (As an avid reader & frequent pre-orderer, I’ve come to adore Release Eve deliveries!)

Yesterday, I put the finishing touches on ALL the uploads, including the anthology, which is off to the printer. This time around, I created back ads for my Patreon exclusive stories:

As you probably know by now, the print anthology collects Songs 5-8. Hemmed in Silver, Captured on Film, Bathed in Moonlight, and Flattered by Flowers. It’ll release 5/22 alongside the audio edition, narrated by Travis Baldree, who’s also been narrating Bard & Barbarian. (Nice segue.)

So much to be excited for! Thank you for supporting my stories wherever they’re found. ::twinkle::