Release Day

Flattered by Flowers: The Anthology has released in both print & audio formats! ::confetti toss:: I’m so pleased to add these editions for your enjoyment. You’ll want to give them ALL a listen!

Audible (US Storefront) >>

Audible (UK Storefront) >>

Thank you (as always) to everyone who takes the time to read, (often reread), rate, and review my stories. Your support is invaluable.

Days Away

Flattered by Flowers: The Anthology will be releasing in print & audio formats in just a few days! There’s still time to pre-order. Further inducement comes in the form of … another audio clip, courtesy of Travis Baldree, this time from the titular Flattered by Flowers (Songs of the Amaranthine, #8).

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’s out the door, as of Monday. But there’s plenty in stock. Let me know if you’re interested in a signed copy. Details on this post >>

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!

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

Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology, which contains the first four stories in the Songs of the Amaranthine collection is now available as an audio book. Travis Baldree narrates:

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

Don’t forget, you can still pre-order Mikoto and the Reaver Village‘s audio edition, which releases next week! ::twinkle::

Photo Challenge

Button Splosion. Another quick nudge (because I really, really should get back to writing) toward the ongoing photo challenge. So many more entries came in this week, and I love your creativity. I’m always delighted when you pose my books with pets, and we’re about even … cats vs. dogs. Will you be entering? Hope so. There’s time! Pretty, pretty prizes (there will be a drawing) were revealed on this post >>

Governed by Whimsy, button collection

YOU HAVE TWO MONTHS!
MORE LIKE 1 WEEK
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

P.S. I snapped this pic. ::twinkle::

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