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 >>

Pre-Order a Signed Book

Fumiko and the Finicky Nestmate. If you’re interested in purchasing an author-signed copy of the fifth book in the Amaranthine Saga directly from me, I’m opening up for pre-orders today. Books will ship during release week. The cost will be $25 (includes shipping in the US). I accept payments via Zelle and PayPal. Or by Amazon gift card, if that’s how you roll. More details on the Signed Book page >>

Email me: always.forthright@gmail.com. Things I need:

  • Name (post office likes “real” names)
  • Mailing Address (double-check for typos)
  • The name you want me to write on the flyleaf

always.forthright@gmail.com

Release Day: October 22, 2021
Audio: November 9, 2021

Wish List

Signed Copies Available. If you’re looking for items to add to your shopping list or wish list, may I suggest signed copies of a fantasy series that I all but admitted to writing? (Okay, I did admit to it, but in my usual oblique manner.) More about Galleries of Stone trilogy on this post >>

Genre: Fantasy
Series: complete
Rating: all ages
Pages: 400~ each
Illustrations: full-color spot illustrations
Price: $25 apiece (includes shipping in US)

Also available digitally, everywhere books are sold.

Book Boxes

Prettier in Person. I couldn’t be happier with the arrival of several book boxes on my front step. Rolling up my sleeves for a quick tally & inspection, then I’ll get my fingers all inky with the stamping. The evening will undoubtedly be spent signing your books.

Mr. Right will lug the first shipment to the post office tomorrow. You still have time to place an order. Details on how to do that are on the Signed Books page >>

Personal Touches

Days Away. Counting today, we’re four days away from the release of Mikoto and the Reaver Village. The digital edition should deploy right on schedule, but print books will likely be delayed. I see you can now pre-order the print edition of Book 4 on Amazon. That’s good. They might even drop-ship from the printer, which usually means a quick turnaround. Signed copies will be a little slower to reach you, but I’m doing my best to make them worth the wait. Oh, look! Here’s a reason, now:

::twinkle::

Pre-Order Mikoto

Mikoto and the Reaver Village will be releasing on September 22, 2020. As per tradition, I’m opening up for pre-orders on the 1st of the month for those who want signed copies.

  • All the things you need to know are on the Signed Book page >>
  • Spoiler: $25 (includes shipping) for books shipping to US addresses.
  • Patrons (on Patreon) at some tiers are due a signed book. You can use that perk now. (Such a deal! And many thanks!)
  • I’m in the middle of absolutely everything for the next couple of weeks, so I won’t respond to order emails (unless you have questions, of course). If I remember (I confess to forgetting when The Anthology released), I’ll confirm your orders when I’m prepping shipping labels.
  • With everything being all 2020, I’m not sure how long it will take my books to ship from the printer. I’ll keep everyone posted on the blog. Expect excited pic spam when book boxes descend upon 4thy’s front step. ::twinkle::

This summer is his last chance to win his first love.
Wardenclave has always been a place of secrets and sway. For most of the year, the remote mountain village is closed off from the rest of the world, but each spring, they issue invitations to the most promising young reavers all over the world. Summer skill camps provide opportunities for the elite to train with the best. And by longstanding tradition, for teens of the In-between to evaluate the compatibility of their peers. Glint Starmark’s reputation as a matchmaker has been holding true for millennia.

At seventeen, Mikoto Reaver is the youngest headman in Wardenclave’s history. He’s had very little time to adjust to his new role before their close-knit community opens its doors to children of pedigree, the specialists who will mentor them, an allotment of battlers, and a celebrity or two. Glint means well, but Mikoto won’t commit until he can speak to the only girl he’s ever loved. There’s just something about her.

•   •   •

Mikoto and the Reaver Village (Amaranthine Saga, #4) is now available for pre-order on Amazon. This is for the ebook. It will begin showing up in other venues closer to release day. Same goes for print editions (I hope). I don’t think Amazon ever did stock Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology in the US. Audio Books *are* coming, but production has been pushed off into 2021. You can also shelve this book on Goodreads >>

Inventory

Behind the Scenes. I usually restock my books when my tidy piles dwindle to five copies left. I’m teetering on the edge with six copies remaining of multiple titles. So I feel like I’m sitting on a fence. Aaalmost there. Do you want to sneak in an order to tip the scales? ::twinkle::

  • Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox – $20 (includes shipping)
  • Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal – $20 (includes shipping)
  • Tamiko and the Two Janitors – $25 (includes shipping)
  • Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology – $25 (includes shipping)
  • Meadowsweet (Galleries of Stone, #1) – $25 (includes shipping)
  • Harrow (Galleries of Stone, #2) – $25 (includes shipping)
  • Rakefang (Galleries of Stone, #3) – $25 (includes shipping)

All prices are in US dollars. International orders are welcome, but you’ll need to cover shipping. More about the Galleries of Stone trilogy to be found on this post. Information on signed books in general on this page. All orders come with some sort of swag tucked between the pages. So! Who’s up for a book splurge?

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

More details about ordering a signed book from me >>

Pre-ordered books should ship this weekend.

Await. Await. Await.

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 >>