Today's usual episode of Hidden Face is postponed until next Friday in favor of a celebration for my new novella, Wings Beneath Water, which releases today!
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What's WINGS BENEATH WATER?
Dragons. Legends. An ancient power. And two brothers who refuse to give up on one another.
Click here to check out the description, book trailer, and reviews, and to buy your own copy!
In the spirit of celebration, here are some special treats:
Congratulations to Laura Pol and Keren Johnson, the winners of the giveaway! Both of you ladies will receive print copies of WINGS BENEATH WATER in the mail soon.
If you participated in the giveaway but didn't win, check your inbox. I have a special surprise for you!
And if you're not already part of my email list, you want to be, because March 31st is your lucky day. Why?
Jossu wanted to sleep, but the buzz of adrenaline in his nerves kept him awake for ksec upon ksec. He knew the feeling. His first Beast encounter on the KBCU had resulted in the same strange paradox: an exhaustion so deep he wanted to fall into oblivion, but a clash of nerves that kept his pulse elevated and his muscles taut long after the danger was over.
Two more meals passed as Jossu paced his cell (however comfortable they made him, he was well aware of his status as a prisoner). Memories and flashbacks snapped at him like strokes of an electric prod. Vance. Ombura. The Beastmaster. Colgren.
He lay on his bed and stared at the ceiling, mind clouded with memories he wished to forget, but one thought screaming over the memories with a volume that matched the pound of his own blood in his ears.
Find the answers.
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Jossu froze in indecision. All of his instincts screamed for him to suit up, to seal himself away from any Beast material, but no one else had such protection.
"Attention!" The Beastmaster's voice blasted through the PA system. "Please proceed calmly and quickly to your cabins. I repeat: Go to your cabins and stay there until you receive word that it is safe. This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill."
If there had been any doubt in their minds, the truth was confirmed now: The Beasts were attacking.
Panic erupted. It didn't matter that the citizens of the Triangle had participated in Beast attack drills all their lives. All it took was a small percentage of freak-out cases and even the responsible people who tried to follow their training lost their heads in the scramble for safety. Fear was a deadly contagion.
You've seen the cover, you know the release date. Now enjoy this book trailer for WINGS BENEATH WATER!
"They say if you see wings beneath the water, you get a second chance to live."
Ever since Risha was found on the shores of the river and adopted into the tribe, he and his brother Uraun have been inseparable. But when a neighboring tribe ignites war, killing the boys’ father, their lives start on a path that begins to divide them.
As the tribe goes to war, Risha’s gift awakens. He is the Siyeen, capable of reading a person’s true nature—and in Uraun’s nature, he reads only vengeance.
Fearing that his gift will endanger Uraun, Risha flees to the marshes. To save his brother’s soul, Risha must learn the secrets of the first Siyeen and seek the redemption that will grant his brother a second chance.
Jossu pulled his sleeve over his hand and grasped his brother by the arm, tugging him forward.
“Jossu…” Vance panted, trying to keep up with his brother’s killing pace. “I’m turning, aren’t I? But it’s not like I thought. Jossu…”
“Vance, you know I can’t listen to you.”
“Jossu! I’m hearing things and seeing things. I’m…” He jerked to a halt suddenly and stared out the long, panoramic window. His jaw dropped and tears started to his eyes. He lifted a hand and pressed it against the glass.
“Oh,” he breathed in wonder. “It’s beautiful.”
Several years ago, I held a short poll on my website, asking readers to come up with a cool science fiction or fantasy book title. I would write a short story about it.
One reader came up with the title of WINGS BENEATH WATER.
The title ignited my imagine and my story went through several developments (and won an award as a short story) before it reached its current form today.
So, in preparation for its release on March 31st, I am sharing the cover today!
Jossu was silent as he considered the words of the Hadune Beastmother. Could Ombura possibly be right? The Hadune were a mystical people, always talking about serenity, peace, and spirituality. He did not want to be drawn into their "woo-woo" thinking (as Breet would call it).
But if anyone were to figure out the Beast-mind, it would be the Hadune.
Was it true?
Jossu glanced at the Loystrek who spoke together in tight, whispered conversations, the Kayso who stood with their arms folded across their chests, the Hadune who floated between the two groups in their ridiculous oversized earrings, multi-colored robes, and long hair.