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The Ravens of Falkenau and Other Stories

So here's the latest scoop on the Numinous World Anthology, The Ravens of Falkenau and Other Stories!

It will be published both as an ebook and a trade paperback by Crossroad Press, the small press that does the ebooks of the Stargate novels. The ebook will be available in a variety of formats, including Kindle, Kobe, Nook, plain old pdf, and others -- probably going up for sale around May 1. It's in the final stages of copy edit, so not long at all! The paperback will take a few weeks longer, as it has to print and be shipped. The ebook will be $3.99, the paperback $9.99 to reflect the significantly greater costs of materials and printing and shipping and warehousing.

I'm terribly excited about this return to the Numinous World! I haven't been able to resist stuffing more stories in, so the original ten has now grown to seventeen. I couldn't decide what to cut, so it kept growing and growing....

Here's a glimpse of the first story, the novella that gives the anthology its name, The Ravens of Falkenau.

I was seventeen when I first came to Falkenau, in the Year of Our Lord 1614, the second year of the old Emperor Matthias, the last king before the wars of religion began. I was young and unemployed, another hopeful boy pursuing the trade of arms unsuccessfully, hoping to make enough in bounty and plunder to live well before I died.

Falkenau was a medieval fortress high in the mountains, situated on a crag swept about on three sides by a river now frozen and pale with a dusting of snow that rested on the ice. There was a village as well, not large, with the usual steep, muddy streets with goats everywhere, and the Church of the Virgin beneath its pitched roof and mushroom dome.

In the summer I'm sure it was all very pretty, but in January it was nothing but cold. We would not have come to Falkenau at all, my companions and I, if the Prince of Anhalt-Bernberg hadn't discharged us in September without even a bonus, and by January money was running out. Rumor had it in the coffeehouses of Prague, which were much warmer and more pleasant, but much less profitable, that the old lord of Falkenau was looking for armsmen, but by the time we got there he had already finished hiring everyone he wanted.

I was ready to leave again, but Marik advised against it.

"Just sit still, boy," he said, putting one hand on my shoulder as we negotiated our way back down the steep road that led to the castle. "Have a little patience."

"I'd have more patience if I had more kroner," I replied. The sack at my belt was nearly empty.

"Some of those bastards he hired won't work out," Marik said. "Just watch and see. In a week he'll have to turn out four or five for drunkenness and then we'll move into their positions. It's a matter of being in the right place at the right time."

I shrugged. "I'm never in the right place at the right time." Beneath me the frozen trickle of water looked blue against the stones, and the valley was encased in snow. I'd sold my horse seven weeks before.

Marik seized my sleeve and pulled me back from the edge, from the leap I hadn't really thought about making. "You will be, son. You've good eyes, good health, a good mind and a way with horses. If you don't do something stupid you'll see thirty."

I shrugged. "And so? What then? I wind up too old to fight with a mess of scars to prove it, broke as I am now, with what to show for it?"

Marik gave me a hard look beneath his bushy brows. "So what did you leave home for?"

"Nothing to leave," I said. I would not talk about that. Ever. "I went to win my fortune," I said.


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Apr. 21st, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
Eeee! I can't decide whether to go with the e-book (save space and money! take it with me!) or paperback (put it on the shelf with the others!) :D

I might get myself the e-book and order my parents the paperback...
Apr. 21st, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
*G* Thank you! I hope you enjoy it and that your parents do too!
Apr. 21st, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
I can't wait...or type.
Apr. 21st, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to it too!
Apr. 21st, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Paperback! *dances*
Apr. 21st, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
Yep! It will be more expensive, but there will be one!
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Apr. 21st, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm very excited about it too!
Apr. 21st, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
I'm excited about the paperback! I can read ebooks on my smartphone, but the screen size is not ideal and I still prefer to hold a printed book.
Apr. 21st, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
I'm glad there's going to be a paperback too. That's made possible by Crossroad Press, as of course a paperback requires an initial financial investment, which ebooks don't. Somebody's got to pay for materials and printing!
Apr. 21st, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Aww I can't wait for this! Will you let us know the story list when you've whittled it down to the final number? Seventeen is a good number :D
Apr. 21st, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
I will let you know! Some of the seventeen are very short, and then Ravens of Falkenau is novella length.
Apr. 21st, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Paperback, paperback, paperback!! Reading in the bath! Hooray, I'm very happy to have more of the Numinous World; I just had the trilogy returned from a friend and am re-reading it all to get ready for the anthology.
Apr. 21st, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoy it so much! And I'm very glad that there can be a paperback edition.
Apr. 21st, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
Oh e-book for me! That is if this one will be available for download in the UK unlike sonme of your books?
Apr. 22nd, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
It should be. Crossroad Press is the same publisher as the Stargate books, and I haven't heard anyone having problems downloading Homecoming or The Lost in the UK. So it should work the same way.
Apr. 21st, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Bwee! There's going to be a paperback!

...okay, I'll still be holding off a bit on buying it, just to see whether I'll want the e-book for space issues or not, but I'm so glad to see that there's a physical copy option.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
There will be a paperback! It will take a bit longer and be more expensive, but I know a lot of people really wanted the option.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)

And can't wait to see whether it'll be on sale on Frog Amazon!
Apr. 22nd, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it will be. But it will be available from Crossroad's website for international download the way the Stargate books have been.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
Time to venture out?
I want to read something different, and I enjoy your Stargate writing.

One question. Neither history nor mythology are particular strongpoints of mine, and judging from comments seen here both are central to your Numinous World books... So, am I going to be lost? I'm usually OK self-orienting in new worlds and universes, is that going to work with these, or do I need to know more up front in order to get into the narratives?

Pomegranate seeds, Hades archetypes, Lady Before the Veil, Europe in 1614... Huh?
Apr. 22nd, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Time to venture out?
I'm so glad you enjoy my Stargate writing and are interested in the other books! I'd recommend starting with either Black Ships or Stealing Fire. Both of them are very self explanatory. If you like Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon, or you particularly like the way I write Teyla or the Wraith, you should start with Black Ships. If you're a slash fan or you liked the Oliver Stone movie Alexander or you liked Troy, and you like the way I write John Sheppard, start with Stealing Fire. I think you're set either way! And I'd love to hear what you think.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
Yay, paperback too!! That's brilliant! I can see myself getting both to be honest as I know I'll want to read it right away (and will be abroad when it comes out) but will also want the actual book on my shelves later on.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
We can order it together and save on postage.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Good plan! See you soon!
Apr. 22nd, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
I'm glad we can do the paperback. It will take longer and be more expensive, but I know some people really want the paper version!
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