It's July 1st here in Australia and that means that Never's 6th adventure is out now :)
You can grab your copy from Oz retailers here (or the same link works for international buyers when your timezone clicks over too).
Since this is the one where Never learns his true name at last, I'm pretty excited to see how everyone reacts :) As part of release day, here's a preview of a map for Never's world too - it's a partial view of the full map, which was a kickstarter reward.
You can also win a paperback or ebook copy of the story by signing up to receive updates about Never's 7th adventure - visit my newsletter if you're interested!
Today I wanted to announce that Greatmask (the third book in the Bone Mask Trilogy) is due for release on November 28th!
I’ll actually be releasing it myself, as the previous publisher Snapping Turtle and I have parted ways for now – it’s an amicable split and I’m still happy with all the work we did together on the first two books and on Greatmask too.
I’m keen to release this one so I can see what folks think of the trilogy’s ending.
Finishing a trilogy is pretty much the same as finishing a novel; I’m feeling the same doubt – is the ending good? Will it be satisfying to readers? Have I wrapped up enough? Have I left enough open? (Well, it’s the same except magnified, since it’s a multi-pov, multi-storyline ending that’s been building for two books prior :D)
But there’s also a lot of excitement and anticipation too, after four years of hard work!
Checking my old hard drive, I see that I started the trilogy back in late September 2012, which is when I wrote the first 500 words of Notch’s opening in Anaskar’s prison. Next I wrote an unused opening that was much more of a ‘wide view’ that established the city itself, which I’ll share in a future post leading up to the release.
In the meantime, here’s a reminder of the fantastic map I had commissioned a while back. I wanted to plot a red-line showing everyone’s path over the books but couldn’t bear marring the image :D
At Snow’s urging, Never climbs into the Folhan Mountains to search for the Altar of Stars, which he must reach by the new moon. Yet he cannot shake off his doubts; will the answers he seeks even reside with the altar? Or is Snow manipulating him once more?
Today is the launch for The Peaks of Autumn – the 4th installment in Never’s quest for not only his true name but also for a way to break the curse on his blood.
As you probably know by now, I’m thrilled by the cover (thanks, Lin and Vivid Covers) and have been busting to release this one, to get that beautiful artwork out there (and the story itself too) While most of the Never stories up until now have been novella-length, this one is a novel (albeit a short one) and I hope you’ll find the extra time spent with Never to be full of action and surprises.
If you want to read right away and are in a position to financially support my writing you can find purchase links right here:
Barnes & Noble
If you’d like to enter some giveaways for the ebook, ones that are open now but closing a couple of weeks from now, you can visit Library Thing/Booklikes/my fiction site. (You can also enter a Goodreads Giveaway for the print edition of Never: Vols 1-3 when it opens next week.)
Library Thing Giveaway
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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the story!
New to The Book of Never? Learn more by clicking the image below – you’ll find a few of the ebooks currently on special for the release of The Peaks of Autumn. (Also, the Never Prequel short story should be permanently free in the near future too.)
Once again I'm in debt to both Lin and Vivid Covers for the illustration and title work - awfully happy with this cover! :) I'm especially thrilled with the colour-scheme (well, that and Never's pose - actually, everything!).
To further celebrate the pending release of 'Never 4' I'll be offering a cover-art guessing game featuring the covers from the Never books very soon, an idea I recently saw over at the excellent Fantasy Literature site, so stay tuned :)
River God Release Day! (Well, for certain hemispheres – just a few more hours and it’s the 1st of July in the US too).
For those of you following Never’s story you can see the ebook the print edition of the first 3 volumes below, (also available through other retailers – a small list is here)
e – https://www.amazon.com/River-God-Fantasy-Novella-Never-ebook/dp/B01GKE8R2M
p – https://www.amazon.com/Book-Never-Volumes-1-3/dp/0994528914
Announcing the pre-order for both River God
and the Book of Never ebooks!
You can currently pre-order River God via most retailers for $1 but after release on July 1st, the price will climb back up to to $2.99.
While a print version of the Book of Never is still due for release on July 1st, at the moment, the ebook is the only edition available for pre-order, for around $6. On July 1st, it'll stay at $6 which should be about a buck cheaper than buying all three titles individually :)
(Just click on the links for Amazon, and here is kobo and B&N)
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
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Reed Lavender (working title) - draft 1
Unnamed Spec Fic - draft 1
Whisper of Leaves (sequel) - Outline