Last seen in 1996. New cover by Teddi Black, template by The Book Designer. Welcome back Titch, Wren, Alinor...and of course Valadan, the Warhorse of Esdragon! The book on the left is the original Del Rey mass market paperback edition. The trade paperback on the right is the proof copy of the new edition. That NOT FOR RESALE banner indicates that it is a proof copy. When the book goes live on Amazon, that banner won't be there--which means the five proof copies I ordered will become rare and worth a fortune some day!
Many, many thanks to Dish Network and their technician Al, who got me set up with Hughes Net satellite internet yesterday afternoon. I'm pleased. I'm over the moon!. This morning--before leaving for my day job--I was able to upload my cover file for The True Knight trade paperback, finish the set-up process, and order my proof copies.
Kudos also to Teddi Black for the cover, and for the shield motif with the Warhorse Wheel on it that you see above.
Oh, and during the installation, which involved running a wire through my basement--the pre-1900 part of it--Al spotted a shed snakeskin. Danerys is in residence, so I should have no mice or rats. (She is a gray rat snake!) And I have internet to allow me to publish my books! (Plus a house-snake, weed-whacking that needed to be done anyway, and vacuuming in an area that had not been done since I got the new vac.) Time well spent!
Or, he's here... Titch, of The True Knight. I have the Kindle e-book up and it is on sale now. Nook soon to follow. Paperback very soon! All formats contain a special teaser for Book Four of the Warhorse of Esdragon: The Wandering Duke.
In The Wind Witch, when Kellis is asked where he comes from, the answer is Vossli. He says it with the longing of an exile who knows he can never go home again. And then he shares that the name means "the purple grassland--but ti's not called that anymore."
You may wonder--does purple grass exist, or do I just love all things purple so much that I invented it? No, it's real. Until the flowers fully open, this grass is purple. Long ago, I rode through a stand of it in Max's pasture.
The digital file for The True Knight is well under way...so I thought I would share a couple of my tchotchkis with you. The knight is part of a cat toy! The knight on horseback is by Medusa's Adornments.
George, enjoying the giant poplar log. (He is about 3 1/2 feet from ground level here.) This was a huge split-off from a very large Tulip Poplar tree, cut into multiple sections for removal. Eventual removal. It was on the ground when George was born. It was on the ground when I brought George home to New Castle. He walked past it, around it--and no, I never lifted him up onto it. One day he just scrambled up onto it. Didn't make it on the first try because I didn't realize what he was doing, and he was on the leash, which pulled him back down. I did better on the immediate next attempt. He's vaulted onto the log, over the log, jumped the log, and learned to sit on the log. What he liked best was standing on his personal high ground, able to watch everything. And then one day...
Where's my log, Mom?
It's at the far edge of the cemetery now, removed by the clean-up crew. They finally had a piece of equipment in big enough to deal with it. But as the drag marks show, George's log did not go quietly! (Yes, he visited it one last time, and hopped up for old time's sake--but it's at the edge of a ravine now, so I got him right down!)
This collage was made from church bulletin covers, and other art featuring sheep. Good Shepherd Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Easter, which this year is May 3rd.
Lawrence County Vo-Tech Theater Arts presentation circa 1972. Program prepared by Commercial Art Students, using super technological typewriter and a ball point pen.
Writer of epic fantasy with a wry twist. Fond of horses, dogs, cats, canaries, falcons and draft cider. Dedicated multi-tasker, I also paint with chalk pastels.