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Anthology Story Reveal: Backpack Boy

We the members of Phoenix Fiction Writers have been unveiling our entries for the upcoming Strange Waters anthology, and today it’s my privilege to pull the wrappings off this little secret I’ve been working on.

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Pirates have kidnapped Mum and taken her to the cave across the island.
The boy with the red backpack has everything he needs to rescue Mum: a map, a wooden sword, a book about pirate adventures, and a ham sandwich. Most importantly of all, he has his elephant.
But wooden swords and ham sandwiches might not be enough for the boy with the red backpack to face the truth he's afraid of the most.
And the island starts to crumble…

In its earliest conception, Backpack Boy was a simple story about a boy on an adventure, but it quickly became something more: an exploration of a soft heart and a fragile mind, of a very small world that isn’t quite the way it should be, and of the people on the outside who don’t seem to understand.

Backpack Boy will be published this October as part of the Phoenix Fiction Writers anthology, Strange Waters, which will be available for pre-order in the coming month. I look forward to sharing it with you.

Cover Reveal: The Wasteling Crow

The day has finally come! I’ve been excited to publicly unveil the cover design for The Wasteling Crow for what feels like eons, but I didn’t want to pop it out too early. Thank you for your patience and enthusiasm! Newsletter subscribers got an early look at it, but I know many of you have been waiting for the official reveal.

Before I show you the cover, let me address a couple questions I’ve been receiving more and more often.

When is The Wasteling Crow releasing?

Soon! Well, soon in relative terms. I was aiming for a Spring 2019 release at first, but that was before I realized just how much of the manuscript I’d be rewriting (hint: so far, all of it). The other day I mapped out some of my editing deadlines, and barring any unforeseen setbacks, The Wasteling Crow could hit digital and physical shelves as early as July of this year.

I’ll be sure to keep you informed as this date draws nearer.

What formats will it be available in?

After tons of research, I’m taking my self-publishing business to Ingram Spark. That’s good news, because it means that, unless something changes between now and then, The Wasteling Crow will be available digitally as well as in paperback and hardcover format!

Now then. Let’s get on with this.

Cover Reveal!

I've been working on the cover art for The Wasteling Crow since September of last year, and after nine different concepts and weeks of fine-tuning, it's actually done. Behold!

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And for the obligatory fancy 3D mockup...which, you know, could be better, but at least it was free! I won't bother with the back-cover here, but you can always read the full blurb to refresh your memory.

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I’m the sort of person who fine-tunes everything until the last second, so I may make very minor tweaks before the book releases. This essentially is, however, the final cover. I hope you like how it looks!

This is just the first of many steps to get the hype engine revved up as we work towards that release date, so feel free to share this post wherever you see fit! There’ll be more fun stuff coming in the near future, so if you’re interested in The Wasteling Crow and want to keep updated, I highly recommend signing up to the newsletter.

Get to know one of the characters!

If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen my recent line art for a digital painting of Denna Dorwen, a fan-favorite character from the Wattpad draft of The Wasteling Crow. I think she’s tons of fun, and apparently so do you all!

Meet Denna Dorwen: curiosity shop proprietor, part-time thief, and mint tea connoisseur. She'll swipe your shirt and sell it back to you in the same breath.

Meet Denna Dorwen: curiosity shop proprietor, part-time thief, and mint tea connoisseur. She'll swipe your shirt and sell it back to you in the same breath.

The good news is you can get to know her even before The Wasteling Crow releases. Denna has her own stand-alone short story (The Astoundingly Mortal Peril of Denna Dorwen) available as part of the Phoenix Fiction Writers Antihero anthology. You should go grab a copy!

Thanks for swinging by for the cover reveal! Stay tuned for upcoming updates. In the meantime, have a blessed day!