My first foray into independent print publishing, "The Starlight Raven," was quite a success. So I'm going to try again with an omnibus of the three Yurt novellas. Its title, appropriately enough, is "Third Time's a Charm."
So far it's an ebook, available on Amazon and all other major ebook platforms. Next step, format it for print.
I've been working with a graphic artist, Jan-Michael Barlow, who did the cover. Most of my ebook covers are just my own photos of scenes in Europe, but I figured I should try to up my game a bit. Feedback welcome!
A novella is a short novel, with events taking place over a certain period of time, challenges and character development, but not nearly as many subplots as a full-length novel.
The three novellas came about in the last few years because fans kept asking for more stories about Daimbert, and, what can I say, he's a favorite of mine as well. They are self-contained adventures set in between the six Yurt novels, but they continue the overall story arc, of a young wizard who originally doesn't have a clue to what he's doing, but gradually gains experience and ability and has to take on responsibility as the plots he barely knew existed begin to thicken.
The first novella, "The Lost Girls and the Kobold," falls between "The Wood Nymph and the Cranky Saint" and "Mage Quest" in the overall Yurt storyline; the second, "Below the Wizards' Tower," between "Mage Quest" and "The Witch and the Cathedral"; and the third, "A Long Way 'Til November," between "Daughter of Magic" and "Is This Apocalypse Necessary?" The three novellas are also available individually as ebooks as well as in this omnibus.
Here's the book description: "You would think that life as Royal Wizard of the tiny kingdom of Yurt would be easy, but somehow it never works out that way. Daimbert the wizard expects things to be simple: finding a girl lost in the mountains, visiting old friends at the wizards' school, or taking a trip in a gypsy caravan. But then he discovers that the mountains are more than they seem, a doppelgänger threatens the school, and his pleasant trip turns ugly with suspicion and bigotry. Good thing he knows how to improvise!"
I realize that, although the whole series is called the "Yurt series," more often than not they don't actually take place in the kingdom of Yurt itself. In fact, most commonly they are set in Caelrhon, the kingdom next door to Yurt, the second-smallest (after Yurt) of the Western Kingdoms.