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...you take time to grin.

(Since this won't be there forever, I will put for my records that Kindred Rites in #1 and Night Calls #19 on the Amazon Best Sellers in Children's Coming of Age Fantasy Books. And Spiral Path is #23.)
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I have committed BookBub in an attempt to get my ranking up at Amazon, and it's helping. To do a good BookBub you have to drop the price into the basement. So for a limited time--an ebook for .99!

Kindred Rites--Available at this price at Google Play, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBooks. This link goes to all of them. Tell the world!

Also--Kobo.com is having a 30% off sale starting today on selected titles! If you're a Kobo shopper, you should wander over and see what's for sale, shouldn't you? Of course you should. Your promo code is NEWYEAR30, and it's good for more than one book!

And if you aren't a Kobo shopper, perhaps this is a good weekend to check them out? We don't want Amazon to control the world, now do we?

(Yes, you might find some of my works on coupon sale, too!)

Here ends the promotional part of our blog.
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It's like this....I made a promise to my fans, and that required overlooking something. We were aiming for Christmas, and almost made it.

Among Life, Interrupted for me, sickness for my tech team and a death in the family for my art team, two mistakes slipped through on the cover of Spiral Path. They aren't big mistakes, but they are enough to annoy me.

They have been fixed, and I can upload the enhanced cover at any time.

So this is your warning. Usually there is no first edition in a Print-On-Demand book, but because of this tiny mistake slipping through, there is a first edition of Spiral Path.

Most people don't care about such things. But some do. So if you do...

There may be a snazzy, limited edition. There may be a version from New York someday.

But this one will always be the first round. (I have a few of them to mail out now, and a few to save for maybe a Kickstarter someday.)

So if you want one? Go order it--CreateSpace, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.
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Over at Deborah J. Ross's blog, nice things are being said about several books. Spiral Path was one of those books.

In the meantime, the water demons have convinced the air demons to help smother or push out the fire elemental running the pilot light. My cat is very unhappy and wants me to eat a larger breakfast....
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Are you open to reading some short stories of Allie's life out of order? It will give hints of some things, and may tell you that X married Y, but you won't know why or how, etc. Or hints about other adventures. Is that fun, or will it drive you nuts in a bad way?

I ask because this story turned out to be twenty years in the future.
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Sleeping Hedgehog is an on-line journal that talks about wonderful arts, often books, that may have a pagan touch. It's the sister publication to Green Man Review. I am delighted that the books were well-received.

"“…once in a very great while I find something I wish I’d read thirty years before it was ever published.”

“…These books do not let you rest. Allie is constantly in heart-thumping danger, being tested by benevolent and evil forces, by her human teachers, by human enemies, and by adult-sized moral questions, though she begins at age eleven. The pioneer setting simply takes it for granted that everyone, of every age, must meet every challenge as it comes with whatever tools they have”


This was on all three Night Calls books.
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One of [livejournal.com profile] sartorias's fans has taken to checking out books that Sherwood has enjoyed. She tried Night Calls and Kindred Rites, and has enjoyed her visit to Allie's world. I am always amused by people who think of the book as Little House on the Prairie with magic. I have to confess--I simply read tons of period books, books about period, and pulled what intrigued me. I was inspired to find out what the women in Manly Wade Wellman's works were thinking about. I also got into Anne of Green Gables as an adult. But other than a few episodes of the TV show, I still haven't gotten around to Little House. I guess I need to read at least the first book.

Over at the blog Dead Houseplants (at a guess, she's much too busy to keep them alive!) the author talks about what she found fun in the first two books. And although I am humbled and sure I am way out of my league with my idol Austen, it's a fun comparison.

"I like frontier America as a fantasy setting: there are so many possibilities to explore. I really enjoyed Patricia C. Wrede's Thirteenth Child series: it's big and adventurous with grand, sparkling magic and fantastic dangerous beasts. Night Calls is the Jane Austen version: it's cozy and quiet with creepy dark demons (okay, pretty sure there were no demons in Jane Austen; ditto werewolves, vampires and witches. But I stand by the comparison.) Kimbriel is all about the characters—great, vivid characters!—and their relationships, about towns and how they function, about families. One of the early dramatic moments is Alfreda's confrontation with the minister about having a service for dead werewolves. It's a credit to Kimbriel's writing that this scene is just as gripping (if a tad less scary) than a later confrontation with a vampire."

I'm glad Kim enjoyed the books, and hope she likes Spiral Path, too. (And the third incarnation of the Night Calls cover.) Also--the Night Calls magic is going to get splashier. I just felt that a child transitioning to adult needed a little time to grow....

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In ebook.  Trade paperback to follow in December.

Because you have to start somewhere.

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The fine folks over at The Book Pushers have put up the cover for Spiral Path (Night Calls #3)!  As always, I've done my best to make this a stand-alone book.  You can start reading anywhere in one of my series, but there are advantages to reading them in order.

Book Pushers also linked their reviews of the first two books in their post, so if you missed them and are curious, you have easy access.

“The world is woven of secrets.”

Join the adventure!  And to make it easier to encourage friends, you can find Night Calls on sale for .99 this month at your favorite venues.  It hit #88 at the Kindle store last Tuesday!

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Amazon

Amazon UK

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A white deer that survived to adulthood.
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Progress: Spiral Path

Now to read through for flow, and then it goes to the artist and copy editor....
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I went to Mount Vernon and Monticello, long ago.  My parents took us there in our youth, when it was easier to take us out of school.  Apparently I was the one who soaked up the most information (see the Night Calls novels, set in the early 1800s.)

Jefferson's French-style soup and stew stove was commonplace in Europe, rare in the United States.  There was a lot of reverse snobbery about French cooking.  But Jefferson loved it and made sure his household staff knew how to cook in the French manner.

Describing enough of the kitchen to make sense is a trick, however.  Cousin Esme has a stew stove in her kitchen, supporting copper saucepans and fish kettles.  And has on staff a European-trained chef, the formidable Mrs. Gardener.  This figures into one of the unique ways the Livingston school instills respect for people who have different skills than you do.

I hope to go back someday.  Things have changed, as restoration continues.
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I expect this to stay...

I knew most of what was on her sheet. There were a couple of questions about figuring the trajectory of a boulder thrown from a trebuchet, but since I didn’t ever expect to be storming a castle, I wasn’t worried about not knowing that one. I also had no idea how to make a bridge strong enough to hold a wagon of wool and a four-horse team.

I wasn’t planning on building bridges, either. But you never know. Maybe they would teach me that here, too.


---Spiral Path by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Copyright 2014

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