A brand new, never-before-seen Aerdhverse novella is available via my Patreon for subscribers at the $5 level and up! For information about Patreon subscriptions and the reward tiers, go here. If you subscribe now, you will also get my previous releases, “A Matter of Circumstance” and “The Adviser and the Diplomat.”
In The Company of Strangers is directly tied to both Ariah and “A Matter of Circumstance.” While you don’t have to read either of those to read In The Company of Strangers, it will probably be a richer experience if you do. Here is a blurb for the novella!
All Sorcha and Shayat know about Ma-Halad is that Ariah might be there. They walk through the tall gold grass with a skeleton of a plan, a handful of food, and lies on their tongues.
But Ma-Halad is ruled by The Butcher of the East, an ambitious general facing down impossible orders from the Emperor himself. Sorcha and Shayat are marked the second they appear in town. Ferreting out Ariah under The Butcher’s watchful eye will be no easy task.
Final thoughts: If you enjoy this novella and feel so moved to do so, you can review it over at Goodreads. And many, many thanks to The Kraken Collective for supporting this release!
REMINDER: In the Company of Strangers, my Patreon-exclusive novella, will drop this Tuesday. It’s definitely not too late to subscribe ($5 and up gets the novella!) and get the story!
Here’s a map I drew specifically to make sense of what I was writing for In the Company of Strangers, so I thought I’d share it with you. I love maps, and I tend to sketch them as I go, and then refer to them as I revise to make sure what I’m writing makes sense. It gets really iterative–I end up adding to the map as I revise, too, because there are little details I write in that I’ve forgotten about (like the grain fields).
The Kraken Collective is an alliance of indie authors who have pooled resources to publish high-quality fiction while retaining complete creative control over our stories. We aim to provide a wide variety of science fiction and fantasy stories, all starring LGBTQIAP+ characters. From alien hunting lesbians to complex political fantasy, The Kraken Collective publishes queer SFF that will blow your mind away and leave you craving more.
Although it begins as a simple cooperative between authors, we aim to grow into an unique publishing model capable of supporting queer indie voices everywhere in SFF. We are committed to building a publishing space that is inclusive, positive, and brings fascinating stories to readers.
Why a Kraken?
Cephalopods are fascinating and deeply intelligent creatures: masters of camouflage, brilliant escape artists, and underwater innovators–from the millimeters-long cuties to the kraken-like giants, they’ve impressed us with their constant ingenuity and creativity. In short, they are awesome.
Just like us.
We hope to create a kraken-sized cloud of ink through our stories and that, like an octopus hiding in its ink, you too can find refuge and solace in our worlds.
Learn More About Us!
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But Wait, There’s More!
In The Company Of Strangers, my Patreon reward novella which will be released next week, is the collective’s first release! Check this out:
I got a Kraken on the cover. You see it? It’s so cute! I love that little dude.