by Vanessa MacLaren-Wray
Greetings, fellow star travellers! Welcome to the home base for my books and stories.
The Unremembered King, my duology about fake shamans, dedicated swordsmen, and an interfering cross-world traveller, is now complete, with Book 2, Flames of Attrition, out in the world as of August 9th. The above link to the publisher’s site lets you choose your favorite bookseller, read a complete preview chapter, and even order signed copies direct from Water Dragon.
Ingram (the monopoly printing company we all rely upon) is slow at getting the hardcover on the shelves, but that should be cleared up in a few days. Amazon still hasn’t figured out how to list a new book that has both digital and print editions on one page…but you have Barnes and Noble for that.
Shadows of Insurrection, the first volume of the duology, is currently available at a sweet, sweet price until August 17th as the lead-off book in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association’s “Take No Prisoners” StoryBundle release, which gets you up to thirteen digital books with pay-what-you-can pricing, including the freedom to allocate your payment as you choose. While you’re there, click the button to SFWA’s “Explore Sci-Fi Worlds” bundle for a grand collection of short story collections (good through August 10th!)
Not to be outdone, All That Was Asked, is currently available for only 99 cents at all digital booksellers. Not just Amazon. Don’t miss out on the sly cameos by characters from this book who drop into the world of Shadows and Flames.
Plus, as for all my books, you can buy print editions online at Walmart. Yes, really! And Walmart is truly everywhere.
Short on funds? Recommend that your library pick up a copy (digital or print … here’s a how-to) and share the story with your whole community! Short on funds and love to share your thoughts on books? Request a review copy for Book 1 and/or Book 2.
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The Patchwork Universe
Welcome to the patchwork universe, where inflation theory establishes that there may be multitudinous other worlds–universes in their own right. One (actual) inflation theory describes these as ‘bubble universes’ and hypothesizes that they may ‘touch’ one another, like bubbles in a foam, so that the greater multiverse is a patchwork of worlds. If only we could slip through one of those contact points … or what if someone came to us, from another world?
All That Was Asked
Ansegwe would rather write poetry than work, but his world changes when he meets an alien on a cross-world exploration trip. And brings the alien home with him.
(Copies of the first edition are still available, direct from the publisher.)
The True Son
Corren will do whatever it takes to protect his brother, while the king’s son will do whatever it takes to eliminate Corren. Sword-fights, bullying, and a midnight escape.
Shadows of Insurrection
Corren, son of Orkast, is next in line to be king, but he’s got enough on his plate already, with brigands, insurrectionists…and visitors from another world.
Truck Stop Stories
Orbiting the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy is an ancient space station, restored to operation as a stopover spot for travellers across the galaxy. This project combines the skills and talents of several writers. Read them all!
Engineer Marichka Natalyovna is up to her elbows in aether, hazard warnings are blaring. Could someone give her a hand?
There’s a Store, Too
The writers for the Truck Stop series all wanted T-Shirts. And mugs. And hoodies. So we made a store. It’s open to all.
The books are fun, but don’t forget the short stories. I’m working on learning to do flash fiction, and that’s fun, too.
Two people meet in a restaurant, on a troubled Earth, and discover one another in the light of a brilliant work of art.
Fault Zone: Reverse
I have two stories in this anthology. One was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. All the stories here are worth your time.
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