A festival of faeries

The launch of The Faerie Summer bundle is only a few weeks away! I’ve got a few more things to do to get it ready to go, like writing the sales copy and tweaking the design of the ebook cover – but everything that’s left is straightforward and easy to do.

It’s been really fun to see this bundle come together. I sent out the first invitation last August, over eight months before the planned launch date. I wanted to launch the bundle on May 1st, also known as Beltane, or May Day. There are a number of ties between Beltane and fairies, as one might imagine from a holiday that plays such a strong part in Irish and Scottish mythology, and May Day celebrations go back thousands of years. Even the Romans had a similar holiday – Floralia, which was held at the end of April.

Working on my story for this bundle, “The Faery’s Choice,” has not only been fun, it’s gotten me thinking about the world I’m writing in. This story is set in the same world as my upcoming novel, my short story “The City Trees” which is in the Fantasy in the City bundle, and at least one other story that I’ve outlined. I don’t have time to work on anything else in this world right now, but I can think about it and make notes! 🙂

I do have quite a few things to work out before getting back to the series (I have about seven chapters of the first book written), so I’m taking advantage of having just immersed myself in my latest faery story and am letting my imagination play. Hopefully I’ll be able to figure out a few of the missing pieces before I get back to the series.

The Beneath the Waves bundle slithering along quite nicely. It still doesn’t have artwork, although I’ve looked at quite a few illustrations of tentacles. The theme is mythical water creatures, and we’ve got quite a variety of them! My story is told from the viewpoint of a watery monster from Greek mythology. My monster started off in human form, but – as was often the case with those impetuous Greek gods and their associates – she managed to get on someone’s bad side through no fault of her own, and was transformed from a lovely maiden to a hideous creature. After going through that type of experience, you really can’t blame her for plucking men off boats and devouring them. Who knew writing from a monster’s point of view would be so fun? 🙂

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