September 2nd, 2011

Chibi-meilin

Chapter 14 Part 3 | Lovers and Beloveds | IHGK Book 1

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"Arta, what are you doing here? Why are you dressed like that? Not that you don't look nice--you look wonderful, actually, quite beautiful...Gods, really, really, quite, quite beautiful." She stood now, very straight and rigid, her small, shaking hand still in his. She was blushing, and she wouldn't meet his eyes. "Arta," he said more forcefully, "what are you doing here?"

"I...I am bid to say--that is, no, not bid to say..." She blinked rapidly, and began again, her voice stronger, working hard if not successfully to overcome her northern Valmouth accent. "I am here to comfort you in your disappointment, Your Highness. They--I mean, I thought you mightn' want to be alone tonight, an as you an I are friends...we might be better friends," she finished, daring a guilty glance up at his face before fixing her eyes on his shoes again.

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Chibi-meilin

Happy birthday, "Lovers and Beloveds"

Originally published at MeiLin Miranda. You can comment here or there.

I released "Lovers and Beloveds" a year ago today, going by when I sent it to the pre-salers. In that time I think I've sold about 500 copies, which, for a non-name independent, isn't bad considering the vast majority of traditionally published books sell less than a thousand copies in their lifetimes. And, as Netta likes to say, "Early days, kid, early days." When book two comes out, I expect there will be a flurry.

Speaking of which, I think pre-sales may start next week. In fact I'm almost sure of it.

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