I'm not sure what inspired me this year (maybe your calls through the ether have reached me subliminally), but it occurred to me that one way I could express my gratitude to you, my readers, is by posting a couple of chapters from Kingdom Blades, the upcoming fourth book in A Pattern of Shadow & Light.
I've never released chapters separate from a book's publication before, so this is new territory for me. I wanted to give you actual chapters from the book, but the down side of this is that they're written to build towards the conflict explored in Kingdom Blades. It wouldn't seem like much of a gift to you if all I did was dump you right into the new conflict and then make you wait many months more for the book's release to see where it all goes. I wanted to give you two chapters that stand alone, are whole within themselves, and offer some closure for you.
Fortunately, one thread early in the book allowed for this. And as I reviewed these two chapters with an eye towards a Christmas release, I thought there were even some thematic elements that seemed appropriate to the season.
I know some of you won't want to read ahead of the book's actual release. I'm usually the same way, but I also know that many of you are excited (impatient, darn right desperate) to know what happens next with Tanis and Pelas, so I thought I would give you a glimpse into their story thread as it's been written so far. You can, of course, choose not to read it.
For those who are courageous enough to take the plunge, you'll find below the first two chapters with these characters from Kingdom Blades. As always, I would love any feedback you'd like to share. Leave me a comment below, or feel free to message me via the site.
I am so grateful to all of you for reading and sharing my series with others, but I'm even more grateful to you for understanding my words, embracing my world and for loving these characters as I do. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Have a joyful and prosperous new year!