Thessalyn Clambottom is a gifted, blind child from a peasant family. She’s been sent to the prestigious school of Minstrels on the island of Mance, but she feels like an awkward outsider. Things seem to improve when the school loans her a griffin, Chesher, for reading and navigating. However, Chesher has her own handicap—stumps where her wings should be. One day in the library, they find an ancient book in a language that Chesher can’t or won’t read to Thessalyn. Chesher seems frightened by the mysterious book, but hums a bit of the tune at Thessalyn’s request. The haunting melody is the key that will unlock secrets from the past and change the course of both their futures.
“Sky Dance” is a 10,000-word novelette from the world of Panamindorah, related to the Guild of the Cowry Catchers series. “Sky Dance” is a stand-alone story that can be enjoyed without reading Cowry Catchers, but the story will have more meaning for fans of the series. You can purchase the text-only version of the story on Amazon, Smashwords.
I have now spun off the Audio as a separate purchase. As of March, 2013, the text is $2.99, and the Audio is $4.99. The audio cover is square as you see below. It's an ebook with instructions for downloading the password-protected audio (very simple, no DRM, just MP3s). The audio is over an hour long. Amazon, Smashwords.
I hope your new year is off to a good start. I am currently working on a short story about Lu for next month. The free audio of Cowry Catchers Book 4 is in release on the podcast website, and the free serialized version of Hunters Unlucky is still in progress on my blog. I'm waiting on 2 more illustrations for Cowry Catchers Book 5, and I'm very closed to finished with the paper editions of that series. I've also gotten some lovely new Cowry Catchers fan art recently that you might enjoy.
I set aside my day job to write for January this year, I've definitely gotten some work done. I hope you enjoy Sky Dance!