Book 4 in The Sedumen Chronicles, titled Stinger and Bow, is now available!
While this is the fourth book in the series, it is the first book of a new story arc, and a good starting point if you’re new to the series. You’ll get a richer experience if you’ve read the previous novels, but it’s not necessary. Here’s my description of this novel:
Stinger needs a new crossbow.
Thirteen year-old Rachel Silver—or as she’s known to the world, Stinger—needs a new crossbow. Her last bow failed her when she needed it most. Besides, Firebird Alex, her aunt and fellow Seduman—half-human, half-spirit being—wields a Sedu blade, made with spirit magic.
So Stinger designs herself a magic crossbow, then convinces her best friends to accompany her around the world and into the universe of Sediin to find the right craftsmen to have it made. Trouble is, warriors attract people who want to challenge them, whether they’re ready or not. Stinger is still tormented by her last battle—she’s suffering night-terrors, shakes, and cold sweats. When the situation turns deadly, will she be able to come to grips with her trauma and become the warrior she needs to be to save her friends?
The book is available from all the major ebook retailers; you can also buy the print book from Amazon.com. My dedicated page for Stinger and Bow has all the links, as well as a link to the first chapter which you can read for free.
This book is a departure from the rest of The Sedumen Chronicles; it’s in the voice of Rachel (Stinger), not Firebird Alex. It’s shorter (the print novel is about 135 pages, or about 53,000 words, compared to the other books which are over 80,000 words). It deals with some serious issues, yet I wrote it to be a quick, fun adventure for “kids of all ages.“ I also went with a different style of cover, illustrated by the excellent Dusan Markovic. I’m proud of all The Sedumen Chronicles, but this one has a special place in my heart, because I went out on a limb.
I’ll be doing a “tour” of young adult book blogs for Stinger and Bow, as I did for The Dawning of Firebird Alex. As such, I’ll be blogging here whenever new content is posted on one of those blogs. This tour is slated to go for nearly a couple of weeks (over my birthday, even!) so there will be quite a few posts here about content on various sites. Please check them out, both to support the bloggers who were gracious enough to give their time, energy, and space to help me get the word out, and because I try to keep it interesting with interesting guest blogs, excerpts, and so on.
And as with all my books, thank you again for your interest and hopefully enjoyment. If you find it to be the fast, enjoyable read that I hope you do, please share it far and wide with all your friends on the Interwebs and beyond.