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The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear – Now Available!

Fooling a gryphon?

Not on her ideal day of treasure hunting.

But that’s exactly what she’s going to have to do if she wants out of the ruins alive–with her treasure in tow.

The next Legends of Cirena short story is now available as an ebook! 😀

“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear” is the second story written for my collaborative adventure Facebook group.

Like “The Wind Mage of Maijev,” this one takes place approximately 200 years before the events of The Wishing Blade series and the Stone and String series.

Except, instead of a wind mage in a city that hates magic, we’re dealing with a shapeshifting thief and an uppity gryphon. Can the thief outwit the gryphon and get the treasures inside the ruins?

Read “The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear” to find out. ;-D

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“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear”

YA Fantasy Short Story

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Fooling a gryphon? Not her ideal day of treasure hunting…

After a hunter cheats Nuaka in a game of cards, she’s ready for payback. A few shapeshifting ribbons later, she sneaks into his room and steals a promising set of directions to the local ruins—and treasure horde.

If she gets the treasure before he does, she’ll be rich, and that cheater will learn his lesson:

Don’t mess with the shapeshifter.

At first, everything goes smoothly.

And then she runs into the gryphon.

Can she use her wit and her magic to make it out of the ruins alive… and with her treasure?

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Explore the trickery of a shapeshifter in this exciting short story.

Read “The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear” today!

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

The vacation month has passed (spent a lot of time roaming around Missouri visiting friends and family), and now it’s time for another Infinitas Publishing Status Report! Not quite as much to report, since… you know… vacation, but there’s still a few updates. 😉

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Outline needs review.

SBibb - Glitch: Whispers in the Code Book CoverThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): As of July 12th, we will be removing the Glitch Saga (Whispers in the Code, Ghost of a Memory, and Spirits of a Glitch) from all retailers except Amazon. Then, once it’s been removed from all retailers, we will place it in KU (Kindle Unlimited). KU requires exclusivity, but we’re hoping to see a boost in readership similar to what we saw with Huntress.

In the meantime, I’m writing a new short story for the reader magnet. It will be free to newsletter subscribers, and I intend to make it available for 99 cents elsewhere.

The new short story will be from the point of view of a Community student who has failed the Health Scan, which means an inside look of a beastie plant from someone who doesn’t know/believe that powers exist. Currently working on the rough draft.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Lady Black’s Story: Needs brainstorming.

Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes input into manuscript, and then revisions.

Magebane Book CoverMagebane: (Book Three of The Wishing Blade series) Needs paperback edition formatted.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). Isaac has read the first few chapters and provided notes. I will be revising those chapters based on his notes and then I’ll adjust the outline before continuing with the rough draft.

Stone and String 3: Original outline needs updating after discussing plot with Isaac. New plan for the story.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: We’ve completed the cross-over story between Livena and Nuaka, and have started a new story following an ex-militant merchant who has discovered a threat in Sastae, the city of the gods.

“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear”: (A Legends of Cirena short story). Beta-reader feedback is in. I need to make revisions and edits, and then I’ll move on to finalizing it for publication. I’m almost finished finalizing the book cover.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Huntress: Proofreading the print edition for typos.

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: Still brainstorming. Have a few more plot points, but may need to re-evaluate the fairy tale I originally planned on using for this one.

Game Design: It’s summer, so Isaac has been making progress. He’s revised the rules for one of our games (as of yet unannounced, but has been through multiple beta-testers, and is the second game we started working on with Infinitas Publishing). Plus, he’s made place-holder tokens for testing, along with an updated map to allow for more space. All of this still needs more artwork finalization, but the good news is that version two is almost ready for testing.

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Character from our Work-In-Progress Space Adventure Comic

Space Adventure Comic: We’re diving into the waters of comic book creation!

This is still very much in development, but is a project we’ve been working on here and there for the past couple months.

I’m using Daz (a 3D modeling program) to create the art. Right now we have most of the basic character designs, as well as the assets needed to render the images. Isaac has put together a couple different ships and ship bridges from those assets, as well.

Currently we have a rough draft of the script for the first issue, and our next step is to edit that draft so that I can begin finalizing characters and rendering the images.

We are still debating where to host the comic, but it will be online.

Marketing: I kind of slacked on marketing, largely due to vacation. Did attempt Facebook ads, which was… an experiment. Definitely needs more work.

I plan to revisit Amazon ads later in the month to decide how to proceed. Also, I would like to get back into creating Book Funnel promos, which I plan to focus on a bit more once I have the new reader magnet written for the Distant Horizon universe.

LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

Also, Isaac and I did a panel on Self-Editing Your Manuscript at the Writers of Warrensburg Writer’s Workshop. We had a lot of fun, learned some new things, met new people and had a chance to catch up with old friends. Definitely an enjoyable experience. (Plus, book signing at Reader’s World in Warrensburg!)

Writers of Warrensburg Book Signing 2019

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Happy writing and reading! 🙂

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Almost hit two months between Infinitas Publishing Status Reports, but here it is!

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Fractured Skies - Book CoverFractured Skies: (Book 2 of the Distant Horizon series). The paperback edition has now been proofed and is ready for ordering! You can grab it from Amazon.

Plus, it’s part of the Kindle Matchbook program, so you can get the Kindle edition for yourself when you order the print copy.

Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Need to review the outline with Isaac.

The Glitch Saga: The Complete Collection - EbookThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Debating on putting this into KU for a few months and seeing how it does. I’d like to have another reader magnet prepared before pulling it from wide retailers, though.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Lady Black’s Story: Needs a bit more brainstorming and an outline.

Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: Preparing to input Isaac’s notes into the manuscript and begin revisions.

Magebane Book CoverMagebane: (Book Three of The Wishing Blade series) This is the next one up on the formatting list for a paperback edition now that the paperback for Huntress is complete.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). First part outlined, and the rough draft of this story is currently sitting at 14,500 words.

Stone and String 3: Outlined, with plans to write the rough draft after TWB 4.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: The current cross-over story continues Livena’s adventures from “The Wind Mage of Maijev,” and we’re a few episodes away from wrapping this up!

After that, I’ll see whether the group would prefer another cross-over between characters we’ve already seen, a single-character continuation of the characters we’ve already seen, or a whole new character.

“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear”: (A Legends of Cirena short story). Currently out to beta-readers. Then it will go through one more round of revisions before I move on to the read-aloud and proofreading. I also have a cover proof created, which needs to be finalized.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Huntress: Paperback edition is here! I am currently in the process of proofreading the paperback in case there are any formatting errors, but this time I checked those pesky ellipses before submitting it, and so far I’ve only found a couple issues that need to be corrected.

Changeling Book CoverChangeling: (Huntress #2) Published! (Also available to read for free for those with Kindle Unlimited subscriptions). Next step, creating the paperback edition. (This is my next formatting project after creating a paperback for Magebane.)

Huntress 3: Still in brainstorming stage. Next step is creating outline.

Game Design: On hold.

Marketing: Getting back into using Amazon Ads now that Publisher Rocket is working smoothly again. In the event that I put The Glitch Saga into KU, I’ll need to change the set-up for the reader magnet (currently Whispers in the Code).

LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions, possible restructuring).

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Have a good month! 🙂

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Another month has passed (a little over a month, actually), and it’s time for another Infinitas Publishing Status Report! 😀

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Fractured Skies - Book CoverFractured Skies: (Book 2 of the Distant Horizon series). Print formatting complete. Paperback edition is now available on Amazon.

That being said, I’m still in the process of proofreading for any formatting errors. Haven’t noticed anything on a precursory glance, but based on Createspace merging to KDP Print and changes to how they do proof copies, I wanted to order the version that would most resemble what the average customer would receive–which requires that the book is live.

There will be another announcement once I have the print version fully proofed.

Everything should be good to go now, based on the digital previewer, but just in case, since it’s possible that there may be formatting issues I haven’t discovered yet, I have the paperback edition currently a couple dollars lower than what its full price will be. (Currently $17.99, will be $19.99).

Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Still need to finish going through the outline with Isaac to make sure everything lines up before I start the rough draft.

I also plan to revisit the outline after I proofread the paperback edition of Fractured Skies, in case there are any plot lines I missed in the first version of the outline.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold.

Lady Black’s Story: Still tossing ideas back and forth. May have narrowed the story down a bit more, and have a better idea of time frame and character motivations.

Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold, but we have a mostly-complete outline.

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: On back burner. Hoping to move forward with inputting Isaac’s notes into the manuscript soon.

Magebane Book CoverMagebane: (Book Three of The Wishing Blade series) Published!

Finished the read-aloud and moved on to proofreading. Finally hit publish and got all the website links updated. Next step will be creating a paperback edition.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). Might have a title. I’m currently in progress of writing the basic outline for this story.

Stone and String 3: Hoping to outline this story while working on the outline for book four of The Wishing Blade.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold. Needs rewritten. Might try to outline the revisions while working on the outline for The Wishing Blade #4 and Stone and String #3.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: We’re about one or two episodes away from finishing the current short story. Exciting times!

A Path of Swords and Feathers - Book CoverA Path of Swords and Feathers: (A prequel short story to The Wishing Blade series). Written, read-aloud, proofread, and published.

This went out as a freebie to TWB newsletter subscribers and members of the Legends of Cirena group. It is now available for purchase across most major online retailers.

“MOG”: On hold. Needs further revision.

Huntress: Need to format the paperback edition.

Huntress 2: Might have a title! Revisions have been made and it’s currently out to beta-readers. Once I make those revisions, I plan to move into the read-aloud stage, then proof and publish. Also, I’ve started on the book cover, but it still needs work.

Huntress 3: Beginning to plot and outline. Hoping to get a rough draft written soon.

Game Design: On hold.

Marketing: Plodding along… plodding along… Nothing really new here. Kind of let the Amazon Ads lapse in March due to a flurry of events, so I’ll need to revisit those soon and decide which ads to kill, which to keep, and what new ones to create.

Also, KDP Rocket (a program I use to help select keywords for ads) has now become Publisher Rocket, and I need to investigate the changes that were made to the program. Should be improvements, once everything is up and running again.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Finished the book formatting and design project I’ve been working on. Working on revising my book cover design process and revitalize the book cover business. Invested a bit in Daz 3D (for better or worse), and I’m planning on creating premade book covers.

LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold, though I am hosting a month-long Book Funnel giveaway in the genre if you’re interested in giving it a try. 🙂

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That’s all for now! 🙂

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A Path of Swords and Feathers – A Wishing Blade Short Story

Ever wonder about the adventures of some of The Wishing Blade’s secondary characters?

“A Path of Swords and Feathers” is a short story (10,000 words) following the character of Nihestan / Shalant (Daernan’s father) during his youth, shortly after he took on his first mission for the goddess.

If you like some of my other short stories (such as “Stone and String” or “The Wind Mage of Maijev”) you might enjoy this. It’s a mostly stand-alone story, though having some knowledge of the world from the various other stories will help. 🙂

This story got its start with the Legends of Cirena Facebook group, after a failed attempt to Photoshop a gryphon sparked ideas about what kind of immortal this new creature might be…

And this story is the result. 😉

Before the Wishing Blade was forged, a young weapon mage embarks on a journey to protect those he loves…

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“A Path of Swords and Feathers”

A Fantasy Short Story

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Before the Wishing Blade was forged, a young weapon mage embarks on a journey to protect those he loves…

He serves the goddess of the dead.

Though Nihestan longs to see his family, his duty to his goddess leads him to the far reaches of the kingdom. But once he arrives, she refuses to answer his summons.
Not without an offering–

An offering he can’t afford. 
In need of money, he freelances as a bodyguard for a family heading deep into the northern mountains. Given how happy they are together, he wonders if he should have stayed home.
If he should be protecting those closest to his heart.

But his goddess may yet have her own plans for him… 
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Explore the trials of Nihestan’s past…

Read “A Path of Swords and Feathers” today!

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In the meantime, keep an eye out for news about Magebane, the third book of The Wishing Blade series, coming soon!

And don’t forget, if you want to read more Cirenan short stories and help direct the actions of the characters, check out the Legends of Cirena collaborative adventure Facebook group!

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The Wind Mage of Maijev – Now Available!

Good news! “The Wind Mage of Maijev,” the first of the Legends of Cirena short stories written for the collaborative adventure Facebook group, is now available as an ebook!

This is a stand-alone short story that takes place approximately 200 years before the events of The Wishing Blade series and the Stone and String series.

 

A wind mage in a city that hates magic…

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“The Wind Mage of Maijev”

YA Fantasy Short Story

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A wind mage in a city that hates magic…

Livena is a young woman living in Maijev’s southern quarters, staying ahead in life by working odd jobs. When her brother entrusts her with selling a pile of books in the undercity, it seems like another normal day.

Until she senses a dangerous storm brewing.

Most would hunker down until the storm passes. But Livena’s deplorable wind magic lacks control, and weathering out a storm inside only invites trouble.

The storm won’t stay outside where it belongs.

If Livena can’t make it home before the storm, and her magic gets exposed, it’s only a matter of time before a deadly mage hunter unravels her secret.

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Explore the magic in this exciting short story…

Read “The Wind Mage of Maijev” today!

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Thoughts on Writing – Flash Fiction – “Into the Dark”

A while back I posted a couple flash fiction pieces based on the prompt, “Unicorn.”

Today, after a group meeting regarding flash fiction, Charli Mills of Carrot Ranch (A flash fiction writing community), gave us the prompt, “Into the Dark.”

For the purpose of these prompts, flash fiction is fiction with an exact count of 99 words.

I decided to write two variations. One that is unrelated to my other stories and is “lighter” in tone. The other is based on the events of Spirits of a Glitch / Fractured Skies, and is darker in tone.

Isaac also wrote a flash fiction piece. Since he doesn’t have a blog, I’m posting it for him here.

Enjoy. 😀

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“Freedom in the Darkness”

by Stephanie Flint

(Contemporary / Portal Fantasy)

Locust trees stand fast in the brambly forest before her, their long thorns defying the night wind, a forest dark with promising secrets. The steel gray sky flashes light. Flocks of swirling birds race the wind, specks of coal dust against the embers of clouds.

She wraps her arms tight around her sundress. One hesitant step after another, closer to the forest. The chilly wind raises gooseflesh along her bare neck.

A glance behind, to safety.

Thunder growls behind a distant farmstead. Cows shuffle close to the chicken coop.

They have safety, but her freedom lies in the darkness.

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“Stalling”

by Stephanie Flint

(Based on the events of Spirits of a Glitch / Fractured Skies)

The agent holds his rifle close. Sweat trickles from his forehead, dripping into his eyes. Quick blinks. Fear… he senses danger around the corner. The seething, burning wrongness presses against his powers, then pulls.

Pulls at his spirit, his life…

Angry spirits, thirsting for revenge.

He swallows hard. The looming hall twists before him, his terror spinning familiar architecture into an uncertain whirl of rich rugs, steel doors, and clockwork lamps.

Clockwork lamps tick, tick, ticking until the generator stalls.

The hall goes dark.

Burning voices whisper in his head with cold, eager glee.

We are Legion… join us.

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“Day of the Hawk”

by Isaac Flint

His nose fell to the ground, his whiskers twitched, his pupils constricted. He’d stayed out too late. The sun was out; the Hawk was out. His heart raced. He took to his feet across the garden.

A swoosh in the wind, his ears perked, he dodged around a stone, slid under a vine, splashed in a puddle.

The wind brought the scent of sundried feathers. He thought of pups, he thought of his mate. He was glad they were not in the sun. They were safe, deep down in the burrow, where he would soon go, into the dark.

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I hope you enjoyed this post. Though we were a bit late for the Carrot Ranch “Into the Dark” prompt, if you want to participate in their weekly posts, head over to Carrot Ranch. 🙂

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