visiting (haibun)

 

 
maybe that was happiness – murky, unclear and unreliable but bright enough to blind me to tomorrow, before tomorrow became more than I could fit into my pockets. when it was enough for a breeze simply to make the clothesline creak, I’d roll from the concrete path onto soft grass – all grass was soft to a young boy – and the scent of hewn earth would creep across me. there, yellow fibreglass could splay sunlight across the back step, dust motes in a spinning goldrush.

it was always summer; the neighbourhood stray accepted any food we left out. the highway was a nascent thunder.

tomorrow thin as rumour
my life a tiny bullet
as I ricochet off everything

The Peaks of Autumn – Release Day

At Snow’s urging, Never climbs into the Folhan Mountains to search for the Altar of Stars, which he must reach by the new moon. Yet he cannot shake off his doubts; will the answers he seeks even reside with the altar? Or is Snow manipulating him once more?

Out Now

Hi everyone!

Today is the launch for The Peaks of Autumn – the 4th installment in Never’s quest for not only his true name but also for a way to break the curse on his blood.

As you probably know by now, I’m thrilled by the cover (thanks, Lin and Vivid Covers) and have been busting to release this one, to get that beautiful artwork out there (and the story itself too)🙂   While most of the Never stories up until now have been novella-length, this one is a novel (albeit a short one) and I hope you’ll find the extra time spent with Never to be full of action and surprises.

If you want to read right away and are in a position to financially support my writing you can find purchase links right here:

Amazon: AU/US/UK/CA/DE
Kobo
Barnes & Noble

If you’d like to enter some giveaways for the ebook, ones that are open now but closing a couple of weeks from now, you can visit Library Thing/Booklikes/my fiction site. (You can also enter a Goodreads Giveaway for the print edition of Never: Vols 1-3 when it opens next week.)

Library Thing Giveaway
(scroll to find me)

Booklikes

Blog Giveaway
(See blog)

Goodreads Giveaway
(OPEN NOW)

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the story!

Ashley

New to The Book of Never? Learn more by clicking the image below – you’ll find a few of the ebooks currently on special for the release of The Peaks of Autumn. (Also, the Never Prequel short story should be permanently free in the near future too.)

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Never Prequel – Free Today

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If you happen to be new to the ‘Never’ books and have heard me blather on about The Peaks of Autumn (coming soon) over the last few weeks and wanted to check out the series risk-free, you can grab a copy of the prequel short story Never for free today.

Here’s some links (Amazon only for now – planning to change that soon)


Free October 6th
Amazon: AU/US/UK/CA/DE

Cover Art for ‘The Peaks of Autumn’ (Never #4)

Hi! Just in case you might have missed this over on my fiction blog, I thought I’d share this here too – especially as I’m so very happy with the fantastic work from Lin and Vivid Covers🙂

(I’m especially thrilled with the beautiful change in colour from top to bottom)

(due Oct 7th)

(due Oct 7th)