The Hartvane Chronicles, Book I: The First Two Chapters (Sneak Peek!)

Oh heck, oh golly, oh gosh! I’m writing a whole dang book, and I want you to read part of it and get excited about it!

The Hartvane Chronicles is the story of two merfolken sisters, Melodika and Harmonia Hartvane, as they seek to become their town’s Chosen One and save the Deepdivers from the looming Crimson Smoke. The town’s High Cleric, Coronith, has the utmost confidence in both of them, while Mayor Ekolo is determined to test them every tailkick of the way. (It would be every step, but merfolk don’t usually step.)

Will Harmonia and Melodika meet their destiny? What does Coronith know that they aren’t sharing? And how does Princess Prudence of the Elven Empire, whose claim to the throne across the ocean has fallen into question, fit into their story? The answers to these questions and more… won’t be found in this preview, but you’ll get a taste of what’s to come!

A few CWs: These chapters include profanity, a dude being a total bigot (and reprimanded for it), and discussions of a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy.

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If you like it, please make sure that you’re signed up for my mailing list so you’ll know when it’s ready for the world to read! If you like it and have thoughts about it, feel free to contact me, either in the comments or on Twitter dot com. I’d love to hear what you have to say! (And I might need some beta readers in the not-too-distant future, if you want to be one of the first to read the whole thing. 😉)

And, most importantly, if you like it, please share it with a friend! I bet they’ll like it, too. You have excellent taste, after all!


Hooray! I’m So Glad You’re Here!

Hi! Hello! Various other greetings!

You’ve made it to my website, and I think that’s wonderful. I’m Josh Closs (they/them), and I make a bunch of comics, write a handful of short stories and novels, and sometimes stream games on the internet. If you’re interested in learning more about those things, those links will help you on your way! If you scroll down from this post, you’ll (probably, if the internet is working the way it’s supposed to work) see my latest comics! If you want to start from the beginning for any of my comics, please use this link instead!

If this is your first time exploring my works, I suggest you peruse my short stories (scroll down a bit on this page) and try one that catches your interest. Or the comics! The comics are also good! They’re a bit more of a time commitment, though.

You can also watch me play video games on Twitch every Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (for the time being, at least)! It’s a good time and we all enjoy it.

If you’re looking to contact me, please use this page! If you’re looking for biographical information about me, please use this page! Those are two problems I can help you solve!

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That’s all I have to say for now! Have fun looking around!