The Hartvane Chronicles Book I: The Outcast and the Chosen One is Ready for Pre-Orders!

One month to go, y’all!

On October 10th, The Hartvane Chronicles Book I: The Outcast and the Chosen One will be available in ebook and audiobook forms! (We’ll talk about physical books later.) And right now, you can pre-order it at these places!

itch.io: This is the best place to buy my book! itch.io is very creator-friendly and buyer-friendly, since it gives me the chance to send you add-on goodies as they’re available (and there will be add-on goodies coming!), plus it lets me bundle the ebook and audiobook in with the same purchase, along with providing the EPUB and PDF formats for the ebook. The audiobook is somewhat more expensive ($9.99 vs. $5.99), but if you get the audiobook, then you get the ebook with it. Neat!

If you’re not familiar with itch.io, I recommend them highly. They’re mostly known for video games and TTRPGs, but they are willing and able to host books and take only a small piece of my pie (they let you pick how much they take! Their default is 10%, which is very generous of them compared with most places, so I’m using that), so I’m taking advantage of their hospitality!

Barnes & Noble (ebook only): This is an okay place to buy my book! They leave me 70% of the royalites, which is fairly standard, and they have more customer service/reputation available than itch.io, so I’m happy with you buying it here. Be warned that this version will only work with Barnes & Noble apps and such! If you’re okay with that, more power to you!

Amazon (Kindle version): This is not the best place to buy my book! Amazon technically offers 70% of the royalties, but they subtract “delivery fees” for the download size, and those fees are grossly exaggerated. Plus, I mean, it’s Amazon. They offer more money if you sign an exclusivity contract with them, but there’s no way I was going to do that! If you absolutely have to, you can get it on your Kindle, but I’d much prefer it if you got it from somewhere that cares about you or me. 💚

Audible: Not available yet! They still need time to process it. It’ll probably be more expensive than the price I have it listed at on itch.io, though! And you won’t get the ebook version bundled in with it, either. I’ll give a shout when it’s available, but I’m only putting it here because I know there are people who won’t find audiobooks anywhere else. The royalties I get are awful, and generally, nobody’s happy about it.

Okay! Those are the places you can pre-order it!

Why no paperback edition? I want to have a beautiful set when the full Hartvane Chronicles are complete, and I don’t want anyone to feel bad that they got an old version that doesn’t fit in with the finished set when it’s done. Also, designing a paperback takes time, and I didn’t allot it for myself! If you tell me you want a phyiscal edition, I’ll certainly look into it more, but I want to know that there’s demand for it before I put in the time there. Your voice matters! Really!

Two more things to whet your appetite before I say goodbye! First is the map that’ll be inside the cover. Take a look!

This isn’t the full world of The Hartvane Chronicles, but it covers all of the places (and then some!) mentioned in the first book. I hope you’re looking forward to exploring it!

And one last thing… Keep an ear out for news coming on October 3rd! (Was that announcement going to happen today along with the map? Yes, but audiobooks take a lot of time, so we’re making it a one-week-away treat instead of a one-month-away treat. Fun!)

The Hartvane Chronicles: Call for Beta Readers

Hello, friends!

I finished the fifteenth(!) draft of The Hartvane Chronicles this past week, and I’m finally ready to call it ready-for-beta-readers! I didn’t realize until I started writing it how much I wanted to write a story about a trans lesbian mermaid pirate, but now… It’s all I want to write about??

It’s also, in my opinion, an exciting, sweet, hopeful story that might be just what a lot of us need right now. Maybe it isn’t! If it’s not, then I need your help to know that, so I’m not telling tales out of school! If you missed the preview I posted late last year, you can find it elsewhere on this site with this link!

If you sign up and you get two pages in before throwing in the towel, that’s completely okay. I’d rather you err on the side of “Yeah, I’ll give it a try” instead of “I don’t want to sign up for something I might not do.” If you’re at all interested, please, click that link up there!

Love,
Josh

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.

Get the PDF now! No strings attached!

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!