Wait, Where Did Those Two New Books Come From?

The title of this post is probably what you’re asking yourself if you’ve noticed the two additional covers that just showed up at the bottom of my home page.

Well, one of them is for Beaumont and Beasley Book 3: The Mirror of Rorrim.

Coming…soon. Probably in the autumn sometime. Not going to say too much about it right now. I’ll make a proper announcement once I’ve done some more work on it. The reason why I have the cover up now will be explained shortly.

The other cover is for The Clawthorn Rose, a prequel to The Beast of Talesend and the first installment of a new series.

If you’ve read the Beaumont and Beasley books, you’ll know already that they’re not “retellings” as such–but they do feature retold fairy tales to a certain degree. I’ve heard from some people that they’d like to know more about the alternate versions of fairy tales I’ve teased thus far. Tales of the Afterlands is an anthology series that will explore the history of Nick and Cordelia’s universe, jumping around in time and dealing with a variety of characters. Book 1 tells the story of Anwen and Bastien, the Afterlands’ original Beauty and the Beast. Bastien made a brief appearance in The Beast of Talesend thanks to some magical shenanigans.

There is, however, a twist. The Clawthorn Rose isn’t just a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It’s also a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, fusing the two stories into one. I’ll leave you with that for the moment–as with The Mirror of Rorrim, I’ll be releasing the full synopsis for The Clawthorn Rose at a later date once I get some more details finalized.

Why did I reveal the covers now? Because I’m staring a cover design and ebook formatting business, which I wanted to get up and running before I started passing out business cards at Realm Makers. You may have noticed the new “KRS Designs” page in the header menu as well. I’ve added these WIP covers to my portfolio so that the site has more than just two examples of my graphic design work. You can read more about the services I offer on the new page. If you’re interested in having me do some work for you, feel free to contact me!

So, now that we’ve got that sorted out, back to eagerly anticipating the release of our tomorrow. If you haven’t pre-ordered the Kindle version or bought yourself a paperback, now’s the time to do it! Also, don’t forget about The Beast of Talesend ebook sale (ending July 31) or the audiobook giveaway!

Comments (14)

  1. Daley Downing July 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I especially love the prequel idea! I did want to know more about Anwen and Bastien!!

    (I’m also considering doing something in a similar vein when I finish Volume 4!)

    • Kyle July 23, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      That sounds so cool!! There’s so much depth in your world; I think that would work really well.

      Glad to hear you’re interested in the Anwen/Bastien story! If Book 1 of the prequel series takes off, Books 2 and 3 will be getting similar treatments.

  2. Deborah O'Carroll July 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    :O :O :O
    The Clawthorn Rose cover is GORGEOUS!!! Also intrigued about these spinoffs. πŸ˜€ What we saw of Anwen and Bastien looked pretty tragic buuut maybe there’s hope in an entire book about it? XD *is a sucker for happy endings* πŸ˜›

    • Kyle July 23, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      I can confirm that there is hope! Wouldn’t want to write a book with a super-dark ending. It’s actually going to be a very fun, lighthearted story. Anwen is a take-charge character who deliberately subverts every Disney princess trope, and Bastien is a jerk but in an entertaining way. πŸ˜† They have to face some huge obstacles together, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel. 😊

      • Deborah O'Carroll July 23, 2017 at 5:06 pm

        Yay! I’m excited! πŸ˜€ Good to hear, especially given the ominous tone of the post-credit scenes of Tomb! XDDDD (Just read it over the weekend between kayaking — book-by-water photoshoot opportunities, yay! — and writing my Silm post and losing my internet… Sorting my thoughts now but initial thought is <3! :D)

        • Kyle July 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm

          Wonderful!! I’m sure there’s room for improvement, but I’m glad to hear you didn’t hate it. πŸ˜† Like I said before, feel free to be honest in your review.

          • Deborah O'Carroll July 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

            Ummmm HOW could I even possibly hate it when it’s that awesome and hilarious?? :O

          • Kyle July 24, 2017 at 12:16 pm

            LOL, thanks!! I’ve just been super-nervous about dropping the ball with this one after the positive response to Book 1 (which still amazes me because I was totally not expecting it). πŸ˜‚ I know I’m still improving as a writer, like everybody else, but as long as I’ve stayed true to the stuff people enjoyed in “Beast” (mainly the humor and the character elements) I’m happy. 😊

  3. Rebekah July 24, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    PRETTY!! πŸ˜€ I love your circle scheme. πŸ™‚

    The Mirror again? o.o *hides* SHE IS TERRIFYING. But not actually as scary as the queen lady? Kinda? Anyway, CREEPY. But beautiful cover! Excited! πŸ™‚

    Oooo, prequels are fun! Glad to see above that you don’t want to do super-dark endings–that was my first worry about The Clawthorn Rose too. I loved all the little (and big) hints we got about the fairy-tale backstory of the world. πŸ™‚ It’ll be cool to get the stories themselves. πŸ™‚

    • Kyle July 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, people have been asking for more about the Mirror for a long time now, so I’m looking forward to getting into that. And The Clawthorn Rose will be a lot of fun. It’s definitely not like any Beauty and the Beast retelling you’ve read before. Some cool magic-y stuff goes on. Plus, I don’t think any book could be dark with Anwen in it. She’s an “I will make things better even if I have to knock some heads together” character. πŸ˜†

  4. Brie Donning July 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    The Clawthorn Rose sounds like it’s going to be really awesome. I love combined fairytales, and I can tell this is going to be more than just smashing bits together and making references. And Anwen sounds great.

    • Kyle July 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks!! 😊 Yeah, I’m excited about it. I’ve been wanting to weave those two together for a long time now, and I’ve actually found a way to do it that fits nicely into the mythology I’ve already established. The fact that they both, in a roundabout way, mention roses/thorns/etc. will become very significant.

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