I am excited to announce that I have a short historical story coming out in a week’s time, DANGEROUS SANCTUARY. It is part of my Susanna Horenbout and John Parker series, starting just after IN A TREACHEROUS COURT left off and ending just before my second release, KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS, coming on April 3rd, starts up.
I decided to write DANGEROUS SANCTUARY because I had always imagined the events that take place in it would be in either IN A TREACHEROUS COURT or KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS, but it didn’t work out that way. But I really wanted that part of the story told. And I thought the ideas I had would work for a short story, and be a great way for new readers to find out about both the first and second Susanna and John books, and a way for readers looking forward to the release of KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS to get a taste of what’s to come.
Because it’s an ebook only (and will be available for around .99c), I was able to link to some fun things. Like images of how St. Paul’s Cathedral looked in 1525 (hint: nothing like it does today, it had one of the highest spires in the world, and one of the most amazing rose windows, although they weren’t called rose windows then) as well as a link to monks singing the Te Deum, which is what was sung in the service at St. Paul’s during the ceremony that forms the main event of the story.
I have personally started reading a new series based on a short story I found in the Kindle store (Alpha and Omega, by Patricia Briggs) and I’m sure readers of Cynthia Eden’s short stories have gone on to buy her full length books (I was buying her full length books anyway, but I love her short stories, too!), just as readers of Edie Ramer’s short stories, like Dead People in Love, and Mixing It Up, have, as well. Karin Tabke is another author with a great short story that springs to mind, and I’ve bought some of Ilona Andrews’ short stories as well.
But what about you? Do you buy very reasonably priced short stories to try an author out, like I (and obviously many others) do? If you like what you read, do you go on to buy their full length works? And what is it about short stories that you love and / or dislike?
Do you like the way the ebook revolution has enabled authors and publishers to put up short stories to keep readers happy between full length books?
I’m giving away 4 short stories to one lucky commenter. The winner will need an ereader or computer, though, as all of them are ereads: