New Sun Rising: Ten Stories
A cool summer bargain: New Sun Rising is discounted to 99 cents through June 24. On June 22, it will be promoted by Midlist, which is quite a vote of confidence because Midlist’s acceptance rate for free promotions is 3%.
Here’s a new good way to try before you buy: a podcast of the first few pages of story 2, “Leaving Home.”
These podcasts are read by Simon Denman, who in addition to being a teriffic reader runs the excellent UK site Readers in the Know.
In the world of New Sun Rising, ghosts coexist with mobiles, witches with e-beasts. At the heart of the stories is Kedzie Greer, a teenager raised in a utopian community of mystical beauty. She decides to leave home and seek her fortune in the outside world.
This utopian community was built around a lake. That lake is the first thing described in the first story:
Star Lake is as it has always been: restless, beautiful, and bewitching. I believe it is the source of our town’s various spiritualities. The veil between this world and other dimensions is very thin here. Very thin. For all we know, our lake is a gateway through which unseen beings pass back and forth. I—who have no coherent religion—become mystical when I see the water. We all do.
—From “The Town With Four Names”
New Sun Rising: Two Stories
New Sun Rising: Two Stories includes the first two stories. They introduce the utopian community and the main plot, respectively. Two Stories is FREE on all platforms.
Story 1, “The Town With Four Names,” describes the idyllic lakeside village in which sixteen-year-old Kedzie Greer was raised.
Story 2, “Leaving Home,” is about Kedzie’s decision to seek a life outside the town gates.
Got my gate pass for Chautauqua this week. This has turned my mind to summer, lakes, conversation, music, and walking among tall trees.