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New ebook: Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod now available!

Written By: Ainy Rainwater - Jul• 19•11

New ebook in stores today! That’s right, the last of my older novels has finally made it to ebook stores. Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod is available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Smashwords today, with other stores to follow as it percolates through the distribution network.

What’s the book about? I wrote a bit about it here. But below is the official synopsis.

Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod cover art

Cover Art by Ainy Rainwater

This whimsical short novel is a story about choices, about what happens (for better or worse) when people step off the beaten path. Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod journey through a fantastic, allegorical American Southwest accompanied—or led—by totem animals or spirit guides. At first they both seem to be finally escaping the life of an older “career” student, but the apparently chance finding of a discarded letter initiates a quest to find out what happened to a pair of lovers, Joan and Karl, thirty years earlier—a story which increasingly resonates with Joshua and Sheri.

Along the way they meet ghosts, sad machines, baffling art, mirages, mysterious figures in a literally petrified forest, a hostel for lost souls, and a cafe for lost dreams as they search for what happened to Joan who ventured off the beaten path a generation earlier. Instead of a travel journal, Joshua writes stories in his notebook, creating interrelated allegories which are as real as the strange world they travel through. It is a journey both inward and outward as Joshua and Sheri are both in their own way “lost souls” navigating the shifting sands between odd cities in a world which is magical, futuristic, and anachronistic, but recognizable because there is an underlying truth to it. In flashbacks we see that being adrift is for both of them uniquely tied to their drive. What—if anything—can finally anchor them?

As mysterious encounters and the discovery of clues, artifacts and magical objects increase it begins to look like the universe is trying to tell them something…or perhaps Joan is…

This ebook is a novella, not as long as my other novels. Though it’s coming out as an ebook last of the four, it was actually my third book. I have to admit I’m starting to breathe a sigh of relief that all four books are now out as ebooks. Now I can focus on new material without the distraction of publication. At least that’s the idea, though for awhile now (certainly all this week) I’ll be online yapping about my ebooks. It’s what authors are supposed to do. I’d rather be writing. 😉

Oh, okay, for those you who are semantically picky, blogging is writing, but from an author’s point of view it’s more like what you do when you aren’t writing. 😉 And speaking of an author’s viewpoint…I’m doing an online interview with fellow Smashwords author Lisa Vandiver for her blog. (Lisa, if you’re reading this, I’ll finish answering the questions as soon as I’ve finished telling the entire world about this ebook publication…which thanks to the ‘net isn’t as time-consuming as it sounds.) I’ll post a link to the interview when it’s done and up.

Reminder…if you’ve read any of my ebooks, please post reviews or rate the books on the site where you purchased them. It’s a tremendous help and not something I can do myself! 😉



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