Sunday, October 2, 2011

On October the 4th, my husband's birthday, I'll take my first step toward Indie publishing. "Urchin King", my first novel, is roughly 71K words long and will be available at Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes&Noble. I'm terribly excited.

For fourteen years, street-urchin Paul's miserable existence has kept him safe from an ancient law that sentences all second-born twins to death. When he learns he is the younger twin of the mentally handicapped Crown Prince who's in danger of being killed for his disability, he agrees to play the role of the miraculously healed royal heir. Paul struggles to learn how to act like a born ruler, but finds that his greatest skill, getting by unnoticed, is now his greatest liability. He knows if he is discovered, he will be executed like all second-born twins.

No, I didn't realize that this story's beginning resembles "The Prince and The Pauper" which I read ages ago in school. I only noticed when someone pointed it out to me. But the resemblance of the ragamuffin turned king is vague at best. In "Urchin King", the main character Paul, a second born twin, shouldn't exist due to a brutal law. And the story has got magic in it, a sorcerer with a vengeance, and an unpredictable evil spirit. To add authenticity, I included many details about everyday life in Europe during the Middle Ages. I hope you will like it.

I entered this novel 2010 under its former title "Thicker Than Water" to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's Colorado Gold Competition and was shortlisted in the category "Speculative Fiction" (the only non-Colorado finalist!)

The son of a friend of mine agreed to be my cover-page model (never thought I'd need one), and the castle in the background is from a holiday shot. I think the cover shrinks well. Do you like as much as I do?


Linda Adams said...

Comment on the cover -- your unusual fonts and the colors get lost on the thumbnail. I honestly can't read your name in the thumbnail and it's hard to read the title. I'm thinking the font may need to be bolder in the title, and a different one for the name.

Cat said...

Thanks for the advice. I'll try different fonts to see how they look.

MJ Ware said...

You might try making the fount bold. Also, I know everyone says to make sure you can read the author name from the thumbnail, but I've never stressed over it. The title though, that's important.

Adding a slight while glow (don't overdo it) might help too.

Best of luck!

Cat said...

Thanks for the advice. I'll play around with the fonts a little, that's no problem. I'm just glad that the rest came out ok.

Brenda Sills said...

Fantastic, Cat, Fantastic! Your book sounds so exciting, especially since I know what a marvelous writer you are! I've loved all the pieces you've written for the Campaign challenges.

This story sounds like it has so many great aspects to it. And the fact that the Crown Prince is mentally handicapped is such a unique twist - fantastic! I'm so excited for you! Wahoo Cat!