It's rather amazing how quickly the publishing process can work when only e-books are involved. Yesterday, I sent the manuscript off to my proof reader. Her kids have been spending their summer at the pool, which gives her a lot of reading time. She sped through the story and gave me her edits this morning. I made changes and then uploaded the book to Amazon around 9:30am. Shortly after lunch time, a quick search revealed that The Splintered Oak is now a published work.
This short story is a tale I really wanted to put into my First Crusade novel, Road from the West, but since that book focuses on the southern branch of the Crusade, and this story comes from the northern branch, try as I might, I couldn't jimmy it in. It works very well as a standalone short story, however, and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
Here, without any more ado, is the cover and the blurb.
A Tale of Danger, Duplicity, Cunning, and Conviction
Archbishop Rothard would like nothing more than to find out which of his three clerks is spying for the Holy Roman Emperor, but when a crowd of Crusaders come clamoring to kill the Jews of Mainz, he must set his own plans aside and make the difficult decision of which side to take....
I would like to give away a copy of this new release to one of my blog readers! I am offering winner's choice of a Kindle copy or a PDF if the winner is from the US, or a PDF if the winner is international.
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