With only a couple of days to go before the publication of Discord's Shadow, it's now available to pre-order on Kindle and in paperback at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KQRY6MS and B09KNCZR3D respectively, as well as on Smashwords. This has been such a long time coming that I wanted to make it a little more special, so you can also download the first in the series, Discord's Child, from Smashwords FREE until 6th November using the coupon you'll find at  http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ksdearsley. I'm also uploading the Iyessi songs for Discord's Shadow on the Exiles of Ondd Facebook page throughout this month.
It's hard to believe everything is coming together at long last. The only thing I haven't done myself is to design the front cover. The reason I didn't order a custom-made one was not only a matter of expense, but because I would have found it hard to give a designer adequate instructions. The cover has to do so many things. It needs to give some idea of the novel's genre, atmosphere, characters and setting for readers unfamiliar with the series. It also has to fit in with the style of the previous novels, and it has to work in several different sizes. I liked several premade covers, but the one I finally chose, having looked through thousands, showed up as well in thumbnail scale as in paperback. Of course, Discord's Shadow, The Exiles of Ondd Book Three and K. S. Dearsley also had to fit on it without destroying the image. It's a lot to ask of one design. The cover I chose is the work of Betibup 33, who were a delight to deal with–prompt, efficient and very reasonably priced! You can visit their site at http://www.betibup33.com.
On Monday, I had the chance to read out the opening of Discord's Shadow at a new group, called Get the Word Out, that meets monthly for a writing and performance night. The response was positive, so I hope all the effort has been worth it, and that you'll agree it's been worth the wait. If anyone would like to leave a review, particularly at Smashwords or Amazon, feedback is always appreciated.
It's tempting to think that I shall be able to take a break from the exiles for a while after Saturday, but I have a feeling they won't let me rest completely just yet.