I’ve finished putting together 9 TALES OF RAFFALON, the collection of Raffalon stories:  nine novelettes totalling 104,000 words, including “Inn of the Seven Blessings,” which first appeared in George R.R. Martin’s and Gardner Dozois’s bestselling anthology, ROGUES.

It also includes an exclusive 8,400-word story, “Sternutative Sortilege.”  To save you looking that one up, it’s divination by analyzing sneezes, or more accurately, the products thereof.

I’ve written an introduction and blurb, acquired ISBNs for the ebook and paperback versions, even bought a classified ad in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, where seven of the stories originally appeared.

I still haven’t made up my mind, but my inclination is to offer the ebook for a limited time only at 99 cents, and only through my webstore.  I sell most of my ebooks through Amazon, as could be expected, but I’d like more people to be aware that I also sell through my own web page, because any sales I make there don’t cost me a 30 per cent chunk of the proceeds to Amazon.

The ebook release should come in early May. I have to wait for my excellent book formatter and cover artist, Bradley W. Schenck, to do his magic.  Bradley, by the way, is also an about-to-be-published sff author.  His SLAVES OF THE SWITCHBOARD OF DOOM, will soon be out from Tor.

Another complication is that I’m scheduled for surgery on May 2 and have to relocate to a new housesit 400 miles north shortly thereafter.

I’ll do a paperback after the 99 cent period, probably at $12.99 and put the regular ebook price up to $3.99 when I offer it for sale on Amazon and Kobo and other places.  If this sounds mercenary, please bear in mind that I live on what I earn writing and selling these stories.  It isn’t pin money to me.  It’s groceries money.

For the collectors, it’s possible there will be a high-quality, signed, limited-edition hardcover down the road.  I’ve asked PS Publishing if they’d be interested.

Here’s the Raffalon collection blurb:

A THIEF IN THE DYING EARTH

In an age of wizards and walled cities, Raffalon is a journeyman member of the Ancient and Honorable Guild of Purloiners and Purveyors.  In other words, a thief.

His skills allow him to scale walls, tickle locks, defeat magical wards.  He lifts treasures and trinkets, then spends the proceeds on ale and sausages in taverns where a wise thief sits with his back to the wall.

But somehow things often go the way they shouldn’t and then Raffalon has to rely upon his wits and a well calibrated sense of daring.

Here are nine tales that take our enterprising thief into the Underworld and Overworld, and pit him against self-serving thaumaturges, grasping magnates, crooked Guild Masters, ghosts, spies, ogres, and a talented amateur assassin.