Now on sale at Smashwords:
When eight-year-old Penny Sterling becomes the child bride of Nicholas Rumpelstilts, she expects the worst. Instead, she’s free to go to school, to have friends, even to see the mother who gave her to Nicholas before her birth–and her new husband never lays a hand on her. But however pleasant the cage, she’s still a prisoner.
As Penny grows, she learns why Nicholas may want her: she’s a witch. She must hide her abilities or risk the world’s fear and hatred. Penny always thought Nicholas was the monster, but when a real monster leaves her scarred emotionally and physically he is the one who offers safety and comfort in a world where she’s likely to find neither.
When Nicholas disappears in dangerous circumstances, Penny faces a hard choice: take her freedom, or search for a captor she’s come to love.
A dark fantasy exploring themes of child marriage and Stockholm syndrome, “Penny for Your Debts” contains graphic violence and sexual situations, and should not be read by anyone under the age of eighteen.
I spent some time pondering how I would handle the release of this book, because I’m not wanting to do a lot of promotion for any release. But this title is flagged in Smashwords as containing adult material, as as such does not show up in a search or with casual browsing. It is not possible to stumble over the book, so unless I want to ensure that no one knows it exists, I need to at least put up links to the book. I’m also going to engage in a minor Twitter campaign, making a few regular tweets for this per day to put out a low-level awareness of the title. I most likely won’t be following reviews good or bad, so we’ll call this my “toss and cover head” approach to marketing.
Penny for Your Debts is $3.99 at Smashwords. I’m not yet sure if I will upload it to Amazon or not, and I think it depends on the initial month of reactions through Smashwords.
Right, so the release is done, and now the flop sweating can ensue.