This time I present the other worlds fantasy "Sister Helena Versus the Visitor from Beyond Sepharata." This 6,300-word adventure features the main character from Sister Helena of the Sword twelve years after that novel's events when she and a bodyguard of five knights of Yuar investigate why a small village has stopped all contact with the outside in recent weeks. Finding everyone dead there, the Sister and her escort also notice a lack of local animal life and dead-looking vegetation all around the village, they discover the cause in a strange humanoid warrior from outer space scouting the planet Sepharata.
I must admit this is an effort at producing a tie-in to my 2012 fantasy novel with this related story of the same setting and character to boost interest in or sales for the book title. I also intend to use the short story as the basis for the prologue chapter to the second sequel in the Sepharata Saga - Sister Lara the Redeemer saves the World (hopefully available sometime in 2014 or 2015, still yet to be written but fully outlined this year). I wish I was better at book marketing.
Also I must ask, to anyone that has read my novels (Worldjumpers, A Legacy of Blood, The Circle of Light, Sister Helena of the Sword and Claws of T'birsk), whether as a given or bought copy - print or Kindle, or the new short story collection (The Orphaned Stories of John X. Grey), I'd appreciate any review of the books at Amazon.com. I know it seems as if I cannot tolerate criticism based on things written and said here, but wondering whether or not I've done anything right lacking feedback can be just as troubling. I present here a list of links to the book pages for my novels at Amazon.com including those titles with Kindle editions. A customer review by any reader of my novels or the short story collection can be posted there.
Well, at the advice of an old college friend to ask for some reviews from readers, with this column, I'm asking. If no one posts any review, apart from the one that was posted for Worldjumpers back in September 2011, I'll know that either my ogrish reputation as someone who cannot take criticism well about things in general has made certain I won't ever get any feedback from readers, or the readers I've gotten don't like what I've written to the point they don't care to comment. So be it.