The Lord of Dreams is now available! (Paperbacks coming soon!)
When a fairy king grants a human wish, there’s more at stake than dreams.
Claire Delaney has a good life, despite her adolescent angst. But she wants more. In a moment of frustration, she wishes to be “the hero.”
What she actually wants is to be the center of attention, but what she gets is a terrifying Fae king demanding that she rescue an imprisoned fairy, facing fantastical dangers and hardships she could not have imagined.
Yet the dreams–and the rescue–are only the beginning of her journey. She is at the center of the king’s audacious gamble to end the war that has raged in Faerie for half a century.
This book was born of a fascination with the interactions between two characters. Those characters were not my characters, and I didn’t want to rewrite someone else’s story, but they provided the seed of the idea that became The Lord of Dreams. I played with ideas of character growth and how a person can shed pieces of himself or herself and change while remaining essentially the same person.
The Lord of Dreams was fun to write. It has dangerous fairy creatures, an unpredictable Fae king, lies and truth and poetry and insanity, snark and selflessness and courage. It’s very noblebright. It’s written for adults but is clean enough for younger readers (if it were a movie, I’d say it would be PG-13 for scariness).
I’m putting The Lord of Dreams in Kindle Unlimited (KU) for at least the first 90 days after release. I’ve never had a book in KU before, and I’m generally opposed to helping Amazon strengthen its monopoly on ebooks – I think a robust, competitive environment for distribution is better for both authors and readers than a single ebook marketplace. At the same time, I’m pretty frustrated with the other retailers – they’re not doing much to compete with Amazon. Improvements in discoverability, search, the publisher interface… all of those things would go a long way toward helping them compete, and most of them don’t appear to have made much of an effort. So…. for now, The Lord of Dreams is exclusive to Amazon. If you read on another device, I am not using DRM on the file, so you should be able to get the file and convert it to your format of choice. If you’re not comfortable converting it yourself, go ahead and buy it on Amazon, send me your receipt, let me know what format you want, and I’ll send it to you.
Writer Thoughts Again:
This book was the perfect interlude for my writer-brain between The Beginning of Wisdom and A Long-Forgotten Song Book 4 (title TBD). It’s fun but not too fluffy, serious but not epically huge in scope, and full of interesting mythology that hasn’t fit in any of my other books thus far.
The special release price is $0.99 and it will go up to $4.99 after a while (free for KU readers). If you’re not ready to plunk down a dollar, you can get the prologue here and see what you think. The prologue takes place about nine years before the beginning of the main story.
The paperback version is coming soon, too. The cover art is gorgeous, so I am really excited to finally see it in paperback!
I would be honored if you would check it out!
~ C. J. Brightley
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