Of Blood and Rain: Coming June 13

Now that the cover is finally ready, I’m happy to announce that Of Blood and Rain, my recent fantasy novella, will be available in just 3 short weeks!

I blogged my way through this project earlier this year but, for those curious about it, here’s a little more information.

Of Blood and Rain is a novella approximately 20,000 words long. Although I wrote it over the course of about a month and a half earlier this year, it’s been floating around in my thoughts for several years. The rough concept was one that came to me in a dream, in which I accompanied a group of women in armor in a trek across what seemed an endless desert.

Unlike many of my dream ideas, this one was less refined, meaning I had to do a lot of work to turn it into a usable story. But the feeling of being in that desert stuck with me, so I knew it was something I should take the time to write.

The cover art was a collaboration between my husband and me; he did the line art based on my pitifully vague description and a few example photos of real-world places, and what he produced helped shape the story. I did the coloring, which I don’t feel does his work justice, but you can let me know what you think.

To see more of Joe’s artwork and have a peek at the comic he’s been working on, you can visit his Facebook page here. Just be warned that the comic is intended for mature audiences due to violence, so if you’re not keen on that, wait until he has his official web page set up instead.

Have a look at the cover here, then keep reading to learn what the story’s about.

Of Blood and Rain by Beth Alvarez - Cover art by Jose Alvarez

Until the riddle is answered, the curse will grow.

It’s been almost twenty years since a curse drove the kingdom of Strale into drought, leaving only a witch’s riddle to offer clues how to break it. Countless people have tried and failed, their bones littering the kingdom’s deserts.

When one last, desperate plea goes out, the call is answered by the Knights of Sonus, an all-female band of mercenaries whose ancient order serves a water spirit. There is no one better suited to breaking the curse and, as a first-year Knight, Aryina craves victory more than most. But the desert can only support so many, so when the king turns away all but two Knights, the task of solving the witch’s riddle falls solely on Aryina’s inexperienced shoulders.

If she can’t unravel the puzzle and break the curse before their water supply runs out, then all that’s left of Strale–and the reputation of the legendary Knights of Sonus–will crumble like the desert earth.

Of Blood and Rain will be released on all major eBook retailers June 13, 2017.

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