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ON SALE—Karras the Kitten (ebook)

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Time for another offering in “Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga.” This story opens a new sequence we’ve labeled “Bones of the Earth,” which centers on tales about the dwarven people. Some of you may even recognize several characters herein. We’re offering it up earlier than scheduled to make sure it gets out the door before we are overloaded with novel work. So without further ado…

Bones of the Earth, I: Karras the Kitten

[Book Cover] J.C. Hendee
$3.00 USD

Short story, Episode 1 of 3, 26k+ words
ISBN-10: 0-9855616-1-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-9855616-1-1
English Only
Also available at all international Amazon outlets.

Karras, who humans mistakenly call “Carrow,” is not a typical Rughìr’thai’âch, "Earth-Born," or dwarf. In fact, in serving his family’s shipping and trading business, he has taken on too many human ways in place of those of his people. No wonder that, in attempting to “barter” for marriage with the fiery and dour Skirra"Sliver"of the fallen family of Yêarclág, he has bungled the deal for years. Dismissed once more by her to salve his heart’s wounds, this time those wounds get salted with the unwanted assistance of a blustery clan-kinFiáh’our, or the great "Hammer-Stag."

The old honored warrior has his own notion of what Karras needs. To Fiáh’our, honorable barter for love and marriage is akin to one battle after another. And only the way of their people’s warriors can see Karras to victory… over himself, first of all.

May their people’s eternal ancestors, the Bäynæ, watch over themespecially to keep them from each other’s throats.

Here’s hoping you find this entertaining during the wait until the release of the next book in the Noble Dead Saga, S3B2: The Dog in the Dark, next January 2013.

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