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My novel, “An Elfy on the Loose,” Is Now Available

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It’s been a long time in coming, but my first novel, AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE (now with a subtitle of “Book One of the ELFY duology”) is now available at and will be available soon at all major e-book retailers.

**Edited to add: AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE has also “gone live” at (Barnes and Noble’s website), as Paul Howard told me in the comments. If you have a Nook and want to read AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE, now’s your chance!

Now back to our regularly scheduled post.**

I’m very pleased that AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE is now out, even though I hadn’t expected it to “go live” on Amazon tonight, of all nights — but as it has, I figured I’d best skedaddle and get a blog post up, pronto.

For those of you who want a sample, please go here and read the first five chapters of AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE . . . then, I hope you’ll go to Amazon and get the e-book, as it’s on sale for a limited time at the low price of $3.99.

Because I’m a new author, and because I’m decidedly not well known, it is anyone’s guess as to whether or not AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE will do well enough to warrant an actual “dead tree” edition (that is, a paper edition).

For all I know, this e-book copy is all that we’re likely to get. So I hope you’ll enjoy it in the spirit intended.

In other words, if you want to read my novel because you’ve been intrigued about Bruno the Elfy and Sarah his human companion and want to know all about Sarah’s house (which is an Elfy trap of major proportions), or if you want to figure out why a Dark Elf would go to Northern California, or if you even want to know why Bruno’s mentor Roberto is worth saving despite being more than a bit of an butthead sometimes, now’s your chance.

I also hope that if you read and enjoy AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE, you won’t be averse to letting people know my book exists. Because I need all the help I can get . . . and I’m not shy about saying so.

Written by Barb Caffrey

April 12, 2014 at 12:34 am

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  1. I’m glad to see it being released! I know you’ve been working on that for YEARS. I just wish Michael was still around to see it. (Of course, you wish it far more than I do, for obvious reasons.)

    Keith McComb

    April 12, 2014 at 2:12 am

    • Thanks, Keith. It’s good to see your virtual presence . . . and thanks for your kind words, too.

      Michael and I will have much to discuss, whenever I get to the afterlife. But yes, I wish he were still here so we could go celebrate.

      BTW, if you would be so kind as to share widely — and, of course, stop back any time! — I would be most appreciative. I found with Michael’s two Joey Maverick stories (available at Amazon) that most people don’t even know they’re available . . . with all the fans Michael had, it’s hard for me to believe people can’t seem to find the stories, but perhaps they just figure they died with him. (They didn’t. I won’t let them die. I guess they didn’t believe me when I said that?)

      So if you are able, tell people about them, too — maybe people will go read them that way, and remember my husband a little.

      Barb Caffrey

      April 12, 2014 at 10:55 am

  2. Reblogged this on This, that, and the other thing and commented:
    My friend Barb’s book is now up live!


    April 12, 2014 at 7:55 am

  3. For what it is worth, your book is up in the Nook store. I look forward to reading it.

    Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    April 12, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    • Thanks, Paul. I appreciate you telling me that. Lida Quillen, my publisher, said that she’d have it up at “tomorrow,” but since I got the e-mail late last night, I didn’t know if that meant Saturday, Sunday, or Monday . . . anyway, I hope you enjoy AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE. It’s a combination screwball comedy and urban fantasy, and I hope it’ll make you laugh, at least somewhat. (I thought of it as a satirical and SFnal “Perils of Pauline” while I was writing it, though of course in this case Pauline is Bruno the Elfy; that’s why it goes from cliffhanger to cliffhanger to cliffhanger.)

      BTW, my husband Michael loved the idea of a fainting hero. He thought it was high time a hero fainted . . . it amused him. (Bruno faints mostly because he doesn’t know how to use his magic, or sometimes he uses too much. But you’ll get to that.)

      Barb Caffrey

      April 12, 2014 at 12:37 pm

  4. Barb, just bought Elfy on the Loose. Why? Well because you left a reasonable comment over at Mary Kowal’s post about what is, and should be, out of bounds on the Hugo. I looked at the book you liked, Station Eleven, and couldn’t bring myself to try it (dystopian stuff just doesn’t work for me right now). But, I came back to look at your blog, then your books, and Elfy looks like something I would enjoy. So, thanks for both reasonableness and turning out works that readers can enjoy!

    Dave Shearon

    April 10, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    • You are most welcome, Dave. I appreciate your kind words.

      And “Station Eleven” is an odd work because it does have hope in it. There’s a nasty plague that wipes out 90% of humanity or something like that, but the people who are left try to keep at least some art and music and beauty alive. That’s why I liked that novel so much — as a musician, how can I not like a book that has a bunch of crusading musicians out to save the world (or at least their little corner of it?)

      Barb Caffrey

      April 10, 2015 at 11:55 pm

  5. Oh, Barb, I’m so excited for you! I’m a little late here but I grabbed my copy. This is an adorable story – a product of a wonderful imaginative mind!

    E. Ayers

    June 10, 2015 at 2:18 am

  6. Wow. Young love versus dark magic. Brilliant concept and one i want to read


    January 4, 2017 at 8:07 am

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