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Fantastic Schools Hols Just Released — Look for my Newest Elfyverse Story There!

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As the overly long title to this blog says, Fantastic Schools Hols has just been released.

Now, as to why I explicitly put “look for my newest Elfyverse story there” into the headline…there lies a (brief) tale.

See, as I’m not well-known, I’m not among the named authors on the front of the book. (I’m instead part of the “many more.”) Amazon has something weird going on where only nine authors in addition to Chris Nuttall (the biggest name here, and by far the draw as well) were able to be listed…I don’t understand this. Maybe it was just a quirk in the system.

The upshot of that is, if you don’t know my story is in there, you won’t find it very easily. Not unless you go to my Amazon Author Page, which does have it included. (Amazon’s customer service there was outstanding; the customer service rep fixed it within two hours, I think, and got it on my page.)

So, you might be wondering what the story is about. (Ha! It’s time to tell you…insert not-so-evil Halloween crackling voice.)

It’s called “Jon and Leftwich Have a Holiday Adventure.” As every story had to deal with a holiday from magical school, mine dealt with Bruno (then named Jon) and his best pal, Iarlait Leftwich, who goes only by his last name as Iarlait is just too silly of a name to be borne (so Leftwich has told me, and I’m not messing around with that…ahem.) It’s Ba’altinne there, or Beltane as we’d have it; they have an important religious ceremony there called Blessing of the Beasts. Every single animal has to be blessed by someone…the high muckety-mucks get Lady Keisha Madhrogan (the equivalent of our Pope), who is an important character in the two Elfy novels. But Joe Schmoes like Bruno and Leftwich are at this point in their lives get postulants, not full priests.

The adventure starts when Leftwich’s dog, Annbess, decides she doesn’t particularly want to be blessed today. She takes exception (or at least is fascinated by) the necklace the postulant, Karenna, is wearing; it looks like a map of the stars, and as such, it means the owner plans on committing a great deed that’s worthy of such an important gift.

Well, Annbess somehow gets the necklace off the postulant and runs off. The two boys have to somehow find Annbess, hope she has the necklace still (or at least get some idea as to where else it might be), and they only have their wits plus their magic (mostly Bruno’s magic, as Leftwich is too scattered by all of this to help much) to get the necklace back before Karenna’s Reverend Mother gets involved.

At any rate, I hope this little blurb (or synopsis, or call it what you will) has whet your appetite for downloading Fantastic Schools Hols and reading all the stories there (not just mine). If you have Kindle Unlimited, it is free to read…and I don’t know about you, but “free” in this economy is one of my favorite words, ever.

Before I go, I’ll explain where the chronology of this story is. It would be the first story about Bruno (again, then named Jon) doing anything of a magical nature, but it’s told as a frame story from after the rousing events of the two Elfy novels. (“Hey, do you remember when Annbess ran off…?”) So it’s both first and last, chronologically…which suits me fine, as I tend to be silly like that.

I do hope you will read the story, you’ll get a few chuckles out of it, and that you’ll start reminding me of my promise to finish up an Elfyverse collection and get it out by the end of the year. (Still working on it, honest!)

Come back and let me know if you’ve read it, hey?

Written by Barb Caffrey

October 21, 2022 at 2:17 am

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  1. Congratulations on publishing another book Barb…and yes Amazon has its quirks and foibles, in fact it has more than its fair share and should not be so greedy with them.
    Best wishes with your new book
    I confess I have a copy of the first Elfyverse book but not read it, yet…it’s not the book, it’s me I am a slovenly reader.
    Now I’ve said I have the book that might give me a kick to read it as I am sure it’s my kind of book


    October 22, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    • I hope you’ll enjoy it, Roger.

      The anthology is driven mostly by Chris Nuttall, who’s an Amazon author extraordinaire. He’s regularly one of their most popular authors in both military SF and fantasy, and he’s possibly the best-kept secret in publishing as so far, the big houses have not taken a chance on him despite his inestimable sales record.

      I’m one of Chris’s editors. I’ve known him for at least fifteen years. (I say “at least,” because I probably helped a little bit when my husband was still alive, though Chris was far younger then and just starting out). He’s bullish on me and my writing, and it’s probably because of him that I’ve written both of my last two Elfyverse stories.

      Barb Caffrey

      October 23, 2022 at 12:53 am

      • I’ve noticed his work output is impressive and sounds like someone wedded to the principal that all who can write should write.


        October 23, 2022 at 5:03 am

      • I think that’s about where he’s at, yes. 🙂

        I think you’d like some of his stories quite well. The Zero Enigma series, with Cat the Zero (she has no magic, but that makes her extremely powerful in some ways in an otherwise all-magician society) and her friend and eventual love-interest Akin (he makes magical weaponry, the stuff Cat can’t make due to her lack of magic; it is not as powerful as what Cat can do) would probably be right up your alley.

        Barb Caffrey

        October 24, 2022 at 1:18 am

      • What luck!
        I can listen to ‘The Zero Blessing’ for free under my audible scheme, and can also get ‘Schooled In Magic’ for $3.40 for audio and Kindle together.
        I’ve put the former in my audio ‘Library’ and the latter on my ‘Wish List’


        October 24, 2022 at 3:07 am

      • Great! 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        October 28, 2022 at 8:51 pm

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