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Friday Fun! Cover Reveal for CHANGING FACES, Coming in the Fall of 2015

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Folks, with all the turmoil going on in the world these days, I wanted to share some good news.

The cover for my contemporary fantasy/romance novel CHANGING FACES is already here! (In other words: Time for a cover reveal.)

CHANGING FACES coverTake a look at this cover, courtesy of cover artist Tamian Wood. (Isn’t it great?)

The two faces being depicted are those of Allen Bridgeway, Master’s student in clarinet performance at (fictional) Willa Cather University in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Elaine Foster, Allen’s fiancée and fellow clarinetist at Willa Cather U. (Elaine starts off as an English Master’s student.)

Now, why do I call this book CHANGING FACES? It’s because Allen and Elaine are about to change places with one another…and it comes about because of two aliens who may as well be angels.

Why do these aliens/angels decide that Allen needs to be in Elaine’s body, and Elaine in Allen’s? Well, these two musicians have had a very tough time of it. Elaine, years ago, was brutally raped while still a child in the foster system. (She had another name, then; she chose the name “Elaine Foster” afterward.) She’s been with Allen for years, wants to marry him…but cannot accept her own body or her body’s responses.

Deep inside, she thinks she’d rather be a man. But she loves Allen. If only her body didn’t keep giving her fits…and then she tells Allen something devastating: Even though she loves him, she has to leave. She can’t go on living like this.

So they get in the car. It’s mid-December, and the roads are icy. And they get into a car accident. A bad one.

When Allen wakes up in the hospital, he’s in Elaine’s body (as the aliens/angels performed a body-switch). He’s still male, but now he looks female. And he’s dealing with a multitude of injuries, including a concussion, so he doesn’t really know what to do. But he’s still Allen inside, even though he can’t seem to tell anyone.

And when Elaine “wakes,” she’s actually inside Allen’s body but doesn’t know it. She’s not awake at all, you see; she needs to talk with one of the aliens/angels, but as this particular entity is an Amorphous Mass, it has trouble representing in the physical world. (BTW, Elaine quickly decides to call the Mass “Moe” — for “Mass of Ectoplasm,” out of the Ghostbusters movie).

What will these two lovers do, now that they are in this predicament? Will it actually help Elaine to know she’s now outwardly male — that is, if she can ever wake up from the coma? And how will Allen react, now that the world thinks he’s female?

One thing’s clear, however: When you have found your soulmate, the universe will do almost anything to keep you together. Even change your faces.

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Before anyone asks, I still do not have cover art for A LITTLE ELFY IN BIG TROUBLE. The best guesstimate for when the second half of the Elfy duology will come out is early October, whereas the best guesstimate for CHANGING FACES is probably early November.

Happy Friday!

Written by Barb Caffrey

July 17, 2015 at 3:42 am

New Free Story Available in Exquisite Quills 2014 Holiday Anthology…and Other Stuff

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I’m pleased to report that the Exquisite Quills Holiday Anthology, 2014 edition, is available now at Smashwords.

Why do I care? It’s simple. I have a fantasy/romance short story in there called “Marja’s Victory,” featuring a shapeshifter, Marja, and her Mountain Troll lover, Tomas. They’re bounty hunters, and are very good at what they do, but it’s Yule and they really didn’t want to be bothered. However, the guy who needs to be brought in conned Tomas’s mother years ago…so it’s personal.

“Marja’s Victory” is a good, solid story that I was never able to place. So when the Exquisite Quills romance writing group asked for submissions, I immediately thought of it.

After two rounds of revisions, the story was accepted. And it is available now, along with the rest of the anthology, over at Smashwords. (I’ve been reliably informed that it will be made available at BN.com and a few other places in the very near future, too.)

Best of all, reading “Marja’s Victory” along with the rest of the Exquisite Quills 2014 Holiday Anthology will cost you nothing. Nada. Zero.

Because it’s absolutely free.

The Exquisite Quills group does holiday anthologies for one reason: author promotion. The hope is that if someone reads your story who otherwise would never have heard of you, they’ll want to go buy your other stories.

And as my style is funny, romantic, and original, I thought “Marja’s Victory” a perfect example of what makes my writing interesting to read. I hope you’ll feel the same…do let me know what you think of my story, will you?

Aside from that, I have a bit more news to report as my guest blog “Ghosts in AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE” was posted by Aaron Lazar over at the well-known writer’s blog Murder By 4 a few weeks ago. This didn’t come to my attention until a few days ago, so if you want to read more about why I found writing about ghosts in AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE to be such an interesting thing to do, please feel free to visit Aaron’s blog.

Finally, it’s the last day of the ninety-nine cents sale for AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE, so if you haven’t bought your copy yet, please head over to the e-book retailer of your choice and do so.

Have an excellent Thursday, everyone!

My Novel, “Changing Faces,” Is Complete…

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Folks, I’m happy to report two things.

I finished my long-delayed novel, CHANGING FACES, today. As this took over fourteen years of hard work and multiple drafts, I’m ecstatic that my novel is finally complete.

(Yes, I said fourteen years. My late husband Michael liked this book; he compared it to C.S. Lewis. And my late best friend Jeff Wilson also enjoyed this novel immensely. But I digress.)

Upon completion of my final edit, I sent it to my publisher, Lida Quillen at Twilight Times Books. I’d asked her a while back if she might be interested in my transgendered fantasy/romance (with aliens who may as well be angels). She said she was, so I told her when I finished it I’d gladly send it to her forthwith for her appraisal.

And now, I have.

May the happy dance commence!

Written by Barb Caffrey

October 15, 2014 at 6:05 am