Sacrificing the Season
Long, long time ago (I can still remember…), I wrote a novel that grew up to become The Glasswrights’ Apprentice. While my agent shopped around that piece, I got to work on another novel, in a totally different world, with totally different characters. (I wanted to have a path to follow, if Apprentice never sold.) Ultimately, I signed a contract with Roc for Apprentice, a sequel, and a player to be named later.
That “player” ended up being Season of Sacrifice, the novel I wrote when I did not know Apprentice‘s fate. I love Sacrifice. It allowed me to do a lot of research on real world traditions and history (especially on the tin mining culture in early Cornwall), converting all that data into a unique society that functioned under magical rules all its own.
Alas, Season of Sacrifice never found its full readership. It was released as a January book (when the excitement of holiday book purchases just past typically leads to low sales). It came out between two Glasswrights novels. It had a rather unfortunate cover, featuring my heroine in a leather bikini.
But I still love the story. And it’s featured today, on my current publisher’s site:
You can also read the first chapter of Sacrifice here:
Ah, the dreams I once had for other books in the Season world. Some day, maybe… When my writing schedule frees up… Some day…