It’s a beautiful day today. And… Healing Glass is out! And I’m so very, very glad about that. I’ve had this gorgeous cover – thank you Miranda! – for far too long and there were times when I didn’t think it’d ever make it onto the front of the book. But with much help and a few swift kicks, we made it.
Healing Glass is a story about how doing what you love can get you in trouble. If you have something you love, you know how easy it is to lose yourself in doing it while pushing aside all the things we don’t like to do. Minel loves making glass. He doesn’t like confrontation. So he sticks to his work and becomes a renowned glassmaker, but people also think they can push him around. And when it comes to arguments with his lover, Minel does get stuck until a friend offers a piece of advice, and Minel takes it to heart:
Making glass was easy. Minel found solace in his work and—as Kare had pointed out—purpose and pleasure. Words were harder. They could be bent and shaped just like his glass, but Minel didn’t understand the rules that turned a word from a caress into a fist, or into a few syllables that changed a smile into an ocean of hurt.
Maybe he could learn. He’d learned to shape a material as fractious, brittle and temperamental as glass into pieces as delicate as spun gossamer. He’d learned to make those delicate pieces strong enough to heal the most grievous diseases. Surely he could learn to use words in a way that wouldn’t take the light from Falcon’s eyes.
And maybe, if he said what he needed with his glass, the words would follow.
Minel isn’t the only one with a single-minded focus. The Craft Guild as a whole much prefer to work on their crafts. They don’t like to go out prospecting for clients and orders. They don’t like to administer their city, either. So they outsource… with rather horrific consequences.
Outsourcing what we’re not good at and focussing on what we love doing is all the rage right now. It’s a valid business practice, and a great use of our very limited time. But it only works if we keep our eyes on the ball and in close contact with those who help us… or well end up like the Craft Guild.
Like most writers, I love writing new storie. Also like many writers, I’m not so comfortable hopping all over social media waving the Minel & Falcon flad. Which is why I’m having help with that. The fab team at Gay Book Promotions is helping me spread the word, and I’m ever so grateful to them and all the book bloggers and reviewers who are joining in.
I couldn’t do it without you all!
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