Render, a story of Aligare, is available now!

Good news, everyone! Render, the latest story of Aligare, is now available in ebook and paperback.

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They built new homes under mountain maples, hoping for luck. But for the aemets — the insect-like folk of Aloftway village — there has been much work and meagre reward. After poor harvests and a brush with forest fire, now wolves are striking down folk who venture into the forest. Without a precedent in their legends to guide them, all aemetkind knows to do is hope and pray.

Rue is a young aemet coming of age in this troubled community. Named after a lucky plant, she has never cared much for luck. She believed from the start that it was folly to move here, and when fellow aemets start turning up dead, Rue is through waiting. With her chemistry skills, her keen mind and a guard dog at her side, Rue promises herself that she’ll solve Aloftway’s problems. But she’ll need help from Felixi, a game hunter of the dragon-like korvi race — who knows more about the wolf attacks than he’s willing to share. 

Ebook available from Smashwords or Amazon. More retailers to come.

Paperback available from Amazon or direct from Createspace.

In a nutshell, Render has the positive themes and personal introspection of any Story of Aligare. But it also has some scenes of action and violence, and a psychological thriller element where characters have to fight their instincts as well as fighting dangerous animals. If you found Remedy a little slow, you’ll probably like Render better. Render can be considered New Adult, too, because protagonist Rue is just finding her footing as a responsible, working adult of her kind.

Because I’m excited to share this book with the world, I want to give it away! I’m going to start out at 3 free ebook copies: 1 book each each for Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. Just retweet/reblog/share my contest posts to enter. Contest ends at midnight EST on May 9th. At that time, I’ll use http://www.random.org to pick the winners. If any one media site gets over 20 reposts/reblogs/shares, I’ll add more ebook copies to its prize pool.  Render is available in .epub, .mobi and .pdf, all of which are DRM-free.