Shadow of a Change, For the Love of God, and Hunger

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I have finally managed the last little bits and pieces of associated formatting & ISBN retrieval and back-cover blurb writing (which I am not terribly good at, sadly), and have finalized three short stories. As decided by general consensus, the shorts are being released in chronological order.

One of the things that really strikes me, rereading them, is how much technology has changed, because two of the three are set in the theoretical now, which would really be the now of the early ‘90s. Honestly, sometimes it is very hard not to revise everything.

Shadow of A Change is the first of the three (or the 9th of the sixty, depending on how we’re counting). It was originally published in Dinosaur Fantastic, edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg, and then reprinted later in Dinosaurs!, a reprint anthology edited by Martin H. Greenberg.

It’s contemporary. (This is me trying not to say very much else about it).

It’s in the queue at Amazon and iBooks, and is now available at Smashwords.

For the Love of God is my first attempt at alternate history. It’s not my last attempt. Originally published in Alternate Warriors, which was edited by Mike Resnick (in the early years, you’ll see his name frequently), it’s the story of Thomas Beket and Henry; in this short, Henry does not have Thomas killed (or, Thomas is not killed by outraged followers of Henry, depending on how you choose to read history).

It’s in the queue at Amazon and the iBookstore, and up at Smashwords, where it is also in the queue for eventual B&N, Kobo, Diesel and Sony stores.

Hunger is the last of the three. It’s told in first person, and was originally published in Christmas Ghosts, edited by — surprise! — Mike Resnick & Marthin H. Greenberg. Not surprisingly, it is about a Christmas Ghost, sort of. I still really like this one.

It’s also in the Amazon and iBookstore queues, up at Smashwords, and from Smashwords, in the queue to reach the other etailers.

13 Responses to Shadow of a Change, For the Love of God, and Hunger

  1. Mary Allen says:

    On a previous comment someone mentioned that Kiriel di’Ashaf’s early life as deleted chapters from a Sun Sword novel was somewhere on you live journal. Having spent almost four hours looking at previous comments I wonder if someone knows the exact date or where on your site this material can be read. I am saving the next three short stories for my flight to Dallas on my nook. I didn’t enjoy the Black Osprey’s as much as I thought I would because it was too short and I know more of the back story so wanted more from the short story than it could possibly deliver.

  2. Michelle says:

    Going back through the Archive posts, I found at least one of the links in May 2011 State of the Writer, Mary Allen, curtesy of Aaron. A copy of his post is pasted below:

    May 21, 2011 @ 03:50:16
    I understand that these were incomplete/cut scenes, but you may want to consider including or even expounding on:

    1. Meralonne vs. Anduvin (held back from Sea of Sorrows)

    2. Kiriel’s Investiture (from

    P.S. I’m sorry if I’m being pedantic, but people ask about these in e-mail and the yahoo group periodically.

  3. hjbau says:

    Is that both of them? I have them saved on my computer so i can email them if anyone wants them. Michelle hasn’t minded that in the past.

  4. Aaron says:

    The Meralonne/Anduvin cut scene is exactly that – a cut scene, not a short story. It was manually e-mailed years ago to people who requested it because of some pertinent thread of discussion on the Yahoo group (that I can’t recall, atm).

    I believe that it’s still OK to pass it around (Michelle can correct me on this if necessary); however, it should NOT be posted publicly for copyright/licensing reasons.Also, rather than flood this site with off-topic requests, just ask someone on the yahoo group to send it to you.

    Kiriel’s Investiture, on the other hand, is available publicly at the following link on her LJ:

    I only dredged those examples up because I was interested in seeing if perhaps Michelle wanted to expound/expand on those stories for the Essalieyan releases. At the time, I wasn’t clear that she had planned on releasing her entire back catalog as well. Sorry for the confusion.

  5. mary allen says:

    Thank you, thank you, Thank you. I was able to read the Kiriel’s investiture from the
    Aaron post but not the deleted scene. I own and read and re-read everything I have been able to get my hands on that you have written.. I am so glad I discovered you after you had already written 14 or 15 books. I read fast and love the characters in all the books. I was saving Huntbrother for here in Alabama. I am sitting on a porch on a ridge overlooking the Tennessee River but no wireless so getting the Kiriel story was a real treat. I have copies of all the Cast novels and two of the Sun Sword books here but left the rest in Tampa so had already re-read everything including the posted chapters to Ruin so was happy to get a never before read chapter. Thanks again for hours of pleasure.

  6. Kerri Knorr says:

    *sigh* How long can iTunes take, anyway? Don’t answer that.

    Do you know if any of the downloads at Smashwords would work with an iPod touch? If not, I am sorely tempted to go the .pdf route and make vaguely rude gestures in iTunes’ direction.

  7. The epubs at Smashwords do work on an iPad (which is not an iPod), but I’m assuming because they use the iBooks software, they would work with an iPod (I have an iPhone, and they work with that, although it’s true I’ve only tested one of them – I’ve downloaded and transferred all of them to the iPad, though.)

  8. Kerri Knorr says:

    Thank you! I would be unhappily surprised if any book format that could be read on iPhone and iPad couldn’t also be read on iPod Touch, yes. If that were the case, the gestures in iTunes’ direction would be ‘decidedly rude’ and my language ‘uncivil’.

  9. technomom says:

    For the record, yes, I’ve read many a book on an iPod Touch! I passed it on to my daughter when I got my iPad.

    I’m not using the iPad as an ereader, though – I got a Nook for that. The iPad is for stitching and all-around playing!

  10. Kerri Knorr says:

    These have finally appeared on iTunes (fear of not being able to figure out how to load them on my iPod managed to out-stubborn my impatience. Cowardice does work, sometimes.)

    (I read Cast in Ruin WAY too fast, rather the way I usually eat chocolate. I loved every moment of it. Well… until I ran out of it.)

  11. lavanya says:

    hi michelle,
    for the love of god – intriguing. And is Becket spelt Beket on purpose, given that it’s alternate history or am I being my usual obsessive-compulsive self? Michelle, have you seen Becket (Richard Burton as Becket & Peter O
    Toole as Henry II) & Lion in Winter -Henry II 10-15 years on, with Katherine Hepburn as a brilliant Eleanor and Anthony Hopkins as Richard LIonheart? Burton does a magnificent portrayal of the extremely worldly and sensual Thomas and his reluctant conversion to a man of principle. I think TS Eliot would have approved. And O’Toole is, as always, an absolute genius, Looking forward eagerly to reading your version when it finally hits the shore of this distant land. Now, I just have to hang on and try not to hate everyone who’s got their grubby paws on Cast in Ruin…….

  12. Genna Warner says:

    I haven’t been able to get into For the Love of God, probably because I don’t remember my history surrounding the deal with Becket and Henry II. So I am a bit lost in the story. However, I really loved Hunger and Season of Change. I wanted Season of Change to be a bit longer and let me know what happened after the change completed. And I found Hunger to be hauntingly beatuiful and of course I teared up at the end. I am looking forward to reading more of the short stories.

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