Guys. Can we talk?
Two years ago, before DRIFT & DAGGER was DRIFT & DAGGER, it was the story of a kid on a whale ship. Oooooh did I want to write about whale ships! How, I kept telling myself, did I manage to write a whole book about whaling without including a single scene about hunting whales??
So when DRIFT & DAGGER came along, I leaned hard into whaling. I reread all my research books. I watched even more documentaries. I once again pestered the wonderful people at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. It took about two weeks of research to write one chapter, but I loooooved it.
And then? The book, as books do, took a turn and became something completely different. Those beautiful lovely whaling scenes suddenly didn’t belong anymore. I’m usually pretty ruthless when it comes to editing, but cutting those chapters just about broke my heart.
For a long time, I thought they’d live on my computer. Maybe I could release them as a sort of alternate world thing. Maybe they’d just be a bonus chapter somewhere.
But then this past spring, my editor came to me with a proposition. Would I be interested in writing another SALT & STORM story? A short one? On anything I wanted?
I don’t think I’ve ever said yes faster.
All those lovely scenes have a new life! And a new story! And you, dear reader, can have them all for your own.
I am THRILLED to announce a new story, set in the world of SALT & STORM. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for…..
SALTWATER HEART: A SALT & STORM STORY!
*heart flutters* I am in l-o-v-e with this story! I don’t think I’ve ever had a better time writing something. It’s been a fabulous project and the perfect goodbye kiss to writing about the Roe witches, magic, and whaling.
Okay, enough gushing. Here’s what you need to know:
What is it?
It’s a novella! Longer than a short story, shorter than a novel. It will be an e-reader exclusive, meaning it’ll be available in electronic form. (Don’t have an e-reader? You can buy and read it on your computer, tablet, smartphone, etc etc.)
When is it out?
Just a few more weeks! Exact date TBD
What’s it about?
SALTWATER HEART is about a boy named James, who falls in love with the confident and charming daughter of his town’s most famous whaling captain. An excellent sailor, Alice is desperate to go to sea but when her father offers a place on his ship to James instead of her, she disappears. James searches the world for her, a journey that takes him from the strange and mysterious world of the infamous Roe witch to the deepest and most dangerous reaches of the ocean itself.
It’s a romance, it’s a whaling story, it’s a story about identity and acceptance and the magic of first love.
Lots and lots of whaling.
Lots and lots of magic.
Yeah, I’m gonna say it’s pretty steamy.
When does it take place?
In between the events of SALT & STORM and DRIFT & DAGGER.
Will I see [insert name of favorite character here]?
Most big characters make an appearance, one way or the other.
I haven’t read SALT & STORM and/or DRIFT & DAGGER. Will I be totally lost reading SALTWATER HEART?
Nope! SALTWATER HEART was written with both new and returning readers in mind. If you’ve never read anything I’ve written before, it’ll introduce you to the world of the Roe witches, whaling, and magic (and, I hope, will entice you enough to pick up the books). If you have read the books, I’ve filled this story with lots of little easter eggs to keep you happy :)
What’s up with that cover?
It’s what they call in the biz a “placeholder.” It’s not the final cover. ACTUALLY, the final cover is not up to me, the cover designers, or my publisher. It’s up to you. Yes, you get to play cover designer and decide what my sweet little book will look like. In a few days, I’ll post TWO possible covers for SALTWATER HEART. Pick your favorite and the winner will be the final cover! (There will also be fun things involved in the vote just in case the heady rush of playing cover god is not enough for you)
Sooo…did I hear something about a…giveaway?
Yes indeed! To celebrate SALTWATER HEART I’m going to be giving away some fabulous prizes! They are….
10 SALT & STORM temporary tattoos!
2 whale pens!
One lucky winner will receive an autographed ARC of DRIFT & DAGGER!
And a grand-prize winner will receive an autographed copy of SALT & STORM!
To enter: Tweet about the announcement/giveaway with the hashtag #SALTWATERHEART! Feel free to share link back to this page or post your comments! Don't have Twitter? Facebook shares/mentions are also good! Just make sure you tag my author page in your post! https://www.facebook.com/kendallkulperauthor. Standard contest rules apply.
This contest will be open from 1PM ET to 9PM ET so get tweeting and good luck! The contest is now closed. Thanks for playing!