New Lindskold Books: The Over Where Duology!

I’ve been holding onto some very exciting information since the Easter Bunny brought it last week.

My novels Library of the Sapphire Wind and its sequel, Aurora Borealis Bridge, will be coming out Spring of 2022 from Baen Books as the “Over Where” duology.

These novels have been part of the background music of my life since April of 2017.  I wrote them with an intensity that I’ve rarely felt, finishing something over 150,000 words before October 2017.   Then, for a variety of reasons—including new Firekeeper novels Wolf’s Search, Wolf’s Soul, as well as a new  installment in the Stephanie Harrington/Star Kingdom series—I put the manuscript aside.

I returned to Library of the Sapphire Wind in August of 2020, when I turned the Star Kingdom novel over to David Weber.  To my immense delight, I slipped right back into the universe, writing and expanding until I realized that this was far too large a story for one book.

The Over Where duology is the tale of how three young adults decide to use a shrine to summon supernatural guidance.  Except, instead of getting what they expected, they summon three monstrous creatures from another world.

Wait…   Let me try again…

Maybe it’s the story of three women past the first blush of youth (or even older) from our Earth who are summoned to a land where magic is real, and all the people are therianthropic (that is, they have a mixture of human and animal traits).  Everyone, including the three summoners, figure this is a huge mistake but, when the humans learn that the summoners can’t get any other help, they decide to stay.

According to a mysterious cryptic verse, the first thing they must do is find the Library of the Sapphire Wind.  There’s just one problem.  The Library was destroyed some twenty-five years before.

So begins a journey that will take these mismatched six not only to those magically haunted ruins, but into a complex maze of lies and part lies, and ultimately to a truth no one could have imagined at the start.

If you’re interested in hearing a snippet from Library of the Sapphire Wind, I’ll be giving a short reading this coming Sunday at the free, on-line convention, Flights of Foundry.

12 Responses to “New Lindskold Books: The Over Where Duology!”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    How exciting! I am looking forward to reading both!

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    That IS very exciting! That’s a whole year away…
    Maybe I’ll have my time sorted better by then and I’ll actually be able to read more than 1000 words without falling asleep🙄😆

    What time on Sunday?

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    No wonder you were having a challenge of not saying anything. The Easter Bunny really sent you a nice package!

    Sounds like a nice storyline to read. I enjoy ones like your Duology as long as they are well written (I’m sure your stories are very well written). Hopefully I’ll get all my work done so I can enjoy the snippet. I’m still working on taxes, emails, mower repairs, and cleaning house.

    Enjoy the week, everyone!

    • janelindskold Says:

      It WAS a challenge, but I wanted to wait until we’d done the business side, because as a long-time pro, I just never talk about a deal until the paperwork is done. I think it’s well-written… But I’m biased, right?

  4. Louis Robinson Says:

    Goody! Goody! Goody!

    You already had me wondering what a Wind wants a Library for, and how the Sapphire Wind’s tastes compare to other Winds.

    Now I’m trying to figure out how Bifrost crept into it all 🙂

  5. Alan Allinger Says:

    This is great news, especially on a pandemic Wednesday. Really looking forward to reading these, I’ve enjoyed all of your stories, and I’m glad that you got this new duology finished and off to the publisher. And so glad that all the paperwork is complete. You’re right, it’s always best to say nothing until the contracts are signed, because things can delay or derail so easily… so I applaud and appreciate the difficulty of keeping mum as well. Congratulations!

    • janelindskold Says:

      Thanks, Alan. This was a spec project, and I’m glad the editor is really excited about it. All notes were “more on this please” not trying to force my odd tale into a conventional box. A Great Relief.

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