It’s been up on Instafreebie for a couple of weeks, just to get links sorted out for various promo sites where it was going to live this month, but today was the first day I sent out notice that Diana is up and available for download. I don’t think that it’s going to be available as long as Rage has been, but Rage officially retired today and I’m (still) working toward getting it available on Amazon.
So. Someone reminded me how important the story of Justin was to Samantha’s history, and it was kind of a shock how much I’d overlooked it. Here, not so much.
Diana is my favorite part of the 4-part Book of Carter, because… this is when he gets Diana. Much like Kha’Shing, this is a sword with a personality and an aura that you just can’t escape, though Diana is a much more muted creature. It’s a story that is core to Carter’s development into the man that we meet in the Sam & Sam books, and it’s the one, I think, where I hit the most surprises. Carter has, at every turn, surprised me with his struggle with his identity, with his brash disregard for anyone but himself and then his sudden bursts of insight and humanity. He has always been one of my favorite characters (In my head, he’s always played by Lee Pace… He is more personified than any other character in the Anadidd’na universe.) but he had a mystique to him that was part of the distance Samantha had from who he was at his core. She knows a lot about him – more than anyone else – and she trusts him with everything, but he has managed to keep her away from his most core self, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to find, when I went plumbing those deeps. He’s more than I’d hoped for, and the events that surround his trip to hell to get Diana are unexpectedly different than what I thought they would be.
So. The last book is Departure, and that should be available in February. When it goes up, I’ll take Justin down. I’m expecting to continue generating bonus content and free short work – once the Book of Carter content finishes scrolling through, watch for a ‘FREE’ section up top, here, to keep track of what’s available.