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The main rollout starts over the weekend, but the complete set of Interim Errantry 2: On Ordeal ebooks are now available at Ebooks Direct. 

Two of the three Ordeal tales, On Ordeal: Roshaun ke Nelaid and On Ordeal: Mamvish fsh Wimsih, have been available for some time. The third of the group, On Ordeal: Ronan Nolan Jnr., is now available both as a standalone ebook and as part of the completed volume, Interim Errantry 2: On Ordeal… making a total of 127,000 words of new, canonical Young Wizards material.

Please note that if you’ve bought anything from Ebooks Direct between last year’s Black Friday weekend and early April 2017, the email that came with your download links contains a discount code that will give you a one-time 30% discount on a purchase of the complete Interim Errantry: On Ordeal ebook. So check your past download-link emails for more information. If you need info on how to use discount codes on our site, please check the “How to purchase” page at Ebooks Direct for details.

Once again, thanks to those of you who’ve been patiently waiting for this set of stories to complete. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

(And now to start work on Interim Errantry 3…)

So here’s an announcement

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Once upon a time there was a kid who lived in the Dublin suburbs and never once even considered believing in wizards… until he found he could be one.

Ronan had always felt himself both the odd man out, the guy nobody really got, the one who couldn’t figure out where he fit in — and the one who didn’t stand out, who got lost in the crowd, who was never going to be anything unusual… just one more also-ran in a world that just seemed to be getting worse all the time. He was slowly starting to feel as if there wasn’t any particular point in life, because he was never going to make that much of a difference to anyone or anything.

Then Life took an interest.

Without warning Ronan Nolan was about to find himself the crux of an argument between forces older than Earth itself… and the recipient of an unfolding challenge that would change many more worlds than just one…

I’m pleased to let everyone know that On Ordeal: Ronan Nolan Jnr. is just about ready.

…So there are a number of things to say about this, and probably the first of them is: I’m really sorry this took so long. Some of you have been waiting quite a while, and I’ve been stonewalling on any discussion until I knew it was in the can and ready to go.

But now it’s ready. At 52,000+ words it’s the longest of the triptych, because Ronan is… complex. :)  In ways that have surprised me, and which I look forward to exploring in other ways at a later date. 

If you’re one of the people from @Crossingscon or elsewhere who presupported the Interim Errantry: On Ordeal project, links to the completed file(s) will start pushing out to you from the Ebooks Direct store around 7AM (US) EDT on June 22. Please note that the store doesn’t send all the links / notifications at one time, to avoid having them get mistaken for spam, so it’s possible other people you know might get their copies before you do. …In any case, I want to thank you all for your patience. This project more or less tripled in size between conception and completion, which took me by surprise, but has (I think) turned out for the best. I hope you enjoy the long-awaited last bit.

If you’re not a presupporter and will be wanting a copy of this, please note that it will be available two ways: as a standalone ebook (for those of you who might already have acquired On Ordeal: Roshaun ke Nelaid and On Ordeal: Mamvish fsh Wimsih) and in a full Interim Errantry: On Ordeal package. I know that some people have held off on buying any of the three until the whole group was available. My advice to you is to check the store and buy the single-”volume” version, as it’ll give you a slight price break over buying the three separate parts.

When the ebook version(s) are available tomorrow, I’ll put up a post here with links, as well as Tweeting and posting on Facebook and Google+ and doing all the other usual things. You can also have a look at the On Ordeal page at the Interim Errantry site; shortly after the ebooks are up at the store, you’ll find one-click sales buttons in the right-hand column of the page for the separate sections and the three-part full book.. 

Re: other questions that’ll probably be coming up: yes, this will be available at Amazon, but not until October 1st. Yes, there will be a paperback, but not before mid-August at the very soonest – it takes time to get something this long* set up for print rather than e-format – not to mention the time it takes to create a wraparound cover – and during the month of July I am going to be exclusively very busy with YW book 11. So… just a heads up. What you see, for the moment, is what you get.

Again, thanks for your patience, everyone. Enjoy!

*Total word count: 127,600 words

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leandraholmes:

These Greek Island cats need your help!

Marie, a member of the German cat message board Katzen-Forum.de where she is known as Anjuli, has been active in animal welfare in and around Berlin for many years. When she went on holiday to one of the many beautiful Greek islands, she encountered something she could not look past.

Near a small Greek village on the island Andros, there were countless of strays, some of them in pitiful health conditions. She found an older male with ears blackened from skin cancer; three little kittens, abandoned and motherless; a young female, near-death sick and in dire need of medical care.

The source for these abysmal conditions isn’t so much the fact that nobody wants to care for them or feed them - cats are skillful hunters, and the climate on the Greek islands is favourable - it is the fact that none of them have been neutered and that their numbers are rising drastically with each new female that can become pregnant several times in one season.

Marie therefore decided that she needed to do something to help these cats and to - probably not end but - drastically reduce their misery by neutering the females. Some cats also received medical treatment with the help of a vet close-by, but naturally, funds are limited and Marie cannot save them all.

In order to help them - not just immediately but long term - Marie requires financial aid. She is currently not working for a welfare organisation but has taken on this project privately, with her own funds, time an energy when she spends all the vacation days she can take to travel back to Greece and care for these cats.

Marie couldn’t leave the dangerously ill female whom she had named Liza (picture 2 above) in her life-threatening condition. With some medication and care by an acquaintance in Greece, her health was improving quickly. On Marie’s last visit, she took Liza back to Germany. Liza has been negatively tested for FIV, vaccinated and, just yesterday, neutered. As soon as Marie has found someone for her, she’ll be given away to a forever home where she can spend many years happy and healthy.

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One of the cats of the pack has already been neutered on Andros and returned to her pack. It is difficult to catch the females at the opportune moment since many of them are already pregnant or in heat, but Marie’s objective is to have as many of them neutered as she can.

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Marie knows that she cannot end the desolate conditions many of those cats live under, and she knows that there are many more places just like the island where she encountered these cats, but she had to start somewhere and do something to at least improve life for these beautiful creatures.

If you want to help Marie and help those cats, you can donate to her PayPal account: catsatandros@gmail.com  

If you have any questions, you can contact me any time. Same if you’d like to adopt a cat from Greece, though that would only work if you are a German resident since Marie is taking the cats to Germany first.

If you cannot donate, please signal boost this post. I, Marie and the many cats on that island will be very grateful.

Some more images and info after the break (some of them are a bit shocking, but I wanted to add it so you can see the condition some of those cats are in)

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This is worth spreading around. @petermorwood and I have met cousins of these cats (on the island of Hydra) and they live lives of (mostly benign but not always) neglect. Anyone who’s helping them is doing a terrific thing.

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The dream she has immediately after falling asleep on her manual, after taking the  Wizard’s Oath, is precognitive. In the dream, Nita’s talking to Fred (who she hasn’t met yet) about things that haven’t yet happened (“You went away…”) …So, as Tom says, she didn’t waste her time. :)