Hello again from Storm Moon Press! Yesterday was release day, and we now have a new book to offer you! The Brush Whistler's Song by Augusta Li is a gay fantasy novella that surrounds Naja, the last of a mystical race that prized art and beauty and excess, and the young man Arjin, who is given to Naja as a religious offering. What Naja soon finds out is that Arjin has been sent as an assassin. The Priests of his tribe have taught Arjin all manner of combat and deception since he was a young child, but what they haven't prepared him for is Naja's ability to read minds, as well as the forbearance it will take to resist Naja's world filled with Vices he was raised to shun.
We hope you enjoy this novella! Here is the cover art and blurb. You can read an excerpt or get your copy at Storm Moon Press' website!
Young Arjin is caught in the web of an ancient truce. Barely into his adulthood, he is given as tribute to the mysterious Najadira, part of a race of nigh-immortal horned warriors known as the Ansari. But Arjin is no innocent. Since his childhood, he has been trained for this day, groomed by the temple priests for a singular purpose: not to please the Ansari, but to murder him and free his people from the terms of their agreement.
Najadira, though, is old and jaded, and unsurprised by Arjin's true nature. Still, he chooses to keep Arjin near to him, finding that the young man's zeal quickens his old blood like few before him ever did. He allows Arjin access into his world, a world of beauty and wonder that had before now been denied. And as Arjin learns more about Najadira, he begins to question his teachings about the Ansari. Ultimately, he must choose between taking a life in the service of his beliefs or abandoning his duty and thereby condemning his soul to the decadence and sin surrounding him.
The Brush Whistler's Song by Augusta Li -- Now Available for just $2.99!