Praying for Rain

Praying for Rain
Real quick update today, folks. I’m currently spanking the scantily clad buttocks of my KINSLAYER edits, and will hopefully be handing them over to The Powers™ next week. The book is feeling kinda ‘rad’ as we used to say in the 80s (yes, I’m old, shut up) – it’s undergone a Banner-esque transformation over the last couple of month thanks to my awesome editors, and is now Hulking right the fuck out. I’m feeling really proud of it, and can’t wait for y’all to read it.
We’re a little ways out from September, and while we have cover reveals and synopsis reveals and all the cool stuff for book 2, I figured I should give you something to tide you over in the meantime.
If you head over to my 100% official, seal of the king, licensed to kill website thing, you’ll notice a new button up in the top right hand corner called BONUS STAGE. This is a reference to an old video game I used to play in the 80s (SHUT UP) but whatever. Point is, if you click on the BONUS STAGE button, you’ll find a bunch of what I hope is Cool Stuff™ – STORMDANCER desktops, full color maps, clans logos, the original scribble I did for the map of Kigen City waaaaay back in 2010, the original kanji our awesome calligrapher did for our book headings, and so on. You’ll also find a PDF of a tale I wrote, called PRAYING FOR RAIN.
PRAYING FOR RAIN is a short story set in the world of the LOTUS WAR trilogy. It was supposed to be a kind of “showcase” story to introduce people to the city of Kigen and the broad concepts of this little world I’d built. Originally I planned to release it prior to STORMDANCER dropping on bookstore shelves, but after it was finished, I decided it was a little too… dark. Not that STORMDANCER isn’t dark, it’s just I wasn’t sure I wanted PfR to be people’s first taste of Shima. Kinda the way you behave on a first date, you know? You don’t want to mention that time you unleashed your latent telekinetic abilities on that schoolbus full of first-graders until at LEAST date #3.
Point is, the story is a little grim. Pretty. But grim.
It’s about a girl we meet (very briefly) in the pages of STORMDANCER. End of Chapter 4, iirc. You might remember her.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy it.
Much love.

21 Responses to “Praying for Rain”

  1. Samantha says:

    Hay Jay, is this to be read prior to reading the first or would it be considered a 1.5…I have your book on my night stand and I’m fighting myself to not call off work just to hide in bed and read it all day.

  2. hrose2931 says:

    Love it! Definitely dark, but good back story for how she ended up there.
    Thanks for something to tide us over1

    (I’m currently at work, 15 mins to go, alone, waiting for Sam to take over from me, with nothing much to do until she comes.) I HOPE IT’S AWESOME, JAY!

  4. Rhonda says:

    I found you via twitter today, and I LOVE your novel’s concept and the excerpt I read. I can’t wait to get it! Oh, and awesome sites too 🙂

  5. Jasmine Ryan says:

    Loved the short story, Jay! I also love the cover. It’s nice, and very simple. And it matches STORMDANCER’s cover. I admit if I wanted to marry a cover, it would be STORMDANCER’s.
    I’m praying that KINSLAYER will have a pretty cover too. (It probably will, but I’d better not jinx it.)

    • Jasmine Ryan says:

      Oh, and by the way; I saw your ‘vlog’ on YouTube. 😀
      A.) That must have been awkward, pretending to be a 16 year old Japanese girl.
      B.) You’re poor dog.
      and , C.) That was a great idea with the swear jar to be donated to charity.

  6. You are so not old…* rolls eyes * now I AM OLD!! Not that I am proud of that…anyhoo. I shall go forth and seek out these words to read….. * going forth*

  7. Arcturus says:

    Any way to read the story now, three years later?

  8. Repost Link says:

    It would be lovely if the link to Praying For Rain still worked. It’s entry on GoodReads still links to your website but… is now a deadend. Frustrating for those of us who only buy books once we know the series is finished and we can obtain (then read) it in its *entirety*.

  9. Isabel says:

    Dear Jay
    Good day. I was looking forward to reat Praying for the Rain but i wasnt able to get it here. Did you take the link out?
    🙂 Isa

  10. Tod says:

    Dear Jay, My niece is a big fan, could i have the link too please?

  11. For those who have been asking, link is fixed!

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