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A fantastic New Year to everyone! There is certainly joy here as the Third Season of Elsewhen, “The Winter Chill,” has gone LIVE! for pre-order on Amazon and Smashwords (other retailers to follow soon: Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, etc). Pre-order your copy NOW for only .99; the price goes up to $2.99 after it releases on February 27.

Paperback and hardcover editions will also be available, closer to the Feb. 27 release date. (Paperbacks at CreateSpace.com, Amazon and Barnes and Noble; Hardcovers of all Seasons of Elsewhen novels remain a B&N exclusive, but they’re GORGEOUS and reasonably priced at $20!)

The aftermath of Magic’s demise (in The Fall of Magic) finds Astra and her fellow apprentices faced with the task of rescuing those retired Wizards and Wizard children who still live. Can they survive a deadly cold winter long enough to save the survivors?

Reality settles over Astra and her fellow apprentices in the form of active hatred of Wizards by Plain folk everywhere. That hatred is expressed without violence on Wizard’s Reach, where Plain have long been treated as equals; on the Amedian Mainland, though, those Wizards who still live are in danger — the old and retired, as well as the young, abandoned children of the slain Wizards — because violence is become rife.

As the sole group of Wizards still in contact with Magic, through Astra, the apprentices have no choice but to mount a rescue effort for all those Wizards, young and old, who stand threatened by Plain violence.

But angered Plain folk are not the only threat: A colder winter than anyone can remember also shadows a World where there is no Magic to light heating fires. Since the youngest and the oldest who are most susceptible to such cold, the apprentices are forced to move fast in their rescue efforts … at the peril of their own lives … before there is no one left to be saved.

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It feels like finally arriving. I’ve always had this weird notion that a book isn’t real until there’s a hardcover edition … and now the first two books of “The Seasons of Elsewhen,” The Summer Apprentice and The Fall of Magic, are finally available in hard cover!

These editions are published by Barnes and Noble Press and are thus exclusive to B&N.com (though I’m sure B&N retail stores can order them in as well). Still, it’s a head rush! Plus, priced at only $19.95, they’re affordable! (Actually, that’s cheap for hardcovers, check it out).

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OK, first the sad part: My K9 friend and companion of the last dozen years, Sadie, passed away the Wednesday before Easter. Old age. At twelve. Well, that’s 84 in dog years, but still. Sadie was my dog, the first pup I’ve had who didn’t tend to favor my wife, Jeannie. That makes this doubly hard. I really miss her.

But, this past weekend, Jeannie and I picked up a couple of rescue dogs who have set the entire household on end. There’s more energy within our four walls today than there’s been in several decades.

The causes are somewhere around 15 pounds each and named Cisco and Cindy. They’re a bonded pair of miniature poodles (bonded, not mated; they’re correctly spayed/neutered) who are clearly inseparable whatever they’re doing: Walking me, eating dinner from the same bowl, or getting cuddled (one on each side of me). They share the same Costco dog bed/pillow at night — well, they are small.

But wow! Are they ever full of life. When I first got Sadie, back in 2005, I thought she was fast when she put on the afterburners to chase a squirrel. Well, these little guys could give her a run for her money, despite being a fifth her size! Fast. And apparently, no ability to downshift. Walking them is … interesting.

Very different personalities, too. Cisco is normally a shy little boy, but this morning he thought nothing of accepting an ear scratch from a stranger on the walking path. Meanwhile, Cindy, who’s usually Mama-in-charge, hung back. Sensible, but weird.

And they’re both apparently afraid of the rain. Wouldn’t go out this afternoon to save their lives. I’m sure there’s some deep, psychological reason for this, but given the length of Seattle’s Rain Festival (365 days) it could be a problem soon. Guess we’ll have to take it as it comes.

So where am I going with this? Nowhere. Just sharing that I have a pair of new friends who are running me ragged. I already love them dearly (even though I will miss Sadie forever and a day … or until I get to the Rainbow Bridge) and thank heaven they were saved from their high-kill California shelter.

Oh, and they’re not puppies, the title of this piece notwithstanding; Cindy is 6 and Cisco is 4. Hopefully, they’ll be with me well past their 84th birthdays.