HEAR YE! HEAR YE! Welcome to another Free Book Feature.
Time for something a little different: Kindle Vella, an Amazon platform that's been around for about a year and a half. Amazon gives away "tokens" that unlock Vella stories.
I thought Vella would be fun to try with some novellas and short stories I've written, including today's feature presentation, a sci-fi/fantasy for kids story, Seymour and the Asteroid.
Vella presents the kind of serialized fiction Charles Dickens and Mark Twain helped popularize, while borrowing from competing platforms like Wattpad and Radish.
A writer can start with Vella, and 30 days after publishing all the chapters -- known as episodes -- re-publish the story as a completed book.
Seymour is a simple tale about a boy discovering the power of self-love that includes modern-day science and old-school fantasy. It's not long -- about 6,000 words. Chapter One is currently FREE on the Vella platform.
I'll publish the remaining chapters in the next few weeks.
Here's an excerpt:
Wiley rubbed his eyes and stretched his arms and swung his pajama-clad legs over the bed and slid across the cold wood floor in his bare feet. Brrr! He pulled the blanket around himself.
When he looked out the window, toward the landfill, he forgot all the cold. He let out a yelp, and caught his breath. His eyes grew wide. He couldn't believe he was really awake.
There, in the moonlight, was the long, thick girth of a dragon. Tail, claws, spines on his backside. Fat, with a big stomach that moved slowly, in and out, in and out, as he exhaled and inhaled, sound asleep.
Seymour and the Asteroid. Click It to Get It!