The cover's not entirely finished yet -- it's going to take a few more days in Poser / Daz3D Hell for that to happen -- but nonetheless it's safe enough to announce this now.
When the renowned saurian Species Archivist to the Powers that Be summons young wizard Kit Rodriguez to participate in an urgent off-planet intervention intended to save many millions of lives, Kit’s hardly going to say “no.”
He soon discovers that not only he, but his wizardly partner Nita Callahan and her sister Dairine, his friend Ronan Nolan, and tens of thousands of other wizards from Earth have also been drafted in to intervene on the distant world called Tevaral. There the planet’s single huge moon Thesba has become tectonically unstable and will very soon tear itself apart, its massive fragments smashing down onto the surface of Tevaral and utterly destroying it. The wizards’ mission: to extract Tevaral’s hominid population and “raft” them off-planet to new homeworlds before the apocalyptic disaster begins.
There’s only one problem: the people of Tevaral don’t want to go.
Kit, Nita and their thousands of fellow Earth wizards must now race against time to find a way to save the Tevaralti despite their near-symbiotic relationship with their beloved world and its unique life forms. As doomsday inexorably draws nearer, hope is fading fast, and it seems like it’s going to take a miracle to keep the people of Tevaral from being wiped out. True, wizardry is all about miracles. But will one turn up in time?...
Young Wizards: Lifeboats is a 30,000+ word canonical work in the Young Wizards universe, and is set in February 2011, shortly after the events of the two preceding YW short novels, Not On My Patch and How Lovely Are Thy Branches. These three works together constitute a “transitional trilogy” preceding the events of the forthcoming Games Wizards Play.
The ebook version of Young Wizards: Lifeboats will be available in all the major e-reader formats at the Ebooks Direct store some time between June 22nd and 25th. (The uncertainty is due to local software trouble that we've been working to solve, but which should be sorted out this week.)
The day the ebook becomes available, an announcement with links to the order page will be posted on Tumblr, here at DianeDuane.com, on the main DD blog, “Out of Ambit,” and on DD’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
Meantime, until the ebook becomes available, as a warm-up event, all ebooks in the Ebooks Direct store are 60% off (so you can pick up the two previous short novels for a truly absurd price: not to mention the 9-volume box set of the Young Wizards revised New Millennium Editions, equally absurdly discounted). The sale will end as soon as Young Wizards: Lifeboats becomes available for purchase. Spread the word, as we will not be offering this deep a discount again until Black Friday in November!
So watch this space for further developments. (And you might want to bookmark this post, as we’ll also update it when YW: Lifeboats is released.)