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Kate Paulk’s Knights in Tarnished Armor is now available through Barnes & Noble.  You can find it here.  Unfortunately, as of a couple of minutes ago, it hadn’t yet shown up in their search engine, but I assume that will be corrected in the next couple of hours.  As soon as it’s available through Amazon and other stores, I’ll let you know.

The Google e-book store opened yesterday.  We’ll be putting our titles up through there as well over the course of the next week or so.  I’ll keep you updated on this as well.

Now I’m off to work on the garage door that has decided it only wants to close half-way.  Such fun.  Of course it would choose the one morning this year so far where our temperature is 33 degrees.  Oh well, I guess it’s just another excuse for me to put on another pot of coffee

Until later!

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This will be the last snippet of KITA before it is published Sunday.  However, to tease, er entice, you a bit more, I’m including two letters instead of the usual one.  Enjoy!

3.   Letter from Sir Jeremy Truhart to Sir Roland Faythful

Roly,

Have you heard the news? That old stick Amesbury wants us to reform. I heard him telling the old man he thinks we younger knights are so busy poking the maidens our lances are wilting. As if!

We have to stop this, Roly. Just imagine being forced into chastity! A fellow needs to know what to do with his lance before he rescues the princess, if you ask me. I hear they much prefer a little experience, know what I mean?

Can you and the other fellows meet me at the usual tomorrow night, immediately after curfew? We simply must stop the olds from forcing us into celibacy. Every ex-maiden in the city would thank us, know what I mean?

Jimmy.

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4.  Letter from Lady Alicia Whenchforth to Lady Margaret Basoomy.

Maggy!!!

Have you heard??? They want to stop our fun!!!

Dear Roly just told me Jimmy said old Sir Richard thinks we are too immoral and we should stay chaste until our Daddies find us a good husband!!! I’ve been chaste enough, if you ask me! Chaste five times, and caught three! (Roly is the best, though, don’t you think? But don’t tell Jimmy I said that).

It’s all some rot about the hero business dying. I mean, really! Who cares about some moldy old too-good-to-be-true hero? I want a real man, someone who can do more with his lance than just poke it at me!

Anyway, we have to stop it. Daddy would send me to a convent if he knew I was using Madame’s Babynot. I’d die!!!! As if it matters, whether we do “it” or not. We are still maidens anyway, right Maggy?

Lissie

Maidens After Besmirching

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2.   Letter to Sir Anthony Grimston, from Sir Richard Amesbury

Dear Anthony,

It grieves me to say this, but things are no better on this side of the heroic fence. I have twenty strapping young Knights in Slightly Less Than Shining Armor, and every last one seems to be so busy despoiling the kingdom’s maidens he has a hard time keeping his lance straight, if you take my meaning.

I would offer to send you one for your dragon, but I fear none of them are virgin either. I fear a Fate Worse Than Death is entirely too pleasurable for our kingdom’s former maidens.

With regret,

Richard.

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I thought I’d tease — er, tempt — everyone with an excerpt from Kate Paulk’s upcoming Knights in Tarnished Armor.

1. Letter to Sir Richard Amesbury, from Sir Anthony Grimston.

My dear friend,

It should come as no surprise to you that the kingdom in an intolerable state. In all my years as a professional scoundrel and despoiler of maidens, I have never seen anything to equal this. I simply cannot do business.

The dearth of maidens is appalling, Richard, utterly appalling. How can I abduct a woman and threaten her with a Fate Worse Than Death if such a fate as already befallen her – and worse, she enjoyed it!

Worse, no self-respecting Knight in Shining Armor will rescue a besmirched maiden. I do not even get the somewhat dubious pleasure of besmirching them myself. They come to me pre-besmirched, as it were. My dragon is starving, and my estate is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Can you see any solution to this problem?

Your friend,

Anthony

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It's taken a bit more than a week, but I think I'm mostly over whatever bug had hold of me.  It's been a long time since I've been knocked as flat by a cold/flu/whatever as I was this time.  So apologies for the sparsity and possibly incomprehensibility of what posts I did manage to get up.

I'd like to take a couple of moments to talk about Knights in Tarnished Armor by Kate Paulk that will be coming out over the weekend.  Some of you may know Kate from Baen's Bar or any of the other discussion boards she takes part in.  To say Kate has an interesting sense of humor is to put it mildly.  She manages to take the ordinary, twist it in a mixture of Aussie irreverence and American cynicism and come out with something unexpected.  That's exactly what she's done with KITA.

When I was trying to describe it briefly yesterday, my first thought was it's a comedy of errors.  In many ways, that's exactly what it is.  But it is also a comedy of LETTERS, because the action is all revealed through a series of letters between our not so shining knights and their all too willing and frustrated maidens.  Throw in disapproving parents, a dragon and all too many schemes and, well, you have Knights in Tarnished Armor.

If you'd like to see more of Kate's work, check out Born in Blood and Hell of a JobBorn in Blood is a novella that basically sets the stage for her novel, Impaler, that will be coming out next year.  If you are interested in a new take on the history and mythology surrounding Vlad Dracul, check out both of these titles.

In the short story Hell of a Job, Kate gives us a refreshing look at what might happen if a scheming woman who really doesn't approve of the decor in the underworld becomes a Dark Lord and sets her cap on higher office.

Both Born in Blood and Hell of a Job are available at our webstore, simply follow the links above, or at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  You can also find them at Smashwords.  Most of all, anything you buy from Naked Reader Press is DRM-free.

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