It was only a few weeks, so most people probably didn’t get a chance to miss it, but Fortitude‘s second edition, from Bienvenue Press, went out of print the end of September. (As of writing this, Amazon has one paperback copy of that edition left in stock.)
Now is the time for the third edition through Olive Kent Publishing. (If you’ve read The Possession Chronicles, that name will be familiar.) This time around, I’ve included the short story “Courtship and Courage” at the end of both the print and digital editions. Previously published in a Christmas anthology, Hometown Heroes, “Courtship and Courage” picks up a few months after Fortitude. It shows more of Claire’s life and hopes as a teacher at the Creole school on Mon Louis Island and the evolution of her relationship with Captain Joe Walker. (Another name Possession Chronicles readers will recognize.)
If you haven’t explored 1898 with Claire O’Farrell of Dauphin Island, now is a great time to do so. Fortitude is available in paperback from your favorite booksellers and on all major digital platforms including Hoopla, which is used by many public library systems in the USA. (Yes, that means you can read for free with your library card if your local library is affiliated with this digital service.) Check out all options here.
On a side note, I went to Dauphin Island last Friday and brought a copy of the new edition along. The Goat Tree Reserve is where the idea for Fortitude began over a decade ago. Yes, the story began with goats in a tree, and you’ll find them within the pages. Happy reading to those venturing in for the first time. Questions are always welcomed.