In eighteen days, I release my third book, a novella titled, For You, Rowena. I’m honored to announce that Allane Sinclair has yet again created a cover that encompasses a universe I’ve imagined and put to paper. I couldn’t ask for a better collaborator than Allane. As always, I hope my words serve justice to the emotions that scream from her artwork. Allane Sinclair is the real deal, folks. She pours every bit of her soul into her work, and it shows.
For You, Rowena, at its core, is about self-preservation, true love, and the road a person might travel to claim that love as their own, despite the obstacles; it’s about abusive relationships, self-exploration, redemption, and revenge.
For You, Rowena is not written in the narrative style of Magpie in August. Though two different animals, I hope that those who’ve read Magpie will recognize both the strengths and vulnerabilities I’ve instilled into the main women characters of Rowena.
For You, Rowena is scheduled for release on 31 August, 2018 in paperback and Kindle format via Amazon. Pre-sale to be announced.
For a minute or more, I was dead as you,
as you were technically dead
before the end was absolute—
before your brain conceded.
For a minute or more, my world was edged in blossoming dark,
engrossing, on the cusp of consent.
Blackbirds congregated, chattered ‘round my head, and
they called dibs on my vital organs—
heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs.
One expressed explicit interest in
keen student of human anatomy,
Then a cardinal came with your breath on its wings,
and I breathed.
I just breathed.
I breathe still…
© Kindra M. Austin
image: Houston Audubon
I listen to Radiohead
when I contemplate killing you—
I want to smash your glass and
get at the inside of your meaning.
Shells tell different truths—
look at me.
I’m right and tight
with my plastic teeth,
and painted eyes that never blink.
We mislead, you and me.
© Kindra M. Austin