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Today’s an exciting day for us as we help reveal the new “sword-free” fantasy by author Dan Fitzgerald that I’m dying to hear more about!

To whet your appetite (pun intended) Dan has provided some lovely artwork and mood boards that capture the feel of The Living Waters. First up are the two main characters of Gilea and Temi:

Here we have art designed by lovely book blogger Kriti Khare:

And a lovely mood board that gives hints of the story to come:

But I bet you want to learn more about this mysterious sword-free fantasy, am I right? Here’s what The Living Waters is all about:

When two painted-faced nobles take a guided raft trip on a muddy river, they expect to rough it for a few weeks before returning to their life of sheltered ease. But when mysterious swirls start appearing in the water, even their seasoned guides get rattled.

The mystery of the swirls lures them on to seek the mythical wetlands known as the Living Waters. They discover a world beyond their imagining, but stranger still are the worlds they find inside their own minds as they are drawn deep into the troubles of this hidden place.

The Living Waters is a sword-free fantasy novel featuring an ethereal love story, meditation magic, and an ancient book with cryptic marginalia.

I’m definitely intrigued and need to know more about sword-free fantasy and meditation magic! Are you ready to see the cover? Then here it is:


Isn’t that animation gorgeous! Here is the full paperback spread of The Living Waters:

I absolutely love the colours and illustrated detail of the watery plant life on this cover! Every time I look, I spot a new detail, including what appears to be a cheeky kitty in the top left corner on the front!

The Living Waters by Dan Fitzgerald is book one in The Weirdwater Confluence series being published by Shadow Spark Publishing on October 15, 2021.

The book cover illustration was designed by Karkki AKA Kittensartbooks and you can find them on Twitter @kittensartsboo1 or on Instagram at kittensartbooks.

The book cover design was created by Jessica Moon of Shadow Spark Pub @jhlmoon on Twitter.

About the Author

Dan Fitzgerald is the fantasy author of the Maer Cycle trilogy (character-driven low-magic fantasy) and the upcoming Weirdwater Confluence duology (sword-free fantasy with un-usual love stories). The Living Waters comes out October 15, 2021 and The Isle of a Thousand Worlds arrives January 15, 2022, bothfrom Shadow Spark Publishing.

He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, twin boys, and two cats. When not writing he might be found doing yoga, gardening, cooking, or listening to French music.

Twitter: @DanFitzWrites
Goodreads: DanFitzWrites

About Shadow Spark Publishing

Twitter: @ShadowSparkPub
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