Guest Post from JR Wagner To Celebrate His New Release: A Novella From The Never Chronicles (Proceeds Donated to RAINN!)

Ack! Today is a holiday here in Canada, and I completely forgot I was supposed to post JR Wagner’s post. (blushing. My sincere apologies!) JR Wagner is an author I like and respect; he’s a great person–kind, supportive, aware–and a great writer. I hope you’ll all check out his post celebrating his new novella from his YA series The Never Chronicles: Tristis Manor. While Tristis Manor is based upon one of the characters from Exiled, its subject matter and themes take readers to a much darker place.

JR Wagner deals with painful issues and abuse in this novella–a brave move!

And JR Wagner is doing something very special–he is donating all proceeds from the sale of Tristis Manor for the first four months (March 20-July 20) for Tristis Manor to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)–an organization that helps rape and sexual abuse survivors. And Tristis Manor is only $1.99! So you can grab a copy of a great book and at the same time know that you’re doing something to truly help others. A great deal all around! If you loved Exiled, you need to get this novella. And if you haven’t read Exiled, you might want to grab both. 🙂

Check out this quote from a review of Tristis Manor: “Be forewarned this is not a light, or happy read at all. That said this is a beautifully written story of jealousy, abuse, and how a child survives and copes with the aftermath of trauma. This novella deals with physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse in a very frank manner.”

Take it away, JR!

My series, The Never Chronicles, is by no means small, simple or even linear for that matter. I hesitate to call it epic fantasy because the moment someone reads ‘epic fantasy’, they automatically think George R. R. Martin, Terry Brooks or Robert Jordan. All of these masters have penned amazing tales and each are well worth reading, but The Never Chronicles, despite spanning generations at times, would not fall into this category if, for no other reason than it is written with the teenage reader in mind.

I strive to make The Never Chronicles a character driven tale rather than quest driven. When I sit down to write, I want my readers to understand why a particular character is taking a given action –or, if they don’t quite understand it, I want the reader to want to understand it because they’ve found a way to identify with the character.

After completing Exiled, I felt the need to delve into one of the characters from the main story line and so Tristis Manor was born. This novella gives the reader more insight into the early life of Margaret, mother of the main character, James. Margaret’s story runs from a different vein Exiled. It is a tale of abuse, perseverance and strength. It is my hope that the reader will understand how Margaret is able to cope with the events in her adult life having experienced such a harrowing childhood.

My vision for The Never Chronicles includes more novellas mixed between the releases of the main books. Perhaps when it is all over, there will be an anthology of novellas.

As I continue to refine book 2 of The Never Chronicles (tentatively called Evasion –yes, that’s the first time I’ve announced the working title), I realized in order to organize all of the stories –how they link, cross paths and relate, I would need to be very, very organized. Fortunately, I stumbled upon Timeglider. Timeglider is a web-based timeline program where you can lay out every chapter, event, date of importance on a timeline and be able to step back and see how what you’ve written interacts and works with the other stories in the timeline. The screenshot below is my Timeglider layout for Tristis Manor.

I’m not paid by Timeglider –I just found it to be a very useful tool when keeping track of such a large project.

The Never Chronicles series continues to grow. The second book from the main story (which many readers have been begging for) is in the editorial washer at the moment but it will take a while to get it where it needs to be. With so much complexity between the timelines, characters and events, I would be doing my readers a disservice if I rushed to get this story out.

Thank you, Cheryl, for your constant support and encouragement. You are a constant source of strength and inspiration.

More about Tristis Manor:

Margaret lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of her mother, whose deep seeded anger and unwillingness to speak of Margaret’s past have long since pushed Margaret away. Fear of disappointing her father should he ever discover the events of that day. Most of all, Margaret lives in fear of her abuser’s return. Margaret turns to self-harm to cope with her pain and fear. Only when her self-inflicted injuries bring her near death does she realize she has the power and the support from an unlikely place to stand up to her fears and believe in herself again. Tristis Manor is a novella from The Never Chronicles, an epic fantasy series. Tristis Manor is a tale of perseverance, strength and redemption.

JR Wagner is a Chester County native born in West Chester and currently residing in the Downingtown area.

Tristis Manor is available for digital download on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Smashwords, and other great online retailers. For more information visit

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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