The House That Ivy Built Book 5

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Advisory: Some excerpts in this volume contain foul language, a little violence, and some references to sex (though not graphic).

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Note: Because this is a sequel, a lot has happened with these characters by the time this book starts. In the name of not having to explain a whole lot of earlier books' plot points in order for the first three chapters to make the most sense (and to avoid the vast majority of spoilers!), I've instead chosen three excerpts that are either stand-alone/self-explanatory or less connected with the story continuity. Readers of my webcomic, Negative One, may encounter some spoilers if they read this.

History: The House That Ivy Built: Book 5 was begun in 2002 and is still being written. It is currently on the back burner because the THTIB series needs so much work in order to be publishable, so I decided to work on other more publishable works before trying to begin the monumental task of choosing a good place to start with this story. Nevertheless, Book 5 contains some of my best writing about some of my most beloved characters: people who have been with me since 1996.

About THTIB 5: The fifth book in my series continues the life of my main character Ivy. In this book, Ivy is dabbling in some side projects: taking home-based education at her own pace, dealing with the issues surrounding a friend's wedding, and waffling as usual about whether she wants to embrace her identity as an extraordinary person or whether she wants to hide certain aspects of herself to be accepted by normal society. But one of the main plots is Ivy's support group Handprints; these folks add a new member to their group of people with unusual abilities trying to feel at ease in society, and because Ivy and her group help stop a crime, she begins to see purpose in her powers and starts to wonder if their group ought to pursue that cheesy superhero path she'd always hated hearing about before. As usual, Ivy's struggle for purpose and identity is the main point of this book.

More to see:

The complete THTIB page
Comments submitted on Book 5
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Acknowledgments: The credits for folks who have contributed editing and advice
Character Sketches
Fan Art
Negative One: The webcomic (distant history of THTIB)

If you enjoyed this and want to see more of the Ivy stuff in general, be sure and check out the THTIB section of my writing page.

If you're curious about my current skills on other projects in the long fiction department, check out the novels in my "current projects" section.