Just Under the Sky

R.K. GoldTHE BOOK: Just Under the Sky

PUBLISHED IN: October 2015


THE EDITOR: Weasel Press & Poor Man’s Mocha


SUMMARY: Far off in the mountains is a village surviving in turmoil. Constantly under the threat of food shortage, villagers live their lives in fear of the neighboring forest. It’s evil. It’s something they do not understand; something they can never understand. Living between the communities looming hatred and violence towards a being they cannot control, and the harsh political climate of their leaders, Jasper and McMichaels make a break for the unknown. With their friendship tested constantly, the two adventurers are put on a path they may not be able to return from. Trapped together, will they be able to escape, or will they remain prisoners?

THE BACK STORY: I wrote this book while I was living in Montana. It’s tough to write about much else when you’re surrounded by such a beautiful landscape.

WHY THIS TITLE: I always looked at the sky as absolute freedom.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: If they enjoy mysticism and folklore they will be engaged by the mythology of the forest.


This was a quick and fascinating read. While the basic story was simple, the fantasy elements added more of a complex and vibrant slant to a journey through a forest. The vivid descriptions of the forest and the emotions it evoked in the two characters were both beautiful and spooky in equal measures. For someone who has spent a lot of time pottering around woodlands, it felt quite authentic. This was a journey on several levels though and left as much for the reader to question as the characters did. There were many messages hidden between the trees and only by choosing the right path could their mission be fulfilled. The story is complete as a novella with sufficient back story woven into the interactions between the main characters and other members of the isolated village. There is just enough to set the scene and pique interest but I can imagine a prequel about this strange community and its history. The ending was satisfying but without giving any spoilers, I’m also intrigued about what happens next. There is enough depth to the characters and interest in their quest to allow for a series of novellas in this fascinating setting.” — Jan R., Amazon.reader.

“I had the great privilege of reading this book before its official release and would recommend it to anyone. Love fantasy? Done. Love wry political commentary? Done. Love funny, impish, relatable characters? Done. Love fantastic worlds that twist and deceive and never give you what you’re expecting? Done. This novella is a quick, satisfying read that keeps you guessing and wondering. The characters range from the mundane and ordinary to the fantastic and superhuman; it is a thrill to experience their very human stories within a world that is anything but banal. With its quick-paced narrative, inventive character development, and strength of symbol and theme, this read is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a book that strays outside of the norm.” — Amazon customer.

AUTHOR PROFILEhttps://www.amazon.com/R.K.-Gold/e/B016057NQC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1472146362&sr=1-1

SAMPLE CHAPTER: See Amazon page.


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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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