Like I said, in publishing "Here To Help," I had five stories that I thought made a pretty good presentation of the Lara Demming series, so I went ahead and put out "Lara and the Witch: Volume I," which collects those stories (as well as a new introduction).
This was something I challenged myself to do in the month of February, choosing "Here To Help" (which wasn't 100% finished) to end the collection, instead of "The Company You Keep" (which was finished and already out there). I decided on five stories instead of six when I discovered that just the first four stories came to sixty-something thousand words (which seems like a great deal). With the fifth story/introduction, that brought it to more than 81,000 words.
I struggled with the cover art, having picked this image (that I still like), but was much too low-res:
But I found a photo of two mushrooms on last year sometime (on Unsplash, where people upload photos they've taken and you can use them as long as you give the owner credit), and sent it to Big, which he used his own special magic on to make this cover: