Before Assassin’s Gambit finaled in the Golden Heart and was picked up by Penguin, I wrote a book called Flood and Fire. This was a fantasy/romance/mystery hybrid set around 2600 BCE in a fantasy re-imagination of the Indus Valley Civilization, which was contemporary to ancient Egypt and Sumer. The Indus Valley Civilization intrigued me because on the one hand, we know so little about it, but on the other, what we do know suggests a relatively egalitarian culture quite unlike Egypt and Sumer.
I entered this manuscript in the 2012 Daphne du Maurier contest and it won! Not just the paranormal category; it was the overall winner that year in unpublished manuscripts. So there was much excitement and interest in the manuscript. However, I was legally unable to sell it, because by then I’d signed my contract for the Hearts and Thrones series.
Now that I’ve finished the three books of that contract (I’m working on book 4), I am finally free to publish the manuscript that used to be titled Flood and Fire. It’s now titled The Fire Seer, and I got my cover art for it this week. It is GORGEOUS. Have a look:
Is that not stunning? This cover is by Ravven, and I couldn’t be happier with it.
Look for The Fire Seer in late July or August of this year!
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My first audiobook is out! It’s “Archer’s Sin,” and it’s available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. The narration is by the very talented Lauren Sweet.
I have some free codes for review copies on Audible, so if you’d like to review “Archer’s Sin” on Audible, contact me through my Contact page, and I can send you one.
Nalica Kelden, war mage and world-class archer, doesn’t need love. She’s come to the imperial city for a single purpose: to win Kjall’s most prestigious archery tournament.
Until she meets one of her fellow competitors, and he sends an arrow straight into her heart.
Justien Polini is the man she’s always dreamed of. Like Nalica herself, he’s from the rough country in the eastern highlands. He’s big and strong and handsome, and he’s nearly as good an archer as she is. Best of all, in a country where most men look askance at women warriors, Justien admires Nalica’s talent and strength.
But Nalica can’t let her personal feelings get in the way of her ambitions. The tournament must come first… and there will be only one winner.
I’ll be at Norwescon this weekend! My appearances:
SATURDAY (correction: I had previously listed this as Friday) 6-8pm Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading. I’ll be reading for 10 minutes from one of my books, along with a number of other fabulous authors. There will be giveaways!
Saturday 3-4pm Autographing Session 2. If you’ve got anything you want signed. I’m going to bring some books along to give away as well. While supplies last, I’ve give one to anyone who supplies Justien’s code phrase “lemons in winter.”
Sunday 2:30-3pm Reading in Cascade 1.
Hope to see some of you there!
Today I’m at Bitten by Books celebrating the release of Prince’s Fire! Starting at 12pm Central, this link below will go live (it won’t work if you click it before noon today):
Bitten by Books Release Party
At the release party, I’m giving away a $75 Amazon gift certificate! It’s done by Rafflecopter, and you can enter now using the link below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
It’s here! I know it’s April Fool’s Day, but no fooling on this one: Prince’s Fire is out today!
The third book in my Hearts and Thrones series, Prince’s Fire features a mathematician heroine. Celeste wants to please her brother the emperor by marrying the Inyan prince they need an alliance with, but she’s understandably nervous about entering into an arranged marriage with a stranger.
Rayn, the Inyan prince in question, is wary too, not of Celeste herself but of allying himself to Kjall, an aggressive, militant nation.
As part of their imposed courtship, they take a boat trip together along the coast, and when they wind up shipwrecked together, they learn a lot more about each other than they’d originally intended.
This is one of my sexier books. There’s sex on the beach, sex in the water–in fact, the characters are sexually involved before they are emotionally involved, which leads to some problems. Celeste has body image issues stemming from a disastrous earlier marriage, and that’s something she and Rayn have to work through as their relationship progresses.
If you’ve read the previous books, you’ll definitely recognize the characters and settings. Vitala and Lucien play a big role in this book, as the overall storyline advances. But if you’re new to the series, this book can be read as a stand-alone as well; it has a fully-resolving story arc. I hope you enjoy it!
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Readers! Apparently I am insane, because I am going to upstate New York in the dead of winter. While I am there, I will be doing an author event (reading, Q&A, signing) at:
Flights of Fantasy Books and Games (Albany, NY), on Saturday February 8th at 7pm.
If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you!
So here’s why I’m intimidated: I have zero experience with serious cold.
Serious heat doesn’t scare me at all. I grew up in Texas and spent my summers outdoors running around in hundred-degree weather. I’m used to that and quite tolerant of it. I only got heat exhaustion once, and it was while riding a horse at noon in August, in full sun. Riding a horse is real exercise, by the way, if you’re trotting and cantering. I wore a heart monitor once while doing it and clocked rates up to 176. But that August/noon/horse situation was the only occasion on which I had trouble. Mostly I would just sweat buckets and drink out of the hose, no big deal.
Serious cold, on the other hand…
I live in Seattle now, and it’s cold. I have decent cold weather gear. Sometimes we see single digits, and we see snow about once a year. But the entire city tends to shut down when we do, so it’s not unreasonable to just hole up until it melts. And I’ve NEVER seen temperatures below zero. So this is going to be an adventure for me. Send me your cold weather tips!
Today I dipped my toes into the waters of self-publishing and published a novella on Amazon! (For those of you who prefer other platforms, no worries, I have an EPUB version as well and will be publishing it post haste at B&N and other vendors.) While it’s a fair bit of work, it was also a lot of fun. I have a technical background, including a degree in Computer Science, and I worked in e-publishing for 8-9 years, so this stuff is pure joy for me.
ARCHER’S SIN is a companion piece to my Hearts & Thrones series. It’s not necessary to read it to follow the overall storyline of the novels (in fact, like this novella, each novel is a stand-alone story), but it tells the story of two supporting characters who will appear later in PRINCE’S FIRE, which comes out in April. Chronologically, this one fits between ASSASSIN’S GAMBIT and PRINCE’S FIRE, so if you want to check in on what’s going on with Lucien and Vitala a few years into their reign, this novella gives you some hints.
ARCHER’S SIN is a short work of about 100 pages, a quarter of the length of one of my novels. The heroine is a world-class archer who’s come to Kjall to enter a tournament and hopefully get a job, because she’s out of work. She falls in love with a man while she’s there. The problem? He’s her top competitor in the archery tournament, and neither of them can bear to lose to the other.
ARCHER’S SIN is on sale now for 99 cents at Amazon, coming soon to other vendors.