Book Release: Across the Gloaming Lands


The paperback and Kindle e-book editions of  my latest novel, Across the Gloaming Lands, are “live” on Amazon.com.  As of this posting, the paperback is still not searchable or viewable on my Amazon Author Page, though.  I only published everything this morning, so all in good time.  [4-11-2018 it’s now searchable and part of my Author Page.]  My website is also updated with book information.

This is the cover design for the book, first one I put together using Krita 4.0.  The latest Krita iteration had a noticeably different text editor than earlier versions and it took a bit of fumbling to figure out.

Book synopsis:

On the island nation of Aur, where social status is valued above all things, Ione of the House of Sapphe is a liability to her family. As a child, she showed promise of being one of the exalted Scholars, those gifted with the ability to wield magic. At the age of ten, she began her studies at the Scholar College. Only, she failed miserably and was kicked out, an embarrassment her family has yet to recover from.

When her younger sister, Vivne, runs off with a boy from the lowest social tier, she causes catastrophic damage to the House of Sapphe’s already tenuous reputation. She and Ione are sent off to a relative at an outpost Embassy in the barbaric, non-magical world, in a country called the United States of America.

Ione has long been in the habit of rescuing Vivne from her various scrapes, a task that has been increasingly more difficult as Vivne has gotten older. It becomes considerably more difficult in this foreign land. Yet, this strange new world across the Gloaming Lands also brings Ione the opportunity to escape the social constraints of Aur and, perhaps, even a chance at love.

Across the Gloaming Lands is part of the Exiles of Aur series though it can be read as a standalone. It scores in the mild range for sex, language, and violence.

Book excerpt →

Book Release: A Spring Idyll with Nigel

A new Nigel picture book is now available at Amazon.com in paperback.  I elected to not create an e-book version; I didn’t think that the illustrations would translate well into the dimensions of a handheld electronic reader.

Synopsis:
A girl and her dog. A beautiful spring day.

A girl and her German Shepherd dog, Nigel, set off on a rambling idyll one spring day, in which they chase geese, splash in water, and go on a little quest that takes them to an old friend. It’s quite possibly a perfect spring day. You’re invited to come along!

Preview some of the illustrations.

Here’s the original cover picture, which I ended up expanding so it would cover both the front and back, and then modifying further to accommodate the title:

2018-01-14 A Spring Idyll with Nigel, digital painting (Krita)

Book Release: Through the Cat’s Eye


Through the Cat’s Eye, fourth book in the Exiles of Aur series, is now available in paperback and Kindle form at Amazon.com.

I ended up darkening the contrasts of the original painting used for this cover, going for a more mysterious and dramatic vibe.

Synopsis

Inda Young has spent the last six years trying to perfect being virtually invisible, just a drab, boring twenty-something no one thinks to remember. She hopes to leave behind a painful childhood and secrets that culminated in public humiliation and infamy, and never look back.

It’s a lonely sort of existence, but a safe one.

But, just as she’s celebrating the first year of her employment at the Westerly Corporation as a web designer, her quiet, isolated bubble-life gets burst wide open when she unexpectedly comes across an enigmatic, all-too-attractive stranger. He turns out to be Dr. Simon Chryse, visiting the Westerly Corporation as a delegate from the island nation of Aur, and is involved in dangerous dealings Inda can’t begin to comprehend.

As Inda attempts to help him, she finds herself embroiled in an ever-deepening and terrifying mystery, one involving magic, myth, and madness, and one starting to look all too familiar to her. All to soon, she finds her past catching up with her as she must face the truth of who, of what she is, even if it means separating her forever from the man she loves.

Through the Cat’s Eye is the fourth book in the Exiles of Aur series. It can be read as a stand-alone, though it brings back some characters who figured heavily in An Amber Stone, Set In Silver, as well as characters from other novels in the series.

Read an excerpt →
Paperback and Kindle editions available at Amazon.com.

Book Release: The Fountain in the Garden

book cover design for The Fountain in the Garden

The Fountain in the Garden, a magical-adventure children’s novel (for middle school age and older), is now available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle e-book editions.

Here’s the synopsis:
It just looks like an old fountain in a garden, nothing remarkable, half-hidden behind stone walls and a grove of trees. But twelve-year-old Cadence soon discovers that it’s remarkably, impossibly difficult to reach. And she also comes to find that she’s not the only one trying to get to it.

What starts out as a pretty ordinary, lonely summer vacation, when Cadence goes to stay with the mysterious Mrs. Brier, quickly turns into a rather extraordinary quest. And, along the way, Cadence makes new friends – and enemies – in an adventure that leads her inexorably to the fountain in the garden, to legends, magic, and things well beyond imagining.

Book Release: Black Onyx Heart


Black Onyx Heart, third in the Exiles of Aur series, is now available at Amazon.com, in both paperback and Kindle e-book editions.

Summary

She wakes up one day, stark naked, in a stranger’s living room, without a clue of how she got there, who she is, or, really, anything that came before. Everyone seems to think she’s Bia, or Beatrice Kodaly, an old woman addicted to black lotus tea, which has given her the illusion of eternal youth and also made her forget everything else. With nothing to go on but some photographs and fleeting, fragmented memories, Bia doesn’t have much choice but to go along.

But as time passes, she shows no signs of aging, and Bia finds it increasingly hard to believe that too much black lotus tea is the reason for her amnesia. The only thing, the only person, who seems real to her is Pliny Steward. But to him, she is only a lotus eater. And he is henchman to the sadistic Lucas King, dealer of black lotus, and her enemy.

Bia’s search for answers seems to lead to black market dealings with the secretive island nation of Aur. Perhaps the solution to the mystery, to herself, lies in that world of magic and nightmares. But first, Bia must escape Lucas King, and she isn’t sure she’ll survive long enough to even discover who she is.

Black Onyx Heart is a paranormal romance, third in the Exiles of Aur series. It can be read as a stand-alone or in conjunction with the other books in the series. Overall rating for sex, language, and violence is mild to moderate.

Book Release: Red Like Rubies


The long-awaited (for me, at least 🙂 ) Red Like Rubies is now available in the Kindle Store at Amazon.com.

It’s long-awaited because it’s actually the first in the Exiles of Aur series.  The original version was written a few years before I started An Amber Stone, Stet in Silver.  It tells the story of two characters who recur in secondary capacities in An Amber Stone, Set in Silver.

I’m planning print versions of Red Like Rubies, as well as An Amber Stone, Set in Silver and The Walk Along the Ocean Shore, so stay tuned for news of all that.

SUMMARY

Maria Rubine.  She has always known she’s been living on borrowed time.  She is Aurian and also an Impure, born with a genetic curse she cannot escape.  Eventually, she knows, she will transform into a monster, both in body and soul.

Her time has run out all too soon in the form of the military forces of the King of Aur, the Emissary, who show up one day while she’s at a coffee house in downtown Portland, Oregon, minding her own business.

It also shows up in the form of an uncommunicative but much too attractive High Scholar from Aur.  He also seems bent on taking her back to Aur and probable death in some thoroughly unpleasant manner, for that’s what High Scholars do to her kind.

If only she didn’t find herself inexplicably falling for him.

Maxens Adamas.  He is an Aurian High Scholar, born with the ability to weld control over matter and energy.  But, disillusioned and carrying with him a secret shame, he gave up his life of privilege at the Scholar’s College on Aur, and exiled himself to the far corners of the planet.

His exile is curtailed, however, when he is called in to fulfill a magically enforced debt of honor.  Or die.  He must bring the Impure woman, Maria Rubine, back to the ruthless Chancellor of the College, Nazar Callaina.

Maria, though, is nothing like what he expected. When he is forced to choose between her life and his own, he finds that it isn’t so hard to choose, after all.  But is their growing bond enough to help them overcome not only Nazar, but also Maria’s horrible destiny?

Red Like Rubies is a paranormal romance, first in the Exiles of Aur Series.  It contains a very mild dosing of sensuality and language, and some fairly mild (by today’s standards, especially) violence.

Read an excerpt