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2017-12-20 Montserrat

2017-12-20 Montserrat, 11in x 14 in, casein on hot press watercolor paper

I’m planning on using this one for the cover of the latest book, which is presently in the “final” editing phase.  It’s another in the Exiles of Aur series.  I’m still trying to settle on the title for it; I have a working title that I’ve never been quite happy with (goofy, as they all are in the series, but perhaps not goofy enough).

I made a “digital art” version of this view last year (so long ago, already?), but I wanted a traditional medium painting for the book cover.

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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.

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Paperback and Kindle editions available at Amazon.com.

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2017-08-27 Through the Cat’s Eye

2017-08-27 Through the Cat’s Eye, 11in x 14in, casein on hot press watercolor paper

I’m planning on using this painting for the cover of my upcoming novel, Through the Cat’s Eye, part of the Exiles of Aur series.  The book is currently in the final editing stage.

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Cover Art and Design: Black Onyx Heart

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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.

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Paperback Edition Release: The Walk Along the Ocean Shore

The Walk Along the Ocean Shore, released in Kindle e-book form in October 2016, is now available in a paperback edition.  Both can be purchased on Amazon.com.

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Paperback Edition Release: An Amber Stone, Set in Silver

An Amber Stone, Set in Silver, published in Kindle ebook format in September 2016, is now available in paperback form at Amazon.com.

Related post: Book Release: An Amber Stone, Set in Silver, which has more information on the book.

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Paperback Edition Release: Red Like Rubies

The paperback version of Red Like Rubies is now available at Amazon.com.

Related post: Book Release: Red Like Rubies (announcing Kindle version release, with more information regarding the book).

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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.

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Book Release: The Walk Along the Ocean Shore

2016-09-12-ocean-shore-coverThe Walk Along the Ocean Shore is now available in the Kindle Store at Amazon.com!

SUMMARY

A vacation on a resort island quickly goes awry for Lilah Farmer when she is sucked into the convoluted designs of Darlene Sinjuste, a woman dying of cancer and with nothing to lose.

Lilah bears an uncanny resemblance to Darlene’s long-dead daughter, and, after a chance encounter, Lilah makes the mistake of accepting Darlene’s invitation to join her for lunch. From there, Lilah finds it increasingly difficult to extricate herself, becoming Darlene’s unwitting pawn in a toxic family drama.

It doesn’t help that Lilah starts falling for one of Darlene’s stepsons, Zane, whom, Darlene hints darkly, attempted to kill Darlene years ago.

And when a clumsy attempt is made on Lilah’s life, everyone and no one has a motive, including Zane.

But nothing is quite as it seems, and Lilah must make some hard choices if she is to get away from Darlene’s poisonous, tangled web, and off Edith Island.

The Walk Along the Ocean Shore scores in the mild range for sensuality, violence, and language.

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