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The Shadow Raven

Title: The Shadow Raven
Series: The Dark War Trilogy #2
Genre: , ,
Draft: 1st
Word Count: 86251

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Nissa Quail is a thief in the country of Roenor, unwanted even by the man who raised and employed her. When she's caught stealing from the prince, things take an unexpected turn.

Eighteen-year-old Prince Detren Everlind has been resting comfortably in the assumption that he'll have many more years to continue preparing before he has to take the throne.

When the two cross paths they form an unlikely friendship, but all that is put at jeopardy when Nissa's employer disowns her and Detren's father is assassinated. With Nissa determined to prove that she doesn't need anyone's help and Detren struggling to keep his country out of harm's way amidst the danger of impending war, will they be able to reconcile her desire for independence and his instincts to protect? Or will Nissa and Detren both fall, their country with them?

Excerpt:
"A summer evening breeze brushed through [Detren's] hair and sounds still traveled in from the city. Hoofbeats on pavement, the calling-out of merchants, rowdy laughter from some nearby pubs. Detren took a seat on the gravel-accented rooftop and watched the city as the sun sank low on the horizon.
"Before too long, the stars began to twinkle and the city lights came on, burning as if reflections of the starlight in a massive pool."

 

Thanks to Rachel from the Young Writer community for the temporary cover. :)

I just realized that the description I had of this book was wayyyyy out of date. It was from back when I adored this book. I still appreciate the idea of this book, and I'm still working on it, but it's grown extremely difficult to write as it's gone on and the character relationships have begun to reflect difficult real-life relationships, which I think will be a benefit in the long-run but currently makes things stressful to write. That said, I don't hate this book, and I've been doing my best to keep taking baby steps toward getting it finished.

 


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Lost Girl

Title: Lost Girl
Genre: , ,
Draft: Published
Release Date: June 5, 2018
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Synopsis:

Nya is the granddaughter of Captain Hook, and she has no intention of letting Peter Pan live after what he's done to her family.

When she finally finds his hideout and goes to raid it with her pirate band, she's caught, something she can barely comprehend, and when she starts to fall for Pan, it's an even bigger surprise.

But what will happen when she loses all she's come to love, and even Neverland itself?

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Slander & Steel

Title: Slander & Steel
Series: The Dark War Trilogy #0.5
Genre: , ,
Draft: 4th
Word Count: 45898
Release Date: August 2019

Synopsis:

Catessa is an assassin living in the capital of Kaloris.  When trade between Kaloris and the mines of the distant Rashan comes to a halt, she is chosen to find out why—but she sees no reason the mission should be assigned to her.

Still, the bard who chose her has information she wants. So she finds herself on an arduous journey to the harsh region of Kor-Baen, accompanied by a naïve fisherman and a ranger who won’t protect himself.

In Kor-Baen, the unlikely trio finds issues that run deeper than trade. It falls to them to prevent a mysterious war between the Rashan and their docile neighbor, Adrelia. Failure could mean the destruction of Kor-Baen and every Rashan in it.

Who is really fueling this conflict?

 

Excerpt:
Catessa stopped on top of one of the tallest buildings in the city and looked over her shoulder one last time for anyone who might have seen and followed her. There was still no one. Muffled laughter and talking came from the building she crouched on and she made her way to the gutter, sliding down to land on a pile of trash and mud in the alleyway.

She walked around to the front of the tavern and stepped inside, savoring the raucous atmosphere and the sickly sweet smell of alcohol. This place was almost like home.

She made her way immediately to the counter and saw that someone was already in her usual seat. His face was turned away from her, but the light from the nearby fireplace gave his hair a familiar reddish tint.

“You’re in my seat,” Catessa said.

 

This is basically the prequel to The Dark War Trilogy, and I consider it so because Catessa is one of the main characters. She's a totally different person between the two books, as this takes place three years prior to TDWT. It could stand on its own, as could the trilogy, but I'll be publishing it before the trilogy because the trilogy contains spoilers for this book.

The characters are cool and I really enjoy writing them. That's the main draw of this one (or the majority of my books, actually. Or books I read. I just love characters.).

I'm hoping to send it to a professional editor later this year (2019) and push it closer to being publication-ready.

 


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Caithan

Title: Caithan
Series:
Genre: ,
Draft: 1st

Synopsis:

This is the first novella in my Kersir series (see Soldiers of the East). It follows a Teraki girl seeking to escape her mother's strict traditional lifestyle.

House of Mages

Title: House of Mages
Genre:
Draft: 3rd
Word Count: 52676

Synopsis:

Archmage Pagod Vandal has gone rogue, but in a tower of brainwashed mages his daughter Lian is the only one who notices.

When alchemy mages Darklin and Alark realize it too, Lian is more than ready to assist them in overthrowing her father.

But Pagod will stop at nothing to achieve his ambitions, and he has allies more powerful than the trio could imagine.

If Pagod succeeds, Lian's world will be destroyed. Yet, even if she stops him, nothing will ever be the same.

Excerpt:

They walked through the tunnels for several minutes before emerging on the surface. But it wasn't anything like an earthly surface. The ground was black, the sky was stone-like with stalactites hanging from it, and the whole atmosphere was penetratingly dark.

The castle that loomed in front of them was especially dark. Whatever material it was made of seemed to absorb what meager light there was, and the towers were like cold stone claws that would reach down and crush or impale her at any moment. The gates were bent outward like ribs, and the small dank breeze seemed to make them shift like there really was a beating heart behind them.

Lian shuddered.

"Do we have to go in there?"

"Of course. That is the Conqueror's castle."

Asphodel led the way up to the gate and Lian followed, trying to seem more courageous than she felt.

As they passed through the gates and walked up to the front door, Lian tried to quiet her rapidly beating heart. It felt like a caged animal trying to break free, making her feel like her chest would explode.

She survived the walk to the front door however, despite almost running into Asphodel when the demoness stopped suddenly to pull the bell rope. Its gong was eerie and melancholic almost causing Lian to shiver again.

The door slid open soundlessly and the two of them entered, passing through several corridors. The only sound was that of Asphodel's heels clicking on the odd black floor.

This is the book I was working on publishing and wanted to publish May 10th, 2018. However, I decided to let it go in January so that I can sort of refocus and decide later if I want to work on it again or if I need to just let it go completely. We'll see what comes of it.

ISBN13: 978-1545470275