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To save the life of his student, he must face the god of revenge…

“The Cursed Halls of Kalecen” is now available! 😀

When the student of a protective duelist foils a revenge plot and incurs the wrath of a deranged god of justice, can the duelist shield her from the god’s harsh judgment?

Explore the dark realm of one of Cirena’s not-so-pleasant gods in this exciting new short story…

“The Cursed Halls of Kalecen” is the fourth stand-alone story in the series and was written as part of my collaborative adventure Facebook group.

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The Cursed Halls of Kalecen

Fantasy Short Story

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The Restless Sands of Neel – Now Available!

Troublesome raiders?
Horses can outrun a raider.

A kid with untamed beast magic whose fear of raiders frightens said horses?
One overturned cart, countless bruises, and a bill of property damage later…

Ro’nor really wishes he’d inherited wings from his ancestors.

You can now grab the next Legends of Cirena story as an ebook! 😀

The Restless Sands of Neel is the third story in the series (currently all stand-alones, though there will be crossovers later) and was written as part of my collaborative adventure Facebook group. This one is a novella.

Like “The Wind Mage of Maijev” and “The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear,” this one takes place approximately 200 years before the events of The Wishing Blade series and the Stone and String series.

In this one, a not-so-powerful descendant of dragons finds his calling in helping a young kid rescue their family from slavers… but will his scrying magic be enough?

Read The Restless Sands of Neel to find out! 😀

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The Restless Sands of Neel

Fantasy Novella

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Troublesome raiders?
Horses can outrun a raider.

A kid with untamed beast magic whose fear of raiders frightens said horses?

One overturned cart, countless bruises, and a bill of property damage later…

Ro’nor might have descended from dragons, but he wasn’t born with wings or special powers, and he can’t shift into their form. No bards will sing of his heroic deeds.

His only magic is a gift for scrying.

But his uneventful plans to foretell weather patterns in a distant desert are thrown from a far-too-literal cart when raiders spook his horses and he finds himself the de facto warden for a terrified kid only his guide can understand.

According to her, the kid’s family has been kidnapped by slavers.

But with Ro’nor’s scrying skills and a careful redirection of the kid’s beast magic, he might be able to track the slavers and rescue the kid’s family.

Can he evade the dangers of the desert, mount a perilous rescue, and earn a tale that rivals the songs of his ancestors?

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Adventure through the scorching deserts of Cirena in this exciting novella…

Read The Restless Sands of Neel today!

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P.S. These short stories and novellas will be coming out every other month, starting with The Restless Sands of Neel. If you’ve already grabbed this one, look for The Cursed Halls of Kalecen coming in March! 😀

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Deceived – Now Available!

Deceived by the government. Exposed by her powers.

Will she drown in the Community’s deception?

This prequel novella to the Distant Horizon series is now available as an ebook! 😀

Deceived takes place about two years before the main events of Distant Horizon, and follows Galina, a character who was mentioned early in the Distant Horizon as having never returned after taking the Health Scan.

It’s the first book in a series of novellas, and takes a closer look at what happens to the students who fail.

Long story short?

When Galina turns herself over to the health clinic after believing she’s infected by a hallucinogenic plague, she discovers the truth might not be what it seems. Will she drown in the deceptions?

Read Deceived to find out!

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Note: Deceived serves as a good introduction to the Distant Horizon universe if you want to test the waters and get a feel for how the world works before diving into full-length books like Distant Horizon, or jumping head-first into the commotion with the Glitch saga. ;-D

Deceived is only 99 cents until October 1st, after which it will go to full price.

Grab it on sale while you can! 😀

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Deceived

YA Dystopian Novella

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Deceived by the government. Exposed by her powers.

The Community concocted a lie to conceal the truth about her—and students like her.

She’s in their grasp.

But she’s not going to sit back and let them hurt her or her friends.

Can she escape?

Or will she drown in the Community’s deception?

Begin your dystopian journey into the Community’s dark secret… read this thrilling novella today!

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Begin your dystopian journey into the Community’s dark secret…

And explore one young woman’s determination to protect her friends.

Read Deceived today!

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The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear – Now Available!

Fooling a gryphon?

Not on her ideal day of treasure hunting.

But that’s exactly what she’s going to have to do if she wants out of the ruins alive–with her treasure in tow.

The next Legends of Cirena short story is now available as an ebook! 😀

“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear” is the second story written for my collaborative adventure Facebook group.

Like “The Wind Mage of Maijev,” this one takes place approximately 200 years before the events of The Wishing Blade series and the Stone and String series.

Except, instead of a wind mage in a city that hates magic, we’re dealing with a shapeshifting thief and an uppity gryphon. Can the thief outwit the gryphon and get the treasures inside the ruins?

Read “The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear” to find out. ;-D

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“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear”

YA Fantasy Short Story

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Fooling a gryphon? Not her ideal day of treasure hunting…

After a hunter cheats Nuaka in a game of cards, she’s ready for payback. A few shapeshifting ribbons later, she sneaks into his room and steals a promising set of directions to the local ruins—and treasure horde.

If she gets the treasure before he does, she’ll be rich, and that cheater will learn his lesson:

Don’t mess with the shapeshifter.

At first, everything goes smoothly.

And then she runs into the gryphon.

Can she use her wit and her magic to make it out of the ruins alive… and with her treasure?

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Explore the trickery of a shapeshifter in this exciting short story.

Read “The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear” today!

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A Path of Swords and Feathers – A Wishing Blade Short Story

Ever wonder about the adventures of some of The Wishing Blade’s secondary characters?

“A Path of Swords and Feathers” is a short story (10,000 words) following the character of Nihestan / Shalant (Daernan’s father) during his youth, shortly after he took on his first mission for the goddess.

If you like some of my other short stories (such as “Stone and String” or “The Wind Mage of Maijev”) you might enjoy this. It’s a mostly stand-alone story, though having some knowledge of the world from the various other stories will help. 🙂

This story got its start with the Legends of Cirena Facebook group, after a failed attempt to Photoshop a gryphon sparked ideas about what kind of immortal this new creature might be…

And this story is the result. 😉

Before the Wishing Blade was forged, a young weapon mage embarks on a journey to protect those he loves…

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“A Path of Swords and Feathers”

A Fantasy Short Story

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Before the Wishing Blade was forged, a young weapon mage embarks on a journey to protect those he loves…

He serves the goddess of the dead.

Though Nihestan longs to see his family, his duty to his goddess leads him to the far reaches of the kingdom. But once he arrives, she refuses to answer his summons.
Not without an offering–

An offering he can’t afford. 
In need of money, he freelances as a bodyguard for a family heading deep into the northern mountains. Given how happy they are together, he wonders if he should have stayed home.
If he should be protecting those closest to his heart.

But his goddess may yet have her own plans for him… 
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Explore the trials of Nihestan’s past…

Read “A Path of Swords and Feathers” today!

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In the meantime, keep an eye out for news about Magebane, the third book of The Wishing Blade series, coming soon!

And don’t forget, if you want to read more Cirenan short stories and help direct the actions of the characters, check out the Legends of Cirena collaborative adventure Facebook group!

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The Wind Mage of Maijev – Now Available!

Good news! “The Wind Mage of Maijev,” the first of the Legends of Cirena short stories written for the collaborative adventure Facebook group, is now available as an ebook!

This is a stand-alone short story that takes place approximately 200 years before the events of The Wishing Blade series and the Stone and String series.

 

A wind mage in a city that hates magic…

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“The Wind Mage of Maijev”

YA Fantasy Short Story

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A wind mage in a city that hates magic…

Livena is a young woman living in Maijev’s southern quarters, staying ahead in life by working odd jobs. When her brother entrusts her with selling a pile of books in the undercity, it seems like another normal day.

Until she senses a dangerous storm brewing.

Most would hunker down until the storm passes. But Livena’s deplorable wind magic lacks control, and weathering out a storm inside only invites trouble.

The storm won’t stay outside where it belongs.

If Livena can’t make it home before the storm, and her magic gets exposed, it’s only a matter of time before a deadly mage hunter unravels her secret.

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Explore the magic in this exciting short story…

Read “The Wind Mage of Maijev” today!

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

For this week’s ebook promotion highlight, I’m featuring the Short and Awesome giveaway!

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Looking for something short to sink your teeth into? Try this ebook giveaway for a wide array of short stories and novellas!

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I hope you find a good book.! 😀

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

For this week’s book promotion highlight, I’m featuring the Summer Shorts Sampler giveaway and the Summer Fantasy Quest Adventure giveaway!

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Looking for some short reads this summer? Check out this giveaway!

Summer Shorts Sampler Ebook Giveaway

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Prefer fantastical quests? Try this giveaway!

Summer Fantasy Quest Adventure Ebook Giveaway

 

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Wind and Words – Now Available!

I’m thrilled to announce that the second book in the Stone and String series is now available! (And 99 cents for a limited time!)

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Wind and Words

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YA Fantasy

Wind and Words is a novella, 23,000 words compared to “Stone and String’s” 8,000 words. I had a lot of fun exploring more of the Cantingen culture, word magic, and string magic. I hope you enjoy it, too. 🙂

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Life magic is not meant to be alone.

 

Everyone is born with two strings of magic. One strand is life, and the other is death.

 

When Edyli escaped the land of the dead after saving her sister, the goddess of death removed Edyli’s death magic. Without that string, Edyli is unbalanced, a “monster” who cannot sleep, cannot die, and without care, will slowly go mad.

 

Banished from her home for refusing to make amends with the goddess, Edyli is surprised to discover a child without life magic deep in the jungle—a child her remaining magic is drawn to, because those who are unbalanced are inexplicably drawn together.

 

Terrified of what might happen if the two of them touch, Edyli seeks answers about the mysterious child. If she can recover the child’s life magic, she might earn back the goddess’s favor and become whole again.

 

But one mistake, and Edyli could live forever in insanity.

You can grab your copy today for only 99 cents! (It’ll go back up to $2.99 in about a week).

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(UPDATE: As of 6/2/2018, all the links should now be working. 🙂

Note: My apologies if you’re in the UK, India, or Germany, and use Amazon. I’m still waiting for them to create the page for Wind and Words there. However, all other links should be working).

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Here’s an excerpt:

A flash of movement caught Edyli’s eye. The hairs on her arms prickled under her wet sari. There were predators in the jungle, and though such creatures would not approach the nearby villages, they might attack a young human who was alone. Since it was night and the sky dark, the predator could be a tiger or other creature that she could not defend against without being able to see. She could, perhaps, use word magic to discern if the creature was a threat or not, and where it came from, but since she could only rest through meditation, she did not desire to use what focus she had.

 

But something about the creature was strange.

 

Normally she would have heard the rustle of leaves or the scratching of claws, or the snap of twigs under the creature’s weight. But what she heard was silence. Utter silence. It was deafening, as if the silence drowned out the sound of the wind.

 

“Who goes there?” she asked, forcing her voice to be loud. Perhaps, if she sounded threatening enough, then whatever was out there would not force her to use magic. “Reveal yourself!”

 

A tiny form stepped out from behind a scraggly tree.

 

Edyli blinked. “Akymi?”

 

The child was the same height and size as Edyli’s little sister, but her skin was a lighter shade of brown and her hair a straight, coarse black that fell below her shoulders. She wore a ragged, plain tunic, long enough to reach her ankles but clearly oversized, as if it had been lent to her. She stared at Edyli, her posture stiff, her hands at her side. Her dark eyes seemed to stare through Edyli, her expression dead. Her black hair fell across her face as she tilted her head, and then she turned her head again so that her hair cleared away.

 

The emptiness in Edyli’s chest ached, pulling her toward the girl as if something tugged at her, calling for her to move closer, to touch the girl’s tiny hands and to make her whole again. The girl raised her arm and stretched her fingers toward Edyli. A whimper sounded in her throat. Edyli tried to step back, fear mounting inside her, but she couldn’t move. The forest around her dimmed, centering on the child. She was the only thing in Edyli’s vision, and the rest of Edyli’s vision was a black, swirling mass, as if she had fallen into a seething whirlpool made from the night sky.

 

Shadikryl fa illdratethdruv shomagi drateth noram.

 

Life magic is not meant to be alone.

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Read Wind and Words today!

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Enjoy! 😀

Sican naketonia quisé das vegra.
(May the gods grant you good fortune. – A saying from the Cantingen Islands)

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

For this week’s book promotion highlight, I’m featuring the Shorts of All Stripes giveaway and the Daring Damsels and Warrior Women giveaway!

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Looking for something short to read? This giveaway has a huge variety of short stories in multiple genres to choose from!

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Looking for ebooks with a strong female protagonist? Look no further!

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