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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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Alternatively, sign up to the Distant Horizon Universe newsletter to receive Deceived for free as a thank you bonus, along with twice-monthly sneak peeks, behind the scenes updates, and special promotions. 🙂

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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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Changeling – Now Available!

Changeling has arrived! 😀

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99 cents for a limited time… and free with Kindle Unlimited!

Changeling is the second book of the Huntress series, and it picks off almost immediately where the first book left off.

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“Changeling”

Huntress #2

YA Dystopian/Cyberpunk Fairy Tale Retelling

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When the clock strikes midnight, will the huntress become the hunted?

With President Koenigin stuck in the form of a changeling miner, Koenigin Corp is in disarray.

A new president has stepped into power, and he’s asked Verdi to trade her role of huntress for that of an ambassador to the Society for Natural Progression.

At first, Verdi is eager to accept. Being an ambassador means she’ll finally have her voice heard. Better yet, she’ll be able to spend more time with Maria Snow, the woman she loves.

But participating in social “balls” isn’t a job she trained for, and certain members of Koenigin Corp are determined to get revenge on those who pushed Koenigin out of power.

When Verdi is framed for murder and placed on house arrest, will she find a way to get to the ball and warn Maria of the rising threat?

Or will she, too, find herself trapped in a changeling body?

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Step into her shoes in this Cinderella retelling… and read Changeling to find out what happens!

99 cents for a limited time, or free with KU!

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Also, check out this cool bookstagram image one of my beta-readers made for Changeling: https://www.instagram.com/p/BxIq4uinDTo

Enjoy! 😀

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Magebane Launch Day

Magebane is here! 😀

(Today and Saturday only, grab it for 99 cents from any of the major online retailers! After that, it’ll go back to regular price.)

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Magebane is the continuation of The Wishing Blade series, picking up where The Shadow War left off. Only this time Siklana has a larger role to play, as does Shevanlagiy.

But don’t fret! Toranih and Daernan still have their own stories to tell as well.

Find out what happens next in…

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“Magebane”

The Wishing Blade Series #3

YA Fantasy

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Will magebane save the world?
Or destroy it?

In Shevanlagiy’s quest to save her childhood friend from death, she has destroyed numerous worlds. Sometimes on accident. Sometimes as revenge.

She’s close to achieving her goal. Daernan is still alive.

But for how long?

When a goddess grants her a vision of a deadly substance—magebane—being shipped across the kingdom, Shevanlagiy realizes her carefully laid plans to protect Daernan are falling apart faster than she can rework them.

Daernan has magic from the gods, magic that will not only kill him if it comes in contact with magebane, but will start a terrible chain reaction that could unravel the fabric of this world—

A world she’s not yet ready to destroy.

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Delve into the danger of Magebane by reading this exciting continuation of The Wishing Blade series today!

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Click here to download the first five sample chapters!

Enjoy! 😀

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Meet Siklana – The Wishing Blade Series

I’ve been having a bit of fun learning Daz, a 3D modeling program. Long story short, the base program is free, but you can buy additional assets–clothes, hair, facial morphs, etc–that allow you to customize your characters.

It’s fun, because it’s been giving me freedom to create characters from my stories that I can pose and light without searching through endless stock photos. (There are other limitations compared to photomanipulation, and avoiding the uncanny valley is tricky, but each type of art has its trade-off).

A few weeks ago I grabbed a bundle on sale for face and body morphs, and it’s been giving me a lot of room to tweak characters how I picture them.

The first character I completed (face, anyway), is Siklana Covonilayno from The Wishing Blade series.

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Siklana is Toranih’s sister. While Siklana plays a fairly minor role in the first two books (Magic’s Stealing and The Shadow War), she has her own point of view and plays a major role in book three… Magebane.

Excerpt from Magebane:

After Shalant paid for a room at the nearest inn, Siklana and Daernan left their horses with the local stable girl and went upstairs to a small, square bedroom that offered little privacy. Mid-afternoon sunlight filtered through a window’s canvas covering. Shalant ordered them to unpack anything important from their saddlebags into the room so he could ward the area for protection.

“Perhaps we could ward the stable instead?” Siklana suggested. The cramped room hardly had enough space for all the books and scrolls stashed in her mare’s saddlebags.

Shalant glanced up from tucking a bag of dry goods into the corner beside his bed. “The stable hand wouldn’t be able to tend to the horses.” He pushed the bag aside, stood, and then dusted his knees of dirt. The smoke from Ashan had brought a thin layer of soot to everything in town.

Siklana shared a nervous glance with Daernan. The mage would find out about the books eventually. “I doubt we can fit all your word magic scrolls.”

Shalant turned around, puzzled. “Word magic scrolls? What are you…” His sentence trailed, and from the flicker of his eyes to the door, Siklana suspected he was using scrying ribbons to see what was in those bags. He gave her an incredulous glare. “You brought my library?

She smiled sheepishly. “The books might help us find a way to bring Toranih back from the shadow realm. Besides, if Ashan has been overrun by Lord Menchtoteale, do you really want him finding your books? Imagine what Isahna could do with them.”

“You brought my library,” Shalant repeated, as if the notion couldn’t register in his brain.

She nodded. “Obviously I couldn’t take everything, but I tried to grab the ones that looked useful. There are still a few things left in your attic.”

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This is a full-body render using only image-based lighting (IBL).

It’s the first test run of Siklana’s 3D model with her new outfit (trying to find something that reasonably fit her character, which I didn’t initially have). I need to find and fit shoes for her, too, but this is a start.

I’m still learning Daz, so more work needs to be done, but it should give an idea of her character. 🙂

Interested in seeing the development process? Let me know. I have some notes on the process, and I’d be happy to go more into it if anyone is curious.

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In the meantime, keep an eye on this blog for more news about Magebane, which is coming soon.

Let me know if you’d like to see more characters rendered in the future! 😀

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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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