Rothana, blog tour.

Hello everyone, today I have another FANtastic Interview. This time it’s with author Sarah Delena White. She’s here to talk about her new book Rothana. You may remember it from Cover reveal I helped with.

 

About the Book

A new queen falls. A death lord rises. An ancient foe looms in the shadows. Sylvie Imanthiya is desperate to lead Faerie well and deepen the bond with her husband, former king Taylan Ashkalabek. But all hope of that vanishes when the winter solstice ceremony ends in disaster, stranding her and Taylan in the Deathrealm, and stripping the kingdom from her. With Faerie in chaos, Zad and Diza are separated once again: Zad to reconcile with an old mentor to stabilize the kingdom, and Diza to confront the nefarious Casimir in the mortal realm. But Casimir claims that a greater evil seeks to destroy both realms, an evil that Diza’s unique death magic can hold at bay—if she could only remember how. In the Deathrealm, Taylan is succumbing to the lure of specters from his past, and pushing away Sylvie’s love. Overwhelmed by decay and darkness, Sylvie must summon unexpected magic from the soul of Kyure to fight for her convictions and her husband’s heart. Shadows divide them. Their friends are in peril. If Sylvie fails, her marriage and her world will fall.
 

About the Author

Sarah Delena White was raised by wolves in an alternate dimension. She writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She’s an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is the administrative manager for Uncommon Universes Press. When she’s not writing, she can be found making elegant designer bead jewelry, traveling to festivals as a professional ballad singer, drinking tea, and seeking to create the perfect latte. She can be bribed with dark chocolate.

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FANtastic Interview with Sarah Delena White

Halayda had some awesome steampunk elements, the best of which was Sylvie’s alchemy potions. Will we see more of her alchemy, or will Sylvie discard it in favor of her fairy magic?

Sylvie’s alchemy will continue to play a role throughout the rest of the Star-Fae Trilogy! It’s a key part of her abilities. While magic is still new and difficult for her, alchemy is second nature. It’s also part of how she expresses her creativity. It’s her favorite art form.

There is a miniseries in the works and it’s up to you to choose who play, Sylvie, Taylan, Zad and Diza. Which actors get the part?

I’ve always pictured Neha Sharma as Sylvie. Sophie Turner would play Diza, and Takeshi Kaneshiro would play Zad. The only one I’m not sure about is Taylan. So far I haven’t found an actor with the right combination of fae good looks and curmudgeonly personality, haha!

Halayda introduced us to the mortal realm and the fae realm. Rothana teases a visit to the underworld. If you could visit one for real, would you choose the mortal, fae, or death realm?

Definitely the fae realm! Faerie is a place of wild beauty and magic, and I’d love to explore it for real… with the right companions, of course! It’s not wise for a hapless mortal to venture into Faerie alone. Anything could happen!

Everyone is inspired by something. What was your inspiration for the Star-Fae Trilogy, and more specifically the dragonfly element?

The inspiration for Halayda, and the Star-Fae Trilogy as a whole, came from a dream (this is weird for me. I haven’t been inspired by a dream before or since!). I dreamed about someone who got dragonfly wings as the result of a mad science experiment gone wrong. By the time I woke up, I had a basic sense of the concept and the two main characters. I first intended to write it as a superhero story, but when I rolled out of bed and scribbled down a summary, I realized it sounded like every superhero story ever, haha! But once I fused the superhero-esque concept with Celtic-inspired fae mythology, everything clicked into place. For Rothana, I also drew a bit from the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone (albeit very loosely!).

The title of the first book, Halayda, was revealed in the story to be the fae word for eternity. What does Rothana mean? And do these words have a basis in real language?

Rothana means “deathmarked.” It’s a term that is used for the shadow-fae (Taylan’s people), often in a derogatory way. A major theme in Rothana is facing and overcoming one’s past. Taylan and several others in the book believe they are marked for death (or other sorts of doom) because of their past deeds or experiences, and they must work through this in order to defeat their foes. The word rothana doesn’t have a basis in any real language, but halayda was loosely based on the Arabic word habibi, a term of endearment (I lived in the Middle East for a while and speak some Arabic, hence the inspiration).

The Star-Fae Trilogy is obviously going to be three books, but will there be any standalone, short stories, or spin-offs from the series?

I’m currently working a prequel novella featuring a younger Sylvie when she first meets Taylan and gets involved in the affairs of Faerie and the intrigues of the College of Alchemy. I chose to have Sylvie and Taylan already know each other well at the start of Halayda so the romance could progress at a fast pace and still be believable. I was a bit sad about skipping over the start of their relationship, though, so I’m excited to write a novella that explores that. I also have ideas for a few spin-off novels featuring some of the secondary characters from the Star-Fae Trilogy, but those projects are still a few years away.

Thank you, Sarah Delena White, for answering my questions and for sharing about your inspiration.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 26th Tuesday, November 27th Wednesday, November 28th Thursday, November 29th Friday, November 30th Saturday, December 1st Monday, December 3rd Tuesday, December 4th Wednesday, December 5th Thursday, December 6th Friday, December 7th Saturday, December 8th

FANtastic Interview with R. J. Metcalfe

Welcome to my blog today I over booked so I’m trying something a bit different. I’m going to post both this Fantastic Interview and a Cover Reveal in two different post then Direct link both to my home page.

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Void Born is the sequel to R. J. Metcalfe’s Renegade Skyfarer, you can read my review of that book here.

About Void Born:

Void BornThe bloodstone has been stolen.

Although the barrier remains, its stability is at risk. And if it falls, all of southern Terrene will be forfeit.

After the tragedies in Doldra, the valiant crew of the Sapphire struggles to regain their footing. Jade returns to Lucrum with the escort of Prince Weston only to find herself cornered by Lord Everett’s political maneuvering. With her freedom at stake, Jade is faced with a choice: give up her dreams for the future, or watch as those closest to her die.

Ben hunts down Victor and his mysterious Void Born with the help of Finn and his granddaughter Raine. The longer they are together, the harder Ben falls for the enigmatic swordswoman. But mad sages and ruthless assassins aren’t all he needs to fear–if Ben’s friends find out his secret, he could lose everything.

With Terrene at stake, they cannot lose sight of their goals.

Even with the past and the future pulling at them.

Buy it now on Amazon!

 

 FANtastic Interview with author R. J. Metcalfe:

CO: You are making your series into a movie or TV series. All the actors are begging for a part and you can have your pick. Who plays the leads?

RJ: Oh, golly. That’s tough, but probably not for the reason you’d think. I’m notoriously bad at remembering who is who when it comes to actors. That’s my husband’s forte. Lol. Ummm…

Ben: Liam Hemsworth

Jade: Karen Gillain

Zak: Alexis Papas

Slate: Ewan McGregor

Krista: Letitia Wright

Briar: Michael B. Jordan

Garnet: Rachel Hurd Wood (if older)

Victor: Luke Evans

Geist: I have an awesome picture pinned on my character board on Pinterest, but I have yet to figure out the models name!

Kerlee: Alan Tudyk

Raine: Q’orianka Kilcher

Finn: Jonathan Goldsmith

Doctor Jaxton: Ken Leung

Brandon: Cary Elwes

Samantha: She’s based off the real-life Samantha Stoner, so I’d probably beg Sam to play herself, lol.

Andre: Josh Holloway

Samuel Thistle: Jimmy Jean-Louis

Lord Everett: Zachary Quinto

Queen Violet: Viola Davis

Prince Weston: Reece King

Christopher: Song Jae Rim

CO: Wow that’s quite a cast, let’s hope a movie gets made soon so we can then in action. Though I’m afraid that Liam and Karen might be too old for Ben and Jade. Still it’s a great dream.

I love the dragons in you story world. I couldn’t help but picture them as dinosaurs. Was this intentional? Are dragons really dinosaurs?
RJ: Excellent observation! Yes! Dragons are really dinosaurs. Plodders are stegosaurus. Seekers are allosaurus. Stalkers are velociraptors. Terrors are pterodactyls. And so on and so forth.

From the very beginning of the story planning, dinosaurs and dragons are one and the same. Just…with magic. Some ordinary animals have a spark of magic to them, but not all, and let’s be honest. That’s not nearly as fascinating as dragons.

CO: Hooray! This makes me very happy. I love Dinosaurs and Dragons and that they are one and the same is one of my favorite theories.

At the end of Skyfarer, we learn a startling revelation about Ben’s past. The question is, will this play heavily into the events of Void Born?Quote 1

RJ: **laughs** Ohh, yes. Ben’s origin will be playing quite the role in the following books. But that’s all I can really say about that. You know how it is. ^_^

CO: Skyfarer was full of plot twists and secrets. Can we expect more of the same, or are you out of twists?

RJ: I wouldn’t say I’m out of twists just yet. The flavor of them may change, as they’ll need to keep up with the story as it moves forward, but there’s still plenty of adventure, surprises, and yes, twists to come.

And it would be completely to fair to say that I’m equal parts excited and terrified for what’s to come…

CO: If you had to live in Terrene for one year, what would you do to pass the time? Would you even survive?Quote 2

RJ: If I had to live in Terrene for a year, part of me would want to live in Perennia and work there with the land and the things that grow, but I’d definitely need my allergy medicine, or that location could be the death of me. If I could work for Ellie Stohner and be an airship captain, that’d be pretty spiffy, or maybe I’d just settle in Vodan or Lasim as a simple seamstress. It’d be exciting (and a bit scary) to find myself in my own book! (Especially if my characters found out and decided to hunt me down. Eep!)

CO: How many books are planned in the Stones of Terrene, and when can we expect the next one?

RJ: The series itself is four books, and then there’s a prequel, anthology, and a stand-alone. So, grand total (as of the moment): seven books.

Betrayal by Blood and Scars of Time were written before Renegade Skyfarer, so they’re essentially waiting on the back burner until I return to them to finish up the edits and get those out there.

Prequel: Betrayal by Blood (Winter 2019)

Anthology: Scars of Time (*Autumn 2019)

Renegade Skyfarer

Void Born

Traitor’s Crown (Spring 2019)

Blood Bond (*Winter 2020)

Phoenix Rising** (*Spring 2020)

*Approximate due dates

**Working title subject to change

CO: Sounds like there is plenty more to look forward to. Thank you so much for answering my questions and for hanging out on the blog today.

HeadshotAuthor bio: During the day, Becky is a stay at home mom of two active little boys. When she has ‘free time’, she enjoys reading, writing, baking and sewing. After many years of creative writing classes, writing fanfiction drabbles and daydreaming, it was high time to start writing her husband Mike’s story. She dove into the world of Terrene and hasn’t looked back—except for when she runs out of dark chocolate. Any free time not spent in Terrene is typically expended on hosting dinner and game nights, running amok with the two little monkeys or watching nerdy movies with Mike.

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Retrieve: Cover Reveal

 

Hi, today I’m doing something a a little different. I double booked my blog and for today. so you will get a cover reveal and a Fantastic interview. But I am still making them two posts so if you came for one scroll down to the other. Also, I am going to start linking the latest posts on my home page so lets hope it works.

Okay let’s jump right into the cover reveal:

 

Retrieve
Sarah Addison-Fox
(The Stormers Trilogy #1)
Publication date: December 26, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

What if the job you took to stay alive might be what kills you?

Kade knows what it is to suffer. He knows what it’s like to lose everything and everyone around him.

His job in a Stormer Unit guarantees not just his survival in the decimated country of Azetaria, but his sister Meg’s. Even if it means facing the Numachi warriors baying for his blood, he’ll do what it takes to keep her safe.

Hadley is alone and surviving the only way she knows how. By hiding where predators won’t find her and scavenging enough just to keep her alive.

When desperation drives Hadley to search for her missing brother, she mistakenly accepts the offer of recruitment into the Stormer’s camp, only to be partnered with Kade and sent as a scout into Numachi territory.

The intimidating young Stormer may just know where her brother has gone. But can they stay alive long enough to find him?

About the Author

Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born misfit who writes action-packed fantasy with a smattering of punch ups, mega amounts of romance and a dash of family values. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 28 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her YA fantasy romance series’ she can be found binge watching Mission Impossible movies, drinking lager and eating curry.

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Rothana Cover Reveal

So you’ve read that title and now you’re wondering what Rothana mean. Well obviously it’s a book title. But what it means is that the sequel to Haladaya is one step closer to being in my hands.

About Rothana:

cover reveal graphicA new queen falls. A death lord rises. An ancient foe looms in the shadows.
Sylvie Imanthiya is desperate to lead Faerie well and deepen the bond with her husband, former
king Taylan Ashkalabek. But all hope of that vanishes when the Winter Solstice ceremony ends
in disaster, stranding her and Taylan in the Deathrealm, and stripping the kingdom from her.
With Faerie in chaos, Zad and Diza are separated once again: Zad to reconcile with an old
mentor to stabilize the kingdom, and Diza to confront the nefarious Casimir in the mortal realm.
But Casimir claims that a greater evil seeks to destroy both realms, an evil that Diza’s unique
death magic can hold at bay—if she could only remember how.
In the Deathrealm, Taylan is succumbing to the lure of specters from his past, and pushing away
Sylvie’s love. Overwhelmed by decay and darkness, Sylvie must summon unexpected magic
from the soul of Kyure to fight for her convictions and her husband’s heart.
Shadows divide them. Their friends are in peril. If Sylvie fails, her marriage and her world will
fall.
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And lastly, my favorite thing about Uncommon Universe Press.

Autographed paperback pre-order:

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About the Author:

Sarah Delena White smallSarah Delena White was raised by wolves in an alternate dimension. She writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She’s an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is the administrative manager for Uncommon Universes Press. When she’s not writing, she can be found making elegant designer bead jewelry, traveling to festivals as a professional ballad singer, drinking tea, and seeking to create the perfect latte. She can be bribed with dark chocolate.

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And now that your couiosity is at maximum, the cover:

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Oh, isn’t that gorgeous? They kept the Steampunk dragonfly from the first book. And the colors are so pretty. I wants the precious.

So when can the precious be yours too?

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The release date is November 27th. So pre-order now.

FANtastic Interview with Pam Halter

Today I have another Fantastic Interview. Today’s guest is Pam Halter and she is sharing about her debut novel Fairyeater.

Here’s a bit about the book first:

9781943788040-Perfect.inddAll fifteen-year-old Akeela has ever wanted is an ordinary family who will love her. But the only mother she has ever known is the old hag, Krezma, who berates her night and day. Why did the old woman even take her in?

But Krezma knows her charge is no ordinary child. She can see the auras surrounding living things and can communicate with fairies. And the birthmark on her palm reveals a secret Krezma must hold close for the child’s safety.

A secret that the witch, Tzmet, hunts for night and day, drying and eating fairies for the power they contain. When Akeela discovers her fate lies in being the next Fairy Guardian, all hope for an ordinary life dissipates like the dreams they were. She must protect the fairies from the witch—and an even darker power that threatens them all.

Akeela is unwillingly thrust into an adventure that will not end until she decides to accept her fate and give up on her dream.

Maybe even her life.

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And now . . .

A FANtastic interview with Pam Halter:

1. You are asked by the casting director who you envision as the main characters of your novel Fairyeater. What do you tell her.

 This is always a hard question for me because I’m just not up on who’s popular, especially younger actors. So, I don’t know who would play Akeela, but I can see the fabulous Bette Davis playing Tzmet because she does whatever’s needed for a part. For Krezma, maybe Maggie Smith. For Tar, Karl Urban.

I love Maggie Smith for this role, and Karl Urban is one of my favorite actors. Love these choices.

 2. Anyone who has met you knows that you are the Fairy Queen. What made you first love fairies? Or what is your earliest memory of fairies?

 I’ve always loved fantasy, and when I realized I wanted to write it, I chose to feature fairies, because 12 years ago, fairies were not popular. And I wanted to brand myself with something, so I worked to become The Fairy Lady (or whatever anyone wants to call it.) Now fairies are very popular, so I’m not as unique as I’d like to think. That being said, I also like making up my own fae groups, and that’s helped me in the unique area.

 3. Fairyeater may be your debut novel but it’s not your first published book. How does your experience with novel writing differ from Children’s book writing? Which do you enjoy more?

 Wow, picture book writing is about as different as you can imagine. I enjoy them both, but I had to learn to add to my longer stories. I was so used to telling a story in 800 words or less, it was difficult to add description and more narrative. I’m not one who likes too much description anyway – get me to the story! Haha. But I have a fabulous mentor who tells me things like, “Linger a bit longer here” or “What is she feeling here?” “What does it look like?” Stuff like that.

 I’ve also learned you don’t always need to add a paragraph to expand the moment. Sometimes just a sentence is perfect.

 Here’s something to consider, though. People think writing for children is easier because there are less words. But picture books can be harder to write because you need to take a 10,000 word story and tell is in 800 words or less. Every word counts.

Sounds like Children’s book writing is a lot like Flash Fiction.

 4. Obviously fairies come in many flavors, (Pun intended, because Fairyeater) Hahaha! which do you prefer. The small and magical, elemental kind or the Majestic and mystical, Fae?

 I prefer more realistic, beautiful fairies. And here’s a secret: I can’t stand Tinker Bell. Seriously. I want to smack her. I don’t really consider her a fairy. She’s more of a pixie, I think. But she’s really annoying.

Fairies don’t have to be life sized or teeny weeny. For me, it depends on the what the story requires.

 I love the fairy art of Amy Brown and Cicely Mary Barker.

 5. I think my favorite character is Anon the Faun. He’s fun and sweet. He is also on the autistic spectrum. I love that there is an autistic character, but I love more that he is a mythical being. What was the inspiration for this unique character?

 Actually, Anon has Down’s Syndrome. The inspiration for him is my daughter, Anna. Since I have a special needs adult daughter, it’s a normal part of my life, so pretty much all the stories I write have characters with some kind of special need.

 Anna does not have Down’s, though. She has Pervasive Developmental Disorder, which is on the Spectrum. She’s mostly non-verbal, and I needed a verbal character, so I chose Down’s. I’ve known several kids with Down’s from Anna’s class when she was in school, as well as kids with all various special needs and abilities. It simply felt normal to me to included Anon.

 I’ve also included Tar and Ode Janmar who both have physical disabilities.

 6. Akeela is the Fairy Guardian, but fairies are magical, Why do they need guarding?

 A Guardian doesn’t always mean “to guard someone”, it’s also a person who supports and helps. When Riss’aird was creating the BIG spell, more than just fairy magic was needed to combat it, so the Guardian was created. I do give details in the book and am planning to go into a lot more detail in the Prequel, which I’m working on now.

 7. Without giving spoilers, where do you see the Fairy Gaurdian series going from here? How many books are planned? What are you working on next? 

 Oops – I gave that away in the previous question. That’s okay. I’m working on the Prequel now. A friend suggested it might be interesting to see how a person becomes a Dark Lord. I thought that was a great idea and I’m running with it.

 And because we typically like sets of three, I do have a basic plot idea for the third story. And writers will get this – that story wants to be written NOW. I keep making notes and tell it to quiet down and wait its turn. Haha!

 8. In the Fairyeater there is a Minister character who leads worship to a single creator. would you classify Fairyeater as Christian fiction? How does Celtar differ from our God.

 Every world has some kind of religious system or beliefs. In Fairyeater, I chose to have the main set of people serve the One True God, who is the God of the Bible. I gave Him the name Celtar on the advice of a senior editor from Scholastic who I met at a conference. Back then, publishing houses were leery of using the Christian God in fantasy, so she said to simply give Him a name. But not everyone believes in Him or worships Him. The Kazmura are atheists, and the Salt Dwarves worship a goddess.

 I also chose to stay more Old Testament, but not real in-depth. That means, no Jesus dying to save sinners. I don’t know why. It just felt appropriate for the story to not include that part of my faith.

 I don’t classify Fairyeater as Christian fiction. It’s high fantasy, more specifically, quest fantasy, which happens to be written by a Christian, so my worldview comes through.

 My business cards describe me as an “Inspirational Fantasy Author” and at the bottom, I have “Everyone is created with a purpose.” Christianity is part of who I am, so even if I were to choose to write a story without a higher being, my worldview would still come through.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Cathrine!

The honor was all mine.              

Pam-HalterPam Halter has been a children’s book author since 1995. The first book in her Willoughby and Friends series, Willoughby and the Terribly Itchy Itch, won the 2018 Realm Award in the children’s category, and she also received a Reader’s Choice Award in 2015 for her short story, “Tick Tock,” in Realmscapes. Fairyeater is her first fantasy novel. She lives in South Jersey, deep in farmland, and enjoys long walks on country roads where she discovers fairy homes, emerging dragons, and trees eating wood gnomes. Visit Pam at http://www.PamHalter.com.

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One flew through the dragon cover reveal.

Today’s cover reveal is for a steampunk romance that I am looking forward to reading. The author is C.S. Johnson who you may remember from a FAntastic Interview she did about her Sleeping Beauty retelling called Once upon a princess. Read it here. 

 

A Chinese Legend. A British Secret. Star-Crossed Lovers with Incompatible Magic.

cover reveal graphicBrixton Flew works as a professor of wielder instruction at Rembrandt Academy, hoping to erase the regrets of his youth along with the resulting debt. But when he comes face to face with his biggest regret—the woman who broke his heart, Adelaide Favan—Brixton soon realizes his troubles have only begun.

Unable to control her magic, Adelaide knew leaving Brixton was the only way to protect him when they were younger. Now she discovers he is the key to recovering the Dragon Eyes, a legendary treasure connected to her magic and her family’s disgraced legacy—and she knows the risk is great, to both his life and her heart.

With others seeking the power of the Dragon Eyes, Brixton and Adelaide must outwit their foes and face down their families to save London from an ancient legend that sleeps beneath the magic portal in their city.

But the renewed passion growing between them may prove to be the greater peril …

One Flew Through the Dragon Heart is the first book in a new steampunk series by C.S. Johnson, blending together history, romance, mecha-dragons and magic against the glittering backdrop of 1880’s Victorian London.

CS JohnsonC. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me.

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Now for the shiny cover:

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Click here to Pre-order this novel for only $2.99:

 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HRW64SM

But you need to hurry. The release date is December 21st.

The author graciously allowed me to include an excerpt. Because she knew as soon as you saw the cover you would want to start reading right away.

Excerpt from One Flew through the Dragon Heart:

The door creaked open with the same welcoming familiarity it always had as Brixton stepped inside. He took off his greatcoat, and at once, the small townhouse seemed to reach out with its own essence, bathing him in the scent of oranges and animals, flooding him with the sensation of a million memories. He breathed it in and reveled in it. Deep down, nothing in the world could dislodge his home from his heart—not the Board at Rembrandt, not the government, not even all his secret hopes and dreams—and there was unspeakable comfort in knowing that.

“We’re in the kitchen, Brix. Come on in. I’ve just finished pulling out a rack of biscuits.”

Brixton sighed, both in exasperation and gratitude. His mother was never surprised when he arrived, no matter the hour. He used to wonder if she had a spy in her service, but he knew now, having his own talent for magic, that she was able to sense emotions. Her talent made her one of the most accomplished veterinarians in London.

That was also why the house always smelled of all sorts of creatures. Philippa Flew often brought her work home with her, and today, Brixton saw as he walked into the next room, was no exception.

“Who does that belong to?” he asked, gesturing toward the large peacock sitting on the table.

The large fan of its tail sprouted at his voice, making him jump back as the hundreds of colorful feathers unfolded before him.

The peacock squawked, clearly sore at the disruption.

Luella’s laughter rang through the room as Brixton recovered. He glanced through the feather-fan of exotic bird feathers to see Luella’s blonde curls bouncing as she walked around from the other side of the table.

“It’s Mrs. Fordyce’s,” Luella said. “He has a broken leg, so Mum brought him home for me to help take care of.”

“Why do you need to help him if it’s just a broken leg?” Brixton rolled his eyes. “It seems silly for you to have to use your magic on him.”

“Come on. Don’t be so stuffy.”

“I’m just concerned. You really ought to be more careful when you use your magic.” Brixton sat down on the chair at the far end of the table. “If you’re not, the mage-ragers will realize you have plenty of talent, too, and they’ll come running to sign you up to work at Rembrandt along with me.”

“Oh, Brix. It sounds like you had another hard day. I thought as much when you came in.” Philippa sighed. Her hair, a shade darker than Brixton’s and lined with wispy grays, snapped behind her in a braid as she hurried to press a loving kiss to her oldest child’s forehead.

Brixton might have waved her off when he had been younger, but now he welcomed his mother’s affections. He gave her a quick kiss on the cheek in return as Luella giggled again.

“I would not mind going to Rembrandt, but don’t think they would want me to teach the newbies just yet,” Luella said, jutting her pointed chin forward proudly. “I’m only fifteen.”

“You know as well as I do that some magic comes in early.”

Many of the first wielders experienced it as a secondary trait, one that appeared toward the beginning of adulthood. As Mendel and Darwin’s theories speculated, magic moved down through the bloodlines, and as the talents were able to be recognized earlier, it became generally accepted that most magic began to appear during adolescence.

But there were still the occasional stories of talented children who knew of their magic long before it appeared, and Brixton knew that a great many of those stories were true.

After all, he had been best friends with one of the most powerful wielders London had ever seen.

“There’s no need to brag,” Luella said with a huff. “We all know that you were a prodigy right from birth. The rest of us will bow down to you one day, I’m sure, but in the meantime, the requirements for specialized magical instruction start at sixteen. Even you didn’t have to go until then.”

“I was actually thinking of—”

Brixton went silent as his chest tightened, his heart clenched, and his fingers shook.

He had only just barely stopped himself.

He had come so bloody close to saying her name.

It was appalling to think after nearly four years he still thought of her—thought of her, dreamed of her, but never spoke of her.

How could he? Remembering her was like lighting himself on fire and forgetting how much it burned.

Faithless Blog tour

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So You may already be familiar with Faithless from the amazing Cover reveal that I hosted last month. Read it here if you forgot.

So As you may know the first book in the Ironfire legacy introduced readers to the world of Sekastra, where shifter races dwell. Readers of Lawless are already familiar with dragon shifters. Today author Janeen Ippolito is here with a Be Our Guest Post about the second major shifter race. Unicorns.

When Peacemakers Go Dark: Death Unicorn World Building

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 In the world of The Ironfire Legacy, each continent or major area has their own shifter race: dragons, seals (re: selkies), (were)wolves, and (death) unicorns. Out of all of the races, the death unicorns have the hardest history—and my inspiration came from a combination of existing mythology and realities.

              Unicorn horns. Unicorn hair. Powdered unicorn hooves or emulsified unicorn ears. All common ingredients in potions in a lot of fantasy and fairy tale worlds. But what if the unicorns were sentient? What if they were shifters? What if they had souls—in fact, what if they were the most soulful race on the planet? Suddenly, using their body parts as ingredients sounds downright barbaric and disturbing—similar to the persecution of those with albinism in Africa.

I explore the persecution of unicorns in my fluffy-with-a-dark-side short story in the humorous romance anthology How To Catch A Unicorn. But that story takes place hundreds of years before The Ironfire Legacy series, in the country of Elotrin, located to the south of Sekastra. And within those hundred years, a tenuous peace gives way to a genocide of unicorns, both for their body parts, and also to prevent them from opposing the bad guys who fear unicorn soul magic.

            Unicorn of Judgment (1)  The unicorns took the adjective of “death” both to honor the losses of the genocide, and to own their new natures. They chose to use magical enhancement to weaponize themselves and protect their people from utter annihilation. Their soul-empathy, used to comfort, was turned into a method to induce terror. While unicorn blood still heals, death unicorns can also secrete a substance that coats their horns with deadly poison. In battle mode, their eyes flash red, their aura smells of sulfur, and they are foes to be reckoned with.

              But as a people, they still deeply grieve what was done to them, and what they have now become. After their queen, Maira Ukerys, destroyed their foes, the death unicorns fled to Sekastra. At that time, they were received into the Scepter of Justice, the fifth city-state that had been the home of the dragons. The old dragon king and queen, as well as the ruling dragon-human council, were wary about the refugees, but finally gave them a reservation of land called the Lost Refuge and agreed to let history record that unicorns were extinct. And this is where the death unicorns have lived for fifty years, seldom venturing out of their refuge. Always careful and secretive and haunted by their past. Death unicorns live for at least two hundred years, so the genocide is fresh in the minds of the elders, and those memories are passed around in the herd as a whole.

 

              Rather grim, hm? Well, within their herd, the death unicorns are still deeply caring and compassionate. During the dragon-human war, some death unicorn healers would emerge from the Lost Refuge and aid the injured soldiers and spies among the Lawless. And they refuse to fight on behalf of the Lawless, as they still hold true to the Rule of Harming: for every injury or death inflicted by someone, that person must equally heal or save another person. 

              Yet, there are some among the death unicorns who resent their refugee status. Who are wary of the dragons. Who see this time of wartime upheaval as a perfect opportunity to claim what was taken from them decades earlier. A home.

              And such individuals are very dangerous, indeed…

 

Janeen-016About the Author

Janeen Ippolito believes words transform worlds. She creates writing resources and writes steampunk fantasy. She’s also an experienced teacher, editor, author coach, and the editor in chief of Uncommon Universes Press. In her spare time, she enjoys sword-fighting, reading, food, and making brownie batter. Two of her goals are eating fried tarantulas and traveling to Antarctica. This extroverted writer loves getting connected, so find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at her website: janeenippolito.com

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About Faithless

FaithlessCoverFullSizeOne wild night, Shance Windkeeper discovers he’s married to a death unicorn.

But that’s the least of his troubles.

As an agent for the Lawless, Shance is working with dragonshifters Kesia Ironfire and Zephryn Nightstalker, trying to end the dragon-human war and the organization that masterminded it. While on a mission in the Scepter of Knowledge, the Lawless is hit with a devastating death unicorn attack.

Out of the wreckage new allies emerge: Lirome Ukerys, and his twin sister Maira, the death unicorn queen – Shance’s long-lost wife.

Recently freed from captivity, Maira is fighting to regain control of her herd. Lurien Alistil, a rogue death unicorn, has bespelled the Scepter of Knowledge and taken Maira’s son. When Kesia unexpectedly challenges Lurien to a public debate over the fate of the city, the Lawless has a chance to break the usurper’s hold. To obtain vital information they must infiltrate her lair – and as the husband of the death unicorn queen, Shance Windkeeper is the perfect prize to go in.

But Lurien’s power is stronger and more insidious than they realize. And if the final pieces of her plan fall into place, not even Shance’s newfound Talents and knowledge will be enough to stop her.

A steampunk fantasy adventure with much intrigue, unexpected romance, sudden tragedy, and a snarky cat-dragon.

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 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41743098-faithless

 

Facebook Party

For those who are interested there is a facebook party tonight (10/19/18) to celebrate the release of Faithless.

 

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1123291547833648/

 Celebrate the launch of Faithless: The Ironfire Legacy Book 2 with featured author Janeen Ippolito and guest authors Angelique Anderson and R.J. Metcalf! Get your fill of steampunk, dragons, adventures, and more (re: death unicorns and a cat-dragon) with this fun-filled evening that includes giveaways, games, and an exclusive reveal or two. 

Hosted by Laura A. Grace of Unicorn Quester and Uncommon Universes Press!

 

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