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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
My latest historical fantasy romance is currently featured on many blogs through Silver Dagger Book Tours, which is also offering chances to enter a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift certificate.
Emperator is a family saga set in an alternate world, tracing generations of a dynasty powerful in politics, love and war. The most recent candidate for greatness is Sergius, son of a Northern king and grandson of an Omani general, who has gone to his grandfather's native land to free it from Domidian occupiers.
This is the man who would be Emperator.
It is going to take a little work.
“Gratuitas!” he shouted back, met with cheers and a surge of citizens finally breaking through the line to happily assault the men coming ashore, Omani and Northerner alike. Girls grabbed both his arms and another pinched his cheek, while men pushed from behind, laughing and propelling him into the crowd. The victors and the vanquished mingled like old friends, back-slapping and exchanging bottles, speaking a babble of tongues. A likely-looking girl, all smooth olive skin and glossy black hair, virtually climbed him, pulling his head down and planting a kiss on him.
“Eh, Omani! You come home at last.”
“Not me, my grandfather,” he said, smiling.
“Close enough. They all come. Where is better than Omana?” She called behind her to girlfriends. “Rosa, Berenita, this one’s one of us. Come make him welcome.”
It was bedlam, the guards had lost all control, and the crowd and a bevy of laughing girls bore him down the street to a tavern, where the first one ducked in.
“Come,” she invited. “Domidians shut these places down. They said they were trouble spots.” She winked at him. “They are.”
Inside, a roiling mob like a tide was pulling benches out of storage and uncovering a bar inches deep in dust. It flew everywhere as they gave it a rough cleaning, thumping similarly dusty bottles and flagons onto its scarred surface.
A grizzled-looking man smelling of garlic threw an arm around his neck, grinning happily. “Drink, drink,” he urged. “We hid these in caves the devils never knew about. Everybody drink!”
Domidians had had no sense of humor about such things, but Omanis had loved their wine since time immemorial. Now the fruit of everyone’s vines was being shared indiscriminately. There was no payment required. Sergius had more liquor plied on him in minutes than he could have drunk in weeks. Beside him, the girls who had abducted him were getting royally drunk.
It was starting already, he thought. Well, to the victor, the spoils. One of them plopped down in his lap, fondling him suggestively through his braes.
“Ooh, bad me, I like that,” she laughed. “I bet you fuck like a stallion.”
Well, it was said Omani women had no shame. That was all right with him. He didn’t have any, either.
“I do,” he said."
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Saturday, March 26, 2022
One of my best selling historical romances is now available as an audiobook: https://www.amazon.com/Flame-Normandy-Comet-Book-1/dp/B099S696BS
"It's a great piece of writing that encompasses all of the aspects that are paramount to the genres." - Goodreads Review
Also available in ebook and print.
Friday, March 18, 2022
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See my fantasy historical romance, The King's Daughter - The Chronicles of Alcinia, Book I, and many others.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
A book about a ruler, releasing on the Ides of March...
Sergius Magistri never meant to be a ruler. Grandson of history's most famous general and named for him, Sergius is a warrior without equal. It has been easy for him to be a hero when he was expected to be.
When he finds himself fighting for the freedom of his grandfather's country and the heart of a woman, he must be a hero because he is.
The Seat of his grandfather's empire stands empty, waiting for a ruler. He has saved two women, one little more than a concubine, the other a starving artist. All he has to do to have all of them is to renounce everything he has ever known.
Book VI of The Chronicles of Alcinia, Emperator can be read as a stand alone here:
Or enjoy the entire series:
Thursday, February 17, 2022
That is the question.
Lately, I have found myself reading a number of series. These are romance works for the most part, but a good number of fantasy series are calling my name, too. Author pages, series pages and ads let us know these works are available. With so many gorgeous covers and great review stats, they are very tempting. A free initial book or bargain price for the whole shebang is attractive and my Kindle is getting very full.
What, then, of the books I write? Like every author, I hear the voices of my own characters. Some are more insistent than others. Sometimes, I know instinctively that a book is an "only." Other little demons hang on with a tenacity that makes a piranha look unmotivated and that is when I get a series, whether I want one or not. They are like the barbarians coming over the walls of Rome and I am sacked and burned before they're finished with me.
The question then is...how much significance does this hold for readers? Are they going to hear those voices the same way I do?
What say you, readers? Do you love it when authors soldier on? Does your interest sag somewhere in the middle like a loaf of bread that doesn't rise? Do you feel compelled to begin at the beginning and blaze your way through? Are you disappointed if the next book isn't available right away or do you enjoy the waiting for the next one?
And what about you, authors? Do you love spinning the continued adventures of your favorite characters, or do you have a compelling need to get one of your next eighty ideas for a manuscript on paper as quickly as possible before the affliction strikes?
Please feel free to leave your thoughts!