#TuesdayThoughts: Romance in Tanahr

Hi there! I’m blogging every day this week in preparation for Valiant Heart releasing on 1/15–just days away. Wow…how did it get here so fast?

Creating the Tanahr Tales has been, first and foremost, an unmitigated labor of love. It’s why I chose to write fantasy romance and not just fantasy in the first place–I love writing love, and creating characters I cannot help but root for is not optional. Focusing on romance, for me, has always offered a light in the darkness of sometimes more grim narratives. I took this to heart in writing the Tanahr series. Even though the world can at times be full of shadows and strife, experiencing characters’ burgeoning romances will always show that in the end, there is hope, joy and the warmth and companionship of the people heroines and heroes encounter during even the most dangerous journeys. So, speaking of love, I now is a good time to introduce the heroine and hero of book one!

niamh_starsongNiamh Starsong, a Sylvan elf newly arrived to the Astra garrison several days’ ride from her home, is a serious, earnest and loyal woman.  It would be easy to misread her subtle expressions of emotion as indifference but nothing could be further from the truth.

jeron_wright (1)On the other side, Jeron Wright is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, and usually with a big, lopsided grin. A mechmage/healer from the busy city of Astra, he spends his life in good-natured pursuit of invention, and actively seeks out friendship wherever he goes.

My favorite part about their romance is that it begins gently in friendship, and despite a chain of miscommunications and confusions, ends in a place of even stronger friendship. To weave sweetly sensual, light-hearted romance through a thoughtfully-built world populated with fascinating characters is my goal, and I hope I am on the way to realizing this rather lofty goal with Valiant Heart. I cannot wait to share this journey with you starting next week…Niamh and Jeron’s love is something that I’m proud of writing and I hope readers will enjoy their tale as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it! ❤

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