Valiant Heart is Here!

valiantheart2Well hello, all! I am so excited to announce that the e-book version of my steampunk fantasy novella, Valiant Heart, is out today through several vendors! You can buy a copy at Amazon, or follow this link to a variety of online retailers.

I invite you to swing by any of these book-sellers, take a look-see, and set forth on a journey to a world filled with magic, adventure, airships and magitech, and most of all, characters I hope you’ll love as much as I do. Thank you so much for reading, and Be Valiant!

BeValiant2

 

#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! ❤

New Year, New Release

Happy New Year, ya’ll! I hope 2019 is full of light, hope, joy and good things for all of us. I don’t often do New Year’s Resolutions anymore, though I love hearing about others’ goals and aspirations. I’ve recently started setting intentions: clear, concise statements about what I want life to look like in the days ahead. This year, my intention is to give myself up to full enjoyment of my writing and creativity in general, and to work hard in this joy to see my projects to fruition.

My first big step towards making this intention a reality is announcing that January 15th, 2019 is the release date for book one of my new fantasy romance series, the Tanahr Tales. Valiant Heart is the first installment in a journey brimming with magic, flintlock and steampunk technology, found families, and of course, the adventure that is finding love. I’ll blog more about Valiant Heart in a few days but for now, I’d like to share with you the cover, a project that was a labor of love and which gave me great satisfaction to complete. Drumroll, please…

valiantheart2.png

Stay tuned for more news and squee (I am full of squee, trust me), and here’s wishing you a beautiful start to 2019!