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!

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Return of the Light

Happy Monday, dear reader!

I am looking outside my window into a cold and snowy morning. The skies are gray giving way to still, quiet fog and the world feels muted. I have to think for a moment to suss out which way I’m facing (southeast, from where I’m sitting) since I cannot see any evidence of the sun. Though I love the quiet and coziness of winter, I miss the light.

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The winter solstice heralds the shortest day of the year though the days following the holidays can feel mighty light-less. The thing is, it’s halfway through January, racing toward February. In February, as my husband likes to point out, something wonderful happens. As each calendar date ticks off toward the spring equinox, we gain more and more light each day. Even if the air is still chilly or the ground covered in slush, I feel it–the return of the light.

This astronomical/seasonal observation brings me to some thoughts about my creative motivation and inspiration. The reason I write what I write is exactly the reason I look forward to those February skies: the light. Life can at times be heavy and frightening, stressful, wearying. What I want readers to take away from my work is a sense of lightness. I want you, reader, to feel just for a moment like there is sun waiting to burst through the fog, and that all will be well.

valiantheart2The world of Tanahr and the events of Valiant Heart (and yes, the sequels I have planned, SQUEE) are not always gentle. At the end of each book, however, I want you to walk away with the sense that there is goodness and love to be had in this and any world. Grief, hard times, trauma, and hurt are realities of existence. But so are love, kinship, victories both small and large, and beauty. This is the light I strive for in my writing.

Valiant Heart is available tomorrow…links to come! I hope you are staying warm (or cool if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, storing up the sun for when winter rolls around for you). Thank you for reading, and walk in the light!

#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…

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