Amaranthine Saga


Book 1, Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox

Tsumiko inherits an ancestral home, a vast fortune, and a butler who isn’t exactly human. Humanity is rocked by the Emergence of a people who call themselves the Amaranthine. They are our myths and legends come to life. Neither human nor animal, yet embracing qualities of both, the inhuman races inspire both awe and fear. Every newsfeed is clogged with updates about the peace process, but some places don’t concern themselves with worldly affairs. Like the girls’ school run by St. Midori’s of the Heavenly Lights, where Tsumiko Hajime grew up.

A letter from a long-lost aunt names Tsumiko heiress to an ancestral estate and its accompanying fortune. Only the legacy comes with an aloof heirloom: an inhuman butler. Argent has served the Hajime family for centuries, and Tsumiko must renew the generational bond or he’ll die. Argent hates her for the hold she has over him, but he craves her soul almost as much as he craves his freedom.

Release Date: February 22, 2018 – Now Available!
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Book 2, Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal

She wasn’t aware of her gift’s significance, yet he expects to be courted. Kimiko enrolls at the In-between’s prestigious new high school, which is designed to promote the integration of the human and inhuman races. As a reaver, she’s supposed to act as peacemaker, bridging a formidable cultural gap, but the other two members of her triad don’t need any help in that department. Akira and Suuzu have been friends since middle school. Instead, the boys must rally behind Kimiko when she inadvertently initiates a courtship with Eloquence Starmark.

Release Date: October 22, 2018 – Now Available!
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Book 3, Tamiko and the Two Janitors

In doing her part for world peace, she puts one crosser’s whole world at risk.  Conspiracy theories, werewolf scares, and protest rallies have hampered the peace process in America, where social and political unrest keep most Amaranthine from declaring themselves. Those not in seclusion rely heavily on illusion to mask their true nature.

As the newly appointed principal of a small elementary school, Tamiko Reaverson is doing her part for world peace. She rallies her community’s support and applies for Hisoka Twineshaft’s school revitalization project, which will bring Amaranthine to her hometown. Little does Tami realize that Fletching was founded by one of the oldest and largest urban enclaves in the United States. And two of her staunchest supporters—janitors at her school—share a secret neither wants exposed.

Release Date: July 22, 2019 – Now Available!
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Songs of the Amaranthine

Songs of the Amaranthine is a collection of short stories set in Forthright’s Amaranthine universe. Before the Emergence, the clans were nothing more than whispers and mysteries and legends and lore. But every so often—in out-of-the-way places or shockingly close to home—an unsuspecting person stumbled into a fateful encounter with someone who was decidedly other. An eclectic collection, spanning continents and centuries. Tales of adventure, discovery, friendship, rescue, belonging, and love. Each short story stands alone and can be read in any order.




(Songs of the Amaranthine, #1) Marked by Stars

A wolf without a pack and a boy in need of roots become founders. After a heavenly visitation, one young wolf turns his back on his pack and on the moon in order to tread a lonesome path. A blaze of stars. A brand of copper. A burden of trust. First of Dogs, he takes a new name, makes peace with group of weary humans, and helps to found the In-between. This is a tale of the Kindred. This is the lore of the Starmark clan.

Release Date: December 4, 2018 – Now Available!

(Songs of the Amaranthine, #2) Followed by Thunder

One sister, a pure light that beckons, the other, a fierce light that burns. Fira and her sister are chased out of another village. Fleeing on foot across the empty moors, they’re caught by a storm that roars like the monsters ever in pursuit. But the wind changes and the thundering brings a stampede of defenders who carry them off to a secret place. Where mares dance and rabbits mine. Where the lost clans hid a lasting treasure. Where the girls’ curse is considered a blessing.

Release Date: May 4, 2019 – Now Available!

(Songs of the Amaranthine, #3) Dragged through Hedgerows

He had one job. Becoming a family pet wasn’t it. For the sake of his people, Daroo-fen has lived among humans, working as a lawyer in a little mountain town. He’s vowed to protect the surrounding woodlands, no matter the cost. But in the course of duty, he meets a man who needs help … and a friend. Too long a loner, Daroo cannot keep away, but there’s a fine line between getting close and getting too close. If the Cooper family finds out his secret, two worlds might brand the wolf a traitor.

Release Date: October 4, 2019 – Now Available!

(Songs of the Amaranthine, #4) Governed by Whimsy

His whims drove off her predecessors. Her whimsy drives him to distraction. To Ambrose P. Merriman, a stage actor who’s gained acclaim on three continents, reaver escorts are more trouble than they’re worth. Easy-come, easy-go, he hardly bothers to learn their names anymore. But the director and producer of their theater troupe, who are already dancing on the fringes of acceptability, won’t risk losing their independence by neglecting this duty to the In-between.

Reaver Greta Demerara comes with suspiciously excellent references, but by the time the Evernhold brothers realize she’s carrying considerably more baggage than anyone bothered to mention, the train’s already left the station. What’s more, it’s quickly apparent that Greta’s no easier to deal with than their star. It’s either a game of cat and canary or a courtship. And Ambrose would give almost anything for a look at the script.

Release Date: April 4, 2020 – Now Available!


FAQ: Will the Songs of the Amaranthine ever be available in print?

The Songs of the Amaranthine are short stories. At first, they will release digitally, but once I’ve collected four stories, I’ll gather them up and release them together in a print anthology.

FAQ: Is there any particular order I should read the books in?

The books in the Amaranthine Saga build on each other. Read those in order. Each of the short stories in the Songs of the Amaranthine collection stand alone, but they offer insights and details that will expand your understanding and appreciation of the main series. So while they’re entirely optional, they’re also … encouraged. I suggest reading everything in publication order:

  • Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox (Amaranthine Saga, #1)
  • Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal (Amaranthine Saga, #2)
  • Marked by Stars (Songs of the Amaranthine, #1)
  • Followed by Thunder (Songs of the Amaranthine, #2)
  • Tamiko and the Two Janitors (Amaranthine Saga, #3)
  • Dragged through Hedgerows (Songs of the Amaranthine, #3)
  • Lord Mettlebright’s Man (ongoing, posts here on the blog)
  • Governed by Whimsy (Songs of the Amaranthine, #4)
  • Mikoto and the Reaver Village (Amaranthine Saga, #4)

104 thoughts on “Amaranthine Saga

  1. I’m going to go ahead and use the comments here as an informal FAQ. If you have questions, ask away!

    How long will the series be?
    Seven books.

    Do the books stand alone?
    Yes and no. Each book in the saga encompasses a story with its own beginning, middle, and end. All of them are romances, so readers can expect the same sort of storytelling found in my fandom adventures. But all of my serial writing turned me into a series writer. A larger story develops along the way. So I’d recommend reading the books in order.

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    • The first book does indeed borrow from Impeccable in ways you’ll recognize. But the series is slated to have seven books … each with its own romantic adventure. So it’s bigger (and I hope better) than those beginnings.

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  2. Is it true that the books are linked to your fanfiction?
    Yes. For readers familiar with my stories, the ties will be obvious. I’ve borrowed from several of my favorites, taking pieces of their plots or settings and adapting them to fit into the Amaranthine universe. But I don’t simply retell those stories. They’ve become something new.

    Which fanfics will you use?
    I’m keeping that a secret because it’ll make upcoming reveals more fun.

    Will Sesshoumaru and Kagome be there?
    In adapting my fics, one of the biggest revisions I had to make was to the main characters. No one wants to read seven versions of SxK … oh, wait. That’s exactly why we read fanfiction! However, in building the Amaranthine universe, I needed a new cast. Some of you will probably still try to back-hack my writing. “I found Miroku!” or “She might as well have named him Inuyasha.” But if I do my job right, the stories will take on a life of their own.

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  3. Why did you label Book 1 “the first miko”?
    Are all of the main characters in your series shrine priestesses? No. While this certainly hints at the legacy of Japanese culture that helped inspire my fandom storylines, miko refers to the main characters’ first names. Book One is about Tsumiko. In Book Two, I’ll introduce Kimiko. Book Three’s story belongs to a lady named Tamiko… and so on.

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    • Just finished it last night (stayed up till 1 am I might add) 😉 I see Book 2 is called the Accidental Proposal… Is that one related at all to Troved? Please please please say yes because I adore that oneshot and have always wished (and left a begging review as well) for you to expand on it.

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    • For those of us not familiar with Japanese culture, would you please explain “Miko” and the significance of the prefixes? Is it a two-part name, like Mary Sue, Mary Ann, Mary Margaret? Or something else? Thank you ~

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      • Short Version! A miko is (basically) a Japanese shine maiden. The main character in InuYasha (my first fandom) was sometimes referred to as a miko because her family were shrinekeepers. So my use of “the first miko” and “the second miko” are a playful homage. Sticking to this theme, titular characters in the Amaranthine Saga all have “miko” in their name, but the play on words is entirely English. In Japanese, name meanings vary widely depending on the kanji used. In a very general sense -ko is a diminutive, meaning “little” or “child.” That’s why Tsumiko first assumed that Gingko’s name was “Ginko,” since gin means “silver” and adding -ko would make it “silver child.” Another example: neko means “cat,” so koneko is “kitten.”


  4. I am super excited to buy it! I’ve been a fan of your work for ages and am very happy that you have written an original series! 🙂
    Will the book come out in hardcover first? And how come you chose to call yourself Forthright on it, too? (I think it’s awesome and would probably have done the same, fame is not my thing, but I’m curious whether that was your reason, too)

    Cheers from a German fan!!


    • The series will be available in two formats: paperbacks and e-books.

      Why call myself FORTHRIGHT? Because that’s how you know me. And because I’m writing these stories for people who *know* me as forthy. I’m honestly thrilled to be able to publish books under my fandom penname. ::twinkle::


  5. I’ll buy as soon as possible! You’re writing has always impressed me and been tactfully written! I love your narration and characterizations!! Seriously can’t wait til Feb. 22!! Goos luck with the release and one question I guess: Will it be written in any particular way like 100 words or entire long chapters? I suspect the latter but I do enjoy either! Thank you so much Forthright!!


    • No, this story won’t unfold in 100-word snippets. The books in the Amaranthine Saga are nice, long, “proper” novels of substance.

      Well, hey! Since we in fandom know a thing or two about word count, I can give you a solid statistic. Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox came in at 96,000~ words!


  6. Will your books have 100-word chapters?
    No! Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox (and the rest of the books in the Amaranthine Saga) will have nice, long, “proper” chapters. This is a novel of some substance, with more than 450 pages in the print edition. Or … to put things into more familiar fandom terms, Tsumiko’s story hit 96,000~ words.


  7. Will Hisoka-sensei be a cat demon?
    Not exactly. The good sensei is not a demon/youkai because I’ve introduced the Amaranthine people. As stated in the story summary: “They are our myths and legends come to life. Neither human nor animal, yet embracing qualities of both, the inhuman races inspire both awe and fear.” Even so, you’ll know your beloved sensei at a glance. Hisoka Twineshaft is a member of the cat clans, and he retains his pewter pelt and orange eyes. In fact, after many centuries teaching at the reaver academy, he’s affectionately referred to as Sensei by many of his former students.

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    • While listening, I noticed that Hisoka is called a “Confirmed Bachelor”. Do you mean this as the slang in the 1950s for homosexual? I’ve always seen him as such, even before noticing and it brings my heart much joy.

      I also can not thank you enough for this series. I’ve read it several times and am just now getting to listen. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being a creative soul and sharing apart of yourself. You are a Beacon, and we were starved.


  8. Meta-data Moments:

    Teaser: He craves her soul almost as much as he craves his freedom.
    Keywords: Butler, Orphan Heiress, Kitsune Trickster
    Genres: Paranormal Romance
    YAF052050 Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Paranormal
    YAF068000 Young Adult Fiction / Werewolves & Shifters
    YAF019010 Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary


  9. Oh my gosh it’s released on Kobo already 😍 I’m so excited to read it! Thanks for being such a great author and bringing your fans so much joy time and again.

    (scuttles off to read…)

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  10. Hi. Just an update—I got a notice today from amazon that my pre-ordered copy of the book has been delayed. I’m not sure why and I’m not sure if this is unique or more universal, but if it is more universal, I thought you should know. Anyway, I’m super excited to read this, so I may switch to a digital copy so I can get it that much sooner!

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    • You know, I got that same email, too! (I pre-ordered a copy so I could sort of track the process and make sure everything went smoothly.)

      I cannot fathom why there’s a delay. The book’s been at the printer for over a month, and there was no delay when I purchased my own pre-release copies. There’s really nothing I can do to hurry Amazon along. ::wibble::

      Thank you for maintaining your excitement through the delays! ::squish::


      • I bet too many people ordered them. You’re just too popular!! And don’t worry—print delays are actually not so uncommon. Besides, obviously you’ve got a loyal fan base that isn’t going to be deterred by pesky details like amazon. And people are already squee-ing about the book, so maybe you and I are the only ones who have been delayed. ❤️❤️


  11. You must be stoked, if not flabbergasted. I went to buy Tsumiko on Amazon, only to find it’s sold out! Not only that, but in the ‘New and Used’ section, they’re listed from $22 to as high as $45. Squee!!! I’m so happy for you… and hope Amazon gets their act together! I want to read ‘Impeccable’ reimagined!!


  12. I just finished your novel two days ago (it made for great de stressing during a bad storm, by the way!) but I just wanted to let you know this is the novel I’ve been waiting for since I was just a kid. I love it so much. I’m already keeping an eye out for the next one to go on preorder. I just wanted to thank you for writing this, and wish you well on your adventures writing the next one. Thank you again, so much!

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  13. I received my copy last week and stayed up late last night just to finish (even though I had work early in the morning). I’m honestly in love with every single character (except Nona and Senna lol!) and really enjoy the parallels from ‘Impeccable’. So, so excited for the next book and I really hope we get to revisit Tsumiko and Argent in future installations, especially since Akira and Suuzu will feature in the next book and Argent’s status by the end of Book 1 (no spoilers haha). I’m so happy you’ve gotten the opportunity to write a whole series and blessed that you have shared it with us, your adoring fans. If you ever publish a hard cover copies (maybe once all the books are finished?) and/or an anthology with BTS stuff, family trees, etc. I would buy them all in a heartbeat!

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  14. Hey Forthy,

    So glad to add your book to my collection, it has been a treat, I have been reading the last two nights and hope to finish tonight. I love how your work pulls from themes that we have loved in your fanfiction. Keep up the great work. I hope to own all 7 books at some point!!

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  15. I feel so freaking late to the party, but I FINALLY got my copy of Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox!! //faceplants

    I can’t tell you how happy I was to read this at long last. It was over much too quickly… though that’s probably because I binged on it over my night shift. XD. Also just saw a confirmation that the next one is based on Troved, and I COULDN’T BE MORE THRILLED HOLY CRIPES.

    Will have all eyes out for the next release date!

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  16. Hello. This is outside your control but still I thought an FYI might be of interest. I have a Nook Color reader. Yesterday I bought and downloaded your book (TSUMIKO…). Around p.163 and after it started locking up. Then I eventually would get a message box “Activity Reader is not responding. [select] Wait [or] Force Quit”. Something like that. Then, the whole thing would shut down. I contacted Nook Contact Support. They had the same problem. They said they would notify the publisher (and that I should try again in a couple of weeks). So, as said, I know the issue is out of your control but if you have a contact who might move it along faster or would want to track the issue, this is just an FYI. Also, I enjoyed the book up to p.163 and am looking forward someday to reading the rest.

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    • This is out of my control, but I can check with the publisher/printer to see if they’re working on a fix. Thank you for your patience!

      If you’re at all interested, there are also print editions. ::twinkle::


  17. hi

    I had no idea who you were but you were recommended by one of my favorite authors Ilona Andrews and I love this book and cannot wait for nook two

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      • Same for me I bought the book because Ilona recommended it and I love the book! The world you have described is very fascinating and intriguing and I couldn’t put the book down. I am excited and waiting for the second book!

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  18. Oh my goodness… I finally was able to buy The Amaranthine Saga… I love it so much… SOOOO MUCH!!! Hisoka… such a precious bean… (my daughter is teaching me all the newest ways to say things. LOL)
    I am loving this so much…

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  19. I am so happy for you and so glad you have been able to publish your own original work!! I’ve been reading your fanfics for a long time now, and love your ability to create worlds and immerse readers. I’ve just purchased Book 1 and look forward to meeting this new cast. Once you’ve completed Book 7 you should definitely think about releasing a hardcover set ✨

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  20. I’m another who’s grateful that Ilona Andrews mentioned you. I can see the pre-order for the second book on Amazon (I only read e-book format these days) and am wondering if it will be available on Kobo at some point. ,

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  21. Ioved the book and the world you have created. Can’t wait for the second book, but would really love to hear on audio book. Will they be available on audio soon? Please say yes so I can stop “stalking” the site for updates 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing your stories.

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  22. Well, I found this book accidentally after Amazon suggested I might like it. All I have to say to that is MOOOOAAAAARRRRR PLEASE. Please. Pudding please.
    I… I want to know about the horse clans and the phoenixes and the dragons, and non-winter foxes and the monkeys, and THE CATS TOO, ok? Please. Please don’t stop at 7 books.

    P.S. The Hajime Kindaichi series is pretty good, if you’re interested in murder mysteries.

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    • Who can resist a pudding please? ::twinkle::

      Curious about all those clans? Then I suggest you watch for upcoming stories in the Songs of the Amaranthine collection. They give me an excuse to explore many more facets of the world of the Amaranthine. Marked by Stars is due to release (digitally) in early December.


  23. Have read both books and thoroughly enjoyed them, thank you! Is there a newsletter I can sign up for to keep posted on release dates for your forthcoming books? Or is that on the site already and did I just not look carefully enough? I am not on any socials, hence my query regarding good old-fashioned email newsletters 🙂

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    • You can follow this blog via email subscription. Another useful way to make sure you don’t miss new releases is to follow an author on Goodreads/Amazon. They’ll alert you to pre-orders, book sales, release days, etc. Very handy.


  24. I just finished Marked by Stars! That was so beautiful! Very heart wrenching at times! I was so pleased with the ending. Finally wanted. Finding out about the Amaranthine backstory is going to be fun! Are you planning on keeping these as separate entities or will you be combining them into a book? Either way, I’m looking forward to your next offering. I know it will be wonderful.


  25. This may be completely outside your control and/or knowledge, but it would seem Marked by Stars is not (yet) available on Kobo. Do you know if this is by design, by accident and just a matter of time, or one of those great mysteries of the digital world because it really should be there already?


  26. I’m not even sure why Tsumiko came up in my Amazon recommendations, but I bought it. Then I read it, and had to buy Kimiko, then Marked by Stars. I have been reading and re-reading them all week!

    I know nothing about fan-fic, but you certainly have a new and ardent fan in the ebook sphere!


  27. I’m not familiar with your fanfiction, but I am delighted to have found you. Ilona Andrews recommended Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox on her blog, and after reading the opening snippet on Amazon I knew I had to have the whole series. The worldbuilding is fantastic, and Ever Starmark is my favorite character so far. He is just so adorable!
    I am thrilled to know this will be a seven book series. 🙂


  28. Just finished reading Marked by Stars and I’m soooo emotional for some reason. After reading Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal— the ending in Marked by Stars was beautiful! I can’t wait to read more from the Amaranthine verse.


  29. Hi Forthy! Just wondering if the ‘Songs’ series will be available in print or just digital? Amazon lists the first 2 books for the Kindle and I was really hoping to get a physical copy.

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    • Yes, the Songs of the Amaranthine titles will (eventually) be available in print. Individual stories will release digitally, and once I have FOUR of them written, I’ll bundle them together in an anthology. The physical copies will have the same trim size as the main series … so they should look nice together on your bookshelf. ::twinkle::


  30. Do you know when Tamiko and the Two Janitors will be available for pre-order online? I keep looking on Amazon and B& but haven’t seen a listing yet. 😦

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  31. I’ve just downloaded the audiobook for Tsumiko and I am in LOVE! This story is delightful and I’m enraptured. So much so that I keep staring off into space at work while listening! My co-workers have caught me no less than 3 times today …hehehe

    Now that there are audiobooks, will book 3 release an audiobook at the same time as the print? I love print, but find it hard to find enough time to sit and read these days….audiobooks serve my purposes and fuel my imagination while still allowing me to “adult”.


    • The third book is contracted, but we haven’t discussed deadlines. I’m sure Tantor/Recorded Book would like to sync the release dates, so I’m working hard to finalize a manuscript so Travis has time to do his (swoon-worthy) thing! ::twinkle::

      I’ll always post news here when I have it.


      • Congratulations on the print release! I’m eagerly checking audible – can’t wait to hear Travis bring your characters to life! Any updates on a release timeframe? At this point, audible only says that the book is unavailable.


  32. Rereading Kimiko for the fourth or fifth time.

    Loving everything, but still desperately wishing there was more KimiQuen stuff in here. //dead

    Will we see them in further stories? Maybe you’ll start a separate series of books for post-Saga canon? I will buy all the things. I will. Just watch me.

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  33. Hi! Your books are AMAZING! I love how it’s basically anime but book form. I was wondering are you going to write more in the amartherine saga, in particular will we find out more about Akira and his “egg” and also about tenma and inti?? I really hope so!! I really love your books!

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    • I’ve heard that comment a lot … that my books read like an anime. I wonder how that works? ::twinkle::

      If I’ve raised questions in the storyline, it’s probably so I can answer them later. Patience is required in a series that’s seven books in the making.

      ::glomp:: Thank you for your compliments!


  34. Hi~!

    Do you plan to release the “songs” books in audiobook format as well? I’d love to have more Travis narration of your delightful work in my future!


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      • *squeeeee*

        I’m also interested to see what stories are and aren’t covered in the series. It will be fun to see if the untold stories spawn any FanFiction! It would sort of be full circle, right ?! ❤️😊


  35. I may or may not have a dragon OC that I am sitting on for a fanfic as we see how the series progresses. XD Not sure I’ve seen enough of the dragon clans in total to be comfortable writing it yet, but we’ll see if this peep develops into a full fic someday.


  36. Hi dear Forthright,

    Thank you for your adorable and fantastic saga. I’m in love with the characters and their culture, always a real pleasure to read you. So i have one question for my french friends (and myself) do you expect any french translation of Amaranthine Saga soon ? P.s : hope you’re well and Covid19 stays away from you.

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