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.

Amaranthine Saga 01, Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox by FORTHRIGHT


Release Date: February 22, 2018

24 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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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


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