Amaranthine Saga

Book 1, Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox
by FORTHRIGHT

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 – Now Available!

 

45 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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  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!!

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    • 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::

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  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!!

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    • 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!

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  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.

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  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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  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
    BISAC:
    YAF052050 Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Paranormal
    YAF068000 Young Adult Fiction / Werewolves & Shifters
    YAF019010 Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary

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  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::

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      • 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. ❤️❤️

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  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!!

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  12. I finally got my book today and already can’t put it down. I’ll read anything you write. Can’t wait fit the next

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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