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)

107 thoughts on “Amaranthine Saga

  1. Tsumiko and her story is officially my favorite book. And any book lover knows how hard it is to choose just one. All the books of this series are beyond marvelous in the writing style, plot line and character development, but Tsumiko’s in particular really stood out. I like how you give the reader just enough context definitions to understand the story, without writing a dissertation on the customs, legalities and political drama of the world you’ve created. Eagerly awaiting the next installment!

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