Bard & Barbarian

Twinkle Press Presents | art by FoxOfTwilight

Narrated Edition. Bard and Barbarian has been posting slow and steady over on my Patreon account. Reading along is great, but supporters on some tiers can now listen along. Ch22, “Dolly” just went live for those in qualifying tiers. AND Ch18, “Rally Roar” just unlocked for the Twinkle and Sparkle tiers.

New narrated chapters will arrive every other Wednesday, which means … there’s always something more to look forward to! Learn more about my Patreon here >>

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Songs of the Amaranthine, #8. The next Amaranthine title to release will be the eighth short story in the Songs collection. This time, the tale’s set in Keishi, Japan which is 1) where Hisoka Twineshaft is from, 2) where Kikusawa Shrine is established, and 3) where Junzi Chocolates was founded. ::eyebrow waggle::

He’s a rough-hewn romantic, and she becomes his muse.

Junpei is a day laborer who’s supporting his mother and younger brother. He’s mostly resigned to rough hands and scant respectability, but for a few precious hours each evening, he loses himself in the colors and beauty of creation. His painted lanterns and parasols always sell, but supplies are costly, and unlike his illustrious father, he has no patron. While Junpei struggles to get by, strange things are afoot in Keishi—foreigners and their foreign ways. But he’s most interested in the lovely daughter of a local sweets merchant, whose kimono patterns inspire his paintings.

Release Day: April 4, 2022

(Amazon’s US storefront)

Yes, this is a digital-only title. Yes, the short story will appear in other virtual stores once we’re closer to the release date. And since this is Songs 08, that means I’ll be pulling together the next Songs of the Amaranthine anthology, which will contain four short stories:

  • Hemmed in Silver
  • Captured on Film
  • Bathed in Moonlight
  • Flattered by Flowers

Print editions and the audio book are scheduled to release on May 22, 2022. More about that later! ::twinkle::

Add the story to your Goodreads shelves>>

ART: Noble Son

Pocket Puppy. When Mikoto receives the gift that is, was, and always will be Glint Starmark’s answer to grief, he looks for a name that’ll be just right. His puppy is tiny, just a puffball, really … especially compared to a big guy like Mikoto.

Noble Son | art by FoxOfTwilight

The puppy was a bigger handful than he would have guessed. Not literally, of course. He was more of a scant handful, barely large enough to count as canine. Especially in a village where Kith-partnered battlers rode their dogs.
The girls had been quick to suggest names. All of them cutesy. But Mikoto firmly rejected them. He wasn’t leaving something so important to them. Plus, he’d wanted a name with more dignity. Which had brought Yulin to mind. And then the name was suddenly there and perfectly right. A doggish name that was already an endearment. Noble.

Lots of other Mikoto art. Follow his tag >>