Of Mugs and Men

Author Confession. I sometimes buy things for my characters. This mug was a gift for Jacques. I don’t take my coffee nearly as strong as he does, but he puts up with me anyhow. Also … I play a lot of Scrabble, and J – A – C – Q – U – E – S scores pretty darn high, especially with a triple word square. (Which he insists on calling “scoring a threesome.”) ::sigh::

Lord Mettlebright’s Man should be back next week! Thank you for your patience.

Amaranthine Interludes

Suuzu and the Nine Nippets of Legend. For a while now, I’ve been hinting at a new short story that’s Suuzu-centric & set after the events of Fumiko and the Finicky Nestmate (Amaranthine Saga, #5). Suuzu’s story will be the second title in the Amaranthine Interludes collection, with Lord Mettlebright’s Man being the first. The time has come for a cover reveal!

He’s more accustomed to speaking for others than speaking up for himself.
Stranded at Stately House, Suuzu Farroost is restless and fretful and lonesome for Akira. Waiting is a misery, and all he has to hold onto is the memory of a fleeting kiss, a circlet of nippet eggs, and one very stubborn, very outspoken valet. To keep him from wallowing, Suuzu’s friends find ways to distract him, and as one story leads to another, the phoenix learns about the special place nippets hold in avian lore, especially where courtship is concerned.

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If all goes according to plan, Suuzu’s interlude will publish this spring. I’ll establish a release date and set up pre-orders when things are closer to ready. This short story will release digitally first. Then, when Lord Mettlebright’s Man goes to print/audio this summer, I’ll include Suuzu’s short story at the end of the print edition & as part of Travis’s narration.

I’ll report more details when they become available! For now, I encourage you to add both of these books to your shelves on Goodreads:

Lord Mettlebright’s Man

Suuzu and the Nine Nippets of Legend

LMM 562: Squirrel Identification

Claimer: I do hereby claim all rights and responsibility for the characters in this series of vignettes because the Amaranthine Saga is mine. (Which means I should probably behave myself since anything I say or do could be taken as canon.) Indulge the lot of us, especially the one who’s pretty cozy with a trickster.

Squirrel Identification


Amaranthine Interludes, #2

New Years Eve/Day Teaser! I’ve been dropping hints here and there (mostly Patreon & Twitter), but now I have a finished cover, so I can sneak you something more. After a bit of shuffling, the second Amaranthine Interludes story has been locked in. Suuzu’s story will publish in 2023, and it’ll be set between Bk5 and Bk6. More soon! ::twinkle::

Happy New Year!