ART: Lapis Mossberne

“Hello, Sealed Boy.” Lapis Mossberne is a dragon, a scholar, a bachelor, a romantic, and a charter member of the Five. If you’ve been missing him (he last appeared in Bk2 of the main series), be sure to read Lord Mettlebright’s Man, where he’s been helping Jacques Smythe (of the Uppington Smythes) face his fear of dragons. ::twinkle::

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“You’ve had too much star wine, Lord Mossberne.”

“I know.” He exhaled on a fluttering note that definitely wasn’t human. “It did not help. It never does.”

Mossberne? As in Lapis Mossberne? Tenma stopped breathing. Could this person really be one of the Five? Catching Quen’s eye, he pointed and mouthed dragon.

Rolled eyes and a nod.

But the exchange may have been a mistake, for the dragon lord’s head turned, and light fell upon a lean face, putting fire into half-lidded sapphire eyes. “El-o-quence,” he drawled. “Why is that boy sealed?”

He slithered out of Quen’s grasp, and an instant later, Tenma was holding up a bleary Rivven who smelled strongly of flowers, spice, and liquor.

“Hello, sealed boy.”

Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal

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Lapis Mossberne by FoxOfTwilight

Lord Mossberne by FoxOfTwilight

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Fortune Cookie Challenge

Deadline & Dango. If you want to take part in my whimsical little fortune cookie challenge, the deadline is end-of-day (11:59 p.m. Pacific) TOMORROW (3/4). Fabulous prizes have been determined:

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These sweet notebooks called to me from the shelves at a Japan-based variety store that I frequent. I will do a drawing from all participants. Four most fortunate winners will receive one of these notebooks as a thank you for chiming in.

If you want to take part, there’s still time! Please comment on the Fortune Cookie Challenge post!

ART: Connoisseur

Jacques Smythe of the Uppington Smythes. Maybe he wasn’t your favorite character in Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox, but Uncle Jackie is here to stay. Lord Mettlebright’s Man will probably hang around for several hundred (admittedly short) chapters, skimming through the backdrop of the series, giving you glimpses of life at Stately House from the point of view of an ordinary, unendowed, freeloading gentleman’s gentleman.

Jacques Smythe_Connoisseur by FoxOfTwilight

Connoisseur | art by FoxOfTwilight

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He was still sulking in his linen cupboard when the younger Starmark tapped lightly and proffered a dainty crystal goblet. “My father sends his compliments and would like your opinion of his gift.”

“Why?”

“Argent spoke highly of your palate.”

Naturellement.” Jacques lifted, tilted, swirled, and sniffed with patent hauteur. Thick amber, bedizened by tiny galaxies. Holding the first sip in his mouth, he closed his eyes and knew bliss. “What is this?” he sighed.

“Star wine.”

Lord Mettlebright’s Man, Chapter 59: “Discerning Palate”

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Who else has high hopes for Jacques? ::twinkle::

Lord Mettlebright’s Man begins here.

Twitter Poll

Mikoto and the Reaver Village. I’m very busy behind the scenes getting out both Songs #4 and Saga #4. Since teasers are fun, I thought I’d spur on your anticipation with a poll. If you can’t vote because you don’t have Twitter, speak up in comments. ::twinkle::

Twitter Poll, Bk4 Teaser

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**NOTE** I’ll do official cover reveals w/ full summaries here on the blog once I’m ready to make these books available for pre-order. (Soon!)

ART: Founders Coffee

Jiminy & Melissa. I enjoy surprises, which is probably why I’ve never advertised the inclusion of Founders Coffee in Tamiko and the Two Janitors. That way, my longtime readers would enjoy stumbling across the elements I borrowed from one of my fanfics (Froth, Mir/San AU). Mostly setting & the fact that Founders is run by brothers/owners.

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“You’re packing crystals. Can I have a peek?”

He crossed a line by slipping his fingers under the cloth, questing upward. A moment later, she had the offending hand twisted and pinned to cold stone. The angle forced him down, and she reinforced her objection by pushing his head until his cheek met marble.

“Ow.”

Melissa’s face flushed, and she checked to see if anyone had noticed her manhandling the barista. Both Mom and Magda had been thorough and creative in teaching her ways to dissuade unwanted masculine attention.

The other barista stepped up. “I do beg your pardon, miss. Did his antics unsettle you?” Pressing one large hand to the back of Jiminy’s head, his voice deepened to a growl. “He knows better.”

Tamiko and the Two Janitors (Amaranthine Saga, #3)

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Founders Coffee by FoxOfTwilight

Founders Coffee | art by FoxOfTwilight

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Details, Details: Melissa is the biological daughter of Christopher Armstrong, the “Kith handler” who visits Kimiko’s classroom back in Book 2. Chris was raised by the Nightspangle pack, which is why Hanoo, Yoota, and Ploom all knew him (and his partner Cove).

Good Fortune

Reminder! There’s a Fortune Cookie Challenge underway, and it’d be a shame for any of the (admittedly extensive) cast of the Songs & Saga to be left out. Have some fun, get creative, and your fortune may find its way onto one of these snazzy graphics! ::twinkle::

Ricker, from WhisperIt

Charles, from Rayah

Jacques, from Willing1111

Personalize your fortunes in comments on the Fortune Cookie Challenge post >>