Squee Post

Mikoto and the Reaver Village. If you need a place to react, confer, or kick up a fuss, this is the spot. I’ll enjoy your enthusiasm, I might be willing to clarify small points, but I reserve the right to evade questions that will be answered later in the series. ::twinkle::


Release Day!

Release DaySeptember 22, 2020

This summer is his last chance to win his first love.
Wardenclave has always been a place of secrets and sway. For most of the year, the remote mountain village is closed off from the rest of the world, but each spring, they issue invitations to the most promising young reavers all over the world. Summer skill camps provide opportunities for the elite to train with the best. And by longstanding tradition, for teens of the In-between to evaluate the compatibility of their peers. Glint Starmark’s reputation as a matchmaker has been holding true for millennia.

At seventeen, Mikoto Reaver is the youngest headman in Wardenclave’s history. He’s had very little time to adjust to his new role before their close-knit community opens its doors to children of pedigree, the specialists who will mentor them, an allotment of battlers, and a celebrity or two. Glint means well, but Mikoto won’t commit until he can speak to the only girl he’s ever loved. There’s just something about her.

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If you’ve already begun reading, hold onto your comments and put them on the Squee Post. (I want this thread to remain spoiler free.)


Release Eve

If you haven’t checked your e-reader in a hot minute, give it a peek. My copy of Mikoto and the Reaver Village arrived almost an hour ago. ::twinkle::

Official Release Day / Fanniversary posts will begin posting once the calendar shows it’s the 22nd in my time zone.

Pokemon GO Fest 2020

Play from Home. Thanks to the quarantine, I’ll be participating in Pokemon GO Fest for the first time ever. I have secured my ticket, stockpiled pokeballs, and blocked off my weekend for some guilt-free playtime. Looks like events run from 10am – 8pm local time (I’m in the Pacific time zone) on July 25 & 26. No idea what to expect, but … I’m sure it’ll be fun. ::twinkle::

If you need a friend, I like connecting with my readers. Send me your friend code at always.forthright at gmail dot com. I’ll TRY to send you cute gifts, but many of the spinners in walking distance from home are (cringe) entirely un-photogenic dirt lots (a.k.a. baseball fields). May every blest one grant you many a lucky egg & vial of stardust!

Anthology Update

A Week and a Day. We’re nearing release day for the Songs of the Amaranthine print edition (5/22 ::confetti toss::), but I think we’re all about to face a quarantine-related hiccup. While Amazon (USA) is listing the title, they aren’t stocking it. Nor are they allowing pre-orders. That’s … discouraging. Understandable, though. If they are your usual resource, this may mean that your best option for getting your hands on the anthology is to order your copy from me.

That being said, I haven’t yet received book boxes from the printer. We’ve posted sentries and have ink pads and address labels at the ready. I’ll pic spam ASAP, but expect delays. Thank you for your patience in the meantime.

By the Way. Barnes & Noble will take your pre-orders. (Good on them!) Kobo only lists the solo digital editions, so more patience will be required. Check around!

Signed Books >>

Amaranthine Totes

Limited Quantities. Yes, I have more totes onhand, but quantities are extremely limited. First come, first served. Cost in the US is $25 (includes shipping). Email me with questions or orders – always.forthright @ gmail.com

I’ll try to keep this inventory up to date:

Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox

Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal

Tamiko and the Two Janitors

1 2 3 Totes

Songs of the Amaranthine

Songs of the Amaranthine 01

Quick note to let those of you who don’t use Kindle for your digital reading … I just spotted Marked by Stars (Songs of the Amaranthine, #1) on the Barnes & Noble site, which means if it isn’t showing up in your venue of choice, it will be soon!


And for those of you who do use Kindle for digital reading … Followed by Thunder (Songs of the Amaranthine, #2) is available for pre-order. That title will release on May 4, 2019 everywhere books are sold. You can also add it to your shelves on Goodreads.

Autographed Books

Personal Touch. There’s been a small rush for signed copies of Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox (understandable, since they are rather pretty), and I don’t want to run short. At the moment, I have…

8 copies left
7 copies left
6 copies left
5 copies left
3 copies left
2 copies left

All the information you need for ordering can be found on this post. I’ll update the numbers as books are claimed… and put together an order to restock. ::twinkle::


Interior Peeks, Petals 2

More petal-strewn interior photos…

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Thoughtful Readers. Stories are something I can share, and sometimes, readers share right back. Notes and packages have been finding their way into the Twinkle Press P.O. Box, and I really need to start sharing more of your photos and fanart. Thank you for every smile & twinkle you inspire!

Forget Me Not gifts

Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox (Amaranthine Saga, #1) has its fair share of forget-me-nots, and thanks to readers, my collection is growing. ::glomp::