Goodreads Policy

New Policy. Goodreads librarians have just been given the go-ahead to cull titles from their archives if they are NAB (not a book). One of the prerequisites for being a book is having an ISBN or ASIN assigned. According to this new policy, any title that’s 1) not a book and 2) missing an ISBN/ASIN… can and will be deleted from their system. Unless it has reviews. Then, they’ll leave them in the system in order to preserve those reviews (although those titles will be swept off into a new NAB section).

I spent quite a bit of time (and money) having covers made for my fanfics, which I’ve been slowly adding to Goodreads. Librarians have already flagged the collection and won’t allow me to group the titles using their series function. I just don’ tknow. Maybe it doesn’t really matter if my fanfics survive the culling. Or maybe you want to sneak over to Goodreads and leave some reviews.

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ART: Bard & Barbarian

Marc and Imber. They met when Imber was just a kid. The “divine beast” shaped the half-elf’s plans, giving him something to strive for. Because every adventure must be shared.

The years flowed past, bringing people and taking them away again. Usually, this inevitability didn’t bother Marc. If he found good companions for a time, he was grateful. But every so often, rarer than the crossroads of Cataclysms, he would find a man brave enough to smile into the face of his storm. Imber had the makings of such a friend.

Bard & Barbarian | art by FoxOfTwilight

For those who haven’t taken note, Bard & Barbarian is an original story about two of the characters I played in my very first DnD campaign. What can I say … I got attached. So I’m giving them a story. Imber’s and Marc’s serialized adventure will undoubtedly be a stand-alone book one day, but if you want to be a part of their story while it’s unfolding, become a patron.

Save the Date

Fandom Forray. In an effort to make time to finish up some of my as-yet-unfinished fanfiction, I’ll be hosting a monthly event over on my Ko-fi account. This month will be the first round. It’ll be sort of like an open house. Drop by anytime. Hang around and chat. Suggest prompts, which I’ll use immediately, since I’ll be adding drabble chapters to one or another of my fanfics. And at the close of the day, I’ll post a new chapter to one of my novel-length tales. To give the day a “big finish.”

  • What Day? The 4th Saturday of every month*. This month, that’s March 27, 2021
  • What Time? I’ll be hanging out for a 6-hour block. 11am – 5pm (Pacific)
  • Which Stories? Vassal (Sess & Mir) is my drabble-length chapter fic, and I’ll be picking up where I left off with Unexpected (Inu x Kag). Umm … in case you didn’t know, I got my start (as a fiction writer) in the InuYasha fandom.
  • How can I participate? It’ll probably be a little different every month, but it’ll be really low-key. Like an open house. I’ll be able to chat in comments on the Ko-fi blog. There may be behind-the-scenes details, a silly quiz, ice breaker questions, and Author Q&A options.
  • Where will story updates appear? At this point, all my fanfiction is posted to Updates will appear there. (I have secured an AO3 account, but I haven’t started loading my stories.)
  • Do I have to buy you a coffee? Totally optional. But I’d certainly be grateful. After all, I don’t get paid for writing fanfiction. (Those who do splurge during the event may find a little extra thank you in their mailbox. Just sayin’.) ::eyebrow waggle::

Follow Me. You can follow a Ko-fi account (like mine) to get notifications of posts that go up over there. If you’re interested. Otherwise, it’s easy enough to drop by sometime on the day of the event to see what’s up. I’ll post an announcement & pertinent links here.

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*If there’s a Pokemon GO event on the 4th Saturday of any given month, I reserve the right to reschedule my forray into fandom for a different day/weekend. Because … gotta catch ’em all! ::twinkle::

Still Time to Pre-Order

Captured on Film. The next short story in the Songs of the Amaranthine collection will be releasing this Thursday, March 4, 2021. Pre-order on Amazon now, and you’ll undoubtedly get a sneaky early copy. (Mine always arrives by 10pm the night before.) As usual, this will be a digital-only release. Eventually, once I have four new stories (5 through 8), I’ll compile them into a print anthology.

Who are the Dare brothers? If you’re a detail oriented person, you might recall that they were first mentioned in Book 3: Tamiko and the Two Janitors as part of Harrison Peck’s BINGO night trivia challenge:

“On the popular television series Dare Together, what famous cryptid did brothers Caleb and Josheb Dare bring out of hiding for an interview?”  

They’re mentioned again in Book 4: Mikoto and the Reaver Village:

Lilya held Kyrie’s hand all the way back from movie night. They’d been treated to back-to-back episodes of Dare Together, with hints that special guests would be arriving the following weekend. Rampant speculation pointed toward a visit from Caleb and Josheb Dare … or any number of the cryptids they were so famous for tracking down.

Nab your copy to get in on this brotherly adventure. And look forward to Dare Brothers art on release day! ::twinkle::

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Bard & Barbarian

Narrated Edition. Supporters can now listen to the first chapter of Bard & Barbarian, which just went live for some tiers over on Patreon. New chapters will arrive every other Wednesday (a pace I’m pretty sure we can maintain), which means … something else to look forward to! Learn more about my Patreon here >>

Imber & Marc | art by Alexa Sharpe

What is this Bard & Barbarian you speak of? When I set up my Patreon account a little over a year ago, I wanted to offer an exclusive story as a perk for patronage. At that time, I was embroiled in my very first DnD campaign and (as I do) had become very attached to the two characters I’d created. So I decided to start at their beginning & give them a book. Imber is a half-elf with bards in his bloodline, and Marc is … oh, let’s go with “lacking in social skills.” They’re friends, and really, their adventure’s just begun. Watch it unfold!


Quarter of the Way. I’m a firm believer in celebrating little things and silly things and special things. Milestones are for marking, and to day we reached one. I currently have 100 patrons over on Patreon. That means we’re 1/4 of the way to my (eventual) Community Goal of 400 patrons. More about Patreon >>

What’s the big deal?

Once I reach that number, I’ll begin posting a subscription story (available to those pledging $4/month or more). “Loosely based on the old Amaranthine tale, ‘The Wolf and the Moon Maiden,’ this serial will involve three sisters, twelve pledges, and the long-awaited stirring of a sleeping landmark.“ (Yes, I’m talking about the Miyabe sisters. Yes, you’ll get in on more of Kimiko’s courtship of Eloquence Starmark.) I’m excited for that one. ::twinkle::

Who else is looking forward to Kimiko and the Cycle of Moons?

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!

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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 @

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